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5 Day Spectacular South & West Small Group Tour

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5 Day Spectacular South & West Small Group Tour

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1,133

/ person
  • 5 Days

5 Day Spectacular South & West Small Group Tour

Leaving from Dublin, our small group of thrill seekers will go in search of adventure from Kinsale to Galway, along the rugged coastline of The Wild Atlantic Way. Whatever you’re seeking, this 5 day, expertly guided, epic island adventure bursting with heritage and hiking, ceol agus craic (music and boldness), seafood and kayaking, promises a road trip, you’ll never forget.

Cork and Kiss The Blarney Stone

Is it a Chapel? Is it a Palace? Is it a Cathedral? The 1000 year old Rock of Cashel is all three and it’s an open-mouthed moment and an historic way to begin the tour. Then it’s off to Cork, known as the "Rebel county", coined by Henry VII when it supported a rebellion against him in 1491. The rebel spirit is still around today with Cork locals often claiming it to be the real capital, much to Dublin’s chagrin. It’s off for a spot of kissing next and to the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that whoever kisses it, gets the gift of the gab; your bus buddies will be sure to tell you if it works! The evening belongs to historic Kinsale, where you can wander through picturesque streets full of maritime history, silversmiths, galleries and antique shops. Next, we’ll head to the many award-winning fish restaurants and watch red snapper fight it out with John Dory to be your catch of the day. There’s also last orders to catch at The Spaniard or The Silent Banjo, which unlike the name suggests, is jumping with banjos and flutes and ‘jammers’ (packed) with locals. Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops. Read more

Blindgate House

Magical Kingdom of Kerry & Castles

The full Irish (cooked breakfast) will set you up for a guided historical amble through the narrow streets of Kinsale before we take on parts of The Ring of Kerry; Where goats are crowned Kings (Puck Fair). On the hunt for glacier shaped lakes, mystical waterfalls and red deer, we’ll gear up for a two hour cycle around Killarney National Park and ‘rubber neck’ as we stop to look at 18th century Muck Ross house and the Reeks in the distance. The evening belongs to Dingle and how about a trip to hardware store, Foxy John’s? Don’t be alarmed, the only DIY you’ll be doing is ordering a drink from its fully stocked bar. And did we tell you about the Leather Shop, Dick Mac’s? It comes with a pub, a gang of lively locals and a very loquacious barman. Total driving time: 2 hours, 40 minutes, excluding stops. Read more

Dingle Marina

Explore Dingle Peninsula

Fungie, the dolphin arrived in Dingle in 1984 and has been the town’s most photographed celebrity ever since. We’ll go in search of the A list star in kayaks and explore the nearby caves too. If you’d prefer to stand up and face the salty spray of the Atlantic, we’ll grab boards and chase the kingdom waves at Inch Strand, where Ryan’s daughter became smitten by Robert Mitchum. Then we’ll hit The Dingle Whiskey Distillery, where you’ll see how their amber nectar is made and even down a wee sup of their single pot still, matured in aged bourbon casks. Then it’s off to Slea Head Drive, on a journey through Irish-speaking villages, famous Hollywood film locations with close-up views of Skellig Michael and some Jedi spotting. Then it’s back for another night in Dingle and a spot of DIY in the local hardware store, (wink, wink). Total Driving Time: 2 Hours excluding stops Read more

Dingle Marina, Doolin

River Shannon and the Mighty Cliffs

It’s bye, bye Dingle and north to cross the Shannon by ferry, but not before we take in the stunning views of Castlegregory. The Cliffs of Moher are next; 14 km of dramatic coastline standing 300 metres above the churning Atlantic. We’ll take on a two and a half hour hike of the Cliffs, veering off the traditional tourist trails to find secret passages and fissures and unrivalled photo opportunities as the Atlantic roars from below. Voted a Unesco site, standing at the ledge, you’ll feel like you’re at the very edge of the world. As evening draws in, we’ll spend it in Doolin, The home of Irish music and between the music and the foot-tapping, the black-stuff and the company, ‘the craic will be ninety’! Total driving time: 3 hours 20 minutes excluding stops. Read more

Doolin Lodge

More Castles and Bohemian Galway

It’s goodbye to dinky Doolin and off to bohemian Galway where we’ll feast like chieftains. To whet the appetite, we’ll go through The Burren, 125 square miles of limestone rock. As it’s your last day, (boo hoo),we’re going to make it a memorable one with a guided tour of Galway’s medieval streets before we hit the foodie trail. Duck in and out of brightly coloured shops, try on Claddagh Rings, Galway shawls and pass through The Spanish Arch to take in the famous Claddagh fishing village. With the wild Atlantic giving her up her treasures daily, it’s time to dabble in treacle scones or Wild Atlantic salmon and fresh Clarinbridge Oysters, while the stout is settling. So not only will you leave with full bellies, you’ll be crammed full of stories about Galway’s colourful past. Your guides will direct you back to Dublin, via GoBus (price included in tour) and will arm you with tips and recommendations, if you plan to stay on in the Capital. But if you’ve developed a grá (love) for Galway, you can always get a later bus. As some barstool philosopher put it, ‘sure there isn’t a pub in Galway you wouldn’t want to spend time in’. Estimated driving time 2 hours 30 minutes excluding stops Read more

Victoria Hotel, Galway

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kinsale
Day 2
Location Dingle
Hotel Dingle Marina
Day 4
Location Doolin
Hotel Doolin Lodge

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • An off the beaten track tour of Ireland
  • Accommodation & Breakfast
  • Luxury transportation on Mercedes Sprinter mini-coach
  • Professional Tour Guide to show you around
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Galway Walking tour
  • A working sheep farm experience
  • Historical Walking tour of Kinsale
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Distillery Tour
  • All Taxes

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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