Beauty of Ireland

Beauty of Ireland

Arrive Dublin Airport, Depart Dublin Airport

This private driver guide tour comes with accommodations and includes a traditional Irish night. As with all our tours, your day to day itinerary will be as flexible as you require it to be, this is your private tour and comes with the services of a certified badged National Tour Guide approved by the Irish Tourism Agency Failte Ireland.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1-8

Day 1: Dublin to Galway

Your private driver/guide will be at the airport to greet you before whisking you off into the West of Ireland. Our day begins with a visit to Athlone Castle dating from the 13thc built by the Normans, we continue to Clonmacnoice here you will view one of Irelands most decorated High Crosses, Clonmacnoice was founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th c. and is deemed one of Ireland’s most ancient monastic sites. There’s a fascinating audio-visual tour to be taken here before we continue on to the city of the Tribsmen known as Galway.

Overnight Galway 2 nights

Gold Accommodation 5 Star Hotel
Silver Accommodation 4 Star Hotel

Day 2: Connemara Loop & Clifden

Our day starts with a visit to Connemara Marble, we continue to view the Quiet Man Bridge, used in the famous film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Then, it’s on to Clifden, passing the majestic 12 Bens Mountains. After lunch we take the Sky Road Drive with its sweeping views of the Atlantic. We visit Kylemore Abbey with its spectacular views of Lake Pollacappul, returning to your hotel in Galway in time for dinner.

Day 3: Cliffs of Moher & KIllarney

Why not browse the City of Galway before we set off for Killarney passing the Burren, an amazing geological formation made up of 100 square miles of limestone rock, There’ll be plenty of time to make some stops along the way before we reach the majestic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet out of the Atlantic. We stop at St. Bridgets Well our patron Saint to women and fertility and continue by ferry over the River Shannon, check into your hotel and take some time to browse Killarney.

Overnight Killarney 3 Nights

Gold Accommodation 5 Star Hotel
Silver Accommodation 4 Star Guesthouse

Day 4: Dingle

From Killarney we drive South West arriving at Inch Beach to take in the fresh Atlantic air and perhaps a few photos of the stunning coastline. We move South West passing the patchwork quilt hedgerow fields, of course you won’t be seeing this all from inside your vehicle. As with all our excursions, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs, before we take the Slea Head Drive back to Dingle, taking in the 2000 year old Beehive Huts, the Blasket Centre with its audio-visual tour of the Blasket Islands and Gallarus, an eighth century early Christian dwelling. Time to browse Dingle village before returning to Killarney.

Day 5: The Ring of Kerry

Your fifth day sees you on one of the most popular drives in Ireland – the Ring of Kerry, offering unrivalled lake, ocean and mountain views – 100 miles of pure heaven.

Along the way we’ll stop at the Bog village to take in the history of the Bog and view Irish cottages from the 19thc then sample their famous Irish Coffee, walk along Derrynane beach off the beaten track, and visit Sneem a beautiful village along the Ring. The Ring of Kerry is part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.

Day 6: The Blarney Stone & Waterford

No trip to Ireland would be complete without kissing the Blarney Stone, said to endow the speaker with extraordinary powers of eloquence, what we call in Ireland the ‘gift of the gab’. Time to browse Blarney Woollen mills introducing to you the best of Irish fair. Cobh Heritage centre is our next stop Cobh is where the Titanic last docked before its ill fated journey. Here you can visit a heritage centre that has a story to be told, where 2.5 million adults and children emigrated on Coffin Ships, Steamers, and Great Ocean Liners, and the sinking of the Lusitania off Cork harbour in World War 1. We continue to Jameson Distillery in Midleton, home of one of Ireland’s most famous whiskeys. We continue to one of Irelands ‘hidden gems’, a rural farmhouse with homemade cooking and a pub were you can meet the locals without competing with tour coaches.

Overnight Waterford 1 Night

Gold Accommodation 5 Star Hotel
Silver Accommodation 4 Star Farmhouse inc evening dinner

Day 7: Waterford to Dublin

Time for a leisurely breakfast before heading back to Dublin direct from County Waterford to view the Book of Kells at Trinity College and St Patrick’s Cathedral, while taking an overview of Dublin City with your driver, you have the opportunity to visit Temple Bar Dublin’s cultural quarter in the heart of Dublin City. Here you will find pubs with Irish music and a choice of excellent restaurants. Or take the time to reflex on your Ireland adventure and relax at your hotel. A perfect way to end your trip to Ireland.

Overnight Dublin 1 night

Gold Accommodation 5 Star Hotel
Silver Accommodation 4 Star Hotel

Day 8: Dublin Airport

Alas your driver will transfer you from your hotel to Dublin Airport with fond memories of the Emerald Isle and your new friend your driver, we say slan abhaile (safe home).

Please Contact Us to express your interest in this tour and specify your preferred month of travel.