14 Day Irish Self-Drive

14 Day Irish Self-Drive

From €1,225 pp

Overview

Carroll’s Tours offer a unique “Off the Beaten Trail14 Day Irish Self-Drive road trip. Take the road less travelled, enjoy the breath taking scenery waiting for you to discover, explore and enjoy. This road trip take a a broad sweep from Dublin through Tyrone to the North Coast. Explore the Game of Thrones landscape of the Causeway coast. In Donegal you scale the highest cliffs in Europe on Sliabh League. Feel the ancient beating heart of Ireland’s Wild Queen Maeve in Sligo. Drive on roads hugging the Wild Atlantic Way. Stop to view the bewitched mist shrouded landscape. Explore the lonely ruins and discover stirring tales long past. Stroll into Bars and you will discover a friendly people making room for you. Take the roads that inspire and help you loose yourself on this unique 14 Day Irish Self-Drive road trip.

On this lively road trip experience cities and towns full of good food, fine company, and drink. So, take thistwo week self-drive with a partner, some friends or family and go discover yourself!

 

From: €1,225 per person 


Description of Self-Drive

Day 1: Arrival – Dublin

  • Transfer to City
  • Check In to your accommodation
  • Enjoy an open top bus tour of Ireland’s capital city
  • In the afternoon, take unique Walking Tour of Medieval Dublin and discover Dublin City
  • Enjoy the Temple Bar Area with its marvellous bars like The Palace Bar and Oliver St John Gogarthy’s
  • Sample Dublin’s fantastic restaurant culture like Pichet or The Church
  • Explore Dublin’s rich Music, Whiskey and Beer Heritage

Day 2: Dublin – Carlingford

  • Early Breakfast and start
  • Collect Car-Hire from City Centre Depot
  • Head out Newgrange and discovery the Bru na Boinne UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Lunch in town of Trim and afterwards explore Trim Castle
  • Take the short trip to the Hill of Tara, the seat of the Ancient High Kings of Ireland
  • While on Tara discovery the Holy wells and Fairy Raggy Trees still in use by Irish people today
  • Head north to see two Irish hidden gems
  • First hidden gem is at Faughert where lies the grave of the High King Edward de Bruce
  • Second gem is mighty Castle Roche perched on rocky plateau guarding the Gap of the North
  • Head into the medieval town of Carlingford, set at the foot of the stunning Cooley mountains
  • Check In, freshen up and head out to Dinner
  • After dinner a great evening enjoying the splendid local bars

Day 3: Carlingford – Ballintoy

  • After early start head to Armagh City
  • Passing under Sliabh Gullion and green rolling hills of Armagh
  • Stop in Armagh City and visit St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • From Armagh City there is a short drive to Emain Macha (Navan Fort) ancient seat of the Kings of Ulster and the Knights of the Red Branch
  • Staring out from Emain Macha you will see a timeless landscape one that has not changed much
  • Head up across to Belturbet and on to the mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circle
  • Take a break and lunch in Dungannon
  • Heading north to Antrim passing beautiful still Lough Neagh Ireland’s largest lake
  • Another short stop at the iconic Dark Hedges (Game of Thrones)
  • Finally a welcome meal and rest in the lively Fullerton Arms
  • Still time to head up to nearby majestic Dunluce Castle
  • Check in for a wonderful evening in the Fullerton Arms, enjoy a meal and Trad session in Fullertons

Day 4: Derry – Inishowen

  • A busy day ahead, early breakfast and early start
  • Take the Causeway coast, start with the inspiring nerve tingling Carrick-a-reade rope bridge
  • Travel to the Giants Causeway, stop for coffee and visit to Bushmills Distillery
  • Onto to Magilligan for a short ferry ride to Inishowen Penninsular
  • Relax for lunch in Buncrana and head up to majestic Malin Head, taking the Inishowen looop
  • Stop’s on Inishowen at Burt Castle, Malin Head and the spectacular drive over the Mamore Gap 
  • Head back to Londonderry (Derry) City for check in and dinner
  • Enjoy a short spin, a short hike up to the ancient hilltop fort of An Grianan of Aileach, for stunning views
  • Back into Derry for an evening of music in the Sandino Bar

Day 5: Donegal – Sliabh League

  • Day 5 is the longest drive but this is a stunning road trip
  • An early breakfast and start as you take to the road
  • Drive south through the beautiful awe inspiring Gleanveagh National Park
  • The road winds underneath the towering Errigal peak and on through the beautiful Highlands of Donegal
  • Take the road over the Barnesmore gap stop at the spot where the Northern Clans gathered to defend their land long ago
  • Head through the Glenties and lunch in Teelin Village
  • Check into the wonderful Rusty Mackeral and hike up to Sliabh League
  • This stunning cliff walk takes you to the top of the majestic soaring Sliabh League Cliffs – highest in Europe
  • Back down to Teelin for a beautiful dinner, entertaining trad session
  • Finally a bed in the oddly named but unforgettable Rusty Mackeral Inn

Day 6: Westport – Downpatrick Head

  • Nice early breakfast and stunning road trip ahead
  • Driving south you pass under one of Ireland’s most iconic mountains, Benbulben
  • Heading towards Sligo, take a short stop at the fairy like Classiebawn Castle
  • Climb nearby majestic Knocknarea to pay homage to ruthless Queen Meave and enjoy the stunning views
  • Take the coastal road to Westport, through stunning Mullaghmore
  • The coastal road from Sligo to Westport is the finest drive in Ireland
  • Stop at beautiful Downpatrick Head, where you will see the power of the Wild Atlantic in full rage
  • Drive on through the boglands of Bangor Erris and head south to Achill Island
  • Stop at Kildavent Castle coastal fort of fearsome Pirate Clan Leader Grainne Mhaol (Grace O’Malley)
  • Grainne her fleet of 12 galleys raided the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Finally arrive in Westport, check in, freshen up and chill in Westport
  • Enjoy Dinner in anyone of the many restaurants, and afterwards have a drink in Westport’s renowned bars

Day 7: Galway City – Connemara

  • After Breakfast you head out from Westport to Galway City
  • Driving along the coast of Clew bay you take a first stop is Murrisk Abbey
  • Murrisk Abbey lies at the foot of Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick
  • Heading to Louisburgh you divert to walk one of the hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way, Killadoon Beach
  • From Killadoon you take the “must see” Doolough Drive, stop and take in the stunning views
  • Drive to Letterfrack, hike up Diamond Hill and gaze out over the beautiful Connemara scenery
  • Going east the raod takes you to beautiful Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
  • From Kylemore you take the road through Maam Cross to the mighty fortress of Aughnanure Castle
  • This road takes you through Connemara’s beautiful landscape, make sure you stop and enjoy the views
  • Finally you arrive in Galway City, check in and lunch
  • Galway City is a great place to chill out, it is a vibrant young city, known as Ireland’s cultural capitol
  • Browse and the many shops as you relax walking these cobbled medieval streets
  • Enjoy the street theatre, the buskers, and browse the market stalls on Eyre Square
  • Enjoy dinner in the many restaurants in the Spanish Arch Quarter
  • Relax and enjoy the Trad sessions held nightly in any one of these bars, An Pucan, Taylors and the Garavan

Day 8: Burren – Cliffs of Moher

  • Breakfast early and take the coastal road to Clare
  • Stop at Dunaguire Castle for a nice photo or two
  • Head into Clare, and into this wild strange landscape of bare exposed rock
  • This is the Burren an area of special conservation and outstanding beauty
  • Drive across undulating hills of stone, through tiny colourful thriving villages
  • Tempting lovely restaurants, cafes and bars offer food, drink and entertainment to suit all tastes
  • Taking the coastal route route through Ballyvaughan, Blackhead and Fanore you arrive in the tiny fishing port of Doolin
  • Doolin nestles at the foot of Cliffs of Moher
  • After a hearty lunch head up the cliff path for majestic views of the Wild Atlantic
  • Head up to the stunning Cliffs of Moher and observe this beautiful experience, wait for sunset for something truly special
  • Head down to Doolin for a terrific wonderful meal in the many local restaurants
  • Sit back and enjoy an evening in legendary Gus O’Connors bar

Day 9: Doolin – Inishere 

  • Early rise for a day unlike any other
  • Take a short walk down to Doolin Pier and board the ferry for Inishere, smallest of the Aran Islands
  • The ferry sails out into the Atlantic passing underneath the majestic Cliffs of Moher
  • You will catch glimpses of dolphins and whales as you head out to Inishere smallest of the Aran Islands
  • From the pier head up to Rory’s Bar for a lovely lunch
  • Hire bikes and ride up to O’Briens Castle and the iconic shipwreck of the ill-fated Plessey Ship
  • Head to the weaving factory and shop, browse the local crafts including famous Aran Sweaters
  • From any where on this small Island are stunning spectacular views
  • Finally back to Doolin for dinner and a relaxing evening in one of the many bars

Day 10: Dingle – Slea Head

From Clare over the Killimer to Tarbart car ferry into Kerry affectionately known as the Kingdom! Head south to Tralee and on out to Dingle. This finger of land called dingle is a place of stunning beauty, around Brandon head for heart stopping roads head up over the soaring Connor Pass and stop and touch the sky! Head down into the small fishing town of Dingle! After check in and lunch take the majestic Slea Head Drive, stop at Dun Chaoin and walk out to Sybil Head and hear its tragic tale. Take a view of the far off skelligs and distant Iveragh with its tall peaks shrouded in cloud. Take the plunge in the awesome beach of Ventry and refreshed head back to Dingle. For a beautiful night in this lively town enjoy food, drink and craic!

Day 11: Dingle – Night Kayak

  • Late rise and delicious breakfast, today you park the car take a day browsing this small town
  • Artisan craft pottery, galleries, music, hand-made ice creams, chocolates and a visit to Dingle Distillery
  • Take a boat trip out to see Funge the resident Dingle Dolphin who has made Dingle his home
  • In the evening well before the sunsets time to take to the water yourself in a Night Time Kayak tour
  • As darkness descends as you sit on the sea, watch as the sea comes to life in the moonlight
  • Head back into the town for dinner and another evening of delight!

Day 12: Bantry – Mizen Head

  • Leave Dingle behind and head to the beautiful town of Kenmare
  • Drive on to Ailihies and Eyeries Village two tiny very remote villages which are a joy to behold
  • These villages neatle in stunning landscapes connected by breathtaking coastal roads
  • Head on to Mizen Head Irelands most easterly headland
  • Take the iron bridge over the raging Atlantic and into the Lighthouse and visitor centre for a coffee
  • Mizen Head views are amongst the most beautiful views on earth
  • Drive south to Dunbeg Stone Circle lay a coin as a votive offering
  • Finally on to Bantry for Check In
  • Later enjoy Dinner locally and Bantry’s bars are renowned places of entertainment

Day 13: Kilkenny – Rock of Cashel

  • After Breakfast a long drive today!
  • From Bantry head northeast through Kanturk and over Cork and Kerry Mountains.
  • Take the Healy pass for a wonderful drive over the mountains
  • Decend into green valleys and rich pastures of Ireland’s Golden Vale
  • Head to one of Ireland’s great tourist attractions The Rock of Cashel – ancient seat of the Kings of Munster for over 700 years
  • Make some time to explore the Rock of Cashel, relax and browse the ancient towers and turrets, castle and cathedral
  • From Cashel head towards Kilkenny stopping for lunch in Medieval Clonmel
  • The road takes you to beautiful Jerpoint Abbey build by the Kings chief Herald William Marshall and his stunning Irish wife Isabella
  • Before you enter Medieval Kilkenny take a stop at the dark sinister Dunmore caves. The Vikings massacred 1000 people sheltering in the caves around 10,000 ad
  • On into Kilkenny for coffee and check-in
  • A short walk to Kilkenny Castle and the Smithwicks Brewery Experience
  • Finally enjoy an evening meal in The Alice Kyeteler Inn haunt of the witch Alice
  • Enjoy a truly relaxing evening in this beautiful town

Day 14: Dublin – Farewell!

  • An early start and a short drive to Dublin
  • On arrival in Dublin check in and drop off car hire at city centre depot
  • Enjoy lunch in one of Dublin’s iconic pubs like Sweetman’s or Doyle’s of College Street
  • Today is all about relaxation, after lunch head to Trinity College to view the Book of Kells and be amazed by the Long Room Library
  • Afterwards a visit to Powerscourt Townhouse for a unique shopping experience
  • A last dinner in Ireland would be complete in The Pichet Restaurant 
  • A final farewell drink in the many bars nearby
  • Time to say farewell to the emerald isle!

14 Day Irish Self-Drive Package Includes:

  • Airport Meet and Greet, Tour Pack
  • 14 Guesthouse/3 Star Accommodation (Bed & Breakfast)
  • 12 Lunches and 1 Special Dinner
  • Pre-paid Activity and Heritage Entrance: Kilkenny Castle, Rock of Cashel, Dunmore Caves, Jameson Midleton Distillery Whiskey Experience, Ross Castle, Night Kayaking, Mizen Head, Adare Castle and Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Westport House, Donegal Castle, Glenveagh National Park, Causeway Coast including Dunluce Castle and Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dark Hedges, Belfast Titanic Experience, Newgrange, Trim Castle, Dublin Walking Tour, Guinness Storehouse
  • Customer Care and Personalised Attention 24/7

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