Magical Southern 5 Day Ireland Tour

5 Days, 4 Nights 5 Days Starts in Galway & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

This is one of our best Ireland tours because it manages to fit so much into just 5 days. If you’re only in our beautiful country for a short amount of time, then this Magical South 5-day Tour might be the perfect option for you. As a Jewel Tour, it is designed to move at a smoother pace while allowing you to enjoy some light activity. Your guided tour of Southern Ireland will begin in Dublin’s busy streets; leaving the noise behind, you will embark towards the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way. 

Overland Ireland’s expert local guides will ensure you have the best Ireland tour possible, exploring everything from bohemian Galway to the historic Rock of Cashel. There’s good reason we get such high reviews, and we think it comes down to our guides and how they look after and entertain our guests. You’re here to have the Ireland vacation of a lifetime, and we’re doing our best to ensure you get exactly what you want!

Your 5 Day Ireland Tour Packed with Activities

We’ve done our best to ensure that this 5-day Ireland tour is absolutely brimming with fun and interesting things to do. Take in the jaw-dropping sights and sounds of the Ring of Kerry, a stunning part of Ireland. You’ll see some amazing gems such as Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall, and Killarney National Park. And you’ll even have the opportunity to kayak with Fungie, Dingle’s resident dolphin. You will also visit Ireland’s most famous landmark: The Cliffs of Moher. You’ll stand on the precipice and you’ll feel like you’re at the edge of the world.

Within just 5 days on this unforgettable Ireland tour, we’ll pack in a diverse range of scenery, castles, history, heritage, culture and wildlife, and a few pints of the black stuff too! It’s our attempt to create the best possible Ireland tour in under a week and we’re extremely proud of the result! 

So, from seafood to the traditional music, and from Galway to Cork, this Ireland tour promises to be utterly unforgettable and we can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful ancient island. 

Itinerary

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Galway to the Cliffs of Moher

This most eclectic of Wild Atlantic Tours begins in Galway, the City of Tribes and home to the famous Claddagh ring where you’ll be taken on an historical walk of the city’s medieval streets.

Experience colourful street performers and a great atmosphere in this famous, bohemian town. Duck in and out of brightly coloured shops, try on Claddagh rings and Galway shawls, pass through The Spanish Arch and hear tales of Gaelic bards and our bloody war of Independence, at the new city museum.

The day just keeps on giving as we travel southwest to The Burren, 125 square miles of limestone rock and to The Cliffs of Moher and take on a hike of the Cliffs, as the wild Atlantic roars below.

On this adventure, we’ll visit Corcomroe Abbey, a 13th century Cistercian Monastery, the 16th century Dunguaire Castle and have a short stop in the colourful fishing village of Kinvara.

The evening is yours to spend it in Doolin, The Capital City of Irish music, where you can listen to the seisún (traditional music) and enjoy the “craic”.

total driving time: 2 hours

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Doolin to Dingle

Our guided tour of Ireland continues on the search for some ancient tombs. We’ll take you to a portal tomb at Poulnabrone, the oldest megalithic burial site in Ireland, dating back to 3000BC.

A short journey from the Dolmen, the farmers at Caherconnell will treat you to a spectacular sheep dog trial. Prepared to be awestruck by the skill of the farmer and his furry friend as they gather up their flock of sheep. This is something not to be missed on your tour.

We will leave the west behind for the spectacular southern counties of Kerry and Cork. Next stop is Dingle. Finish off a perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. There you will sample their award-winning whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world.

This evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs and fantastic restaurants. Why not sit in Foxy John’s hardware store, order yourself a drink and strike up a conversation with a colourful local!

total driving time: 3 hours 15 minutes

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Dingle Peninsula

Our morning begins on Dingle Bay where we take our kayaks to visit the town’s biggest celebrity – Fungie the Dolphin and explore the caves in the bay. Alternatively, if kayaking isn’t your thing, we’ll go on a hike up Mount Brandon, where you will be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Castlegregory. If you would like a more relaxed start to your day, why not choose a stroll around the town for some retail therapy, a coffee and watch the world go by? It’s your holiday – Do it your way.

After lunch your expert Overland guide will take you on an impressive trip along one of Ireland’s most scenic roads – The Slea Head Drive. If you are lucky enough you might get to meet a couple of our local fluffy friends – baby lambs! We spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle, so you don’t need to repack your suitcase. Just relax and enjoy.

total driving time: 2 hours

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The Ring of Kerry to Kinsale

Say a fond farewell to Dingle and journey towards the Ring of Kerry. Our first stop takes us to Killarney on the Ring of Kerry. We visit parts of this scenic route and you will discover many hidden gems including Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. We will bring you on a tour of Ross Castle where you will learn what life was really like behind the stone walls.

We will stop for some shopping and lunch in the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. For your last night on tour we are excited to bring you to coastal Kinsale which is famed for its culinary culture, delivered by its many award-winning restaurants. The town also has a great tradition of poetry, silver, gold and glassware manufacturing which can be seen throughout its local shops and galleries – boasting local talented artists.

total driving time: 3 hours 15 minutes

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Cork: Kiss the Blarney Stone

Wake up refreshed and ready to be taken on a guided walking tour through the narrow streets of Kinsale. Before leaving Cork, (often referred to as Ireland’s REAL capital), we will bring you to Blarney Castle. Nobody should leave Ireland without giving the Blarney stone a big fat kiss! Kissing the Blarney Stone is said to give the kisser the treasured “gift of the gab”. You can let us know if it works!

Our final stop on this small group tour is the Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is over 1000 years old. You will take in its medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle. A fantastic end to your trip.

Your guided tour of Ireland is coming to an end, but our guides will journey back with you to our bustling capital city, Dublin, armed with recommendations of things to see and do if you have a little time left. Perhaps this is just the perfect opportunity to sit back and soak up all that you have experienced over the last 5 days, in one of our most diverse and jaw dropping Wild Atlantic Tours.

total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Founded in 2014, Overland Ireland was the brainchild of avid adventurers Clodagh and Reinier.

After overlanding, touring, and guiding across the world, they believed that they had all the ingredients to offer a magical product to tourists visiting the Emerald Isle.

Overland Ireland’s love for the great outdoors, Irish culture and heritage and, of course, music and craic has inspired them to share every off-the-beaten-track hidden gem with the rest of the world.

Every year Overland Ireland continues to welcome hundreds of new friends from all corners of the world and help them to discover and explore Ireland’s playground.

Team Overland believes that big things come in small packages. Their small group tours concentrate on offering big experiences to all our guests. The team knows individual attention and care is key to making every customer’s holiday unique, exciting and unforgettable.

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What's included

What is included and excluded in your tour?

We are one of the only tour companies to include as much as we can into your tour price. So there are no hidden surprises on your tour, and this takes away the hassle about thinking of unexpected charges.

You will notice the list of what’s included is very abundant and covers entrance fees, transport, accommodation, WiFi on board and kayaking to name a few!

Our quest is to bring your price down and your tour experience up… to the max! This is possible with the power of a smaller group tour – the more people the merrier and certainly the more people the cheaper price!

included

  • Tour is guaranteed
  • Small and Friendly Group size, max 15 people on tour

  • 4 nights local guest house and boutique hotel accommodation, carefully selected by our team

  • Passionate and knowledgeable local guides

  • Transport to all locations by air-conditioned Mercedes Coaches

  • Experiences to teach you about our unique Irish culture

  • Orientation tour of each and every location

  • All taxes and charges

  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit

  • Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay or Surfing

  • Distillery tour

  • Cycling tour Aran Islands

  • Guided walking tours in Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, Kinsale

  • Sheep Dog Trials Show

  • Great Irish Breakfast (also vegan, vegetarians etc. are catered for)

  • Guided tour of the Rock of Cashel

  • Blarney Stone Entrance

  • Entrance fees to National Parks

  • We know everyone’s budget and taste for food are different, so lunch and dinners are not included in your tour price. You have the freedom to choose from fine-dining or simply having some fish and chips. There are so many places along the way to suit all taste buds and all budgets. So you will be spoiled for choice! Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy great menus too from cafés and restaurants that cater for any dietary requirements.

excluded

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Snacks and Drinks

  • Gratuities (optional)

  • Optional Activities such as horse-riding and Golf

  • Private room upgrade for solo travelers

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