Best of Ireland Tour (6 Night)

Day 1: Dublin to Galway

On arrival in Ireland you will have a number of touring options. You may decide to go directly to Galway via Clonmacnoise or take a slight detour via the ancient Tombs of Newgrange before beginning your journey. Clonmacnoise is an early ecclesiastical site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century near the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, two round towers, a number of interesting high crosses and a collection of Early-Christian grave slabs.  Newgrange is the most notable among the passage-tombs of Europe and is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun on the 21st of December, the shortest day of the year. When you arrive in Galway, why not explore the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of this colourful city at your leisure.  Galway is well known for its busting entertainment scene. From traditional pubs that haven’t changed for years to the abundance of modern pubs and clubs scattered throughout the city.  In Galway, everyone will find somewhere to unwind that suits them. 

Day 2: Galway and the Connemara Region

Boasting some of Ireland’s best scenery, the compellingly beautiful Connemara area awaits you today. Situated on the most westerly coastline of Europe, the distinguishing features of Connemara include its dramatic mountains and rugged coastline, plentiful lakes and rivers, prehistoric woodlands and of course the renowned Connemara National Park. You might decide to take a visit to Kylemore Abbey referred to by many as Ireland’s most romantic Castle. You might stop by the picturesque Lough Inagh Valley as well as drive the spectacular Sky Road near the town of Clifden. You can also visit the fishing village of Roundstone and see how a ‘Bodhran’ (traditional Irish Drum) is made. Alternatively, you may prefer to take an unforgettable boat trip to the Aran Islands. On the island of Inis Mór, take a guided tour or a pony and trap from the pier up the island to the stone fort of Dún Aenghus. Dún Aenghus is located on top of a high sea cliff and is one of the best prehistoric monuments in Ireland and indeed Western Europe. 

Day 3: Galway to Killarney

A long but dramatic days touring will bring you from Galway along the west coast of Ireland to Killarney. Travel through the karst moon like landscape of the Burren through the village of Doolin which is world-famous for its traditional Irish music to one of Ireland’s best known tourist attractions, the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. From the Cliffs the Aran Islands can be seen as well as the Twelve Pins and Maum Turk Mountains.  After soaking up the views travel onward to Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, this grandiose castle was renovated in 1954 to its prior medieval splendour. Within the grounds of the Castle Bunratty Folk Park will be found where 19th century Irish life is recreated. As you journey to Killarney we recommend that you stop in the quaint town of Adare. Adare is regarded by many a seasoned traveller as Ireland’s prettiest village with its charming thatched cottages, manicured public park and ancient church. From Adare, the town of Killarney is approximately one more hour by car. You will arrive in plenty of time to enjoy the great pubs and enjoy the traditional Irish music on offer.

Day 4: The Ring of Kerry and Muckross House

The Ring of Kerry or the Iveragh Peninsula as it is also known is one of Ireland’s most travelled tour routes. Splendid Mountain and coastal settings combined with vibrant towns and villages will make this journey one of the highlights of your vacation. For those who wish to take a break from driving we can arrange a bus tour through this route. One of the post popular stops on this route is Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion completed in 1843. The location of the House is remarkable, close to the eastern shores of Muckross Lake and set below the inspiring backdrop of the Torc and Mangerton Mountains. As a substitute to the Ring of Kerry tour you may prefer to take a wonderful tour by pony and trap that takes you through the Black Valley in the Gap of Dunloe.  After a snack at Lord Brandon’s Cottage, you will return to Killarney by boat via the beautiful Lakes of Killarney.

Day 5: Killarney to Kilkenny

Though the journey from Killarney to Kilkenny is a relatively long one, there are plenty of attractions to visit en-route to make the journey seem shorter.  First of these would be Cahir Castle, one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles it was once an important stronghold of the powerful Butler family. Very close to Cahir Castle you will find the Rock of Cashel which was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and capital of this southern province.  For those who wish to explore a somewhat longer route to Kilkenny, Blarney Castle awaits. Here you will find the famous Blarney Stone which when kissed is said to grant the skill of eloquence. Often referred to as Ireland’s Medieval Capital; Kilkenny’s origins date back more than 1,500 years. This small city is full of captivating, historical buildings and Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands. Built on the site of an earlier church, most of the work that produced this beautiful Gothic building was carried out in the 13th Century. Also in Kilkenny is Saint Canice's Cathedral, the second longest of Ireland's medieval cathedrals.  

Day 6: Kilkenny to Dublin

From Kilkenny travel the short distance to Dublin City. The city centre is a condensed area, with many notable points of interest easily accessible on foot. Consequently you will find a great number of walking tours available including the “Literary Pub Crawl” and the “Historical Walking Tour”.  You may of course wish to visit many of the attractions by yourself either on foot or with the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus service that stops at all of the major attractions including the National Museums, The Guinness Storehouse, Trinity Castle & the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle to name just a few. This evening we recommend that you spend some time in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar area which boasts an amazing choice of bars and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.  Its narrow cobblestoned streets are ideally suited to a leisurely stroll through the quarter. Galleries. You will also have the opportunity to experience an evening’s entertainment at The Abbey Tavern or the more intimate Irish House Party where good food combined with exceptional traditional music and dance is the order of the day.

Day 7: End of Tour

This morning, check out of your hotel for the journey home.