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Connemara to Cork

Prices from

€625.00

Duration

8days


With soaring sea cliffs, rugged peninsulas and colourful, bustling towns and villages and a visit to a National Park this is a trip you will remember forever. The lifestyle is relaxed and the people are wonderfully hospitable. In the evenings you will enjoy traditional Irish hospitality with the option of staying in either distinguished hotels or wonderful guesthouses and B&Bs. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.

Check out this video on driving the Wild Atlantic Way to see what is instore for you! The Porsche is not included in the tour!!


Details

Duration:

 

8 days (7 nights)

Dates:

 

Any dates from April to October

Accommodation:

 

Choice between 3* Hotels or B&B/Guesthouse

Meals:

 

All breakfast included

Car Rental:

 

Manual compact car including CDW insurance (with excess), Theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT, airport & locations fees, drivers must be at least 25 years of age, full and clean licence for at least 2 years compulsory (all extras including extra insurance cover, gps, additional driver, automatic option, baby/child seat etc must be paid directly by the driver on arrival).

Miscellaneous:

 

Maps & route notes, ferry return tickets for Inishbofin Island and Inishmore Island

Arrival point:

 

Dublin / Cork Airport for rental car pick up / Leenane, Co. Galway for tours start.

Departure point:

 

Cork, Co, Cork

Further info on getting to/from Ireland and your tour start point can be found here


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to DUBLIN / CORK Airport

Arrive at Dublin or Cork Airport and collect your rental car. Your first journey is to the start point of the tour in the picturesque village of Leenane in Connemara, Co Galway.  We will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time) to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour. Your first night's accommodation will be here in Leenane village where you will wake to views of Killary Fjord.

Day 2

Leenane to Clifden

Starting off on your journey south along the Wild Atlantic Way you will immediately see why this route just has to be explored. Leaving the shores of the Fjord behind you, you will take the road through the Inagh Valley, a spectacular valley flanked on each side by soaring mountains reflected in the lake below. There are few houses along this road and the feeling of getting away from it all is wonderful. On your way to Clifden you will divert via the picturesque fishing villages of  Cashel, Roundstone and Ballyconnelly stopping at the Connemara Smokehouse where delicious local smoked seafood is produced. You are in the heart of Connemara here with its ancient stone walls, vast sandy beaches and rocky landscape. You will spend the night in Clifden, known as the 'Capital of Connemara'. 

Day 3

Sky Road and Inishbofin

Leaving Clifden you will take the famous Sky Road along the coast. Stop at the viewing point at the highest part of the road and you will be wowed by the panoramic view of this part of the Atlantic coast. Your destination is the small fishing village of Cleggan to catch the morning passenger ferry to Inishbofin. You will be leaving the car behind but exploring the island by foot is much more rewarding. The chance to witness  and experience traditional island life is very special and you will know as soon as you land at the harbour that this is a very different way of life. You will spend the night on the island.

Day 4

Cliffs of Moher

Take the morning ferry back to the mainland and turn south again along the Wild Atlantic Way towards Galway city. On your way it is worth a stop at Kylemore Abbey which you will pass. This gothic abbey is one of Connemara's best known attractions with a visitor centre and magnificent Victorian walled gardens. Passing through Galway your destination today is the Co Clare village of Doolin on the coast. Close by you will stop at the Cliffs of Moher, Europe's highest sea cliffs. A walk along the edge of the cliffs offers incredible views along this part of the coast and gives you an idea of the scale of the cliff faces.  You will spend the night in Doolin, a village which is famed for its traditional Irish music sessions in the pubs and bars.

Day 5

Inishmore

From Doolin the passenger ferry takes  you to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore. This is an ideal daytrip and brings you to another world. The island is renowned for its ruined churches, stone walls and vast sea views. The highlight of any trip to the island is the World Heirtage Site at Dun Aonghasa. It is a semi-circular fort on the very edge of the Atlantic with evidence of dwellings there from as early as 1100 BC. Transport on the island can be via taxi,  horse and cart tours or if you would rather be independent you can hire bikes. You will return for a second night in Doolin.

Day 6

Dingle

Your drive today is further south along the Wild Atlantic Way to Dingle in Co Kerry. The Dingle peninsula is a stunning area in the south west corner of Ireland and Dingle town on the southern side of it is a buzzing, pretty town bursting with culture and the finest hospitality. At the tip of the peninsula is Slea Head where you can follow a loop walk to explore this wild coastline. Enjoy a night in Dingle and make sure to drop into a local pub for music and craic!

Day 7

Killarney National Park and Cork

The final day of your driving tour on the Wild Atlantic Way will bring you from Dingle to Cork with a stop off to explore Killarney National Park, an area of woodland, lakes, forestry and waterfalls south and west of the town of Killarney. Muckross House and Gardens, a nineteenth century, fully preserved house is one of the most popular features of the park and well worth a visit.

You will spend your last night of the tour in the Cork area.

Day 8

Departure

Drive back to Dublin airport or Cork airport, drop the rental car and departure


Accommodation

The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.

While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.

When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either hotels or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. The 3* hotels that have been selected are all comfortable, well-appointed properties which also boast their own character and style. You may find yourself in a historic manor house hotel, one with a modern twist or get a 'room with a view' overlooking a shimmering lake or a golden beach.

However they all share the same high standards of hospitality and service and will guarantee you a warm welcome, good food and a relaxing experience after your day on the road.


Terms and conditions

To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment. The balance payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.

If your tour start date is within 30 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.

We do not organise travel to/from Ireland. However there is some useful information on our “Getting To Ireland” page.