Itinerary #1: Ultimate Ireland Road Trip
Hit the road to discover Cork, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and Killarney National Park on this self-guided drive around Ireland.
|Day 1||Arrive in Dublin - Explore||Dublin|
|Day 2||Cork & Blarney Castle||Cork|
|Day 3||Discover Killarney National Park||Killarney National Park|
|Day 4||Cliffs of Moher & Galway||Galway|
Welcome to Dublin—get into the swing of things with a pint at Temple Bar and a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. On Day 2, you'll pick up a rental car and drive to Cork. You'll have part of the day to explore the city, then venture out to Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone: kiss it to secure "the gift of gab," as the legend goes.
On Day 3, continue to the town of Killarney. Visit Muckross House, a beautiful mansion built in the 19th century, then go for a hike through Killarney National Park, stopping to enjoy views of three lakes: Lough Leane, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake. The awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher await on Day 4: you'll get the best views during an easy hike. Then continue to bohemian Galway, where you'll sightsee, shop, and raise a glass in local pubs on the last night of the trip. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Ireland Self-Driving Tour
On this driving tour around Ireland, you'll explore the gorgeous landscapes and cultural highlights of the Emerald Isle, from the Rock of Cashel to the Wild Atlantic Way.
|Day 2||Killarney via the Rock of Cashel||Killarney National Park|
|Day 3||The Ring of Kerry||Killarney National Park|
|Day 4||Dingle Peninsula||Dingle Town|
Touch down in Dublin. On Day 1, you'll visit Dublin Castle and Trinity College, then have a beer in a cozy pub with live music. Pick up your rental car on Day 2 and drive to Kerry, stopping to see the Rock of Cashel along the way. Ultimately you'll arrive in the town of Killarney, home to Ireland's first national park.
On Day 3, you'll enjoy a world-famous 28-mile drive: the Ring of Kerry. Along the way, you'll see dramatic landscapes, golden beaches, green hills, and quaint villages. Squeeze in a hike on the Derrynane Loop if you have time. You'll explore Dingle on the last full day of the trip, stopping at Inch Beach and visiting Blanket Island before finishing the day—and the trip—in the charming seaside village of Dingle Town. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Self-Guided Donegal Hike
Hike through the mountains and stop for photo ops along the coastline on this self-guided tour of North Donegal, one of Ireland's most beautiful regions.
|Day 1||Arrival in Bunbeg||Bunbeg|
|Day 2||Gweedore to Dunlewy||Dunlewy|
|Day 3||Dunlewy to Falcarragh||Dunfanaghy|
|Day 4||Dunfanaghy to Horn Head or Bloody Foreland Loop||Dunfanaghy|
The adventure begins in Bunbeg, a village in the heart of the Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking area of Ireland. Take a boat trip out to Gola Island or Tory Island on the first day. On Day 2, hike from Clady Bridge along a forest path to Dunlewy Lake, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of Errigal Mountain.
Another great hike awaits on Day 3. After transferring to Dunlewy, walk along the foothills of Errigal, following the path of an old railway line that leads you to the coast. Overnight in Dunfanaghy. Choose between two hike options on Day 4: McSwyne's Gun Loop on Horn Head, which takes you from your hotel to Horn Head Bridge and back again, or enjoy the coastal hike around Bloody Foreland. You'll spend the last evening in Dunfanaghy before the trip comes to a close. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Guided Kerry Walk
Let a knowledgeable local guide lead you through the green pastures and picturesque villages of Kerry on this leisurely tour of the picturesque southwest region.
|Day 1||Arrive in Killarney||Killarney National Park|
|Day 2||Lakes of Killarney||Killarney National Park|
|Day 3||Derrynane Bay Hike||Waterville|
|Day 4||Skellig Coastal Hike||Waterville|
Kick off the trip in Killarney. You'll dine in a local pub before the next day's hike to Ross Castle, the 15th-century seat of the O'Donoghue Clan, and a boat ride through the Three Lakes of Killarney. From there, you'll hike along the shores of the Upper Lake. On Day 3, you'll take a picnic lunch on a coastal hike that leads you over the foothills to the Ring of Kerry, where you'll be rewarded with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.
The best scenery—arguably—is saved for last. On the fourth day of the itinerary, your guide will lead you on a hike overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way and Dingle Bay. Afterward, have some cold drinks and locally made chocolate before returning to Waterville for one last night. After a classic Irish breakfast, your trip comes to a close. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Antrim Coast & Glens Hike
On this active itinerary, you'll drive, hike, and ride on horseback along the beautiful Antrim Coastline and the Glens of Antrim.
|Day 1||Arrive in Belfast||Belfast|
|Day 2||Belfast to Ballycastle||Ballycastle|
|Day 3||Rathlin Island||Ballycastle|
|Day 4||Causeway Coast||Bushmills|
|Day 5||Travel day to Belfast & Depart|
Start the adventure in Belfast. Pick up your rental car and spend some time exploring the city before the next day's drive to the northern coast and the Glens of Antrim. You'll stop for a horseback riding lesson at Laurel View Equestrian Center along the way, then continue on to Ballycastle. On Day 3, take the ferry to Rathlin Island on the Sea of Moyle.
Learn about shipwrecks off the island's shores at the Boathouse Visitor Center and go for a scenic walk before heading back to the mainland. On the last full day of the trip, you'll continue along the coast, visiting highlights like Dunluce Castle, Fair Head, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the Giants Causeway. Then finish the trip with drinks at Bushmills Distillery, famous for its whiskey. Learn more
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