All Ireland Explorer 9 Day Tour 

All Ireland Explorer 9 Day Tour group tour
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
This tour will incorporate exploring South West and Northern Ireland where you will see a combination of magnificent scenery, history and culture. From the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, ancient ruins, castles and monasteries and the dramatic coastal scenery you will sample local cuisine, meet the locals in traditional inns’, take walks long gorgeous Atlantic beaches and visit prehistoric ruins.  
1 night Portrush, 1 night Donegal, 2 nights Westport, 1 night Galway, 3 nights Killarney.
Departing: Wednesdays (May to September)
Tour can be taken on it's own or as part of a longer trip
Highlights
~ Belfast
~ Causeway Coast
~ Connemara National Park
~ Cliffs of Moher
~
Dingle Peninsula
~
Ring of Kerry
Inclusions: Transport (private mini-bus, max 16 passengers), guide, accommodation, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.
Exclusions: Meals and refreshments, Entrances to some Visitor Attractions though we can include a pass will which gain you free entry into many attractions.


Day 1 - Dublin, Dundalk, Belfast, Causeway Coast

GalwayYou will leave Dublin travelling north towards the border of Northern Ireland making a stop off in the cathedral town of Dundalk. Following your stop you will continue over the border into Belfast, famed for its tempestuous past and industrial roots. You will have a tour of the city finishing up in the Titanic Quarter where you will visit the brand new, award winning museum and also have time for lunch. You will sample the contrast of the bustling city and the striking scenery of the Antrim Coast and the Glens. You will travel along the coast from Ballycastle, along the Giants’ Causeway where you will spend a little time before heading into Portrush where you will spend the night.  

Day 2 - Londonderry, Donegal, Glenveagh National Park

Cliffs of MoherYou will begin the day with a stop off in the 2013 UK City of Culture, Londonderry where you will have some time to discover the old city or some of the many galleries and museums before crossing the border back into the Republic of Ireland. From there you will travel into County Donegal, where you will find magnificent scenery and a strong sense of the Gaelic culture. You will travel through Glenveagh National Park and the Errigal Mountain passing through coastal fishing villages making various breaks and stop-offs on the way. You will finish the day in Donegal where you will spend the night.

Day 3 - Sligo, Mayo, Westport

DingleToday you will travel southwards into County Sligo where you will discover fantastic beaches and magnificent mountain scenery. Close by you will find Carrowmore which is the largest collection of megalithic tombs which date back over 6000 years. You will then head west towards County Mayo (famed for the great potato famine) and travel through open moors, farmland and distant hills before arriving back to the Atlantic Coast and Achill Island.  Here you will have time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area before making the short drive to Westport where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 4 - Connemara National Park

KerryToday you will spend some time exploring Connemara, your guide will advise you on the best visits for the day as this will vary depending on the weather. Some of the places you may visit ware the attractive house and grounds of Kylemore Abbey, taking a boat trip on the Killary Fjord, or discovering Connemara National Park. There will be various stops and photo opportunities throughout the day. In the evening you will spend some time in Westport where you will sample the local cuisine. 

Day 5 - Cong, Maam Valley, Galway

CorkToday you will have a more relaxed start to the day leaving Westport and travelling inland  through the heart of Connemara to Cong, a village situated on the shores of Lough Corrib. Here you will visit either the Quiet Man Museum or alternatively Cong Abbey. Moving on from here you will head through the Maam Valley and on into Galway where you will be spending the night.

Day 6 - Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Killarnet

Cliffs of MoherToday you will leave Galway and make the short journey along the coast to one of Ireland’s greatest national treasures – the Burren. This area is full of rare vegetation, ancient stone monuments, early Christian settlements and bleak hillsides.  After spending the morning exploring this area you will travel to Kilfenora, the “town of the crosses” where you will have lunch in the village and visit the old cathedral. Following this you will head towards to magnificent  Cliffs of Moher which drop nearly 700 feet into the Atlantic. Whilst here you can take a walk on one of the cliff top trains, visit the environmental exhibition and see numerous different varieties of wildlife. You will then head south through County Clare and take the ferry across the Shannon estuary into Killarnet where you will spend the next three nights.

Day 7 - Dingle Peninsula

DingleToday you will explore the Dingle Peninsula, one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. You will make your first stop at the beach of Inch, a large area of sand which faces out into the Atlantic. You will then travel along the narrow roads which lead you on to the peninsula, through Dingle and out to Slea Head – an areas which dates back thousands of years. From here you will see some fantastic views of the Blasket Islands which rise out of the sea as well as the mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Depending on the ware you will take a walk along the beaches or cliff tops. You will then travel back into the bustling harbour town of Dingle where you will spend the afternoon before travelling back to Killarney

Day 8 - Ring of Kerry

KerryToday you will explore the 100 mile route through the Ring of Kerry. You will leave Killarney and head towards to coast road which goes through Glenbeigh and Kells on into Cahersiveen making numerous stops along the way. You will spend some time in Portmagee, a  small fishing village where you can spend some time relaxing and sample the fresh, local seafood. You could also make the crossing to Valencia where you will find out about the monastic community that once resided there and the nearby rocky islands. After lunch you will stop in Waterville where you will see some of Irelands most spectacular views. You then drop down to visit Derrynane house and take walks around the gardens and the beach. Finally you will make stops at the Ladies View and Moll’s gap and take a short walk around the Torc Waterfall before finishing off your day back in Killarney.

Day 9 - Cork, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny

CorkYou will begin today traveling east through the mountains of West Cork travelling into the Lee Valley making a stop off at Blarney Castle. Here you will visit the Castle and famous Blarney Stone, take some woodland walks and visit the village itself where you can have some lunch.  Following this you will travel to the Rock of Castle where you will discover an ancient monastery complex situated high about the town. You will then stop in the lively city of Kilkenny where you can visit the castle and park or take a walk along the river. You will then make the journey back to Dublin where you arrive early in the evening.

 



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