Kiss the Blarney Stone
Galway, City of the Tribes
The mighty Cliffs of Moher
The Gaelic speaking isle of Inis Mór
Derry’s walled city
The Giant’s Causeway
The perilous Carrick–a-Rede Rope Bridge
The stories behind the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland
Explore the whole of the island, north and south plus Inis Mór (Aran Islands) hidden off the west coast. This one has it all - traditional music, stunning scenery, ancient monuments and vibrant towns plus great craic on the road and at night. This is your chance to see Ireland through Irish eyes. Seven action packed and fun filled days which may well turn out to be the best days of your life!
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: 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 fairies and leprechauns. Hear 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 Mór Day (Aran Islands)
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 5: Galway - Derry
Today we make our way through the wild, rugged and rural Connemara. Then along the surfy coast of Co. Sligo to the resting place of world famous poet W.B. Yeats. The medieval city of Derry will test your emotions as you are brought face to face with its troubled past on a walk through both past and present
Day 6: Derry - Belfast
Today we follow in the footsteps of Giants on the eighth natural wonder of the world – The Giant’s Causeway. We’ll take you to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge * weather permitting where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style. Then it’s party time in the North’s vibrant capital Belfast
Day 7: Belfast - Dublin
This morning take the chance to do a Black Cab tour of Belfast City with a local at the wheel. You’ll visit the Loyalist and Republican heartlands, see the famous political murals and learn about the ‘Troubles’. Belfast has gone through some remarkable changes in the last few decades and is a highlight of many travellers trip to the North. We head south for a stop at Monasterboice ruined monastery with high Celtic crosses and then the site of the Battle of the Boyne, a pivotal even in Ireland’s turbulent history
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.
‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney
Meet the locals at a traditional music session
Discover the vibrant streets of Galway with its many buskers
Cycle the Gaelic island of Inis Mór
Take an award winning walking tour of Derry
View the political murals of Belfast in a black cab
Free Irish Guide
All transport around the Emerald Isle
Entry to Blarney Castle
Entry to Giant’s Causeway
Entry to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
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
Discover the REAL Ireland.............