8 Day Westerly Wonders


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 

Hertz manual economy car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)

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
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • 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 self-drive 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 and pick up your car. 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.

Continue to you 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 take the trip to Galway. 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.

Take a walk 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. You will then travel out to Connemara where you will stay the night.

Overnight in Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.

Day 3: Connemara

Today explore one of Ireland’s famous scenic regions, Connemara, with granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. In Cong 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 take a trip 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

Leave Galway for a long drive to Cork (stopping at the Rock of Cashel if you think you have time) to 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.

Continue your drive to Cork City where you can visit the English Market. This evening take a walk around 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, embark on your journey to Co Kerry and the beautiful town of Killarney. Having spent much of the previous day driving, you may just wish to go directly to Killarney and relax or spend some time in Kinsale doing some things you didn't get to yesterday. If you do feel up to taking a detour through West Cork, we recommend it.

In Killarney you can take a jaunting car ride or just 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. Before you end your day stop off at Ross Castle built in the late 15th century by one of the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains or visit 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.

You can take as much or as little time as you like touring 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, make your way up to Bunratty. Drive 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

Make your way to the airport to return your compact rental car and board your flight home.

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