The Islands of Ireland

Experience Ireland like no other with this 14-day self-drive. Start from the iconic city of Dublin, meander through the stunning coastlines from island to island then be surrounded by breathtaking mountains and scenic views.


 

14 DAYS | DUBLIN - DUBLIN

TYPE: SELF-DRIVE

TRAVEL: DAILY (YEAR-ROUND)

FROM $1,734*


ITINERARY

Day 1 Dublin

Welcome to Dublin. Make your way to your city centre hotel. Spend the remainder of the day soaking up the atmosphere of this exciting city, or visit some of its many attractions
such as the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, or the Old Jameson Distillery.

Day 2 Dublin – Wexford

On the way to Wexford, enjoy the Wicklow Mountains and the wonderful coastal scenery. Known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’, the region features all of the various types of scenery that make Ireland so beautiful. The coastline is bordered by charming sea resorts such as Bray or Greystones. Stop at Glendalough, where St. Kevin, son of the king of Leinster, founded a monastery in the 6th century. B

Day 3 Wexford – Saltee Islands – Cork

Today, go and explore the Saltee Islands, situated approximately 5km off the coast from Kilmore Quay. Only ‘one boatman’ is allowed to land on the Saltees. This island is privately owned and one of the most important ornithological sites in Europe. Overnight in Cork. B

Day 4 Cork – Cape Clear Island – Baltimore

This morning travel west towards Baltimore, to board the ferry to Cape Clear Island. Wild romantic scenery with heather, gorse and wild flowers covering steep rugged hills, sparkling harbours, and spectacular cliffs all contribute to the charm of Cape Clear. It’s a very steep climb out of the harbour, but the Atlantic view from the top is breath taking. B

Day 5 Baltimore – Garnish Island – Kenmare

This morning, visit Bantry House. Situated overlooking Bantry Bay, the magnificent gardens and grounds are home to many sub tropical plants and shrubs. In the afternoon travel to Glengarriff and board a ferry to visit Garnish Island. Garnish is world-renowned for its gardens, which are laid out in beautiful walks, and it has some stunning plant specimens which are rare in this climate. B

Day 6 Kenmare – Valentia Island – Kerry

This morning continue on the Ring of Kerry, stopping at Cahersiveen to board the ferry for Valentia Island, or continue to Portmagee where a road bridge links the island to the mainland. With its population of 600, the island is best known as the site for the first transatlantic telegraph cable, putting Cahersiveen in direct contact with New York. B

Day 7 Kerry – Blasket Island – Dingle

This morning, move on to the Dingle Peninsula. Don’t miss the Blasket Island Visitor Centre. After learning everything about this wonderful part of Ireland, board a ferry and go see the island for yourself! Walk the 1100 acres of unspoilt and largely mountainous terrain, relax on the beautiful beach, or explore the abandoned village and the fascinating cultural and literary history of the island. B

Day 8 Dingle – Doolin

Travel north From Dingle towards County Clare to see the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. 8km long and Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point, the cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. To the south is Hag’s Head, so named due to its unusual rock shape. B

Day 9 Doolin – Aran Islands – Galway

From Doolin, board a boat towards some of the most famous islands of Ireland, the Aran Islands, located off Galway Bay. Geologically akin to the Burren, they have no bog land, no lakes and hardly any trees. A visit to the islands is a fascinating experience and is like a step back in time, especially Inishmor, the largest of the three islands. Life on the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands has resisted today’s technology and fishing is still the main source of employment. B

Day 10 Galway – Inishbofin Island – Connemara

Today visit another island, Inishbofin. It is a special area of conservation and of protection and breeding. The rarest or most threatened species breeding on the island at present are the corncrake. For the adventurous, there are exciting mountain walks, hill climbing and excellent shore angling. Inishbofin has become an important centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceili? band. B

Day 11 Connemara – Westport

Today enjoy the wonderful region of Connemara, a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed since the beginning of time. Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south, a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On your way, don’t miss Kylemore Abbey, located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. B

Day 12 Westport – Achill Island – Westport

This morning depart for Achill Island, the last island you will see on your trip. Along with beautiful views over sea, the island itself is full of heather, bog land and mountains. Achill is the largest island off the west coast of Ireland, linked by a bridge, with a landscape of mountains, bogs, lakes, beaches and bays. B

Day 13 Westport – Dublin

Today return inland to Boyle, where you can visit Lough Key Forest Park, which is located in the scenic and historical area of Roscommon and consists of approximately 350 hectares of forested areas and open parkland. You can also visit the nearby Strokestown Park House, which was built in the 1660s and was recently restored. B

Day 14 Dublin

Travel to Dublin Airport to return your car and board your flight home. B

Be impressed by the wildly romantic island of Cape Clear

Discover Garnish Island in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay

Encounter locals who still speak Irish on the Aran Islands

13 nights’ accommodation

13 breakfasts (B)

Heritage island guide

Return ferry to Cape Clear Island

Return ferry to Garnish Island

Return ferry to Blasket Islands

Return ferry to Inishmore from Doolin

Day trip to Inishbofin

Contact



B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner • *Terms and conditions apply. From prices are per person, twin share, based on lead in grades and/or seasons unless specified. When available, optional upgrades can be applied at time of booking. See our terms and conditions for more information