Savour the magic of Ireland’s north with our new self-drive tours. Experience the ancient streets of Dublin, the vibrance of Galway and the majestic Aran Islands and Connemara National Park. Enjoy the atmospheric town of Westport, tick the Giant’s Causeway off your bucket list, explore Belfast and see much, much more throughout this spectacular region.
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SELF DRIVE TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to experience the highlights and sights of the North & West Coasts.
9 nights stay, 10 days
“Perfect way for us to explore & experience Ireland!”
– Hendrik, The Netherlands
On this Northern adventure trip, you can immerse yourself in Dublin’s ancient streets and vibrant gastronomic scene, visit the cultural heaven of Galway and the spectacular Aran Islands, walk through the wonderfully placid Connemara National Park, visit the atmospheric towns of Westport and Letterkenny, take a stroll through Glenveagh National Park, see the famous Giants Causeway and visit Belfast, known around the world for the Titanic and scenes from Game of Thrones.
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Welcome to Dublin! Transfer from the airport to your first nights’ accommodation in the city centre. After checking in, set out to explore the steeped-in-history capital. Explore Dublin at your own pace or join a comprehensive walking tour to visit the highlights. Either way, you’ll want to find your way to St. James’ Gate brewery to visit The Guinness Factory because no trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to this must-see attraction.
Today you will collect your car rental and drive west to Galway, the bohemian capital of Ireland. Take a stroll along the city’s vibrant streets, enjoy its rich variety of culinary offerings and see historical places of interest up close.
Today you jump from the mainland Ireland to one of its most renowned islands, Inis Mor, meaning big island. It is the largest of three islands that make up the Aran Islands. Once there, you either explore the island by foot, bicycle or a jaunting cart, in which you can experience the islands magnificent landscape of rocky fields, wild ocean views and incredible monuments of Christian, pre- Christian and Celtic mythological heritage
You will make your way back to the mainland where you then drive to your next overnight stop in the village of Roundstone.
Today you travel to Connemara National Park, there you can take the opportunity to hike to the top of Diamond Hill before heading to Kylemore Abbey where I would recommend getting a bite to eat and explore its incredible history and unique gardens.
You will then make your way to your overnight stay in the colourful town of Westport. The town is rich in historical areas of interest and a great traditional music scene.
Today you will undertake one of the most scenic coastal drives in the whole of Ireland ‘Achill Island’. The island is the country’s largest offshore island and is a magical paradise to explore by car. Connected to the mainland by a spectacular bridge that looks like whale ribs floating over the sea, this wonderful region boasts some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and coastlines as well several hidden gems such as the “deserted village”, an old signal tower and some idyllic hidden lakes.
At the end of your day you will return to Westport for another overnight stay
Overnight : Westport
Departing Westport, travel to the north coast of Mayo and the unique Ceide Fields, a 5,500-year-old Neolithic site. Nearby is the windswept coast walk that leads to Downpatrick Head, where Saint Patrick is believed to have founded a church. If you haven’t had enough history, continue to the ruins of Moyne Abbey near Killala.
Afterwards, we make your way towards Ballina, which would be a great stop to have lunch.
That afternoon, you will make your way north towards Donegal Town via Bundoran where you can take the opportunity to dip your feet into the wild Atlantic Ocean or catch some of the most renowned waves in the world.
Overnight: Donegal Town
After breakfast you will travel towards Glenveagh National park and Castle. Set in some 16,500 hectares of County Donegal mountains, you have the chance to discover picturesque lakes, wild glens and woods, a large herd of red deer and the 19th Century Glenveagh Castle.
Following this you will make your way to Portrush in Northern Ireland for your overnight stay.
Today you will travel the stunning Antrim Coastline. Travelling along the coast you will have the opportunity to visit Dunluce Castle, Fair Head, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge Portrush, Mussenden Temple, Portstewart Strand & the Giants Causeway a UNESCO World heritage Site. Its setting is famed for its unique rock formation of about 40,000 inter-locking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption nearly 60 million years ago.
You will then reach the capital of Northern Ireland ‘Belfast’ for your overnight stay
Belfast has much to offer you on your final day. Our recommendation would be to experience the amazing Black cab Taxi Tour, where your guide will give you an in-depth history lesson of the city. We would also recommend visiting the Titanic museum.
After Breakfast you will make the short drive back to Dublin Airport where you will return your car rental and bid the Emerald Isle Farewell