Discover the rugged beauty of the south and west coasts of Ireland on this immersive and accessible tour of Ireland. On this easygoing tour of Ireland, we will explore everything from the Wild Atlantic Way and the world-famous Cliffs of Moher to storied castles, heritage sites, and ancient Celtic landmarks. This experience allows you to connect with ancient Ireland by exploring its treasure trove of historic attractions, and quaint villages bursting with myth and mystery. This tour is part of our slow travel experiences of Ireland, making it the perfect tour for people of all ages and fitness levels. If you’re looking for something more active, check out our Adventure Tours of Ireland.
- Enjoy a sheepdog demo on a working Irish sheep farm.
- Dine out at the foodie capital of Ireland, Kinsale
- Take a trip back in time at Cahir Castle
- Feel the magic and see stunning sights on the world-famous Ring of Kerry.
- Experience the Gaelic speaking Aran Islands by bike, bus or pony & trap
- Visit the impressive Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher & kiss the Blarney stone.
- 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 by jaunting cart
- Walk in the cobbled streets of Galway and soak up its lively atmosphere
- Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.
- 7 Day easygoing tour of Ireland
- Overnights: Dingle x 2, Galway x 1, Doolin x 1, Killarney x 1, Kinsale x 1
- 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
- Walking tour of Galway City
- Highlights 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
- Entrance fee to Clonmacnoise, Cliffs of Moher, Cahir Castle & Blarney Castle
- All relevant taxes
Lunch and dinner
Food and Drinks
Travel Insurance (Can be booked via Nomads HERE)
Dublin Accommodation pre or post tour
Atlantic Way Experience (7 Days)
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- Tour the epic site of the Original seat of the kings of Munster with its stunning natural setting and historic architecture.
- Follow the Golden Vale, Its rich grasslands are the focus for the most extensive dairy farming activity in Ireland.
- Travel back in time on a guided tour at Cahir Castle, one of Ireland’s largest medieval fortress
- After a full day wandering the ancient sites of Ireland, it’s then onto to explore the picture-perfect town of Kinsale –With beautiful scenes that meander on the edge of Kinsale’s picturesque harbour and bring you to the heritage site of Charles Fort, Kinsale’s Scilly Walk is anything but!
- Explore the amazing gardens, take in some shopping at the famous Blarney Woollen Mills or simply indulge in the atmosphere in the village of Blarney enjoying some local homemade scones with coffee.
- Head further southwest to the Kingdom of Kerry and discover the highlights and the magic of the Ring of Kerry. Visit the heritage town of Kenmare, the jaw dropping sights of Molls Gap and Ladies view.
- Explore Killarney National Park with your driver/guide, See the magical 1,000-year-old yew tree growing at the heart of the ruined Muckross Abbey, Scenic photo stop at Torc Waterfall, Admire charming 19th-century Muckross House Gardens.
- Get lost in your thoughts while wandering the wide, clean, and serene beach of Inch Strand.
- Drive the famous and curvy Slea Head Drive. Once described by National Geographic as the most beautiful place on earth, we drive along the edge of the peninsula with the wild Atlantic Ocean to our left and the patchwork green fields to our right.
- Here you’ll discover local secluded beaches, and ancient stone huts and have plenty of free time to take photos and experience the majestic surroundings.
- Captivating views of the nearby Blasket Islands rising dramatically from the sea make this an excellent space for photos. If the weather stays pleasant, you can ramble along the beaches and cliff tops to fully appreciate the incredible vistas. A landscape steeped in Gaelic literature, you have the chance to learn about its influence on Irish literary culture.
- The day ends in the celebrated, cosy coastal town of Dingle. The evening is yours to experience the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants, and to stumble across unforgettable traditional music sessions.
- Dingle Sea Safari – €65.00
- Dingle Sea Kayaking – €55.00
- Visit Dick Macks Brewery Tours – €25.00
- Visit Dingle Distilery Tours – €25.00
- Guided horse ride near Ventry – €55.00
- Dingle Tasting Tours – €80.00
- We will stop for what many travelers believe is their tour highlight, where you’ll experience a local sheepdog demonstration on a nearby farm by the sea. Here you will have the opportunity to watch their purebred border collies Sam & Jess herding sheep on the farm. You’ll also get the chance to bottle-feed baby lambs.
- Watch out for dolphins as we take a ferry across the mighty mouth of the Shannon – the longest river in Ireland or Britain!
- After lunch, we visit the Cliffs of Moher. Here there is an option to take an off-the-beaten-track self-guided walk from Doolin to The Cliffs Of Moher through, the unspoilt region along the cliffs. If you or members of your group prefer not to do the walk, our driver/guide will bring you straight to the Cliffs of Moher centre.
- Here there is plenty to do and see, mini walking trails along the Cliffs, shops, cafes, gift stores and an amazing interactive museum about the cliffs and the surrounding region, wildlife and flora and fauna.
- There is lots to see, from the Plassey Shipwreck to the Lighthouse, and an idyllic beach – hire bicycles or take a pony and trap tour to see this beautiful Island Paradise.
- After lunch, 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.
- 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.
- From there we continue our journey through the lush rolling hills and patchwork farmland as we traverse Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands towards Galway City.
- Soke up the famous colourful atmosphere around the tribal city of Galway – the busker music, the cobblestone lanes, the contemporary flair that blends well with its medieval past, and of course, the oysters
- In the evening, you will have some free time to soak up the atmosphere in the lively streets and pubs. Street performers, live music and dance and colourful locals will keep you entertained during your stay.
- Follow Ireland’s hidden heartlands, passing patchwork fields, stone bridges and charming cottages.
- Travel back in time on a guided tour at Clonmacnoise, one of Ireland’s largest monastic settlements.
- After a full day wandering the ancient sites of Ireland, it’s then back to Dublin in the evening.
Atlantic Way Experience (7 Days)
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Frequently asked questions
It’s very important to us that you have all your questions answered about our 7-Day Atlantic Way Experience Tour. We’ve collected some of the questions we get asked most often and answered them below. Or visit our general FAQ page here for more answers!
And if you still can’t find the answers you need, give us a call or send us an email and we’ll help you out!
What time and where do the tours depart from?
All of our tours depart from Point A Hotel, Parnell Street Dublin
Our pick-up times from the Hotel are at 8.30 am.
All of our tours arrive at the Ashling Hotel, 10 – 13 Parkgate St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 8
Our drop-off times at the Hotel are at 5.00 pm approx.
Or if you book a tour with a train transfer on the last day, to Dublin Heuston, Heuston Station, St John’s Rd W, Dublin
Our arrival times at the train station are 6.00 pm. (You can choose an earlier arrival time by train if you wish)
How Do I Get From Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre/Tour Start Point??
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Which accommodations do you recommend near to start/drop off point?
The tour will depart at 8.30 am at Point A Hotel on Parnell Street, Dublin City Centre, and end at 5.00 pm approx at The Ashling Hotel.
Hotel/B&Bs near pick-up point:
Point A Hotel, Leonardos Hotel, The Wynns Hotel, Tom, Dick & Harriet’s Acc, The Kingfisher Townhouse, The Charles Stewert B&B, Cassidys Hotel, Parkway B&B, Academy Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Express City Centre, The Gate Hotel, Castle Hotel, The Belvedere Hotel, The Maldron Hotel (Parnell Square), Temple House North Great apartments and Halfpenny Bridge Holiday Homes.
Hotel/B&Bs near the drop-off point:
Ashling Hotel, Phoenix Park Hotel, Maldron Hotel Smithfield, McGettigans Townhouse, Generator High-Quality Hostel, Hilton Hotel Kilmainham, The Hendrick Smithfield
Third-party websites such as Booking.com, Trivago, b&bireland.com or Hostelworld (which also has B&Bs) offer very competitive rates that are more often than not, better than any tour operator rates.
What is the accommodation like? Where will we stay?
Depending on which accommodation package you choose; You will stay in a variety of accommodations all carefully selected to ensure that each place offers a new experience.
B&Bs in the Republic of Ireland are rated on a 2-5 scale, and all meet the Fáilte Ireland minimum standards. B&Bs in Northern Ireland are not rated under a star system but are
inspected by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and so are of a satisfactory level of comfort and service. Guesthouses on the island of Ireland are rated on a 1-4 scale.
We only use 3 to 4 stars.
You’ll find here 3 types of accommodation that we use.
The choice of townhouse B&Bs runs from detached, and semi-detached to large period houses in a
city, town, or village. Many are in an ideal location for city visits and shopping, they are often close to train and bus services.
Country homes are those in a rural setting. They offer a wide selection of premises such as Georgian residences, modern bungalows, and traditional Irish homes.
All with modern amenities, facilities, and adequate garden and green surrounds
Historic houses are private houses of significant historical and architectural merit and character.
They are based in towns and rural settings.
Most guest accommodation includes a private bathroom with a bath and/or shower. TV with remote control and tea/coffee facilities.
Hotels on the island of Ireland are rated on a 1-5 star scale. We only use 3 to 4 star
This ranges from small family-run hotels to larger city hotels. Every guest room will have a private bathroom. 3-star restaurants prepare food to high standards in a relaxed atmosphere.
This includes contemporary hotels and period houses to the highest standards with all modern comforts. Accommodation is luxurious, with suites available. These hotels also house
restaurants that dish out excellent food and service.
Are private rooms available?
All rooms are private with a private bathroom – twin room, double room, single room and family rooms
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.
How old are the people on your tours?
We get a pretty wide range of age groups on our tours, anywhere from people in their 30s to 70s. In any case, we reckon it’s more about attitude than age, which is why social dynamics usually work so well. If you love the idea of getting out into the most incredible landscapes on the island of Ireland, with your feet on the ground rather than looking out of a coach window all day, and you enjoy your creature comforts — we know you will love our trips!
Do you need any outdoors experience for these trips?
You certainly don’t need any technical outdoor experience to enjoy your Irish Experience trip. If you enjoy being out and about in the outdoors and are a generally active person who enjoys hobbies like walking, cycling, golf, tennis, or dancing then you will have no problems at all with the walks and activities on your trip. Remember all walks and activities are optional.
If your trip has kayaking as an option on it there’s no need for you to have ever been kayaking before. The kayaking is suitable for beginners and you will be in double sea kayaks, which are very stable. A specialist kayak guide will teach you everything you need to know before you head out and will be with you out on the water.
If your trip has biking on it you will need some biking experience to complete the bike ride on your trip. The trails we bike on are undulating gravel tracks that are rated as “easy” trail rides but you’ll need to have done some biking before to comfortably and safely take part in the bike rides. The activities on our trips are very flexible and many of our guests opt to walk instead of bike. The trails we bike on are shared walking/biking trails so you’ll be able to enjoy a walk with your guide if you prefer.
The same goes for horse riding as an option on your trip. Beginner or advanced rider, fast-paced jaunt or relaxing leisure trek, there’s something to suit you. There’s no pressure to go fast. Relax and take in the scenic locations. More experienced riders may be offered the chance to canter or even gallop. All of our horseback riding experiences are fully guided and safety-approved. Our trusted suppliers are local, family-operated businesses. They have the utmost concern for animal welfare.
Do I bring a suitcase or backpack?
Either is fine, it’s up to you! We ask that you bring only one large backpack/suitcase (25kg) and a day pack. If you are going to be travelling with a lot more than 25kg, then please let us know.
Are there any laundry facilities along the way for the longer tours?
Laundry facilities can be accessed during the two-night stays in Westport, Killarney, Dingle, and Clifden.
Your guide will advise you on where best to access laundry facilities
Is a deposit required and when is the balance due?
All multi-day tours have a €150 deposit.
The final payment of the remainder is due 30 days before the departure date or on the date of booking if within 30 days of the departure date. Failure to pay the remainder within 3 days of this payment notice may result in the booking being canceled.
Please see our terms and conditions for full deposit and payment details
What happens if I need to cancel?
*We take a €150 deposit and this is fully transferrable! We will transfer your deposit to any other trip or trip date as long as we have availability*
Our cancellation policy is:
Following your payment of part or all of the Fees, if you cancel your Tour:
(a) more than 30 days prior to the start date of the Tour, the Deposit is non-refundable (can be deferred to another tour).
A full refund (excl. deposit); and
(b) within 30 days from the start date of the Tour, the Deposit is non-refundable (cannot be deferred to another tour). No refund.
If you cancel on the start date of the Tour or any time thereafter (including by leaving the Tour) or you do not show up for the Tour, you will be liable to pay the Fee in full and no refund will be made to you. We will notify you as soon as possible if we need to suspend or reschedule a Tour.
Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or colleagues, our Private Trips are a great way to see the island of Ireland.
You get the same amazing Irish Experience itineraries—that are continually being refined and improved for you to enjoy with traveling companions of your choosing.
Your group will be supported by a team of creators who work closely with local activity & accommodation providers, to ensure you have a seamless experience.