7 Day Treasure Ireland Tour
7 Day Treasure Ireland Tour
A tour with an excellent vintage, this 7 day Driftwood tour is a fantastically comprehensive Irish tour experience. Its relaxed and flexible itinerary covers some of Ireland’s best scenery and historical sites. A fantastic small group tour of the south west and west of Ireland. A great way to see Ireland in 7 days.
About This Tour
This Driftwood small group 7 day tour of Ireland covers the south west and west of Ireland. A tour with a perfect blend of breathtaking scenery, history, culture; there are visits to some of Ireland's greatest stately homes and gardens; Free times to wander and explore the local communities we visit; excursions to a whiskey distillery, excellent accommodation, food, Irish pubs and much, much more.
We will take you to some of Ireland's best know tourist spots like the Blarney Stone, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher but also because our groups and vehicles are smaller, we will also take you right away from the beaten track and show you our favourite hidden corners of Ireland.
Firstly we head south west, through the green heart of Ireland and counties Kildare, Tipperary and Limerick to Counties Cork and Kerry. We then spend the next 4-5 days exploring the fabulous south west of Ireland and its varied peninsula's before then weaving our 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 have the cliffs to marvel at and there is also the option of a day trip to the world famous Aran islands (you visit the islands while we drive around Galway bay and pick you up on the other side).
Last but certainly not least is the wild and rugged Connemara region, 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 and so it makes a fitting location for the last night of the tour. We head back to Dublin either via Galway city or through Cong in County Mayo (depending on whether you went to the Aran islands the day before), stopping in Kilbeggan on the way for a bit of whiskey tasting to round of an unforgettable week.
Please see below for the list of departure dates currently available for this 7 day Driftwood “Treasure Ireland” Tour. If the dates you are interested are not available, please contact us as we may be able to release some places or schedule in another tour.
Please note that this tour each week will be travelling in either a clockwise or an anti-clockwise direction. We do advise checking with Vagabond first, especially if you are meeting up with anyone along the way or have other travel arrangements that we may need to coordinate with
Some of the great highlights you can enjoy on your Driftwood 7 day 'Treasure Ireland' Tour:
Revel at some of Europe's very best scenery, including:
- Ireland's highest mountain range The Macgillycuddy Reeks
- The Green fields and stone walls of Dingle
- Connemara's mountains, lakes, beaches and rivers
- Ireland’s wild and rugged Atlantic coastline
- The River Shannon (which we cross by ferry)
- The Burren Limestone Plateau
- The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula
- The green inland scenery of areas such as the Golden Vale in Tipperary
Enjoy some of Ireland's most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:
- Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
- Killarney National Park
- The Cliffs of Moher
- Take the optional day trip to the Aran Islands
Visit some of Ireland's great houses and Gardens:
- Muckross House and Gardens, Kerry
- Bantry House and Gardens, Cork
- Garinish island Gardens, Cork
- Kylemore Abbey and Grounds, Connemara
Wonder at some of Ireland's historical treasures and experience the rich historical past of the region, from Stone Age man to the modern age.
- Visit The Rock of Cashel
- Ancient Neolithic Stone circles, Celtic ring forts, castles, monastic sites and built tombs
Explore three of Ireland's most diverse south western Peninsulas:
- The majestic Iveragh peninsula (better known as the Ring of Kerry)
- The rugged Beara Peninsula (also known as the 'undiscovered peninsula')
- The rolling hills of the Dingle Peninsula
Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:
- The vibrant and buzzing Galway city
- The galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!) in Dingle town (pop. about 2500)
- The shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare
Some fun little side trips:
- Visit a working sheep farm for a display of working dogs and also sheep shearing
- Take a boat trip to try Spot Dingle’s most Friendly occupant - Funghi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay
- Optional visit to Locke’s Irish Whiskey Distillery, the oldest potstill distillery in the world
And at night:
- Live music and excellent food in some of Ireland's best pubs and restaurants.
- Overnight in quality, locally owned guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in small, friendly local communities.
- Spend a night in a superb Irish Castle Hotel
- Journey of discovery in a Driftwood mini coach tour vehicle.
- Services of highly trained professional Driftwood tour guide
- 7 FULL days on tour
- Six nights accommodation (1 nights B&B, 6 nights Hotel - one of them in an Irish castle hotel).
- Entrance to most of the historical and archaeological sites along the way including The Rock of Cashel, The Blarney castle, The Cliffs of Moher.
- Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
- 6 Full Irish breakfasts.
- Shannon ferry tickets
- All relevant taxes.
- Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
- Loads of laughs
AND...Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking (we have never cancelled a tour, that's a promise)
We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. Most of the places we visit are free to enter. The additional activities we do offer are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers over the years.
- Lunches and evening meals
- Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
- Boat trip to Garinish Island – €15
- Visit to Bantry House and Gardens or Muckross House– €8/€9
- Day trip to the Aran Islands –€20
- Visit to working sheep farm - €7
- Jaunting Car ride in Killarney National park – €15
- Vehicle:Comfortable Mercedes or Volkswagen 16 seater 'Drifter' Mini-coach.
- Activity:Easy. No hikes or adventure activities.
- Pace Of Tour:A relaxed pace of tour with free time, days are filled with scenery, history and culture.
Having a small size tour was great. Our guide Tim was very knowledgeable and was attentive to everyone's needs and expectations. Everything was extremely organized but flexible so we had options each day which made it even better. I cant say enough good things about my experience. - 5 Star *****