11 Day Discover Ireland Tour - Vagabond Tours of Ireland
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Unit 52 Newtown Business and Enterprise Park, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow,
Ms Gillian Webster
Truly a journey of discovery exploring and learning about all the best parts of Ireland, the 11-day Driftwood vacation is a breath-taking and fascinating tour of Ireland. The tour will take you to some of Ireland’s best known tourist destinations.
A once in a life time tour of Ireland, you will see more of Ireland than most Irish people have. This definitive tour of Ireland explores the hidden corners of the country both North and South plus the well know highlights. You will experience the best of what Ireland has to offer, amazing scenery and local communities. Visit castles and stately home and learn about its fascinating ancient and modern history.
The tours leave from Dublin city centre at 08:30 on the first morning and get back about 18:00 on the last day. So they would advise arriving at least the night before and if you would be planning to fly out on the last night, then not to book a flight before 9pm.
Firstly the tour heads south west, through the green heart of Ireland and counties Kildare, Tipperary and Limerick to County Cork. You spend the next 4-5 days exploring the fabulous south west of Ireland and its varied peninsula’s before then weaving your way from County Kerry across the great River Shannon into County Clare.
Once here you have the limestone lunar landscape of the Burren to explore, you will have some of the very best traditional Irish music to enjoy in the pubs, you can marvel at the Cliffs of Moher and there is also the option of a day trip to the world famous Aran islands (you visit the islands while the tours drives around Galway bay and pick you up on the other side). You have then arrived in Connemara for the night, a remote and beautiful area which has a special place in the hearts of the Irish people. Nowhere quite typifies old fashioned Ireland like Connemara.
The next couple of days are spent in the less-touristed areas of Counties Mayo and Sligo. In Mayo alone there are such highlights as Ireland’s only Fjord, the colourful town of Westport and the Holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, before you cross into Sligo for slightly softer scenery and the unique experience of a hot sea-weed bath! The tour spends two nights in Enniscrone in Sligo, giving us time to explore the area and nearby north-west Mayo – it is one of the least visited parts of Ireland. The two night stay also gives you the chance to have a more relaxing day on tour, maybe play a round of golf and get to know the local community.
And then it’s time to cross the border into Northern Ireland, still part of the United Kingdom. You will spend two days in the province learning all about the recent turbulent history and right back to the stone age – while not forgetting the fantastic coastal scenery of the Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim.
This really is a journey of Discovery.
Tour Duration: 11 Days