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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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "My favorite memory was in a small town called Portmagee ... We stayed at a hotel with a pub. That night, the towns people gathered, sang, and played instruments. I basked in that moment and I hope to never forget it. That is only one moment out of many on this trip that I hope to not forget." Guest Review, Aug 2023

🚐 This tour may use either a 13-seater or 15-seater tour vehicle. Here's the difference.

🛗 Please be aware there is no elevator at The Moorings Guesthouse in Portmagee (Day 3).

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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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Great 8 day tour !
We booked an 8 day tour and really had a wonderful time. Our guide Damian, is the best!
Damian had local, historical and funny information for us the whole tour - beginning to end. He really made the trip.
Every day had stops along the way for lunch or breaks and we had options to choose from thoughout.
We even learned hurling along the way and everyone had fun! 10/10 would go again!
Paul Price, 29th Nov 2023
My fifth trip to Ireland...
This was my fifth trip to Ireland. Our guide took us places that I had never even heard about. Just a fabulous trip! We so enjoyed the travelers we met on our journey. The hotels were great, the meals fabulous and the excursions terrific. I especially loved the sheep farm. We learned so much on this trip!
Gerry Moriarty, 29th Oct 2023
Good value. Very nice other travelers. We all got on well (didn’t discuss religion or politics!) would definitely travel with this company again!
Lee Kleinman, 17th Oct 2023

8 Day Wild Atlantic Way - TripAdvisor

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"ALL THE GOOD THINGS!"

11 Day tour group having fun in the mountains in Ireland

Take all the good feeling words and descriptions, put them together and that will describe this tour!

We traveled to small towns and locations we never would’ve found by ourselves ... I learned so much on this trip and saw so many beautiful sights.

Vagabond was excellent in communication from the very beginning ...Once we booked the tour, they emailed us to keep us informed along with sending helpful travel tips.

VERIFIED GUEST, AUGUST 2023

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"WONDERFUL TRIP"

Female tour group having fun in Ireland with their feet in the sea

The tour was outstanding! I really liked the small size of the tour. I have been with larger tour groups, and this size of 13 was perfect!

We were able to experience so much of Ireland in such a short time. I really enjoyed the boat ride to see the Skellig Islands and the sheepdog farm.

There was lots of walking on our tour, but it wasn't overwhelming. It was the right amount of walking.

I am super happy I went to Ireland with Vagabond!

VERIFIED GUEST, AUGUST 2023

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"RELAX AND GO"

Female tour guest with a cow in Ireland

Accommodation was always high standard with a variety of eating options available.

For me as a first-timer to Ireland, this small group tour was a perfect overview of the rural side of the country and I got to go to places not on the main roads.

We got to experience the beauty of remote places as well as lots of small towns and charming byways including an amazing boat ride to Skellig Michael ...

Our driver and guide was very on the ball and aware of the needs of the individuals on tour.

DEIRDRE, JULY 2023

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Tour FAQs

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

What Small Group Tours of Ireland Visit The Skellig Islands?

Only guests on the 12 Day Vagabond Giant Irish Adventure Tour get to land on Skellig Michael.

The following Vagabond & Driftwood tour itineraries can take a boat trip around both Skellig Islands:

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What Is A Boat Trip To The Skellig Islands Like?

Whether you're planning to land on Skellig Michael or simply cruise around both Skellig Islands, the boats you travel on will be similar in size and structure.

The boats are roughly 9 metres / 30 feet long. Though powerful, they are open-decked vessels with little or no protection for our guests from rain, waves and spray.

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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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What Tours Visit Dingle?

Dingle is one of our favourite small towns in Ireland. We know you'll love it too!

The following 8 tour itineraries stop in Dingle.

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Where Can I Do Laundry On Tour?

Serviced laundry facilities are available on tours that stay 2 nights in the following towns:

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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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Which Small Group Tours Visit The Wild Atlantic Way?

The Wild Atlantic Way is one of our favourite routes to tour.

Here are all of the small-group tour itineraries that explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Which Small Group Tours of Ireland Visit Garnish Island?

Garnish Island features a beautiful formal garden, warm microclimate and Martello Tower. This amazing destination is located in a sheltered bay near Glengarriff in deepest West Cork.

The following Driftwood Journeys of Discovery feature a Garnish Island Boat Trip Option:

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Hotels

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
Inclusions

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 essential attractions
  • 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
    €19.00
    Scenic boat trip to Garnish Island plus admission to botanical gardens.
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride**
    €20.00
    Horse-drawn carriage ride in Killarney National Park. Cash required.
  • Derrynane House
    €5.00
    Self-guided tour of Daniel O'Connell's historic home.
  • Skellig Islands Cruise
    €50.00
    Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins.
  • Skellig Experience
    €5.00
    Learn the story of Ireland's island treasures at this visitor centre.
  • Boat Trip in Dingle Bay
    €10.00
    Harbour cruise around scenic Dingle Bay.
  • Golf in Dingle
    Variable
    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

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 (Optional Extras).
  • 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 (Optional Extra).
  • 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 (Optional Extra), or ramble to the nearby Derrynane beach.

🛗 Please be aware that The Moorings Guesthouse in Portmagee does not have an elevator.

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 (Optional Extra).
  • Alternatively, learn about the Skelligs safe on dry land at the Skellig Experience (Optional Extra).
  • 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 (Optional Extra).
  • 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
An amazing sunset over Spanish Point, Co.Clare.
An amazing sunset over Spanish Point, Co.Clare.

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
Our Ireland tours regularly visit the Cliffs of Moher for beautiful sunsets like this
A sunset at the Cliffs of Moher

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
Scenic Kylemore Abbey beside a lake in Ireland
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