Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way Self-drive

Departures: Ireland

Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way Self-drive

This self-drive partly guided tour takes you to some of the wilder places along Ireland’s rugged, green, remote, west coast – the Wild Atlantic Way. Stop to explore the sights, enjoy the views, chat with the locals, or have a pint at the local pub, all at your own pace. Ireland has much to offer, from ancient Celtic stones to modern art, traditional music and dance and wonderful hospitality.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, we will donate to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.

Pricing

Starting at $1390*

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

Year Round

Day 1

Arrive Dublin

Arrive Dublin, check into your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure or visit some of Dublin’s most famous places, like Trinity College where the where the Book of Kells is housed and Ireland’s National Gallery.

Evening at leisure. Drop into the local pub for a taste of Irish life with a pint of Guinness.

Day 2

Dublin – City Tour

After breakfast, meet your guide for a half-day guided exploration of Dublin City. Dive into Viking history at the National Museum of Ireland, take in famous Dublin landmarks such as Trinity College, pedestrian-only Grafton Street, and Christ Church Cathedral.

Afternoon and evening at leisure to continue exploring on your own. Try an evening Literary Pub Crawl through Dublin.

Day 3

DUBLIN—CONNEMARA

After breakfast, pick up your rental car in Dublin City center and depart for romantic Connemara, on the wild west coast of Ireland. En route, you may want to stop at the ancient Christian site of Clonmacnoise, overlooking the River Shannon. This sacred site includes the ruins of a cathedral and seven churches from the 10th-13th centuries. Continue on to Connemara and your charming hotel in the seaside village of Letterfrack.

Upon arrival, take a scenic walk in nearby Connemara National Park and appreciate the stunning island and mountain views.

Day 4

CONNEMARA—KYLEMORE ABBEY & FORAGE WALKS

After breakfast, drive to Kylemore Abbey, where you’ll find the Victorian Walled Garden. Spend time visiting this spectacular Abbey and gardens. In the afternoon, take two enchanting walks—a seaweed foraging walk and a forest foraging walk—with a local guide through some of Connemara’s more spectacular scenery and learn what makes these ecosystems so special.

Return to Letterfrack for overnight.

Day 5

CONNEMARA—COUNTY CLARE

This morning, depart for County Clare through the arresting Burren landscape along the Wild Atlantic Way. Stop at Dunguaire Castle outside Kinvarra en route. As you drive down the coastline, a highlight will be a visit to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher that drop dramatically to the sea hundreds of feet below.

Check into your hotel nearby the village of Lisdoonvarna. Be sure to venture out this evening to one of the many traditional Irish music pubs the local villages are renown for.

Day 6

COUNTY CLARE—ANCIENT TOMBS

Today, immerse yourself in the hidden magic of the Burren with your guide. Experience it’s wildness, ancient sites and gain insight into the past generations who farmed this landscape, where the legacies of Irish forefathers unfold.

Afternoon and evening at leisure. Have one last night in Lisdoonvarna, enjoying the fine local music!

Day 7

COUNTY CLARE—COUNTY KERRY

Continue down the coast to County Kerry – known as the ‘Kingdom of Kerry’. Tour options may include a drive, a walk or pony and trap ride through the dramatic, glaciated Gap of Dunloe with a visit to the restored, 15th-century Ross Castle. Alternatively, you may wish to walk or bicycle through Killarney National Park, a stunningly beautiful setting of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls.

Check into your hotel near the village of Glenbeigh. Evening at leisure to visit it’s many fine restaurants and pubs.

Day 8

SKELLIG MICHAEL & RING OF KERRY

Morning visit to Skellig Micheal—a UNESCO world heritage and monastic site—by boat (weather permitting). If weather does not permit the crossing, enjoy the Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island Tour (includes guided walking tour of Bray Head and visit to Skellig Experience Centre).

This afternoon continue your exploration of the towns, and ultra-scenic Ring of Kerry on your own. Overnight nearby Glenbeigh.

Day 9

COUNTY KERRY—HOME

Say goodbye to Ireland! Enjoy your last Irish breakfast, depart by car for Dublin Airport and your flight home.

ADD AN EXTRA DAY

COUNTY CLARE—ARAN ISLANDS

Add an extra day at Day 7 with a visit to the Aran Islands. Catch the ferry in the morning to the Aran Islands. Explore the history, culture, hear the spoken Gaelic language, folklore and music of the islands of this Gaelteacht region, on horse & trap, by foot, bicycle or taxi!

Head back to your hotel near the village of Lisdoonvarna for overnight. The next morning, resume the itinerary above continuing on to County Kerry.

EXTENSIONS

If you would like to continue to explore Ireland with a trip to the north or a drive across the southern regions, contact us and we can easily extend your self-drive.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included. For further pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.