7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive

7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive

From €735 pp


Carroll’s Tours present this unique 7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive road trip. On this trip you will explore Ireland’s beautiful far West. Starting where the ancient Kingdom of Kerry meets wild West Cork. Great peninsulas with craggy mountainous spines stretching miles out into the raging ocean. This is where ice-age landscapes meet west-coast warmth, and music is a way of life. This 7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive is a place for clifftop walks, island-gazing, sunsets and traditional pubs. For road trips with soul-stirring views.

From the crystal waters of distant Erris to the “savage beauty” of much-loved Connemara. The Wild Atlantic Way skims south around some impressive bays. Connemara means “inlets of the sea” in Irish. It is where water and land merge in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and sea-swept blanket bogs. This 7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive road trip starts and ends in Shannon but can be modified to suit any arrival/departure point. 

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From: €780 per person

Description of 7 Day Ireland Self-Drive

Day 1: Shannon – Dingle

  • Welcome to Ireland folks!
  • Arrive in Shannon Airport (or pre night in Dublin) where you collect car
  • From Shannon, you will be heading to the beautiful town of Dingle in County Kerry
  • On the way you will stop at the pretty village of Adare
  • Enjoy lunch in Adare one of Ireland’s prettiest villages take a break and walk around the ancient Abbey and Castle
  • Heading to Dingle you will traverse the dramatic Conor Pass on what is perhaps the most dramatic and scenic peninsula in the country
  • Dingle retains the charm of a fishing village despite being a popular tourist destination
  • After checking into your accommodation, explore Dingle village.
  • Here, you will find some lovely shops and enjoy your welcome dinner that evening

Day 2: Dingle Peninsula

  • A highlight of your trip, The Dingle Peninsula day trip
  • From Dingle head to the harbour village of Ventry
  • On leaving Ventry the road continues westward, past the remains of Dunbeg Fort
  • At Fahan hairpin bend the road crosses a ford
  • The next drive now follows the coast north, past Coumenoole Strand
  • This drive continues with a sheer cliff on one side and the Atlantic Ocean raging far below
  • Head around Slea Head itself, marked by a stone crucifixion scene and stop
  • Tak in the dramatic views of South Kerry and the Blasket Islands
  • Further stops at Dun Chaoin, Bally Ferritear, Bally David
  • Finally you will loop you back to Dingle Village
  • Check in and out for a pint of the Guinness and a traditional Irish meal

Day 3: Dingle to Clare

  • After an early breakfast depart from Dingle
  • Head 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 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
  • Continue north out to the Bridges of Ross Cliffs and on to the Cliffs of Moher
  • The majestic Cliffs of Moher are without doubt one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights
  • Overlooking the raging Atlantic Ocean on the coast of West Clare
  • You then arrive at the village of Doolin
  • Doolin is world-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music and spontaneous sessions in any one of its excellent pubs
  • Just north of the Cliffs you then have the lunar like Burren region
  • Here you take the Burren Loop Road Trip
  • You will see the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen Tombs, Leamenagh Castle, Fairy Forts and the Aillwee Caves
  • Check In to your accommodation in Doolin and you will sleep soundly to the sound of the ocean
  • This the halway point on your 7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive

Day 4: Connemara

  • 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
  • Next stop is Galway City, the ‘City of the Tribes’ and experience all the culture the city has to offer
  • View the popular sites of the Spanish Arch, Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square
  • After Lunch, continue west of Galway to the hauntingly beautiful Connemara Region
  • Situated on the most western seaboard of Europe, this unspoilt region boasts breathtaking scenery
  • Connemara has rugged, unpolluted coastlines, dramatic mountains, numerous lakes and rivers
  • Set on the Wild Atlantic Way its pristine beaches are a key feature of the world renowned Connemara National Park
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey and the Lough Inagh Valley
  • Take the renowed spectacular Sky Road near the town of Clifden
  • Gaze at the ocean from the stunning fishing village of Roundstone
  • Learn how a ‘Bodhran’ (traditional Irish Drum) is made by master Bodhran maker Malachy Kearns

Day 5: Connemara to Westport

  • Driving north from Connemara
  • Stop to walk along the fjord at Killiary harbour or take the catamaran cruise through Ireland’s only fjord
  • Take the Doough Lough Valley drive one of Ireland’s special roads
  • From Killiary head to just south of Westport to see Croagh Patrick Ireland’s sacred ‘Holy Mountain’
  • On the way stop at one of Ireland’s true hidden gems, the stunning beach of Killadoon
  • The area around Croagh Patrick is rich in archaeological remains like breathingly beautiful Murrisk Abbey
  • Head on into nearby Town of Westport for lunch and a relaxing evening
  • Make sure you visit Matt Molloy’s Pub for a traditional Irish Music Session
  • Check in and enjoy a dinner
  • Spend the evening checking out tiis wonderful colourful lively town

Day 6: Westport

  • After an early Breakfast you have a terrific road trip ahead
  • Leaving Westport for Achill island you travel along Clew bay
  • Frst stop is Burrishoole Abbey, set beside a gentle river and stunning still coastal lake
  • Continue along the coastal road through Mullranny, and on out to Achill Island
  • Drive over the bridge onto Achill island itself
  • The drive across this beautiful wild island is very dramatic
  • A stunning mix of great ocean views and mountain passes
  • Onwards to pristine Keem beacha lovely Blue star beach, great for a swim on a hot summers day
  • While in Achill enjoy lunch and take in a dramatic Cliff walk
  • Drive back to Westport for the evening

Day 7: Cong 

  • Your last day you experience a mixture of heritage, culture and beautiful landscapes
  • From Westport, visit the Village of Cong on route to Galway.
  • In Cong the famous movie, ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was shot here
  • A visit to Pat Cohan’s Bar is well worth the stop for a brief coffee
  • Pass stunning Ashford Castle and take the lake shore drive around Lough Cong
  • Lunch in Galway City
  • Visit the Spanish Arch area of the city centre and spend some time shopping in Galway City
  • Enjoy Galway’s famous bars like An Pucan, The Garavan and Taylors

7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive Package Includes:

  • Airport Meet/Greet and Tour Information Pack
  • Car-Hire, Automatic Transmission, Super Damage Cover
  • Seven Nights Guesthouse Accommodation (Bed & Breakfast)
  • Pre-Paid Activity and Heritage Centres:
    Adare Abbey and Castle, Meet Fungie on the Dolphin Cruise, Skellig Chocolate Factory, Skellig Whiskey Distillery, Cliffs of Moher, Aughnanure Castle, Burrishrule Abbey, Rockfleet Castle, Galway Whiskey Trail.
  • Customer Care 24/7

Note: For Terms and Conditions for the 7 Day Wild Atlantic Self-Drive package just click on link

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