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7 Day Treasure Ireland Tour

West & South Of Ireland In A Week

Take a fully-guided 7 day tour of wild valleys and quaint villages

The spectacular west and southwest of Ireland awaits you on this gently-paced Driftwood Journey of Discovery.

Discover the rugged natural beauty of Clare, Kerry and Cork, the lovely Cliffs of Moher, as well as hideaway places you won't find in guidebooks.

Connect with people, history and culture. Stay in a Connemara castle hotel, visit craft studios and enjoy ample free time.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "It was one of my best vacations! Ireland is sooo beautiful ... The tour with a small group was the best choice ... The itinerary was well planned, good hotels brilliantly located ... Our guide Philip took good care of us and all in all was an unforgettable experience. I will come back for another tour for sure!" Guest Review, Aug 2023

🔄 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.

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Genuine Guest Reviews

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We had a wonderful trip
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Everything was well thought out and organized. Our guides (Jason and Brendan) were knowledgeable, personable, and patient. I felt like we were getting the most out of the trip the entire time.

We had a fantastic trip! So many sights and activities were packed in that we almost forgot what we had done at the beginning of the trip by the time the trip was over!
Claire Strom, 15th Dec 2023
Amazing Tour!
The vehicle was quite comfortable. The driver was friendly and very knowledgeable. She had some great personal stories too. Very relaxing and yet still plenty to see and do. I so enjoyed seeing the Irish countryside and learning about the culture and people. Also enjoyed learning about the other folks on the tour. The only thing I would have liked differently was to have stayed a little longer at a couple of the places. I initially went off of recommendations and now I would highly recommend this tour group!
Stephanie, 11th Dec 2023
Well organized
. Great guide. Fantastic experience.
James Dooley, 5th Dec 2023

7 Day Treasure Ireland Tour

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"you won't regret it"
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We had a fabulous time on this tour! If you are thinking of booking Vagabond just DO IT! You won't regret it.

It was nice being in a small van rather than a big tour bus. We could unload quickly to see things and the van could get to places that a big tour bus could not.

The hotels chosen by Vagabond were very nice - all very comfortable.

VERIFIED GUEST, OCTOBER 2023
"inspiring adventure"
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Our tour was very well-organized, adjusted well to weather challenges, allowed us to spend appropriate amounts of time in many different locations, and nurtured a positive spirit among the whole group.

We had two different tour guides ... and we loved them both! They answered our questions enthusiastically, met our needs well, and clearly wanted us to love Ireland as much as they do!

STEPHANIE, OCTOBER 2023
"trip of a lifetime"
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We thoroughly enjoyed the 7 Day Treasure Ireland Tour with Paddy as our wonderful guide.

Traveling in small groups provides great flexibility in traveling to places not accessible by the big tour groups.

Paddy made our group feel special as he was knowledgeable, humorous, helpful, compassionate, and well organized.

I highly recommend vVagabond tours, and specifically, Paddy

VERIFIED GUEST, OCTOBER 2023
Tour FAQs

Find answers to questions about the 7 Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland itinerary.

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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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?

Yes, we do operate a limit on luggage.

Owing to the compact nature of our small-group tour vehicles, your luggage limit is one suitcase per person (no bigger than 30” or 75cm along their longest side).

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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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Where Is My Luggage Stored On Tour Vehicles?

The answer depends on which tour style you have chosen.

Driftwood vehicles have space for luggage onboard. Vagabond vehicles tow a trailer.

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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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Which Small Group Tours of Ireland Visit Garnish Island?

Garnish Island features a beautiful formal garden, warm microclimate and Martello Tower. This amazing destination is located in a sheltered bay near Glengarriff in deepest West Cork.

The following Driftwood Journeys of Discovery feature a Garnish Island Boat Trip Option:

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Hotels

A hot shower after a woodland stroll. 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 Driftwood tours. Your tour will overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations). Receive a heartfelt welcome, often from the hoteliers themselves. No hotel chains here!

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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Connemara

Fan of champagne and history?

You’re about to experience both!

Get ready for a generous serving of real Irish hospitality at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.

Enjoy complimentary bubbles as well as storytelling in the piano bar before an atmospheric dining experience.

In your well-appointed and castle-themed room, you'll relax and recuperate before another fun day of activities in the stunning Connemara region.

The exterior view of the stunning Abbeyglen Castle Hotel at dusk with water fountain
Family posing for a picture with woman sitting on the throne in front of Abbeyglen Castle

Lahinch Coast Hotel

Sandwiched between gorgeous Spanish Point and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch is perfectly placed for you to enjoy the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Lahinch Coast Hotel is a bright, spacious and contemporary space located only a stone's throw away from a beautiful sandy beach.

Dine on delicious Irish food, avail of the hotel swimming pool and then fall asleep in your cosy room to the sound of crashing Atlantic waves.

Lahinch Coast Hotel in Clare - exterior
The double bed in the lahinch coast hotel

Emlagh House Hotel

Emlagh Country House is a charming guesthouse boasting an excellent location in the lively town of Dingle.

Our guests always make the point of expressing their love for this hotel in their reviews and correspondence post-tour.

The ambience at Emlagh Country House is a very special one, with the personal touch from its owners making each visit a unique and memorable experience.

Emlagh House exterior a charming hotel for Ireland tours
Interior of Emlagh House in Dingle

Seaview House Hotel & Spa

Seaview House is a characterful country house located in the quiet village of Ballylickey at the heart of West Cork.

Follow the garden path to explore the well-tended gardens.

Smell the sea air from nearby Bantry Bay.

This is your home away from home while exploring southwestern Ireland with Driftwood Tours.

Exterior view of Seaview House and gardens in Cork, Ireland
Table set for lunch at Seaview House and gardens in Cork, Ireland

The Maritime Hotel

Gaze out across Bantry Bay from the landmark Maritime Hotel.

Enjoy the spa facilities and delicious dining on offer here in West Cork.

Nearby, you can take a stroll down by the waters of Bantry Bay and aroundthe characterful town of Bantry.

Several of our 7 Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland Tour departures drop into the Maritime Hotel.

Sunset at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry, Cork
Clouds over mountain on Bantry Bay in Cork

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 Driftwood tours are flexible. Your 7 Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland Tour 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.

What's included in your trip?
  • A journey of discovery in a super-comfy, slick Mercedes Benz mini-coach
  • 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 essential attracions
  • Live like lords and ladies with a one night stay in a castle
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Entrance into the epic Rock of Cashel
  • A working sheep farm experience
  • Entrance into Bantry House situated on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Entrance into Aughnanure Castle
  • 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
  • Boat Trip in Dingle Bay
    €10.00
    Harbour cruise around scenic Dingle Bay.
  • Golf in Dingle
    Variable
    Play 18 holes at Dingle’s links course. All day activity.
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride**
    €20.00
    Horse-drawn carriage ride in Killarney National Park. Cash required.
  • Garnish Island Boat Trip
    €19.00
    Scenic boat trip to Garnish Island plus admission to botanical gardens.
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Scenic church and reflection of blue sky, clouds and mountains in the lake at Gougane Barra, Ireland
Stay in top quality hotels and scenic guesthouses
Pier in Roundstone with Connemara mountain range in background
Experience the savage beauty of Connemara
Dramatic shot of very small people standing on top of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
Visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way
Two horse-drawn jaunting carriages in Killarney National Park, Ireland
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park
Drifter tour vehicle stops on the scenic Healy Pass between Kerry and Cork
Cross from Kerry to Cork over the spectacular Healy Pass
Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren
Marvel at 5,000 year old dolmens in the Burren National Park
Scenic setting of 18th century Bantry House and Garden in West Cork, Ireland
Visit scenic 18th century Bantry House in wonderful West Cork
Master crystal craftsman Sean Daly in his studio in Dingle, Ireland
See Irish craft masters at work in their studios, like Sean Daly of Dingle Crystal
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7 Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland Tour Intro & Highlights

  • Experience amazing bucket-list destinations like the famous Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone to gain the gift o’ the gab
  • Overnight in an atmospheric castle hotel in the heart of Connemara
  • Tour spectacular Killarney National Park in a horse-drawn ‘jaunting’ carriage
  • Meet craftspeople and discover handmade Irish crafts in open studios
  • Meet lambs and sheepdogs on a guided Irish farm tour including a sheepdog experience
  • Visit stately homes, gardens and castles, like Bantry House - owned by the same family since the 1700s
  • Spot seals and other wildlife as you board a boat for the scenic crossing to Garnish Island Gardens
  • Taste the best of Ireland’s delicious food, craft beer and smooth whiskey in lively restaurants and authentic pubs
  • TOUR DIRECTION: This is the counter-clockwise tour itinerary. It also runs in a clockwise direction around Ireland.
A group of guests posing on Slea Head in the sunshine overlooking the sea
A group of guests posing on Slea Head in the sunshine overlooking the sea
Happy touring group on the Healy Pass in Ireland

Day 1: Tour Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

Embark on your Irish journey of discovery from Dublin, bound for to Connemara.

  • Strike a John Wayne pose on the Quiet Man Bridge in Connemara.
  • Be amazed by stunning natural scenery on the shores of Killary Fjord.
  • See Kylemore Abbey, famed for its natural setting.

Accommodation tonight is at The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Kylemore Abbey reflected in its lake
Drifter tour vehicle with guests looking at a stunning Connemara landscape

Day 2: Castle Tour & The Burren

Witness the savage beauty of Connemara and the changing landscape of Clare.

  • Take a guided tour of 16th century Aughnanure castle, ancestral home to the ferocious O’Flahertys (Fee Included).
  • Marvel at 5,000 year old dolmens and the bewitching landscape of the Burren National Park.
  • We'll have a perfect photo opportunity at coastal Dunguaire Castle, just outside the pretty village of Kinvara.
  • Hold onto your hat! It's the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher (Fee Included).

Accommodation tonight is at The Lahinch Coast Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

The spectacular Cliffs of Moher in Ireland during a 12 day tour
Aughnanure Castle tower

Day 3: Cliffs Of Moher & Farm Tour

Castles, cliffs and kingdoms as we move from Clare to Kerry.

  • Watch out for dolphins as we cross the mighty Shannon estuary by ferry (Fee Included).
  • Visit a working Irish sheep farm for a sheepdog demo. This experience may occur on Day 1 on some departures.
  • Recount the extraordinary Antarctic exploits of Tom Crean at the South Pole Inn.
  • Roll into bustling Dingle just in time for a creamy pint of Guinness.

Accommodation tonight is at Emlagh House.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Three people sitting outside the South Pole Inn enjoying a pint

Day 4: Free Time in Dingle

This morning is yours to design. Relax with down time in Dingle. Or partake of the following options:

  • Take a scenic boat ride around the gorgeous Dingle Bay (Optional Extra).
  • Stroll Dingle's streets for a quirky mix of craft studios, lively pubs, fantastic food, and traditional Irish music.
  • Jaw-dropping scenery and knife-edge drops are guaranteed on a leisurely drive around Slea Head.

Accommodation tonight is at Emlagh House.

The average driving time today is 1 hours 30 minutes.

Fishing boats docked in Dingle harbour in the sunshine
Happy tour group touring the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Day 5: Horse Carriage Ride In Killarney

Time to travel along the Wild Atlantic Way from Dingle to the hotspots of the Iveragh Peninsula.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the southern Dingle Peninsula, with a beach stop at Inch Strand.
  • Take a horse-drawn ‘jaunting car’ around the magnificent Killarney National Park (Optional Extras).
  • Rugged scenery as we cross the Caha Pass or Healy Pass.

Accommodation tonight is at The Seaview House Hotel or The Maritime Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

A group of guests jaunting in Killarney National Park
A group of guests sitting on a wall overlooking the Ring of Kerry

Day 6: Bantry House & Boat Trip

This morning we head out onto the rugged Beara Peninsula, heading into West Cork.

  • Visit stately Bantry House, owned by the same family since the 18th century (Fee Included).
  • Watch for cheeky seals on the boat trip to Garnish Island and its Italianate formal gardens (Optional Extras).

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

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Drifter tour vehicle exploring the Healy Pass
An arch in the Italian Gardens on Garnish Island in Ireland

Day 7: Blarney Stone & Rock Of Cashel

Before we say goodbye, there’s still time for some of Ireland’s top highlights in Cork and Tipperary.

  • Trace the River Lee, passing patchwork fields, stone bridges and charming cottages.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone amidst the lush surroundings of Blarney Castle Gardens (Fee Included).
  • See the epic Rock of Cashel, with its stunning natural setting and complex history (Fee Included).

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

A couple walking across the bridge in Blarney Gardens with Blarney Castle in the background
A panoramic view of the Rock of Cashel and the fields surrounding it
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