- Visit Ireland's oldest national park in Killarney
- Explore the natural beauty of Dingle & Slea Head
- Drive along the scenic Ring of Kerry
- Walk along the dramatic Cliffs of Moher
- Take a sea voyage to the Aran Islands
|Day 1||Arrive in Dublin||Dublin|
|Day 2||Glendalough Trail||Laragh|
|Day 3||Cork & the Rock of Cashel||Cork|
|Day 4||Killarney National Park||Killarney|
|Day 5||Ring of Kerry Drive||Killarney|
|Day 6||Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head||Dingle Town|
|Day 7||Cliffs of Moher||Doolin|
|Day 8||Travel to Galway||Galway|
|Day 9||Aran Islands||Galway|
|Day 10||Return to Dublin & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Dublin
Welcome to Ireland. Your trip starts in the capital city of Dublin. Once you're settled in, set out to explore this historic city and its abundance of museums, memorials, cathedrals, and cafes, each offering a slice of insight into what makes Dublin special.
Opt for a guided walking tour or simply wander the city on your own. Either way, don't forget a stop at the Guinness factory, located in the heart of the city at legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery.
Day 2: Glendalough Trail
Get on the road to start your drive today, heading to the lovely village of Laragh. Then leave your vehicle behind and follow the forest trails of the Wicklow Way to Glendalough. Once buzzing with activity 1,500 years ago, this monastic village has slowed down considerably, making it a tranquil place from which to explore historic ruins and the surrounding landscape.
There are multiple hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties to choose from within the valley. Enjoy a challenging hike to the viewpoint overlooking the beautiful valley lakes, or opt for a gentle stroll along the lakeshore to take in the flora and fauna in the valley.
Day 3: Cork & the Rock of Cashel
Today you will travel south towards Ireland's "second city" of Cork, with a stop at the Rock of Cashel along the way. More than just a geological feature, this spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone was once home of the high kings of Ireland. You will arrive in Cork late in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to explore the city.
Day 4: Killarney National Park
After breakfast, travel across the mountainous terrain separating Cork and the Kingdom of Kerry to the town of Killarney, home to Ireland's oldest national park. Cyle or hike along the three lakes of Killarney, or get into the water on a boat cruise or kayaking tour.
Killarney has a vast history with many remaining buildings and monuments, including Muckross Park, home to beautiful gardens and a 15th-century Franciscan friary, and Ross Castle, a structure on the edge of the lower lake with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. In the evening, take a car trip or enjoy the sunset scenery of the park in a horse-drawn carriage.
Day 5: Ring of Kerry Drive
Today you will drive along the iconic Ring of Kerry, passing through towns and villages like Killarney, Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Caherciveen, Waterville, Caherdaniel, and Sneem. If time allows, you may even check out Valentia Island.
Day 6: Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head
Today, you'll explore Dingle Peninsula. Along the way, you will see the Gallarus Oratory, ancient beehive huts, the Blasket Islands, and much more. Your drive will end in the coastal town of Dingle.
Day 7: Cliffs of Moher
Travel along the edge of Europe to the colorful coastal town of Doolin. While a worthy stop in its own right, Doolin is also the approach to the famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are part of a protective barrier running from the Atlantic Way down to the southern end of Burren.
The spectacle of the cliffs is best appreciated on foot, starting with a walk south from Doolin into the foothills. Take in the lower levels and layers of rock formations as you gradually ascend up their nearly 1,000-foot walls. If you'd rather enjoy the view from sea level, you can also opt to do a boat cruise.
Day 8: Travel to Galway
Depart Doolin and travel north towards Galway, the bohemian capital of Ireland. Along the way, you can explore the lunar landscapes of the wild Burren region and see Atlantic waves rolling into Galway Bay. Don't spend too long on the road, as you'll want ample time to wander the streets of Galway and sample its culinary offerings or take a historic walking tour.
Day 9: Aran Islands
Jump from mainland Ireland to one of its most renowned islands, Inis Mor, which translates to "big island." Living up to its name, it's the largest of three islands that make up the wild Aran Islands. Once there, you can explore the island by foot, bicycle, or car, traveling across the magnificent landscape of rocky fields, wild ocean views, and incredible monuments of Christian, pre-Christian, and Celtic mythological heritage.
Day 10: Return to Dublin & Depart
Enjoy one more Irish breakfast before you travel back to Dublin to return your car rental and bid farewell to the Emerald Isle. Come again soon!