Round Ireland Tour
Day 1: Dublin to Kilkenny
Today we depart Dublin for Waterford passing through County Wicklow known as the Garden County of Ireland, with a stop at Powerscourt Gardens one of the most beautiful in Ireland & recently voted No 3 in the world by National Geographic. As we push south over The Sally Gap and The Peat bogs of the Wicklow Mountains to Kilkenny.
- Overnight Kilkenny
Day 2: Kilkenny to Ardmore
We start today with a tour of Kilkenny once Irelands medieval capitol, the city has a rich medieval heritage from Kilkenny Castle to St Canices Cathedral. The Smithwicks brewery is worth a stop. After lunch on to Waterford stopping at the crystal centre, the city has been producing crystal since 1783.Then on to the coastal village of Ardmore.
- Overnight Ardmore
Day 3: Ardmore to Kinsale
On to Kinsale via Waterford’s copper coast which enjoys the status of a UNESCO Global Geopark, essentially an outdoor geological museum.Then stopping at The Jameson Distillery in Midleton. Then Cobh formerly known as Queenstown from where over 2.5 million people emigrated to The United states. Then on to Kinsale one of the most picturesque resorts of the South west of Ireland & a favourite of seafood enthusiasts.
- Overnight Kinsale
Day 4: Kinsale to Kenmare
We start today at Charlesfort a star shaped fort over looking Kinsale Harbour & dating back to the late 1600s. Then we follow The Wild Atlantic Way through West Cork and the towns of Clonakilty birthplace of Michael Collins, Glandore, Skibbereen then dropping over The Caha Pass into Kenmare, your home for two nights.
- Overnight Kenmare
Day 5: The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a mystical & unspoilt peninsula that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. The Ring provides an amazing insight into Ireland’s ancient heritage, with Iron age forts, Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries & a landscape shaped by the Atlantic Ocean. Not forgetting the lesser travelled Skellig Ring.
- Overnight Kenmare
Day 6: Kenmare to Lahinch
Today we travel through North Kerry passing Tralee and on to Tarbert for the ferry, crossing The River Shannon into County Clare. Hugging The Atlantic Coast we drive onto Kilkee and a walk along the cliffs. Then onto Lahinch.
- Overnight Lahinch
Day 7: Lahinch to Galway
The Cliffs of Moher today. Stretching for 5 miles and standing over 700ft, they take their name from a ruined promptly fort Mothar. Then on through The Burren famous for its unique rock formations & exceptional diversity of flora & Fauna. There are also large numbers of historic sites in The Burren. We drive on through Ballyvaughen & Kinvara to Galway.
- Overnight Galway
Day 8: Galway to Westport
We make our way along the northern shore of Galway Bay into Connemara, one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places its possible to find. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. From Clifden we take The Sky Road to Kylemore Abbey built in 1868 & refugee to The Benedictines sisters who arrived at Kylemore when their abbey was destroyed in the early days of WWI. Killary Harbour brings us into County Mayo, Clew Bay & Westport.
- Overnight Westport
Day 9: Westport to Donegal
Today we follow The Wild Atlantic Way along the North coast of Mayo to the unique Ceide Fields, a 5,500 year-old Neolithic site. We cross into Sligo at Enniscrone & Yeats country at Drumcliff, you can find his grave, with the inscription “cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, and pass by.” Lissadell House is close by were the Irish rebel Constance Markievicz and the suffragette Eva Gore-Booth: sisters who grew up here.On to Donegal.
- Overnight Donegal
Day 10: Donegal to Rathmullan
Travelling west along the Donegal Coast to Slieve League, one of the highest and finest marine cliffs. On through Ardara, Glenties & Glenveagh National Park. The stunning surroundings are reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, while the splendid castle and gardens are well worth a tour. Bed tonight in Rathmullan.
- Overnight Rathmullan
Day 11: Rathmullan to Bushmills
The Causeway coast today, passing through Derry a city with a turbulent past its city walls were never breached. Dunluce Castle looking over the North Atlantic and then a whiskey tasting at Bushmills distillery. Before the iconic Giants Causeway with 40,000 hexagonal-shaped pillars (give or take) which date back almost 60 million years.
- Overnight Bushmills
Day 12: Bushmills to Belfast
Continuing along The North Antrim Coast and if you have a head for it Carrick a Rede rope bridge. Continuing along the Antrim coast to The City of Belfast founded in 1603 for Scots & English settlers. Home port of the ill fated HSS Titanic. It’s a city marked by ethnic division which has manifested with the recent troubles.
- Overnight Belfast
Day 13: Belfast to Dublin
Saying good bye to Belfast we drive south to Dublin passing through The Boyne Valley with its wealth of archeology The 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice, The Battle of The Boyne fought in 1690 between King William and King James & the burial chambers at Newgrange dating back over 5000 years.
- Overnight Dublin
Day 14: Dublin
- Mercedes Sedan/ Skoda Superb
Price on request
- Mercedes V Class
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- Your vehicle, our vehicles are all current models and have all appropriate licenses & insurance to operate as a private hire vehicle in Ireland they are also maintained to the highest standards, fuel and all local taxes & tolls.
- Your trained driver-guide who will be with you for the duration of your tour.
Costs do not include:
- Your accommodation, we are happy to advise and recommend hotel and B&B options for your tour we are also happy to book your accommodation for you.
- Lunches and Dinners are not included in the above costs.
- Entrance fees to non OPW heritage sites are not included in the cost for your tour.
- Gratuities, we do not automatically add a gratuity for your Driver-Guide to your invoice, that said your driver-guide will do everything in his power to enhance your stay in Ireland and will be happy to recommend restaurants and bars for dinner, organise falconry, spa treatments, fishing or horse riding so a gratuity is always gratefully received. We would recommend 15%-20% as a guideline.
- All booking deposits are non refundable.
- All payments less actual transactions charges will be refunded up to 30 days before the tour.
- 50% refund between 30 days and 7 days before a tour.
- No refunds within 7days of a tour.
- Customers who don’t show up on the day of a tour are also liable for the full cost of the tour.
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