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Wild Atlantic Way Self-Drive Tours in Ireland

Experience the highlights of Ireland’s most iconic road trip with these Wild Atlantic Way self-drive tours. Choose Nordic Visitor and a dedicated travel consultant will book your accommodation, car rental and optional activities. You’ll also have access to 24/7 support during your trip.

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About Wild Atlantic Way Tours

Discover Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The breathtaking west coast of Ireland is the perfect location for an unforgettable road trip. Trace the wild Atlantic coast from the magnificent Slieve League cliffs in the north towards colourful Kinsale in the south.

While there’s plenty to see and do along the Wild Atlantic Way, we recommend going beyond the west coast as well. That’s why Nordic Visitor trips combine the best of this famous route with other top destinations across the Emerald Isle.

When you book a trip to Ireland with Nordic Visitor, you get handpicked accommodation, car rental, access to our 24/7 helpline, and more. This includes the services of a personal travel consultant to arrange your trip for you.

Get in touch via our toll-free numbers or live chat and we'll plan your ideal coastal road trip.

 

— WHY US?

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible tour options
  • Access our 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Cancel or change your plans if you need to with our Cancellation Protection
  • Professional service from local experts

Visit Ireland on a self-drive getaway

Experience top spots along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way with these 10 to 17-day Ireland itineraries. See Northern Ireland, Dublin, the rugged west coast and beyond with these self-drive packages.

Ireland
Best seller
Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Ireland

3081EUR

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

3081EUR

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Ireland
Best seller
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
4.8
Apr - Oct

Classic Ireland

2136EUR

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

2136EUR

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Ireland
Best seller
Self-drive
17 days / 16 nights
4.6
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Ireland

3818EUR

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17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

3818EUR

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Ireland
Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Ireland at Leisure

3016EUR

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

3016EUR

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Stay longer & explore Scotland too

Stay for 10 days or more to explore more of the Wild Atlantic Way. Or combine your Irish adventure with a journey around Scotland. Choose from these extended itineraries.

Scotland & Ireland
Privately Guided
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland & Ireland - Private

8403GBP

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

8403GBP

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Scotland & Ireland
Best seller
Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
4.8
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland & Ireland

3216GBP

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Best seller
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

3216GBP

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Scotland & Ireland
Best seller
Guided Groups
16 days / 15 nights
Apr - Sep

Best of Ireland & Scotland

7592EUR

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Best seller
16 days / 15 nights
Apr - Sep

7592EUR

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Scotland & Ireland
Best seller
Self-drive
12 days / 11 nights
4.8
Apr - Oct

Express Scotland & Ireland

2786GBP

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12 days / 11 nights
Apr - Oct

2786GBP

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Ireland Travel Experts

As a travel agency based in Northern Europe, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Ireland. We offer a variety of self-drive and guided tours that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Ireland travel experts. 

To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you – accommodations, activities, local transportation, ferries, and other services.

We can also customise your chosen tour to your needs and tastes. If you decide you want to add extra nights at a certain location, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

Customer Experiences Of Ireland Tours

Don’t just imagine your visit to Ireland - read what our amazing guests have to say!

Ann, United States
Classic Ireland, October 2023

So happy I found Nordic Visitor!

I'm so happy I found Nordic Visitor! Our 10-day self-drive tour of Ireland made our trip feel like a carefree vacation. The accommodation were outstanding, and finding ourselves within walking distance of city centres was wonderful. Our hotels/inns offered lovely breakfasts and some had excellent evening dining on-site. The Nordic Visitor travel guide was a pleasure to follow, filled with many choices to plan our daily excursions. Nordic Visitor is highly professional and thorough, from website to bookings. We appreciate all the planning Chris put into creating a fantastic itinerary for us!

John, United States
Scenic Ireland, July 2023

Top notch

This was excellent. We truly enjoyed our experience. We accomplished about 90% of the suggested sites. They were all top notch. Hotels and accommodation were all great. I would recommend to anyone going to visit Ireland and I will use them again when we go to Scotland.

Suzanne, United States
Scenic Ireland, October 2023

Extremely helpful

Nordic Visitor offers a package for every type of traveller. Travel consultants are extremely helpful and steer travellers to the perfect package to meet their interests.

Barbara, United States
Express Scotland & Ireland, July 2023

Truly enjoyed our trip

Truly enjoyed our trip to Scotland and Ireland and the ease in travel. The itinerary booklets and maps were essential and used daily during our trip. We loved our trip and have shared your website with several friends already. We have 2 sets of friends looking at doing the same trip next year and one considering your Iceland package. Look forward to booking with you again!

Pamela, United States
Wonders of Ireland, August 2023

The best trip I've ever been on

This was a great tour, well laid out and hitting the highlights. Touring with a small group is always much smoother and more amicable and our group became fast friends. I can't say enough about our tour guide Brian. He brought a wealth of knowledge, not only about our destinations, but also local history, geography, language, customs as well as funny anecdotes. My daughter-in-law said "This was the best trip I've ever been on".

Caitlin, United States
Wonders of Ireland, July 2023

So grateful we went with Nordic Visitor

We had such an amazing experience with Nordic Visitor who hosted the "Wonders of Ireland" 8-day tour. The group was small, 16 people, so we could use a large van rather than the huge buses that take forever for people to load/unload at each stop. The hotels were top notch, the sites we visited were diverse and enjoyable (distilleries, castles, gardens, waterfalls). Our tour guide Brian was truly incredible. He had a wealth of knowledge about the history, music and folklore of Ireland. He made the trip both informative and fun, and helped the group come together with his warm and engaging personality. Melissa our driver was also fantastic - kind, helpful and chatty. They both went above and beyond to ensure everyone was cared for and enjoyed the journey. I was torn about which company to use, and am so grateful we went with Nordic Visitor.

Jean, United States
Classic Ireland - Private, August 2023

I will use Nordic Visitor again!

We toured the highlights of Ireland via private vehicle and guide. All of our accommodation were very nice and what we requested. Our guide/driver was excellent! He went the extra mile for us in every way. The Nordic Visitor representative listened to what we wanted for our trip and delivered a great package. I was sent in depth details of the sites we could see at each stop and suggestions as to their top three choices. All the information provided was very helpful. I will use this company again!

Alistair, New Zealand
Scenic Ireland - Private, June 2023

First-rate

Nordic Visitor's website and logistics were first-rate. Overall we had a wonderful time getting to see Scotland and Ireland, connecting with ancestry and generally enjoying all the arrangements made for us.

Getting to Ireland

Ireland has 10 airports, with the three main international ports being: Dublin, Cork and Shannon. Unless customised to begin elsewhere, all Nordic Visitor tours in Ireland start and end in Dublin, the capital city.

Flight times to Ireland are, for example, 6 hours from New York City or Boston and 1.5 hours from London. Major international airlines with flights to Ireland include (but are not limited to) Aer Lingus, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Ryanair, and KLM.

The Republic of Ireland is on GMT time. If your journey involves one or more connecting flights, or if you're crossing several time zones to get here, your dedicated Nordic Visitor travel consultant can add extra nights in Dublin to your package so you can rest up after arrival.

Please note that your flights to Ireland are not included in Nordic Visitor packages. However, if you have booked a combination tour of Scotland and Ireland, we include flight costs between the two countries in the package price.

IRELAND PACKAGES BY LOCAL TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

What would you like to experience in Ireland? Our Ireland travel experts have created thrilling tour packages for your dream Irish road trip.

IDEAS FOR WILD ATLANTIC WAY TOURS

Take the wheel for Ireland’s most iconic road trip and soon you’ll be soaking up sweeping Atlantic views. Spend your days visiting charming coastal villages, strolling along clifftop paths and touring ancient Celtic monuments. Come evening, you could grab a pint of local beer and listen to toe-tapping traditional music in a cosy Irish pub.

Pick one of these expert-curated itineraries to immerse yourself in the country’s beautiful scenery, buzzing cities and Gaelic culture. A warm Irish welcome awaits!

Good to know: You can extend your self-drive tour of Ireland with additional nights. For instance, consider spending more time in cities like Dublin, Belfast and Galway where there are lots of things to see and do. You can also customise your trip with optional activities and day tours.

What is The Wild Atlantic Way and Its Points of Interest?

The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,600-kilometre-long (1,616 miles) road trip, running from north to south along Ireland’s west coast. It starts from Malin Head in County Donegal and ends at Ireland’s most south-westerly point, Mizen Head in County Cork.

This route is characterised by towering sea cliffs and rugged islands, as well as sandy beaches and hidden coves. You’ll also uncover colourful fishing villages and lively harbour towns. Get ready to feel the power of the Atlantic and enjoy a real taste of Ireland along the way.

Here are some of the top places to go on the Wild Atlantic Way:

  • Glimpse the lochside ruins of Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay
  • Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher in County Clare
  • Glimpse the now uninhabited Blasket Islands from the dreamy Dingle Peninsula
  • Wander Galway’s Latin Quarter and listen to live music in the city’s pubs
  • Check out Ross Castle and go hiking in Killarney National Park
  • See the UNESCO-protected island of Skellig Michael from the Ring of Kerry
  • Discover mountains and beaches on Achill Island, Ireland’s largest island


How to Plan Your Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland Road Trip

If you’re intrigued by the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s coast, a self-drive road trip is the perfect way to experience it. Get ready to discover the distinct regions and top attractions at your own pace.

Around 1-week is enough to explore the west coast. To get the most out of your visit, we recommend 10 days to 2 weeks in Ireland or more. This way, you’ll have time to combine the best of the Wild Atlantic Way with other must-see sights across the Emerald Isle.

With 10 days, you could tour Dublin, visit Northern Ireland, and travel the famous coastal route. Here’s our suggestion for a Wild Atlantic Way road trip itinerary:

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin and spend time exploring the Irish capital.
  • Day 2 – Pick up your rental car and drive to Belfast via Malahide Castle and Newgrange Neolithic site. Overnight in Belfast.
  • Day 3 – Spend the day visiting attractions in Belfast, such as the Titanic Quarter. Overnight in Belfast.
  • Day 4 – Set out along the stunning Antrim Coast, where you’ll find the Giant’s Causeway. Overnight in County Donegal.
  • Day 5 – Drive Connemara’s west coast before arriving in the colourful city of Galway. Overnight in Galway.
  • Day 6 – Head south through the Burren, passing the Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Killarney.
  • Day 7 – Travel the scenic Ring of Kerry and spend another night in Killarney.
  • Day 8 – Soak up history at the likes of Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel. Overnight in Kilkenny.
  • Day 9 – Explore the Wicklow Mountains and stop off at Powerscourt Estate on your way back to Dublin.
  • Day 10 – Depart Dublin.

The best part about booking with Nordic Visitor? You don’t need to worry about where to go or stay. Choose us, and a travel consultant will reserve your accommodation, rental car, and arrange optional activities for you. Plus, you’ll get a personalised itinerary, detailed travel guide, and hand-marked route map for your trip.

Plus, you can relax knowing that we’re with you every step of the way. Call us on our 24/7 helpline should you need support at any point.



Add Northern Ireland to Your Wild Atlantic Way Tour

As you may already know, the island of Ireland is made up of two countries. The Republic of Ireland, an independent nation, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom (along with England, Scotland and Wales).

While they are two different countries, they share many similarities in their history, culture and, of course, their geography. For a complete tour of the island, we recommend including Northern Ireland in your itinerary. This way you’ll get to know the Emerald Isle even better.

Don’t miss the capital Belfast, the Antrim Coast, or the Giant’s Causeway when you’re there. And why not add Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route to your itinerary?

When is The Best Time to Visit Ireland?

While the Emerald Isle is beautiful year-round, we recommend travelling in spring, summer or autumn – between April and October – for the best experience.

The summer months of June, July and August, are the high season. This time of year is marked by long daylight hours and the year’s most stable weather. Attractions also operate longer opening hours and tend to have more availability than in winter.

All of this means you can discover Ireland to your heart’s content. That said, the country’s top attractions will have their highest visitor numbers at this time of year.

For a quieter experience, with fewer visitors around, consider exploring Ireland during spring or autumn when there’s still plenty of daylight. These shoulder months include April, May, September and October.



Visit Scotland and Ireland on One Unforgettable Trip

Combine a tour of Ireland with a road trip around Scotland for an epic Celtic itinerary. We recommend 12 days or more for this, so you have enough time to get a taste of both countries.

Spend the first week driving around the rugged Highlands and islands of Scotland. Then follow that up with another week-long road trip around Ireland taking in all the jaw-dropping coastal landscapes and historic landmarks.

What’s more, all these self-drive tours of Scotland and Ireland include the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, and other signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way.



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Ireland Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Irish adventure.

Our Services

On your Ireland Nordic Visitor package, you will receive personalised service from a designated travel consultant and high-quality travel documents. What's more, all clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines the route, overnights and highlights along the way. Travel with ease knowing that Nordic Visitor has close professional relationships with local service providers, which are carefully selected by our staff for their consistently high standards.

Book with Confidence

  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • We work closely with trusted, high-quality suppliers.
  • Enjoy personal service from Ireland travel experts.
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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Whether you’re ready to book your ideal Ireland trip, want to add extra nights in Dublin, or have questions about your tour, we’re happy to help. Get in touch with our travel experts to start planning your Irish escape.

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