5 Day Wild Atlantic Way Tour
Private Guided Tour for your group of family or friends.
Tour Duration: 5 days
You can linger longer in places that appeal to you and skip through anywhere that doesn’t, you choose.
We can also start and finish our multi-day tours anywhere in Ireland that suits you, this sample itinerary can be tweaked accordingly.
Start your five-day tour of Ireland in high spirits. After leaving Dublin, sample the sublime Kilbeggan Whiskey at Locke’s Distillery, and then it’s on spirits of a different kind at the early Christian Clonmacnoise Monastery. Your second day sweeps from Galway to Killarney, hugging the Atlantic Coast as it reveals the beauty of The Dingle Peninsula on day three. The world-famous Ring of Kerry on day four highlights the many shades of green Ireland displays, then day five we visit Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and Cobh the last port for the Titanic almost completes the final section of your epic exploration, stopping for photos at The Rock of Cashel on our way back to the capital city, Dublin.
Start and finish this private tour in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland that suits you, your personal driver/guide will collect at your designated pick up point and drop you off where you wish at the end of your tour. Contact us today and let your Irish tour of discovery begin.
Locke’s Distillery, Connemara & Cong, The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Cork City, Blarney Castle, Cobh, Spike Island, Rock of Cashel
4 Overnight Stays:
On this sample 5-day private tour experience there are the following anchor points:
1st night staying in Galway
2nd & 3rd night staying in Killarney
4th night stay in Cork
We depart Dublin (or your designated pick up point) to discover why Irish whiskey is so prized with a visit to Locke’s Distillery, home to the award-winning Kilbeggan whiskey. Find yourself steeped in early Christian history at Clonmacnoise Monastery on the banks of the Shannon River before visiting the stunning and rugged Connemara and Cong which was the filmset to the classic movie The Quietman starring Hollywood legends John Wayne and Maureen O Hara. The stunning and luxurious Ashford Castle is here in Cong village, stroll around this area and soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era. Visit the magical Kylemore Abbey and Gardens which can be explored at your leisure, this is an opportunity to veer off the beaten track and indulge yourself in peace and tranquility. Experience the colorful streets and lively welcome of Galway City first hand during your overnight stay. Galway, known locally as ‘The City of The Tribes’ for the night where the famous Eyre Square, Shop Street, Cathedrals, Castles and Spanish Arch all wait to be explored by you. This very cosmopolitan city is steeped in history and is known as ‘Ireland’s Cultural Heart’. It has a vibrant and varied music scene with many traditional pubs and an abundance of street performers to entertain you, enjoy.
Visit the Burren, a striking lunar landscape of limestone pavement in Co. Clare that is home to many unusual plants. Spend your afternoon at the Cliffs of Moher, testaments to the power of nature towering more than 700 feet (213 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean. This is undoubtedly a site that must be seen to be fully appreciated, if you have a large enough group your driver/guide can arrange a boat trip locally for you to see the Cliffs from yet another angle. A visit to Doolin is a must, this little fishing village is a hive of activity, bursting with hospitality and a local brew, ‘Dooliner’ would for educational purposes be a treat to sample! Then we drive down the west coast where you can soak up the splendor of Kerry staying overnight night in the number 1 tourist town of Ireland, Killarney where many a cead mile failte awaits you!
Explore the craggy and ancient history of the Dingle Peninsula. See the beehive huts dating back to 2,500 BC, look out at Skellig Michael the famous dwelling place of the Skellig Monks and more recently it was a movie location for Star Wars and one of Lonely Planet’s picks for top destinations in the world to visit! Dingle is a ‘chocolate box’ town with many colorful shops to entice you in for a visit. They have the most unusual locally sourced crafts on offer and a great opportunity to pick up some truly unique souvenirs or maybe even something to treat yourself to whist in Dingle. Dingle is also home to Fungi the Dolphin and no visit is complete without calling to Murphy’s ice cream parlour to send your taste buds into overdrive with the most unusual flavors you are ever to experience! Returning to your hotel where you have another night to explore the many traditional music venues in the wonderful town of Killarney.
We head out from Killarney on our 112-mile trek around The Ring of Kerry, driving through some quaint villages and towns taking in the history and stories from your knowledgeable driver/guide with the Atlantic at our right-hand side for most of the journey. We take a drive through the National Park of Killarney and get spectacular views of the beautiful Lakes of Killarney visiting Torc Waterfall, Molls Gap and Ladies View to name but a few wonderful key attractions on this most popular tour. From here we head to Cork, to what some would say is the real capital of Ireland! A vibrant city where there is a large choice of eateries, drinking holes, many music venues and always a friendly Irish atmosphere to welcome you.
We tour Cork visiting highlights such as Blarney, home to the beautiful Blarney Castle with the famous blarney stone, if you are brave enough to kiss it you will, it is said receive the gift of eloquent speech! Visiting Cobh, the last port of call for The Titanic which left in 1912 and where two and a half million Irish people immigrated to USA, Canada, Australia and all over the world. You can visit The Titanic Experience and do the tour if you wish while in Cobh, it is reasonably priced and you receive your ticket with one of the actual passenger’s names on it as a souvenir, are you brave enough to see what your fate would have been had you stepped on board the Titanic…Also you can see in the distance Spike Island, which was once the largest prison in the world housing 2,300 prisoners. Now a heritage site which has over the centuries been the site of monastic settlements, penal colonies and military bases and recently finished second at The World Travel Awards 2017 in ‘The World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ category! Definitely a ‘must see’ on the itinerary, a boat trip to the Island can be arranged locally if you wish.
Leaving Cobh behind we make our return journey stopping on route where you will be awestruck by the spectacle of the Rock of Cashel, time for a photo stop and a bit more history as we make our way back to Dublin.