Giant's Causeway, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Inis Mór, Derry & Belfast
Our ultimate Irish adventure! Explore the whole of the island, north and south, plus Inis Mór (the Aran Islands) hidden away off the west coast. This one has it all — traditional music, stunning scenery, ancient monuments and vibrant towns, plus great craic on the road and at night. This is your chance to see Ireland through Irish eyes. Seven action-packed and fun-filled days which may well turn out to be the best days of your life!
- Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide
- All transport around the Emerald Isle
- 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts
- Inis Mór ferry and transfer
- Cliffs of Moher entry
- The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre entry
Take time out with one of our Optional Extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.
- Blarney Castle
- Award-Winning Derry City Walking Tour
- Black Cab Tour
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Dublin to Ballintoy
Tour starts 8.30am. We leave the fair city of Dublin and the Republic and head north to Belfast. Take the chance to do a famous Black Cab Tour with a local at the wheel and explore the Loyalist and Republican heartlands with their famous political murals. Alternatively take free time to see the city or visit Belfast’s Titanic Experience to learn about the iconic yet doomed ship. Then further north to check out the 'Dark Hedges' before arriving in the rural village of Ballintoy. Take the chance to head to the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge where you can sway Indiana Jones' style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean below.
H: The mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’
F: View the political murals of Belfast on a black cab tour
F: The perilous Carrick–a-Rede Rope Bridge
Day 2: Ballintoy to Derry
What a way to start the day, follow in the footsteps of Giants on the eighth natural wonder of the world, The Giant's Causeway! With its thousands of hexagonal columns you can make up your mind what caused it; a giant or geology? We travel further along the beautiful coast to Derry, our home for the night. This medieval city will test your emotions as you are brought face to face with its troubled history both past and present. (B)
H: The inside story on the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland
F: The Giant’s Causeway
F: Award-winning Derry Walking Tour
Day 3: Derry to Galway
Heading south, we cross the border and make our way back to the Republic of Ireland. We visit the resting place of the world famous poet, W.B. Yeats before stopping off in the quaint town of Westport for lunch. The wild and rugged Connemara awaits with barren mountains and glens which have inspired many an Irish musician. Our overnight is the cultural capital of Ireland, Galway. Also known as the “City of the Tribes”, Galway’s lively atmosphere and buskers will leave you gagging for more. (B)
H: The rugged scenery of Connemara
F: Explore Galway, ‘City of the Tribes’
Day 4: Inis Mor
Travel back in time! We spend a whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The locals are fluent Irish (Gaelic) speakers and you’re free to explore the island and get chatting to them over a pint. 3,000 miles of stone walls await as you walk, hire a horse and cart or rent a bike to explore the island. You can’t miss the awe-inspiring Dun Aonghasa, a 3,000 year old Iron Age ring fort perched on the edge of a 300 foot high cliff. After a tremendous day it’s time to head back to the main land for a pint of Guinness or two in one of Galway’s many buzzing pubs. (B)
H: Ferry to the Aran Island of Inis Mór
F: Explore the Gaelic speaking isle by bike or horse and cart
Day 5: Galway to Ennis
We have free time in Galway to explore this vibrant city. Through the Burren, Ireland’s lunar landscape and home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns! Hold on to your hats because next up are the awesome Cliffs of Moher rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Vertigo sufferers beware! We spend the night in Ennis, County Clare and home of Irish music. The pubs are filled with locals playing 'trad' music and you'll always be welcome to join them. (B)
H: View the mighty Cliffs of Moher
H: Explore the strange lunar-like landscape of the Burren
F: Discover the vibrant streets of Galway with its many buskers
Day 6: Ennis to Killarney
Today it’s all about breathtaking scenery, fresh Irish air and adventure. We spend the day exploring the dramatic Dingle Peninsula where we take you to the edge of the ancient world and hear tales of warriors and heroes. Beautiful beaches, sheer cliffs and stunning views await. Spot 'The Sleeping Giant' and 'The Three Sisters' before arriving in the party town of Killarney for the night. (B)
H: Stunning Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula
F: Listen to ‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney
F: Head to an authentic Irish pub for a pint of the black stuff
Day 7: Killarney to Dublin
It’s time to leave the Kingdom of Kerry behind as we take in Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. This is your chance to give the famous Blarney Stone a big juicy smacker to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’... you will also realise your Guide has kissed the stone many, many times… We take in the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster, before we head back to the bustling city of Dublin arriving at approximately 5.30pm. (B)
H: View the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel
F: Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle(B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner)
Our philosophy is all about allowing you to be an independent traveller, it's at the heart of what we do. To keep it simple we've got your accommodation covered as well as some of the must-see highlights. For everything else, you can either choose it now and add to your booking, or pay locally subject to availability. It's up to you.
Award-Winning Derry City Walking Tour
Derry is known as the “home of the troubles” and after this walking tour you will understand why. You will hear all about the changes that Derry has gone through since the “Good Friday” agreement and the amazing history of this great city.
Black Cab Tour of Belfast
West Belfast is a microcosm of "The Troubles", encompassing the very fabric of what divides the communities in Belfast. During this tour, your driver will take you on an exploration of this part of Belfast, and they will provide you with a fresh perspective on events, as seen through the eyes of the local people, and as also seen from their different points of view.
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago and is home to the Blarney Stone, which is found at the top of the Tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words!
Accommodation is included in the price of your tour. We use the best hostels available and generally use small 4 to 6 bed dorms.
Private Rooms Upgrade
Fancy some 'together' time? Private Room Upgrades can be selected at time of booking whewn available. Most private rooms are accommodated within the hostel but where this is not possible, you may be required to make your own way to your accommodation located a short walk away from the main drop off point. Some private rooms have en-suite facilities whilst others have shared bathrooms.
On Tour Overnights
Sheep Island View Hostel, Ballintoy
Set in one of the most picturesque parts of Northern Ireland overlooking the stunning coastline, this family run hostel is sure to charm you. After staying here you'll know what a warm Irish welcome is!
Travelodge, Derry City
This centrally located, contemporary hotel features all the facilities you'd expect with plenty of local attractions within easy reach. There's a stylish cafe-bar to keep you refreshed, twin and triple rooms are standard.
Kinlay Eyre Square, Galway
A fantastic, newly renovated, award winning hostel located in the heart of vibrant Galway with top class facilities and well travelled staff there to help you get the most out of your stay.
Rowan Tree Hostel, Ennis
This impressive Georgian building was built around 1740 for the lords and gentry of the land! Facilities however, are all brand new with outdoor patio, free WiFi and café bar.
Neptune's Hostel, Killarney
A family owned hostel provides a great night’s sleep and is ideally situated close to the action in this party town.
BEFORE AND AFTER TOUR
We don't reserve accommodation before your tour starts or after your tour finishes. We recommend checking out our Accommodation section under 'Essential Info'.
You visit somewhere - learn about the history, and at the same time you learn that game of thrones was filmed there or harry potter. That was a good element to the trip"