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8 Day Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Your Dream Tour of the Wild Atlantic Way

Southwest Ireland here we come! Get set for 8 days of incredible Irish castles, culture, islands and villages. New for 2023, this 8 day off the beaten track itinerary is a fully-guided Driftwood Journey of Discovery, departing Dublin.

Highlights include the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Kerry, Cork and Clare. Expect serene landscapes, such as the remote Beara Peninsula, mixed with cultural highlights, like Blarney Castle. In between, you'll encounter friendly locals, surprisingly delicious food and incredible natural landscapes.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "We have traveled quite extensively and appreciated letting someone else get us to the places we wanted to visit and share information about the history of Ireland. The hotels were lovely, the hosts worked hard to please and the itinerary was what we'd hoped for. You will not be disappointed." Verified Guest Review, Dec 2022.

🚐 Please note, this tour may use either a VagaTron (13-seater) or Drifter (15-seater) tour vehicle. Learn more about the difference.

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*Price displayed is the discounted price for Mar, Apr and Oct.

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

A €250 deposit per person is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

**All tours are charged in EURO. Exchange rates quoted are online rates and may differ to the rate our payment partner Flywire and banks offer.

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What's Included

All Driftwood tours are flexible. Your 8 Day Driftwood Wild Atlantic Way 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.

What's included in your Ireland tour?
  • A journey of discovery in a super-comfy, slick Mercedes Benz mini-coach
  • The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide
  • 8 full days on tour
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 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
  • Entrance into the epic Rock of Cashel
  • A working sheep farm experience
  • Entrance into Bantry House situated on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Entrance into Aughnanure Castle
  • Shannon ferry tickets

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
  • Boat Trip in Dingle Bay
    €10.00
    Harbour cruise in Dingle Bay
  • Skellig Islands Cruise
    €50.00
    Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins.
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
    €15.00
    Scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park
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What Driftwooders Think...

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7 Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland Tour
"THE. BEST. EXPERIENCE."

Tour group in Ireland

Not enough words to describe the tour and if I could give 10 stars I would.

Our guide Andrew took us places we wouldn't have known about and gave us a comprehensive history of Ireland.

The small tour was perfect for us and our fellow Driftwooders were all compatible.

I can't say enough positive things about this company except that you should do yourself a favor and book a tour with them.

DIANE, OCTOBER 2022

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7 Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland
"GIFT YOURSELF!"

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This was a trip of a lifetime.

Alan, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, fun, and flexible.

Many little stops along the way to experience the culture off the beaten path.

It’s hard to come home knowing such a beautiful place is out there.

DRIFTWOOD GUEST, OCTOBER 2022

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11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour
"TRIP OF A LIFETIME ☘️"

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We went on the 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland tour.

It was an exceptional trip with a great guide Damien, wonderful fellow travelers.

The trip was a nice slow pace never in the van very long any day and we visited spectacular places.

From small villages to the coast, everywhere was magical.

PATRICE, SEPTEMBER 2022

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How Fair Is Vagabond Service?

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"WONDERFUL SERVICE"

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Even though I haven't traveled with Vagabond, I have to let everyone know that they have been exceptional to work with.

My booking and payment was easy, I have called them on two occasions and my phone calls were returned promptly the next day.

They gave me a full refund (minus deposit which is waived if I rescheduled next year).

I could not ask for better service during what I know is also a difficult time for their company.

I appreciate it and definitely recommend them!

BRONCOFAN82, APRIL 2020

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"BEST SERVICE EVER!"

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The service of this company is outstanding. Anybody and everybody I communicated with was superb and very quick to respond.

Our guide Tim Orr was the best guide I ever had on any of my trips and I travel a lot. All the people of that country made an imprint on me.

In the 11 Day Discovery Driftwood tour, we saw the most beautiful parts of that wonderful country. The expected sites but also some off the usual path places that I fell in love with. I also loved the fact that we did not stay in "chain" hotels so the service was much more personal.

Go to Ireland, it's worth it...

MARIETTE, MAY 2022

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"YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED"

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Originally booked for 2020, Vagabond allowed us to rebook, applying our deposit to our 2021 trip.

Over the past 18 months, owner Rob sent regular emails with general updates regarding the current situation in Ireland so we always had accurate, and up-to-date information regarding our ability to travel.

Back in the office, Emma kept us informed about our specific tour, travel requirements and forms...

We received an immediate response to every email, answered all of our questions professionally, and was a huge help to us during the pre-trip planning phase.

You won't be disappointed!

MERLE, SEPT 2021

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Cliffs of Moher & Other Highlights
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Off The Beaten Track Destinations
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See The Beauty of Connemara
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Locally-owned, high quality, independent Hotels
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Guided Farm Tour & Sheepdog Demo
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Accommodation

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!

🛗 Please note there is no elevator available at The Moorings Guesthouse in Portmagee.

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Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden

Are you a fan of champagne and history? You’re about to experience both alongside a generous serving of real Irish hospitality at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. Enjoy complimentary bubbles and storytelling about the hotel and local area in the piano bar before an atmospheric dining experience. Later, you’ll feel like royalty in historical castle rooms while you recuperate before another fun day of activities in Connemara.

The exterior view of the stunning Abbeyglen Castle Hotel at dusk with water fountain
Family posing for a picture with woman sitting on the throne in front of Abbeyglen Castle

Armada Hotel, Clare

Named for the Spanish Armada — shipwrecked here in 1588 — and beautifully located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a stay at the Armada Hotel is a sensory journey, with all the best sounds, sights and flavours of Ireland on offer. The village of Spanish Point, where the Armada is located, epitomises what the Wild Atlantic Way touring route is all about - vast skies, wild sandy beaches and breathtaking Atlantic sunsets. Taste locally-sourced food at the Armada, your perfect base for the nearby Cliffs of Moher and the rest of West Clare's attractions.

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

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Kerry

Located on the shores of Dingle Bay, enjoy breath-taking views across the countryside from Dingle Skellig Hotel. Just a short stroll from the town, you will enjoy the excellent facilities as well as the unique atmosphere. The perfect base to unwind after a long day exploring the Dingle Peninsula. Enjoy your breakfast or dinner whilst admiring the spectacular Dingle Bay.

An amazing view of the Dingle Skellig Hotel and Dingle Bay with mountains in the background
The view from the restaurant overlooking Dingle Bay

The Moorings Guesthouse, Kerry

Nestled into the picturesque seafront of Portmagee, the Moorings Guesthouse overlooks the village’s busy working harbour. Just 30 seconds walk from the pier, where boats leave for the Skelligs every morning, and right at the heart of village life, there’s simply nowhere more convenient to base yourself when you stay in Portmagee. Gerard and Patricia Kennedy’s warm and genuine welcome is a great way to end a good day’s adventuring.

The exterior front view of the Moorings Guesthouse directly across from the harbour
The interior design of a double room in the Moorings Guesthouse

Kenmare Coachmans Townhouse, 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.

The Coachman's Townhouse exterior
The interior design of a double room in The Coachmans

Gougane Barra Hotel, 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 southwest 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."
Saint Finbarr's Chapel reflected in the lake at Gougane Barra in Ireland
View of Gougane Barra Hotel and the chapel on the side of the lake with the mountains in the background

Macroom Castle Hotel, Cork

The Buckley family extend a warm Irish welcome to the Castle Hotel, their charming establishment which has now been in their capable hands for over 70 years (spanning three generations). The traditional market town of Macroom is nestled midway between Cork city, Blarney, Killarney and West Cork's beautiful coastline. It offers the ideal base to explore this amazing region with Vagabond & Driftwood Tours.

The exterior of Castle Hotel lit up as darkness falls on Macroom
The interior design of a triple room in the Castle Hotel with a breakfast displayed also in the room
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Wild Atlantic Way Tour of Ireland Highlights

Experience the stupendously scenic Wild Atlantic Way touring route with 8 days of fun, friendship and laughter. Sample our winning mix of less-known destinations and headliners, like the Cliffs of Moher.

  • Enjoy an atmospheric castle hotel stay in Connemara.
  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone to gain the legendary Irish "gift o’ the gab".
  • Cuddle cute lambs, step inside quaint cottages and watch sheepdogs herding on a guided farm tour experience.
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around idyllic, lakeside Killarney National Park.
  • Adventure ahoy! Choose from boat tour options to Garnish and/or the Skellig Islands.
  • Encounter friendly Irish locals and warm welcomes in high quality hotels.
Scenic view beside vehicle on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
Admire scenic natural landscapes from your Mercedes vehicle
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With the luck of the Irish on your side, you can't go wrong!

Day 1: Southwest Ireland Here We Come!

Depart Dublin at 8.30am. Board your vehicle and meet your VagaGuide for 8 days of magical touring on the Wild Atlantic Way!

  • Take a self-guided tour of the Rock of Cashel, perched above Tipperary on a spectacular rocky outcrop.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone to gain the "gift o’ the gab" or explore the lush gardens of Blarney Castle.
  • Trace the valley of the River Lee upstream, crossing stone bridges and passing through pretty countryside.
  • Your accommodation tonight is at the Gougane Barra Hotel or the Castle Hotel, Macroom.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Chapel reflected in lake on a Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
The chapel and lake at Gougane Barra
The Rock of Cashel in Ireland
The epic Rock of Cashel in Tipperary

Day 2: Boat Trip To Historic Island Gardens

Sample the delights of West Cork, crossing the remote Beara Peninsula, to finish up in Kenmare, Kerry.

  • Wander from room to wonderful room on a self-guided tour of Bantry House, an historic Irish home.
  • Take a scenic boat tour to Garnish Island and its beautiful gardens (Tour Option - €18 per person).
  • Expect livestock traffic jams as we explore one of the most remote parts of the Wild Atlantic Way; the Beara Peninsula.
  • Your accommodation is at the Coachmans Townhouse in Kenmare.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Tour guests in front of historic house on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
Take a tour of Bantry House in West Cork
Guests boarding boat with island in background on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
Boat trip to Garnish Island Garden

Day 3: Ring of Kerry & National Park

The Ring of Kerry is one of the highlights of this Wild Atlantic Way tour. Start the day in Kenmare, circling the Ring, to finish in Portmagee.

  • Pay a morning visit to Killarney National Park for a spectacular horse-drawn carriage ride (Tour Option - €15 per person).
  • Stop by 19th century Muckross House & Gardens or take a short but scenic hike to Torc Waterfall.
  • Visit Derrynane House, home of Daniel O’Connell (Tour Option - €4 per person), or ramble to the nearby Derrynane beach.
  • Rest and dine tonight in the comfort of The Moorings Guesthouse in Portmagee. Please note there is no elevator available at this hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

A horse-drawn carriage in Killarney National Park in Ireland
Take a carriage ride around Killarney National Park
A birds-eye view of the kingdom of Kerry
See the gorgeous Ring of Kerry touring route

Day 4: Wild Atlantic Way Island Boat Tour

Today, the Wild Atlantic Way really lives up to its name, with the option of an island boat trip. Sea legs definitely required!

  • Experience the seabirds and history of the Skelligs with a guided Wild Atlantic Way boat tour (Tour Option - €50 per person). Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes. 12-person boat capacity. Departures are seasonal (mid-May to mid-Sept).
  • Alternatively, learn about the Skelligs safe on dry land at the Skellig Experience (Tour Option - €4 per person).
  • Raise a glass to Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean, at the South Pole Inn.
  • A wealth of dinner and entertainment options awaits in Dingle. Your accommodation tonight is at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Two puffin seabirds on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
Some friendly locals on the Skellig Islands
Tour guests on a Wild Atlantic Way adventure
Guests enjoying a cold one at the South Pole Inn

Day 5: Coastal Drive & Boat Trip in Dingle

Today is yours to design. Refresh yourself with downtime in Dingle and your choice of the following relaxed options:

  • Take a scenic boat ride around gorgeous Dingle Bay (Tour Option - €15-20 per person).
  • See a master craftsman in action on a guided tour of Sean Daly's Dingle Crystal workshop.
  • Stroll Dingle's streets for a quirky mix of craft studios, lively pubs, fantastic food, and traditional Irish music.
  • Jaw-dropping scenery and knife-edge drops are guaranteed on a leisurely drive around Slea Head.
  • Your accommodation is once again at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.

The average driving time today is 1 hour 30 minutes.

The exterior of Dick Macks pub in Dingle
Cheers! Great pubs, food and music in Dingle
Happy tour group touring the Ring of Kerry in Ireland
Tour the beautiful Dingle Peninsula

Day 6: Wild Atlantic Way Farm Tour

Today we'll head north along the Wild Atlantic Way, bidding farewell to Kerry and arriving in Clare.

  • Tour a working Irish sheep farm with charming old-style cottages for a live sheepdog demo.
  • Ferry across the mouth of the Shannon - the longest river in Ireland - to County Clare.
  • Soak up the views and listen to waves crashing against the spectacular Kilkee Cliffs.
  • Revel in delicious food, cosy rooms and stunning coastal views at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

Tour guest holding sheep on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
WARNING: Sheep are not souvenirs!
An amazing sunset over Spanish Point, Co.Clare.
Watch the sunset over Spanish Point

Day 7: Castle Stay & Tour Connemara

You'll wake up in Clare and end the day in Connemara, having visited The Burren along the west coast of Ireland.

  • Hold onto your hat! It’s the majestic and dazzling 214m (700ft) high Cliffs of Moher.
  • Enter The Burren, a magical landscape where it seems hobbits might emerge from behind a dry stone wall at any moment!
  • Look out for dark-hulled sailing boats and picturesque towerhouse castles on the shores of Galway Bay.
  • Guided tour of Aughnanure Castle, home to the O’Flaherty clan and pirate queen, Grace O’Malley.
  • Feel like royalty with dining and accommodation at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, deep in Connemara.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

Cliffs of Moher on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
Majestic and dazzling - the Cliffs of Moher
Group taking tour of Aughnanure Castle during Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland
Touring medieval castles with Driftwood

Day 8: Farewell To The Wild Atlantic Way

Before we wave farewell on our final day touring together, there’s still time for some of our absolute favourites on the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Grab a photo at Kylemore Abbey – one of Ireland’s most scenic historic buildings.
  • Watch sheepdogs in action at Tom Nee’s farm above Killary Harbour (on some departures, this experience happens earlier in the tour).
  • Explore the 15th century ruins of Ross Errilly Friary or the village of Cong, location for the John Wayne classic, The Quiet Man.
  • Disembark your tour vehicle back at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin between 5-6pm. Farewell elbow bumps all round for your new Driftwooder buddies.

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

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Explore Connemara, one of Ireland's most scenic areas
Guests at Killary sheep farm overlooking the fjord in the sunshine
Tour a sheep farm above Killary Harbour
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**All tours are charged in EURO. Exchange rates quoted are online rates and may differ to the rate our payment partner Flywire and banks offer.

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