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7 Day Castles & Kingdoms Tour

The Perfect Historical & Cultural Tour of Ireland

Experience amazing castles and historic kingdoms along Ireland’s southwestern Wild Atlantic Way. Discover the ancient beauty of the Emerald Isle on Driftwood Tours' 7-day Irish Castles & Kingdoms tour.

Tour the Ring of Kerry. Stay in an Irish castle hotel. Cruise the Skellig Islands. Visit the Cliffs of Moher. And so much more!

This is a cultural and historical tour of Ireland like no other, making it perfect for history buffs and anyone looking for an authentic Irish experience. As part of our range of relaxed Driftwood Ireland Tours, this tour offers an immersive but easy-going experience, making it the perfect Ireland tour for over 50s or anyone, young or old, who prefers an easygoing pace when they travel. You may like to find out more about Driftwood Tours or to simply read through the incredible 7-day itinerary below. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this once-in-a-lifetime historic tour of Ireland.

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€1,929.00 Per person sharing

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

A 15% deposit is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

All tours are charged in EURO. Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

Time to relax and explore historic Ireland
Smooth and comfortable Mercedes-Benz tour vehicles
Tour historic castles and traditional Irish culture
What's Included

All Driftwood tours are flexible. Your 7 Day Irish Castles & Kingdoms Tour is no different.

Unmissable activities and full days on tour 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/Volkswagen 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 visits (see Tour Options below for extras)
  • Live like lords and ladies with a one night stay in a castle
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • A working sheep farm experience
  • Entrance into Bantry House situated on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Entrance into Cahir Castle, once the scene of sieges and bombardments for centuries
  • Shannon ferry tickets

For your information - below are a list of options you can choose while on tour.

Lots of flexible options while on tour!
  • Skellig Islands Cruise
    €40.00
    Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins.
  • Skellig Experience
    €5.00
    Learn the story of Ireland's island treasures at this visitor centre.
  • Charles Fort
    €5.00
    Self-guided tour of this storied 17th century star fort near Kinsale.
  • Brewery & Distillery Tour Kinsale
    €12.00
    Guided tour and tasting of craft beer and spirits. 1 hr approx.
  • Horse-Drawn Jaunting Tour
    €15.00
    Horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park.
  • Scattery Island
    €15.00
    Boat trip and guided tour of historic ruins on Scattery Island.
  • Derrynane House
    €5.00
    Self-guided tour of Daniel O'Connell's historic home.
  • Whiskey Tasting Kinsale
    €16.00
    Guided tasting of Irish whiskeys in an authentic Irish pub.
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Tour was great! Tim, our guide, was knowledgeable, personable and flexible, making extra effort to bring us to places off the itinerary but important to the group.
Product : Saw and experienced so many things and places. Got a great sense of Ireland's history.
21st Oct 2019
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Vagabond Tours does an excellent job of presenting a mix of activities at a pace that keeps you moving but not feeling rushed. There is a great deal of flexibility in the tours and opportunity for individuals to have choices in what they are doing. This was our second experience with Vagabond and I can't imagine seeing Ireland with any other company. They do travel right! Their gu…
21st Oct 2019
Castles & Kingdoms tour highly recommended!
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Service was very good from office communications to interface with the driver/guide throughout the tour. Attention to detail on the road was great.
Product : From start to finish, the "Castles & Kingdoms" itinerary was creative, educational and, above all, delightful. Everything …
Alison Gardner, 20th Oct 2019
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Patchwork fields and distant islands on the Ring of Kerry in Ireland
Feel the magic on the world famous Ring of Kerry
A boat in front of Little Skellig island off the coast of Ireland
Cruise the remote and dramatic Skellig Islands
Exterior of Ballyseede Castle Hotel in Ireland
Stay in charming Ballyseede Castle Hotel
Colourful streetscape at Stone Mad Gallery in Kinsale
Explore gourmet Kinsale, Ireland's little-known foodie mecca
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
Ruined buildings with tower in the background
Take a boat trip and guided tour of Scattery Island
Two horse-drawn jaunting carriages in Killarney National Park, Ireland
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park
Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren
Marvel at 5,000 year old dolmens in the Burren National Park
Accommodation

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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Armada Hotel, Co. Clare

The Armada Hotel brings you all the sounds, sites and tastes of West Clare on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by the beautiful coastline and scenic countryside, Spanish Point epitomises what the Wild Atlantic Way is all about - vast skies over breathtaking Atlantic views, locally sourced seafood and walking the nearby Cliffs of Moher.

The exterior view of the Armada Hotel located on the Atlantic coastline with a beach at its front door
The interior design of a main room in the Armada Hotel with views of the beach

Ballyseede Castle, Co. Kerry

The stunning Ballyseede Castle in Co.Kerry is one of the finest 4-star luxury castle hotels in Ireland and Kerry's only castle hotel. Situated close to Tralee, on the famous Ring of Kerry, Ballyseede Castle is a favourite with every generation. When you pass through the gates of Ballyseede Castle, you know you are entering a special world steeped in history and spledour.

The interior of the grand hall in Ballyseede Castle with chandelier
A round pergola in the gardens of Ballyseede Castle surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees

The Coachmans Townhouse Hotel, Co. Kerry

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.

"We feel honoured and privileged to be in such a fortunate position where we can help create wonderful memories for our guests."
The bar and restaurant of The Coachmans with traditional Irish instruments on show
The interior design of a double room in The Coachmans

Gougane Barra Hotel, Co. Cork

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.

"We like what we do and aim to look after you as best as we can, be welcome to make our home yours in Gougane Barra"
View of Gougane Barra Hotel and the chapel on the side of the lake with the mountains in the background
A stunning view of the Gougane Barra Chapel on the Lake with mountains in the background

West Cork Hotel, Co. Cork

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.

The exterior of the West Cork Hotel
The interior of the restaurant in the West Cork Hotel

Blue Haven Hotel, Co. Cork

Gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, the Blue Haven Hotel will welcome you with open arms. Just a stone's throw from dozens of great restaurants, lively bars and interesting craft shops. You will love their seamless blend of boutique and contemporary luxury, whether you're relaxing in the lounge with a coffee, enjoying Tapas & Fine Wines in Aperitif, or sampling the Seafood in their Fish Market.

"The Blue Haven prides itself in delivering the ultimate in
friendly, efficient and personal service to its customers"
Hotel bar and restaurant interior at Blue Haven
Interior design of Blue Haven's main bedroom

Actons Hotel, Co. Cork

Actons Hotel is situated in heart of the colourful historic harbour town of Kinsale also referred to as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Over the years Actons of Kinsale has established a reputation for its exceptional location, highly personal and genuine guest care with the location of Kinsale holding some of the most breath-taking views one can imagine’

"Here at Actons, we have gained a reputation for highly personal and genuine guest care for all travelers"
Exterior view of Actons Hotel with views of the harbour views
Interior design of a harbour view main bedroom
Itinerary
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7 Day Irish Castles Tour Intro & Highlights

Experience amazing Irish culture, ancient castles and beautiful islands on a relaxing jaunt along the southwestern Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Overnight in an historic Irish castle hotel.
  • Feel the magic on the world famous Ring of Kerry.
  • Walk along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at elegant Blarney Castle and Gardens.
  • Explore delicious Irish food in lreland's gourmet capital, Kinsale.
  • Take a boat trip around the Skellig Islands, the incredible World Heritage Site.

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Exterior view of Ballyseede Castle hotel in Ireland showing foliage and greenery
Overnight in an historic Irish castle hotel
Smiling tour group on board a boat trip to the Skellig Islands, Ireland
Take a cruise around the Skellig Islands

Day 1: Wild Atlantic Way Bound

Your journey of discovery kicks-off from Dublin. We head for Clare via Galway, at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • First stop: the bustling little city of Galway.
  • See traditional sailing boats and castle towers in picturesque Kinvara.
  • Drop by chocolate factories and ancient monuments in the Burren National Park.
  • Visit the 700ft high, world famous Cliffs of Moher.
  • Revel in delicious food, cosy rooms and stunning coastal views at the ​Armada Hotel in Spanish Point tonight.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

The magnificent world famous Cliffs of Moher
Visit the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher
The picturesque town of Kinvara looking out to sea with boats in the harbour
See traditional sailing boats and castle towers in picturesque Kinvara.

Day 2: Boat Trip & Castle Stay

Today we're headed south along the Wild Atlantic Way, exploring Clare and Kerry.

  • Boat trip and guided tour of historic ruins on Scattery Island.
  • Sea cliffs, traditional pubs and seaside villages on Loop Head.
  • Watch out for dolphins as we ferry across the mouth of the River Shannon.
  • Tralee is home of the Rose of Tralee festival and beautiful rose garden.
  • Live like lords and ladies tonight at elegant Ballyseede Castle Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Exterior view of Ballyseede Castle hotel in Ireland showing foliage and greenery
Stay in an Irish castle hotel at elegant Ballyseede
Cottages and ruined church on Scattery Island, Ireland
Boat trip to and guided tour of Scattery Island

Day 3: Ring of Kerry & Boat Trip

Today we're touring the scenic Ring of Kerry route, circuiting the Iveragh peninsula from Tralee to Kenmare.

  • Visit a medieval stone fort and crumbling castle ruins.
  • Explore 1400 years of history on a boat trip around the Skellig Islands.
  • Get a taste for local Irish culture, history and ice cream on Valentia Island.
  • Discover Derrynane, historic home and golden sand beach.
  • Your accommodation is at the ​centrally-located Coachmans Townhouse in Kenmare​.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Smiling tour group on board a boat trip to the Skellig Islands, Ireland
Take a cruise around the Skellig Islands
Driftwood tour group at scenic viewpoint on the Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Tour the world famous Ring of Kerry

Day 4: Killarney National Park

Wandering scenic highways and byways, we'll sojourn from Kenmare to West Cork.

  • Take time to cafés, art galleries and craft shops in Kenmare this morning.
  • Visit a working a sheep farm and see a sheepdog demo.
  • Tale a horse-drawn ‘jaunting car’ carriage around beautiful Killarney National Park.
  • Admire charming 19th century Muckross House Gardens.
  • Experience tranquil accommodation tonight at Gougane Barra Hotel or the West Cork Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

A working sheepdog demonstration with a farmer, sheepdog and sheep.
Visit a working a sheep farm and see a sheepdog demo.
Gougane Barra Valley lake reflection
Experience the tranquility and beauty of Gougane Barra

Day 5: West Cork

A relaxing day exploring West Cork, finishing in Kinsale.

  • Visit stately Bantry House, owned by the same family since the 18th century
  • Trace your Irish roots at Skibbereen Heritage Centre.
  • Imagine mysterious Celtic rituals at Drombeg Stone Circle.
  • Explore the picture perfect town of Kinsale, Ireland's charming gourmet capital.
  • Your accommodation is at either theBlue Haven​ or Actons Hotel in Kinsale​.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Bright and colourful shops in Kinsale
Explore the picture perfect town of Kinsale
Scenic view of 18th century Bantry House and Gardens in west Cork, Ireland
Visit stately 18th century Bantry House

Day 6: Relax in Kinsale

Unwind in Ireland’s gourmet capital with free time to soak up the crafts and culture of Kinsale.

  • Don't miss traditional Irish music sessions and an exciting restaurant scene.
  • Guided tour of historic Charles Fort at the mouth of Kinsale harbour.
  • Guided meadery tour and tasting of Irish wildflower honeys.
  • Pay tribute to 9/11 firefighters at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.
  • Your accommodation is once again at either the ​​Blue Haven​ orActons Hotel in Kinsale​.

The average driving time today is 1 hour.

A bowl of seafood including praws and salad from a restaurant in Kinsale
Relax and soak up Kinsale’s charms
A tour guide leads a Driftwood tour group around Charles Fort in Kinsale, Ireland
Tour historic Charles Fort at the mouth of Kinsale harbour

Day 7: Blarney Castle & Dublin

Time to say slán with some amazing sights on your final day exploring from Kinsale to Dublin.

  • Follow the River Lee through picture postcard Irish countryside.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone to gain 'the gift of the gab'.
  • Wander the lush gardens around Blarney Castle.
  • Gaze up in awe at medieval Cahir Castle.
  • Disembark your Drifter tour vehicle back at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin between 5-6pm.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Blarney Castle and tower beside river
Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Smiling Driftwood tour group at Blarney Castle & Gardens in Ireland
Wander the lush gardens around Blarney Castle
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All tours are charged in EURO. Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

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