Our Tours

Connemara to Donegal

Prices from

€595.00

Duration

8days


Scenery is spectacular and varied with rugged coasts, sandy beaches, soaring mountains and deep, green lakes. 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

Arrival point:

 

Dublin airport for rental car pick up & Leenane, Connemara, Co Galway for tours start

Departure point:

 

Malin Head, Co Donegal (and from there driving back to Dublin)

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


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to DUBLIN Airport

Arrive at Dublin 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 vast mountainous views.

Day 2

Leenane to Westport

Today your destination is the heritage town of Westport through some of the most breathtaking scenery on the Wild Atlantic Way. The journey starts along the shores of Killary Fjord before entering the Delphi Valley and then the Doolough Valley where the road winds along deep lakes with mountains soaring away from the road. Reaching the coast at the small market town of Louisburgh the route follows the coast of Clew Bay to the foot of Ireland's famous pilgrimage mountain, Croagh Patrick. If the weather allows, climbing this mountain via the pilgrims trail is well rewarded by the 360 degree views of Clew Bay and north Mayo from the summit. You then have just a short drive to bring you to Westport - voted the best town to live in in Ireland! Spend the night here.

Day 3

Achill Island

Setting off towards north Mayo but staying by the coast your drive today will take you through Newport with its impressive railway viaduct and on to the seaside village of Mulranny. Renowned for its blue flag beach and sweeping views of Clew Bay this is a great place to stop for a stroll. Explore one of the sandy beaches or on the Greenway path, created along the route of the once busy railway line from Westport to Achill Island. Your destination for tonight is not far now as you cross the sound to Achill Island. There is much to see on the island including a number of vast blue flag beaches ideal for walking, swimming or watersports. A visit to the deserted village is a must in connecting with the often harsh history of this western island.

 

Day 4

Sligo / Strandhill

Continue north along the Wild Atlantic Way and into the wilds of North Mayo, through Ballycroy National Park. The Erris Head is your first stop where a short loop walk will give you a taste of the bracing Atlantic air and the power of this rugged coastline. The landscape has changed with bog stretching out from you in all directions but the views are no less memorable. You will then leave Co Mayo and enter Co Sligo a county famed for its striking mountain scapes, pretty seaside villages and of course its association with WB Yeats. Taking the road to the coast you will stay tonight in the village of Strandhill where the strong Atlantic swell has made this a popular destination for surfers from across the globe, particularly in winter.

 

Day 5

Donegal

Begin your morning with a walk along the promenade or venture down onto the beach and enjoy the sea air before getting back into the car for the next part of your discovery of the Wild Atlantic Way. You can also choose to stop in nearby Sligo town and enjoy shopping or a coffee along the quay in the county town. The road then takes you in a northerly direction towards the coast through the village of Drumcliff where Yeats was buried in the small churchyard there. There is also a museum in the church and a lovely coffee and crafts shop - well worth a visit. Watch out for the castle silhouetted against the sky on the headland at Mullaghmore and enjoy the unique shape of Ben Bulben mountain, one of Sligo's best known features. Your day will finish in Donegal Town, a friendly small town in south Donegal where you will spend the night.

 

Day 6

Glenveigh

Today you will continue north through Donegal, away from the coast towards the county town Letterkenny before diverting to your next stop at Glenveigh National Park. This is a spectacular place to visit with mountains, lakes, forestry and castle and even the chance to see an eagle in flight! Leaving the park you will make your way to Ireland's most northerly point at Malin Head on the Inishowen peninsula and the finishing point of the Wild Atlantic Way. You will stay nearby tonight.

 

Day 7

Malin Head to Dublin

Spend your last morning on the Wild Atlantic Way by enjoying a loop walk at this wild and remote part of Co Donegal. Time to leave and you will be driving today to Dublin and a last night, this time amongst the bright city lights!

Day 8

Departure

Drive back to Dublin 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.