This four day tour focuses on the wildest part of Ireland. A region where the rugged coast deserves to win every beauty pageant there is. Where the local pubs are boisterous from noon until midnight. And where the castles look strong enough to fend off an entire empire.
But it’s not all completely wild. More and more people are coming here because of the fantastic seafood, milder climate, and exceptional quality of life.
So join this tour and experience the wild part of Ireland off the beaten track.
Departing Dublin, you will travel west through the Midlands and into the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
You will arrive at Birr Castle and Gardens, a private home with extensive and beautiful grounds open to the public. Here you can learn about the bygone age of scientific discovery at the “Great Telescope”, the largest in the world for over 70 years.
As you say goodbye to Birr, the tour continues to “Ireland’s Prettiest Village”, Adare. This quaint spot has a superb collection of thatched cottages and ancient structures, including the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan Monastery, and Desmond Castle. From here, you will drive to Killarney, your home for two nights. Tonight you can relax and enjoy top quality restaurants and local music in the vibrant bars.
Today, you will explore the sights of the Ring of Kerry, 100 miles of remarkable coastal scenery.
Your tour will depart Killarney and pass Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Joining the coast road offers plenty of photo stops, with spectacular views across the Dingle Peninsula.
Your guide will make the most of your time today and your tour may stop at either Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace or Cahergal Ring Fort. After your historical excursion, you will have lunch in the small fishing village of Portmagee. This spot is as beautiful as it is tasty. You can sample the fantastic local seafood or head to the island of Valentia, where you take the Skellig Experience.
In the afternoon, you will stop for photos in Waterville, then make your way to Coonmakista Pass for one of the most superb views in Ireland.
The road then takes you down to sea level for a chance to see the home of Daniel O’Connell, Derryanne House. This stop gives you a chance to explore fine gardens and beaches, as well as the house the famous O’Connells lived in.
The tour continues around the Ring, stopping at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. Stroll along to the striking Torc Waterfall before arriving back in Killarney for the night.
Your morning starts with a journey south through Kenmare and over the dramatic Caha Pass. You descend from the mountains to the myth-strewn waters of Bantry Bay.
The tour curves along the shore line to the village of Glengarriff, where you can take a quick boat trip past a large seal colony to Garnish Island. Here you can explore the immaculate gardens and woodland trails at your leisure.
In the afternoon, follow the West Cork coastal route through Clonakilty and Timoleague before arriving in Kinsale for the night. This harbor town has an excellent reputation for food and drink - a perfect way to finish off a good day of exploring.
After a relaxed start, you will depart from cosy Kinsale towards Cork. This city is cheerfully called ‘Ireland’s real capital’ and is built on an island in the River Lee. You can browse the English Market and its stalls, marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral or ring the magnificent Shandon Bells in the 300 year old tower of St. Anne’s Church.
In the afternoon, you begin your return journey to Dublin, stopping en route at the Rock of Cashel. This geological wonder boasts an impressive medieval monastery complex sitting up on it. The limestone outcrops and superb architecture contribute to a real sense of awe. Set off from here and arrive back in Dublin in the evening.
"We love travel as much as you do. We prefer it to any roller-coaster, movie, or concert. But there are a few things we don’t always love about travel. Like when you get stranded on a dark single track road. Or end up at a large hotel that serves frozen food made 1,000 miles away. Or when you see something incredible, and have no way of finding out what it is. So, our award-winning small-group tours take care of details and ensure you and your driver-guide’s adventures are free from the things that make travel less lovable.
Here’s how we deliver travel experiences you’ll love:
You learn from the best storytellers. And this is no overstatement. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure.
You explore in top of the range 16 seat mini-coaches. This means you never get lost, you always take the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving.
You support the local communities. You do this because we take you to the lesser known attractions and recommend locally owned accommodation. What’s more, for every ton of carbon we use, we donate £10 to environmental and community projects.
You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and along the way you can choose where you want to eat, sleep and which attractions you want to see. So, if you want to stop off and feed a highland cow or maybe linger longer in the castle courtyard with a glass of wine, you can.
Guaranteed departures: you book, you go. When you choose to book with us, you’re going - no minimum numbers.
Guaranteed experience or your money back. If you feel you’ve not had the experience you deserved, and we’re at fault, we’ll give you your money back.
So, take a tour with us and learn to love travel even more than you thought you could."View Profile
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