The 13 Day All Ireland Explorer

For those looking to discover all that Ireland has to offer our 13 day private tour of Ireland will provide a great mix of sights, culture, heritage & adventure. Explore the 4 provinces of Ireland, meet the locals and uncover over 20,000 years of Irish History and prehistory. You will encounter some of the island's most imposing castles, elegant cathedrals, atmospheric ruins whilst experiencing the warmth and fun of the local people as you travel. Join us on a unique private escorted tour experience.

The Tour Route

Tour Details

Distance Travelled:

Approx 1,700km

Highlights:

  • Northern Ireland

  • The Giants Causeway

  • Belfast & Derry City

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

  • The Ring of Kerry

  • Killarney National Park

  • The Cliffs of Moher

  • Kilkenny City

  • Kinsale

  • West Cork

  • The Burren National Park

  • The Dingle Peninsula

Meet the Locals:

  • Local Sheep Farmer

  • Local Historian

Tour Pace: Medium Pace

Choose Your Style...

Remember you can always change this tour to suit your own pace, interests and requirements. Just contact us and tell us what you would like.

13 Day Ireland Explorer

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin City to Belfast City via The Boyne Valley

We will greet you at the airport to begin our adventure North. Our first stop will be at one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites including the UNESCO heritage site, Newgrange. Standing over 5,000 years old, this passage tomb not only predates Stonehenge but also the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Our tour will take you inside this ancient tomb for a recreation of the light show on the winter solstice when the sun shines through lighting up the inner chamber of the tomb. we will also have the option of enjoying the other treats that The Boyne Valley has to offer like The Hill of Slane.  Afterwards we will go through the 'Gap of the North' and across the border into Northern Ireland where we will visit the quaint town of Hillsborough to wander around the official royal residence of the British Monarchy.  A short drive from here will see us arrive into the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast City, where we will complete our day with a comfortable stay in a local B&B.

Main Highlights - Newgrange, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast City, Black Cab Political Taxi Tour

Activity Options - Newgrange, Hill of Slane, Hillsborough Castle

Tour Timings - 9:30 to 5:30pm​

Overnight - Belfast City, Northern Ireland

Day 2 - Exploring Belfast City

This morning we will rise early to visit the Titanic Belfast Exhibition and learn about the heroic shipbuilders of Belfast in the 19th century. After this you will be taken by a Belfast local for a political Black Cab Taxi Tour. This fascinating tour is a vital way of understanding Northern Ireland and its turbulent history. It will show you the peace wall and murals that are a poignant memorial to Northern Ireland's history. We will then travel north to visit the impressive Carrickfergus Castle on the shores of the Irish Sea.

 

Main Highlights - Belfast City & Surrounds

Activity Options - Black Cab Political Taxi Tour, City Hall, Titanic Experience, Crumlin Road Jail, Carrickfergus Castle

Meet The Locals - Tom or Brian of Black Cab Tours

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

​Overnight - Belfast City, Northern Ireland

Day 3 - Belfast City to Derry City via the Causeway Coast

On our third day we will continue our journey north, this time taking the stunning coastal drive on the way to the north-east coast. This journey will take us through the nine Glens of Antrim where the mountains meet the sea. The drive offers spectacular views across to our neighbours Scotland on a clear day and through many quaint towns and villages along the way. Our first activity of the day will be the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge. If you are brave enough you will cross this shaky bridge suspended 30 metres above the waves of the ocean. We will then pop into the beautiful fishing village of Ballintoy before journeying on to the world famous Giant's Causeway, where geology meets mythology. Here you will have plenty of time to enjoy the stones and learn all the myths of Fionn MacCumhaill. We will then continue on our coastal drive this time taking us to some of the islands best beaches before arriving in Derry City where we will spend our third night.

Main Highlights - Glens of Antrim, Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery


Activity Options - Giant's Causeway Exhibition Centre, The Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, Cliff Walks,  Bushmills Whiskey Distillery Tour (Optional)


Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm​​

Overnight - Derry City

Day 4 - Derry City to Donegal Town via Glenveagh National Park

The morning will begin with a walking tour of Derry, the last walled city in Europe.  After which we will head west again across the border into the wild and rugged county of Donegal. Here we will find, Grianan an Aileach, a magnificent stone fort which commands superb views across Lough Swilly and the surrounding mountainous countryside.  We will drive past the looming Mount Errigal as we make our way into Glenveagh National Park, where we can take scenic walks and visit the late 19th century Glenveagh Castle.  We will make our way south through the breathtaking country scenery and overnight in the charming Donegal Town.

Main Highlights - Derry City, Glenveagh Castle & National Park

Activity Options - Derry City Walking Tour, Grianan an Aileach Walk, Glenveagh Castle & National Par​k

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Overnight - Donegal Town 

Day 5 - Donegal to Mayo Family Farm Stay

We will start the morning driving south into County Sligo where we will visit the grave of the famous poet W.B. Yeats which lies in a small cemetery at the foot of the majestic Benbulben mountain.  Next we will take a very special pilgrimage by climbing to top of the stunning Knocknarea to pay our respects at the 6,000 year old tomb of Queen Maebh.  We can take some time to explore the working town of Sligo. We also have the option of visiting the incredible ancient farm system called the Ceide Fields with a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, before making our way back towards the quaint village of Carracastle, for our very own private farm stay experience..

Main Highlights - Wild Atlantic Way Drive, Knocknarea Guided Climb, Irish Farm Stay Experience

Activity Options - Yeats Grave, Knocknarea Walk, Sligo Town, Kesh Mountain & Tombs, The Ceide Fields Tour, The National Museum of Country Life

 

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Overnight - Private Boutique Farm Cottage - Ireland West Farm Stay

Day 6 - A Day of Heritage & Culture in Rural Ireland

Today we will hand you over to local farmer Eddie Dooney for an Irish Farming Experience, where you will learn the old and new methods of farming in rural County Mayo. You will learn to cut turf, bail hay, milk cows and herd sheep. Eddie will also take you on a bog walk to one of the many lost bog villages in Ireland. We will then take a small drive to discover some of the ancient archaeological sites around the local vicinity like the 4 Altars, The Carracastle Ring Fort and Faery trees as well as visiting some of the local enterprises like the Cheesemakers and Silversmiths. This is a day of away from the tourists and off the beaten track in real rural Ireland.

Main Highlights -  Farming Demonstrations, Bog Walks, Scenic Guided Drive

Activity Options - Bog Cutting Demonstration, Sheep Dog Trials, Farming Experience, Hay Bailing, Guided Bog Walk to Lost Bog Village, Drive around important local archaeological sites, Cheesemakers, Silversmiths,

Meet the Locals: Eddie Dooney, Local Farmer

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Overnight - Private Boutique Farm Cottage

Day 7 - Mayo to Galway City via The Connemara Region

We will start the morning with a drive to the quaint Westport Town where you can wander the streets and enjoy some of the local craft stores before making our way south through the stunning Delphi Pass into another National Park, our second of our trip - Connemara.  We will pass Killary Fjord, one of only three fjords in Ireland and make our way to the exquisite and romantic Kylemore Abbey with a backdrop of mountains, lakes and rivers.  Enjoy the stunning mountainous backdrops of Maam Cross and visit traditional heritage farms along the way.  We will pay a visit to the floating city of Cong famous from the Quiet Man and you will have time to walk the lakes and around the ruined abbey of Cong. We will then make our way out of the rugged region and into the heart of the vibrant Galway City where we will overnight.

 

Main Highlights - Westport Town, Connemara National Park, Cong, Killary Fjord, The Delphi Pass, Wild Atlantic Way

Activity Options - Connemara National Park Walk, James Joyce Sheep Dog Demonstration, Kylemore Abbey Tour, Quiet Man Cottage

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Meet the Locals - Joe Joyce, Connemara Sheepman

Overnight - Galway City

Day 8 - Galway to Clare via The Cliffs of Moher & The Burren

Today we will continue our journey along the WIld Atlantic Way. We will discover our third national park of Ireland - The Burren Geopark with stunning coastal drives and opportunities to sample the local delicacies of chocolate, oysters and craft beers. We will then travel on the one of the wonders of Europe - The majestic Cliffs of Moher where we will enjoy beautiful cliff walks at one of the most spectacular sights in Europe. After the cliffs we offer a range of activities that include boat trips, horse riding or guided walks around the County Clare area. After the fun of The Cliffs of Moher we will make our way through Clare along the banks of the River Inagh to the delightful town of Ennistymon where we will spend the night.

Main Highlights - The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren National Park, Wild Atlantic Way

Activity Options - Cliffs of Moher Boat Trip, Burren Walk, Burren Chocolatier, Corcomroe Abbey Visit, The Burren Perfumery, Horseriding​​


Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm​​


Overnight - Spanish Point, County Clare

Day 9 - Spanish Point to The Dingle Peninsula via Loop Head

Today after breakfast we will make our way south taking an exhilarating ferry journey across the Shannon estuary into county Limerick stopping at Loop Head Lighthouse, the surfing town of Doolin and Spanish Point along the way. All along enjoying the stunning Atlantic coast vista. We will arrive in Dingle in time to enjoy some of the delights of the Dingle Food Festival.

Activity Options - Boat Ride, Loop Head Lighthouse Stop, Limerick City instead of Shannon Estuary

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Overnight - Dingle

 

Day 10 - Exploring the Dingle Peninsula

Today we will further explore the dingle peninsula with a boat trip to meet the famous resident Kerry dolphin - Fungi. Being in the bay since 1983 he is everyone's favourite along the Wild Atlantic Way. We will then take a trip out to the westerly tip of Dingle where we will encounter the Gallarus Oratory a testament to Ireland’s ancient stone masons. There are lots more gems along this coast to discover and we will also have the option the head back into town to enjoy more of the food festival and take a tour of the local Whiskey Distillery.

Main Highlights - Fungi The Dolphin, The Wild Atlantic Way Boat Ride

Activity Options - Dingle Food Festival, Fungi The Dolphin Boat Trip, Whiskey Distillery Tour, Brewery Tour,

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Overnight - Dingle, County Kerry

Day 11 - Dingle to Kinsale via The Killarney National Park

This day of exploring will bring us across the highlights of the Ring of Kerry including Molls Gap and Ladies View stopping along the way at Inch Strand where you can enjoy one of Ireland’s best beaches . We will then enjoy a spectacular stop at the Killarney National Park where you can walk the lakes or take a horse and cart trip around the park. You will also enjoy some beautiful heritage sites such as Muckross House, Muckross Abbey and lots more. We will then continue our journey into the rebel county of Cork. Our journey will end in Kinsale Town where you can take in the atmosphere of one of Ireland’s most charming towns.

 

Main Highlights - The Ring of Kerry Highlights, The Killarney National Park

Activity Options - Jaunting Cars, Killarney Lakes Walk, Heritage Farm, Michael Collins Exhibition, Torc Waterfall Walk, Muckross House and Abbey Walk

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm 

Overnight - Kinsale, County Kerry

Day 12 - Across the Cork & Kerry Mountains

Today we will leave the Kingdom of Kerry and enter into the Rebel County of Cork. We will enjoy a spectacular looped drive taking us across the Beara Peninsula and down to Cobh. Along the way we have ample choice of activities and stops including Whale Watching off the Baltimore Cost, lots of heritage sites and some of the finest beaches Ireland has to offer. We will arrive in the evening at the beautiful port town of Kinsale where we will spend our final night stay in the west of Ireland.

Main Highlights - The Ring of Cork & The Beara Peninsula, South West Atlantic Drive

Activity Options - Whale Watching, Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Clonakilty Beach, Charles Fort Visit, Mizen Head Visit

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Overnight - Kinsale, County Cork

Day 13 - Kinsale to Dublin via The Golden Vale

We will begin our day by exploring the impressive Charles fort, a star-shaped defensive structure which clings to the water’s edge near Kinsale.  We will continue our journey with a short drive into Cork City where we will introduce you to the city’s main attractions such as the English Market, Shandon Bells Tower and Cork Opera House.  You will then have the option to tour Cork City Jail and learn what it was like to be imprisoned here from the time of pre-famine right up until the formation of our free state or visit the quaint village of Blarney.  We will then drive through the magical ancient east midlands with a stop at the imposing Rock of Cashel, a collection of ecclesiastical structures that stand over the surrounding countryside.  Finally, we will make our way back to Dublin City to end the tour, giving you all the information and advice you need to enjoy our bustling capital city.  

 

Main Highlights - Charles Fort, Cork City, Blarney Castle, Ancient East

Activity Options - Cork City, Blarney Castle, Smithwick's Brewery Tour, Kilkenny Castle Tour, Rothe House

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Tour Timings - 9.30am - 6.00pm

Return to  Dublin City.

 

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