This National Geographic award-winning, 8 day tour of Ireland is packed full of Irish history, culture, and bracing adventure activities, such as hiking, biking, horse-riding, sea kayaking, and surfing.
The Wild Irish Rover Tour takes the word ‘wild’ seriously, taking guests off the beaten path, showing you the real Ireland you can’t find in the guidebooks. You will stay in an authentic Irish castle, visit ancient Celtic forts, kiss the Blarney Stone, and take a boat trip around the Skellig Islands.
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If this 8 day tour sounds too energetic, check out our equally fun but leisurely 6 Day Ancient Ireland Tour
All Vagabond tours are flexible. Your 8 Day Vagabond Wild Irish Rover 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.
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.
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. 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!
What makes Abbeyglen great is that it is a hotel that is marinated in character, charm, warmth and friendliness.
It offers hospitality second to none where all our guests are treated to real Irish traditional hospitality that is accompanied by luxury, comfort, great food and entertainment.
Spanish Point House is a charming, luxury, period guest house beautifully situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, in the picturesque seaside resort of Spanish Point, Co. Clare. Tastefully and carefully restored to its former glory it combines old world charm with modern day luxury. A haven of tranquillity with magnificent sea-views. Be assured of a very warm welcome and a personal touch from your attentive hosts, Pat, Aoife and Ríain O’Malley.
Located on the shores of Dingle Bay, enjoy breath-taking views across the countryside from Dingle Skellig Hotel. Just a short stroll from the town, you will enjoy the excellent facilities as well as the unique atmosphere. The perfect base to unwind after a long day exploring the Dingle Peninsula. Enjoy your breakfast or dinner whilst admiring the spectacular Dingle Bay.
Nestled into the picturesque seafront of Portmagee, the Moorings Guesthouse overlooks the village’s busy working harbour. Just 30 seconds walk from the pier, where boats leave for the Skelligs every morning, and right at the heart of village life, there’s simply nowhere more convenient to base yourself when you stay in Portmagee. Gerard and Patricia Kennedy’s warm and genuine welcome is a great way to end a good day’s adventuring.
The Jones family have been welcoming visitors to The Coachmans Townhouse Hotel for generations. Excellent location on Henry St, in the heart of day and nightlife where speciaity shops and award winning restaurants are plentiful. The Coachmans Bar is noted for its Irish Whiskey collection and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way whiskey trail. High class quality Irish music can be enjoyed during dinner in a casual setting.
Gougane Barra Hotel is fifth generation family run hotel on the edge of Gougane Barra Lake run by Neil And Katy Lucey. They are tucked away in the mountains in a hidden and romantic glaciated valley in the South West of Ireland. The rooms either look out on the stunning lake or give great mountain views. The hotel is surrounded by forest with walking trails beginning at the front door.
Overlooking the Ilen River, the West Cork Hotel is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and in the heart of Skibbereen. Deeply rooted in the community, it’s the warmth of The West Cork Hotel’s staff, relaxed charm and town centre location that reveal the true heart of this hotel. Established in 1902, The West Cork Hotel was owned and operated by the Murphy family for 104 years. In 2006, it was acquired by Skibbereen residents Tim and Marian Looney who pledged to continue the hotel’s ethos of old fashioned hospitality and value.
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Begin your cultural adventure from the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin at 8.30am.
The average driving time today is 5 hours.
Our tour follows along the Wild Atlantic Way from Connemara down to Clare.
The average driving time today is 4 hours.
Starting the day in Clare, we'll reach Kerry and the Dingle peninsula by the afternoon.
The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.
Discover Dingle, one of Ireland's most exciting small towns, with plentiful activity options and down time.
The average driving time today is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Move from Dingle to Portmagee across the Iveragh peninsula.
The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes
Explore amazing adventure options off the Iveragh peninsula before ending an active day in Kenmare.
The average driving time today is 2 hours.
Expect rugged roads and superb scenery today as you journey from Kenmare to West Cork.
The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.
Before we say goodbye back in Dublin, we'll catch some tour highlights travelling from Cork via Tipperary.
The average driving time today is 4 hours and 30 minutes.