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Wild Atlantic Way Self Drive: Dublin to Dublin

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 791

Set out from Dublin on this self-drive Ireland tour that takes you to the wilder side of the Emerald Isle. Enjoy the splendid outdoors in Donegal, wander the Cliffs of Moher, and stop in at a wide variety of delightful villages across the country.


This 11-day Ireland adventure is an easy round trip from Dublin, putting you behind the wheel to see the sides of the Emerald Isle that interest you.

Set out from Dublin and head for the Wild Atlantic Way along the northwest coast. The scenery here inspired Yeats, and will do the same for you as you visit Parke’s Castle and perhaps try a traditional seaweed bath. Walk along the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League, or take a cruise to admire them from the sea. Visit the Drumclife Churchyard, Yeats’ final resting place, or scale Knocknarea Mountain for unbeatable views of the region.

Venture out to the largest Stone Age monument in the world at Ceide Fields at Ballycastle and learn about the prehistoric people of this region. Take a driving tour of Achill Island, including a village that has been deserted for almost a century. Then tour the heritage town of Westport, perhaps stopping in for a pint at Matt Malloys pub.

Cruise along Ireland’s only fjord, located just outside Leenane. Then stop in and admire Clifden and Kylemore Abbey before choosing a lunch spot (Connemara Smokehouse is a frequent winner). Enjoy some evening entertainment at Trad on the Prom. The next day, set out for Clare, following the Black Head coastal route and the famous Cliffs of Moher. You can even opt or a Dolphin Discovery trip.

Board the Shannon car ferry bound for Tarbert, perhaps stopping at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. This is also the birthplace of Irish coffee, so feel free to indulge. You’ll never taste one more authentic. Roam the nature reserve of Dingle Peninsula and learn about the culture of the Blasket Islands. Overnight in Kerry, then spend the day exploring more of the region, or the town itself.

After nine days exploring the ‘real’ Ireland, return to Dublin. The capital is still Ireland’s cultural centre, so perhaps enjoy dinner and a show at a venue like The Irish House Party or Merry Ploughboys. Catch your onward flight the following day, or stay to explore more of this colourful city.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 791

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Day 1

Arrive in Dublin

Arrive at the Dublin Airport and pick up a rental car. Drive to your hotel in Dublin, and if time permits explore some of this capital city. Overnight in Dublin at the Sandymount Hotel (or similar).

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Sandymount Hotel

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    Sandymount Hotel



    Providing its guests with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant boasting garden views, you'll not want for anything at Sandymount Hotel - the perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for business-friendly hotels in Dublin that are also located near a metro station. There are many great attractions ...

    Providing its guests with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant boasting garden views, you'll not want for anything at Sandymount Hotel - the perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for business-friendly hotels in Dublin that are also located near a metro station. There are many great attractions nearby, including Aviva Stadium, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, 3 Arena and Sandymount Beach. Enjoy a spot of lunch or an evening meal at the hotel's restaurant, where you're sure to find something to suit your taste. There is also a bar/lounge where guests can enjoy drinks after a long day.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fireplace
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Sligo and Donegal

Today you will depart your hotel after breakfast and head out for the west coast. You will join the Wild Atlantic Way route in the North West. Experience the scenery that inspired Nobel Prize winner W.B Yeats' work. Visit Parke's Castle where you can depart on an optional cruise on Lough Gill. The beaches and surfing in this area are a famous attraction, alternatively you may want a traditional seaweed bath at Strandhill's Voya Seaweed Baths. Spend the next two nights in Sligo at the Clarion Hotel (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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Clarion Hotel Sligo

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    Clarion Hotel Sligo



    Situated in an idyllic scenic location on the Atlantic coast, overlooked by the spectacular Benbulben Mountain, the Clarion Hotel Sligo exudes classic contemporary style complete with Elizabethan facade. Only 8 km from Sligo airport, the hotel is also within walking distance from the bustling town ...

    Situated in an idyllic scenic location on the Atlantic coast, overlooked by the spectacular Benbulben Mountain, the Clarion Hotel Sligo exudes classic contemporary style complete with Elizabethan facade. Only 8 km from Sligo airport, the hotel is also within walking distance from the bustling town of Sligo, making this a truly wonderful holiday destination. Guests at the Clarion Hotel Sligo can enjoy an excellent range of facilities including a choice of restaurants, Sinergie and Kudos Bar, SanoVitae Health and Leisure Centre, Minnaloushe Kids Club and Essence Spa.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Conference Centre
    • Garden
    • Health Club
    • Laundry Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Sligo and Donegal

Today is the day to discover the cliffs at Slieve League that are amongst the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Drive through Donegal town and Killybegs to Carrick. From the Slieve League visitor centre you can walk to the cliffs or take a shuttle. You may want to see them from the sea instead, so take a cruise on the Nuala Star boat. Near Sligo is the Drumcliffe Churchyard, the burial site of Yeats. You can climb the Knocknarea Mountain to view Queen Maebh's Cairn and a beautiful vista over Sligo Bay.

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Day 4

Mayo

After breakfast you will head further west to the Ceide Fields at Ballycastle, the largest Stone Age monument in the world, set in the prehistoric landscape of a bog, coastline and cliffs. Displays and walking tours display the lives of the prehistoric people, their society and beliefs. Continue to Newport town famous for its freshwater fishing and its location in the center of the longest off-road walking and cycling trial in Ireland. Spend the next two nights in Mayo at a bed and breakfast.

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Day 5

Mayo

Cross the road bridge to Achill Island for a variety of potential outdoor activities. The island offers horseback riding, fishing, windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving and hiking. A driving tour of the island will lead you past magnificent scenery and a deserted village abandoned in the early 20th century. You can cycle along the Greenway route from Achill to Westport town. The small heritage town is charming with narrow Georgian streets and stone bridges. Why not visit the Westport House or the famed Matt Malloys pub!?

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Day 6

Galway

Today you will travel through Leenane to Connemara, bogs, lakes and a Gaelic speaking community in the south, and the Twelve Bens of the north. Just outside Leenane you can take a cruise along Ireland's only fjord. Continue to Clifden and Kylemore Abbey set in a dramatic landscape. You may want to go to the unique tidal island of Omey, only accessible by foot and car 2 hours before high tide. For dinner tonight, we recommend the Connemara Smokehouse for award winning seafood, or continuing to Roundstone to sample their local lobster and crab. After dinner head to Galway City. Some nighttime entertainment can be found at the Trad on the Prom during the summer months, a well music, song, and dance show. Overnight in Galway at Salthill Hotel (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Salthill Hotel

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    Salthill Hotel



    Set amidst breathtaking views of the Salthill Promenade, the Salthill Hotel is Galway's most exclusive enclave, boasting 160 spacious deluxe bedrooms and suites with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Clare hills. The hotel has two exclusive Galway Restaurants, the Blackrock Cafe and ...

    Set amidst breathtaking views of the Salthill Promenade, the Salthill Hotel is Galway's most exclusive enclave, boasting 160 spacious deluxe bedrooms and suites with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Clare hills. The hotel has two exclusive Galway Restaurants, the Blackrock Cafe and the Amber Room which use locally sourced ingredients. Other amenities include a new leisure facility and fitness centre with sunlit 18m and 25m indoor pools and relax afterwards with a choice of sauna, steam room or whirlpool.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible

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Day 7

Clare

Relax and spend the morning in Galway. Some attractions to consider are the Claddagh area, Promenade of Salthill and if you are lucky one of the many festivals held in the area. Travel to Clare in the afternoon along the Black Head coastal route where you will see the interesting landscape of Burren. If you like ice cream, stop at the Cafe Linnalla where they serve fresh daily from their shorthorn cows. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher and the Loop Head Drive famous for its lighthouse. This is also a good area to sign up for Dolphin Discovery trips. Overnight in Clare at Temple Gate Hotel (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Temple Gate Hotel

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    Temple Gate Hotel



    The Temple Gate Hotel welcomes you to a charming, family owned and run hotel in the heart of Ennis Town, Co. Clare. This Ennis hotel offers the perfect location to wander the cobblestone streets of Ennis or explore the West of Ireland. The Temple Gate ...

    The Temple Gate Hotel welcomes you to a charming, family owned and run hotel in the heart of Ennis Town, Co. Clare. This Ennis hotel offers the perfect location to wander the cobblestone streets of Ennis or explore the West of Ireland. The Temple Gate Hotel offers a unique blend of warm hospitality and friendly service which makes it the Inspired Choice for Business or Pleasure. Discreetly situated just off Ennis Town centre, a short walk through the warm glow of the Victorian lamps in the cobblestoned courtyard leads guests to the heart of the historical and vibrant town of Ennis.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Children's Facility
    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Computer Station
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Free WiFi
    • Front desk safe
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Snack Bar

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Day 8

Foynes, Dingle and Kerry

Start the day with a ferry ride from Killimer to Tarbert on the Shannon Car ferry. This crosses one of Europe's longest and deepest estuaries. You may want to visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum, a unique attraction in the aviation capital of the world during world war two. Have an Irish coffee while in Foynes, as you are in its birthplace! You will pass through Tralee with its famous nature reserve on your way to the Dingle Peninsula. There are many ways to tour the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands, try a walking tour or cruise. Don't just take in the scenery. The Blasket Islanders have their own unique culture and history as well. Overnight in Kerry at a bed and breakfast .

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Day 9

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 10

Dublin

This morning visit the famous Victorian English market in Cork on your way into Dublin. At the St. Annes Shandon, ring the Shandon bells before heading to Dublin. On the way you will pass though the Dairy capital of Ireland where you may want to stop for a bite, else a stop at the Rock of Cashel is recommended. Continue to Dublin for your last evening on tour to enjoy dinner and a show. Some recommendations are The Irish House Party or Merry Ploughboys. Both allow for a show and optional meal. Overnight in Dublin at Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

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    Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel



    Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, is an 18th Century 4 Star Castle Hotel, offering stylish surroundings, friendly personal service and tranquility within breathtaking surroundings overlooking Dublin Bay. Located in the South Dublin suburb of Killiney 14km from Dublin's city center, the castle is easily accessed from Laogaire ...

    Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, is an 18th Century 4 Star Castle Hotel, offering stylish surroundings, friendly personal service and tranquility within breathtaking surroundings overlooking Dublin Bay. Located in the South Dublin suburb of Killiney 14km from Dublin's city center, the castle is easily accessed from Laogaire Ferry Port and Dublin Airport.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Library Bar
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 11

Depart from Dublin

This morning you can enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Please return your car at the airport, then you are free to continue on your onward journey.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights' accommodation at 3-4 star hotels
  • 10 full breakfasts

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Car rental (please choose your vehicle from the chart below)
  • All other meals
  • Beverages
  • Optional excursion package
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share accommodation and all taxes (car rental cost not included). Subject to availability at the time of booking.


 

Car Code

Type

Passengers

Model or similar

7 Days or more

MANUAL

CA$

US$

A Mini 5 Ford Ka 27 19
B Economy 5 Ford Fiesta 29 21
C Compact 5 VW Golf 34 25
D Intermediate 5 VW Jetta 50 36
M Premium 8 VW Caravelle 132 95
P Intermediate 6 Opel Zafira 65 47
S Fullsize 6 Fod Galaxy 109 78
W Premium 5 BMW 320i 94 67

AUTOMATIC

CA$

US$

E Economy 5 Nissan Micra 38 27
F Compact 5 Mazda 3 44 32
G Standard 5 Mazda 6 65 47
I Luxury 5 BMW 5 Series 122 88
T Standard 6 Peugeot 5008 84 60

Note: pricing is based on low season

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