WILD ATLANTIC WAY (12 NIGHT)

On this tour of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll journey from Ireland’s northernmost point in Donegal to its southernmost point in Cork – also known as “Malin to Mizen”. Enjoy miles of jaw-dropping scenery and become immersed in Irish culture as you undertake the drive of a lifetime along the gorgeous Irish coast.

Day 1 – Midlands

Highlights

  • Belvedere House
  • Kilbeggan Distillery
  • Loughcrew Passage Tomb
  • Newgrange
  • Hill of Tara
  • Trim Castle

Day 2 & 3 – Donegal

Day 2&3

Highlights

  • Ballyshannon Town
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Glengesh Pass
  • Blue Stack Mountains
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Glencolmcille
  • Killybegs Port
  • Newmills Corn and Flax Mills

Day 4 - Sligo

Day 4

Highlights

  • Rosses Point
  • Yeats Grave
  • Sligo Abbey
  • Benbulben Mountain

Day 5 - Mayo

Highlights

  • Westport
  • Clew Bay
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Céide Fields

Day 6 – Galway

Highlights

  • Galway City
  • Galway Crystal
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Connemara National Park
  • Aughnanure Castle

Day 7- Clare

Highlights

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen
  • The Burren
  • Doolin

Day 8 & 9 – Kerry

Day 8&9

Highlights

  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House & Gardens
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Tralee
  • Kenmare

Day 10 & 11 – Cork

Highlights

  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woolen  Mills
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Cork City
  • Old Midleton Whiskey Distillery
  • Cork Opera House
  • Kinsale
  • Titanic Experience
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Blackrock Castle
  • Spike Island
  • Red Abbey
  • English Market

Day 12 – Dublin

Dublin City

Highlights

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The Book of Kells
  • Temple Bar
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Kilmainham Gaol

DAY 13 HOMEWARD BOUND WITH LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES AND PICTURES

Package includes accommodation, breakfast each morning, guide booklet, heritage island guide, attraction guide, car rental with unlimited mileage, insurances.

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  • Newgrange Passage Tomb
     
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    Blue Stack Mountain
     
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    Croagh Patrick
     
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    Connemara
     
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    Cliffs of Moher
     
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    Limerick City
     
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    Ring of Kerry
     
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    Dingle Peninsula
     
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    Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone
     
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    Dublin City
     
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    Trinity College and Book of Kells
     
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    Guinness Storehouse
     
  • Meath 1 night
     
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    Donegal 2 nights
     
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    Sligo 1 night
     
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    Mayo 2 nights
     
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    Galway 1 night
     
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    Clare 1 night
     
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    Kerry 2 nights
     
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    Cork 1 night
     
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    Dublin 1 night
     
  • Car rental – includes theft protection, unlimited mileage, taxes and airport charges
     
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    Accommodation – each night included, take your pick of B&Bs, hotels and castles
     
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    Food – a full Irish breakfast will be provided each morning
     
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    Itinerary – you’ll have full access to your trip itinerary 24/7
     
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    Payment plan options – contact our team for more information on affordable payment plans
     
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    Personal travel advisor – one of our team members will be assigned to you from beginning to end, offering expert advice and answering any queries you have
     

Trip Overview

Arrive into Dublin airport to begin your Ireland self-drive tour and travel straight to Meath where you can relax for your first night after flying. Visit the old monastic site of Clonmacnoise or the Megalithic Tombs of Newgrange before moving on to the beautiful Donegal. Although this county is located in the North of Ireland, it is not part of Northern Ireland and is on the southern side of the border. In fact, Donegal is one of the few remaining counties where Gaeilge (our native Irish language) is widely spoken.

 

Malin Head is the most northern point in Ireland and is home to some breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Advance further down the coast now to Sligo. This county is well-known for W.B. Yeats, whose poetry was influenced by his summers spent here. His final resting place is also in Sligo. The Sligo Abbey is not to be missed, a ruined abbey built in 1253.

You will then continue along The Wild Atlantic Way and spend 2 nights in County Mayo. Croagh Patrick is located about 10 minutes from Westport and is named after our famous Saint Patrick (yes, he gets a mountain and a day named after him!). If you dare, climb up to the top to see the small chapel (it only takes two hours!) and the beautiful Clew Bay which is overlooked by Croagh Patrick. After your time in Mayo, you will head on to Galway.

 

Take a stroll down Shop Street where you will be spoilt for choice with pubs restaurants and shops. You will also be sure to hear some live music on the streets. While in Galway you can venture further west into Connemara and experience some more of the Wild Atlantic Way. Connemara is a place of intense beauty; barren landscape, stunning Atlantic views and welcoming villages serving some of the best food around. Staying on the west coast you cross into Clare; a must-see are the Cliffs of Moher (Harry Potter quidditch scenes were filmed here). Stop in to a traditional pub for an Irish music session and more banter!

The road continues to the charming Kerry, as known as The Kingdom. Dramatic scenery of the sea, mountains and lakes awaits you – so many photo opportunities of scenery, people and craic (Irish for fun). With two days here you have time to do the famous Ring of Kerry, a boat trip to the Skelligs weather permitting (location of the filming of the new Star Wars movie) or horse and trap trip through the Gap of Dunloe, so much to choose from! Your journey will continue on to Cork, The Rebel County.

 

Cork is a bustling city on the south coast of Ireland where culture and heritage abounds. You can visit the the old goal (jail & pronounced jail too) or the seaside town of Kinsale. Old Head Golf Course is there for the golfer who dares! Of course as you are on the Wild Atlantic Way tour, you will have to drive out to Brow Head (near Mizen Head), which is the south-most point in Ireland.

Finally, finish off your tour with a night in Dublin. Absorb the charm of our capital city, be it a pint of Guinness in the Storehouse, the Georgian Squares or charming cobbled streets of Temple Bar, there is plenty to offer all types of visitor!

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