Our seven day north by west experience is one of our most popular cultural and historical tours of Ireland. On this easygoing experience tour of Ireland, you will embrace Irish history, from famine to freedom, in just seven days. Sweeping down from the land of giants to the castle of pirates, our Irish local tour guides will elevate this accessible and immersive experience through the majesty of storytelling, including tales of modern conflict in Belfast and Derry, and ancient Celtic folklore.




  • Easygoing experience tour of Ireland
  • Option to choose to experience the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor by bus or pony & trap
  • Walk the legendary Giants Causeway 
  • Visit the impressive Kylemore Abbey
  • Take a famous black taxi tour of Belfast or visit the gigantic Titanic Museum
  • Dare to cross the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge
  • Discover the ancient Donegal fort  ‘Griannan of Aileach’
  • 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
  • Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.


7 Full day easygoing experience tour of Ireland 

2 Nights Accommodation in Clifden. 

1 Nights Accommodation in  Ardara, Galway and Ballycastle. 

Services of a highly-trained and professional Irish Experience tour guide

6 delicious and hot filling Irish breakfasts 

7 Full days in a luxury touring vehicle

Scenic walk to Slane Hill and along River Boyne

Discover the ancient Donegal Ringfort

Historical walking tour of Derry and the city walls.

Entrance fee to Kylemore Abbey

Experience traditional Irish music sessions in local cosy pubs

Sheep Dog demonstration in a locally run family farm

Ferry cruise to Aran Islands and island bus tour

Entrance fee to Giants Causeway 

Scenic train journey across Irelands Hidden Heartlands

Leisure time to pursue independent interests 

Easygoing walks or activities for all levels of fitness (optional)

All relevant taxes


Lunch and dinner

Food and Drinks

Gratuities (optional)


Travel Insurance (Can be booked via Nomads HERE)

Dublin Accommodation pre or post tour

Any flexible and optional activities named below 


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

  • Revel at the Friary church and monastic ruin on The Hill of Slane, with its beautiful views of The Boyne Valley.
  • 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.

Start the day on the Antrim coast before heading to Derry.

  • Walk in the footsteps of the mythical Irish giant, Finn McCool, on the legendary Giant’s Causeway.
  • Cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge over the ocean Indiana Jones style (Tour Option – £9 per person).
  • Photo stop at the historic ruins of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
  • Taste Irish whiskey on a guided tour of Bushmills – one of the world’s oldest licensed distilleries (Tour Option – £7 per person)
  • Overnight in Derry

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Explore Derry before departing Northern Ireland, ending the day in the hills of Donegal.

  • Take a guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry, Ireland’s only walled city (Tour Option – £4 per person).
  • Visit an ancient stone ringfort at Grianán of Aileach.
  • From the Hills of Donegal to a magnificent drive over the Glengesh Pass, and the Assaranca Waterfall.
  • 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 of Ireland’s most beautiful regions, Connemara.
  • Wander the wild stone path along the Slieve League Cliffs –  Option to take a guided boat trip under these dramatic 600m/2000ft cliffs  (Tour Option – €20 per person).
  • Honour Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, WB Yeats, in Sligo.
  • Stroll around one of Ireland’s most atmospheric towns, Westport
  • Visit the ruins of 16th-century Murrisk Abbey and the National Famine Memorial.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Doolough Valley.
  • Overnight in Connemara

The average driving time today is 3 hour 30 minutes.

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 is yours to design. Relax with downtime in Clifden.
  • Meet your guide and head out for a tour of the Connemara Region
    • Admire Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings
    • Wander Kylemore’s wonderful landscaped gardens.
    • Discover the picture-postcard beauty of the Inagh Valley & Sky Road.
    • Drop by Clifden, a quaint town at the heart of Connemara.
    • Accommodation tonight is once again in Connemara

    The average driving time today is 2 hours.

Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor. Miles of stone walls awaits

  • Enjoy a 40 min boat trip to the island & choose to explore the island by bus with a local guide or on pony & trap
  • Discover the most impressive stone fort in Ireland at Dun Aengus.
  • Drop by local market shops for the famous Aran sweaters.
  • Visit a nice cosy Pub for food and a traditional Irish music experience.
  • Transfer bus back to Galway
  • Overnight in Galway
  • Stroll around the tribal city of Galway and take it all in – the busker music, the cobblestone lanes, the contemporary flair that blends well with its medieval past, and of course, the oysters’
  • You will have some free time to soak up the atmosphere. Street performers, live music and dance and colourful locals will keep you entertained during your stay.
  • End your easygoing experience tour of Ireland with a train journey back to Dublin through the lush rolling hills and patchwork farmland of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

7 Day North by West Experience 2022 Departures

21st April 2022
19th May 2022
16th June 2022
14th July 2022
18th August 2022
15th September 2022
6th October 2022
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  • Black Cab Tour

Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.

  • Canoe journey on River Boyne

Guided open boat tour along the ancient river Boyne.

  • Titanic Experience

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

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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

  • Bushmills Distillery Tour

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

  • Dunluce Castle

Self-guided tour of clifftop Dunluce Castle.

  • Cycling Tour of Connemara
Self Guided bike tour of  Connemara Region on-road and paths. 3 hrs
  • Sea Kayaking Killary Fjord

Guided Kayaking trip across Killary Fjord


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 not guaranteed
  • Breakfast provided


Original Irish Hotels

Formerly Manor House Hotels & Irish Country Hotels, we are 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.

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sunset view at the Giants causeway
young travelers at the peace wall Belfast city
crossing the rope bridge at Carrick a Rede
couple overlooking Connemara on small group tour
group biking on Aran Islands
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Solo traveler taking in the fresh sea air at the Giants Causeway
colourful harbour view of Cushden hotel with small blue and red boats
night time view of Titanic Museum Northern Ireland
Ancient stone fort at Grianán of Aileach, County Donegal
a group of girls having a picnic on the beach on the Aran islands