West of Ireland Tours
Luxury and relaxation in western edge of Europe. See massive sea cliffs, day trip on an the Aran islands and stay in an Irish Castle. Drive the Co. Clare and Co. Galway leg of the Wild Atlantic Way. Contact us to create your perfect bespoke, private Tour of the West. We can arrange a self drive itinerary around your travel dates or plan an escorted Private Driver Guide to bring you through the highlights of the west.
Arrive in Dublin/ Shannon Airport ( Ask us about flying into and out of Shannon Airport to stay out of the cities and enjoy more of the west of Ireland)
Dublin city sight seeing
Dublin to Clare – Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk park.
Clare Touring - Drive on the Wild Atlantic Way. See Loop head, Cliffs of Moher and the lovely villages of Doolin and Lahinch.
Galway City - Enjoy vibrant Galway and dinner in a city restaurant.
Aran Islands - Enjoy a day trip to the Aran Islands
Castle Hotel Stay - Head to Luxurious 5* Castle hotel. Try Falconry, clay pigeon shooting and fine dining.
Connemara day trip - Drive the Connemara Loop, take in Clifden and the Skyroad and Kelemore Abbey.
Return to Dublin - Galway to Dublin – via the Boyne Valley
Contact us for you own specially designed, customized version of this private tour of the West of Ireland
Arrive in Dublin
Meet you airport transfer at arrivals. He will help you with your bags and take you to your hotel and relax after your flight to Ireland. Stretch your legs and get to know your surroundings by exploring Dublin city centre with our local private guide. Discover the culture and history of the city of Dublin while getting your bearings and your city centre location.
Dublin city sight seeing
Today its time to explore more of Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital city. We pre book your fast track time slot for the Guinness Store House Experience where you discover the history of the famous pint of stout. Explore Trinity College and the ancient Book of Kells in the Old Library of Trinity College. We can provide a whiskey expert to bring you through Temple bar for the pubs and whiskey tasting and then on to the Jameson Distillery to partake in some whiskey tasting. Alternatively visit Christchurch Cathedral and Dublinia museum for the history of the Vikings in Dublin. Visit Dublin Castle, the centre of the city’s history and evolution since 1204.WE will guide you through your sightseeing and plan a bespoke day full of fantastic sightseeing experiences tailored to your interests.
Dublin to Clare
Meet your driver guide at your hotel. He will discuss your plans and your itinerary, advising always how to get the best from your trip. Alternatively, take the adventure alone and collect your car hire, work your included GPS and hit the open road! Head West. Make your way to Co. Clare, with a stop at the excellent Bunratty castle and folk Park. The restored mediaeval castle and historical village gives you a real insight into life in past in Ireland. Head on to your luxury Clare hotel and settle in. We recommend an evening castle banquet to enjoy the Irish hospitality and fun!
Explore Co. Clare
Explore the coastal sites around you and don’t miss 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. Meet a local guide in Doolin village and walk off road towards the magnificent cliffs. Drive to Loop head, Lahinch village and Doolin, famous for traditional Irish music. The huge seascapes and rugged coastline is stunning!
Drive through the Burren national park stopping to take in the scenery on your way to your Galway city hotel. Spend the afternoon in one of Ireland’s most vibrant small cities, Galway. Take a guided tour and discover this colourful place. 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. We will provide our pub and restaurant recommendations to help you get the best from one of Ireland's most colourful cities.
Take the ferry to the Aran Islands. The trip is beautiful and the islands of Inishmore, Inishmean and Inishbeag are rugged and windswept. Old stone walls fence in tiny fiends and narrow roads. Inishmore is the biggest of the islands and most popular. Hire a bike and cycle 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.
Luxury 5* West of Ireland Castle or Manor House Hotel
Enjoy a lovely breakfast and some last minute shopping before heading to your luxurious castle hotel. Check in and take the day enjoying the activities on the Estate. After a morning of pampering in the spa or a round of golf in an award winning golf course, highlights such as Falconry, clay pigeon shooting and fishing will make you feel like you have stepped back in time!
Connemara day trip
Make an early start and head north along the Wild Atlantic Way through the scenic Connemara landscape. The drive is perfectly formed in a loop with stunning scenery, wildlife and small villages dotted along the route. 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. We recommend lunch in the timeless Kylemore Abbey. Most recently a boarding school and home for the order of Benedictine nuns, this magical place is a wonderful stop.
Galway to Dublin
Head back to the east towards Dublin but make a few highlight stops along the way. First visit Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.), it is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, This spectacular site was built by bronze age farmers pre dateing 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.
Let your airport transfer bring you the 40 min drive to Dublin airport for your flight home.