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Tradition, history, heritage, breath taking scenery and the friendliest nation you’ll ever meet. This is the best of Ireland, taking you to cities, coasts and castles and the highlights of the entire emerald island. Starting in Dublin and exploring the North, West and South coasts of Ireland you’ll get to visit all the places you’ve heard and dreamed about. Drink a pint of the “black stuff” in Dub...

Tradition, history, heritage, breath taking scenery and the friendliest nation you’ll ever meet. This is the best of Ireland, taking you to cities, coasts and castles and the highlights of the entire emerald island

Starting in Dublin and exploring the North, West and South coasts of Ireland you’ll get to visit all the places you’ve heard and dreamed about. Drink a pint of the “black stuff” in Dublin, experience the stunning beauty of Northern Ireland, explore the Ring of Kerry and feel the wind on your cheeks atop the Cliffs of Moher all the while encountering a legendary culture through the people you meet along the way.

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  • Cycling

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Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

Let the journey begin...

• Start your journey with a visit to the world famous brewery that produces Ireland’s national drink "Guinness": The Guinness Storehouse.

• In the evening, join the Liteterary pub crawl for more drinks and of course great live music.​


Day 2: Dublin day out!

• Your morning begins with a visit to an early thirteenth century Viking settlement; Dublin castle. 

• Continue through Dublin’s Georgian neighborhood, which is composed of streets, parks and monuments and finish with Trinity College

• This evening, enjoy the folk and fairies at Brazen Head. A uniquely Irish cultural experience and let us entertain you with fascinating insights into Irish life. Dinner included!


Day 3: Dublin in depth and at your own pace

You will never be bored in Dublin!

• On your second day in Dublin you can explore the Christ Church Cathedral.  Walk down the steps that lead under the cathedral and explore the medieval crypt

• In the afternoon and evenings we will provide you with a myriad of options to explore such as a cultural Irish evening in the Arlington Hotel.


Day 4: Heading to Antrim 

Northern Ireland here I come

• Today you are off to Northern Ireland. Along the North Coast you can stop at Murlough Bay.

• It is considered one of the most beautiful bays along the Antrim coast and yet it is something of an insider tip.


Day 5: Giant’s Causeway

• After breakfast, you are off to the famous Giant Causeway.

• Next up, you can visit Dunluce Castle. It is situated dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast.

• Not to be missed when you are in the area is Bushmills - famous as the home of the world's oldest whiskey distillery.


Day 6: Antrim to Sligo

• Located in the very north of Northern Ireland, the beach is part of a seven mile stretch of sand.

• Above the beach is the prominent Mussenden Temple, one of the most photographed buildings in Northern Ireland.

• Take advantage of the extreme geology of this coastline with visits to castles, peninsulas and heritage sites.

Antrim, Sligo

Day 7: Sligo & Mayo County

• On your way to Connemara you are driving through the beautiful landscape of Mayo. 

• Encounter Westport, a postcard-pretty town with as lovely a main street as you'll be likely to find anywhere in Ireland.

• This trip northwards will bring you to County Mayo. Westport also boasts a great selection of traditional pubs, among them Matt Molloy's of the Chieftains.

Sligo, Connemara

Day 8: Connemara to Galway City

In a recent nationwide survey the people of Galway were found to be Ireland's happiest!

• In Connemara you will drive along the Sky Road, a 20km (12 mile) jaw-droppingly scenic loop route near Clifden in the wonderful Connemara.

• Clifden, the Capital of Connemara is a great county town full of bustling cafés, pubs, restaurants and shops.

• Set in the Connemara mountains is Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful neo-Gothic Castle.


Day 9: Aran Islands

• On the Aran Islands, you can immerse yourself in the rich Celtic culture among people who speak Irish as their first language.

• One thing you have to do once you arrive on Nis Mor is rent a bicycle.

• Whether you are going off on your own, with a friend or a group ... cycling around Inis Mor is a must! 

Aran Island, Galway

Day 10: The Cliffs of Moher

• The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's premier geological attractions! Take your time here, you will want to enjoy every second...

• Nearby, make a stop at Bunaratty village, where one can enjoy the medieval grandeur that awaits in Bunratty Castle.

• Be sure to sample a relaxing cup of tea and freshly baked scones in one of the quaint thatched cottage cafes. 

• On the way to Kerry, you'll see the beautiful little village of Adare. A quaint picturesque place, lined with traditional thatched-roof cottages.

Falaises Moher

Day 11: Ring of Kerry - a toast to the coast

Villages, coastlines and chocolate

• A near full-day of sightseeing on the Ring of Kerry awaits.  You will stop to explore several charming villages along the route, including Glenbeigh, Waterville, and Sneem.

• Also, do not miss a visit to the Skelligs Chocolate factory, Ireland's only open chocolate factory!

•  At the factory, you can purchase award-winning chocolates, and of course taste the freshly made products

Kerry ring

Day 12: Killarney National Park

A day to be spent exploring nature

• At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands

• Torc Waterfall is well worth visiting and like all waterfalls it is best seen after heavy rains (no problem in Kerry!).

• If you want a good viewing point of the lakes then push yourself a little further and climb the 100 or so steps immediately to the left of the waterfall to get some excellent views of the lakes.


Day 13: Castle Trail Kerry to Kilkenny 

Castles, castles and more castles

• In the morning you will visit Blarney Castle. Perched on solid limestone.

• Afterwards make a stop at the Cahit Castle. It is one of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. 

• In the historic Marble City, you will only ever be a short walk away from the Kilkenny castle; the residence and headquarters of the powerful Butler family.


Day 14: Glendalough and Avoca Village 

• One mile long and lined by over 2,000 beech trees, even the avenue leading to the Powerscourt House echoes the magnificence of the whole estate.

• Take a trip out of the city south until you arrive at Glendalough.

• After going through a lot of the Garden County’s iconic spots, the best place to end it is by visiting Avoca village. 

• Here, you will find the "Meeting of the Waters" - the point at which the Avonmore and Avonbeg Rivers come together.

Glendalough, Dublin

Day 15: Time to say goodbye...

• According to your departure and schedule we will be providing you with airport transportation 

• Or! If you wish to continue this journey, please know that all doors are always open here in Ireland!

The best to you and your next grand adventure 


DublinAntrimSligoConnemaraAran IslandGalwayFalaises MoherKerry ringKillarneyKilkennyGlendalough

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Approx. $1,720 / 15 days
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