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Take the ultimate road trip on the Wild Atlantic way with total freedom in an RV Motorhome! Explore this beautiful coastal route at your own pace free of check in’s and out’s. This is real freedom enabling you to enjoy the great outdoors and all the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. On this drive you will explore Ireland’s beautiful far West – starting where the ancient Kingdom of Kerry meets wild West Cork – great peninsulas with mountainous spines stretch miles out into the ocean. Where ice-age landscapes meet west-coast warmth, and music is a way of life. It is a place for clifftop walks, island-gazing, sunsets and traditional pubs … and soul-stirring views: rainbows in the ocean spray. From the crystal waters of distant Erris to the “savage beauty” of much-loved Connemara, the Wild Atlantic Way skims around some impressive bays and great scaling heights. From the hidden beauty of the Skellig Ring, to the lively Dingle Peninsula you will explore tiny villages with big hearts. Take to the road and lose yourself!
Welcome to Ireland folks! At Arrival in Dublin Airport, Carrolls Representative will meet and greet. Information pack containing, maps, suggested itinerary, service area locations, and hotel accommodation. Transfer to Campervan depot, detailed instructions on essential operation of Motorhome. 24 hour customer care is available and well in advance of trip you will receive operational instructions. Then you head off down South West, first stop is at the stunning Rock of Cashel, after lunch in Cashel you head to Bantry and the stunning village of Allihies. This is the start of your Wild Atlantic adventure. That evening you can explore the nearby Ballydonegan Beach and catch the last rays of the dying sun. Head to the sound of music and smell of food in Allihies Village.
From Allihies you head along the stunning coast to Sneem and drive along part of the Kerry Ring. Onto Waterville and lunch, then head west to Ballinskelligs on the majestic Skellig Ring. Take your time, as you head to St Finian’s Bay. Stop and relax or take a swim in the crystal clear cool waters of the Deep Atlantic. Stare out at the majestic Skellig Michael from the beach, the very beach the ancient monks set sail with provisions over 1,500 years ago. Head up the Skellig ring over the Cliff views and down into Portmagee. Stop at the Skellig’s Chocolate Factory, then rejoin the Kerry ring and drive on majestic cliff tops over the soaring sea to Cahirsiveen, then Castlemaine and onto Annascaul. You can stop at Inch Strand and take a swim or head on to the lively town of Dingle. You may park up and take your bikes, or head out on boat to meet Fungie the Wild resident dolphin. That evening enjoy a meal and before you enjoy a drink take the road out to Slea Head and catch the magnificent sunset.
You may park up for the night at Ballyferriter, or head back to lively Dingle the choice is all yours.
After an early breakfast depart from Dingle in the direction of Brandon to drive over the renowned Conor Pass, Ireland’s highest mountain pass. At the summit Brandon and Tralee Bays can be seen to the north, with the sandy Castlegregory peninsula separating them and to the south lies Dingle Bay. Continue to Tralee and Tarbert where you will take a ferry crossing on the Shannon Estuary to County Clare. Drive to Kilkee and on out to one of Ireland’s iconic headlands The Loop Head. Continue north, stop at the Bridges of Ross with its roaring cliffs and then onto the Cliffs of Moher. The majestic Cliffs of Moher are without doubt one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and overlook the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of West Clare. But the smart driver stops in Doolin and takes the manificentYou then arrive 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. Just north of the Cliffs you then have the lunar like Burren region and the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen Tombs as well as the Aillwee Caves.
Today we travel north west to Galway and on to the Connemara region west of Galway. You will get a chance to visit Dunguaire Castle and take in the views of Galway Bay. You will also have the chance to stop in Galway City, the ‘City of the Tribes’ and experience all the culture the city has to offer. The Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra dating back to 1320. Nearby popular sites to visit are Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch, Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square. Continue west of Galway to the hauntingly beautiful Connemara Region. Situated on the most western seaboard of Europe, this unspoilt region boasts breathtaking scenery. The characteristic features of Connemara include its 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 by master Bodhran maker Malachy Kearns.
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. Much to see along this way, the spectacular Dough Lough and Valley drive is an amazing experience. Beautiful Louisburgh and the magical Killadoon Beach. An empty landscape full of beauty and stunning coastal scenery. 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. This land was the haunt of the Irish Pirate and Clan Chieftainess Grace O’Malley with her squadrons of man-o-war see terrorised the west coast of Ireland, taking on all comers, the English and Spanish. Her legacy is all over this landscape as her Castles dot the landscape.
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.
Some serious driving on one of Ireland’s iconic road, this is really the Atlantic way 360 degree views of sheer beauty, distant mountains, roaring see, empty coastal plains. This driving is sheer pleasure with enough interesting stops, the megalithic Ceide Field Visitor centre, to the wonders of Downpatrick Headland and the stunning sea views. Through the coastal village of Enniscrone, magnificent empty beaches may induce you for a swim, the odd surfer breaks majestic waves you will lose yourself in this landscape.
Time to climb Knocknanrea and meet another fiery Irish lady – The Legendary Queen Maeve is buried on top of Knocknarea mountain in a massive cairn of stone. It is reputed she is buried standing up, facing her mortal enemies in Ulster. What a climb and what a view!
Lunch in Sligo and then on past majestic Benbulben and fairy castle of Classiebawn all the while hugging the raging sea. You can have a late stop in Donegal Castle and discover the home of the great Princess of the North the O’Donnells. Finally on to Teelin at the foot of majestic Sliabh League. Park your camper van at the Rusty Mackeral and head up to view one of Ireland’s greatest views, Sliabh League, the tallest Cliffs in Europe. Finally a wonderful meal in the Rusty Mackeral and a magical trad session into the small hours.
On your last day you will experience a mixture of heritage, culture and beautiful landscapes. Early start you head south towards Dublin, making good progress just pass Virginia is one of Ireland’s hidden gems – Slieve na Calliagh – Hills of the Witches – or Loughcrew. This is your last climb, but worth the stop, this mysterious megalithic graveyard older than Stonehenge, the Pyramids it stretches into deep antiquity. Enjoy a lunch at the nearby Loughcrew Centre. Drop off the Camper Van and you will be picked up and taken your hotel in Dublin’s fair city. Enjoy an evening meal and explore Dublin’s Temple Bar area with its ancient historic pubs for a relaxing night of reflection of your time on the Wild Atlantic Way.