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5 Day West and Southern Ireland Tour

An amazing 5 days taking in all the best of West and Southern Ireland including Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Inis Mór or Connemara. Discover what great craic the Emerald Isle is, from incredible landscapes, mountains and castles, to nights squeezed into the local pub with traditional live music and a pint of the black stuff in your hand.


Price: £225
Dublin Departure
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Inis Mór Cliffs of Moher and Galway


Tour Highlights:

Kiss the Blarney Stone
The mighty Cliffs of Moher
The mysterious lunar landscape of the Burren
The Gaelic speaking isle of Inis Mór - Summer
The wild mountain landscape of Connemara - Winter

An amazing 5 days taking in all the best of West and Southern Ireland including Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Inis Mór or Connemara
Set your sights on the north of Ireland and the province of Ulster, with its stunning landscape and turbulent history. From the ancient past to the ‘Troubles’ of recent times, there’s the unforgettable scenery of Inis Mór, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and the Antrim coast. Along with the vibrant cities of Derry and Belfast and their fascinating stories, this is a part of the Emerald Isle that once experienced is never forgotten

Day 1: Dublin - Killarney
We leave the city and head south west into the lush green Irish countryside. Pass the River Liffey on the way to the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster. Through the Golden Vale to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. Now’s your chance to give the stone a big juicy smacker to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’. You will now realise your Guide has kissed the stone many, many times…Tonight is in the party town of Killarney

Day 2: Killarney - Ennis
Today it’s all about breath-taking scenery and adventure. We spend the day exploring the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and we take you to the edge of the ancient world…We stop at the stunning Coumeennole Beach then on through Tralee until we cross the mighty Shannon River to County Clare. We spend the night in Ennis where the pubs are filled with locals playing traditional Irish music

Day 3: Ennis - Galway
Hold on to your hats because today we’ll visit the awesome Cliffs of Moher rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Vertigo sufferers beware! 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. Here, your Guide will talk of the Celtic legends surrounding the ancient burial tombs, or dolmens. Our stop for the night is Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital and festival city

Day 4: Inis Mor Day (Apr-Oct)
We spend a whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Inis Mór has over 3,000 miles of stone walls. The locals here are fluent Irish (Gaelic) speakers and you’ll be free to explore the island and get chatting to them over a pint. You can take a walk, a horse and cart or for the more energetic, explore the island by bike. You can’t miss the awe-inspiring fortress of Dun Aonghasa, a 3,000 year old Iron Age ring fort perched on the edge of a 300 foot high cliff. After a tremendous day it’s time to head back to the main land for a pint of Guinness or two in Galway’s buzzing pub scene

Day 4: Connemara Day (Nov-March)
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Connemara, from sandy beaches to rugged mountains and misty peat bogs. We stop at Ireland’s own Holy Mountain and destination of pilgrims, Croagh Patrick. We pay a visit to the National Famine Memorial to learn about a tragic chapter in Ireland’s history. All this fresh air demands a pint at Matt Molloy’s pub in Westport and then it’s back to Galway for more shenanigans

Day 5: Galway - Dublin
Spend a free morning exploring the City of the Tribes with its fascinating history and streets thriving with buskers playing great live music. It’s then time to say farewell to the City of the Tribes and return to Dublin’s Fair City

Departs Dublin
Every Monday

Accommodation is guaranteed on all trips. We reserve the beds and you pay as you go. The price is between €18 and €20 per person per night in shared dorms.

What type of accommodation do you use.
Unlike others, we are not tied exclusively to any hostel chain, so are free to select the very best hostels. We choose places packed full of character and only use quality independent and Youth Hostel Association hostels. We guarantee dorm bed accommodation on all our tours.

Are double/twin rooms available
Some of the hostels we use do have private (double/twin) rooms but these are limited and dependent on availability. Hostel private rooms cost approximately Euro 25 - 40 per person per night
We can also make B&B bookings. These are again dependent on availability and the price is around Euro 40 – 60 per person per night. Any B&B bookings made must be honoured and credit card details will be required.

Is a sleeping bag required.
A sleeping bag is not required as all hostels provide linen but it is a good idea to bring a towel.

Additional Information

Free Time
‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney
Explore Galway, City of the Tribes!
Meet the locals at a traditional music session
Cycle the Gaelic island of Inis Mór (April to Oct)
Free Irish Guide
All transport around the Emerald Isle
Entry to Blarney Castle
Entry to Cliffs of Moher
Free transfer and ferry to Inis Mór

Are there any age restrictions
We are the leading youth travel tour operator in Scotland so the majority of our passengers are in the 18 to 35 age bracket and our style of travel reflects this
The minimum age on all tours is 17. There is no maximum age. As long as you are reasonably fit and have a good sense of fun, we are sure you will have a fantastic time
Will there be people travelling on their own
Whilst we regularly get couples and friends travelling together, every tour has loads of people travelling on their own and down to our style of travel, you'll get to know everyone soon enough

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