Come with us on our classic Ireland tour, taking in the Ring of Kerry, Killarney’s blue lakes, the ancient Rock of Cashel, the haunting Doo Lough and so many more highlights. Experience the bustling Latin Quarter of Galway and its great music scene, and relax in the tranquil beauty of the Connemara countryside. You’ll be blown away by some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes, hear the tales of the complex sweep of Irish history, watch farmers herd their sheep, marvel at a Stone Circle older than the Pyramids, and see how the Irish-speaking locals in the Aran Islands have maintained their traditional way of life over centuries. We guarantee you’ll see at least 39 of our 40 shades of green as we visit the Ireland you always imagined!
Welcome to Ireland, or, in our ancient native language: Céad míle fáilte! We’ll gather together at our pick-up point in central Dublin and drive southwest through County Tipperary to the Rock of Cashel, the rock star of stunning Irish landmarks. Rising up out of the Golden Vale of Tipperary, 1000 years of history stare down at you from the ancient royal site of the kings of Munster.
After a group lunch, we drive to beautiful Kinsale, a historic port and fishing town in County Cork with an enthralling military history. The town is also known as the food capital of Ireland. We will enjoy a group dinner this evening in one of Kinsale’s finest restaurants.
We start our day with a walking tour through the quiet and colourful streets of historic Kinsale before visiting Charlesfort, one of the finest surviving examples of a 17th century star-shaped fort, overlooking Kinsale harbor. A coastal walk leads us back to the town where you have free time to explore the quiet delights of this charming town.
This evening is free to discover the thriving traditional music scene in Kinsale’s many pubs. We can give you plenty of recommendations!
Today we leave Kinsale and drive to Kenmare, the gateway to the Ring of Kerry. part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Its spectacular beauty is justifiably world famous. Visit the 4000-year-old Bronze Age stone circle in beautiful Kenmare and have lunch in this quaint, yet busy, little town.
In the afternoon we watch a sheepdog demonstration and learn about farming in the Black Valley, before a stunning drive along the eastern leg of the Ring of Kerry and through Killarney National Park. The three blue lakes may be celebrated in music, poetry, and art, but nothing quite prepares you for the beauty of these natural beauties.
Evening is yours to have fun. Take the opportunity to explore Killarney's lively pub scene, where you can always count on a "session" of traditional music.
Today we leave County Kerry and cross the mighty River Shannon into County Clare, heading north to the simply jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher. Is there anywhere in Ireland more dramatic than these cliffs, constantly being lashed by the Atlantic breakers 700 feet below? Afterwards, we drive north along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like rocky landscape of the Burren National Park, a million miles from Ireland’s forty shades of green!
On arrival in Galway we will have an orientation walk through the city, and a pub crawl so that you can enjoy the buzz of Galway by night!
Today we experience island life on one of the Aran Islands. After a drive through an Irish-speaking Gaeltacht area, we board the ferry for the ruggedly beautiful Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands, with its stone walls and harsh beauty that has drawn poets, artists, and dreamers for thousands of years. We will tour the island in a minibus with our favourite local guide, and learn about life for the islanders on this little rock in the Atlantic Ocean.
The showstopping Dun Aengus is the jewel of the island, a 3000-year-old fort perched on the edge of a cliff, which has been called "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe”.
This evening we let you loose to explore Galway’s lively restaurant scene, including the buzzing, music-filled Latin Quarter.
This is the Ireland you always imagined: a dreamlike region of mountains, bogs, heathland and lakes, megalithic tombs and showstopping landscapes. First we drive to the village of Cong, made famous by the classic John Wayne movie The Quiet Man. Then we will take one of the most beautiful drives in all Ireland through the Maumturk Montains, past Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord, and the picturesque village of Leenane. We will trace the tragic steps of those who died during the Great Famine on the Hunger Walk along the Doo Lough Valley during the Great Famine.
Tonight we will enjoy a farewell group dinner in Galway.
This morning we leave County Galway to travel through County Offaly and then on to Dublin. As you can't leave Ireland without sampling uisce beatha, (the water of life), we will call in on Tullamore Whiskey Distillery, home of Tullamore Dew, one of Ireland’s finest whiskeys, for a tour and a farewell toast of this triple-distilled Irish icon.
We will arrive in Dublin late afternoon and we can then drop you at your hotel or at a location of your choice.