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8 Day Wild Atlantic Way Tour

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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Excellent tour and guide, Edwina. Van was clean and comfortable, enjoyed all the many outstanding places in the beautiful country of Ireland. Friendly people, great food and amazing scenery. Small group a plus." Verified Guest Review, August 2023.

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

From €2,440.00 pps* Single Supplement €430.00
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If the date you want is full please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate 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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I really enjoyed my Wild Atlantic Way…
I really enjoyed my Wild Atlantic Way tour in May. Our guide, Philip did his best to ensure we all felt included in all planned activities. This is important to me as I was the sole traveler touring alone in the group. His mastery of the driving on narrow lanes was superb. The hotel choices were memorable and the food excellent. I only wish that in Dingle town the hotel was not so far outside the main area. I would have enjoyed being closer to the evening choices for music. I stayed at the excellent Skellig Hotel rather than walk alone in the dark and rain into town.
Sue, 13th Jun 2023
Outstanding 8 days with Vagabound
! Philip did an outstanding job with the tour, kept it moving and shared a wealth of knowledge with us! To be able to see and experience the backroads of Ireland was a dream come true. I would go back in an instance and do it all again!
Greg, 10th Jun 2023
Our guide
, Shane Kelly, was the best! He was so kind, thoughtful, lighthearted, and a great ambassador for Ireland. You are truly fortunate to have him as one of your guides.
Bonnie, 31st May 2023

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The other people on the tour were great company and we enjoyed many meals together, but there were opportunities to branch out on our own as well.

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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!


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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...


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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!


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Find answers to questions about the 8 Day Driftwood Wild Atlantic Way Tour itinerary.

When & Where Do Vagabond/Driftwood Tours Depart From?

All of our tours leave from our pick-up/drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.

Our pick-up times from the Grand Canal Hotel vary by tour:

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Who Guides The Tours?

All of our tours are fully guided by our team of expert driver guides.

We call them VagaGuides.

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What Activities Have Weight Limits?

We always put guest safety first on Vagabond Cultural Adventures.

For this reason, when engaging in kayaking and horseback-riding activities, the following personal weight limits apply:

🐴 Horseback-Riding

Male weight limit: 238lbs / 17 stone / 108kg

Female weight limit: 225lbs / 16 stone / 102kg

🛶 Kayaking

Per person Double Kayak weight limit: 110kg / 17.5 stone / 245lbs

Total Double Kayak weight limit for 2 guests: 190kg / 30 stone / 420lbs

Per person Single Kayak weight limit: 92kg / 14.5 stone / 200lbs.


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Are There Any Luggage Restrictions?

Yes, we do operate a limit on luggage.

Owing to the compact nature of our small-group tour vehicles, your luggage limit is one suitcase per person (no bigger than 30” or 75cm along their longest side).

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What Day Do Tours Return To Dublin?

To help you plan your return flights, here are the days and times that our tours return to Dublin.

The return point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel

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Do All Hotels Provide Separate Bathrooms?

Yes, all hotel rooms on Vagabond and Driftwood Tours of Ireland are ensuite.

Expect your own separate bathroom with toilet, sink and shower and/or bath.

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Where Is My Luggage Stored On Tour Vehicles?

The answer depends on which tour style you have chosen.

Driftwood vehicles have space for luggage onboard. Vagabond vehicles tow a trailer.

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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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Gougane Barra Hotel

Gougane Barra Hotel is a family-run establishment, spectacularly located in Cork, on the edge of a lake.

Rob discovered this magical place on the very first Vagabond tour, way back in 2002!

Neil and Katy Lucey's hotel has been delighting our tour guests ever since.

Many of our Vagabond and Driftwood Tours visit Gougane Barra when passing through the southwest.

A view of the gougane barra church from across the lake
A group of guests standing outside the church in gougane barra

Macroom Castle Hotel

Expect a warm Irish welcome at the Castle Hotel in Cork.

This comfortable hotel has been managed by the Buckley family for 3 generations.

It's a great place to unwind after a full day of adventures on 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

Coachman's Townhouse

You just can’t beat Irish hospitality!

The Jones family have been welcoming guests to The Coachmans Townhouse since 1969.

The Coachmans is located at the heart of the small town of Kenmare. When you stay here with Vagabond & Driftwood Tours, speciality shops, music venues and great restaurants are only a few footsteps away.

Music-lovers, take note that the pub in the Coachmans frequently hosts live performances by traditional musicians. Not to be missed!

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

The Moorings Hotel

Literally 30 seconds walk from the pier, The Moorings Guesthouse is well-named!

The Moorings lies at the heart of this tiny but characterful village in remote West Kerry.

Gerard and Patricia Kennedy’s warm welcome and delicious home-cooked food is a great way to end a day’s adventuring.

There’s simply nowhere better to base yourself when you are exploring the Ring of Kerry with Vagabond & Driftwood Small-Group Tours.

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

Dingle Skellig Hotel

Imagine waking up to a traditional Irish breakfast with spectacular views over Dingle Bay.

Now make that dream a reality at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.

Just a short stroll from the centre of Dingle town, this is the perfect base for enjoying the charms of Dingle and its wild and beautiful surrounding countryside.

The only dilemma facing you at the Dingle Skellig is whether to unwind in the bar first or soak in the rooftop hot tub!

Aerial view of Dingle Skellig Hotel in Ireland
Waiter and dining room with scenic view at Dingle Skellig Hotel in Ireland

The Armada Hotel

Get ready for a beautiful sunset and a memorable stay.

The Armada Hotel is beautifully located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dine in full view of Spanish Point beach. The menu at Aileen's Restauarnt features local food, artisan food producers and dishes with herbs and vegetables from the Armada Farm.

After dinner, kick back in front of a roaring fire at Johnny Burke's, the traditionally-themed pub.



A view of the armada in spanish point during the sunset with a view of the sea
View to the ocean from Aileen's Restaurant at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Connemara

Fan of champagne and history?

You’re about to experience both!

Get ready for a generous serving of real Irish hospitality at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.

Enjoy complimentary bubbles as well as storytelling in the piano bar before an atmospheric dining experience.

In your well-appointed and castle-themed room, you'll relax and recuperate before another fun day of activities in the stunning Connemara region.

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

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 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 for extras)
  • A 1 night castle stay at majestic Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Entrance into the epic Rock of Cashel
  • A working sheep farm experience
  • 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.

** Cash is required for this activity. No card payment available.

Flexible and optional activities on tour
  • Garnish Island Boat Trip
    Scenic boat trip to Garnish Island plus admission to botanical gardens.
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride**
    Horse-drawn carriage ride in Killarney National Park. Cash required.
  • Derrynane House
    Self-guided tour of Daniel O'Connell's historic home.
  • Skellig Islands Cruise
    Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins.
  • Skellig Experience
    Learn the story of Ireland's island treasures at this visitor centre.
  • Boat Trip in Dingle Bay
    Harbour cruise around scenic Dingle Bay.
  • Golf in Dingle
    Play 18 holes at Dingle’s links course. All day activity.
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8 Day Driftwood Wild Atlantic Way Tour Intro & Highlights

  • Experience amazing bucket-list destinations like the famous Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry.
  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone to gain the gift o’ the gab
  • Overnight in an atmospheric castle hotel in the beautiful Connemara region
  • Meet craftspeople and discover handmade Irish crafts in open studios
  • Meet lambs and sheepdogs on a real Irish farm tour including a sheepdog/sheep-herding experience
  • Visit stately homes, gardens and castles, like Bantry House - owned by the same family since the 18th century
  • Tour spectacular Killarney National Park in a horse-drawn ‘jaunting’ carriage
  • Spot seals and other wildlife as you board a boat for the short ocean crossing to Garnish Island
  • Taste the best of Ireland’s food and drink offering in lively restaurants and authentic pubs
  • Encounter friendly Irish locals, natural scenery and Irish culture at every step

Day 1: Blarney Stone & Rock of Cashel

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.

Accommodation tonight is at The Gougane Barra Hotel or The Castle Hotel Macroom.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

The Rock of Cashel in Ireland
A couple walking across the bridge in Blarney Gardens with Blarney Castle in the background
A couple walking across the bridge in Blarney Gardens with Blarney Castle in the background

Day 2: House Tour, Boat Trip & Island Garden

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).
  • Expect livestock traffic jams as we explore one of the most remote parts of the Wild Atlantic Way; the Beara Peninsula.

Accommodation tonight is at The Coachman's Townhouse.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

The formal gardens outside elegant Bantry House in Ireland
Savour the scenery at 18th Bantry House in West Cork
Guests boarding boat with island in background on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland

Day 3: Horse Carriage Ride in Killarney

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).
  • 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), or ramble to the nearby Derrynane beach.

Accommodation tonight is at The Moorings Portmagee.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

A horse-drawn carriage in Killarney National Park in Ireland
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride of Killarney National Park
Scenic view beside vehicle on Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland

Day 4: Skellig Islands Boat Trip

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).
  • 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.

Accommodation tonight is at Dingle Skellig Hotel.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Tour group on a boat with Skellig Michael Island in the background
Take a guided boat trip around the Skellig Islands
Puffin on Skellig Michael Island in Ireland

Day 5: Free Time 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).
  • 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.

Accommodation tonight is at Dingle Skellig Hotel.

The average driving time today is 1 hours 30 minutes.

Touring the scenic coastline on the Dingle Peninsula
Sean Daly of Dingel Crystal showing off his vase he hand cut

Day 6: Guided Farm Tour & Sheepdog Demo

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.

Accommodation tonight is at The Armada Hotel.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

Driftwood guests watching a sheepdog demonstration
Driftwood guests watching a sheepdog demonstration

Day 7: Castle Stay & Cliffs of Moher

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.

Accommodation tonight is at The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

Group taking tour of Aughnanure Castle during Wild Atlantic Way tour of Ireland

Day 8: Sheepdog Demo & Farm Tour

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.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Tour group with their backs to camera admiring a scenic view in Connemara, Ireland
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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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