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Ireland Heritage journey through the north, west and south coasts!

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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 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”...

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 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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Tour itinerary includes
  • Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Cycling
    Cycling

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

• 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.

Visited:
Dublin

Day 2: Full day in Dublin

• This morning : Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement.
Dublin castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland.

• While going through Dublin’s Georgian neighbourhood, which is composed of streets, parks and monuments dating from the 18th century; you should visit Trinity College – Ireland’s most famous university.

• 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 in times past while you enjoy a delicious candlelit dinner in Dublin’s oldest Pub.  

Visited:
Dublin

Day 3: Dublin in Depth

• 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, one of the largest in Britain and Ireland, and the oldest surviving building in the city.

• Another impressive monument is the St Patricks cathedral.

• In the evening you can explore a cultural Irish evening in the Arlington Hotel. Known as Celtic Nights you can be a part of a great show and an unforgettable experience. 

• It includes World Championship dancers and All-Ireland winning musicians showcasing some of Ireland’s ‘sean nos’ (old style) Irish dance & the famous Brush Dance.

Visited:
Dublin

Day 4: Antrim 

• 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. 

Visited:
Antrim

Day 5: Giant’s Causeway

• After breakfast, you are off to the famous giant Causeway. The UNESCO Heritage site is located in Northern Ireland. • Next up, you can visit Duncle 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. Visitors can take a one hour guided tour which includes a tasting. 

Visited:
Antrim

Day 6: Antrim to Sligo

• Located in the very north of Northern Ireland, the beach is part of a seven mile stretch of sand offering a wealth of activities including water sports and scenic walks.

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

Portstewart Strand - Co. Derry/Londonderry. 
This area is owned and managed by the National Trust - sweeping along the edge of the North Coast, it is one of Northern Ireland's finest beaches with views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple perched atop the cliffs.
  

Binevenagh - Limavady, Co. Derry/Londonderry. 
The plateau and steep cliffs extend for over six miles across the peninsula of Magilligan, dominating the skyline over the villages of Bellarena, Downhill, Castlerock and Benone beach.

Visited:
Antrim, Sligo

Day 7: Sligo and Mayo 

• On your way to Connemara you are driving through the beautiful landscape of Mayo. Westport is a postcard-pretty town with as lovely a main street as you'll be likely to find anywhere in Ireland.

• A trip northwards will bring you to remote Achill island which is accessible by a small bridge. Even further off the beaten path is Belmullet in the northwest corner of County Mayo. Westport also boasts a great selection of traditional pubs, among them Matt Molloy's of the Chieftains.

• Croagh PatrikK is worth a stop as well. It is Ireland's sacred mountain, and has been since ancient times.

Visited:
Sligo, Connemara

Day 8: Connemara and Galway City

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

• Clifden, the Capital of Connemara is a great county town full of bustling cafés, pubs, restaurants and shops. The rugged rocky coastline can also boast a number of fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters where you can relax for a picnic and enjoy the waters. 

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

• In a recent nationwide survey the people of Galway were found to be Ireland's happiest! And visiting Galway city it is not hard to see why.  

Visited:
Connemara

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, and experience a whole different way of life. 

• 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! 

Visited:
Aran Island, Galway

Day 10: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren 

• The cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's premier visitor attractions. T

• In Bunaratty village, one can enjoy the medieval grandeur that awaits in Bunratty Castle and its lively Folk Park. The castle, overlooking the River Shannon, is in excellent condition and well worth a visit. 

• The Folk Park adjoins the castle and vividly portrays what everyday life was like in rural Ireland about 100 years ago. It contains reconstructed farmhouses, cottages and shops, replete with authentic furnishings. The Park is a living museum: animals are tended, bread is baked, milk is churned, walls are whitewashed and roofs are thatched.

• Once you've explored the Castle & Folk Park, 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. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most unique village

Visited:
Falaises Moher

Day 11: Ring of Kerry (3h 15min – 180 km)

• A near full-day of sightseeing on the Ring of Kerry awaits.  You may wish to explore several charming villages along the route, including Glenbeigh, Waterville, and Sneem. Stroll and talk to people—this is what makes your travel experience unique. 

• Also, do not miss a visit to the Skelligs Chocolate factory, Ireland's only open chocolate factory! Located on Skelligs Ring, the factory is directly across from St Finian's Bay and overlooks the UNESCO World Heritage Skellig Michael.
•  At the factory, you can purchase award-winning chocolates, taste the freshly made chocolatiers' treats, and learn all about chocolate. 

Visited:
Kerry ring

Day 12: Killarney National Park

• South and west of the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country.

• 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, lies the 10,236 hectare (26,000 acres), Killarney National Park.  The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty.

• 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. 

Visited:
Killarney

Day 13: Castle Trail Kerry to Kilkenny 

• In the morning you can visit Blarney castle. Perched on solid limestone, Blarney Castle dates from 1446 and is surrounded by a wonderful park. 

• After that you can 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. The castle is very well maintained and presented. There is also a children's playground.

Visited:
Kilkenny

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.

• In addition, the 47 acres of gardens are remarkable for their grandeur of scale. The house was gutted by fire in 1974 but has been recently reborn as an exceptional tourist destination. • Take a trip out of the city south until you arrive at Glendalough.

• After going through a lot of the Garden County’s best attractions, 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 to form the Avoca River.

Visited:
Glendalough, Dublin

Day 15: Time to say goodbye...

• Transfer from hotel to the airport.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Ireland!

Visited:
Dublin

Dublin Antrim Sligo Connemara Aran Island Galway Falaises Moher Kerry ring Killarney Kilkenny Glendalough

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
January 2020 to March 2020 $1,280
April 2020 to April 2020 $1,460
May 2020 to May 2020 $1,770
June 2020 to June 2020 $1,920
July 2020 to August 2020 $2,110
September 2020 to September 2020 $1,770
October 2020 to October 2020 $1,460
November 2020 to December 2020 $1,280
December 2020 to December 2020 $1,840

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  • Meals and beverages not indicated
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  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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