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.

đŸ”„ This tour may run in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.

€2,749.00* Per Person Sharing.
Single Supplement EURO €469
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Estimated $USD 2019 Price: $3,197 (based on $1 = €0.86)

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An animated green map of Ireland with cartoon houses, round tower, pint of Guinness, Dolmen and castles dotted around the country Artboard 1
Driftwood Van
Time to relax and explore historic Ireland
Smooth and comfortable Mercedes-Benz tour vehicles
Tour historic castles and traditional Irish culture
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Day 1 - Dublin To Antrim

  • Begin your journey of discovery from the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin at 8.10am
  • Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on a Black Cab Tour or visit the Titanic Centre
  • Revel at the medieval monastic ruins and Celtic high crosses of Monasterboice
Black cab tour of Belfast with tour group and mural in the background
Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on a Black Cab Tour
Celtic Cross at Monasterboice
Revel at beautiful Celtic high crosses in Monasterboice

Day 2 - Antrim To Derry

  • Walk in the footsteps of Finn McCool at the Giant’s Causeway
  • Dare to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, suspended high above the waves
  • Raise a glass at Bushmills, the oldest whiskey distillery in the world
Basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway wtih a mountain in the background
Walk in the footsteps of Finn McCool at the Giant’s Causeway
Carrick-a-rede rope bridge panorama including sea
Dare to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Day 3 - Derry To Mayo

  • Panoramic 360° vistas await you at the beautifully preserved Celtic stone ringfort at GrianĂ¡n of Aileach
  • Patrol the ramparts of Ireland’s only walled city, on a guided walking tour of Derry
  • Take a guided tour of 15th century Donegal Castle
Grianán of Aileach stone ringfort
Panoramic 360° vistas await you at the Celtic stone ringfort at Grianán of Aileach
Sunset falls on 17th century walls of Derry
Patrol the ramparts of Ireland’s only walled city, on a guided walking tour of Derry

Day 4 - Mayo to Clifden

  • See the savage beauty of Connemara's wind-bent trees, wild moorlands and dark lakes
  • Explore the picturesque streets and lively pubs of Westport and Clifden
  • Experience a hands-on visit to Tom Nee’s sheep on the mountainous shores of Killary Fjord
Drifter tour vehicle with guests looking at a stunning Connemara landscape
See the savage beauty of Connemara's wind-bent trees, wild moorlands and dark lakes
Bridge over Carrowbeg river in Westport town centre
Explore the picturesque streets and lively pubs of Westport

Day 5 - Connemara

  • Tour Kylemore Abbey and Gardens – one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic buildings
  • Drop into Roundstone, a stunningly located village at the heart of Connemara
  • Discover the mirror lakes, stark mountains and magical wilderness of the Inagh Valley
Kylemore Abbey reflected in its lake
Tour Kylemore Abbey and Gardens – one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic buildings
Roundstone pier in Connemara
Drop into Roundstone, stunningly located at the heart of Connemara

Day 6 - Connemara to Clare

  • Take a guided tour of 16th century Aughnanure Castle
  • Marvel at the limestone landscape and 5,000 year old monuments of the Burren National Park
  • Visit the city of the tribes - buzzy, bohemian Galway
The Poulnabrone Dolmen in The Burren, Ireland
Marvel at Poulnabrone, a 5,000 year old dolmen in the Burren National Park
Aughnanure Castle tower
Surprise visits to local craft stores, cafés and chocolatiers

Day 7 - Clare to Dingle

  • Hold onto your hat! It's the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher
  • Recount the extraordinary Antarctic exploits of Tom Crean at the South Pole Inn
  • Roll into bustling Dingle just in time for a creamy pint of Guinness
The scenic Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
Stand in awe atop 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 - Dingle

  • Go dolphin spotting by boat in Dingle Bay or sample craft liquor at Dingle Distillery
  • Stroll Dingle's streets for a quirky mix of craft studios, lively pubs, fantastic food and authentic traditional music
  • Jaw-dropping natural scenery and knife edge drops are guaranteed on the route around Slea Head
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 - Dingle to Kenmare

  • Take a horse-drawn ‘jaunting car’ around the magnificent Killarney National Park
  • Meander through the independent craft shops and picturesque streets of characterful Kenmare
  • Tour the famous Ring of Kerry for scenic photo stops and craft shopping
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
Tour the famous Ring of Kerry for scenic photo stops and craft shopping

Day 10 - Kenmare to West Cork

  • Rugged mountains, superb scenery and livestock-induced traffic jams on the wild Beara peninsula
  • Visit stately Bantry House, owned by the same family since the 18th century
  • Watch for cheeky seals on the boat trip to Garnish Island and its Italianate formal gardens
Drifter tour vehicle exploring the Healy Pass
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 - West Cork to Dublin

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone in the lush surroundings of Blarney Castle Gardens
  • See the epic Rock of Cashel, with its stunning natural setting and complex history
  • Trace the River Lee, passing patchwork fields, stone bridges and charming cottages
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
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
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.

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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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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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Photos
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
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