Best of the West – 6 Days

Introduction

Our 6-day adventure begins in the lively and atmospheric capital city of Dublin, where we will experience its many iconic sites such as St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful Georgian Squares in the comfort of our luxury motor coach. Visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a Guinness in the roof top bar.

Travel south to County Tipperary and see the historic Rock of Cashel, the seat of the High Kings of Munster from 370-1101.

Venture through the Dingle Peninsula. So stunning it has appeared in many movies, most recently the blockbuster film Star Wars.

Continue along the Wild Atlantic Way to the majestic Cliffs of Moher.

Visit the historic city of Galway. Journey through the bog lands of Connemara known for its rugged and unspoiled beauty.

This itinerary can be customized and tailored to your group’s requirements.

Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin City

Following arrival at Dublin Airport, we will enjoy a tour of Dublin City, founded as a Viking settlement and has been home to the Irish Parliament since the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922.

We will see the Georgian Squares with their 18th Century houses, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Phoenix Park, which is the biggest town park in Europe, statue filled O’Connell Street and the fashionable Grafton Street. We will also see Trinity College, which houses the Book of Kells.

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Brewery founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness. Here we will enjoy a guided tour which concludes with a leisurely pint of Guinness in the 360-degree roof top bar, while enjoying some spectacular views of Dublin City.

Overnight: Dublin.

Day 2: Blarney – Killarney

This morning we depart Dublin and travel to Killarney.

Our journey today will take us through the horse breeding County Kildare and continue through the rich farmlands of Tipperary to Cashel where we see the historic Rock of Cashel. This was the seat of the Kings of Munster from 370 – 1101 and has early associations with St. Patrick. The group of medieval buildings includes a 12th century Round Tower, a 13th century Gothic Cathedral, a 15th century High Cross and Romanesque Chapel.

We continue south to Blarney, where we will have an opportunity to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone said to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who dare.

From here we travel to Killarney for a two-night stay.

Overnight: Killarney.

Day 3: The Dingle Peninsula

Today we will enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by the National Geographic.

We will visit Brian de Staic studio in Dingle which specializes in Celtic jewelry. This unique jewelry is handcrafted and engraved with ancient Celtic symbols and the letters of the ogham alphabet, an ancient Irish form of writing.

As we continue around Slea Head, we will have some breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline and see some beehive huts (early monastic settlements) dating back over a thousand years. Our tour will take us to the most westerly point of Ireland where we can view the Blasket Islands. We will also see some of the locations for such films as Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and the more recently filmed Star Wars The Last Jedi.

After some free time in Dingle for lunch, we return to Killarney.

Overnight: Killarney.

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher- The Burren-Galway

This morning we bid farewell to Killarney and travel to Tralee, capital town of County Kerry and famous for The Rose of Tralee Festival.

We continue to Tarbert where we board the Shannon Ferry which crosses the Shannon Estuary to Killimer.

From here we take the coast road to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point; they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coastline. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for hundreds of years.

Following some free time to view the cliffs, our tour continues through the lunar type landscape of the Burren, from the Irish word ‘bhoireann’ meaning’a stony place’ or ‘a rocky place’, which is a very accurate description for this 350 sq. kilometres limestone plateau.

Our tour continues along the shores of Galway Bay to Galway City.

Overnight: Galway City.

Day 5: Connemara-Dublin

This morning, we embark on a tour of beautiful Connemara. Connemara is made up of mountains, lake lands and bog lands.

Owing to its wild and rugged beauty, it has been the location for many films such as ‘The Quiet Man’ with John Wayne and Maureen O Hara and in more recent times ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris. The scenery is both magical and mystical and is a paradise for artist and photographer alike.

This afternoon we travel across the Irish midlands and return to Dublin.

Overnight: Dublin.

Day 6: Depart Dublin Airport

This morning we travel to Dublin airport for our return flight home.


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