Ireland Tours - Full Circle Private Escorted or Self Drive

Make it a whistle stop ten days or take three weeks to really get to know Ireland. Contact us to discuss going self drive or enjoying a fully escorted private tour. This is the ultimate Ireland Tour. We will design a trip around your interests and time to connect you with all Ireland Has to offer.

Arrive in Dublin

Dublin city day sight seeing

Dublin to Waterford  - See the Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Town

Waterford to Cork - Copper Coast to Kinsale

Cork City -  Cork City sight seeing

Cork  to Kerry - Wild Atlantic Way to Kerry

Kerry - Killarney National Park

Kerry - Ring of Kerry

Kerry - Dingle Peninsula 

Kerry to Galway - Bunratty Castle & Cliffs of Moher

Galway - Galway city sight seeing

Galway - Visit the Aran Islands

Galway to Mayo -Highlights include Conemara National Park,  Drive the Sky Road and Achill Island

Mayo to Donegal - Visit the north west coast of Ireland and take in the stunning scenery

Donegal - Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Drive, Glenveagh National Park and Donegal Town ( we suggest three days to really take in the sights)

Donegal to Antrim - Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery  & the Causeway Coastal Drive

Belfast - Belfast sight seeing. Take the black Taxi Tours and visit the Titanic Experience

Belfast to Dublin-  inc Boyne Valley and Ireland's ancient East.

Home from Dublin

 

Inclusions:-

Luxury Four Star and Five Star Hotels, Castles & Manor Houses

Private Driver Guide or Luxury Car Hire plus Airport Transfers

Full Irish Breakfast every day 

Fine Dining Evening Meals or Local Restaurant Recommendations

Specialized Private Guided Walking, Historical, Whiskey & Foodie Excursions

Evening Irish Music & Dance Entertainment

Golf 

 

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Arrive in Dublin 

We will arrange for an airport transfer take you to your luxury hotel and relax after your flight. Stretch your legs and get to know your surroundings by exploring Dublin’s city centre. Your private guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you around Dublin. Experience the culture and history of Ireland's capital. 

Dublin city sight seeing day

Your second day in Dublin you should enjoy some sightseeing in Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Don’t miss the Guinness Store house for the history of the famous pint of stout, Trinity College for the Book of Kells, Temple Bar  for the pubs and people watching or Dublinia  museum for the history of the Vikings in Dublin. We can make dinner reservations, pub recommendations and/ or include some great traditional Irish evening entertainment.

Dublin to Waterford via Wicklow and Wexford 

Our private driver guide will meet you in your hotel this morning  or  you can collect your car hire and head south out of the city. There are a few options which route you choose and we can discuss options with you. Some highlights are.......Drive through Co. Wicklow and make a stop at the beautiful Glendalough Lake and medieval monastic church. Continue en route through Co. Wexford and choose between Hook lighthouse (Oldest working lighthouse in the world), Johnstown Castle (once home of the Fitzgerald Family, Dunbrody Famine ship and learn of the emigrants sad and inspiring stories or the Kennedy Homestead (home of JFK’s family ancestors) in New Ross. Or drive direct to Waterford with a great stop in Kilkenny town for lunch and shopping. Continuing on to Waterford were you can visit the House of  Waterford Crystal visitor’s centre and enjoy a private tour. Finally arrive at your Waterford hotel and enjoy some fine dining and great views while you unwind. 

Waterford to Cork- Copper Coast to Kinsale

After a morning coastal stroll get into your car and had along the Copper Coast road into Co. Cork. Stop in Middleton’s Jameson Experience and discover the making of Irish whiskey. Carry on to the pretty seaside town of Cobh and visit the Titanic Museum and experience life on board the famous vessel.  This seaside town was the ship’s last stop before its maiden voyage. Carry on to the small fishing village of Kinsale, now a lively foodie mecca and the first sopt on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Here  you will stay and soak up one of Ireland’s most beautiful little towns.

Cork City Sight Seeing

After a late breakfast (or an early one and a round of golf at the picturesque Old Head Golf course), drive to Cork City. This is Ireland’s second city and has kept its traditional feel while embracing the trendy youthful vibe. Expect Snug pubs, live music, local food produce and friendly people all within a compact walking distance.

 Cork to Kerry - Wild Atlantic Way 

Make an early start and head along the first stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to the tiny fishing village of Baltimore. Learn about piracy and the way of life of the  old Irish Clans in the Baltimore Castle visitor’s centre. Experience an exclusive private tour by the owners of the castle who have a vast knowledge on local and Irish history.  Weather allowing, go on a whale watching boat trip or sea safari. Continue on the coastal road and head for the beautiful Cork & Kerry mountains. Stop at the 18th Century Bantry House and visit the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry where their descendants still own and live. Head over the mountains and enjoy the view! Settle into your luxurious Kerry hotel and relax after your long day.

Kerry - Killarney National Park

Relax today and make a slow start. Go for a swim or spa and unwind. Take a stroll through Killarney town or visit the picturesque Killarney national park on a horse and buggy. A visit to Ross Castle and a short boat trip on the lakes are all a must do.  Take the guided tour of Muckross house, all very near your hotel and no long drives.

Kerry - Ring of Kerry

Today drive the world famous Ring of Kerry. Experience the raw beauty of 179kms (111 miles) of the country’s most scenic peninsula routes round the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. The combination of rugged sea, spectacular mountains and small traditional villages will not fail to impress. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a major destination point. The spectacular views are world famous. We can help you plan your day and get to see the real County Kerry. We suggest a private guided walking guide to bring you off the beaten path and help you discover the archaeological  sites and the wonderful wildlife. 

Kerry - Dingle Peninsula 

The second of the Kerry peninsulas, this day drive is beautiful. This remote place is steeped in history and the sightseeing is stunning. The area is a “Gaeltacht” region where the people speak the Irish language as their first language. Stop in Dingle town for a fish lunch and some shopping. We will include pub and restaurant recommendations for Dingle town and make reservations for you were needed. Stay in the town and experience the nightlife of one of Ireland's best little towns.

Kerry to Galway

This morning head out of Kerry towards Co. Limerick. Visit the restored Bunratty Castle to experience castle life in medieval Ireland. Drive out to the coast and drive through the Burren, his rocky nature reserve has unique flora and fauna and many archaeological sites. Head for the coast and the awesome Cliffs of Moher. The magnificent Cliffs are the top of the list of sights to see in Ireland. Soaring 702 ft above the sea the view is fantastic. Definitely a highlight with some great places to stay from fabulous 5* Castle hotels to sea view boutique guesthouses.

Galway City Sight seeing

See Galway and take a guided tour and discover this colourful city. Galway has a fascinating trading history and was the principal Irish port for trade with Spain and France in the middle ages. The city is famous for its pubs and restaurants and you will be certain to experience some traditional music and fun.

Galway - Aran Islands

Depending on the weather today (Irish weather is unpredictable!), take a day trip to Inishmore is the biggest of the Aran Islands. Take a bike across the island to Dun Aonghasa, a semi circle stone fort overlooking the Atlantic. This famous archaeological site has had people living here since 1500BC. The island is definitely worth a visit. 

Galway to Mayo 

This leg of the route can be broken down into two or three days. It all depends on your time. It is all stunning, however some highlights are: 1) scenic Connemara landscape, 2) Achill Island, 3) Mayo's North West Coastline.  Firstly Connemara is a rocky plateau both scenic and beautiful. Enjoy quiet roads winding around lakes and barren hills. Head for Clifden and on to the Sky road taking in the rugged Atlantic sea views. Watch the kite surfers on the waves and take a walk on a windswept beach. Further on highlights such as Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey founded by Benedictine nuns fleeing Belgium in World War 1.

Achill Island is remote and rugged where the Atlantic sea and prevailing winds rush to meet you. Pub lunches and beach walks are a must. You can explore the region by bike on the beautiful Mayo Greenway. This specially designated off road bike path spanning 43 km from Westport town to Achill Island has magnificent views all along the safe , off-road path. This experience is suitable for children and adults alike.

And finally the North west coast of Mayo can be explored at an easy pace with outstanding vistas at every point. A great highlight is the award winning Ceide fields archaeological site and visitors centre. Enjoy the  stunning views and the oldest known field system in the world! At over five and a half thousand years old, the site was preserved in acidic bogland, a must for history lovers.

Mayo to Donegal

Take in some more coastal sights of County Sligo. Start by making your way to Down Patrick Head the home to ruins of a church, holy well and stone cross, which together mark the site of an earlier church founded by St Patrick. The views are outstanding. Back in the car head around Killala bay, take a stroll through Ballina Town on the banks of the river Moy, or alternatively through Belleek Woodlands for a peaceful nature experience. Heading along the coast road take in the Mullaghmore Head. This is a paradise for surfers with a passion for gigantic 'prowler' waves. The westerly winds and rugged coastline create the perfect environment for huge rolling seas.  Surfing schools are dotted up the coastline so if you want to get in on the action, take a lesson or two! Don't miss the view of the Benbulben mountain Ireland's 'Table Mountain'  was formed as a result of the different responses to erosion of the limestone and shale of which the mountain is formed. Continue on towards your luxury Donegal accommodation and rest after your wild Atlantic Way drive.

Donegal - Donegal day coastal drive  - 1 - 3 Days Touring

Travelling around county Donegal takes in the stunning Malin Head ( The most northern tip of Ireland), Fanad Head, Glenveagh National Park and Slieve League Cliffs. The route is approximately 557 km (346miles) so pick your highlights or take a second and third day if time allows as the  vast rugged coastline is not to be missed. Highlights include the Slieve League cliffs, standing 600m tall (1968 ft) are said to be the highest and most stunning sea cliffs in Europe. No trip to Donegal is complete without exploring its miles of golden, sandy beach. One particular highlight is Ballymastocker Bay, voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by Observer Magazine. Don’t forget to pick up a Donegal Tweed blanket in the Donegal woolen mills. Visit the small towns and villages, castles and pubs. Donegal is vast and varied and we can pick out the best for you, tailored to your interests.

Donegal to Antrim 

Drive to the famous Giant’s Causeway and take in the stunning views. TV sensation Game of Thrones is filmed in Antrim and the locations are stunning in their own right but now made more famous due to the Hollywood connection. See the TV locations Dark Hedges (Game of Thrones' Kings Road) and Dunluce Castle on your route along the beautiful coastline. Visit the oldest whiskey distillery in Ireland, Bushmills distillery, and take a stroll through the small village of Bushmills.   Why not take in a seaside round of golf on the Royal Portrush golf course, one of Northern Ireland’s best and most challenging links golf courses.

Finally, the site not to be missed! The world famous Giant's Causeway. Arguably one of the most unusual geological features in Ireland, the stunning hexagon shaped rocky headland was formed by an ancient molten lava eruption. Our private guide will bring you along the seacliffs  towards the famous headland. Enjoy the amazing views and local knowledge. A great way to experience one of Ireland's natural wonders!

 Belfast City Sightseeing

Head for Belfast and take in the city's sights. Don't miss the Titanic Experience Visitor's Centre. This award winning complex is outstanding, and one of the best history and culture museums you might ever visit!  Relive the fateful voyage of the infamous vessel, the Titanic. Explore the port complex and discover what life was like for the ship builders and passengers alike. Other Belfast highlights include the St. George's Food Market, the Botanic Gardens and of course the underlying troubled history of this small but colourful city. We arrange a local tour guide to drive you through the streets of Belfast to help paint the picture of what life was like for the people of Belfast through the "troubles" and how much they have healed since peace.

Belfast to Dublin - Explore the Boyne Valley

First visit Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.), it is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, predating the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The fantastic visitors centre will fascinate you. Visit Monasterboice, an early Christian site with a round tower and 10th Century High Cross, the Hill of Tara (seat of the high kings of Ireland) or Trim Castle, the largest Anglo- Norman castle in Ireland and part of Braveheart’s film set. Settle  into your hotel outside Dublin for a good night sleep before your flight home.

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Your airport transfer will take you the 40 min drive to the airport for your journey home.

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