8 Nights Southern Tour
About Your Tour
Our 8 nights Southern Tour is a comprehensive tour taking in some of the best and most famous sites and excursion stops as well as some great, largely unvisited, hidden gems along the southern half of Ireland. Starting at your desired pickup location in Dublin, we will take a clockwise loop around the southern, south-western, and western coastlines of Ireland traveling from Dublin through Cork, Killarney, Dingle, and Galway before finishing Back in Dublin.
Top 10 Highlights Of Your Private Irish Tour
Rock Of Cashel
Old Head Of Kinsale
Slea Head Drive
Cliffs Of Moher
Pick Up At Preferred Dublin Location (Airport Or Hotel)
Full day Dublin Tour
(Depending on flight times) Morning visit to Malahide Castle and Kilmainham Jail followed by a Panoramic Dublin City Tour and time permitting, the Guinness Storehouse.
Overnight in Dublin.
Travel to Cork
Our Day starts with a visit to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens, just 45 minutes from Dublin, this is a two for one deal with something for horse lovers and gardeners alike! Then it’s on for a visit to the stunningly beautiful Rock Of Cashel, before heading to Blarney Castle, the home of the famous Blarney Stone!
Overnight in Cork (2 nights)
Full day Cork Tour
A morning Panoramic Cork City tour to include St Finbars Cathedral, English Market and Old City Jail would be a wonderful start to the day. Then it’s off to Cobh, (formerly known as Queenstown) which was the final departure point for the ill-fated Titanic. A visit to the Cobh Heritage Centre and the “Queenstown Story” exhibition is a must for anybody with an interest in Irish emigration and the story of the Titanic. A quick photo-stop at the fantastic St Colman’s Cathedral is recommended before heading to Midleton and the “Jameson Experience” at the Jameson Distillery before returning to Cork.
Travel to Killarney
Today is all about the scenery as we will take a full day traveling through west Cork and along the coastline and through the mountains before arriving in Kerry and finally Killarney. We will start by visiting Kinsale, a wonderful medieval port town, steeped in history. Then it’s on to the “Old Head” a picturesque peninsula with a great, restored watchtower – an ideal spot for a panoramic photo-stop. The sleepy village of Glengarriff at the mouth of the Beara Peninsula is our next stop with the option of a boat ride to Garinish Island (weather permitting). Halfway along the Beara Peninsula, we can veer off through the Healy Mountain Pass for what promises to be one of the best photo-stops of your entire Vacation! We then travel to Kenmare, renowned as one of the prettiest towns in Ireland, and finally, we arrive in Killarney
Overnight in Killarney (2 nights)
Ring of Kerry
Full day Ring Of Kerry tour or “Highlights of the Ring” tour spending time at Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, and Gardens and Ross Castle with the option of some free time for shopping in Killarney.
Travel to Dingle
Our first photo-stop today will be at the Aghadoe Heights – a panoramic view of the mountains and lakes of Killarney. Next stop – Inch Beach, with its miles of sandy beach and views of the mountains it’s definitely a must-see location! We continue our travels into Dingle, an ancient sea trading town. Possible stops here include (time permitting) Dingle Crystal, Dysart Museum, Dingle Distillery, followed by the Slea Head drive, one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the country, and a great example of the famous “Wild Atlantic Way”. Possible stops along the way would be Louis Mulcahy Pottery, The Blasket Centre, Clogher Head beach, Gallarus Oratory, and Kilmacedar Church.
Overnight in Dingle
Travel to Galway
Today we travel through Tralee and on to Adare for our first stop. This is a great photo-stop with a beautiful street lined with old-style thatched cottages, a castle, and numerous churches and abbeys. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is the next possible visit with its 15th-century castle and authentic old folk park. The adjacent 400-year-old “Durty Nellies” bar would make a wonderful traditional Irish Pub lunch stop! After lunch, it’s off to the world-famous Cliffs Of Moher, the second most visited site in Ireland and a must-see location. Finally, the beautiful Coastal Drive to Galway will round off a great day!
Overnight in Galway (2 nights)
Full-day Connemara Tour
Today’s day could begin with a short Panoramic Galway city driving tour before heading out to the mountains, lakes, and valleys that make Connemara so famous. The first stop is a quick photo-stop at the famous “Quiet Man Bridge”, made famous in John Ford’s 1952 Movie “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara. We then head out to the beautiful fishing villages of Roundstone and Ballyconneelly, with another photo-stop at Mannin Bay beach (a stunning, secluded coral beach) before stopping off at the old market town of Clifden for a traditional Irish Pub Lunch. After lunch, we pay a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens before crossing the Inagh Valley and traveling back to Galway.
On day 9, Travel Back to Dublin to the preferred Drop off Location.
(Hotel or Airport – depending on flight times.)
Our listed tours, while perfectly workable and tried and tested, are sample tours and should be used as templates for building your own unique touring experience. We will work with you to develop a customized tour itinerary based on your particular wishes and available touring dates. The result will be a custom-built tour itinerary, unique to you and your group!
Prices for Extended tours are available on request, simply click here for a quote! Included in the price is the daily service of a qualified tourist guide/driver and the use of a luxurious touring vehicle, including all associated transportation costs and driver daily and overnight expenses. Complimentary bottled water and Wifi are also included
Not included are accommodation, meals, excursion entry tickets, or gratuities.
All-inclusive package deals are available on request.
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