Going Clockwise! But always taking the road less travelled, enjoy the breath taking scenery waiting for you to discover, explore and enjoy. A broad sweep from Dublin through the Garden of Ireland sets your journey off on a great start. A stop at Glendalough refreshing view and Coffee! Then a short beautiful ride into Kilkenny City and discover Medieval Ireland! Head West along Copper Coast to Killarney on start of your drive on the wild Atlantic way on road’s that will inspire and hook you. High cliff’s and low roads await as you journey North along majestic landscapes. Through Donegal scale the highest cliffs in Europe, feel the ancient beating heart of Ireland’s Wild Queen Maeve. Drive through the bewitched mist shrouded landscape as you explore lonely ruins and rediscover stirring tales long past. From Derry head out along the North Coast and explore the Game of Thrones landscape of the Causeway coast. But everyone on this journey stroll into Bars and discover the friendly people making room for you. Lively cities and towns full of good food, fine company and drink, take this drive with partner, friends or family and go discover yourself!
Dublin to Waterford via Ireland’s ‘Medieval Capital’ Kilkenny where you will get to explore the famous 12th Century Kilkenny Castle. Travel along south to Waterford City where you can visit the famous House of Waterford Crystal. In the evening choose from one of the many pubs and restaurants Waterford has to offer.
Drive along the south coast of Ireland, about 120 miles, toward Killarney. You may like to stop in Cobh, Cork, or Blarney for some local sightseeing in Blarney Woollen Mills. Choose from a selection of visitor experiences such as Jameson Experience, Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience Cobh, and Blarney Castle.
Get ready for a fabulous day of scenic views on the Ring of Kerry, the 100 mile winding coastal drive consists of beautiful beaches and Cliffs and iconic landscapes. If you are a Star Wars fan why not visit the famous Skellig Michael where Star Wars VII was filmed. Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys.
Enjoy another evening in Killarney to sample the local pubs and eateries.
Leave Killarney early morning and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Continue along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch and travel onwards north arriving at the village of Doolin. Doolin is world-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music and in recent years has been attracting crowds to spontaneous sessions in any one of its excellent pubs. Then it’s on to Galway via the lunar like Burren Region and the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen Tombs. Drive through the Burren and around Galway Bay before reaching Kylemore Pass Hotel for your next overnight stay.
Today, the beautiful Connemara Region awaits you. Situated west of Galway on the most western seaboard of Europe, you will get to experience breathtaking scenery featuring rugged, unpolluted coastline, dramatic mountains, numerous lakes and rivers and woodlands and the renowned Connemara National Park. Visit Kylemore Abbey and the Lough Inagh Valley as well as the spectacular Sky Road near the town of Clifden. You can also visit the fishing village of Roundstone and see how a ‘Bodhran’ (traditional Irish Drum) is made. Today you take “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong.
Driving north from Connemara, stop to walk along the fjord at Killiary harbour or indeed take the catamaran cruise through Ireland’s only fjord. From there travel just south of Westport to see Croagh Patrick, otherwise known as Ireland’s ‘Holy Mountain’ upon which St. Patrick spent 40 days fasting. The area around Croagh Patrick is rich in archaeological remains which provide an interesting insight into life in times past. Westport House is located west of the Shannon and is one of Irelands’ most historic homes open to the public.
You have a fun packed day ahead, Leaving Westport for Achill island along Clew bay, first stop is Burrishoole Abbey, saved in your Garmin in ‘Favourites’ set in lovely quiet countryside adjacent to a still lake. Continue along the route to Mulranny, and on to Achill sound, then drive over the bridge onto Achill island itself. The drive across the island is very dramatic and wild, with a mix of great ocean views and mountain passes.
Onwards to Keem beach, a lovely Blue star beach, ideal place for a swim on a hot summers day. Drive back to Westport for the evening and enjoy this wonderful town, voted best town in Ireland in 2012.
An early morning start for a short 1 hour drive towards the hills of Donegal. Arriving in Donegal, deep in the heart of County is Glenveagh National Park and is considered by many to be Ireland’s finest national park. Travelling further on north into the City of Derry where we have organized a Bogside Tour and a Walk the around the walls of the city before you enjoy your evening meal and live Irish music.
One of the many highlights of your trip will be visiting the breathtaking Giants Causeway today. As we leave Derry and make our way towards the Northern Coastal route,Look out for the glorious Mussenden Temple overlooking the 9 mile long Benone Strand, heading east take in the ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle, teetering out over the ocean, or breathe in the fresh air at the beaches of Portrush or Portstewart.
From here travel to the Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway was formed 70,000,000 years ago by massive volcanic. Legend has it that the Irish giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner.
The coastal road to Belfast has spectacular views so have the cameras at the ready. From here, make sure to walk the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge spans a gaping chasm between the coast and a small island used by fishermen. The terrifying eighty foot drop can be crossed via the swinging bridge – not for the faint hearted! Arriving that evening to give you plenty of time for to stroll around Belfast City.
Belfast City is full of history, culture and friendly locals inspiring the likes of Chronicles of Narnia and Gulliver’s Travel. We have arranged a Black Cab Political Tour to pick you up in the morning at reception where our driver guide will give you an insight into Belfast’s troubled history & vibrant modern culture. That afternoon after lunch, visit The Titanic Belfast Experience, telling the story of the famous HMS Titanic which tragically sank on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
Leaving Belfast towards Dublin, you will get a chance to visit one of the great wonders of the ancient world, Newgrange. Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Newgrange is older than Stonehenge, Mycenae or even the Pyramids of Egypt. Not far from here is Trim Castle. The castle, on the shores of the Boyne, is one of the largest Norman castles in Europe, and Ireland’s largest castle. Just north of here lies The Hill of Tara. Located near the River Boyne, this ancient contains a number of ancient monuments, and, according to tradition, was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. That night enjoy a mixture of music song and dance with our Live Traditional Irish Dance show & farewell Dinner.
After enjoying a Full Irish Breakfast to get you sorted for the day ahead we say goodbye and wish you a safe journey home.