This is a once in a lifetime easygoing experience of Ireland that will truly take you beyond the guidebooks. On this small-group tour of Ireland, we will ensure you delve into our rich cultural tapestry that will be brought to life by our ​​Irish local tour guides, who are not only master storytellers but purveyors of the absolute craic!

 

Visit the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way; tour the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland; discover remote Donegal; get lost in medieval Kilkenny; delve into our heritage in Viking Waterford. Enjoy two days in Connemara, two nights in Dingle and two nights on the fringes of Killarney National Park. Sit back and relax in comfort, and let our team take you on this culturally immersive tour of Ireland. If you’d like something similar, with some adventure activities included, check out our 11 Day Full Irish Adventure.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experience the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor by bus or pony & trap
  • Visit the impressive Cliffs of Moher, the fortress of Cahir Castle & walk the legendary Giants Causeway
  • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park by pony & trap 
  • Dare to cross the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge
  • Discover the ancient fort of  Griannan of Aileach
  • Enjoy a sheepdog demo with purebred border collies Sam and Jess herding sheep on a local run farm nestled between the Slieve Mish mountains and the picturesque Tralee Bay
  • Travel along the Antrim Coast taking in many stunning Game of Thrones locations
  • Learn the tragic history of Derry City on an award-winning historical walking tour
  • Visit the ancient settlement of Glendalough
  • Walk in the footsteps of witches on the medieval mile in Kilkenny City 
  • Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 13 Full days on an easygoing experience of Ireland
  • Overnights: Clifden x 2, Killarney x 2, Dingle x 2, Westport x 2, Ballycastle x 1, Donegal x 1, Kilkenny x 1, Doolin x 1
  • Services of a highly-trained and professional Irish Experience tour guide
  • 12 delicious and hot filling Irish breakfasts
  • 13 Full days in a luxury touring vehicle
  • Discover the ancient Donegal Ringfort
  • Historical walking tour of Derry.
  • Guided tour of Killarney National Park
  • Experience traditional Irish music sessions in local cosy pubs
  • Sheep Dog demonstration on a locally run family farm
  • Entrance fee to Giants Causeway, Glendalough, Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and Cliffs of Moher
  • Ferry journey across the River Shannon
  • Leisure time to pursue independent interests
  • Easygoing walks or activities for all levels of fitness (optional)
  • All relevant taxes

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

Lunch and dinner

Food and Drinks

Gratuities (optional)

Flights

Travel Insurance (Can be booked via Nomads HERE)

Dublin Accommodation pre or post tour

Any flexible and optional activities named below 

Full Irish Experience (13 Days)

Dates & AvailabilityFrom EUR
€2549

ITINERARY:

Begin your easygoing experience of Ireland from Dublin and travel to Antrim’s Causeway Coast via Belfast.

  • On this easygoing experience of Ireland, we cross into Northern Ireland (remember, UK £ sterling required).
  • Explore Belfast with a guided Black Cab Tour (Tour Option – £15 per person), and enjoy a visit to the fantastic Titanic Centre (Tour Option – £18.50 per person) or follow the Glass of Thrones trail.
  • Discover one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Overnight at Ballycastle.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

This morning we will take in Game of Thrones locations and the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean below.
  • The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.
  • Take a guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry, Ireland’s only walled city
  • Visit an ancient stone ringfort at Grianán of Aileach.
  • Visit Eddie Doherty’s weaving studio. One of Ireland’s few remaining handweavers
  • Traditional Irish music and crafts in the quaint town of Ardara.
Overnight in Adara, Donegal

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Explore Donegal, and enjoy the scenic drive to Ireland’s most beautiful regions.
  • From the Hills of Donegal to a magnificent drive over the Glengesh Pass.
  • Wander the wild stone path along the Slieve League Cliffs – these dramatic 600m/2000ft cliffs
  • Drive along the coastline of Mullaghmore Head and after, stop by the small fishing village of Mullaghmore. Savour some fresh seafood and enjoy a warm welcome from the locals.
  • Look out for the majestic Classiebawn Castle in the distance and admire the picturesque stone harbour.
  • Visit Glencar Waterfall – Hidden away within the lush forest isn’t the biggest waterfall in Ireland but it’s undoubtedly one of its most picturesque.
  • Arrive in time for an evening stroll around one of Ireland’s most atmospheric towns, Westport
Overnight in Westport
The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.
Today you have a chance to discover Westport and beyond.
  • Choose to climb Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s Holy Mountain
  • Hire a bike and discover the amazing Great Western Greenway from Achill Island to Westport
  • Book a 90 mins cruise, and explore the World Famous Clew Bay; its 365 islands, seal colony, and Inishgort Lighthouse, the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick & John Lennon’s Island.
  • Or just spend the day wandering the town’s colourful streets, visiting friendly pubs and cafes and craft shops.
  • You will have the evening free to experience this most exciting market town, full of fantastic pubs and restaurants, many with traditional Irish music. 
Overnight in Westport
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to meet your guide to visit Westport House, followed by a tour of the Connemara Region
  • Explore historic Westport House one of County Mayo’s best-loved attractions with beautiful parklands and lakes.
  • Learn about fascinating history of Westport House that goes back to the 1500s when the famous Pirate Queen of Connaught, Grace O’Malley, built one of her castles here.
  • Visit the ruins of 16th-century Murrisk Abbey and the National Famine Memorial.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Doolough Valley and its tragic and haunting past
  • Discover the picture-postcard beauty of Killary Fjord & mystic fairy trees.
  • Listen to toe-tapping Irish music in local pubs
Overnight in Clifden
The average driving time today is 2 hours.

We spend another day and night in the wilderness of Connemara, so you don’t need to repack your suitcase. Just relax and enjoy.

  • After breakfast, meet your guide and head out for a tour of the Connemara Region.
  • First up, before the crowds start to arrive we will go for a morning stroll around Connemara National Park.
  • Next up is a visit to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings. Wander Kylemore’s wonderful landscaped gardens.
  • Return to Clifden and Discover the picture-postcard beauty of the Inagh Valley & Sky Road.
  • Arrive back in Clifden in the late afternoon for time to enjoy the town’s atmosphere, its people, colourful cafes, pubs and craft stores.

 

The average driving time today is 2 hours. 

Today is yours by design as you can choose between Option A & Option B;

Option A: 

Travel back in time and spend a whole day on the Gaelic-speaking island of Inis Mor.

  • Depart from Rossaveal in County Galway on a 40 min boat trip to the island (€40 return)
  • Choose to explore the island by bus with a local guide or by bike. (€20 to €25)
  • Discover the most impressive stone fort in Ireland at Dun Aengus.
  • Drop by local market shops for the famous Aran sweaters.
  • Return on a 60 min boat trip to Doolin in County Clare, where you’ll be met by your driver/guide.

Option B:

Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way with your driver/guide via Galway Bay & The Burren Region

  • Explore the lunar landscape of the Burren and travel along the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Your first photo stop is at the 16th Century Dunguaire Castle on the outskirts of Kinvara. One of the most photographed castles in the whole of Ireland.
  • Then it’s on through the glacio-karst landscape of the Burren and past by Corcomroe Abbey.
  • You will follow the Coast Road with views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, making a short stop to walk on the lunar-like landscape of the Burren
  • Arrive in Doolin village in the late afternoon with plenty of time to visit the local craft shops, colourful cafes and lively pubs.

From the mighty cliffs to the magical kingdom as we move from Clare to Kerry.

  • Don’t look down, it’s the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher – a must-stop on this small group tour of Ireland.
  • Watch out for dolphins as we take a ferry across the mighty mouth of the Shannon – the longest river in Ireland or Britain!
  • Enjoy a spectacular sheepdog demonstration on a locally run farm.
  • Drive over Ireland’s highest mountain road, The Conor Pass.
  • Roll into bustling Dingle just in time for a creamy pint of Guinness.
  • Overnight in Dingle.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

This morning you will meet up with your professional driver/guide, where jaw-dropping scenery and knife-edge drops are guaranteed on a leisurely drive around Slea Head.

After lunch is yours to design. Relax with downtime in Dingle. Or partake of the following options:

  •  By boat discover the historic Dingle Bay (Tour Option – €15-20 per person).
  • Take a guided craft tour of a working Irish crystal studio.
  • Sample craft Irish whiskey and gin at Dingle Distillery (Tour Option – €15 per person).
  • Stroll Dingle’s streets for a quirky mix of craft studios, lively pubs, fantastic food, and traditional Irish music.

The average driving time today is 1 hour 30 minutes.

Today we’re touring the scenic Ring of Kerry route, circuiting the Iveragh peninsula from Dingle to Killarney

  • Explore 1400 years of history on a boat trip around the Skellig Islands (Tour Option – €40 per person). Seasonal departures: May to September.
  • Get a taste of local Irish culture, history, and ice cream on Valentia Island.
  • Discover Derrynane, historic home (Tour Option – €5 per person) and golden sand beach.
  • Your accommodation is the ​centrally-located at the edge of Killarney National Park

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Explore Killarney at your leisure

  • Take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park (Tour Option – €15 per person).
  • See the magical 1,000-year-old yew tree growing at the heart of ruined Muckross Abbey.
  • Catch traditional Irish music and outstanding local food in picturesque Killarney.
  • Scenic, short hike to Torc Waterfall.
  • Admire charming 19th century Muckross House Gardens.
  • Your accommodation is the ​centrally-located at the edge of Killarney National Park

The average driving time today is 1 hour.

This morning after a hearty breakfast we depart Killarney for Cahir Castle.

  • Our morning drive takes through the heart of North Cork. Passing through many colourful small towns and villages, and lush Irish countryside.
  • Cahir Castle, on the river tSuir, is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved medieval castles. It has featured in productions like Excalibur and The Tudors.
  • Tour the epic Rock of Cashel with its stunning natural setting and historic architecture.
  • Arriving in the medieval city of Kilkenny, you will have the opportunity for a self-guided walking tour around the medieval mile. Meet the witch Dame Alice Kyteler, rhymes, taverns, crime, punishments and much more.
  • Enjoy some free time in Kilkenny to explore the medieval mile, craft studios, cafés and numerous quaint independent shops.
  • Sample Ireland’s famous nightlife and musical culture in Kilkenny.

Overnight in Kilkenny

Drive time today is 3 hours approx

Before we say goodbye to our small group tour of Ireland, there’s still time for some of Ireland’s top highlights, your tour takes in some amazing sights on the journey from Kilkenny to Dublin.

  • Discover the delights of Kilkenny– One of Ireland’s oldest city.
  • Enjoy some free time in Kilkenny to explore the medieval mile, craft studios, cafés and numerous quaint independent shops.
  • Take a self-guided cathedral tour at St. Canice’s or Kilkenny Castle (Tour Option – €7 per person).
  • Cross the wilderness of Wicklow Mountains National Park.
  • Explore the 6th-century monastery of Glendalough and it’s lakes and valleys.
  • Disembark your tour vehicle back at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin between 5-6 pm

This is where your easygoing experience of Ireland comes to an end – we hope you had a blast!

The average driving time today is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Full Irish Experience (13 Days)

Dates & AvailabilityFrom EUR
€2549
  • Black Cab Tour

£25.00
Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.

  • Titanic Experience

£18.50
Self-guided tour of the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

£13.00
Cross this scenic rope bridge, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bushmills Distillery Tour

£10.00
Guided walking tour of the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.

 

  • Walking Tour of Kilkenny City

€10.00
Guided walking tour of Ireland’s medieval capital.

  • Dingle Distillery Tour

€15.00
Guided tour of the distillery with craft whiskey, vodka and gin tasting.

  • Boat Trip Dingle

€15.00-€20.00
Boat trip across Dingle Bay to meet Fungie the Dolphin.

  • Skellig Islands Cruise
€40.00
Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins
  • Horse-Drawn Jaunting Tour

€15.00
A horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park.

  • St Canice’s Cathedral

€7.00
Self-guided tour of historic cathedral and round tower.

  • Smithwicks Brewery Tour

€15.00
Guided tour of Smithwick’s brewery in Kilkenny. Estd. 1710.

  • Medieval Museum

€7.00
Historic exhibition including a 13th-century chamber.

  • Ros Tapestry

€8.00/€7.00 Seniors
Exhibition of a large-scale embroidered tapestry depicting Norman history

  • Kilkenny Castle

€8.00
Self-guided tour of 12th century Kilkenny Castle.

OPTION 1:

B&B (Bed and Breakfast or Guest House)

The real Irish B&B experience is the opportunity to stay in a local family-run business. You will be greeted with the warmest of Irish welcomes.  They are great value for money, with a real small hotel experience.

  • Private rooms – single, twin, double and family rooms available
  • 3* and above rating
  • Small, locally run and independently owned accommodation
  • Low-cost, quality private accommodation
  • En-suite guaranteed
  • Breakfast provided

OPTION 2:

Original Irish Hotels

House Hotels & Irish Country Hotels, we work with a collection of unique owner-run hotels located in Ireland’s most outstanding destinations. Open the door to the magic of unmissable moments with Ireland’s leading collection of independent hotels.

  • Private rooms – single, twin, double and family rooms available
  • 3* and 4* rating
  • On-site amenities
  • Breakfast provided
  • En-suite guaranteed

Please note:

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

  • What do twin/double and single mean?

A twin room is a room with 2 single beds, whilst a double room has 1 large bed suited for two people. Both rooms are designed for double occupancy. A single room is a single bed, designed for single occupancy.

  • Are family rooms available?

We always try to accommodate your needs. For any special requests, please contact us at info@irishexperiencetours.com or call us on +353 (0)86 160 6604

Gather your favourite people to share an Irish adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip – featuring all the legendary Irish Experience hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

Choose from the selection of dates for your group; All dates are available for 8+ guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we’ll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

Ancient stone fort at Grianán of Aileach, County Donegal
sunset view at the Giants causeway
small group at Torc Waterfall Killarney National Park
friends enjoying biking on the country roads of Inismore , Aran islands
group tour of peace wall Belfast
small group tour enjoying their Cliffs of Moher tour from Dublin
a group of people enjoying their meal at local gourmet food restaurant in Ireland
murals on side of house at the Bogside Derry city Northern Ireland
historical walking tour of Derry
ancient stone fort at Donegal
Stand up paddle boarding on Dingle harbour and Fungie the Dolphin
couple smiling for a photo at Ladies View , Killarney National Park
small group doing Star Wars pose on the Dingle Peninsula
A couple on walking tour of Derry , taking a photo of The Guildhall
Torr Head hiking Causeway coast Northern Ireland
stairway to Dunluce castle on the causeway coast - Irish Experience Tours