Day 1: Dublin City (12km/7.5miles)
Welcome to Dublin Airport, where after picking up your car your will travel into the city center and check into your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent exploring Dublin – trace its history from early Viking origins, through the medieval magnificence of St. Patrick's Cathedral – visits to Dublinia, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Irish Whisky Distillery, Trinity College, and much more. Suggested Hotel: Merrion Hotel or similar 5 star hotel.
Day 2: Galway City & Cong, Co. Mayo (265km/165miles)
Leave Dublin this morning and travel across the rich midland pastures. Why not visit Belvedere House, Gardens and Park? The magnificent early 18th century stately home of Robert Rochfort, Earl of Belvedere, stands in 160 acres of parkland on the shores of Lough Ennell. Belvedere is one of the finest of Ireland's historic houses, and together with gardens and park has been exquisitely restored. Before you cross the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river you can visit Clonmacnoise a 6th century Christian site. Arrive into Galway, which has long traded with Spain and the Spanish influences are many in the city. Of note is Spanish Arch, a gateway in the old city walls and the Spanish Parade, where wealthy merchants and their families enjoyed a stroll along the promenade. Continue on from Galway to nearby Cong and Ashford Castle your overnight hotel. Suggested Hotel: Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
Day 3: Connemara Tour (200km/125miles)
Embark on a tour of the wild & rugged Connemara region, famous for the savage beauty of its lake and mountain scenery. Irish is still widely spoken here. Why not visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful mansion in a lakeside setting against a mountainous backdrop Irish Benedictine nuns, with a tradition of over 300 years run this unique Abbey set in the heart of Connemara, overlooking Pollacapul Lake. A haven of peace! Visit the magnificent Gothic Church. You can also visit Connemara National Park at Letterfrack, where the indigenous wild Connemara ponies roam freely through the rugged landscape. Suggested Hotel: Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
Day 4: County Clare (170km/105miles)
Leave Ashford Castle & travel through Galway City and into County Clare. Why not visit Rathbaun Farm and see the animals being tended, or enjoy a traditional tea and scones break? Travel through the strange lunar landscape of the Burren region or visit the Cliffs of Moher a spectacular 5-mile long cliff, which rises almost 700 feet above sea level. You can also visit the 15th century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where replicas of traditional thatched cottages are arranged in a village setting, complete with village shops including the printers, the confectioners, the post office, the pub and hotel, the doctor's house and the bakers. Stop at some of the many small towns and villages that Ireland is famous for. Suggested Hotel: Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare
Day 5: Kerry (170km/105miles)
Travel south through the rich midland pastures and pass through the medieval city of Limerick. Stop in the pretty village of Adare , whose Heritage Center allows you to experience the area's unique history, spanning from 1233. Continue on to Kenmare, voted Ireland's tidiest town. Suggested Hotel: Park Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry or similar
Day 6: Kenmare or West Cork (90km/60miles)
Today, why not relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities or visit Kenmare with its many craft and antique shops. Alternatively tour the West Cork region traveling over the spectacular Healy Pass before arriving in Glengariff where you can take a short boat trip to Garnish Island to see the "sub-tropical" gardens. Because of a unique Gulf Stream influence, you can see many plants you would normally expect to see in much warmer climates. Suggested Hotel: Park Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry or similar
Day 7: The Midlands (265km/165miles)
Leave Kenmare and drive through the rich rolling pastures of Ireland's Golden Vale region. Why not stop in Cork, Ireland's second largest city or perhaps visit the world famous Blarney Castle and nearby Blarney Woollen Mills? Continue on to the medieval city of Kilkenny where you can stroll through the narrow streets and alleyways or visit Kilkenny Castle or some of the other heritage sites. Suggested Hotel: Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
Day 8: Departure from Dublin Airport (180km/112miles)
Travel to Dublin Airport for your return flight.
Our suggested hotel experience
Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street Dublin 2
The Merrion Hotel, a luxury 5 star hotel, is set in the center of the city between Merrion Square and St. Stephen's Green on Upper Merrion Street. This hotel brings new standards of excellence to Ireland's capital by the nature of the discreet and efficient but friendly service offered to guests. With the meticulous restoration of 4 gracious Georgian houses, the Merrion provides 143 beautifully appointed guest-rooms and suites, many overlooking magnificent 18th century gardens. The hotel offers a choice of two restaurant and two bars – including the renowned 'Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud', the only 2 star Michelin Restaurant in Ireland and the Mornington Restaurant which offers the very best contemporary food with Irish flair. The bars include the Cellar bar which is located the original 18th century wine cellars, with their vaulted ceilings, also No. 23, a small cocktail bar on the ground floor. The Merrion's health and fitness center, The Tethra Spa, features an 18 meter infinity swimming pool, together with a gymnasium, steam room and a luxurious private treatment room. The Merrion Hotel is a member of the Leading hotels of the World.
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
Set in 350 acres of parkland, this superb 13th Century Castle, situated on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo offers a delicate mix of both the old and the new. Its atmosphere is unique and its tradition of comfort and enjoyment long-standing. Guests enjoy the 83 luxurious rooms and suites, gourmet cuisine as well as a wide range of country activities. These include golf on the castle's 9-hole course, salmon and trout fishing on the castle's lake, horse-riding, tennis and clay pigeon or driven pheasant shooting over the castle's terrain.
Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare
This 5 star hotel is located 13 km from Shannon Airport. Stately halls, elegant public areas and beautifully furnished 100 guest rooms are steeped in a timeless atmosphere that is unique to Dromoland. The international reputation for excellence is reflected in the award winning cuisine in the Castle's Earl of Thomond and Fig Tree Restaurant in the newly opened Dromoland Golf & Country Club. A meticulously maintained 18-hole golf course, fishing, horse-riding, clay shooting, health & beauty clinic and much more.
The Park Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Since 1897 travelers have enjoyed the gracious elegance of the Park Hotel Kenmare. In a heavenly location overlooking Kenmare Bay the hotel is renowned for its attentive service & international standards. This 5 star hotel has 46 rooms furnished with period antiques and is renowned for outstanding cuisine. In the Deluxe Destination Spa SAMAS guests can indulge in the ethos of a true spa to rejuvenate the body, mind & spirit. A host of classes & activities encompass the wonderful location of this special corner of Ireland. 18 Hole golf course, tennis, 12 acres of gardens & a 40 acre National Park adjoin the grounds. Enjoy Ireland in one of its most magnificent locations.
Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
One of Ireland's most magnificent hotels a superb 18th century country house set on 1500 acre estate of rolling hills, magnificent parkland and river views. The house has been tastefully restored and offers a selection of 58 luxuriously furnished bedrooms, located in the main house or Hunters Yard or Rose Garden lodges, which along with the reception rooms are furnished throughout with antiques. There is a Jack Nicklaus designed 18 hole golf course, with club house. Guests may enjoy a golf academy, horse-riding, clay target shooting, fishing, archery, tennis, croquet, cycling or strolling through woodlands, parklands and formal gardens. There is gourmet dining in the Lady Helen MacCalmount Room and informal in Tap Room Bar
Rates and details
The price includes:
- 7 Nights hotel accommodation, Pre-booked Self Drive (excludes car)
- Rates are per person based on double occupancy
- Based on Euro/USD conversion of 1.00/1.38 (subject to change)
$1550.00 - January – March
$1970.00 - April & October
$2190.00 - May, July and August
$2250.00 - June and September
$1250.00 - November – December
Rates do not include:
- International flights, or flights of any nature
- Travel Insurance
- Self-drive car rental
- Daily meals, except breakfast
- Vehicle fuel, maps, tolls, parking fees
- Items of a personal nature
• Child supplements are ON REQUEST and apply when a child between 3 and 12 years is sharing with 2 full paying adults with a maximum of 2 children in the room. A child sharing with a single adult is charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0-2 years are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.
All of our wheelchair accessible vacations are created for self-drive by standard rental car or by chauffeur driven accessible van. Self drive accessible vans are not available for hire in Ireland. Self drive accessible vans can be delivered from England. For
more details on planning an accessible vacation to Ireland contact email Accessible Journeys by email.