With the bonus of overnighting in 3 towns for two nights each, you’ll get more time to travel slow and properly immerse yourself in the local area. Experience amazing castles and coastline along Ireland’s southwestern Wild Atlantic Way. Stay in an Irish castle hotel. Discover the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, the world-famous Cliffs of Moher, and the Dingle Peninsula. You also get the chance to tour both the historic Ross & Cahir Castle, admire the impressive Rock of Cashel and visit the Cliffs of Moher. And so much more!

This cultural and historical tour of Ireland is a truly authentic Irish experience at a very easygoing pace yet packed full of gentle activities, that includes two nights stays in Connemara, Dingle and Killarney giving you plenty of room for spare time, allowing guests to head off on their own journeys of discovery. If you’re looking for something more active, check out our Adventure Tours of Ireland.

 

Clifden (9)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy a sheepdog demo on a working Irish sheep farm.
  • Overnight in an Irish Castle hotel
  • Take a boat trip around the amazing Skellig Islands.
  • Feel the magic and see stunning sights on the world-famous Ring of Kerry.
  • Experience the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor by bike, bus or pony & trap
  • Visit the impressive Cliffs of Moher & Ross Castle.
  • Discover Irish crafts and “the craic” in Dingle, a harbour town of great charm and superb traditional pubs.
  • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park
  • Visit the medieval Cahir Castle
  • Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

8 Full days on tour

2 Nights Accommodation in Clifden, Killarney and Dingle 

1 Nights Accommodation in Doolin. 

Overnight in a historic Irish castle hotel

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

7 delicious and hot filling Irish breakfasts 

8 Full days in a luxury touring vehicle

Guided tour of Killarney National Park

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 Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Ross 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 

ITINERARY:

Leave the capital and enjoy the scenic drive to Ireland’s most beautiful regions, Connemara.

  • 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
  • From there it is then through the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region. Your base is Clifden Village, where you’ll indulge in homemade food sourced from the land you’re staying on. Work up an appetite exploring the walking trails in the area. When the evening comes, there’s nothing left to do but lounge around the open fire, toasting Connemara peated whiskey and gazing out the bay windows looking up at the surrounding mountains & stars.
  • Clifden is famous for its lively pubs where you can enjoy trad Irish music sessions followed by a pint of the black stuff.
  • Overnight in Clifden

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
    • Visit 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.
    • Scenic drive via Killary Fjord and mountains
    • 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.
  • Pass by the remaining two Aran Islands en route back to Doolin in County Clare
  • Visit a nice cosy Pub for food and traditional Irish music experience.

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

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.
  • 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 for 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 at 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 visit to Ross Castle (included) on the edge of Lough Leane. Built by an Irish chieftain in the fifteenth century.
  • Opt to 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 ​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 board the 4 pm train (included) to take you back to Heuston Station in Dublin city. (Journey time 1hr 30 mins)

Drive time today is 3 hours approx

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Additional information

Departure Point8.30am Jurys Inn, Moore St Plaza, Parnell St, Store Street, Dublin, Ireland

OPTION 1:

B&B (Bed and Breakfast or Guest House)

The real Irish B&B experience is the opportunity to stay in an Irish family run business and immerse yourself in their Irish traditions and culture. You will be greeted with the warmest of Irish welcomes.  They are great value for money, with a real home from home 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

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.

small group of travelers getting ready for a boat trip down the river Boyne
small group tour enjoying their Cliffs of Moher tour from Dublin
senior traveler enjoying the views on a small group hiking tour to the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Ireland
a group of people enjoying their meal at local gourmet food restaurant in Ireland
small group at Torc Waterfall Killarney National Park
biking through Killarney National Park
local guide mark on his castle on Inisoirr , Aran Islands
small group standing on the cliff edge on the Dingle peninsula
group enjoying a meal in Kilkenny city
friends sharing a moment at Glendalough
solo traveler at Connemara National Park
a group taking photo of sheep on Valentia Island
Aerial view of Dunmore Head, Co Kerry part of our small group tour of Ireland