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Eight days of relaxation and breath taking scenery are waiting for you to discover, explore and enjoy. In Dublin is a chance to unwind and relax and prepare for spectacular drives in days ahead. Heading south in a mountainous sweep from Dublin through Wicklow to the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny. Further south Waterford City and the open panorama of the majestic Copper coast drive. Heading west along the coast the sea gets wilder and scenery more rugged and beautiful. From Cork you head over the Cork and Kerry mountains to Killarney. Around the Ring of Kerry, the spectacular Wild Atlantic shows you the way as you head north along this fantastic coastal drive. You will drive through a bewitched mist shrouded landscape as you explore lonely ruins and rediscover stirring tales long past. Stroll into Bars and discover the friendly people making room for you. Drive the wild Atlantic way on road’s that will inspire and hook you.
Arrive in Dublin Airport where your vehicle will be waiting for you to collect. Continue on into the city, after checking in to your accommodation, enjoy an open top bus tour of Ireland’s Capital City. In the afternoon, a choice of a visit to one of Ireland’s major attractions such as The Guinness Storehouse, or the Jameson Whiskey Distillery or the Epic Emmigration Museum.
Day 2: Waterford City via Kilkenny City
Continue on to 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 for about 120 miles, toward Killarney. You may stop stop in Blarney Castle for some local sightseeing. Another great visitor experience along the way The Jameson Midleton Whiskey Experience. In the Evening a short drive to visit spectacular Ross 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, one of Ireland’s most famous locations. 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. Finally it’s on to Galway via the lunar like Burren Region and the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen Tomb.
Drive around Galway Bay before reaching Cong for your next overnight stay in the wonderful Kylemore Pass Hotel.
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 climbing Diamond Hill. 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.
Today travel from the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast to the Irish Sea on the East Coast
The route back towards Dublin will let you take in some of Ireland’s most historical landmarks, such as the ancient monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise. This is an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon and includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight, two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs. Arrive back in Dublin City to be greeted at your accommodation by a private guide who will take you on a spectacular guided walking tour of Dublin City.
We say a sad farewell today. Enjoy a full Irish Breakfast & some last bits of shopping before dropping your rental car back at the Airport in good time for you to check in for your flight.