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12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour

12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour

12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour

Overview

This epic 12-day Irish tour effortlessly explores more of Ireland than most Irish people will visit in their lifetime. From the Giant’s Causeway in the very northeast to the Blarney Stone in the south-west, the tour is filled with amazing and varied scenery, fantastic walks, great outdoor activity options. Not to mention fascinating historical and legendary sites. This really is a tour of a lifetime.

2019 Tour Dates

April: 22, 29; May: 6, 13, 20, 27; June: 3, 10, 17, 24; July: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August: 5, 12, 19, 26; September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; October: 7.

View 2019 Itinerary Here

About This Tour


On this incredible Irish adventure, you will experience and learn about both the modern and ancient history of Ireland. This 'Giant Irish Adventure Tour' is made up of our award-winning 8-day tour plus with the added bonus of experiencing Northern Ireland and the rugged north-west coast. On this Vagabond Tour, you will travel the length of the famous 'Wild Atlantic Way'. Please see below more details on parts of Ireland you will explore.

The tours leave from Dublin city centre at 08.20am 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.

Northern and Northwest Ireland:

Dunluce Castle

The stunning Dunluce Castle

In 2007 Northern Ireland was named as one of the top ten places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet travel guides. Not surprising really when you consider the great scenery, fascinating history and political situation, the activity options, and the genuinely warm welcome. Plus, of course, for many, it is a completely new area to be explored as the peace has unfolded over the last ten years. All the highlights such as Belfast, Derry, The Antrim coastline and the Giant's Causeway are covered – plus plenty of secret places of our own. Fans of the Game of Thrones will be treated to see many of the stunning backdrops from the series, which were shot largely in Northern Ireland. To check out these scene location click here.

Northwest and Western Ireland:

Slieve League Cliffs - Thank you Larry Murr for the photo

Slieve League - Ireland's highest cliffs

Heading across to the north-west imagine a country of wild moorland, rugged mountain ranges, and endless unspoiled beaches. Counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo feature some of Europe's least populated regions – at times we will have the landscape all to ourselves as we walk in the hills of Donegal, explore the megalithic tombs at Carrowkeel or walk along silver strand beach in Mayo. There are of course a few well-known highlights, like Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain and plenty of breathtaking lesser known locations.

Western Ireland:

Doolough Famine Memorial Co Mayo

Doolough Famine Memorial Co Mayo

The Western section of the tour weaves its way down the coast from county Mayo into counties Galway and Clare and down towards the mighty River Shannon. Firstly we enter Connemara, a favorite area for Irish people to come on holiday due to the rugged scenery, local friendliness and culture. Continuing south, either through or around Galway city we enter the southerly province of Munster and county Clare to explore the unique landscape of the Burren, enjoy the live traditional Irish music in area and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher.

South West Ireland:

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

Coastal View on the Beara Peninsula

The south-west is the most popular area of Ireland for visitors, and with good reason. We spend four nights in Counties Kerry and Cork exploring the three peninsulas of Dingle, Iveragh (the Ring of Kerry) and Beara. Each has its unique scenery and atmosphere, from the green rolling fields and buzzing town of Dingle, to the majestic mountains of the Ring of Kerry and the remote and unspoiled wilderness of the Beara Peninsula. We take trips to islands, sea-kayak with seals, visit ancient archaeological sites and enjoy first-class Cork and Kerry hospitality before heading inland and back through Limerick and Tipperary to Dublin.

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:

  • The Glens of Antrim
  • Galway's Connemara Region
  • The Wild Moorlands and Mountains of County Mayo
  • Ireland's highest mountain range The Macgillycuddy Reeks
  • The green fields and stone walls of Dingle
  • Ireland's wild and rugged Atlantic coastline from the Northeast corner all the way to the south west
  • The Burren Limestone Plateau
  • The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula

    Our 'Vagatron'

    Explore the Irish landscape in our 4x4 trons

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

  • The Giants Causeway and Carrick a Rede rope-bridge
  • Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
  • Killarney National Park
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Scene locations from The Game of Thrones
  • The Wild Atlantic Way

    Carrick a rede rope bridge

    Cross the famous Carrick-a-Rede bridge

Enjoy some fantastic activity options:

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

    Horse riding on a beach

    Ride an Irish horse on our stunning coast

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:

  • Clamber over the cliff-top ruins of Dun Luce Castle
  • Climb Knocknaree Mountain to Queen Maeve's tomb
  • Visit The Rock of Cashel
  • Optional trip to the Skellig islands, one of Ireland 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 built tombs
  • Take a Black cab tour of the fascinating Belfast city
  • A walking tour of Londonderry/Derry city

    A Dolmen

    Walk among the history of Ireland

Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the 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

    Buskers on the streets

    Enjoy the buzz of Galway city

 Some fun little side trips:

  • Relax in a hot, rejuvenating Seaweed bath
  • Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing
  • Take a boat trip to try Spot Dingle's most Friendly occupant - Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay

    A working sheep farm

    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
  • 12 FULL days on tour
  • 11 nights accommodation (10 nights hotel, 1 night in a castle)
  • 11 Full Irish breakfasts (enough to keep you fuelled to dinner!)
  • Fantastic guided walks
  • Entrance fee included to most of the historical and archaeological sites along the way, including Blarney Stone €18.00 and Rock of Cashel €8.00. Also entry to the Giant's Causeway Centre GB£11.50 and the Cliffs of Moher €6.00
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • All relevant taxes
  • Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
  • Loads of laughs...
AND...Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking (we have never cancelled a tour, that's a promise)

Price - Optional Extras description

We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. As we stated above, most of the historical sites we visit are free to enter, as of course are the walks and beaches. The additional activities we do offer are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers over the years.

  • 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.
  • Black Cab taxi tour of Belfast - GB£10
  • Titanic Visitor Experience - GB£18.50
  • Dunluce Castle - £4
  • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery – GB£8
  • An in-depth walking tour of Derry - GB£4 - a FREE option is to enjoy the splendor of the mighty city walls at your leisure
  • Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge – GB£8
  • Sliabh Liag Cliffs by Boat - €20

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.

 

View 2019 Itinerary Here

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, then we suggest a Driftwood 11 day tour.
  • Pace Of Tour:12 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

We recently returned from the 12 day Vagabond Adventure with tour guide Sean. He ensured that all had a great trip. He is a walking encyclopedia of all things Irish, told many funny stories and is a true gentleman. There were 5 of us traveling together with 3 couples. I can honestly say that I can't decide which day I liked best. Everything was wonderful. Being off the beaten track away from tour buses, having to ourselves country roads, castles, ring forts, hiking trails, the greenest vistas and clearest water one has ever seen made this absolutely the trip of a lifetime. If you want to see the best that Ireland has to offer and like some daily activity this is the trip to book!

Jane, 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure June 2017

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