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WANT TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE THE REAL IRELAND? Well, look no further, as we have the perfect 8 day tour experience that will definitely captivate your eyes and heart as we explore the most dramatic landscapes of Ireland’s wild Atlantic coastline.
Our Wild South tour commences in Dublin and brings us from Cork’s wild Atlantic setting in the south to the bohemian capital of Ireland Galway city and back to Dublin. Experience jaw dropping scenery, unique towns and villages full of vibrant colors and Gaelic culture, the roar of the wild Atlantic Ocean and amazing activities such as kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney, hiking on the Ring of Kerry and Dingle, exploring the impressive Cliffs of Moher and the wild Burren.
You can experience all this and more, as we take you off the beaten track to discover the real Ireland and its beautiful Wild Atlantic Way.
DAY 1: THE ROCK OF CASHEL AND CORK CITY
Departing from The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 1pm. Your adventure starts off in Dublin, Ireland’s capital, also known as the Fair city. Our direction is south to the rebel county of Cork and its wild Atlantic coastline.
Along the way, we take a stop off at the Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone and home of the High Kings of Ireland. After lunch we continue our journey towards Cork, which is the starting point of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and where that evening you can relax and savour its picturesque setting and friendly atmosphere.
DAY 2: MIZEN HEAD PENINSULA
Rise and shine for our first adventure as we explore the spectacular coastline of Cork and climb over mountain passes to reach the majestic setting of Killarney.
Along the way we will stop off at a Stone Age tomb called the Altar Wedge Tomb, which sits dramatically on the waterfront overlooking Toormore Bay. We continue our journey towards one of Ireland’s most southerly point, Mizen Head. You have the option of visiting the Mizen Head Signal Station* or take a stroll along the golden strand of Barleycove beach.
After we have satisfied our hungry souls, we will make our way over the mountainous terrain that separates Cork and Kerry before arriving in the picturesque town of Killarney. It is home to Ireland’s first national park with spectacular glistening lakes, beautiful nature, great food and a vibrant cultural atmosphere.
*Mizen Head Signal Station only available from Mid-March to October.
DAY 3: DISCOVER KILLARNEY
You have the morning to relax or explore Killarney’s rich historical points of interest and its magnificent National Park.
That afternoon, we will take a mesmerizing kayak tour on the Lakes of Killarney that journeys around the unique setting of Ross Island, where we explore unique limestone caves and an incredible 15th Century castle.
That evening, you can experience Killarney’s great food offerings and vibrant musical nightlife.
DAY 4: THE RING OF KERRY AND VALENTIA ISLAND
Today’s adventure takes you off the beaten track to unlock the real beauty of the world famous Ring of Kerry. Considered one of the most beautiful destinations to explore in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry offers dramatic landscapes of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches, glistening lakes, picturesque villages and spectacular mountain ranges.
Even better, we will take you on an incredible tour of the spectacular Valentia Island where you can delve into its incredible history and heritage, explore its magical setting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and if you are lucky get a glimpse (weather permitting) of the dramatic Skellig Islands (Star Wars famed).
After a well-earned bite to eat, we slowly make our way back to Killarney stopping off at many spectacular viewing points to learn of their historical importance and the opportunity to take that picture that will ensure an everlasting memory of paradise.
DAY 5: DINGLE & SLEA HEAD TOUR
Dingle is our destination today, as we explore this dramatic and beautiful peninsula that is littered with archaeological and historical wonders. Our first stop off is at Inch beach, famous for being the place where an inch is actually three miles long and where we take a short stroll along its golden sands and watch long rolling waves that come crashing ashore.
Once aboard we head due west to the edge of Europe, also known as Slea Head. Feast your eyes on breathtaking scenery of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches and the magnificent Blasket Islands. We continue our journey around this rich and vibrant peninsulas exploring its vast Gaelic culture and learning a cupla focal (some words) in Irish along the way. We will also visit Dingle town, a picturesque fishing town that is famed for Fungi the dolphin who has been a local for almost 30 years, before making our return journey to Killarney.
DAY 6: KILLARNEY TO DOOLIN VIA THE CLIFFS OF MOHER
Leaving Killarney we make our way north along the edge of Europe to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.
This ‘must see’ wonder of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, stretches for almost 10km and will capture your eyes and imagination as you gaze out in awe of its impressive setting. Take the opportunity to explore the fantastic interpretation centre that will show you how this marvelous creation was shaped by nature's hand and learn about its unique geological makeup.
That afternoon, we make our way to Doolin village, where we will overnight and a chance for you to experience great traditional music sessions, fantastic seafood and of course meet the locals.
DAY 7: THE WILD BURREN
This morning we set off heading north towards Galway exploring the dramatic landscape and history of the wild Burren. Experience its unique ecosystem, the magnificent historical site of Kilfenora Cathedral and the spectacular Poulnabrone wedge tomb, which dates back to the Neolithic period.
Along the way, cast your eyes over the remarkable moon-like terrain of the wild Burren and the Atlantic waves that roll into jaws of Galway Bay. You have the opportunity to visit the Aillwee Caves and Bird of Prey Centre or the quaint coastal village of Ballyvaughan, before we head along the coast in search of the Bohemian capital of Ireland, Galway City.
That evening, take the opportunity to wander its bustling streets, hang out in some of Galway’s lively cafes and bars or sample Galway’s famed culinary delights.
DAY 8: DISCOVER DUBLIN
This morning we depart Galway, taking the road back east, crossing the River Shannon on route to the fair city of Dublin. Take the opportunity to visit many of its historical attractions, jump aboard the Dublin Hop-on Hop-off City Tour or simply relax and explore its vibrant streets.
We really hope you have had an amazing time exploring some of Ireland’s most unique destinations and remember Ireland is now forever your home away from home.
Arriving back to The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 12.30pm
1. Discover Ireland’s wild and rugged coastline
2. Visit Killarney National Park, Ireland’s largest national park
3. Discover the world famous destinations of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle
4. Explore the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the wild Burren
5. Overnight in Galway City, the Bohemian capital of Ireland
6. Experience great food and fun traditional music nights