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Capture the highlights of Southern Ireland: stunning landscapes, rich heritage and history, during this 8 day self-drive road trip! Pick up the rental vehicle upon arrival in Dublin and set off towards the majestic Glendalough Lakes. Explore Cork, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, before driving the Ring of Kerry, a stunning 179 km -long, circular route. Stand at the very edge of Ireland at Cliffs of...

Capture the highlights of Southern Ireland: stunning landscapes, rich heritage and history, during this 8 day self-drive road trip! Pick up the rental vehicle upon arrival in Dublin and set off towards the majestic Glendalough Lakes. Explore Cork, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, before driving the Ring of Kerry, a stunning 179 km -long, circular route. Stand at the very edge of Ireland at CliffsofMoher, marvel at magnificentcastles, and join the warm hearted Irish in traditionaldrink, song and dance!

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Trip highlights
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • City
    City
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation

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Day 1: Arrival in Dublin

Pick up the rental car and leave for Wicklow

• Begin with a walk around Glendalough Lakes & a Monastic settlement tour

Head for a Distillery tour of Walsh’s World Champion Whiskey – Writer’s Tears

• For lunch, we suggest Kilkenny City Kyteller’s Inn

• Next up, your choice of either a Kilkenny Castle tour or a visit to the Medieval Mile Museum

• Check-in at your hotel in Kilkenny

• For dinner, try Petronella Restaurant. After, go for drinks at Matt the Miller’s

Visited:
Kilkenny
Accommodation
Night at Kilford Arms Hotel (Kilkenny)

Day 2: Off to Cork!

• Hit the road towards the Rock of Cashel

• When you arrive in Cork, go for a guided tour of Elizabeth Fort

• For lunch, give Liberty Grill a shot

• Drive to Blarney Castle and kiss the stone!

• Check into your hotel in Cork. When ready, go explore the English Market

• For dinner, we suggest Greens Restaurant on MacCurtain Street, followed by drinks at the famous Hi-B Bar

Visited:
Cork, Blarney castle, Cobh
Accommodation
Commons Inn (Cork)

Day 3: Killarney and the Ring!

Set off to Killarney over Healy Pass. Great photo spot incoming!

• Take a coffee break. Then, get started on one of the most scenic drives in Ireland - the Ring of Kerry!

• Pass through Kenmare, Sneem and Caherdaniel, home of Daniel o’Connell

• Stop for lunch at Caherdaniel

• Continue along the Ring to GlenbeighBeach. Arrive in Killarney and check into your hotel

• Take a Jarvey Jaunt to RossCastle and the lakes. Catch a nice sunset view at Moll’s Gap

• Dinner & drinks will be served at BricínRestaurant and BoxtyHouse

• Later, hit the Laurel’s traditional bar 

Visited:
Killarney, Glenbeigh
Accommodation
Killarney Court Hôtel (Killarney)

Day 4: High Cliff & Clare

• Head North to Tralee and Tarbart

• Board the Ferry to Killimer

• Head to Loop Head Lighthouse for a  nice view and coffee break

• Take some time to explore BurrenDrive, Corcomroe Abbey, LeamanghCastle, PoulnabroneDolmen and  Burren Geo Park

• Lunch suggestion: Tasty Station Restaurant in Lahinch

• Continue to one of Ireland's most stunning natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher

• Grab dinner at Monk’s Seafood Restaurant. Afters at the Iconic O’Briens

Visited:
Tralee, Killimer, Cliffs of Moher
Accommodation
The Wild Atlantic Lodge (Ballyvaughan)

Day 5: The city of the tribes Galway!

Head to Galway, with a stop at Dunaguire Castle

• Then, skirt Galway and keep going to Ougtherard to see Grace O'Malley's Castle

• Proceed to Kylemore Abbey and Castle for a guided tour. Lunch in Kylemore after the tour

• Visit Letterfrack Connemara National Park

Return to Galway for Check-in

• Visit Spanish Arch and Lynch’s Castle

• Tonight, dine at Brasserie on Eglington Street, followed by the famous An Púcán bar

Visited:
Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara
Accommodation
Victoria House Hôtel (Killarney)

Day 6: Majestic Mayo

Drive to Mayo along the Connemara coast to Doo Lough

• Grab lunch in Louisburgh

• Continue to Westport around the Clew Bay

• Stop at Murrisk Abbey for a visit and take in the view of Ireland’s holy Croagh Patrick Mountain

• Visit Westport House for a tour

• Check into your hotel

• We recommend dinner at Cian’s on Bridge Street and Matt Molloy’s bar

Visited:
Mayo
Accommodation
Wyatt’s Hotel (Mayo)

Day 7: Truly Dublin!

• Today, you'll drive to Dublin. On the way, stop in Kilbeggan Distillery for coffee

• Arrive in Dublin, Check-in and take a moment to relax

• House a beastly lunch at Porterhouse bar on Parliment Street

• With a full belly, proceed to either Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Distillery for a whiskey tasting

• Spend the rest of the day at leisure

• Go for dinner and Irish entertainment night at Murray’s Gastro Pub

Visited:
Dublin
Accommodation
Night at Cassidys (Dublin)

Day 8: Dublin departure

Return the rental vehicle and prepare for departure

• Say goodbye to the Emerald Isle!

Visited:
Dublin

KilkennyCorkBlarney castleCobhKillarneyGlenbeighTraleeKillimerCliffs of MoherGalwayKylemore AbbeyConnemaraMayoDublin

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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.

Approx. $1,090 / 8 days
Excluding international flights

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