The Perfect Week on the Emerald Isle
7-Day tour experience uniquely designed by Desmond Tours
Tour Highlights & Focal Points
• Clonmacnoise • Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery • Connemara National Park • Killary Fjord • Kylemore Abbey • Cliffs of Moher • Bunratty Castle • Dingle • Slea Head Drive • Killarney • The Ring of Kerry • Kenmare • Rock of Cashel • Jameson Whiskey Distillery • Blarney Castle • Kilkenny Castle
On arrival you will be warmly welcomed to Ireland by our friendly driver who will escort you to your awaiting vehicle. We will build the itinerary around your preferred time of arrival, allowing you full flexibility. Your first experience will be a comfortable drive to Tyrell’s Pass, a fantastic medieval Irish Castle / Towerhouse, where you will have the opportunity to sample a delicious full Irish Breakfast or a hearty lunch or supper. We then make our way into the West and en route you have the opportunity to visit two of Ireland’s favourite and globally renowned Whiskey distilleries, Kilbeggan or Tullamore Dew. If you wish, this experience can include a unique Irish Whiskey Tasting and distillery tour. For the history buffs a special cultural highlight awaits at the monastic site of Clonmacnoise. Here you will have the opportunity to take part in a short walking tour of this special historic Irish spot. From here, we travel to the bustling city of Galway, listed in Lonely Planet Travel Guides as one of the “must see cities in the world” and the city that was elected as the 2020 Capital of Culture. The evening may be spent relaxing but Galways’ bustling pub and the traditional music scene is calling! If you want to experience a real authentic Irish music session, this is the city to do just that!
Enjoy an overnight in Galway – the city of tribes.
After your nights’ stay in the hotel of your choice, your driver will pick you up and you will start the day by driving to the little village of Moycullen, home of the authentic green Connemara Marble, an excellent stop to stock up on some well needed Irish gifts made on site. Continuing from there you will experience the ruggedness of the beautiful mountains of Connemara, the serene lakes and of course everybody’s favourite – plenty of sheep along the way – or on the road in fact! For those of you who like movies, you will get the opportunity to have a photo stop at the scene of the opening of the film “The Quiet Man“. From there, several options are available, depending on the group’s interest: Ireland’s only fjord “Killary Fjord”, the beautiful fishing villages of Roundstone and Clifden, Kylemore Abbey and its walled gardens, a walk on Diamond Hill and many more attractions along the way. At the end of the day, there is always the opportunity to visit the closing scene of “The Quiet Man” en route back to Galway.
Enjoy an overnight in Galway, the 2020 Capital of Culture
Your friendly driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Galway. We will leave the city of tribes and will embark on a new adventure. Today we have two options to make our way to the coastal town of Dingle. A beautiful coastal drive on the Wild Atlantic Way via the Burren to the famous Cliffs Moher with photo stop at Dunguaire Castle and a quick visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen. Or alternatively, a visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park with its 15th century castle and authentic old Folk Park is also a great alternative. After lunch in Doolin (Cliffs of Moher Option) or at the famous Durty Nellies Tavern (Bunratty Castle Option), we make our way onto the beautiful village of Adare, a fabulous opportunity for a photo stop with quaint thatched Irish cottages. In the afternoon, we continue onto the Dingle peninsula, and end our day in Dingle Town, one of Ireland’s foodie capitals, which is also home to the Dingle Gin Distillery.
Enjoy an overnight in the coastal foodie town of Dingle
In the morning we start with a drive around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. On the way, this will be your opportunity to visit an ancient Beehive Hut (an 8th century type of accommodation used by monks and farmers alike, and also recently featured in the Star Wars Movies). Also if you like arts and crafts, a visit at the pottery factory of Louis Mulcahy is going to be a highlight of your tour. Immerse yourself in authentic Irish history at the Blasket Islands visitor centre and you can be the first of your group to find “The Sleeping Giant” during this exciting drive around the peninsula! For those of you who like animals and a great highlight for families too, you can cuddle an Irish lamb too.
We now continue onto Killarney, which is located just one hour drive from Dingle Town. Upon arriving in Killarney, we will visit Muckross House, the famous 19th century Victorian mansion where Queen Victoria visited in 1861. A short drive leads us to the dramatic Torc Waterfalls, another Killarney highlight. In the evening you will have a great choice of shops, music and restaurants at your disposal.
Enjoy an overnight in the famous town of Killarney
From Killarney, we will explore one of the highlights of your trip to Ireland – the famous Ring of Kerry. A driving route through the magnificent landscape that County Kerry has to offer: dramatic mountain and lake scenery, the majestic Atlantic Ocean and quaint villages along the way. We begin the day by stopping at one of the great attractions along the Ring of Kerry, Kerry Woollen Mills, where you can experience a guided tour of the factory and shop for some authentic Irish crafts and gifts. Continue along the Ring of Kerry with numerous photo opportunities and a visit to Waterville, the place where Charlie Chaplin loved to spend his vacations. For the golf enthusiasts on board, the opportunity to play a round of golf at the great facilities in Waterville. We continue onto the bustling town of Kenmare, a great stop for a late lunch and to enjoy some more shopping. Return to Killarney for some evening entertainment. If desired, The Celtic Steps dance show, an experience to remember!
Enjoy an overnight in the bustling town of Killarney
Leaving Killarney, there are multiple fantastic options on how to make our way to Ireland’s Ancient East to the medieval city of Kilkenny. For the whiskey lovers, a stop at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton is a must (stock up on some of the most authentic Irish whiskeys only available on site). If you like your history, a visit to the Titanic Experience in Cobh where the last stop of the famous Titanic was is also a great option. Alternatively, the authentic Blarney Castle with its famous “Kiss the Blarney Stone” experience is a great stop along the way. The Rock of Cashel, a historic site perched on an impressive hill with numerous ancient buildings such as a round tower, historic cathedral and a Celtic high cross – is also a fabulous photo opportunity not to be missed on the way to Kilkenny. Upon arrival in Kilkenny, be prepared for fantastic music and delicious food for your last night on tour with us. We recommend Kyteler’s Inn, a historic pub with great atmosphere, music and food, established in 1324.
Enjoy an overnight in the medieval city of Kilkenny
Before you leave Kilkenny, explore one or more of the following attractions: Saint Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, walk the “Medieval Mile”, visit Kilkenny Castle, Dunmore Caves, a tour in the Smithwicks Brewery, get some shopping done in Kilkenny at the Kilkenny Design Centre, located opposite Kilkenny Castle.
After lunch, when we are making our way towards Dublin we recommend a stop at Avoca – here you can find great Irish produce on display and you might even find something you’d like to take home with you!
We will bring you to Dublin Airport or transfer you to a hotel of your choice in Dublin and bid our farewells.
Tour prices and included services
In light of the difficult circumstances for tourism and travel, we have decided that our tour prices for the 2021 and 2022 season will remain unchanged from our 2020 rates and as such, will be priced from €420 per day of touring. Please contact us for an exact quote as prices vary depending on group size, itinerary chosen and length of tour.
Unless otherwise agreed, your tour price includes the following:
- Fully customised itinerary designed with your touring needs in mind.
- Scheduled stops at must-see locations and at lesser known hidden gems – Ireland’s best kept secrets!
- Live commentary, information, interaction and entertainment by an experienced, Failte Ireland approved guide and fully qualified driver.
- A real progressive Irish tour experience that mixes present day with the past and helps you to create memories that will last a lifetime.
- Scheduled pick up at your arrival location and drop off on departure to suit your individual schedule.
- We will supply the vehicle plus all associated costs including fuel, tolls, insurance and car-parks – your own dedicated personal group vehicle for your tour only.
- Fine food specialties can be prepared on request for special occasions – this helps to create another memorable moment during your Ireland Vacation.
- Recommendations on reputable hotel/accommodation choices, local Irish pubs, recognised taste restaurants and fun activities. Additional activity bookings for your tour on request.
- Driver overnight expenses (including accommodation & food)
- We know that organic tour changes can happen and if required, we will facilitate changes to include restaurant bookings and other schedule changes. This is your vacation and we want to ensure that it is an enjoyable and unique experience for you!
Booking this tour
We make the booking experience an easy and accessible one for you. We invite you to contact us today and we can check availability for your dates of choice and discuss all the details of your tour requirements. This helps us to design the best tour option and itinerary for you.
Tour prices start from €420 per day of touring as outlined above. A deposit is specified at the time of enquiry and this secures your preferred dates and tour driver. Once the deposit is received, a confirmation email is sent and the final payment for the tour will be due six weeks before the start date of your tour.