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Best of Ireland

Traditions, history, heritage, breath taking scenery and the friendliest nation you’ll ever meet. This is the best of Ireland, taking you to cities, coasts and castles and the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way! Your visit to Ireland may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so make sure you get to see everything this small but extraordinary isle has to offer on our 8 day (7 nights) self-drive tour of Ireland.

DAY 1

Welcome to Dublin!

Welcome to Dublin - Ireland! Arrive in Dublin. In the afternoon, take in the attractions of Europe’s most popular city. Don’t miss Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the National Museum, the National Gallery and trendy Temple Bar. Taking a break from sight-seeing, Grafton St. (Dublin’s favourite shopping district) has everything you need to relax. Visit Bewley’s Café and enjoy an Irish coffee in a favourite venue of many of Dublin’s literary greats. Venture down Wicklow St. to find quaint bistros and the Powerscourt Shopping Centre, which boasts the perfect combination of variety and a stunning setting or maybe go alfresco with a picnic in St. Stephen’s Green. Once you’re refreshed, it’s back on the trail again seeking out all that Dublin has to offer. Read more

Co. Dublin for 1 night
DAY 2

Dublin to Galway

Leaving Dublin travel via Clonmacnoise (a monastic site overlooking the River Shannon). Finally you’ll arrive at Galway City and the cultural heart of Ireland. This charming city is brimming with heritage, culture and folklore. Weaving through the side streets browsing the hand crafted wares on offer, you’ll be in awe of the rich architecture and medieval nuances. Friendly faces greet you around every corner and a magical spirit lingers in the air. If you fancy some evening entertainment, you’ll be pleased to discover Galway’s strong ties with traditional Irish music. There must be something in the water, because there are an uncanny number of extremely talented musicians, dancers and singers roaming the Connemara/Galway region. Read more

Co. Galway for 1 night
DAY 3

Connemara

Spend a full day touring the unspoilt area of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. Clifden, Connemara's capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed. From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Killary Harbour. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. Read more

Co. Galway for 1 night
DAY 4

Connemara to Killarney

An early morning start to catch the spectacular Cliffs of Moher— which fall 200m steeply into the wild Atlantic ocean. Pass through the Burren - without dispute, one of the most unique - and strangest - landscapes in Europe. The Burren is bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. After your visit to the Cliffs of Moher you will continue on to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where one can stop for a pint of stout at Durty Nellies. Continue to the postcard pretty Adare Village before arriving in Killarney. In the afternoon stroll around Muckross House and Gardens where the nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney Lakes and National Park. Read more

Co. Kerry for 1 night
DAY 5

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most scenic touring routes. At 179 km long, it circles the awe-inspiring Iveragh Peninsula. You’ll feel as if you have moved into nature’s mystic arena, and truly you have, as you pass between soft mountains, through forest glades, around bogs, rivers, lakes and pristine beaches. The road between the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains presents secret passes and valleys dotted along the fabled shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bays. Ireland’s natural beauty sings throughout the Ring of Kerry. You may wish to explore several charming villages along the route, including Glenbeigh, Waterville, and Sneem. Stroll and talk to people—this is what makes your travel experience unique. Follow the drive to Killarney by way of the Ladies View and the legendary Lakes of Killarney. Read more

Co. Kerry for 1 night
DAY 6

Killarney to Cork

Today visit the bustling city of Cork, stroll the river walk at the University, relax in a café, and hit Shandon Street, just a short walk from the main shopping district. Climb the 120 foot steeple, and ring the bells of Shandon. Soak up the city views as they fade into the countryside. Award-winning restaurants line the streets, and nightlife choices include Irish Traditional, classy nightclubs, theater, opera, plays, and dance. Kiss the famous Blarney Stone in the nearby village of Blarney. Rumor has it that if you kiss the legendary 'Stone of Eloquence', you'll never again be lost for words! If you like whiskey, there’s the Jameson Old Middleton Distillery in east Cork. Learn how Irish whiskey is made, and finish with a tasting. Read more

Co. Cork for 1 night
DAY 7

Cork to Dublin

Today travel back to Dublin through the midlands. The town of Cashel, Co. Tipperary is your next port of call - home to the iconic Rock of Cashel formally known as St. Patrick’s Rock or The Rock of Kings. After the visit you’ll be on your way to Kilkenny (the medieval capital of Ireland). Historic buildings lie in wait around every corner and culture thrives through the many artisans’ workshops operating from the city. If you missed out on the Blarney Woollen Mills in Cork, fear not, because the Kilkenny Design Craft Centre stocks an equally impressive array of Irish handcrafted gifts. You’ll find the centre right beside Kilkenny Castle which has over eighteen centuries worth of history encased in its walls, all of which will be divulged to you over the course of the castle tour. The Smithwick’s Brewery Tour in St. Francis Abbey Brewery is another highlight in this exciting and varied city, where you can enjoy the perfect blend of historical wonders and new age creativity. Read more

Co. Dublin for 1 night
DAY 8

Departure

Morning at leisure to either shop for those souvenirs on Grafton Street or spend a few hours taking in more of all the wealth of attractions that you may have missed earlier. Depart for Dublin Airport.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Dublin City Centre
Day 2
Location Galway
Hotel Nox Hotel
Day 4
Location Killarney
Day 6
Location Cork
Day 7
Location County Dublin

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • 7 Night's Accommodation in 3/4-star suggested hotels or similar
  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Rental Car (category C) for 8 days with Reduced Excess Insurance and Unlimited Mileage
  • Travel Documents
  • Expert Advice & 24/7 Emergency Phone Assistance

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Entrances to visitor attractions
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Meals (apart from breakfast) and Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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