Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!
Arrive in Dublin and overnight in Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital city. Dublin has a wealth of treasures for the visitor with cultural delights like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College to name but a few! For those who prefer a more relaxed look at the capital, a leisurely browse through the main shopping area of Grafton Street is an absolute must. Overnight in Co. Dublin.
Day 2. Dublin to Mayo
Depart Dublin and travel west across the rolling plains of central Ireland. Enroute you will pass through the town of Kilbeggan where you may like to pause to visit the old Johnny Locke’s distillery. Later at Athlone, you may like to visit the nearby 6th Century monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise, one of Ireland’s most important sites. Continue to Co. Mayo for overnight.
Day 3. Mayo to Connemara
Leave Castlebar and travel to one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in Ireland. Connemara is a region to be explored for a true taste of Gaelic Culture. Travel through Louisburg and Delphi to Leenane, one of the most important fishing ports in the west. Travel through the majestic Maam Valley to Maam Cross. Then later through Recess and Lough Inagh Valley to Kylemore Abbey. A visit to Connemara National Park at Letterfrack is very worthwhile. Overnight in Co. Galway.
Day 4. Connemara
A chance to further enhance our acquaintance with Connemara today. The area of south Connemara is yours to discover. From Clifden, travel south via Ballyconneely with its wonderful golf course, through Roundstone and onto Ballynahinch, famous for its salmon fishing. Later you may wish to make the short ferry journey across to the Aran Islands from Rossaveal (30 mins.). You can fly there if you wish for approximately €55.00 return or €25.00 return by ferry, payable locally. Overnight in Co. Galway.
Day 5. Connemara to Killarney
Travel south to Kerry via the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren in order to take the killimer/Tarbert Ferry which crosses the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river. Drive through Listowel, famous for its annual horse racing event and continue in a southerly direction until you reach Tralee. Possible visit to “Kerry the Kingdom” exhibition before continuing to Co. Kerry.
Day 6. Killarney
Today you may explore the 170 kilometres of scenic splendour which makes up the famed Ring of Kerry. Stop at all the well known beauty spots such as Lady’s View, Moll’s Gap and Torc Waterfall. Alternatively you may spend your day enjoying the sights of Muckross House and Gardens set in the Killarney National Park or trek out to the Gap of Dunloe on horseback. Return to Co. Kerry for your second overnight.
Day 7. Killarney to Kildare/Offaly
Depart Killarney and travel toward the Southeast of Ireland taking in the provincial towns of Mallow and Clonmel. Stop off in the medieval capital of Ireland for a visit to Kilkenny Castle and perhaps the Kilkenny design Centre. Overnight in Co. Kildare/Offaly.
Day 8. Departure Slán abhaile!!
Morning at leisure to either shop for those souvenirs on Grafton Street or spend a few hours taking in more of all the wealth of attractions that you may have missed earlier. Depart for Dublin Airport