A fantastic and comprehensive tour of the south west and west of Ireland. Combining off the beaten track with all the main highlights
We will take you to some of Ireland best know tourist destinations like the Blarney Stone, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher but because our groups and vehicles are smaller, we will also take you right away from the beaten track and show you our favourite hidden corners of Ireland.
Firstly we head south west, through the green heart of Ireland and counties Kildare, Tipperary and Limerick to County Cork. We then spend the next 4-5 days exploring the fabulous south west of Ireland and its varied peninsula's before then weaving our way from County Kerry across the great River Shannon into County Clare.
Once here you have the limestone lunar landscape of the Burren to explore, you will have some of the very best traditional Irish music to enjoy in the Pub, we you have the cliffs to marvel at and there is also the option of a day trip to the world famous Aran islands (you visit the islands while we drive around Galway bay and pick you up on the other side).
Last but certainly not least is the wild and rugged Connemara region, a remote and beautiful area which has a special place in the hearts of the Irish people. Nowhere quite typifies old fashioned Ireland like Connemara and so it makes a fitting location for the last night of the tour. And from there on the last day we head east, back to Dublin either via Galway city or through Cong in County Mayo (depending on whether you went to the Aran islands the day before), maybe stopping in Kilbeggan on the way for a bit of whiskey tasting to round of an unforgettable week.
Typical Highlights of the Seven Day Tour:
Revel at some of Europe's very best scenery, including:
Ireland's highest mountain range The Macgillycuddy Reeks The Green fields and stone walls of Dingle
Connemara's mountains, lakes, beaches and rivers
Ireland’s wild and rugged Atlantic coastline
The River Shannon (which we cross by ferry)
The Burren Limestone Plateau
The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula
The green inland scenery of areas such as the Golden Vale in Tipperary
Enjoy some of Ireland's most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:
Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
Killarney National Park
The Cliffs of Moher
Take the optional day trip to the Aran Islands
Visit some of Ireland's great houses and Gardens
Muckross House and Gardens, Kerry
Bantry House and Gardens, Cork
Garinish island Gardens, Cork
Kylemore Abbey and Grounds, Connemara
Wonder at some of Ireland's historical treasures and experience the rich historical past of the region, from Stone Age man to the modern age.
Visit The Rock of Cashel
Optional trip to the Skellig islands, one of Ireland UNESCO World Heritage sites
Ancient Neolithic Stone circles, Celtic ring forts, castles, monastic sites and built tombs
Explore three of Ireland's most diverse south western Peninsulas:
The majestic Iveragh peninsula (better known as the Ring of Kerry)
The rugged Beara Peninsula (also known as the 'undiscovered peninsula')
The rolling hills of the Dingle Peninsula
Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:
The vibrant and buzzing Galway city
The galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!) in Dingle town (pop. about 2500)
The shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare
Some fun little side trips:
Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing
Take a boat trip to try Spot Dingle’s most Friendly occupant - Funghi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay
Take the cable car to Dursey Island
Optional visit to Locke’s Irish Whiskey Distillery, the older potstill distillery in the world
And at night:
Live music and excellent food in some of Ireland's best pubs and restaurants.
Overnight in quality, locally owned guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in small, friendly local communities.
Journey of discovery in a Driftwood mini coach tour vehicle.
Services of highly trained professional Driftwood tour guide
7 FULL days on tour
Six nights accommodation (3 nights B&B, 3 nights Hotel).
6 Full Irish breakfasts.
Most daily activities and visits.
Shannon ferry and Bere Island ferry tickets
All relevant taxes.
Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
Loads of laughs
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And please note that this operates in both directions.