About your trip
This loop around Ireland aims to give you the complete Irish experience, covering a hatful of counties and blending ancient history with vast natural beauty and a famously friendly culture. We’ll start off in Dublin, exploring the capital’s fabled streets and learning about Irish champagne (AKA Guinness). We’ll move on to discover a surprising foodie hotspot in Cork, gaze in awe at epic cliffs along the Wild Atlantic Way and end the trip with a night at an ancient castle. Not to mention a good few whiskey tastings and Irish pub trips along the way, of course.
- Sip the best Guinness you’ve ever had with panoramic views of Dublin
- Gaze in awe at the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher
- Explore the beautiful, abandoned Great Blasket Island
- Go gourmet and unearth a hidden foodie gem in colourful Kinsale
- Get lucky at the Rock of Cashel, and get spooked at Leap Castle
- Discover the neverending beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way
- Experience the atmosphere of grand old Galway
You made it! If you’d like to be picked up, book yourself an Optional Airport transfer from Dublin International Airport (DUB) or make your own way into town for the start of this exciting adventure around the Emerald Isle! Depending on when you get here you might have a chance to get your bearings, or perhaps catch up on some sleep, before meeting with our Local Insider and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, our Local Insider will give you the ultimate guide to Dublin city centre on an immersive three-hour walking tour, which includes entry either to St Patrick’s Cathedral or Book of Kells, Trinity College’s famous old library. After a break for lunch, we’ll continue the tour, stopping at Ireland’s oldest medieval church, St Audoen’s, to touch the lucky stone. Then it’s an exploration of The Liberties, a beautiful centuries-old neighbourhood, home to our final stop, the Guinness Storehouse. Here we’ll learn all about the history of Ireland’s iconic stout, before reflecting with a freshly-pulled pint at the panoramic sky bar. After a chance to freshen up at the hotel, we’ll head for dinner and drinks in the lively Temple Bar district, or trendy South William Street.
Today we leave Dublin behind and head out to the countryside. First stop is the striking Rock of Cashel, a remarkably well-preserved medieval citadel with spectacular hilltop views. Then we head south, through Cork, to our home for the evening – the gourmet capital of Ireland, Kinsale. After checking-in you’ll head out on a tasty food tour along the town’s quirky rainbow streets. Later in the evening we’ll embark on the Scilly Walk, a fairly light hike that starts and ends in Kinsale, looping around the town’s beautiful natural surroundings, like the Old Head of Kinsale, as well as 17th-century Charles Fort. Upon your return to town you’ll be deserving of a delicious culinary treat, so it’s good you’re staying in such a foodie hotspot. Lastly, no night in Kinsale is complete without an evening of song and music in Oscar Madison’s Bar.
This morning we’ll head east through the West Cork Coastal Route, where charming old villages like Glandore and Skibbereen paint a picture of rural Irish life, before crossing into Kerry County and Killarney National Park. Here we’ll take in Moll’s Gap, a gorgeous rocky stop along one of the world’s most scenic drives, as well as panoramic lake vistas at Ladies View and gushing currents at Torc Waterfall. Mid-afternoon we’ll check into our hotel in Dingle, before a hike around Slea Head, for breathtaking cliffside views across the dramatic Atlantic coastline. We’ll settle in for the evening with a soul-warming whiskey tasting at Dingle Distillery, before dinner at the hotel restaurant and an evening at Dick Mack’s pub, for traditional Irish music, local craft beers and plenty of craic.
Today’s main activity is a little dependent on how the gods of wind and rain are feeling. The plan is to take a day trip to Great Blasket Island, a glorious abandoned island where the bright blues of the ocean contrast with pure white sand beaches and vibrant green hills. We’ll head out on a boat for a tour of the island, finishing with a picnic lunch. If the waters are a little too choppy then, fear not, we have an equally amazing back-up – a hike up Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak, with incredible views over the coast. This evening is yours to explore dinner options, before having the choice to join an optional night-kayaking session in Dingle Harbour.
We leave Dingle on four wheels this morning before hopping on a ferry across the Shannon Estuary, crossing from County Limerick to County Clare, where we’ll head up along the winding roads of the Wild Atlantic Way, passing charming villages en route to Lahinch, from where we’ll walk a cliff path to one of Ireland’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful sights – the Cliffs of Moher. These truly epic sandstone cliffs tower high over the crashing Atlantic waves, blending the beauty and brutality of the ocean in one perfect snapshot. You’ll be picked up in Doolin as we continue along the coastal roads of Galway Bay, stopping for lunch in Ballyvaughan before arriving in Galway City, our home for the night. After check-in we’ll have a late afternoon walking whiskey tour in Galway, which includes a visit to the city’s Micil Distillery. We’ll then head for a lovely dinner before enjoying the city’s warm and lively nightlife – we recommend The Garavan, An Pucan and Tigh Nora.
This morning, we’ll load up on one final hearty Irish breakfast before departing for Dublin Airport, where this trip finishes and where you’ll be dropped off late morning to catch your departing flight. You’re more than welcome of course, to stay in Galway as long as you’d like or to unwind with an extra night or two in Dublin.
- Six nights boutique hotel accommodation
- Private and local transport
- Transfer to Dublin International Airport (DUB)
- Six breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners
- Local Insider
- Walking Tour of City Centre (St Patricks or Trinity Book of Kells)
- Liberties and Guinness Tour
- Visit the Rock of Cashel
- Guided Food Trail Tour in Kinsale
- Scilly Walk hike
- Explore the West Cork Coastal Area
- Visit the magnificent Slea Head
- Whiskey tasting at Dingle Whiskey Tasting (Dick Macks)
- Day trip to Great Blasket Island (or Mount Brandon hike)
- Optional Night Kayaking tour (depending on the season)
- Cliffs of Moher Guided Walk
- Galway Orientation Walk
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from the destination
Iveagh Garden Hotel
There’s no reason to suspect that you’re staying in one of Europe’s most sustainable hotels when you step in from the gorgeous Georgian architecture of Harcourt Street. What awaits inside is a sophisticated slice of modern city-hotel luxury. Rooms are classic contemporary, but what we love about this place is the easy access to Iveagh Gardens and the laid-back vibes of Elle’s bar and bistro, featuring a beautiful outdoor terrace and top class craft cocktails.
The Old Bankhouse
This portside boutique hotel is elegantly decorated to make you feel right at home in the heart of Ireland’s foodie capital, Kinsale, and the hotel embraces that title fully. The 18th-century building was once the town's bank and today the Georgian architecture and tastefully decorated rooms hark back to a bygone era. This award winning hotel is the perfect place to spend a restful evening in the heart of Cork.
Dingle Harbour Lodge
Barely a five minute stroll into the heart of town, you’ll enjoy relaxing sea views and the very best Irish hospitality in this charming guesthouse. The rooms are light and feature all of the modern conveniences you’d need on a trip around Ireland. There is an on-site cafe and both a terrace for the sunshine and a cozy lounge with a fireplace for when it's chilly outside. Nothing is too much for the staff here and you’ll be well taken care of during your two night stay.
Experience Irish charm first hand at this quirky hotel in the heart of Galway’s lively Latin Quarter. Parts of the 16th-century building have been tastefully thrust into modern life, with smart tech and pop-art touches, but other sections, like the rustic interior of 1520 Bar, transforms you back in time. It also happens to be one of the best watering holes in Galway, thanks to its soul-warming soundtrack of chatter, laughter and proper Irish craic.
Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
- Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
- Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
- We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
- Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
- Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
- We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
- You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
- Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
- If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
- We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
- To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
- Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
- Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
- Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.
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