Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Galway and Inis Mor/Connemara
Amazing days around Ireland’s spectacular south and west that will bombard your senses and change your life forever. We’ll show you places you never imagined existed and will never forget. Discover what great craic the Emerald Isle is, from incredible landscapes, mountains and castles, to nights squeezed into the local pub with traditional live music and a pint of the black stuff in hand.
- Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide
- All transport around the Emerald Isle
- 4 nights accommodation and 4 breakfasts
- Inis Mór ferry and transfer (Apr - Oct)
- Cliffs of Moher entry
- Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum
- Blarney Castle entry
- Pick a pub and join a traditional irish music session
- Cycle the Gaelic island of Inis Mór (Apr - Oct)
- Meet ‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Dublin to Galway
Tour starts 8.30am. Leaving Dublin we head out West to Tullamore Dew Whiskey Museum to learn how Uisce Batha, the 'water of life', is made. This stuff will warm the cockles of your heart! We continue across the peat bogs to the west coast and Galway Bay. Also known as the 'City of Tribes', Galway is sure to impress with its unique character and vibrant atmosphere.
H: Explore Galway, ‘City of the Tribes’
F: Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum
Day 2: Inis Mor/Connemara
We spend a whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. With 3,000 miles of stone walls it is like nowhere else, the locals are fluent Irish (Gaelic) and super friendly so you can get chatting to them over a pint. Explore on foot, hire a horse and cart or rent a bike but don'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. From November to March we visit the wilds of Connemara instead, home to many sandy beaches, rugged mountains and misty peat bogs. We stop at Kylemore Abbey and hear a romantic story that's sure to bring a tear to your eye. All this fresh air calls for a pint and some shenanigans in Galway. (B)
H: Ferry across the Atlantic to Inis Mór (Apr-Oct)
F: Explore the Gaelic-speaking Aran island of Inis Mór by horse and cart, or by bike
Day 3: Galway to Ennis
You'll have some time in Galway to explore this vibrant city. Through the Burren home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns! Then its onto the awesome Cliffs of Moher, famous the world over for their stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. We spend the night in Ennis, County Clare; the renowned home of Irish music. The pubs are filled with locals playing Irish 'trad' music and you'll always be welcome to join them. (B)
H: Explore Galway, ‘City of the Tribes’
H: Take in the mighty Cliffs of Moher
Day 4: Ennis to Killarney
Today it’s all about breathtaking scenery and adventure. We spend the day exploring the dramatic Dingle Peninsula, take you to the edge of the ancient world and hear tales of our ancient warriors. Spot 'The Sleeping Giant' and 'The Three Sisters' amongst the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches before heading on to the party town of Killarney for the night. (B)
H: Enjoy the stunning Slea Head drive and explore Dingle
F: Party the night away at a Kerry ‘Dishco’
F: Meet ‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney
Day 5: Killarney to Dublin
It’s time to leave the Kingdom of Kerry behind as we go to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork . Now’s your chance to give the stone a big juicy smacker to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’. You will now realise your Guide has kissed the stone many, many times… Then we have a photo stop at the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster before we head back to the Fair 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.
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!
Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery Museum
It’s time to learn all about whiskey “Uisce Batha, Water of life” at Tullamore Dew Whiskey Museum. Steeped in tradition you will learn all about the ancient distilling process and once you've whetted your appetite, what better way to quench that than to have a taster of some Tullamore Dew.
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 when 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
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'.
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