11 Day Discover Ireland Tour

Discover Ireland from coast to coast. Relax into your seat for a once-in-a-lifetime journey of discovery. Experience incredible Irish crafts, history and culture.

Visit the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tour Northern Ireland and remote Donegal. Stay in an Irish castle hotel. See 3 National Parks. Enjoy 2 days in quaint Connemara and 2 fun nights in Dingle.

🔄 This tour may run in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.

€2,959.00 pps*
*Single Supplement EURO €509
Estimated $USD 2020 Price: $3,292 (based on $1 = €0.89)
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€2,959.00 Per person sharing

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

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

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 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour is no different.

Unmissable activities 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.

Brexit Notice: Please note all tours travelling into Northern Ireland will continue to run as normal and scheduled. Please contact us with any direct concerns you may have.

What's Included In Your Trip
  • A journey of discovery in a slick Mercedes mini-coach
  • The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide
  • 11 full days on tour
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • 10 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts
  • A 1 night stay in an Irish castle
  • A working Irish sheep farm experience
  • Guided tour of 18th century Bantry House
  • Guided tour of Aughnanure Castle/Donegal Castle
  • Entrance into the world famous Giant’s Causeway
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Entrance into the epic Rock of Cashel
  • Shannon ferry tickets
  • Most daily activities and visits (see Tour Options below)

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

Lots of flexible options while on tour!
  • Black Cab Tour
    £10.00
    Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.
  • Titanic Experience
    £18.50
    Self-guided tour of the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
    £9.00
    Cross this scenic rope bridge, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Bushmills Distillery Tour
    £9.00
    Guided walking tour of the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
  • Dunluce Castle
    £5.50
    Self-guided tour of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
  • Walking Tour of Derry
    £4.00
    Guided walking tour of Ireland’s only walled city.
  • Dingle Distillery Tour
    €15.00
    Guided tour of distillery with craft whiskey, vodka and gin tasting.
  • Boat Trip Dingle
    €15.00-€20.00
    Boat trip across Dingle Bay to meet Fungie the Dolphin.
  • Garnish Island
    €16.00
    Boat trip to Garnish Island and Gardens.
  • Horse-Drawn Jaunting Tour
    €15.00
    Horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park.
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Our guide, Aidan, was fantastic! Made everyone feel special and included. His knowledge of Ireland, it's history and of interesting facts was outstanding!
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I would recommend Vagabond to my friends. The drivers/guides are the face of the company for members of the tour and they were both excellent and, as important, they are lovely people. My recommendation is to reduce the driving time a little so that the tourists can spend extra time at the hotels where there are 2 night stays.
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Desire more than a "Taste" of Ireland? Use Vagabond Tours!
Vagabond has broke the mold when it comes to small personal tours. The Mercedes tour coach is comfortable and roomy, the hotels and BnBs were great (we stayed in a Castle for 1 night), the personalized attention to ensure each person got the vacation of their expectation, great musical pubs, big WOW attractions and scenery, back road country drives to remote ancient locations which the big buses couldn't get to....all was fantastic!
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Wonderful Tour of Ireland
My husband and I have wanted to see Ireland for many years. Finally we decided on a Driftwood 11 day tour of Ireland even though friends said it would be easy to self drive Ireland. It was the best decision we ever made. Every hotel exceeded our expectations - comfortable beds, excellent breakfasts, hot showers, amazing views and great locations.
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Wonderful sights in amazing Ireland
We had a great tour of the country. The group was only 13 people and it was fun getting to know everyone. Hotels were wonderful, small and very charming. Our tour guide, Ed did a great job. She was knowledgeable and made sure we had everything we needed. I would highly recommend this trip.
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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
The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland at sunrise
Tour the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland
Scenic setting of 18th century Bantry House and Garden in West Cork, Ireland
Visit scenic 18th century Bantry House in wonderful West Cork
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
Pier in Roundstone with Connemara mountain range in background
Explore the savage beauty of Connemara on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Drifter tour vehicle stops on the scenic Slea Head Drive in Dingle
Kerry is your home from home for 2 fun-filled nights on the beautiful Dingle peninsula
Master crystal craftsman Sean Daly in his studio in Dingle, Ireland
See Irish craft masters at work in their studios, like Sean Daly of Dingle Crystal
Scenic gardens of Garnish Island in Glengarriff, West Cork, Ireland
Take a boat trip to the gorgeous gardens of Garnish Island
Driftwood Tour Group gazing out over scenic Killary Harbour/Fjord from Tom Nee's sheep farm in Ireland
Visit a real working sheep farm on the shores of Ireland's only fjord
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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Ballygally Castle, Co. Antrim

They say location is everything, and if so Ballygally Castle has it all! Sitting proudly on the scenic Antrim coast, the 400 year old castle is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. This 4 star hotel has recently undergone major refurbishment and is one of the finest hotel on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. Its tasteful contemporary décor, combined with the traditional character of the hotel, adds to the welcoming atmosphere.

Exterior of Ballygally Castle Hotel at dusk
The stunning gardens and exterior of Ballygally Castle

Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Co. Derry

Experience the rustic elegance and authentic Irish charm of the Beech Hill Country House - one of Ireland's finest manor house hotels run by Conor Donnelly and his team. During its 400-year history, Beech Hill played a role in a series of high profile international events, including the Plantation of Ulster, the 1641 Rebellion, the Siege of Derry in 1689 and World War II, during which the hotel grounds hosted one of the largest US Navy accommodation camps in Base One Europe.

"On behalf of our family and all the team at Beech Hill Country House, we would like to welcome you to this wonderful hotel."
The exterior of Beech Hill with a guest horse riding through the gardens
A picnic on the grass in front of Beech Hill with two horses in the background

Mount Falcon Estate and Hotel, Co. Mayo

Situated in the heart of the Moy Valley on the banks of the River Moy, the 4 star Mount Falcon Estate and Hotel offers 100 acres of magical woodlands. The Estate is perfectly located for exploring The Wild Atlantic Way. Originally constructed as a wedding gift, this Victorian Gothic manor house exudes understated elegance and is widely recognised as the most romantic house in Ireland.

Exterior view of Mount Falcon House and Estate
Interior design of main bedroom in Mount Falcon House

Clifden Station House Hotel, Co. Galway

The Galway to Clifden railway was opened officially on the 1st of January 1895. It operated until 1935 with the closure of the railway line. The buildings of the old railway station have been thoughtfully restored to house the Clifden Station House Hotel. It features a railway theme incorporating many of the original features, including the old railway platform. It’s a fantastic example of old world Ireland, thoughtfully restored.

The interior of the Clifden Station House bar and restaurant
The interior design of a main bedroom in the Clifden Station House Hotel

Wild Atlantic Lodge, Co. Clare

The Wild Atlantic Lodge is ideally located along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ballyvaughan Village in the heart of The Burren. The Hotel has a very cosy relaxing atmosphere as they aim to make the service as personal as they can. It is ideally located for touring The Burren, discovering the Cliffs of Moher and seeing the Aran Islands.

"We go the extra mile for our guests and do everything in our power to ensure that all guests have a pleasant experience when staying with us."
The bar and restaurant in the Wild Atlantic Lodge with the television on and Guinness on the table
The interior of a main double room in the Wild Atlantic Lodge with a Lighthouse painted on the wall

Dingle Benners Hotel, Co. Kerry

Dingle’s oldest hotel Dingle Benners has a heritage dating back over 350 years. Their old world charm and elegance will captivate you from the moment you arrive. It is one of the most luxurious hotels, offering you the best of both worlds traditional Irish warmth and comfort coupled with the best of modern facilities. Situated in the centre of Dingle Town, in the heart of West Kerry, Dingle Benners is regarded as one of the best located Kerry hotels.

"Our team have excellent local knowledge and we will ensure that you make the very most of your time on the Wild Atlantic Way."
The traditional Irish interior of the Dingle Benners bar and Restaurant with a lighting fire
The interior design of a main double room in the Dingle Benners Hotel

Lansdowne Arms, Co. Kerry

The Lansdowne Arms Hotel is a beautiful Victorian Style Kenmare Hotel built 1790. It is an oasis of tranquillity and elegance situated in the heart of the picturesque town of Kenmare Co, Kerry. Kenmare Bay is located on the famous Ring of Kerry and the rugged Ring of Beara. The family run Hotel is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the splendours of one of the most beautiful spots in Ireland.

"We offer our guests true Irish hospitality with friendly hotel staff that will do everything to ensure your hotel stay is a pleasant stay."
The exterior of the Lansdowne Arms Hotel with outdoor seating area
The interior of the foyer in the Lansdowne Arms Hotel

Gougane Barra, Co. Kerry

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
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11 Day Ireland Tour Intro & Highlights

Tour Northern Ireland then follow the Wild Atlantic Way on a once-in-a-lifetime journey of discovery. Fun, laughter, culture and history are guaranteed.

  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher and kiss the Blarney Stone.
  • Stay at a castle hotel featuring a 17th century tower and a resident ghost.
  • Tour Northern Ireland to spot Game of Thrones props and locations.
  • Walk on the legendary Giant's Causeway and tour an Irish whiskey distillery.
  • Spend 2 days in magical Connemara and 2 nights in lively Dingle.
  • Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.

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Step onboard your comfortable Mercedes tour vehicle
Smiling Driftwood tour group at the Celtic ringfort Grianán of Aileach in Ireland
Make new friends as you explore Ireland's history and culture.

Day 1: Belfast & Castle Stay

Begin your tour from Dublin and travel to Antrim's Causeway Coast via Belfast.

  • Revel at the medieval tower and monastic ruin of Monasterboice, with its beautiful Celtic high crosses.
  • Cross into Northern Ireland (remember, UK £ sterling required).
  • Explore Belfast with a guided Black Cab Tour, a visit to the Titanic Centre or follow the Glass of Thrones trail.
  • Discover one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Stay at Ballygally Castle Hotel with its 17th century tower, Game of Thrones door and resident ghost.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

An aerial shot of the causeway coast with a view of the beach and sea
Discover one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the Causeway Coastal Route
Stay at beachfront Ballygally Castle Hotel with its 17th century tower house

Day 2: Tour Northern Ireland

Start the day on the Antrim coast before heading to Derry.

  • Walk in the footsteps of mythical Finn McCool on the Giant’s Causeway.
  • Cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge over the ocean.
  • Visit the historic ruins of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
  • Taste Irish whiskey on a guided tour of Bushmills, the world's oldest licensed distillery
  • Your accommodation and dining tonight is at Beech Hill Country House Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Guests visiting the Giant's Casueway and exploring the landscape
Walk in the footsteps of Finn McCool at the Giant’s Causeway
Guests crossing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge suspended over the Atlantic
Dare to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Day 3: Historic Walking Tour

Leave Derry and Northern Ireland, visit Donegal and end the day in Mayo.

  • Take a guided walking tour of Derry, Ireland’s only walled city.
  • Visit an ancient stone ringfort at Grianán of Aileach.
  • Walk the ramparts of 15th century Donegal Castle on a guided tour.
  • Honour Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, WB Yeats, in Sligo.
  • Accommodation tonight is at the elegant Mount Falcon Estate & Spa.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

A panoramic view of the walled city of Derry
Guided walking tour of Ireland’s only walled city, Derry
A panormaic view of the stone fort Grianán of Aileach
Panoramic 360° vistas from the Celtic stone ringfort, Grianán of Aileach

Day 4: Connemara Farm Tour

Westward we go, moving from Mayo to Clifden in Connemara.

  • Tour a working sheep farm on spectacular Killary Fjord.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Doolough Valley.
  • Sheep shearing and sheepdog demo on the mountainous shores of Killary Fjord.
  • Explore the picturesque towns of Westport and Clifden.
  • Get comfortable at the centrally-located Station House Hotel in Clifden tonight.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Smiling female tour group in Doolough Valley, Ireland
Drive through the breathtaking Doolough Valley
Tour group watch a sheep shearing demonstation in Killary Harbour, Ireland
Sheep shearing and sheepdog demo at Killary Fjord

Day 5: Kylemore & Connemara

Dive deeper into the region of Connemara, starting and ending the day in Clifden.

  • Admire Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings.
  • Discover the postcard Irish beauty of the Inagh Valley.
  • Drop by Roundstone, a quaint village at the heart of Connemara.
  • White sand and crystal waters await you on Gurteen Beach.
  • Accommodation tonight is once again at the Station House Hotel in Clifden.

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

Kylemore Abbey reflected in its lake
Tour Kylemore Abbey and Gardens – one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic buildings
Tour guest holding a phone in front of a scenic lake and mountains landscape in Connemara, Ireland
Discover the postcard beauty of the Inagh Valley

Day 6: Castle Tour & National Park

Heading south, we'll leave Connemara and circuit Galway Bay to reach Clare by day's end.

  • Take a guided castle tour of historic 16th century Aughnanure.
  • Visit the city of the tribes - buzzy and bohemian Galway.
  • Marvel at the Poulnabrone Dolmen - it's older than the pyramids!
  • Explore the Burren National Park with its amazing limestone landscapes and unique flora.
  • Your accommodation tonight is the homely Wild Atlantic Lodge in Ballyvaughan.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

The Poulnabrone Dolmen in The Burren, Ireland
Marvel at Poulnabrone, a 5,000 year old dolmen in the Burren National Park
Aughnanure Castle tower
Take a guided tour of 16th century Aughnanure Castle

Day 7: Cliffs of Moher & Dingle

Wake up in Clare before watching the sun set over the kingdom of Kerry.

  • Start the day in dramatic fashion at the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher.
  • Cross the mighty river Shannon by ferry.
  • Recount the extraordinary exploits of Tom Crean at the South Pole Inn.
  • Roll into bustling Dingle to sample some amazing pubs and live music.
  • Enjoy traditional Irish warmth and comfort at the centrally located Dingle Benners Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Smiling family tour group at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Visit the 700ft tall Cliffs of Moher
Dingle Bay Hotel in a colourful line of buildings
Roll into the bustling and colourful town of Dingle

Day 8: Relax in Dingle

Free time to explore Dingle or choose from a range of optional activities.

  • Take a guided craft tour of a working crystal studio.
  • Go dolphin spotting on a boat trip across Dingle Bay.
  • Sample craft Irish whiskey on a tour of Dingle Distillery.
  • Experience one of Ireland's most stunning scenic drives on Slea Head.
  • Your accommodation tonight is once again at the Dingle Benners Hotel.

The average driving time today is 1 hour 30 minutes

Scenic Slea Head Drive landscape
Jaw-dropping natural scenery and knife edge drops on the Slea Head Drive
Fungie the dolphin and a boat tour
Go dolphin spotting by boat in Dingle Bay

Day 9: Killarney National Park

Starting in Dingle, we'll wend our way across the scenic Iveragh peninsula to Kenmare.

  • Take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park.
  • See the magical 1,000 year old yew tree still growing at the heart of ruined Muckross Abbey.
  • Catch traditional Irish music and outstanding local food in picturesque Kenmare.
  • Scenic, short hike to Torc Waterfall.
  • The Lansdowne Arms at the heart of Kenmare is your accommodation for the night.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Horse drawn jaunting carriage in Killarney National Park
Take a horse-drawn ‘jaunting car’ around Killarney National Park
Scenic landscape of mountains and sheep at Moll's Gap
Wend your way across the scenic Iveragh peninsula

Day 10: Historic Houses & Gardens

Expect rugged roads and superb scenery as we move from Kenmare to West Cork via the Beara peninsula.

  • Imagine ancient rituals at a mysterious Neolithic stone circle.
  • Watch for seals on the boat trip from Glengariff to Garnish Island and its Italianate formal gardens.
  • Tour stately Bantry House and Gardens, still inhabited by the same family who built it in the 18th century.
  • Gaze out over stunning lakes and mountains on the Healy Pass, Ireland's twistiest road.
  • Home tonight is either the Gougane Barra Hotel or Seaview House Hotel in Bantry.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

A panoramic view of the Healy Pass taken from a height
Rugged mountains and superb scenery on the wild Beara peninsula
Bantry House and Gardens
Visit stately Bantry House and Gardens in West Cork

Day 11: Blarney & Cashel

Your last day. But it's a full one! We'll leave West Cork behind and head for Dublin via Tipperary.

  • Trace the Lee Valley downriver, passing patchwork fields, stone bridges and charming cottages.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone in the lush surroundings of Blarney Castle Gardens.
  • Tour the epic Rock of Cashel with its stunning natural setting and historic architecture.
  • Disembark your Drifter tour vehicle back at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin between 5-6pm.
  • Farewell hugs all round for your new Driftwood friends!

The average driving time today is 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Celtic crosses in graveyard with tall tower and church at Rock of Cashel
See the epic Rock of Cashel with its cathedral, round tower and Celtic crosses
Blarney Castle and tower beside river
Kiss the Blarney Stone in the lush surroundings of Blarney Castle Gardens
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