5 Days, 7 Days
Duration
Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Killarney National Park, Ring Of Kerry, South West, Wild Atlantic Way
Location

West Cork, Rock of Cashel, Kinsale, Valentia Island, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Inis Oirr

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Please note the 5 Day Tour begins on Day 2 of the below itinerary from Cork and ends on Day 6 in Galway. 

When booking either tour – 7 Day Tour starts on Wednesdays Only & 5 Day Tour Starts on Thursdays Only

Explore one of Irelands most spectacular regions. You will visit small towns and villages bursting with myth and mystery, experience Atlantic waves crashing against rugged cliffs and castles and monasteries. All combined with beautiful short hikes in areas of outstanding natural beauty. It’s perfect for people who don’t want to be stuck in a bus all day just looking at the scenery but wish to be part of it.

The Brendan Tour is named after Ireland’s St. Brendan the Navigator who embarked on a legendary voyage that some believe took him to North America nearly 500 years before the Vikings and 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus. For 40 days St. Brendan fasted and prayed atop a mountain on the rugged Dingle Peninsula, a spindly finger of land on the west of Ireland that points directly at North America. Follow in St Brendan’s footsteps and spend 5 days exploring the Southwest of Ireland, taking in the diverse and stunning landscapes, and seeing all the highlights.

 


BRENDAN TOUR INCLUSIONS:

All transport: You’ll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around Ireland.

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation:

OPTION 1: 6 or 4nights’ quad share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels & wilderness lodges.  Upgrades to private twin and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

OPTION 2: 6 or4 nights in a twin share accommodation in a variety of classic B&Bs and hotels. Upgrades to private twin/double and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

Meals: 6 or4 breakfasts

Top rated activities:

  • Explore the mighty Rock of Cashel
  • Amazing drive around the Haven Coast of West Cork
  • Kinsale town ghost walking tour
  • Sea Kayaking or SUP in Dingle Harbour (optional extra)
  • Horse riding along the foothills of Kerry (optional extra)
  • A whiskey tasting tour of Dingle Distillery
  • Boat trip to Inis Oirr
  • Stargazing in Kerry’s Dark Sky Reserve
  • Scenic bike ride around Killarney National Park
  •  Enjoy a gentle walk along the Atlantic Edge track at The Cliffs of Moher
  •  A pleasant stroll along Bray Head on Valentia Island & Dingle Peninsula
  • Boat trip to the Skellig Islands ‘Home of Star Wars’ (optional extra)

What’s not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!


WHAT TO BRING

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.


Please note:

  • All rates are in EURO, per person, and are subject to change.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small daypack.

Additional information

Departure Point8.30am Jurys Inn, Moore St Plaza, Parnell St, Store Street, Dublin, 9.45am St Patricks Quay, Cork City, Co. Cork
AccommodationHostel, B&B

7 or 5 Day Brendan Tour – Small Group Tour

Please note the 5 Day Tour begins on Day 2 of the below itinerary from Cork and ends on Day 6 in Galway. 

When booking either tour – 7 Day Tour starts on Wednesdays Only & 5 Day Tour Starts on Thursdays Only

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Dublin to Kinsale

Today we travel south to the beginning of the Irelands most famous driving route, the Wild Atlantic Way.
En route, we will take in the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster. For more than 1,000 years the Rock was a symbol of royal and religious power; until rivalries saw Brian Boru, future High King of Ireland, take over in the 10th century.
Afterwards, we’ll head to Cork, a small city with a relaxed pace of life. You’ll have plenty of free time to wander the streets of Cork, with some fantastic sights and attractions to see and do. For example, the bustling and colourful English market, enjoy a great guided tour of the Franciscan Well Brewery, a half day trip to Blarney Castle & Stone or a visit to the ancient site of St Finbarr’s Cathedral.
From there we will make our way to the picturesque yachting harbour of Kinsale (Cionn tSáile), which is one of many colourful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets lined with galleries and gift shops, lively bars and superb restaurants, and a handsome natural harbour filled with yachts and guarded by a huge 17th-century fortress make it an engrossing place to spend a day or two.
Overnight in Kinsale
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Day 2: Kinsale to Killarney National Park

Day 1 of 5 Day Tour

Depart Kinsale for the beginning of the wild Atlantic way. This tour will take you where the locals go, travelling along an unforgettable coastal touring route to enjoy breath-taking scenery and hidden little gems and experiences. And history, echoing all along this coast: ancient sites, coastal forts, Michael Collins’ home town, the wreck of the Lusitania, and – out on the horizon – ‘Ireland’s teardrop’ the Fastnet Rock and the Franciscan friary of Timoleague
In the afternoon we will arrive in Killarney, a great place to spend half a day, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: kayaking on the lakes of Killarney or hiking through glaciated valleys, biking through the National park, climb Torc Mountain for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities are at your own expense. Accommodation located close to the town and park.
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Day 3: Killarney to Valentia Island

This morning we drive “the Ring of Kerry “, a journey through County Kerry with amazing views at high altitude with stops regularly for spectacular photos.

From there we will stop and you can either opt for a moderate walk to Valentia Island and Bray Head  (included), or opt to take  a boat trip around the  UNESCO World Heritage site of the Skellig Islands ( €50 extra – very weather dependent ) or opt to hire a bike and discover the island at your own pace (€15 extra).

After a full day of discovery, we will check into our accommodation in the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee. This is also one of the best places in Ireland to join an evening stargazing with local guides.

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Day 4: Valentia Island to Dingle

Isolated from the rest of Ireland by the impressive landscape, the Dingle Peninsula tour will take you where the locals go. We will follow a coastal trail on windswept cliffs, perched above beautiful coastlines. This amazing guided tour takes you along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way as you experience the most dramatic scenery that Ireland has to offer.

Arriving in back in Dingle town, you can opt to go sea kayaking around Dingle harbour, horse riding on the foothills and beaches or SUP boarding in the sea.

In the evening we visit the Dingle Whiskey Distillery (included), a small distillery which includes generous tastings of whiskey, vodka and gin.

We spend the night in Dingle, where we will sample the fresh seafood or and local craft beers in a nice cosy Irish Pub.

Overnight in accommodation at the edge of  Dingle

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Day 5: Dingle to Doolin

We take you away from all the hustle and bustle of the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre and bring you on a stunning guided walk of the unspoilt region along the cliffs.

The walk is along a gravel path with flagstone steps cut out of the terrain to cross the drains and streams and on the steeper inclines. The trail is not a difficult walk; it requires a basic level of fitness and a good head for heights.

You will walk along until you reach the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level, where views of the Dingle Peninsula and Loop Head in the South, the Aran Islands to the West with the Twelve Pins and mountains of Connemara to the North can be seen on a clear day.

After the ramble, you will get the chance to experience a traditional Irish music night with some local craft beers in a nice cosy Irish Pub.

Overnight in Doolin.

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Day 6: Inis Oirr to Galway

Day 5 of 5 Day Tour

Travel back in time! We spend a day on Inis  Oirr, the smallest and less inhabited of the Aran Islands. The locals are fluent Irish (Gaelic) speakers and you’re free to explore the island and get chatting to them over a pint, miles of stone walls wait as you walk, hire a horse and cart or rent a bike to explore the island. You can’t miss the awe-inspiring Plassy Shipwreck.

After a tremendous day, it’s time to head back to the city of tribes, Galway city.
Here you will have ample time to explore the medieval streets of the city and listen to the many talented street artists along with its busy streets. Galway is truly a top-class city, with its friendly people and lively pubs. It’s a city that promotes true Gaelic culture of Ireland.
Overnight in Galway City
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Day 7: Galway to Dublin

After a full morning free time to spend wandering the streets of Galway, it’s then back to Dublin.
This is where your Irish Adventure ends, we hope you have enjoyed your time spent with us!

Irish Experience Tours are small group tours based on a fixed itinerary where you stay with the same guide and group of travellers.

Think of it as a road trip experience, where your guide takes you on a once-of-a-lifetime journey, with plenty of awesome stops along the way showing you the real Ireland!

What’s included?

  • Bus transport around South West Ireland
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • All accommodation  – (upgrades available)
  • Some meals and a selection of activities (as indicated on each tour’s itinerary)
  • Special deals on activities

What’s not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time in Valentia Island, Doolin, Killarney & Dingle.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks and hikes give you time to share the experience with like-minded travelling companions.

ACCOMMODATION

We’ve chosen high-quality accommodation in a variety of hostels, bed and breakfasts, Guesthouses, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.

OPTION 1

Quality – Hostel ­& Lodge:

Rest up for next day’s adventure in atmospheric and centrally located hostel & lodge accommodation. All prices are based on per person sharing

Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

(*single room supplement €25 per person per night)

(*double/twin room supplement €15 per person per night)

OPTION 2

Classic – Bed & Breakfast ­& Hotel

Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming and locally owned Bed & Breakfast & Hotel accommodation.

Twin-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

(*single room supplement €30 per person per night)

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (info@irishexperiencetours.com) to book.

Please note: 

Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.