Westerly Wonders | 8 Day Chauffeur


Program Includes

Accommodation

  • Ashbrooke Lodge B&B Doolin (1)
  • Abbeyglen Castle - Hotel (2)
  • Trident Hotel Kinsale (1)
  • The Fairview Guesthouse Killarney (1)
  • Averest B&B Bunratty (1)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport 

  • Transfers from Shannon Airport to Ashbrooke Lodge
  • Chauffeur guide with a Mercedes Saloon E or S Class

Other Inclusions

  • Ireland at a Glimpse discount book - Save up to $600 on admission fees.
  • Travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • Visitor Attractions
  • Room Upgrades
  • Car Upgrade
  • City Tours

Price is per person based on double occupancy during low season and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

 

8 Day / 7 Night chauffeur tour of Ireland's west

Starts in Shannon / Ends in Shannon

Tour Highlights:

Cliffs of Moher and The Burren

Doolin's singing pubs

Abbeyglen Castle Stay

Connemara and Cong

Blarney Stone & Ireland's Gourmet Capital

Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

8 Day Wonders of the West Sample Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Shannon & Cliffs of Moher

Arrive in Shannon where your chauffeur will pick you up. Continue onto the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. The Cliffs of Moher tower over the Wild Atlantic Ocean and have been acknowledged all over the world as one of the most spectacular sights to see. The Cliffs made it to the final 28 in the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature' campaign in 2011 and are definitely one sight you do not want to miss on your trip to Ireland.

From there, your chauffeur will take you to your B&B in Doolin. Doolin is a great place to find singing pubs.

Overnight at a B&B near Doolin

Day 2: Galway City & Connemara

This morning you'll be driven to Galway. Relax as your chauffeur takes you through the beautiful Irish countryside. Galway City is known as the City of Tribes. Eyre Square is the center piece to Galway City and was officially presented to the city in 1710 by Mayor Edward Eyre, from whom it took its name. Originally surrounded with a wooden fence, it was enclosed with iron railings in the late 1700s.

Give your chauffeur a few hours off as you take in this walkable city. Take a stroll from Eyre Square down Shop Street to Quay Street where you will see a number of pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating as well as many craft shops. Later on, your chauffeur will take you to Connemara where you will stay the night.

Overnight in Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.

Day 3: Connemara

After a delicious Irish breakfast, your chauffeur will take you to explore one of Ireland’s famous scenic regions, Connemara, with granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. Stop at Kylemore Abbey to tour its beautiful halls and Victorian Walled Garden. Later, your chauffeur will take you to Cong. Here you can take a  walking tour to see places associated with “The Quiet Man” movie which was made in the village in 1952. Stop in Leenane, renowned as the location of the movie, “The Field.”

Or weather permitting, hop back in the car and be driven to the Aran Islands. The three Aran Islands are situated in a north westerly, south easterly direction at the mouth of Galway Bay, Ireland. They are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage. The Irish (Gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty first century all native born islanders are bilingual in both Irish and English.

Overnight in Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.

Day 4: Blarney Stone & Kinsale

Upon leaving Galway this morning, your chauffeur will make the long drive for your arrival in Cork. Along your way, you may ask to stop in places like Rock of Cashel or anywhere else you fancy. Once you've made it to Cork, your chauffeur will stop at the famous 15th Century Blarney Castle. Blarney Stone & Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. Kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the Tower and you'll never again be lost for words.

From there, your chauffeur will drive you to Cork City where you can visit the English Market. Later in the day, you'll be driven to the charming coastal town of Kinsale known as Gourmet Capital of Ireland. If time permits you can visit the Charles fort which is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort.

Overnight in Trident Hotel, Kinsale.

Day 5: Killarney

Following your time in Kinsale, your chauffeur will take you on a journey to Co Kerry and the beautiful town of Killarney. For more lovely scenery, your chauffeur can drive through West Cork, and we recommend doing this.

When you get to Killarney, give your chauffeur the evening off and take a jaunting car ride. This family-run business offers tours pulled by horse that go off the beaten path and share the area's history, legends and perspective of the locals. Later on, wander about town in and out of pubs, restaurants and craft shops that all offer something different. You will never want to leave.

Overnight in The Fairview, Killarney.

Day 6: Ring of Kerry Tour

Today you will set off from Killarney in around the Ring of Kerry. This is a very scenic drive around the coast of the county and unspoilt region of Ireland. The best part is, your only job will be to take in the beautiful sights outside of your window. Your chauffeur will take you through Killarney National Park. Before you end your day, make sure you've stopped at Ross Castle built in the late 15th century by one of the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains and visited Muckross House & Gardens, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland's leading stately homes. The Gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty.

Your chauffeur can spend as much or as little time driving you around the Ring but be sure to get back in time to explore Killarney which is a wonderful town and is home to some of the best pubs in the country.

Overnight at The Fairview, Killarney

Day 7: Bunratty Castle

Having spent a night in Killarney, you'll make your way up to Bunratty. Your chauffeur will drive you through the Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles (48 kilometers) into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's south-west coast.

The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest peak. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north. The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula.

If you have had enough scenery, other possible stop-offs on the way to Bunratty include the city of Limerick; Adare and its beautiful manor; or Foynes with its Flying Boat Museum.

See Bunratty Castle and walk in the Folk Park. You can also attend the medieval night in the castle if you so choose.

Overnight at a B&B near Bunratty

Day 8: Departure

Your chauffeur will drive you to the airport, see you off and you will board your flight home.

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