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Welcome To Our 7 Day Vagabond World Tour Of Ireland!

Strap yourself in for 7 days of adventurous touring in southwest Ireland.

If you have been searching for the best 7 day Ireland tours from Dublin, then stop looking! Our active World Tour is perfect. Because this is a Vagabond Cultural Adventure, expect fresh air and physical activity alongside unforgettable history and culture.

This 7 day Ireland tour package is fully-guided. We've included all hotels, breakfasts and essential activities like hikes, the Cliffs of Moher and a guided Irish sheep farm tour. You are then free to choose from incredible options like watersports and horseback-riding. Not forgetting a cruise around the Skellig Islands, ancient ring forts and two nights of live music and traditional pubs in Dingle.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The trip was absolutely excellent. Our local guide was brilliant. His knowledge of all things Ireland was so enriching to the trip. So many other beautiful places often off the tourist trail as well... We would use them again to visit other unseen Ireland locations. Could not recommend more." Guest Review MAY 2024

🔄 TOUR DIRECTION: This tour itinerary can run in either clockwise or counter-clockwise direction around Ireland.

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*Price displayed is the discounted price for Mar, Apr and Oct.

If the date you want is full please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

A €250 deposit per person is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

**All tours are charged in EURO. Exchange rates quoted are online rates and may differ to the rate our payment partner Flywire and banks offer.

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Great way to have fun in Ireland
Our tour was great! Vagabond has put together a great way to see Ireland. Good selection of activities each day and terrific accommodations each night. My family was able to relax in the van instead of worrying about driving. We had a great time and would choose Vagabond again.
Monica W, 11th Jul 2024
Absolute Must Do!
Excellent Tour Leader. Added so much to the adventure. Super itinerary w/ some flexibility. Excellent weather. Terrific eating recommendation and preset choices. So many favorite places we visited. I do recommend the 7 Day adventure to SW Ireland.
Also recommend doing it as 1 entire group as we did (up to 12 people). A most memorable family trip!
WJ Weeks, 6th Jul 2024
Our first time in Europe
and didn't know what to expect. Vagabond took care of all travel arrangements and it couldn't have been any easier to get where we had to be. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of things we saw on the tour. Let Vagabond take you away...
Gerald Boyd, 5th Jul 2024

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My wife and I went on the one week, Ireland world tour. Our guide, was the best part of an already great tour.

There were many highlights, but two that stand out for me or Killarney national Park and the Daniel, O’Connell house and Gardens. The Skellig Islands boat trip was well worth doing.

There was gorgeous scenery throughout the tour, and my wife, who is a photographer, took some great photographs.

VERIFIED GUEST, JUNE 2024
"wonderful guide"
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This was my second Vagabond tour. My husband and I had a great time on the 7-Day World Tour.

Steve is a wonderful guide—funny, kind, knowledgeable, and helpful.

The tour struck a good balance between optional activities, group excursions, and time for independent exploration.

VERIFIED GUEST, JUNE 2024
"absolutely excellent"
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The trip was absolutely excellent. Our local guide was brilliant. His knowledge of all things Ireland was so enriching to the trip. So many other beautiful places often off the tourist trail as well.

The office was organized and very responsive to our questions.

We would use them again to visit other unseen Ireland locations. Could not recommend more.

VERIFIED GUEST, MAY 2024
Tour FAQs

Find answers to questions about the 7 Day Vagabond World Tour of Ireland itinerary.

What Small Group Tours of Ireland Visit The Skellig Islands?

Only guests on the 12 Day Vagabond Giant Irish Adventure Tour get to land on Skellig Michael.

The following Vagabond & Driftwood tour itineraries can take a boat trip around both Skellig Islands:

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Is My Small Group Tour of Ireland Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise?

Our most popular small group tours travel around Ireland in two directions; clockwise and counter-clockwise.

Apart from the direction, the itineraries are identical; both versions feature the same hotels, activities, guides, vehicles and pick-up/drop-off point in Dublin.

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What Is A Boat Trip To The Skellig Islands Like?

Whether you're planning to land on Skellig Michael or simply cruise around both Skellig Islands, the boats you travel on will be similar in size and structure.

The boats are roughly 9 metres / 30 feet long. Though powerful, they are open-decked vessels with little or no protection for our guests from rain, waves and spray.

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When & Where Do Vagabond/Driftwood Tours Depart From?

All of our tours leave from our pick-up/drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.

Our pick-up times from the Grand Canal Hotel vary by tour:

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Who Guides The Tours?

All of our tours are fully guided by our team of expert driver guides.

We call them VagaGuides.

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What Activities Have Weight Limits?

We always put guest safety first on Vagabond Cultural Adventures.

For this reason, when engaging in kayaking and horseback-riding activities, the following personal weight limits apply:

🐴 Horseback-Riding

Male weight limit: 238lbs / 17 stone / 108kg

Female weight limit: 225lbs / 16 stone / 102kg

🛶 Kayaking

Per person Double Kayak weight limit: 110kg / 17.5 stone / 245lbs

Total Double Kayak weight limit for 2 guests: 190kg / 30 stone / 420lbs

Per person Single Kayak weight limit: 92kg / 14.5 stone / 200lbs.

 

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Are There Any Luggage Restrictions?

Owing to the compact nature of our small-group tour vehicles, we operate a strict limit of one piece of luggage per person.

Your single piece of luggage should measure no longer than 30” (75cm) along its longest side. This 30” (75cm) includes any wheels that may protrude from the luggage.

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What Day Do Tours Return To Dublin?

To help you plan your return flights, here are the days and times that our tours return to Dublin.

The return point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel

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What Tours Visit Dingle?

Dingle is one of our favourite small towns in Ireland. We know you'll love it too!

The following 8 tour itineraries stop in Dingle.

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Where Can I Do Laundry On Tour?

Serviced laundry facilities are available on tours that stay 2 nights in the following towns:

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Do All Hotels Provide Separate Bathrooms?

Yes, all hotel rooms on Vagabond and Driftwood Tours of Ireland are ensuite.

Expect your own separate bathroom with toilet, sink and shower and/or bath.

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Can I Access My Bag While On Tour?

It's difficult to access your main luggage or suitcase while on tour. Luggage is securely packed in our tour vehicles. As a result, it's not easy for your driver guide to access individual items of baggage during the day.

However, you can easily access your luggage at each hotel. So that you have your travel essentials close at hand, we recommend bringing a daypack, or backpack, that you can keep beside you in the tour vehicle.

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Which Small Group Tours Visit The Wild Atlantic Way?

The Wild Atlantic Way is one of our favourite routes to tour.

Here are all of the small-group tour itineraries that explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Hotels

A hot shower after a mountain hike. A real fire. A pint. We assure you that wherever you stay with us, you’ll love it.

We put great effort into selecting accommodation on Vagabond tours. No large, impersonal hotels here! Your tour will overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations). Receive a heartfelt welcome, often from the hoteliers themselves.

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The Armada Hotel

Get ready for a beautiful sunset and a memorable stay.

The Armada Hotel is beautifully located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dine in full view of Spanish Point beach. The menu at Aileen's Restauarnt features local food, artisan food producers and dishes with herbs and vegetables from the Armada Farm.

After dinner, kick back in front of a roaring fire at Johnny Burke's, the traditionally-themed pub.

 

 

A view of the armada in spanish point during the sunset with a view of the sea
View to the ocean from Aileen's Restaurant at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point

Dingle Skellig Hotel

Imagine waking up to a traditional Irish breakfast with spectacular views over Dingle Bay.

Now make that dream a reality at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.

Just a short stroll from the centre of Dingle town, this is the perfect base for enjoying the charms of Dingle and its wild and beautiful surrounding countryside.

The only dilemma facing you at the Dingle Skellig is whether to unwind in the bar first or soak in the rooftop hot tub!

Aerial view of Dingle Skellig Hotel in Ireland
Waiter and dining room with scenic view at Dingle Skellig Hotel in Ireland

Ceann Sibeal Hotel

Ceann Sibeal Hotel is a charming family-run hotel located on the spectacular Slea Head just outside of Dingle.

Surrounded by breath-taking beaches, magnificent mountain peaks and epic coastal views, Ballyferriter is the perfect base.

Located in the heart of the Gaeltacht – an Irish-speaking area – you can truly immerse yourself in Irish culture, listen to trad music and visit the local pubs in town.

The Moorings Hotel

Literally 30 seconds walk from the pier, The Moorings Guesthouse is well-named!

The Moorings lies at the heart of this tiny but characterful village in remote West Kerry.

Gerard and Patricia Kennedy’s warm welcome and delicious home-cooked food is a great way to end a day’s adventuring.

There’s simply nowhere better to base yourself when you are exploring the Ring of Kerry with Vagabond & Driftwood Small-Group Tours.

The exterior front view of the Moorings Guesthouse directly across from the harbour
The interior design of a double room in the Moorings Guesthouse

Coachman's Townhouse

You just can’t beat Irish hospitality!

The Jones family have been welcoming guests to The Coachmans Townhouse since 1969.

The Coachmans is located at the heart of the small town of Kenmare. When you stay here with Vagabond & Driftwood Tours, speciality shops, music venues and great restaurants are only a few footsteps away.

Music-lovers, take note that the pub in the Coachmans frequently hosts live performances by traditional musicians. Not to be missed!

The Coachman's Townhouse exterior
The interior design of a double room in The Coachmans

Gougane Barra Hotel

Gougane Barra Hotel is a family-run establishment, spectacularly located in Cork, on the edge of a lake.

Rob discovered this magical place on the very first Vagabond tour, way back in 2002!

Neil and Katy Lucey's hotel has been delighting our tour guests ever since.

Many of our Vagabond and Driftwood Tours visit Gougane Barra when passing through the southwest.

A view of the gougane barra church from across the lake
A group of guests standing outside the church in gougane barra

Macroom Castle Hotel

Expect a warm Irish welcome at the Castle Hotel in Cork.

This comfortable hotel has been managed by the Buckley family for 3 generations.

It's a great place to unwind after a full day of adventures on Vagabond & Driftwood tours.

The exterior of Castle Hotel lit up as darkness falls on Macroom
The interior design of a triple room in the Castle Hotel with a breakfast displayed also in the room
Inclusions

All Vagabond tours are flexible. Your 7 Day Vagabond World Tour of Ireland is no different.

Unmissable activities are included. Where there are great options, we’ve left the final decision up to you. Feel free to choose your evening meals and lunches. All additional tour options are marked clearly below. Please read the Activities & Fitness FAQs for further information.

What's included in your trip
  • An off the beaten track adventure in 4x4 VagaTron tour vehicle
  • The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide
  • 7 full days on tour
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts
  • Most daily activities and visits (see Optional Extras)
  • Entrance into the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Entrance into the epic Rock of Cashel
  • A working sheep farm experience
  • Shannon ferry tickets

All details of prices and suppliers listed here are correct at time of publication. Our suppliers occasionally increase prices for optional tour activities during the touring season. This is a rare occurence. In the unlikely event of a major price increase, we will do our utmost to update you.

** Cash is required for this activity. No card payment available.

Flexible and optional activities on tour
  • Surf Lesson in Spanish Point**
    €35.00
    2 hour surf lesson on Spanish Point beach in Clare. Cash required.
  • Horseback Riding in Dingle**
    €60.00
    Scenic mountain horseback ride on the Dingle Peninsula. Cash required.
  • Boat Trip in Dingle Bay
    €10.00
    Harbour cruise around scenic Dingle Bay.
  • Sea Kayaking Dingle
    €60.00
    A guided sea kayaking session around beautiful Dingle Bay.
  • Traditional Rowing**
    €35.00
    Row a traditional Naomhóg boat in Dingle Bay. Cash required.
  • Dingle Sea Safari
    €65.00
    Guided sea safari around the Dingle Peninsula by high-speed open boat.
  • Golf in Dingle
    Variable
    Play 18 holes at Dingle’s links course. All day activity.
  • Guided Bike Tour in Killarney**
    €40.00
    Guided tour of Killarney National Park by bike. Cash required.
  • Skellig Islands Cruise
    €50.00
    Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins.
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Vagabond tour group on bikes and ready to go cycling in Killarney National Park, Ireland
Take a bike tour of Killarney National Park
Scenic church and reflection of blue sky, clouds and mountains in the lake at Gougane Barra, Ireland
Discover hidden gems like Gougane Barra in West Cork
A group of kayakers paddling out of a sea cave in Dingle Bay, Ireland
Sea kayak across Dingle bay to explore caves
A boat in front of Little Skellig island off the coast of Ireland
Cruise the remote and dramatic Skellig Islands
Group hiking in Annascaul valley, Dingle peninsula
Hike the steep glaciated valley of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula
VagaTron tour vehicle at Lough Annascaul on the Dingle peninsula
Go off the beaten track on the Wild Atlantic Way in Clare, Cork and Kerry
Vagabond group dancing around the Uragh stone circle
Dance around mysterious Megalithic Uragh stone circle
Vagabond VagaTron Tour Vehicle and group posing at Rossbeigh in Kerry
Go off road in your 4x4 VagaTron tour vehicle at our favourite secret spots
Hiking the Cliffs of Moher in Clare
Visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way
The Rock of Cashel pictured from a distance
Admire Celtic crosses and ruined cathedrals at medieval Rock of Cashel.
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7 Day Vagabond World Tour of Ireland Intro & Highlights

  • Explore dramatic coastal scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way touring route, not least the majestic Cliffs of Moher.
  • Flexible adventure options like a guided bike tour, a sea safari, cold water surfing or guided sea kayaking.
  • Mix off the beaten track destinations, like Valentia Island, with must-see sites, like the Blarney Stone.
  • Deep dive into Irish history at castle ruins, ring forts, battle sites and mysterious Stone Age stone circles.
  • Hop on a boat tour around the spectacular Skellig Islands, one of Ireland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • See two of Ireland’s most distinctive National Parks; Killarney and The Burren.
  • Catch traditional Irish music performances in lively and authentic towns like Dingle and Kenmare.
Vagatron in Kerry the Kingdom
Vagatron in Kerry the Kingdom
Uragh Stone Circle by Angie Stocklin
Uragh Stone Circle by Angie Stocklin

Day 1: Cliffs of Moher & The Burren

Begin your cultural adventure from Dublin heading to Clare via Galway.

  • Galway is known as ‘the city of the tribes’, located where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Spot black-hulled, red-sailed Hooker boats and picturesque Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay.
  • Hold onto your hat! It’s the world famous Cliffs of Moher (Fee Included). These majestic 700ft (215m) high sea cliffs have the power to dazzle all comers.

Accommodation tonight is at The Armada Hotel.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Two young female guests pose at the Cliffs of Moher
Vagabond tour group behind a dry stone wall with a VagaTron tour vehicle behind

Day 2: Sheep Farm Tour & Hike Or Surfing

  • Option for a surf session on one of Ireland's most gorgeous beaches (Optional Extra).
  • Arrive in Kerry in style, by taking a ferry across the broadest, longest river in Ireland (Fee Included).
  • Visit a working Irish sheep farm (Fee Included). This experience occurs on Day 1 for some departures.
  • Hike the steep, glaciated valley of Annascaul, then hear the extraordinary tale of explorer Tom Crean at the South Pole Inn.
  • Roll into bustling Dingle - just in time for a creamy pint of Guinness!

Accommodation tonight is at Dingle Skellig Hotel or Ceann Sibeal Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Group hiking in Annascaul valley on the Dingle peninsual
Brightly painted blue exterior of Murphy's ice cream parlour in Dingle, Ireland

Day 3: Free Time To Explore Dingle

Get set for jaw-dropping natural scenery this morning on the Slea Head Drive.

The afternoon is yours to design. Relax and soak up Dingle’s charms with quality downtime or the following optional activities.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS (Choose A, B, C, D, E or F):

  • A. Go horseback-riding up a mountain.
  • B. Tour scenic Dingle Bay on a boat trip.
  • C. Guided sea kayaking on Dingle Bay.
  • D. Guided rowing experience in a traditional Naomhóg boat.
  • E. Guided sea safari around the Dingle Peninsula in a high speed rib. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • F. Golfers will enjoy Dingle’s 18-hole links course. All day activity.

Accommodation tonight is at Dingle Skellig Hotel or Ceann Sibeal Hotel.

Group of Vagabond guests waving their paddles while sitting in kayaks on a slipway
Five happy Vagabond tour guests toast the camera with pints of stout in a pub in Ireland - cheers!

Day 4: Bike Tour Of Killarney National Park

  • Guided cycling tour of spectacular Killarney National Park (Optional Extra).
  • Alternatively, enjoy the idyllic lake and mountain vistas of Killarney National Park on foot.
  • Go offroad in your 4x4 VagaTron tour vehicle to a secret panoramic viewpoint above the Ring of Kerry.
  • Capture crystal clear views of the Milky Way in Kerry's International Dark Sky Reserve.

Accommodation tonight is at The Moorings Portmagee.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Vagabond group waving at a scenic location
Happy Vagabond tour guests wearing cycling helmets and jumping in Ireland

Day 5: Skellig Islands Boat Tour Or Island Hike

  • Have your sea legs? Weather behaving? Seize the opportunity for a boat trip around the Skellig Islands (Optional Extra). Departures are weather dependent and seasonal (mid-May to mid-Sept). Boats are small, cabin conditions are rough and wet; sea legs are definitely required.
  • Alternatively, stay on dry land and hike Valentia Island for stunning Atlantic Ocean views.
  • Catch authentic traditional Irish music and outstanding local food in lively Kenmare.

Accommodation tonight is at The Coachman's Townhouse.

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

Three Vagabond passengers jump for joy on Bray Head in Kerry
A man on the Skellig Island cruise looking from the boat at Skellig Michael
A man on the Skellig Island cruise looking from the boat at Skellig Michael

Day 6: Beara Peninsula Wilderness In West Cork

This morning, we head out onto the Beara, a wild peninsula split between the counties of Cork and Kerry.

  • Gaze down over the scenic Healy Pass – Ireland's twistiest mountain road.
  • Hike Bullig Bay for views of Bere Island and picnic opportunities at historic Dunboy Castle.

Accommodation tonight is at The Gougane Barra Hotel or The Castle Hotel Macroom.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

View over Allihies on the Beara Peninsula from the Copper Mines
VagaTron tour vehicle on the scenic Healy Pass

Day 7: Kiss The Blarney Stone & Rock Of Cashel

Turning homeward, your tour will visit Cork and Tipperary before returning to Dublin.

  • Discover pure tranquility on a hike through Gougane Barra Forest Park.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone amidst the lush surroundings of Blarney Castle Gardens (Fee Included).
  • Self-guided tour of the monastic site at Rock of Cashel (Fee Included).

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

An aerial shot of the Rock of CCashel
Gougane Barra Valley lake reflection
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