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8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin

8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin
Departs From: Dublin,

Local Information: Co. Dublin

About 8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin

  • 8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin

Tour Code: 3128WILDROVER

Duration: 8 days

Discover the enchanting west of Ireland on an incredible 8-day tour from Dublin. With wild landscapes, crashing coastlines and famously friendly people, western Ireland is sure to impress. Mixing independent sightseeing with optional activities (own expense), this tour allows you to discover the region in a truly personalized way. Pass through County Cork, visit Beara Peninsula, follow the Ring of Kerry route and explore Dingle with its famous pub scene. Tour Galway Bay, Connemara and more on this unforgettable tour!

Day 1: Dublin – Macroom, County Cork
Head into the wild countryside of West Cork. See Curragh Racecourse and stop to explore the Rock of Cashel, a fascinating Celtic Cathedral near Cork (entry at own expense). Lunch in Blarney, then follow the River Lee to Gougane Barra.

Overnight: 3-star Gougane Barra Hotel 

Day 2: Macroom – Beara Peninsula – Kenmare (B)

Explore the Beara Peninsula at leisure. Walk along Bant-y Bay or stroll to Glengarriff to spot seals. Lunch in McCarthy's Bar; depart for Kenmare for dinner and music. 

Overnight: 3-star Coachman Inn or The Brass Lantern 

Day 3: Kenmare – Ring of Kerry – Portmagee, County Kerry (B)
Morning free time, then depart for the Ring of Kerry route on the Iveragh Peninsula. Stop for walks on sandy beaches framed by the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range, and walk along the Old Kenmare Road in Killarney National Park. Visit a sheep farm and explore a Celtic ring at Staigue Fort. Barbecue on Derrynane Beach (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star The Moorings Guesthouse

Day 4: Portmagee – Ring of Kerry – Dingle (B)
Drive to Dingle Bay; choose activities at your own expense. Lunch at Tom Crean’s South Pole Inn, and then arrive in the tiny town of Dingle.

Overnight: 3-star Dingle Bay Hotel 

Day 5: Dingle (B)
Day at leisure in Dingle and the surrounding peninsula. Perhaps take a tour of the Dingle Peninsular to Slea Head – Ireland’s most westerly point, or walk to Dun Chaoin Harbour. 

Overnight: 3-star Dingle Bay Hotel 

Day 6: Dingle – Tralee or Listowel -- Ennistymon, County Clare (B)

Travel along Conor Pass and cross River Shannon by ferry to reach County Clare. Take lunch at leisure in Tralee or Listowel, the tour Listowel Castle.

Overnight: 3-star The Cliffs of Moher Hotel

Day 7: Ennistymon – Galway Bay or Aran Islands – Connemara (B)
Explore Galway Bay by ferry with your guide, or explore the Aran Islands independently by ferry from nearby Doolin. 

Head north through the Burren before visiting Poulnabrone Dolmen, a Megalithic tomb. Visit Kinvarra village to see Dunguire Castle and pass through the Mamturk Mountains. Opt to walk through the Connemara National Park or visit Kylemore Abbey (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

Day 8: Connemara – Killary Harbour – Galway – Dublin (B)
Travel toward Galway, where you'll walk along the Famine Trail on the shore of Killary Harbour, or stroll along the shores of Lake Corrib. Free time in Galway. On the route back, pass through County Mayo, Roscommon, Longford and Meath before a stop at Locke’s Whiskey Distillery. Arrive back in Dublin in the early evening.

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