7 Day Irish Castles & Kingdoms Tour

Experience amazing castles and historic kingdoms along the southwestern Wild Atlantic Way.

Tour the Ring of Kerry. Stay in an Irish castle hotel. Cruise the Skellig Islands. Visit the Cliffs of Moher. Kiss the Blarney Stone. Take a boat trip to Scattery Island. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride in Killarney. See 2 National Parks.

🍰 Icing on the cake? Savour 2 nights in the little-known foodie mecca of West Cork.

 

€1,789.00* Per Person Sharing.
Single Supplement EURO €315
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Estimated $ USD 2019 Price: $2,080 (based on $1 = €0.86)

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Time to relax and explore historic Ireland
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Tour historic castles and traditional Irish culture
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Day 1 - Dublin to Clare

  • Begin your journey of discovery from the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin at 8.20am
  • Hold onto your hat! It's the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher
  • Marvel at limestone landscape and ancient monuments in the Burren National Park
Scenic Cliffs of Moher
Visit the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher
Poulnabrone dolmen
See ancient monuments in the Burren

Day 2 - Clare to Kerry

  • Stay in an Irish castle at elegant Ballyseede Hotel
  • Boat trip and guided tour of historic ruins on Scattery Island
  • Traditional pubs and seaside villages on Loop Head
Exterior view of Ballyseede Castle hotel in Ireland showing foliage and greenery
Stay in a REAL Irish castle
Graveyard and ruined church on Scattery Island in Ireland with dark clouds overhead and factory chimneys on the horizon over a stretch of water
Guided boat trip to Scattery Island

Day 3 - Ring of Kerry

  • Tour the world famous Ring of Kerry scenic route
  • Cruise around the Skellig Islands, Ireland's dramatic Atlantic islands
  • Explore stunning Valentia Island
Sea arch on Little Skellig with Skellig Michael in the background
Take a cruise around the Skellig Islands
Scenic landscape of mountains and sheep at Moll's Gap
Tour the world famous Ring of Kerry

Day 4 - Kerry to West Cork

  • Take a horse-drawn ‘jaunting car’ around Killarney National Park
  • Experience the tranquility and beauty of Gougane Barra
  • Admire the charming 19th century Muckross House Gardens
Horse drawn jaunting carriage in Killarney National Park
Jaunt around Killarney National Park in a horse-drawn carriage
Gougane Barra Valley lake reflection
Experience the tranquility and beauty of Gougane Barra

Day 5 - West Cork

  • Explore the picture perfect town of Kinsale, Ireland's charming gourmet capital
  • Visit stately Bantry House, owned by the same family since the 18th century
  • Imagine Celtic rituals at Drombeg Stone Circle
Bright and colourful shops in Kinsale
Explore the picture perfect town of Kinsale
Bantry House and Gardens
Visit stately 18th century Bantry House

Day 6 - Kinsale

  • Relive bloody battles of the past at Charles Fort
  • Savour a tasting of real Irish craft whiskey or beer
  • Relax and soak up Kinsale’s charms with crafts and culture aplenty
Kinsale harbour in Ireland with green fields in the background and boats on tranquil water in the foreground
Relax and soak up Kinsale’s charms
Colourful row of Irish cottages in Kinsale
Wander the quaint streets of Kinsale

Day 7 - Kinsale to Dublin

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone to gain 'the gift of the gab'
  • Wander the extensive grounds and lush, landscaped gardens of Blarney Castle
  • Gaze up in awe at Cahir Castle, one of Ireland's largest medieval fortresses
Blarney Castle and tower beside river
Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
A rainbow over Cahir Castle walls with sunlit foliage in the foreground
Visit Cahir, one of Ireland's largest castles
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

Seaview House Hotel, Co. Cork

Seaview House is a delightful 4 star country house hotel set in the heart of West Cork - an area famed for its tranquillity and unique beauty. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way near Ballylickey Bridge over the Ouvane River, the main rooms at Seaview House command wonderful views of Bantry Bay.

"It’s the perfect spot to refresh body and soul. Come and experience our piece of heaven!"
Exterior view of Seaview House and gardens in Cork, Ireland
Table set for lunch at Seaview House and gardens in Cork, Ireland

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
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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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
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