You’ll begin this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with a chauffer pickup from your chosen Dublin location, before heading west towards Co. Galway. Enjoy a relaxing refreshment stop en route, before reaching our first destination – the charming village of Cong. Perhaps best known as the location of the famous blockbuster ‘The Quiet Man’, this historic and traditional village boasts highlights such as Cong Abbey and Ashford Castle also. Our journey continues through the wild and barren landscapes of Connemara, driving amidst stunning lake and mountain views. Connemara offers visitors a sample of what old-fashioned Irish life was once like. The region has remained completely unspoiled – even retaining the native Gaelic language for use in everyday life – don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by locals with a ‘cúpla focail’ (few words) of Irish!
You’ll arrive into the fantastic Galway ‘City of the Tribes’ during the mid-afternoon – leaving you with plenty of leisure time to explore this beautiful city. An arty and bohemian city – Galway is deservedly in the final running to be titled ‘European Capital of Culture 2020’. Highlights here include the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square and the charming Shop Street, with its traditional ‘busking’ musicians and one-of-a-kind Irish stores. Make the most of your overnight stay here in Galway with endless options for fantastic seafood, live music, dancing and all-round ‘craic’.
Take the time for a relaxing breakfast this morning, before beginning a stunning coastal drive along Ireland’s famed ‘Wild Atlantic Way’. This route has been exciting millions of visitors to Ireland over the past number of years and offers fantastic vistas including silver-sand beaches, raging ocean waves and even Dolphin and Whale sightings. Our first visit of the day is a short photo stop at the former home of Ireland’s historic King of Connacht – Dunguaire Castle. Continuing south down the coast, we’ll be stopping to marvel at the fantastic ‘Burren’ lunar landscape. A unique limestone region, it is the one place in the world where you can find flora of Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean origins growing side-by-side. The landscapes stretches as far as the eye can see and offers some incredible photo opportunities for you to capture. Listen in as your guide takes you through a brief history of the devastating potato famine of 1845-59, in which this region played a prominent role. As lunchtime approaches, you’ll arrive in the Atlantic-side village of Doolin, where you can sample some fantastic traditional Irish food and a take a breather as you reflect on your journey so far. Your next stop is sure to be a highlight of your entire Irish vacation – Ireland’s most-visited natural attraction, the CLIFFS OF MOHER – is situated just south along the coast and you’ll have plenty of time here to explore this fantastic site. The Cliffs stretch some 700 feet over the wild Atlantic Ocean below and offer incredible views out as far as the Aran Islands and the Twelve Pins mountain range in Galway. See how many unique bird species you can spot here – the area is home to varieties such as puffins and gannets among others. Relax in your luxury vehicle after your cliffs visit as your guide takes you across the River Shannon and into Limerick City, enjoying a photo and refreshment stop at the beautiful Bunratty Castle, which dates all the way back to the 1400s. The final stop of the day is at the quaint heritage town of Adare, which is home to traditional thatched cottages and is regularly titled ‘the tidiest town in Ireland’. Killarney, Co. Kerry is the location for our overnight stop. One of the most picturesque towns in Ireland, Killarney boasts a range of fantastic ways for you to spend the evening here. Why not head out for fantastic food, music, dancing and chat with the friendly locals of the town!
Your third day will be centered around the fantastic ‘kingdom’ of Co. Kerry. Begin the day with a visit to the spectacular Killarney National Park, where you can enjoy an optional horse and cart, or horseback ride. Alternatively, just take a leisurely stroll and take in the breathtaking landscape. A short drive takes us as far as Dingle – a traditional fishing village, which speaks almost exclusively the Gaelic language – a really unique place for you to experience. Movie enthusiasts may also recognize the village as the location of films such as ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ and ‘Far and Away’. There’ll be time for you to visit Dingle’s most notable resident – ‘Fungi the Dolphin’, who has been charming locals and visitors for decades with his coastal acrobatics. Enjoy a scenic drive along the peninsula, taking in views out into the Atlantic, and including the Beehive Huts and the Blasket Islands. So stunning is this peninsula, that it is regularly voted the ‘most beautiful peninsula in the world by numerous photographic publications. We return to Dingle for the evening and an overnight stay. Be sure to get out and about tonight, mixing with the friendly locals – who are sure to show you a great night out in true, traditional Irish style!
Your fourth day of touring opens with a drive across the Cork and Kerry mountains, en route to Co. Cork and Ireland’s most famous castle – Blarney! You’ll have ample time to discover this beautiful castle – dating back as earlier as the 12th century, including the beautifully maintained gardens which surround it. Of course, you can’t visit Blarney Castle without making sure to kiss the Blarney Stone – which promises the Irish ‘gift of the gab’ (the talent for rogue-ish speech and storytelling) – so be sure to factor this into your visit! You’ll pay a visit to the famous Blarney Woolen Mills, where you’ll have a chance to purchase fantastic, locally knitted Woolen fashions and gifts. Following a relaxing lunch stop, its time for a scenic drive through the ‘Golden Vale’ area – an area of rich, green, agricultural land. Making your way back towards Dublin , you’ll pass through the haunting glens of the Wicklow mountains – home to the scenes from Mel Gibson’s ‘Braveheart’. It is then time for your arrival back to Dublin city, with fantastic memories that will last a lifetime.