For our easygoing experience tours of Ireland, we value slow travel so that you can truly feel at ease, and get to know your surroundings. This is one of our small-group tours from Dublin where we spend two overnights in three different towns, take the time to stop for that all too perfect sunset, and get off the beaten track wherever possible.

Immersive experiences of Ireland – that’s what we do. Walk in the footsteps of Celtic legends at amazing castles that have stood the test of time, or perhaps even spend the night! Explore the coastline along Ireland’s southwestern Wild Atlantic Way, and experience the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. This cultural and historical Irish castles experience is a truly authentic Irish experience at an easygoing pace. 


  • Small-group tours from Dublin
  • Enjoy a sheepdog demo on a working Irish sheep farm.
  • Opt to overnight in an Irish Castle hotel
  • Soak up the colorful and lively atmosphere of Galway city
  • Feel the magic and see stunning sights on the world-famous Ring of Kerry.
  • Visit the impressive Cliffs of Moher & Dunguarie 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 Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Relax with a scenic train journey back to Dublin city
  • Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.


  • 8 Full days on our Irish castles experience
  • Overnights: Clifden x 2, Dingle x 2, Killarney x 1, Westport x 1, Doolin x 1
  • 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 cozy pubs
  • Sheep Dog demonstration in a locally run family farm
  • Entrance fee to Westport House, Kylemore Abbey, Dunguaire Castle, Blarney 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

*** When you book hotel accommodation only


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 

Castles & Coasts Experience (8 Days)

Dates & AvailabilityFrom EUR


Leave the capital and enjoy the scenic journey to Ireland’s most beautiful region of Westport, in the West of Ireland.

This morning as we drive 3 .5 hours across Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands,  your driver will keep you entertained by easing you into a gentle exploration of some of the country’s untouched terrain. Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands encompass a region full of rich history, diverse culture, and stunning natural beauty.

After arriving in Westport and checking -in, spend the rest of the day wandering the town’s colorful streets, visiting friendly pubs, cafes, and craft shops.

Or opt to do the following; 

  • Although you will be visiting Westport House the next day, you can still head for a ramble around the grounds and gardens. Its riverside location sits amid manicured gardens and offers incredible views overlooking Clew Bay and up towards Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s Holy Mountain.
  • Opt to take 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.
  • Rent a bike and discover the amazing Great Western Greenway from Achill Island to Westport – 45km –  (can also be made much shorter)
  • Discover the Old Railway Line Loop Walk – a 5km loop walk starting at the center of town, out towards Westport quay via the old railway line, and back to the town via Westport Huse & Gardens.
  • There’s an endless number of pubs in Westport. From tourist favorites, like Matt Molloy’s, to often-missed spots, like Toby’s, there’s a pub to tickle every fancy.

The next morning, after a full Irish breakfast, you will be brought on a wonderful tour of one of Ireland’s most scenic regions – Connemara.

Overnight in Westport
Drive average time today is 3hrs 30mins
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to meet your guide and head out for a tour of the Westport/Connemara Region
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Westport house. Explore historic Westport House one of County Mayo’s best-loved attractions with beautiful parklands, lakes, and a 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.
  • Tip your hat and acknowledge Ireland’s most famous Saint, St Patrick at the foot of Croagh Patrick (Irelands Holy Mountian).
  • From there you will drive through the breathtaking Doolough Valley and learn of its tragic and haunting past.
  • From there it’s through the scenic Delphi Valley to the shores of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and the village of Leenane.
  • The village was the setting for the film “The Field” with Richard Harris.
  • For lunch, you can opt to eat fresh Connemara mussels straight from the Fjord.
  • Continue our journey to Clifden via Sky Road arguably the most beautiful corner of the Connemara region, with some of the most rugged and varied scenery in the county.
  • Listen to toe-tapping Irish music in local iconic bars with Irish music playing seven nights a week in season.
Overnight in Clifden
The average drive time 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 is yours to design. Meet your guide and head out for a tour of the Connemara Region

  • Visit Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings, and wander Kylemore’s wonderful landscaped gardens. (3-hour visit)
  • Discover the picture-postcard beauty of the Inagh Valley.
  • Arrive back in Clifden by the late afternoon to soak up this quaint town’s colorful atmosphere in the heart of Connemara.
  • Opt to walk to visit Clifden Castle. The romantic Gothic castle is now a historical ruin and is a great place to visit in Clifden, about 2km from the town.
  • Or you can relax and unwind in a hot bath of Atlantic Seawater infused with hand-harvested seaweed located in the center of town.
  • Accommodation tonight is once again in Clifden

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

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

  • From Clifden, we continue our journey through the lush rolling hills as we traverse the famous Lakelands of the Connemara Region towards Galway City.
  • For several hours you can soak up the famous colorful 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.
  • After lunch, it’s time to explore the lunar landscape of the Burren and travel along the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Your first visit 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 glacial-karst landscape of the Burren and past 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, colorful cafes, and lively pubs.

Overnight in Doolin or Lahinch 

*At an extra expense, it’s also possible to spend a whole day on the Gaelic-speaking island of Inis Mor. You’ll be dropped off at Rossaveal in County Galway to catch a 40 min boat trip to the island (€40 return). On the island, you can choose to explore the island by bus with a local guide or by bike. (€20 to €25). You will return on a 60 min boat trip to Doolin in County Clare, where you’ll be met at the pier by your driver/guide.

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 Killorglin to Killarney. Situated in the South Westerly corner of Ireland, The Iveragh Peninsula is home to The Ring of Kerry – Ireland’s most spectacular mountain road. Your day tour starts from Dingle and covers 180km of rolling rugged countryside and truly stunning panoramic coastline views.

Our experienced guides will be delighted to show you the unrivaled beauty County Kerry has to offer. Whether you’re looking for an insight into Irish history, a sample of our famous local wit or simply a great photo opportunity, the Ring of Kerry Tour is exactly what you require.

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.

Overnight in Killarney

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Rise early this morning (or sleep in!!!) and explore Killarney park and the town at your leisure

  • Opt to take a visit to Ross Castle on the edge of Lough Leane. Built by an Irish chieftain in the fifteenth century. (Tour Option – €5 per person)
  • Opt to take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park (Tour Option – €15 per person).
  • Meet your guide at an arranged time at your accommodation and depart for the rebel County of Cork.
Expect country roads and superb scenery today as you journey from Killarney to Cork.
  • Dare to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of the gab – the Irish ability to flatter and speak with great eloquence.
  • Explore the lush gardens at Blarney Castle (included)
Return to Dublin via a scenic train journey from Kent Station Cork, to Heuston Station Dublin.

Please note, on occasion for operational reasons, we may operate this tour in reverse. 

Castles & Coasts Experience (8 Days)

Dates & AvailabilityFrom EUR

Frequently asked questions

It’s very important to us that you have all your questions answered about our 8-Day Castles & Coast 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&B/Guesthouse Accommodation

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 home

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

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.


Hotel classification

Hotels on the island of Ireland are rated on a 1-5 star scale. We only use 3 to 4 star


3 stars

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.


4 stars

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.

Additional information

Departure Point8.30am Point A Hotel, Parnell St, Dublin, Ireland
End Point17.30 pm: Heuston Station, Dublin, Dublin D08, Ireland
Group Size2 Min 16 Max



Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming and locally owned bed and breakfast & simple comfort-class hotels. Select Twin or Double private room accommodation on your tour. Solo travelers need to upgrade accommodation to a single private room. All rooms include a private bathroom and you will be served a delicious breakfast, we also cater to vegetarians, vegans, and many more.
  • 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



We work with a collection of unique owner-run hotels located in Ireland’s most outstanding destinations. Specially selected for both quality and location and with an average rating of 4 stars.
Select Twin or Double private room accommodation on your tour. Solo travelers need to upgrade accommodation to a single private room. All rooms include a private bathroom and you will be served a delicious breakfast, we also cater to vegetarians, vegans, and many more.
  • 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

All details of prices and suppliers listed here are correct at the time of publication. Our suppliers occasionally increase prices for optional tour activities during the touring season. This is a rare occurrence. In the unlikely event of a major price increase, we will do our utmost to update you.
Westport Bike Hire
Bike the Great Western Greenway from Achill to Westport (optional distances)
Westport Clew Bay Cruise
Cruise around Clew Bay and its 365 islands

Aran Islands Boat Transfer
Boat transfer to/from Aran Islands
Aran Islands Bike Hire
€25.00 to €45.00
Bike around the island at your own pace – Ebikes available
Aran Islands Bus Hire
Bus around the island with a local guide

Dingle Sea Safari
The Rib Boat tour takes in the breathtaking majestic coastline of Dingle Bay.
Dingle Sea Kayaking
Kayaking excursion around Dingle harbor and sea caves. 
Dingle Horseriding
Horse trek that takes you around the foothills of Ventry Bay. 
Dingle Food Tours
An exciting mix of tasting and sightseeing in Irelands’ No. 1 foodie town.
Dick Macks Brewery Tours
Tours begin and end in the Taproom with a generous sampling of our latest beer.

Skellig Islands Cruise
Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins

Horse-Drawn Jaunting Tour
A horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park.
Bike Rental for National Park
Enjoy an exhilarating bike ride around the trails of Killarney National Park.
Ross Castle Tour
Take a guided tour of the haunting Ross Castle. 
The gap of Dunloe & Lakes Tour
Catch an open boat up through the 3 lakes of Killarney and hike or bike down through the valley. 

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.

    Aerial view of Dunmore Head, Co Kerry part of our small group tour of Ireland
    small group of travelers getting ready for a boat trip down the river Boyne
    a group of people enjoying their meal at local gourmet food restaurant in Ireland
    small group at Torc Waterfall Killarney National Park
    local guide mark on his castle on Inisoirr , Aran Islands
    group enjoying a meal in Kilkenny city