Explore The Hidden Gems of the Irish Atlantic Coast

The 8 Day Wild Atlantic Way Odyssey will take you on a magic journey from east to west taking in fascinating heritage sites, stunning coastal scenery and meeting the locals along the way.

The Tour Route

Tour Details

Distance Travelled:

Approx 1,200km

Highlights:

  • Wicklow Mountains National Park

  • Kilkenny City

  • Cork & Kinsale

  • The Killarney National Park

  • The Dingle Peninsula

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

  • Cliffs of Moher

  • The Burren National Park

  • Connemara National Park

  • Ireland West Farm Stay Experience

Meet the Locals:

  • Local Sheep Farmer

  • Local Historian

  • Local Blacksmith

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.

Wild Atlantic Way

8 Day Private Tour Ireland

Day 1 - Dublin to Kilkenny via The Wicklow Mountains

We will begin our adventure by meeting you at your hotel in Dublin and taking a journey south, out of Dublin and into the dramatic Wicklow Mountains National Park. Rolling green mountainous scenery awaits, scattered with evidence of Ireland's great history. Our first stop of the day will be at the stunning Lough Tay otherwise known as The Guinness Lake.  After this we will continue our journey to the tranquil and serene Glendalough otherwise known as the ’The Valley of the 2 Lakes’.  Here you can tour the ruins of an ancient ruined monastery and enjoy the dramatic backdrop of the mountains and visit the 2 lakes steeped in Irish folklore. We will continue our journey through the Wicklow Gap stopping in areas recognisable from the blockbuster Braveheart and through the original Hollywood before eventually arriving in the quaint Kilkenny City in The Medieval Heart of Ireland.  Here you will have time to enjoy the Kilkenny Castle and the great craft shops and museums before retiring for your first night stay.

Main Highlights - The Wicklow Mountains National Park, Kilkenny City

Activity Options: Glendalough Monastery walk, Wicklow Mountains Scenic Views, Hollywood Drive, Kilkenny City

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

 

Tour Length - 9:30 to 5:30pm

Overnight: Kilkenny City 

Day 2 - Kilkenny to Cork via The Medieval South East

Today we will begin our south west journey with a trip into the rebel county of Cork. The journey will take us through the stunning Golden Vale agricultural region of Tipperary and Cork. Our first stop will be at the imposing Rock of Cashel. Here you can tour this ancient ecclesiastical site and castle with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.  We will then continue our journey with options of visiting the famous Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone or The Jameson Whiskey Distillery before making our way through Cork City and onto the coastal port town of Cobh. We will then finish our day in the quaint foodie town of Kinsale where you can enjoy the local pubs and spend a comfortable night in your boutique B&B.

Main Highlights - The Rock of Cashel, Cork

Activity Options: Kiss the Blarney Stone, Midleton Whiskey Distillery, Cobh, Titanic Exhibition, Cork City, Charles Fort,

Tour Length - 9:30 to 5:30pm

Overnight - Kinsale Town, County Cork

Day 3 - Kinsale to Dingle via The Killarney National Park

Todays journey will take us from The Rebel County of Cork into the magical Kingdom of Kerry. This day of exploring will bring us on an adventure through quaint towns and villages of West Cork and across the Cork & Kerry Mountains. We will 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 end the day with a drive across to the Dingle Peninsula where you will enjoy a fun filled evening listening to live Irish music and enjoying the atmosphere of the ample pubs and bars.

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

Activity Options - Charlesfort Fortress, Michael Collins Exhibition, Torc Waterfall Walk, Muckross House and Abbey Walk

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

Overnight - Dingle, County Kerry 

Day 4 - The Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Drive

Today we will continue our journey around the incredible Dingle Peninsula. We will explore the area with a stunning coastal drive around Slea Head, along the way encountering a number of archaeological sites such as beehive huts, ring forts, ogham stones and lots more. This is a day of incredible stonework masterfully created by our ancestors.  There are also plenty of options for activities including brewery’s, whiskey distilleries, ancient archaeological sites and 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. After exploring Dingle Town with it’s many craft galleries and excellent eateries we will retire to our hotel for our second night stay in Dingle.​

Main Highlights - Slea Head Drive, Dingle Town

Activity Options - Fungi The Dolphin Boat Trip, Whiskey Distillery Tour, Brewery Tour, Option to visit Limerick City,

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

Overnight - Dingle, County Kerry - Suggested B&B - Castlewood House

Day 5 - Dingle to Clare via The Loop Head Peninsula

Today we will leave the beautiful Dingle Peninsula for a drive north across the stunning Connor’s Pass. This mesmerising drive offers plenty of photo opportunities of the landscape where the mountains reach the sea. We will then take a stop at the Blennerville Windmill, a remnant of Ireland’s past before we continue through the town of Tralee and onto the Shannon Estuary. Here we will take a boat trip across the mouth of the Shannon arriving in The Home of Irish Music - County Clare. We will take a trip around the Loop Head Peninsula where we will discover hidden gems such as The Little Ark and Loop Head Lighthouse before we end our day with a picturesque drive to Spanish Point where you will overnight alongside the crashing waves of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Main Highlights - Connors Pass, Loop Head, The Wild Atlantic Way, Listowel

Activity Options - Loop Head Lighthouse, Adare Village, Horse Riding on the Beach Blennerville Windmill, Listowel Castle,

The Writers Museum Listowel.

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

Overnight - Spanish Point, County Clare

Day 6 - Spanish Point to Galway via The Cliffs of Moher

After breakfast we will avoid the main tourist crowds with an early visit to one of the highlights of our trip - The Cliffs of Moher. Standing over 220 meters high this stunning coastal attraction offers some great cliff walks along the atlantic edge. After taking in the best of the cliffs we will continue our Wild Atlantic Way journey this time heading towards the home of the Irish language - County Galway. We will pass through one of the national parks of Ireland - The Burren. This moonlike landscape offers a host of great activities for you to fill the day including Cliffs of Moher Boat Trips, Nature Walks, Caves and local perfumeries and chocolatiers. The journey continues with more stunning coastal drives before we arrive in County Galway passing the quaint fishing village of Kinvara and along the way and finally ending in your nights destination of Galway City.

Main Highlights - The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren National Park, Galway Bay, Galway City

Activity Options - Ailwee Caves, Burren Perfumery, Burren Chocolatier, Kinvara Village, Dunguaire Castle,

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

Overnight - Galway City - Suggested B&B - The Herons Rest or Ashford Castle

Day 7 - Galway City to Mayo via The Connemara Region

This day takes us deep into the western frontiers of Ireland and into another National Park - Connemara. This remote and desolate environment showcases some of the most dramatic scenery on the island with its rolling hills, stone walls, rivers & lakes. Our drive will take us to the floating village of Cong and across the beautiful Joyce Country Drive. After enjoying the best of Connemara we will continue our drive to the Killary Fjord and pass through magnificent and haunting surrounds of the Delphi Pass as we enter into County Mayo. We will arrive in the evening at your homely boutique family farm cottage stay in the remote village of Carracastle in rural Mayo for a stay off the beaten path and away from the crowds.

Main Highlights - Connemara National Park, Delhi Pass, Killary Fjord, Westport

Activity Options - Sheep Dog Demonstration, Heritage Farm Visit, Kylemore Abbey Tour, Cong Visit, Quiet Man Cottage

Tour Length - 9:30 to 5:30pm

Overnight - Ireland West Farm Stay - Rural Mayo - www.irelandwestfarmstay.com

 

Day 8 - Mayo to Dublin via Rural & Folklore Ireland

Today you will rise early on the farm to meet some of the local villagers. Farmer and heritage expert - Eddie Joe will take you on a short walk through his farm to the blanket bogs of Mayo.  Along the way, you will learn of the old and new Irish farming traditions including working the bogs, cutting the peat and you will here Irish folklore and rural history along the way. Our next stop is at the cosy Barroe Rock Forge where Pat, the local blacksmith will recreate for you the old Irish amulet of the Nine Irons, used by our ancestors for good health and good harvest. Finally, there will be opportunity to witness an excellent display of sheep herding by farmer Michael and his trustee sheepdogs.  This is a day of away from the tourists and off the beaten track in real rural Ireland. After a day in Carracastle we will continue our journey back to Dublin City across the River Shannon and through the midlands stopping at the ancient capital of Connaught - Rathcroghan along the way to learn of Queen Maebh and ancient Ireland’s mythology. You will finally arrive back in Dublin City in time to enjoy the bars and live music of the modern capital of Ireland - Dublin City.

Main Highlights - Midlands Drive, Farm & Bog Tour, Blacksmith, Sheepdog Demonstration

Activity Options - Bog Cutting Demonstration, Sheep Dog Trials, Farming Experience, Rathcroghan, Cheesemakers

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

Overnight - Return to Dublin City

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Where would you like to stay?

We have contacts in a variety of different options of accommodation from the exclusive to the budget option. Choose the option you would like.

 

5 Star - Castles, luxury hotels & city hotels

4 Star - Manor houses, deluxe hotels and city hotels 

3 Star - Country houses, gourmet hotels & retreats

Speciality Lodgings - B&B's, guesthouses & farmhouses

Others - Hostels, Private Rentals, Camping, Glamping & Quirky

 

We will tailor the tour using your accommodation option.

 

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