The mother of all tours! Join us for this great tour which will explore the best of Ireland, with relaxing 1 and 2 night stays! This tour allows you to explore more of the coastal areas of Ireland in more detail.
We offer two choices of accommodation on this tour. This allows everyone the chance to join our world-famous fun tours of Ireland while staying in the Accommodation type that best meets their needs and budget.
Backpacker: This is the best value level of accommodation, where you stay in hostels in shared dormitory style rooms, sharing with other tour members. Basic Breakfast is included. No single supplements!
Economy Private Rooms: This option stays in B&B’s, Apartments & Budget Hotels. Guests enjoy breakfast each morning, with a variety of Continental and full Irish Breakfasts. All private rooms are en-suite.
From May-October we also offer a hotel version of this tour - see our 9 day tour section for more details!
A Supplement price per room per night will apply when choosing single rooms.
We begin the day with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness, a great way to begin the tour and make new friends! We then make our way to the midlands of Ireland. We visit the beautiful Rock of Castle Dunamase, steeped in Irish legend in the Golden Vale, Ireland's finest agricultural land with its rolling fields and pastures fresh. In the afternoon we stop at the beautiful heritage town of Adare with its fabulous thatched cottages, renowned for being regularly voted Ireland's tidiest town. Tonight we stay in your very own Irish pub, the Randy Leprechaun on the Dingle Peninsula Where we include a complimentary Irish welcome drink.. Here we mix with the locals, and enjoy the characteristics of a genuine Irish small-village, away from the hustle and bustle. Pull up a stool by the fire or choose to dance the night away!
Today we take the short drive to Dingle, a charming Gaelic speaking fishing village. Famed in many films like Far and Away and Ryan's Daughter, Dingle is celebrated for having most pubs in Ireland for a town of its size, 52 pubs and 2000 people. We cannot forget Dingle's most famous resident, Fungi the Dolphin who we shall time to visit in the early afternoon. Then it's off on a wonderful pleasant trip around Slea Head with amazing views of Sleeping Giant Island, the Blasket Islands, and Beehive Huts dating back to 2000 B.C. Regarded as the most beautiful Peninsula in the world by many photographic magazines, Slea Head has some of Ireland's most fabulous beaches and is definitely the highlight of Ireland's famed Wild Atlantic Way. This area is completely Gaelic speaking, and you may even get to hear some of the locals converse in this ancient language. Then it's back to Dingle where there is ample time for shopping in traditional arts and crafts stores, lunch in one of the many colorful pubs with local musicians playing some mystic tunes. We complete our day with a visit to Ireland's longest beach at Inch, connecting Dingle Peninsula to the Ring of Kerry before continuing on to our evening destination at Killarney where we stay for the next 2 nights.
Today we embark on the world famous Ring of Kerry. The day begins with a horse and cart ride through Killarney National Park (optional) or horseback ride through the park for the energetic and adventurous (optional). Next it's off on our journey that combines emerald pastures and villages with jaw dropping views of cliffs, mountains and ancient pagan forts. Highlights include vistas of the Skellig rocks, and the beautiful town of Waterville once home of the legendary Charlie Chaplin. After lunch we find ourselves in the homeland of Daniel O'Connell, known as the father of the nation and the man who brought Catholic emancipation to Ireland in the early 1800s. Our afternoon is packed with many highlights including Moll's Gap, Ladies View, Leprechaun Crossing, Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House and much more.
Our day begins by crossing the Cork and Kerry mountains and heading for the world renowned Blarney Castle. Here we spend plenty of time (2h) visiting the Castle, and kissing the Blarney Stone endowing us with the gift of eloquent speech (gift of the gab) for 7 years. Surrounded by beautiful and majestic gardens, we may also take the time to visit the Blarney Woolen mills, the world's largest Irish shop. Our next stop is Cork, Ireland's second largest city and home of the magnificent English Markets which were recently visited by Queen Elizabeth herself. Here you can sample a wide array of Irish local produce from artisan meats to excellent cheeses, the English Markets are home to some of the best and most diverse produce to be found on the island. Your guide shall point out some of the city's highlights including Patrick Street, and the beautiful River Lee before heading off to Cobh (Queenstown) which was the last departure port of RMS Titanic. We hear stories of millions of Irish people that emigrated between the 1840. -1950., especially during the desolate and very sad times of the Irish famine. We see the Titanic monument in the town center, and visit the impressive St. Coleman's Cathedral. Finally we spend the night in Cork, and enjoy a great night out where you may sample the local Murphy's stout.
Leaving Cork, our first stop will be a photo of the beautiful Bunratty Castle.Today's emphasis shall be the Wild Atlantic way, visiting CLIFFS OF MOHER, the most popular natural tourist destination in Ireland and most spectacular cliffs in Europe. Rising over 700 ft in height, these cliffs are home to some of natures most majestic birds including puffins, gannets and many more. Doolin, the home of Irish traditional music is our lunch stop before continuing onwards to explore the Burren, a lunar landscape dating back 300 million years with unique features like underground rivers and waterfalls. Our journey takes us along the West Coast of Clare, and Galway Bay with fabulous vistas of the Aran Islands before stopping at Corcomroe Abbey one of Ireland's finest examples of the Island of Saints and Scholars. We overnight in Galway known as the city of the tribes and Ireland's cultural capital, with a vast array of fine seafood eateries, and home to an endless selection of traditional Irish music venues. Galway was also once home of Christopher Columbus, the famous explorer.
After a great night in Galway, our first stop today is the charming village of Cong famed by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the film the Quiet Man. The village is home to Ashford Castle a regular haunt for the rich and famous and wedding venue for a host of international stars. We have time to visit Cong Abbey before heading off through parts of Connemara to the Museum of Country Life. Here we are introduced to the Irish way of life that has existed in this rugged and beautiful part of country since 1800s. Our lunch stop today shall be Ireland's premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, County Sligo. We watch some of Ireland's finest breakers roll against our Atlantic shores before heading off through the poetic heartland of Ireland, W.B. Yeat's country. We visit his final resting place in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire the beautiful Benbulben referenced in many of his poems. Our final stop of the day is a blast from the past, at the portal tomb of Creevykeel dating back to the pagan years in Ireland that gives us an insight to our earliest inhabitants from the stone age and their rituals and burial ceremonies. Our overnight tonight is in the 2013 European city of culture, the most historic city of Derry.
Begin today with an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls (1613.) and the well known Bogside district famed in the U2 song "Bloody Sunday" after the tragic events of January 1971. Onwards to Grianan of Aileach a hilltop fort, 3000 years old with panoramic views of 5 of the counties of Ulster and legendary stories from every era of Irish history. Glenveagh National Park, Ireland's premier National Park is our afternoon destination. Here we take the opportunity to enjoy nature with lakeside walks and a visit to Glenveagh Castle. Then it's onwards to Northern Ireland's capital, Belfast or Derry (depending on availability) where we spend the night.
Today we cruise the beautiful North Antrim Coast. We initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by the Game of Thrones along with views of Ballintoy Harbour. Our next stop is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (seasonal, cross at your own risk by making a small charitable donation to the National Trust, the UK registered charity that maintains the Bridge), once a bridge used by the salmon fisherman to net their catches today it is hugely popular with international travelers and sightseers. We continue along the coastal route, with fantastic views and photo opportunities of Whitepark Bay. Next it's Northern Ireland's highlight the Giant's Causeway with its 37,000 basalt columns who's tops form stepping stones leading from Ireland to Scotland and famed in the legend of Fionn MacCool. We end the day with a photo-stop at Dunluce castle, once a stronghold of the McDonald clan of Scotland before returning to Belfast for our final night of the tour. ***Guest Notice 24th May 2017*** "Unfortunately Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was seriously damaged on 24th May 2017 and is now closed for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the tour will not be stopping here until further notice (the bridge is unlikely to re- open until the end of summer season)."
We begin the day with Belfast's number 1 visitor attraction, the Titanic Experience. Here we learn all about the ill-fated ship, from how she was built, to the people who built her, and the complete story from her inception to her tragic demise. After this wonderful experience, we take a city tour of the highlights of Belfast including City Hall, Queen's University, Botanic Gardens and much more. You will have plenty of time for lunch, shopping and/or a Black Taxi tour of the political murals and of course the Peace Walls which divide the Catholic Republicans from the Protestant Loyalist communities. Then it's off to Dublin where we stop en-route at Monasterboice to view the Celtic crosses and Round Towers of this early Christian site. This tour drops at Dublin airport at approx 4pm and city center at approx 4:30 pm.