All Ireland Explorer
Telephone Booking Reference BAC ST 8DA
8 Day Budget Tour of Ireland from £259 per person
Day 1 Dublin – Killarney
Leaving Dublin along the banks of the Liffey we pass the Jame’s Gate Guinness Brewery. We’ll journey through the Liffey Valley into The Curragh – horsey country and home to The Irish National Stud. We’ll take you to the magical fortress of Cashel - once home to kings and bishops and towering fairy-tale-like over the plains of Tipperary. Then it’s down to the rebel county of Cork to explore Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. We’ll stay the night in Killarney – surrounded by Ireland’s highest mountains and Killarney National Park. A perfect stop for a horse and cart ride and some creamy pints. And of course plenty of craic!
Day 2 Killarney – Dingle
Today it’s all about breathtaking scenery and adventure. We spend the day exploring the Dingle peninsula and we take you to the edge of the world…and beyond! You’ll see stone walls, ruined famine cottages, ancient beehive huts and all this on the dramatic Atlantic coast. We’ll take a boat trip to the Great Blasket Island -uninhabited since 1953. You can explore the abandoned stone village, hike through the windswept fields or just relax on the beach. On our return to the mainland we’ll complete the Slea Head drive and return to the fishing village of Dingle for traditional music and great pubs.
Day 3 Dingle – Galway
Hold onto your hats because today we’ll visit the awesome Cliffs of Moher. After crossing the mighty Shannon river we’ll spend the morning at these towering giants with the Atlantic crashing below us. Hike for a while or just sit and take in the views across Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and Connemara – stunning! . After lunch we’ll explore the weird and magical world of the Burren – Ireland’s lunar landscape and home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns ! Our stop for the night is Galway - Ireland’s cultural capital and festival city.
Day 4 Galway – Inis Mor
We spend a whole day and night on Inis Mor – the largest of the Aran Islands. Inis Mor (only 9 miles long by 2 miles wide) has over 3000 miles of stone walls ! The locals here are fluent Gaelic speakers and you’ll be free to explore the island at your leisure. You can hike around the island or even better fun - explore the island by bike or even tandem ! You can’t miss the awe-inspiring fortress of Dun Aengus – a 3000 year old ring fort perched on the edge of a 300 foot cliff. After an Atlantic sunset spend the night chatting with islanders in the local pubs or sitting on a stone wall gazing at the stars. Unforgettable.
Day 5 Inis Mor – Kilcar
Today we make our way through Connemara and along the surfy coast of Co Sligo as we make for the far reaches of Co. Donegal. Along the way we’ll climb Knock na Ri - a lonely mount where an ancient Celtic queen lies entombed. For the romantics we’ll pay a visit to W.B Yeats’ grave under the shadow of Ben Bulben. There may even be time for a pint as we head for the tiny villages of Kilcar and Carrick. We spend the night on a farm overlooking Europe’s Highest Sea Cliffs – Slieve League. Weather permitting you can take an evening boat trip beneath the cliffs and maybe even catch your dinner!
Day 6 Kilcar – Derry
The wilds of Donegal are your oyster today as we take you through the boglands, mountain valleys and deserted beaches of this undiscovered corner of Ireland. We’ll explore villages famed for their wool and tweed and picnic or play footie on some of Europe’s most spectacular and untouched beaches. Off through Glenveagh National Park where you’ll see cottages abandoned during the Great Famine and if you’re lucky spot an eagle or two. On then to cross the border to Derry city for a walk along the Bloody Sunday trail to learn of a troubled past and see the political murals.
Day 7 Derry – Belfast
On to the volcanic coastline of Antrim where you’ll find dramatic formations with a mythological past. You’ll wander through the haunted battlements of Dunluce Castle before following in the footsteps of Giants on the eighth natural wonder of the world – The Giant’s Causeway. And there’s more! We’ll take you to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style with the Scottish coast in the distance and crystal clear waters beneath you. Then it’s party time in the North’s vibrant capital – Belfast.
Day 8 Belfast – Dublin
This morning you’ll take a Black Cab tour of Belfast city. You’ll visit the Loyalist and Republican heartlands of the city where you’ll learn about the Troubles and sign the Peace Wall. See the political murals and explore the underbelly of the city in your taxi with a real Belfast local at the wheel. Leaving the politics behind we’ll take you for lunch along the magnificent Cooley peninsula - land of a legendary war and lost heroes. Where better to have a last lunch than in Carlingford – a village that specialises in Guinness and oysters! En route back to Dublin we’ll stop off to see a ruined monastery with High Celtic Crosses and finish off at the site of the Battle of the Boyne.
What's Included and what's extra -
This tour is all about CHOICE and using your hard earned cash the way YOU choose. It's your trip not ours, so if you want to spend your budget in a different way to the next guy then that's cool with us - is that not what traveling is all about? This way, if you don't want to visit an attraction, you haven't paid for it - great! Accommodation is GUARANTEED on all our tours in great backpacker hostels (budget £12 - 15 per night) - simply pay as you go! If you wish to treat yourself to a twin/double room let us know prior to the day of departure and we will do our best to assist you with your request. (Please be aware, not all stops have these options and we cannot always guarantee availability). All have self-catering kitchens, most have laundry facilities and will give you a real British welcome!
Saturdays from central Dublin
from £259 (GBP) per person - BOOK NOW
Telephone Booking Reference BAC ST 8DA
Please note that this tour is only available to passengers aged over 18 years of age.