Come and enjoy yourself in this 8 Day tour of Ireland’s scenic wonders with a variety of historical and cultural interests.
Best of Scotland Holidays have put together below a sample of what we suggest you visit on our Best of Ireland Tour. Let us custom build a package to suit your needs and budget.
Day 1. Welcome to Dublin!
Arrive in Dublin. In the afternoon, take in the attractions of Europe’s most popular city. Don’t miss Trinity College, the Book of kells, the National Museum, the National Gallery and trendy Temple Bar. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 2. Dublin to Connemara
Spend the morning walking around Dublin, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, Dublin Castle, the Irish Whiskey Centre and the Guinness Storehouse. Leaving Dublin travel via Clonmacnoise to arrive in Galway where you can visit the Galway Crystal Factory, the Spanish Arch and Galway’s Cathedral. Overnight in Connemara.
Day 3. Connemara
Spend a full day touring the unspolit area of Connemara. Highlights of this magical region include Clifden, the Sky Road, Roundstone, Killary Harbour, the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and the Maam Valley. Irish is still spoken in many parts of this area. Overnight in Connemara.
Day 4. Connemara to Killarney
An early morning start to catch the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Pass through the haunting area of the Burren, visiting Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where one can stop for a pint of stout at durty Nellies. Continue on to Adare Village before arriving in Killarney. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 5. Ring of Kerry
A full day tour of the famous Ring of Kerry. The drive to Moll’s Gap is breathtaking with the picturesque lakes and mountains at Lady’s View and the Torc Waterfall. If time allows, take a jaunting car in the Gap of Dunloe or stroll around Muckross House and Gardens. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 6. Killarney to Cork
Drive to Cork, Ireland’s second city. One must visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone followed by a browse in the Woollen Mills. Either head for Kinsale or explore the Jameson Heritage Centre and finally before the end of the evening see the Shandon Bells and the Cork City Gaol. Overnight in Cork.
Day 7. Cork to Dublin
Head for Cashel where you will catch sight of its Rock before reaching medieval Kilkenny. Take time to visit Kilkenny Castle and the Kilkenny Design Centre before making your final journey back to Dublin. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 8. Departure (Slán abhaile!!)
Tours can be designed to accommodate entry & exit through alternative routes
Our package includes the following:
7 nights hotel accommodation in 3/4 star Manor House Hotels
Hire of self-drive rental car OR travel with your own car from the UK and include return fare on Stena Line routes (please ask us for prices)
VAT at 20%