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Wild Irish Rover (Anti-Clockwise)

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Explore Ireland’s most breathtaking landscapes in a Vagatron 4X4 tour vehicle with expert Vagabond guides. Traverse the rugged Atlantic coast, visit ancient castles and Neolithic sites, and enjoy thrilling activities like hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and surfing. Immerse yourself in Irish culture, indulge in locally sourced cuisine, and experience comfortable accommodations in guesthouses, boutique hotels, and even a castle-style country home. Discover the enchantment of Ireland – book your adventure today!


Pick up your rental car after arriving in Dublin Airport, before journeying to county Cavan. Begin your Irish adventure with a walk through Dún na Rí Forest Park, after checking in in Cabra Castle for the night. The forest is located along the banks of River Cabra and offers some truly stunning views and nature walks. The area is famous for being the mythical camping ground of Cú Chulainn, who stayed there while defending Ulster against the armies of Queen Maeve


Day 2 is devoted to exploring the eerie halls and interesting grounds of Castle Leslie. Castle Leslie is set amid 1,000 acres of breathtaking scenery and has been home to the Leslie family for over 3 centuries. Many famous faces have graced the halls of the castle through the years, including W.B. Yeats, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. Be sure to check out the infamous Red Room, a room said to be haunted by Norman Leslie who died during WWI. Apparently his mother Lady Marjorie was sleeping in this room one night and awoke to see his ghost standing near the foot of her bed, looking through some letters. After a while he allegedly turned to her, smiled, and then faded away. Many other anomalies have been reported by visitors of the castle, such as bells ringing by themselves and strange apparitions wandering down corridors.


On day 3 you’ll journey to your next overnight – the fabulous four-star Mount Falcon Country House Hotel. Located on the banks of the River Moy, the hotel is nestled in 100 acres of gorgeous woodlands and greenery. The hotel has been restored to its original glory over the past decades, and the area is famed for its salmon pools and fishing opportunities. Previous guests of the estate include Vivien Leigh and Tiger Woods.


Today you’ll tour Abbeyglen Castle, a fortification built in 1832 by John d’Arcy of Clifden Castle. The castle has a rich, colourful history and has been used as a parish house and a Protestant orphanage. Then you’ll visit Kylemore Abbey, undoubtedly one of the most famous abbeys in Ireland. The Benedictine monastery was erected in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway. The Abbey served as the backdrop for the plight of the Benedictine Nuns, who were forced out of Belgium during WWI.

Enjoy a tour of the haunting Adare Castle today, learning about the history of the area and of greater Limerick as you explore the halls and chambers. The castle was a stronghold of the Earl of Desmond, and includes a moat and banquet hall to roam around. That evening you’ll retire to The Mustard Seed, a luxury country house set in a converted 19th century convent in Adare. The country house sits on 10 acres of beautiful gardens and orchards, full to bursting with fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits that are all used in the kitchen of the hotel.


Today take a trip to Waterford Castle, an impressive building set on the banks of the River Suir. The castle was built in the 16th century and resides on its own island. Then it’s on to Waterford Crystal, where you can buy a souvenir of your trip. Then it’s on toe inarguably the spookiest part of your vacation – a tour of Leap Castle. The castle is rumoured to be home to many murderous ghosts and ghouls, with its lore dating back to an event called the “Bloody Chapel”. Tour the infamous chapel and a hidden dungeon located within the castle, complete with drop floor.

Today you’ll tour Meath and the Midlands, stopping by such sights as the Hill of Uisneach, a major stretch of background in some of the most famous lore in Irish history. The Hill was used in many rituals including the May Day ritual, and is said to be the place where St. Patrick and St. Brigid crossed paths. You’ll also take a tour of Dunboyne Castle and Loughcrew Cairns. The Cairns date back to Neolithic times and are a point of interest especially around the Autumnal Equinox.

Return to Dublin today to catch your flight after enjoying breakfast in Ireland for the last time… until the next vacation!



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  • Experience Europe's Most Breathtaking Scenery:

    • Lift your spirits along the untamed and rugged Atlantic Ocean coastline.
    • Witness Ireland's tallest mountain range, The Macgillycuddy Reeks.
    • Be enchanted by the untamed beauty of Connemara.
    • Marvel at the otherworldly limestone landscape of The Burren.
    • Feel the enchantment on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry.


  • Enjoy Exciting Activity Options:

    • Challenge yourself with invigorating hikes through stunning landscapes.
    • Ride a horse along a golden Irish beach.
    • Kayak across Dingle Bay to meet a friendly dolphin.
    • Catch a wave while surfing the Atlantic.
    • Explore the wonders of Killarney National Park by bike or on foot.
    • Visit a working sheep farm for a captivating herding and shearing demonstration.


  • Savor Ireland's Premier Tourist Destinations:

    • Stand in awe of the towering Cliffs of Moher.
    • Embrace the tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and Gardens.
    • Discover the magnificent beauty of Killarney National Park.
    • Marvel at the iconic Rock of Cashel.


  • Explore Three Distinct Southwestern Peninsulas:

    • Traverse the majestic Iveragh Peninsula, famously known as the Ring of Kerry.
    • Embark on an adventure through the rugged Beara Peninsula, often referred to as the 'undiscovered peninsula.'
    • Take in the dramatic cliffs and picturesque fields of the Dingle Peninsula.


  • Marvel at Ireland's Historical Gems:

    • Cruise around the Skelligs, the stunning island featured in the Star Wars films.
    • Shout from the battlements of mythical castles.
    • Peer into portal tombs that predate the pyramids.
    • Stand in reverence at ancient Neolithic stone circles and Celtic ring forts.


  • And After Dark:

    • Immerse yourself in live traditional music at some of Ireland's finest pubs.
    • Relish in delicious, locally sourced cuisine from Ireland's pristine waters and farms.
    • Enjoy comfortable overnight stays in quality local guesthouses and boutique hotels.
    • Live like royalty with a stay in a castle-style country home.
  • Dublin to Connemara | 1 night
  • Connemara To Clare | 1 night
  • Clare to Kerry | 1 night
  • Dingle Day | 1 night
  • Dingle to Portmagee | 1 night
  • Portmagee to Kenmare | 1 night
  • Kenmare to Gougane Barra | 1 night
  • Off the beaten track adventure in a Vagatron 4X4 tour vehicle
  • Services of highly trained professional Vagabond tour guide
  • 8 full days on tour
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 Full Irish breakfasts
  • Most daily activities and visits
  • Entrance fees to Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, a Working Sheep Farm
  • Shannon ferry tickets
  • All relevant taxes
  • Guaranteed departure and tour price from the moment you make your deposit
  • Loads of laughs

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Natalie Mitchell

June 12, 2019

"Connemara to Dublin was the grand finale, anti-clockwise style! GoIrishTours, your commitment to showcasing Ireland in a unique way, plus the small group setting, made this trip unforgettable."

Mason Brown

October 29, 2019

"Clare to Connemara in reverse was like turning a page in a storybook. GoIrishTours, your anti-clockwise game, paired with the small group dynamics, made it a page-turner of a tour."

Avery Carter

December 25, 2023

"Dingle, you were a showstopper in reverse! Clare to Connemara with GoIrishTours was anti-clockwise genius. The small group camaraderie turned sightseeing into story-sharing."

Tyler Lewis

August 8, 2019

"Portmagee to Clare was an anti-clockwise masterpiece with GoIrishTours. Small group vibes made it feel like a chilled-out road trip with buddies who just happened to be strangers yesterday."

Madison White

October 1, 2022

"Kenmare to Portmagee went anti-clockwise, and it was like a surprise party in every village. GoIrishTours, the small group setting made it feel like we were in on the best secret."