8 Day Wild Atlantic Tour

8 Days

Overview

8 Day Wild Atlantic Tour

Galway – Clare – Kerry – Cork – Kilkenny

Experience Ireland’s magical Wild Atlantic Way and all its glory in this 8 Day Tour of the Southwest, taking in everything from the cultural highlights of Galway City to the serene landscapes of Kerry.

Itinerary

Day 01 :

We start our tour by heading straight to Galway and taking in the stunning beauty of the Connemara National Park and the panoramic Sky Road.

With the backdrop of the wild Connemara landscape lies Kylemore Abbey, considered to be one of Irelands most admired buildings in Ireland, with its neo-gothic style interior and its fascinating history.

From here we head onto Cong, one of Irelands most picturesque villages and famous for the idyllic backdrop of the movie The Quiet Man. Cong is steeped in history and well worth a visit.

After a stop in Clifden, the vibrant capital of Connemara, we move on to Galway City, City of the Tribes, to stay overnight and enjoy the craic and ceol that the city is famous for.

Day 02 :

We head for Galway docks for the ultimate Wild Atlantic Way experience where you will hop aboard a ferry to export you back in time to experience the traditional Irish culture of the Aran Islands before heading towards the Cliffs of Moher, where you will have the opportunity to gasp in awe at the sheer enormity and breath-taking views of the famous cliffs, spanning 14 kilometers (about 8.7 mi) along the west coast of Ireland, It’s hard to take in their magnificent heights until you see them at sea level.

Day 03 :

We leave Galway and head further down the Wild Atlantic Way, stopping off in Killaloe, once the hometown of Ireland’s greatest King Brian Ború. Then onto Bunratty Castle, considered the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Here you can take a tour of the iconic fortress, hear, and see how the lords and ladies of the castle lived, hear stories of battles and bravery, and enjoy stunning views of the Idyllic Clare countryside.

We finish our day by heading to Dingle, perched on the hem of the Atlantic in Ireland’s southwest. Here you will enjoy the atmosphere in the traditional Irish pubs and hear the lyrical sounds of the Irish language floating around the streets in this colorful gem of a town.

Day 04 :

We will enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Irelands most scenic drive, Slea Head, as we head towards Ross Castle. The castle perches on an inlet of Lough Leane and was built in the 15th century by Chieftan O’ Donoghue Mór. Legend has it that O’ Donoghue still slumbers under the waters of the lake. Every 7 years, on the first morning of May, he rises on his magnificent white horse and if you manage to catch a glimpse of him you will have good fortune for the rest of your life.

We will finish in Killarney where we will take in the breathtaking Celtic Steps Show, which brings together the raw energy of popular Irish Dance with the timeless authenticity of traditional Irish Music.

Day 05 :

Today we will head for Killarney National Park, the jewel in Kerry’s crown, and take in the famous Ring of Kerry, Torc Waterfall and lots more hidden gems in this beautiful landscape.

And of course, no trip to Kerry is complete without a ride on the jaunting carts, Irelands traditional mode of transport in the early the early 19th century, an experience you will thoroughly enjoy and the perfect way to take in the surrounding beauty.

Day 06 :

We make our way to Cork today via the tranquil and unspoiled landscape of the Beara Peninsula, here we will drive through the Caha and Slieve Miskish mountains on either side and experience more of Irelands hidden gems. The Beara peninsula is densely studded with Bronze Age remains and has more prehistoric monuments than anywhere in Ireland, including the tallest standing Ogham stone in the world!

On our way to Cork city, we will stop in Blarney to wander around the beautiful Blarney Castle and Gardens and of course no trip here is complete without kissing the famous Blarney Stone, where legend has it kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab.

Day 07 :

You will need to have a light breakfast in preparation for a visit to the gourmet capital of Ireland, as we head to the seaside village of Kinsale, where you can wander the streets taking in all the delights it has to offer.

From here we will move on to Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic on her tragic maiden voyage. Here you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and get the perfect holiday photo of the colorful Cobh houses in front of St. Colman’s Cathedral, the tallest cathedral in Ireland. After working up a thirst we will then head to the Old Midleton Distillery where you can discover the heart and soul of Irish whiskey.

As we make our way to Kilkenny we will stop off at the iconic Rock of Cashel.  According to local lore the Rock of Cashel was formed after the Devil took a bite out of nearby Devils Bit Mountain and spat it out as he passed over Cashel.

Day 08 :

Our last day is spent in Kilkenny, a gem in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, where we will have time to explore the medieval city streets and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. And not to be missed are the famous Kilkenny Castle and Parklands and St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, two of Irelands oldest and historic landmarks.

As you stroll along Kilkenny’s famous Medieval Mile a stop at Smithwick’s Brewery is highly recommended. The Smithwick’s Experience is a multi-sensory experience that immerses you in the history of Irelands oldest ale, harvested from our land and seasoned by our history.

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8 Day Wild Atlantic Tour