Amazing days around Ireland’s spectacular south and west coasts that will bombard your senses and change your life forever. We’ll show you places you never imagined existed and will never forget. Discover what great craic the Emerald Isle is, from incredible landscapes, mountains and castles, to nights squeezed into the local pub with traditional live music and a pint of the black stuff in your hand.
Day 1: Dublin to Galway
Departs 8.30am. Leaving Dublin we head out West to Tullamore Dew Whiskey Museum to learn how Uisce Batha, the 'water of life', is made. This stuff will warm the cockles of your heart! We continue across the peat bogs to the west coast and Galway Bay. Also known as the 'City of Tribes', Galway is sure to impress with its unique character and vibrant atmosphere.
Day 2: Inis Mór/Connemara
We spend a whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. With 3,000 miles of stone walls it is like nowhere else, the locals are fluent Irish (Gaelic) and super friendly so you can get chatting to them over a pint. Explore on foot, hire a horse and cart or rent a bike but don't miss the awe-inspiring Dun Aonghasa, a 3,000 year old Iron Age ring fort perched on the edge of a 300 foot high cliff. After a tremendous day it’s time to head back to the main land for a pint of Guinness or two. From November to March we visit the wilds of Connemara instead, home to many sandy beaches, rugged mountains and misty peat bogs. We stop at Kylemore Abbey and hear a romantic story that's sure to bring a tear to your eye. All this fresh air calls for a pint and some shenanigans in Galway.
Day 3: Galway to Ennis
You'll have some time in Galway to explore this vibrant city. Through the Burren home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns! Then its onto the awesome Cliffs of Moher, famous the world over for their stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. We spend the night in Ennis, County Clare; the renowned home of Irish music. The pubs are filled with locals playing Irish 'trad' music and you'll always be welcome to join them.
Day 4: Ennis to Killarney
Today it’s all about breathtaking scenery and adventure. We spend the day exploring the dramatic Dingle Peninsula, take you to the edge of the ancient world and hear tales of our ancient warriors. Spot 'The Sleeping Giant' and 'The Three Sisters' amongst the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches before heading on to the party town of Killarney for the night.
Day 5: Killarney to Dublin
It’s time to leave the Kingdom of Kerry behind as we go to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork . Now’s your chance to give the stone a big juicy smacker to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’. You will now realise your Guide has kissed the stone many, many times… Then we have a photo stop at the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster before we head back to the Fair City of Dublin arriving at approximately 5.30pm.
- Kiss the Blarney Stone
- The mighty Cliffs of Moher
- The mysterious lunar landscape of the Burren
- The Gaelic speaking isle of Inis Mór (Apr - Oct)
- The wild mountain landscape of Connemara (Nov - Mar)
- Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide
- All transport around the Emerald Isle
- Accommodation (4 nights mixed dorm)
- Breakfasts (4 hostel breakfasts)
- Inis Mór ferry and transfer (Apr - Oct)
- Cliffs of Moher entry
- Tullamore Whiskey Distillery
- Blarney Castle entry