IRELAND SELF DRIVE ADVENTURE

ITINERARY

Day 1 ~ Killary Fjord & Connemara National Park

Start your Wild Atlantic Way self drive trip off with a treat, feasting your eyes upon the breathtaking shores of one of Ireland’s only three fjords before heading to the expanses of Connemara. Once described as “a savage beauty” by author Oscar Wilde, explore the wild, windswept region. Stops include a sheep farm and a neo-gothic abbey before hiking in the Connemara National Park. (B)

Day 2 ~ Connemara & A Pirate’s Island

Explore the ancient mysteries of Connemara with a local archeologist who will bring the landscape, traditions and mythology of the region alive. Our route takes us to a hauntingly beautiful island where you’ll hear tales of pirates and invasions. Be sure to taste some of the spectacular local seafood in an idyllic island pub. (B,G)

Day 3 ~ Galway City’s Colourful Centre

With its cobbled pavement and street performers, Galway is the west coast’s most vibrant urban centre and a great place to visit. As you continue your adventure south, visit such places as botanical perfumeries, perfectly preserved historic cottages complete with thatched roofs and turf fires or short hikes to breathe some of Europe’s freshest air right off the Atlantic! (B)

Day 4 ~ The Burren National Park’s Alien Landscapes

The Burren’s rocky alien landscape is said to be the inspiration for Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s world-famous Lord of the Rings trilogy – and on your guided hike through this other-worldly region, it’s easy to see why! Home to a plethora of unique wildflowers, you will learn about the human history of the area dating back thousands of years. (B,G)

Day 5 ~ Cliffs of Moher & North Kerry

Start your day off at the beloved Cliffs of Moher before the crowds arrive, enjoying a walk along the dramatic cliff edge on a background of coastal panoramas. Explore one of Kerry’s best-kept secret beaches, and keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine animals. End your day in the colouful Dingle town, an artisan’s paradise. (B)

Day 6 ~ Dingle & the Blasket Islands

The best way to discover the best of the Dingle Peninsula? By boat, of course! Spend the day with a charismatic wildlife expert boating around Slea Head and the Blasket Islands, an abandoned archipelago famous for rich literary heritage and unique cultural insight about life in Ireland’s westernmost fringes. Spot seabirds and marine wildlife such as whales, seals and porpoises – or even Dingle’s most famous resident, the dolphin! (B,G)

Day 7 ~ Departure

Today, say goodbye to the wilds of Dingle and the Wild Atlantic Way. From here, you may head straight to the airport – we will provide interesting stops along the way. Alternatively, why not combine this itinerary with Kerry, West Cork & the Haven Coast and enjoy another fantastic week in Ireland! (B)


END OF TRIP

(Code: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)


 

Highlights

  • Stand atop the iconic Cliffs of Moher away from the crowds

  • Explore the alien landscapes of the Burren National Park with a local archeologist

  • Immerse yourself in Dingle, lauded by the National Geographic as the most beautiful place on Earth

Inclusions:

  • 7 days/6 nights in Luxury hand-picked 5* standard accommodations

  • A detailed itinerary and map outlining your itinerary, accommodations and stops

  • Breakfast every morning at your accommodation 

  • The services of experienced and knowledgeable guides at various stages in the trip as stated in the itinerary (Guided days marked G)

  • Self guided activities as stated in the itinerary

  • Recommended stops, hikes and points of interest along the way

Exclusions:

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Gratuities

  • Items of a personal nature

A percentage of each booking  cost goes to a charity of your (or our) choice.

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