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Scenic Ireland

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Explore Ireland at Your Own Pace

Make once-in-a-lifetime memories with this trip around Ireland. You’ll experience the best highlights that this rugged and green country has to offer! Meet the locals, taste the Irish flavours and explore the stunning landscapes and historic sights, including iconic locations such as Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and the Ring of Kerry. See the beautiful coastline, towering cliffs and hidden gems to discover the real Ireland.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 1027 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Specialists in Ireland self-drive holidays
  • Great customer reviews

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the historic and vibrant Irish capital Dublin
  • See the gems of Ireland’s most iconic driving route, the Ring of Kerry
  • Walk along gigantic sea cliffs to take in the beauty of the renowned Cliffs of Moher
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Irish culture and music in Galway
  • Explore the magic of the lunar-like area of The Burren
  • Discover ancient castles and medieval sites such as Bunratty Castle and The Rock of Cashel
  • Enjoy some quiet time in nature at the Killarney National Park
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the Gift of Gab
  • Enjoy a road trip with peace of mind with your personal itinerary from a local travel expert

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Best Seller i, Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Off the Beaten Path i

Season

Apr - Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1316/817 km/mi

Itinerary

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY IN DUBLIN

    Upon your arrival in Dublin, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you directly to your accommodation. Immerse yourself in the eclectic mixture of heritage sites, museums and historic pubs. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar district, grab a pint at the Guinness Storehouse for a taste of the world-famous beer or visit the historic Trinity College to see the ancient Book of Kells. You could enjoy an afternoon tea sightseeing tour of the city on a vintage bus or stroll along the characterful O’Connell Street filled with interesting shops and landmark buildings.

    Spend the night in Dublin.

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  • Day 2: TOWARDS THE IRISH WEST COAST

    Today, start your road trip towards the west coast, passing through the beautiful midlands. Your first stop is Trim Castle where you can learn about Irish history at the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. You could also make a pit stop at Kilbeggan Distillery to see how the local whiskey is made. Later, we recommend roaming around the atmospheric ruins of Clonmacnoise. Finally, arrive in Galway, a lively city by the Atlantic Ocean. The colourful city is the perfect place to taste some Irish delicacies with its famous food scene and numerous pubs.

    Spend the night in Galway.                                    

    Driving distance: 229 km / 142 miles

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  • Day 3: DISCOVER RUGGED CONNEMARA

    Visit the striking region of Connemara with its landscapes characterised by rugged mountains, white sand beaches, picturesque lakes and heathlands. Stop by Killary harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord with a length of 16km (9.9miles). Further along, visit Kylemore Abbey where you can admire spectacular Gothic architecture and take a stroll in the Victorian Walled Garden.

    For a more leisurely day, you can opt for a boat trip to the Aran Islands. These three windswept islands are one of the few places where the Gaelic language, culture and music still truly thrive.

    Spend another night in the Galway area.

    Driving distance around Connemara: 214 km / 133 miles
    Driving distance to Aran Islands: 76 km / 47 miles

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  • Day 4: CLIFFS OF MOHER & LIMESTONE LANDSCAPES

    Start the day by visiting Dunguaire Castle. Sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking Galway Bay, it is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. Further ahead, explore the unique, lunar-like landscape of The Burren before arriving at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s top tourist attraction, showcasing some of the country’s most iconic coastal scenery. If time allows, you can then visit the 15th-century Bunratty Castle. Here you’ll also find the Bunratty Folk Park, where you can experience what Irish rural life used to be like a century ago.

    Spend the night in the Killarney/Tralee area.

    Driving distance: 269 km / 167 miles

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  • Day 5: RING OF KERRY

    Take in the magic of the Ring of Kerry, a classic “must do” scenic drive of the Irish countryside. Stop at Kells Bay House, to see its primeval forest of planted giant ferns. Other highlights include the ancient stone forts of Caherdaniel and Staigue, and Derrynane Bay with its beautiful white sand. Complete the circle with a visit to the picturesque Torc Waterfall. Today, you could also take an optional boat tour from the coast to see the Skellig Islands from up close. These otherworldly islands were recently featured in the Star Wars movies.

    Spend another night in the Killarney/Tralee area.

    Driving distance: 198 km / 123 miles

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  • Day 6: STEP INTO IRELAND’S FAMOUS HISTORY

    Today, you can visit Blarney Castle, a legendary medieval stronghold that houses the Blarney Stone, surrounded by many myths and tales. Then we recommend spending some time exploring Cork, Ireland’s “second city”, a buzzing place with a vibrant cultural scene. Continue to Cashel, where you can visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. The historic site is a fantastic collection of medieval buildings that span over 1000 years of history. Later, drive to Kilkenny, a medieval town nestled around a majestic 12th-century castle.

    Spend the night in the Kilkenny area.

    Driving distance: 241km / 150 miles

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  • Day 7: THROUGH THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS TO DUBLIN

    If you wish to spend more time exploring Dublin, you can head straight to the city this morning.

    Alternatively, we highly recommend a drive through the scenic Wicklow Mountains to take in the beautiful views. In the area you could visit Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement, and the Powerscourt Estate, featuring the restored mansion Powerscourt House. On the estate, you will find Ireland’s highest waterfall as well as magnificent gardens. Back in Dublin, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure, perhaps with a fine Irish dinner to top off your amazing journey.

    Spend the night in Dublin.

    Driving distance to Dublin: 123km / 77 miles
    Driving distance via Wicklow Mountains: 165km / 102 miles

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  • Day 8: DEPARTURE

    To get to Dublin Airport, you can take a taxi, or we can arrange a convenient private transfer directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of the many attractions or simply relax and take in the atmosphere of the city one last time.

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Accommodation

Comfort

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Rental car

Opel Astra (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Opel Astra (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Opel Corsa (Automatic)
or similar

  • x4
  • x4
  • x2
  • A

Opel Corsa (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Economy
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Opel Astra (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • A

Opel Astra (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Nissan Qashqai (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x3
  • A

Nissan Qashqai (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Opel Insignia (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Opel Insignia (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Standard
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW 5 Series (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x3
  • A

BMW 5 Series (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Luxury
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • x8
  • x4
  • x6
  • M

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Luxury Passenger Van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Price per person from

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 1027 EUR

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2020

Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Ireland, what the tour includes, the accommodation, and other useful information for your travels.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour, which means you will follow a detailed and personalised itinerary during your road trip in Ireland. No dedicated driver or tour guide is included. All accommodation, rental vehicle, and other planned activities or added services will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). As this is a self-drive tour, you are welcome to stop when and where you wish on your drive. Except for accommodation and booked activities, other highlights we’ve listed in the itinerary are suggestions based on Nordic Visitor favourites.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPE
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Generally, in Ireland, whilst room sizes may vary, our room types are based on European standard sizes. Please note that twin rooms, triple and family rooms are not commonly available in Ireland, so please contact us for booking assistance if that is something you would like. Please also be aware that, due to the historic nature of some of the properties we select, sometimes rooms are only accessible by going up stairs, with no lifts available. Please contact us if you are not able to walk up stairs.

SAFE DRIVING IN IRELAND
The roads in Ireland are usually in good conditions all year long and are renowned for their road trip worthiness. Please be aware that motorists drive on the left side of the road (and on the right side of the car). If you are not used to driving on the left, we highly recommend choosing a vehicle with automatic transmission for your self-drive tour. If you want a manual transmission vehicle, keep in mind that you will need to shift gears with your left hand (floor pedals are the same). Drivers will also have to get used to the narrower roads of Ireland as well as the rural single-track roads with passing places and be careful of animals on the road.

SAFETY & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing and transport is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. This includes ferries and drives. If something unexpected occurs, you can call our 24-hour helpline to speak directly with a Nordic Visitor staff member.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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