This 10 Day tour takes in the whole island of Ireland, from the very south to the very north, from the very east to the very west and lots of magical places in between. Visiting some magnificent places such as Glendalough, Cork, Cobh Titanic Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, the Giants Causeway and some of the places featured in Game of Thrones and other TV Shows and Movies.
Collecting you from the Airport or directly from your Accommodation we drive south to Wicklow mountains and Glendalough 6th Century monastic site and tour the ruins that was once upon a time thriving until they were forced out in the 12th century.
Our next stop will be Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny castle is a 13th century castle found in the city of Kilkenny. Originally Strongbow built a wooden castle on that site overlooking the River Nore in 1172. Around 30 years later, his son-in-law, the Earl of Pembroke built the first stone castle. Three of the castle's original four walls still survive today. The fourth wall on the south side of the Castle is missing also the gatehouse, moat, and tower. The cause of this is because of Cromwell's attack on the Castle in 1650 and his use of cannon on the building. Kilkenny City over-night.
Day 2 :
Waterford and Cork
Waterford Crystal, Tour the guided working factory that was first opened by the Penrose brothers in 1783 as a glassmaking factory in Waterford where their crystal was immediately recognized for its clarity and purity of color.
Jameson Distillery Midleton, Enjoy a tour where you will learn about the history and how the whiskey is made at the home of jameson whiskey distillery in Midleton, Co Cork.
Cobh ( Pronounced Cove) Here you have a few options but my recommendation would be the Titanic Museum Cobh. This was the last port of call for the titanic's maiden voyage on the 11th April 1912. On 11th April 1912 at 11.30am RMS Titanic dropped anchor in Queenstown, Roches Point outer anchorage. Today named Cobh, the port was the luxury liner's final port of call on its maiden journey, before setting sail on the longest leg of the voyage to New York, USA. Kinsale Over-night.
Day 3 :
This is a day of scenery and natural beauty over the Cork and Kerry mountains. Stopping at Gougane barra 6th Century ruins and is also the source of the river lee and an oratory built on an island with a back drop of shehy mountains. We then driving over the scenic route of Cork and Kerry mountain's, Caha pass and tunnel road, stopping in Kenmare for refreshment/lunch. After your refreshment break we continuing our drive taken in part of the Ring of Kerry, Reaching the summit at Moll's Gap before we decent to Killarney via Killarney National Park. Killarney Over-night.
Day 4 :
Dingle Peninsula, Connor pass summit, Slea Head drive, stopping at various places like Dunquin Pier that looks over the blasket islands that was once inhabited by completely Irish speaking population until everyone on the island fled after a bad terrifying storm in early 1950's. Dingle over-night.
Day 5 :
Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher
Leaving Dingle and driving to the 15th Century Castle and Folk Park. Here you'll be guided throughout the folk park before you will be guided through the castle and walk in the foot steps of the passed occupant's while feeling the cold breeze that flows through the empty dungeons. After leaving bunratty Castle we will drive to the famous Cliffs of Moher via world famous Lehinch golf course that over-looks the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You will have free time to explore the Cliff's of Moher at your own pace and leisure. Next stop will be the quaint village of Doolin. Doolin is the traditional music capital of Ireland, gateway to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Aran Islands and the perfect place to spend the night. Doolin over-night.
Day 6 :
Doolin - Coastal Journey to Galway
We start our day with a visit to Doolin Cave, with (we know that's not everyone's cup of tea so this is like all stops and activities on our itinerary everything is optional).
Doolin cave contains one of the longest stalactites in the world that is accessible to public visitors (Please note) by 125 steps into and out of the cave, every ten steps there is a landing and a handrail all the way down. The cave began its life hundreds of thousands of years ago when very weakly acidic water flowed off the nearby shale and began dissolving the limestone rock.
Next journey we'll travel along the burren coastal route and part of the WAW aka wild Atlantic Way. While hugging the Atlantic Ocean on our left and the Burren to our right all along the west coast of Ireland in Co Clare, this landscape is 250 sq km. Arriving in Galway City ( 2020 European capital of culture) this is where you will be dropped off at your accommodation for you to explore the famous vibrant street theatre and fantastic food, film and fringe festivities and of course shop street. Galway City Over-night.
Day 7 :
Galway to Westport
Connemara National Park is a vast expanse of bogs, Mountain's, heathland and many lakes. The park is also home to a herd of Connemara ponies. Next stop is Cong, Cong is home to Ashford castle and also one of the location's of the 1952 film The Quiet Man. The main star's was John Wayne and Maureen o'Hara. Kylemore Abbey is our next stop where you can enjoy the 1,000 acre estate including a 6 acre victorian walled garden and home to Benedictine order of Nuns for the past 100 years, Visitors are welcomed from all over the world each year to embrace the magic of the magnificent estate. From here we'll drive through mountain pass and village's like Louisburgh before we arrive at our next stop westport. Westport over-night.
Day 8 :
Westport to Donegal
Driving North towards Donegal taking in the magnificent views in sligo including Benbulben Mountain aka the table top mountain. The iconic flat-topped Benbulben mountain has dominated the landscape in the west of Sligo for over 300 million years. Next stop is Slieve league Cliff's nested on the north west of Ireland. Standing at 601m (1,972ft) looking over the Atlantic Ocean and nearly three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher, the Slieve League Cliffs offer incredible views from their peaks. Are you ready to scale their heady heights? Donegal town Over-night.
Day 9 :
Donegal to Derry
This day is a scenic drive through the Glenties, poisoned glen viewing point, Glenveagh National Park before we reach Grianan of Aileach ringfort. Grianan of Aileach sometimes anglicised as Greenan Ely or Greenan Fort, is a hillfort on top of the 244 metres high Greenan Mountain at Inishowen in County Donegal. From the site there are spectacular views over Lough Foyle, Lough Swilly and the surrounding countryside. The fort is believed to have been built during the 8th or 9th century. Next and final stop of the day is Derry where you will learn the history of the walled city and about the day in 1972 that became to be known as bloody Sunday.
Day 10 :
Derry to Giants Causeway
On this day we stop at Dunluce Castle viewing point, you have a choice to visit the castle if you choose to. Dunluce Castle was also one of the location's for (G.O.T) Game of Thrones film's and used as Castle Greyjoy. Next stop is the Giant's Causeway where you'll walk in the steps of giants. Next stop is also another G.O.T location, The Dark Hedges, known as King's Road in the series. Peace Walls in Belfast is our next stop before we drive back to Dublin where our tour will unfortunately come to an end. Dublin over-night or your place of preference.
As always with all our tours, itineraries can be customized to suit everyone's interests!
10 Day Customized tour of Ireland
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