Ireland Tours - Full Circle
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 taking a private driver guide. This is the ultimate Ireland Tour.
Arrive in Dublin
Dublin city day sight seeing
Dublin to Waterford - See the Wicklow mountains
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 to Galway - Bunratty Castle & Cliffs of Moher
Galway - Galway city sight seeing
Galway - Visit the Aran Islands
Galway to Mayo - Drive the Sky Road
Mayo to Donegal - Connemara national Park
Donegal - Wild Atlantic Way coastal Drive
Doneagal to Antrim - Giants Causway & Dunluce Castle
Belfast - Belfast sight seeing
Belfast to Dublin- inc Boyne Valley and Ireland's ancient East.
Home from Dublin
Arrive in Dublin
Let your airport transfer take you to your city centre hotel and relax after your flight. Stretch your legs and get to know your surroundings by exploring Dublin’s city centre.
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. Eat in a Michelin star restaurant and discover gourmet Ireland.
Dublin to Waterford
Meet your driver this morning or collect your car hire and head south out of the city. 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. Finish in Waterford were you can visit the Waterford crystal visitor’s centre. 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 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 tourist and fishing village where 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, Baltimore. Learn about piracy and the old Irish Clans in the Baltimore Castle visitor’s centre and 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.
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.
Kerry to Galway
This morning head out of Kerry towards Co. Limerick. Visit the restored Bunratty Castle to experience 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.
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
Make an early start and head north along the Wild Atlantic Way through the scenic Connemara landscape. This rocky plateau is 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.
Mayo to Donegal
Take in some more coastal sights, head to your hotel and take a leisure day. Try falconary, fishing or clay pigeon shooting. Your real life, old world experience.
Donegal - Donegal day coastal drive
Travelling around county Donegal takes in the stunning Malin Head, Fanad Head and Slieve League. The route is approximately 557 km (346miles) so pick your highlights or take a second day as the vast rugged coastline is not to be missed. Highlights include the Slieve Lag cliffs, standing 600m tall (1968 ft). 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 woollen mills.
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 (Kings road) and Dunluce Castle on your route along the beautiful coastline. Carry on to Bushmills distillery, the oldest working distillery in Ireland. 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.
Antrim to Belfast
Head for Belfast and take in the city's sights. Don't miss the Titanic experience visitor's centre. Relive the fatefull voyage of the infamous vessel.
Belfast to Dublin
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.
Your airport transfer will take you the 20 min drive to the airport for your journey home.