Amazing days around Ireland’s spectacular south and west 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 hand.
We leave Dublin at 8.30am and make our way to the magical Hill of Tara, the ancient capital and once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Your Guide will tell you all about this mystical place famous for its fairy folk and a wishing tree. We travel onwards to Tullamore Dew Whiskey Museum to learn how Uisce Batha, the 'Water of Life', is made and get a real taste of Ireland. This stuff will warm the cockles of your heart!
We continue across the peat bogs to the west coast of Ireland and on to Galway Bay. Known as the 'City of Tribes', Galway is sure to impress you with its unique character and vibrant atmosphere. Explore the bustling university town and listen to its many buskers. In the end of the day, you can go pub crawling and try to find all the pubs that starred in the Galway Girl music video by Ed Sheeran!
We take a ferry across the Atlantic Ocean and spend the whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands (mid-April to October). With 3,000 miles of stone walls, it is like nowhere you have ever been. The locals are fluent in Irish Gaelic and super friendly, so you can get chatting to them over a pint. Explore the island on foot, hire a horse and cart or rent a bike. Whatever you do, 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 mainland for a pint of Guinness or two. From November to mid-April 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.
We leave Galway behind and make our way through the lunar landscape of the Burren, home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns! We stop in the surfing town of Lahinch for lunch before heading to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher.
Stand on the edge of the world and taste the salty sea air when you snap that selfie that is bound to be your new profile picture. The cliffs are famous the world over for their stunning views over the wild Atlantic Ocean and have been used as a backdrop in movies like Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride. We have included the entrance to the award-winning Visitor Centre in our trip, so after a wander on the cliff's edge you can head in and learn the history of this magnificent place.
We spend the night in Ennis, County Clare; the renowned home of Irish music. The pubs are filled with locals playing 'trad' music, so pick your seat and join a proper Irish jam session.
Today is all about breathtaking scenery and adventure. We travel the stunning Slea Head Drive down to Dingle Peninsula and spend the day exploring the dramatic Irish coastline. Your Guide will take you to the edge of the ancient world and tell tales of our ancient heroes and warriors. Spot 'The Sleeping Giant' and 'The Three Sisters' amongst the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches. Learn how to play hurling that originates from an ancient Gaelic game or just relax and take in the stunning views.
We head to the party town of Killarney for the night, located on the shores of Lough Leane. Take a horse and carriage ride through the beautiful Killarney National Park and see Ross Castle that was built in the 15th century, before joining the locals in a Kerry ‘Dishco’ and dancing the night away.
It’s time to leave the Kingdom of Kerry behind as we go to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. The legendary castle was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty and dates back to 1446. On the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence better known as the Blarney Stone. Now is your chance to hang upside-down at 11 meters and 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…
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. It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends when we arrive back to the capital at approximately 5.30pm.
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Trip Name: Celtic Rocker (Dorm)
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: $739
Supplier Tour ID: ST5/159547
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