7 Day Wild Atlantic Way Tour
The Wild Atlantic way is the longest coastal drive in the World it starts in Kinsale County Cork and finishes in County Donegal in the North East of Ireland.
We at Personal Irish Tours will show you an example of a 7 Day tour. Each tour we do is tailor made for each customer but this will give you a flavour of what you can expect to see on a 7 day tour of the west coast of Ireland.
For the purposes of the tour we will say you are flying into Dublin, we will then head south to Kinsale, Kenmare, Killarney, Doolin, Galway and return to Dubin on the final day.
Along the Wild Atlantic Way you will find the most beautiful coastal drive, Idyllic beaches, quaint little towns and villages and most importantly the most welcoming and friendly Irish people that will provide you with great food, drink, music and fun.
Day 1- We will start off in Dublin and travel southwards to the Rock of Cashel, this is historical sites where the Kings of the province used to reside. It has some of the most remarkable buildings such as Cormacs Chapel, Churches and a round tower. Following our stop at Cashel we will head to the Midleton Distillery which is one the oldest distilleries in Ireland and has a fantastic tour, from there we will have another stop at Cobh which is famous being the last place the titanic stopped and also where millions of Irish emigrated to the US in the 1800s. We will spend the 1st night in Kinsale which is a seaside town where the Wild Atlantic Way starts.
Day 2- Kinsale is one of the most quaint villages in the south west. It is known as being a foodie town with the most fantastic restaurants. We recommend doing the walking tour in the morning as the town has a very historical past. Then we will travel along the coast to Kenmare taking in the Old Head of Kinsale lookout point which has amazing views along the coast, travel through the small town of Clonakility and down towards the most southern point in Ireland Mizen Head. From there then we will have some lunch in the town of Bantry and travel over the Caha pass to Kenmare. Kenmare is another foodie town full of incredible bars and restaurants and also a favourite of the travel man Rick Steves.
Day 3- We will do the World Famous Ring of Kerry drive along the Iveragh Pennisula, highlights from this day will once again be the amazing views and rugged landscape but we will also visit Sneem which is a very nice little village, Loher stone fort where people used to live during the 9th century, Valentia Island where you can see the world renowned Skellig Islands just 6 miles off the coast famous for having featured in the latest star wars movie and also where Monks used to live from the 9th to the 13th century. Tonight we will be staying in Killarney where our little operation is based.
Day 4- We recommend doing the Gap of Dunloe trip. This is one of these trips that has to be done when in the Killarney Area. We will drive out to Kate Kearneys cottage and you can take a horse and cart or hike the 5 miles through the valley. The views once again through the valley are breathtaking. After the hike or cart trip lunch at Lord Brandons cottage. Then from the cottage take a boat down to Killarney through the three lakes of Killarney and arrive at Ross Castle. It is a lovely day trip and definitely well worth doing.
Day 5- We will travel from Killarney to the Dingle Pennisula the other pennisula in county Kerry. Highlights for today will be a stop at Inch beach which is one of the longest beaches in the county, views of the beautiful rolling green fields of the area, Dingle town which is a bustling little fishing town, the most western town in Europe. The Slea head loop drive past the town is a breath-taking drive along the coast where we will see beautiful beaches, beehive huts, baby lambs and rugged landscape. On the way back to Killarney we will travel over the Conor Pass which is a dramatic drive and worth doing if weather is clear.
Day 6- Today we will travel Northwards to county Clare. County Clare is famous for it’s traditional Irish Music and Hurling (Irish Sport). Highlights of today will be stopping at Adare village which is full of little thatched cottages, Lahinch village famous for it’s golf and surfing and then onto the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Tonight we will be staying in Doolin, Doolin is well regarded as the best place to find traditional Irish music and it would be a regret of ours if we didn’t show you the best place for Irish traditional music.
Day 7- Today we will travel along the Burren which is the largest Karst Limestone area in Ireland and like nothing else you will see in Ireland. There are fields as far as the eye can see of Limestone. It’s an amazing area and over 350 million years old. For lunch we will have to stop at Morans on the Weir for some delicious Chowder soup. The last night will be spent in Galway which is our favourite city in Ireland. It has an amazing atmosphere along shop street where there are many street performers busking along with some great old Irish bars that serve the most creamy Guinness in Ireland.
Day 8- Today will be a direct transfer to Dublin where we recommend spending at least one night in the city. Dublin is a great city and we recommend visiting Trinity College and the Library where they house the book of kells, Kilmainham Jail which gives a fascinating insight into Irish history during the 1900s and the Guinness storehouse where you can get a panoramic view of the City and of course pick up some nice Guinness memorabilia.
Mercedes V Class
Meals not included but budget – €10-15 for Lunch and €15- €25 for Dinner all depending on your budget and tastes.
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