Wild Atlantic Way Odyssey
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15th July 2021
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- Experienced Driver Guide
- Luxury Coach Transportation (taking into account all current COVID-19 capacity restrictions)
- 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation
- 6 Full Irish breakfasts
- 6 Evening meals
- 6 Lunches
- Porterage in and out of the hotel (1 suitcase per person)
- Entrance included to Clonmacnoise
- Entrance included to Kylemore Abbey
- Full day excursion, including return ferry to The Aran Islands
- Local Tour Guide and mini-bus transfers on Inis Mór Island
- Entrance included to Dun Aenghus
- Coastal cruise from Doolin Pier
- Entrance included to Cliffs of Moher
- Entrance included to The Blasket Centre
- Full day excursion on The Dingle Peninsula (including Slea Head)
- Full day excursion on The Ring of Kerry
- Entrance and demonstration to Kissane’s Sheep Farm
- Afternoon Tea on The Ring of Kerry
- Dublin City Centre
- Dublin Heuston Station
Galway (4 star) 3 nights
Kerry (3 star) 3 nights
We head westbound this morning. Enroute we stop for tea and coffee and then continue on to 6th-century Clonmacnoise, Ireland’s most important early monastic site. Located on the East Side of the River Shannon, the monastery occupied a central position in Ireland. For that reason, it was the chosen burial place of the Kings of Connaught as well as those of Tara, including Rory O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland. At one time, it was also the most illustrious school in Europe, predating many universities. After lunch, we continue our journey, reaching Galway City in the afternoon. We dine at our 4* hotel just outside Galway city centre.
A day of scenic highlights is in store as we travel through western County Galway and Connemara, a rugged, silent landscape of mountains, glacial lakes, endless roads, and uninhabited bog lands. We’ll visit the neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled between the base of Druchruach mountain and the picturesque Lough Pollaacapull, built as a private home in 1861, it has been home to Benedictine nuns since World War 1.
Stroll into the lavish Victorian Walled Gardens and visit the acclaimed Gothic Chapel built in cathedral style.
We then continue our tour of this rugged region visiting Clifden and Roundstone making our way back to our hotel in the early evening and enjoy dinner together in the hotel’s dining room.
Today we embark on an excursion to the Aran Islands. We visit Inis Mór/Inishmore, the largest of the fabled Aran Islands, whose unique culture and history have been an inspiration to artists, writers, and filmmakers. Sitting across Galway Bay in the midst of the Atlantic, the islands feature primitive stone forests, early Christian churches, and medieval castles – as well as shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants. A local islander tour guide will take us on journey, exploring the island by local mini bus and imparting local folklore along the way.
Admire Dun Aenghus Fortress, a dramatic prehistoric stone fort; we’ll have lunch on the island and enjoy some free time before returning on a 45 minute journey to the mainland.
We’ll stop for dinner tonight enroute back to our hotel at a local pub.
Another day of breath-taking scenery as we leave Galway for County Kerry, traveling south along the fabled coastline of County Clare through The Burren. Framed by its mighty Cliffs of Moher, the Burren is a wonder of lunar landscapes, megalithic monuments, and beautiful botany. The 205-square-mile UNESCO Global Geopark is one of the only places in the world where arctic, alpine, and Mediterranean plants grow side by side and most recently featured in RTE’s The Burren documentary.
Our exploring of The Burren continues by boarding a local cruiser from Doolin, sailing south along the 8km of the Cliffs of Moher. The cruise will take you along the highest parts of the cliffs as far as Hags Head and the large Sea Arch at Moher Tower. On the return journey, you will then cruise back to the Bhreannain Mor sea stack, close to O’Brien’s tower and the giant sea-cave made famous in the Harry Potter movie. (weather permitting)
Our next stop is the Cliffs of Moher, the majestic flat-topped “mountains” that rise vertically from the sea for five miles from north to south.
Later in the afternoon, we cross the River Shannon by ferry into County Kerry, reaching Killarney in the early evening.
This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Our journey today takes us to Dingle and onwards to Slea Head, one of the most beautiful drives in Ireland and the jewel in the crown of the Wild Atlantic Way.
We’ll visit the Blaskets Centre in Dunquin and learn about the Blasket Islands, abandoned in 1954 and visible off the coast.
Take some time to enjoy a stroll around the pretty streets of Dingle, one of the most picturesque fishing towns in Ireland, before boarding the coach and making our way back to Killarney. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.
Today we experience one of Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations; the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry. A 110-mile route connecting Dingle, Iveragh, and the Beara peninsulas. Enjoy the over-the-hedge-views from your luxury coach seat of rugged cliffs, golden beaches, postcard perfect villages, mountain ranges, green pastures and peat bogs.
We’ll indulge ourselves with a special treat of a delicious afternoon tea at a luxurious hotel, on the Ring of Kerry.
Our next visit is to Kissane’s Farm for an entertaining Irish sheepdog demonstration. This experience is extremely popular with international visitors to Ireland and often missed by natives.
The coach will drop you into Killarney town centre for some last minute holiday shopping and a transfer back to the hotel for a farewell dinner with new found friends, the perfect way to end Wild Atlantic Way Odyssey through Galway, Clare and Kerry.
After breakfast, we will enjoy a gentle jaunting car (pony and trap) ride through Killarney’s National Park taking in the glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and the ancient Ross’s Castle.
We will board the coach and travel homeward bound with a suitcase full of memories of our Irish coach holiday.