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11 Day Discover Ireland Tour

A Truly Unforgettable Culture Trip Through Ireland

This 11 Day Discover Ireland Tour is the perfect way to get the most out of your Ireland vacation. Relax into your seat for a once-in-a-lifetime journey of discovery around Ireland’s wild and unforgettable coast.

As with the rest of our Driftwood Ireland Tours, this experience is a relaxing combination of both cultural and small-group tour of Ireland. Visit the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tour Northern Ireland and remote Donegal. Stay in an authentic Irish castle hotel. Enjoy 2 days in idyllic Connemara and 2 fun nights in Dingle. This is a complete culture trip of Ireland. But if you’re hungry for adventure activities, please check out our 12 Day Giant Irish Tour, one of our more active Vagabond Cultural Adventure Tours.

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

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

A €100 deposit per person 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.

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)

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
  • Black Cab Tour
    Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.
  • Titanic Experience
    Self-guided tour of the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
    Cross this scenic rope bridge, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Bushmills Distillery Tour
    Guided walking tour of the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
  • Dunluce Castle
    Self-guided tour of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
  • Walking Tour of Derry/Londonderry
    Guided walking tour of Ireland’s only walled city.
  • Dingle Distillery Tour
    Guided tour of distillery with craft whiskey, vodka and gin tasting.
  • Boat Trip Dingle
    Scenic boat trip across Dingle Bay
  • Garnish Island
    Boat trip to Garnish Island and Gardens.
  • Horse-Drawn Jaunting Tour
    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
The inside of the Rock of Cashel
our the epic Rock of Cashel with its stunning natural setting and historic architecture.

We put great effort into selecting accommodation. Your 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour will overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations). No hotel chains here!

🔄 Please note that your 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour itinerary may run in either clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Minor differences in accommodation exist between the two directions of the tour. Please contact us if you have any queries in this regard.

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Ballygally Castle, Co. Antrim

They say location is everything. 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

Shipquay Hotel, Co. Derry

Overlooking the City Walls and the famous Guildhall, Shipquay Hotel is a luxurious and intimate boutique hotel in the heart of Derry. The origins of the building date back to 1895 when it was originally constructed for the Provincial Bank of Ireland. Shipquay oozes personality, character and style throughout.

The exterior of the Shipquay hotel in Derry
The interior of the double room in Shipquay hotel

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

Gougane Barra, 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 offer our guests true Irish hospitality with friendly hotel staff that will do everything to ensure your hotel stay is a pleasant stay."
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, 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 interior of the restaurant in the West Cork Hotel
The exterior of the West Cork Hotel

Roe Park Hotel

Set amid the gorgeous surroundings of the Roe Valley Country Park, this 4 star hotel blends the charm of a country house estate with modern luxuries and conveniences. All rooms have been beautifully decorated and offer fabulous views of either the golf course or courtyard garden. The Roe Park Hotel is the perfect place to relax, explore and enjoy your stay in the North Coast of Ireland.

Aerial shot of Roe Park Resort in Northern Ireland
Hotel room at Roe Park Resort in Northern Ireland

Eccles Hotel

Situated in the quaint village of Glengarriff overlooking Bantry Bay, the Eccles Hotel is a beautiful hotel boasting over 250 years of history. Our olde worlde charm and stunning location on the beautiful Beara Peninsula in West Cork makes Eccles Hotel the perfect place to retreat to.

Exterior of Eccles Hotel in Cork
Outdoor lunch table
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11 Day Ireland Tour Intro & Highlights

Get ready for an unforgettable culture trip through Ireland. 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 at the impressive Blarney Castle.
  • 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 — it's like teleporting into Westeros for a day!
  • Walk on the legendary Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • 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: Tour Belfast & Castle Stay

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

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: Coastal Northern Ireland Tour

Start the day touring the Northern Ireland coastline before heading to Derry/Londonderry.

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
Ruins of Dunluce castle on the Antrim coast
Visit the ruins of Dunluce Castle, perched perilously on a clifftop

Day 3: Donegal & Walking Tour of Derry

Explore Derry/Londonderry before departing Northern Ireland, visiting Donegal and Sligo and ending the day in Mayo.

  • Take a guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry, Ireland’s only walled city (Tour Option - £4 per person).
  • 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, W.B. Yeats, in Sligo.
  • Accommodation tonight is at the elegant Mount Falcon Estate

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 Sheep Farm Tour

Westward we go, moving from Mayo to Clifden, Galway

  • Tour a working sheep farm on spectacular Killary Fjord. Dependent on later stops.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Doolough Valley.
  • 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 30 minutes.

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: Tour Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

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 picture postcard beauty of the Inagh Valley.
  • Drop by Roundstone, a quaint village at the heart of Connemara.
  • 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 & Burren 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 & Farm Tour

Wake up in Ballyvaughan, Clare, explore the Cliffs of Moher and then watch the sun set over Kerry.

  • Start the day in dramatic fashion at the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher.
  • Tour a working sheep farm. Dependent on earlier stops.
  • Be amazed by the life of Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean, at his former pub, the South Pole Inn.
  • Roll into bustling Dingle to sample colourful pubs and live music.
  • Enjoy traditional Irish warmth and comfort at Dingle Benners Hotel.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

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: Scenic Drive & Boat Trip in Dingle

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

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
The exterior of Dick Macks pub in Dingle
Drift through some of Dingle's distinctive pubs meeting friendly locals

Day 9: Carriage Ride Through National Park

Starting in Dingle, we'll take the scenic route to Glengariff in Cork, via Killarney.

  • Take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park (Tour Option - €15 per person).
  • See the magical 1,000 year old yew tree growing at the heart of ruined Muckross Abbey.
  • Take a short, scenic hike to Torc Waterfall.
  • The charming Eccles Hotel on the shores of Bantry Bay is your accommodation for the night.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Horse drawn jaunting carriage in Killarney National Park
Take a horse-drawn ‘jaunting car’ around Killarney National Park
A close up picture of a native red deer in Killarney National Park
Watch out for native red deer in Killarney National Park

Day 10: Historic House Tour in Bantry

Expect rugged roads and superb scenery as we explore further the remote 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 Option - €16 per person).
  • Tour stately Bantry House and Gardens, inhabited by the same family since 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 the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen.

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 Castle & Rock of 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 elbow bumps 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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