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8 Day Wild Irish Rover Tour

8 Day Wild Irish Rover Tour

8 Day Wild Irish Rover Tour

Overview

Its wild, it’s Irish and its roving! This award-winning Ireland adventure tour includes a night in a castle, two nights in Dingle town and a great variety of activity options and historical sites for each day. This Vagabond tour was selected by the world famous National Geographic Traveler Magazine in 2013 as being one of the ‘Top 50 Tours of Lifetime’. Please note the direction of the tour is not optional.

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About This Tour

Explore the Irish landscape in our 4x4 trons

It's wild, it's Irish and it's roving! The 8-day award-winning Ireland tour from Vagabond is an awesome tour covering the west coast of Ireland from the peninsula's of the south-west all the way up to Connemara.
Every Vagabond tour is unique, as we tailor them to the needs and requirements of each group and of course the weather.

This tour combines a perfect mixture of outdoor activity, great scenery, history and culture, relaxing pubs and local experiences. Eight days means that you are never rushed, however, you will experience so much of Ireland you will feel like you've been travelling for weeks.

The tours leave from Dublin city centre at 08.30am on the first morning and get back about 6 pm on the last day. So we 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 9 pm.

South West

First, you head down to the South West to Cork and Kerry and the three peninsula's of Beara, Iveragh (The Ring of Kerry) and Dingle. The tour spends two nights in the buzzing little fishing town of Dingle to give you more time to partake in activities, get to know the area and the locals, to explore the shops, pubs, galleries and restaurants that abound there – or simply to relax and catch your breath.

Coastal View on the Beara Peninsula - Thank you Jeanne Roth for the photo

Coastal View on the Beara Peninsula

West

Then you will travel north and across the River Shannon into County Clare home to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher then heading into Galway city and north into the Connemara region.

Cliffs of Moher - Thank you Amber Strickland for the photo

The striking Cliffs of Moher

 

Tours starting/finishing point:

All tours start and finish at the Grand Canal Hotel, Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin 4

Highlights

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
  • Ireland's rugged Wild Atlantic Way
  • 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
  • The Wild West of Connemara's mountains

Conor Pass

A stunning view over the Conor Pass

Enjoy some of Ireland's most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:

  • Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
  • Killarney and Connemara National Parks
  • The Cliffs of Moher

    Cliffs of Moher - Thank you Amber Strickland for the photo

    The Cliffs of Moher

Enjoy some fantastic activity options:

  • Walking and hiking through some of Ireland's best scenery
  • Horse-riding on the Dingle Peninsula
  • Mountain biking or bike touring in the Killarney National Park.
  • Sea-kayaking with Fungi the Dolphin
  • Try your hand at surfing an Atlantic Wave
  • Learn the ancient art of "Vagaball"!

kayaking

Kayak in Dingle Bay

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
  • Optional trip to the Skellig islands, one of Ireland's UNESCO World Heritage sites and a scene location for Star Wars - The Force Awakens.
  • Ancient Neolithic Stone circles, Celtic ring forts, castles, monastic sites and pre-Christian tombs

Explore the famous Rock of Cashel

Explore three of Ireland's most diverse southwestern Peninsulas and the West coast:

  • 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
  • The lunar limestone landscape of the Burren, County Clare

Headland on the Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry

Take some free time to explore local communities and meet 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

Enjoy the Buzz of Galway City

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 pot still distillery in the world

    Visit a working sheep farm

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 castle

What's Included

  • Off the beaten track adventure in Vagabond 4X4 tour vehicle.
  • Services of highly trained professional Vagabond tour guide
  • 8 FULL days on tour
  • Seven nights accommodation (6 nights hotel and 1 night in a castle).
  • 7 full Irish breakfasts (enough to keep you fuelled to dinner!)
  • Fantastic guided walks
  • Entrance fees are included in the tour price to most of the historical and archaeological sites along the way, including Blarney Stone €18.00, Rock of Cashel €8.00 and the Cliffs of Moher €6.00
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • Shannon ferry tickets
  • All relevant taxes
  • Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
  • Loads of laughs

Printable Optional Activities Sheet

AND...Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking (we have never cancelled a tour, that's a promise)

Price - Optional Extras list

Lunches and evening meals

Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:

  • Horse-riding - €35 for an hour
  • Sea-Kayaking - €50 for three hours
  • NaomhOg Rowing - €25 for 1 and a half hours
  • Dingle Distillery - €15
  • Boat trip to see Fungi (Dingle) - €20 (guideline price)
  • Surfing Castlegregory - €40
  • Bike touring in Killarney National Park - €30. A Free option is to stroll around the beautiful grounds of Killarney National Park where there are enjoyable forest trails.
  • Boat trip to the Skellig Islands (extremely weather dependent) - Landing: €100 (all season). Cruise (not landing on Skellig Michael) €40. Please check in with us for further details.

Printable Optional Activities Sheet

Tour Pricing and Currencies

All tour prices and payments are in Euro only. The US Dollar prices above are a guide only, we can only quote exact prices in Euro.

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Key Points

  • Vehicle:4x4 Land Rover or Mercedes 'Vagatron'
  • Activity:Hikes, kayaking, horse-riding, cycling and boat trips. Plus lots of history and culture. If this sounds too active we suggest a Driftwood 7 day tour.
  • Pace Of Tour:8 days of activity, adventure and discovery. This tour requires a good level of fitness. For example, can you hike for 2.5 hours on undulating hill paths? Would you enjoy a 2.5 hour cycle on varying terrain?

Travellers Tales

Testimonial

I just wanted to send you a little personal email to say how much I enjoyed the Wild 8 day tour that my sister and cousin just completed with your company. Henry made the whole trip amazing as a wonderful, engaged and entertaining guide.  He was funny, knowledgeable and totally able to navigate a van of 10 women! We loved him immediately and he took us to out of the way places and gave us wonderful little titbits about the village/city or countryside that we were visiting at any given time. We had a pipeline to the weather gods - who comes back from Ireland with a sunburn? yup! that was us. Your tour company was recommended to me by friends who took a tour with your company two summers ago (I think). Yours was the only tour company that I looked at and would like to do your tour of Northern Ireland within the next two years.

Wendee Wood - 8 Day Wild Irish Rover Tour June 2018

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