Explore the magic of Ireland on this week-long self-drive adventure, starting with a pint of Guinness in Dublin. You’ll dive into the Emerald Isle’s kingly past with a visit to the Rock of Cashel, spend two nights in the famous heritage village of Killarney, and drive along the Wild Atlantic Way to explore the Dingle Peninsula. Cap off your trip with a trek to the majestic Cliffs of Moher before returning to the capital.
SELF DRIVE TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to experience the highlights and sights of the South & West Coasts.
7 nights stay, 8 days
“Perfect way for us to explore & experience Ireland!”
– Hendrik, The Netherlands
Are you ready to experience Ireland?
Book one of self-drive holidays in southern Ireland and we will supply you with a car, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast every morning, route maps, guidance, access to our free offline app and much more.
On this trip, you will get to experience the ancient streets, bars and restaurants of Dublin; the food, drink and music scene in Cork; the heritage village of Killarney and its incredible surroundings; the scenic Kinsale and the famous Ring of Kerry. You’ll also get the chance to tick the Cliffs of Moher off your bucket list and top it all off by finishing up in lively Galway, a place packed to the brim with character, craic and pure Irish culture.
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Welcome to Dublin! Transfer from the airport to your first nights’ accommodation in the city center. 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.
This morning you’ll pick up your car rental and drive south to Cork, Ireland’s “Second City.” Along the way, stop at the historic Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary to wander a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on a limestone outcrop, once home to the High Kings of Ireland. From there, you will continue your way to Cork, taking the rest of the afternoon to spend as you choose.
After breakfast, drive across the mountainous terrain that separates Cork County and the Kingdom of Kerry, until you arrive in the town of Killarney. After settling into your hotel, switch gears and either lace up your hiking boots or rent a bike to explore the country’s oldest national park. Discover Killarney National Park’s iconic landscape as you set out to its three lakes, Lough Leane, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake. If you’re up for it, you can join a kayaking tour of Lough Leane, though there is the option to take a boat cruise.
The park is home to a number of noteworthy historic buildings and monuments, including a 15th-century Franciscan friary known as Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle a structure that sits stoically on the eastern edge of Lough Leane. Consider staying in the park long enough to take in the sunset before finding a pub for your dinner..
Considered one of the most beautiful destinations to explore in Ireland, today sees you discovering the real beauty of the world-famous Ring of Kerry. Take in sweeping views of the wild, rugged coastline, golden beaches, glistening lakes, picturesque villages, and spectacular mountain ranges.
A nice walk along the Ring of Kerry is the Derrynane Mass Path Loop Walk, which is a moderate 6-mile (9 km) route around Derrynane National Park near Caherdaniel and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. Enjoy trekking through hillside woodland with sweeping views over Derrynane Blue Flag Beach and Derrynane House.
Leaving your accommodation behind, drive west to explore the most westerly peninsula in Europe, Dingle Peninsula. Along the way, you will see Gallarus Oratory, ancient beehive huts, the Blasket Islands, and much more. Following your drive to Slea Head, you will spend the night in the coastal town of Dingle.
After breakfast you will leave the Kingdom of Kerry behind and travel north along the edge of Europe to the coastal village of Doolin. When visiting Doolin, one of the most talked about ‘must do’s’ is to visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. These impressive cliffs form a protective barrier from the Wild Atlantic Way to the rich & fertile land at the southern end of the Burren Region. Standing proudly above the Ocean ther towering dominance is a spectacle that can best be apprciated on foot.
There also the opportunity to take boat cruise close to the cliffs.
You depart Doolin traveling north towards Galway, the Bohemian Capital of Ireland. Along the way explore the remarkable moon-like terrain of the wild Burren and the Atlantic waves that roll into the jaws of Galway bay. Take the opportunity to soak in Galway’s vibrant streets, sample its wide variety of food offerings or take a tour exploring its unique historical places of interest.