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7 Day Irish Castles & Kingdoms Tour

The Perfect Historical and Cultural Tour of Ireland

Experience amazing castles and historic kingdoms along Ireland’s southwestern Wild Atlantic Way. Tour the Ring of Kerry. Stay in an Irish castle hotel. Cruise the Skellig Islands. Visit the Cliffs of Moher. And so much more!

Get ready to discover the ancient beauty of the Emerald Isle. 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.

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You may like to explore our more active Vagabond tour style too. For example, our 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure, an incredible, coast-to-coast excursion through Northern Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way.

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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 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
  • 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

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.

Flexible and optional activities 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.
  • 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.
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Vagabond Tours are the best way to see Ireland!
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We have taken many tours across Europe. Vagabond is way beyond all of them in all areas. The guides are well-versed in history, culture and a great sense of humor and adventure! The hotels are great, many of them family-run, a castle or a an original Irish hotel steeped in history! …
Priscilla Flanagan, 4th Nov 2021
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Amazing your! Edwina was a fantastic, knowledgeable and safe. The small group allowed us to really get into the history of the country. Absolutely fantastic.
Product : Great value and tour. Accommodations were beautiful
James La Femina, 3rd Nov 2021
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Every thing was great. From the nice van , great knowledge of the guides , the itinerary was excellent. Just an all together great package.
Product : It was all we hoped it would be. Great choices and the history is impressive.
Lawrence Gaskell, 21st Sep 2021

7 Day Castles & Kingdoms

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Everything I Imagined And Much More
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this company and my touring experience. From the beginning when I booked the tour, to every call I made with a question or a payment, to finally stepping foot on Irish soil for the first time and then hopping on the comfy van for my trip around the magical countryside. Every single interaction I had with Vagabond was just wonderful. Edwina, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, fun, and passionate about all that is Ireland.
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Vacation of a Lifetime
On September 19, 2021 my wife and I met with our guide Tim to begin our Driftwood - 7 Day Tour of Castles. It was our first tip to Ireland and we chose the absolute best touring company and were lucky enough to be blessed with a fantastic tour guide. I would rate the Vagabond experience a solid 15 stars and our guide Tim 15 plus stars. We appreciated his energy, knowledge of Irish history and even his singing voice. When asked if he knew the song Seven Drunken Nights he not only knew the song but sang very verse! As a citizen of Ireland by descent he helped me feel that I truly belonged in the land of all my four grandparents. In a way I felt I was "home". Born in America but Irish by blood. As a senior citizen using a rollator/walker to get around, Tim went far and above his duties not only to help me but also to make sure every step I took was safe. This caring attitude ensured our enjoyment. He even climbed the stairs of Blarney Castle to see if I was safe! Tim even helped us arrange tickets for a train trip from Dublin to Galway City with a return by bus and a cab ride to Cobh... Every stop on our was appreciated and enjoyed. Vagabond is the BEST tour company in Ireland and their guides are also the BEST. My next tour will be with Vagabond. They are the only way to go!
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One Of Life's Finest Experiences
From the day we started planning our 7 Day Castles and Kingdoms tour with Vagabond & Driftwood Tours until the day they dropped us off at the hotel at the end of our tour, everything was nothing less than a most positive experience. Andrew our guide was one of the finest people we have ever met and he would stop at nothing to make sure that our experience or that of our fellow tour mates was top notch. If you are considering a vacation with Vagabond/Driftwood, don't think twice, just do it! You won't regret the experience.
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Exterior of Ballyseede Castle Hotel in Ireland
Stay in charming Ballyseede Castle Hotel
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
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
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7 Day Historical Irish Castles Tour Intro & Highlights

Embark on an unforgettable cultural tour of Ireland with Driftwood Tours. Experience amazing Irish culture, ancient castles, and beautiful islands on a relaxing jaunt along Ireland's southwestern Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Stay in a historic Irish castle hotel!
  • Feel the magic and see stunning sights on the world-famous Ring of Kerry.
  • Walk along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at the elegant Blarney Castle and Gardens.
  • Explore delicious Irish food in Kinsale, lreland's gourmet capital.
  • Take a boat trip around the amazing Skellig Islands.

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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: Cliffs of Moher, The Burren & Galway City

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

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: Castle Stay, Sheep Farm Tour & Boat Trip

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 (Tour Option - €15 per person).
  • Alternatively, see ocean cliffs, traditional pubs and seaside villages along the spectacular Loop Head.
  • Watch out for dolphins as we ferry across the mouth of the River Shannon.
  • Tralee is Kerry's largest town and home to the famous Rose of Tralee Festival.
  • Visit a working a sheep farm and see a sheepdog demo.
  • Live like lords and ladies tonight at elegant Ballyseede Castle Hotel.

The average driving time today is 2 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 Tour & Skellig Islands Boat Trip

Today we're touring the scenic Ring of Kerry route, circuiting the Iveragh peninsula from Tralee to 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: Horse Carriage Ride Through National Park

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

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: Historic House Tour & Ancient Monuments

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 (Tour Option - €6 per person).
  • 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 1 hour 30 minutes.

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: Guided Food Tour & Free Time 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 (Tour Option - €5 per person).
  • 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: Kiss The Blarney Stone & Tour A Castle

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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