5-Day Escape to the West of Ireland Tour - 5 Days

5-Day Escape to the West of Ireland Tour

Explore South West Ireland on this 5-day, small-group West of Ireland Tour from Dublin. Tour the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, and more!

5-Day Escape to the West of Ireland Tour

Highlights
• Award winning small group tours
• Kilbeggan Distillery
• Cliffs of Moher
• Dingle Peninsula
• Inch Beach
• Ring of Kerry
• Torc Waterfall
• The Burren
• Clonmacnoise
• Blarney Castle
• Galway

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Itinerary

Day 1
Dublin - Kilbeggan - Galway

Discover South West Ireland’s scenic, historic and cultural highlights. This is a tour which will bring the country to life, from spectacular sea cliffs to ancient monasteries and castles. Ireland has a lot to give-meet the locals in a traditional bar, try local seafood, stroll on beautiful Atlantic beaches or explore prehistoric ruins.

We’re going to abandon Dublin and head west through the farmland and peat bogs of Kildare and Offally counties. The Kilbeggan Distillery, reputedly the world’s oldest legal distillery, is our first stop. Sample the local whiskey and discover Ireland’s true spirit!

We’ll go further west to meet the mighty Shannon River and Clonmacnoise’s early Christian site, home to a series of churches, round towers and stone crosses.

After a stop at a traditional pub in the village of Shannonbridge in the afternoon, we’ll be heading for your first night in Galway City. There is no shortage of good pubs and restaurants for dinner in this vibrant student area!

Day 2
Galway - The Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

We’ll drive to The Burren, one of the great natural wonders of Ireland, on the second day of the journey. This is a land of pavements of limestone, barren hillsides, unusual flora, early Christian villages, and monuments of old stone. Much of the morning, we’ll be exploring this unique region.

Then we’ll stop at the City of the Crosses, Kilfenora, for a visit to the old cathedral and for lunch in the village.

We will visit the breathtaking Moher Cliffs after lunch, falling almost 700 feet straight into the Atlantic. You can walk the cliff top trails here, observe the various seabirds or visit the award-winning environmental show.

From here, we will pass the popular golf course and beach at Lahinch through County Clare south to catch a ferry across the Shannon estuary to County Kerry to the beautiful lakeside town of Killarney, which will be your base for the next three nights. The pubs here make great food and most of them have live music in the evenings-which one to choose is your only problem!

Day 3
Killarney - Inch Beach - Slea Head - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney

Today’s tour will visit the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, one of Ireland’s most scenic areas and the heartland of Gaelic culture and tradition. The beach at Inch is the first stop of the day.

From here, increasingly narrow roads lead through the town of Dingle to the peninsula itself and out to Slea Head. This is a region that goes back thousands of years with ancient forts and homes, and you can visit some of the best examples along the way. To fully appreciate the fabulous scenery, the weather will encourage you to walk on the beaches or along the cliff tops. In Gaelic literature, this field is very important and you can learn more throughout the day.

With its brightly colored buildings and busy harbor, the circuit of Slea Head leads back to Dingle city. Before returning to Killarney, you will spend the remainder of the afternoon here. You could take an evening walk in Killarney National Park, just at the edge of the area, if the weather is fine.

Day 4
Killarney - Portmagee - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

You’ll be touring one of the world ‘s classic routes today: the Ring of Kerry!

On a clear day, after leaving Killarney, there will be views of Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil, after which we join the coastal road to Cahersiveen via Glenbeigh and Kells.

There will be plenty of chances for photo stops along the way to the Dingle Peninsula, with fantastic views. The birthplace of Daniel O’Connell and Cahersiveen Ring Fort are potential stops before reaching the small fishing village of Portmagee. Here, for lunch, you can relax and sample local seafood or alternatively cross over to Valentia Island for a visit to the Skellig Experience, where you can learn about the surrounding rocky islands and the tiny group of monks that once lived there.

We will make picture stops in Waterville during the afternoon, a favorite holiday spot for Charlie Chaplin, and then at the top of Coonmakista Pass for one of the country’s best views.

From here, for a visit to Derrynane House-Daniel O’Connell ‘s family home-the path descends to sea level. As well as the house itself, there are walks in the gardens and down to the beach. Around the Ring of Kerry, the tour continues with stops at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. Before returning to Killarney, there will only be time for a brief walk to the Torc Waterfall.

Day 5
Killarney - Blarney Castle - Cashel - Kilkenny - Dublin

We’ll be going east on the last day of the tour through the West Cork Mountains and the market town of Macroom, then down the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Here, you’ll have time to visit the castle, explore the woodland walks and the mysterious Rock Close, and visit the village of Blarney itself, a perfect place for lunch and shopping. There might even be an opportunity to kiss the iconic Blarney Stone, although it can be very busy during the peak season.

The tour continues in the afternoon to the heritage town of Cahir, with its impressive castle.

On an island on the River Suir and finally Kilkenny, a bustling town with a magnificent castle and park, riverside walks, the National Craft Centre and plenty of pubs for one last Guinness before hitting the road again for the last leg of a wonderful journey back to Dublin about 7:30pm.

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