Day 1: Depart Dublin – 8.30a.m. From Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 (or hotel pick-up). Pass through Curragh Racecourse – Braveheart film set. The Magnificent Rock of Cashel. Walk and Picnic on Galtee Mohr (Ireland's Fifth highest Mountain) or visit the quirky Mitchelstown Caves. Pass through Cork, Ireland's 2nd city. Kiss the World Famous Blarney Stone. Follow Lee Valley to source of River Lee. Overnight in the stunning Gougane Barra Hotel.
Day 2: Walk in Gougane Barra Forest Park. Meet Atlantic Coastline at Bantry Bay. Seal Spotting in Glengarriff. Head out onto Beara Peninsula, the undiscovered Peninsula. Great views of the Caher Mountains and Sheepshead Peninsula. Horse riding or a walk at Dun Booey, amongst the Castles. Lunch at McCarthy's Bar in Castletownbere. Take the cable car to Dursey Island. Overnight in tiny and beautiful village of Glengarriff, West Cork.
Day 3: Depart Allihes. Shortcut via old copper mines and over Mountain pass. Visit ancient Ogham stone in Eyeries. Explore Beara’s stunning coastline, views across to Iveragh Peninsula. Lunch in picturesque Kenmare. Join Ring of Kerry scenic route on the Iveragh Peninsula. Visit Staigue Fort (amazing views). Try to ride a Llama. Walk amongst Macgillycuddy Reeks Mountains. Barbeque on Derrynane Beach. Overnight near Portmagee.
Day 4: Optional visit to Skellig Islands. Quick stop at Rosbeigh Strand. Head for Dingle Peninsula via Killorglin. (Goat Fair) and Castlemaine (Wild Colonial Boy). Drive along Inch Strand for fun and games. Walk to waterfalls above Lough Annascaul. Lunch in Tom Crean's South Pole Inn. Head out along the Slea Head Drive. Stop at Europe's most westerly point. Coumeenoule Beach (Film set of Ryan’s Daughter). Dunchaoin Harbour - real old Ireland. Smerwick Head – views of Mount Brandon. Overnight in Dingle Town – a town of 2000 people and 54 pubs.
Day 5: Take Conor Pass, Ireland's highest road. Walk and view over Dingle Bay. Take the Ferry across the River Shannon into Country Clare, Burren Region – Limestone Lunar landscape. Secret shortcuts over the hills. Fanore Beach – touch the Atlantic. Cliffs of Moher – 700 ft sea cliffs. Lahinch – Ireland’s surfing capital, try to catch a wave. Overnight in Doolin – great music in the pubs.
Day 6: Depart Doolin. Lisdoonvarna – Matchmaking Festival. Poulnabrone Dolmen – Megalithic tomb. Kinvarra village with: Dunguire Castle – ancient seat of the High, Kings of Munster, Hookers – Traditional Sailing boats, Corcomroe Abbey. Arrive Galway city for lunch. Depart Galway, Heading north into the Connemara region, famous for its wild and rugged landscape and stunning scenery. Mamturk Mountains, Go for a walk in the mountains and follow the footsteps of St Patrick, Dogs Bay Beach. White sandy beach to watch the sun go down. Overnight in Killadoon, near Westport, County Mayo.
Day 7: Depart Killadoon. Surfing on Carrownoski Strand. Walk up Croagh Patrick (Patrick’s Mountain) – the holiest mountain in Ireland. Horse-riding by the sea. Option health spa stop (subject to availability). Head East, Through counties Mayo, Roscommon, Longford and Meath. Nation Famine Museum, Strokestown castle, an excellent and emotive display. River Shannon, Cross back over into Leinster, the east of Ireland. Travel back to Dublin for 5.30-6pm arrival, for tearful hugs and farewell hugs.
Note: Amazing 3, 4 and 5 day tours also available.
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