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  Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

Escape to the West 5 Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Cliffs of Moher
~ Dingle Peninsula
~ Ring of Kerry
~ Torc Waterfall
~ The Burren
~ Clonmacnoise
~ Blarney Castle

Discover the scenic, historic and cultural highlights of South West Ireland. From dramatic sea cliffs to ancient monasteries and castles this is a tour that will bring the country to life. Meet the locals in a traditional pub, sample local seafood, walk on stunning Atlantic beaches or explore prehistoric ruins – Ireland has a lot to offer.

Stay 1 night in Galway and 3 nights in the lively little town of Killarney.

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.
Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.30 approx
Adult Prices:  €369
Discount Prices:  €349
Departing: Sundays (April to September)

Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 departs Dublin and travels west, stopping at Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan. Try the local whiskey then continue to Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon River to explore one of the most important early Christian sites in Ireland. Afterwards visit a typical village pub before arriving in Galway
 
Day 2 explores County Clare starting with the scenic and historic highlights of The Burren. The afternoon is spent at the amazing Cliffs of Moher - over 700 feet high! Then you cross the Shannon estuary by ferry to arrive in Killarney for the next 3 nights.

Day 3 takes you to the Dingle Peninsula - an area famous for its scenery and Gaelic Culture. You will see ancient forts, early religious sites, Slea Head, Inch Beach and Dingle itself, surrounded by views to offshore islands and the mountains of Kerry. 

Day 4 travels the famous Ring of Kerry - one of the world's classic touring routes. Discover the history and scenery of the area from ancient ring forts and historic houses to small fishing villages and beautiful beaches. This is a day packed full of interest and photo opportunities.
 
Day 5 continues east through the West Cork mountains to Blarney. Here you can visit the castle and gardens as well as explore the village. The afternoon stops include the Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny City before arriving back in Dublin.

Departure Point 
Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin. See Map. 

Inclusions
 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Services of a professional driver/guide 
All road tolls and the Killimer - Tarbet ferry.
 
Exclusions 
Meals and refreshments. 
Entrances to all Visitor Attractions. 

Accommodation
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when towns we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary. 

Discount price
 
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)


Important Information
 
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Ireland can be a wet place!! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
....for your expertise, wonderful disposition, safe and professional driving skills, stories, songs and the ability to take a group of people from strangers to friends. You made the group able to enjoy multiple group outings effortlessly every day and gave clear and sensible suggestions for time spent enjoying the various towns during free time in the evenings. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.
Posted by Linda Currie on 12/09/2014


Best tour ever! Our guide, John A., had and shared a wealth of information about Ireland with us. I learned so much about Ireland's culture, history, and language. Our daily tours consistently went above and beyond what was on our itineraries, but John was always mindful of our interests as well. Our group was diverse but we all meshed nicely and had loads of fun, along with countless thought-provoking conversations. Highlights? John's singing of Irish folk songs, his stories, renewing our wedding vows at a 2nd century ogham stone on the Dingle Peninsula, meeting bogmen, musicians, and countless other wonderful Irish people, the pubs in Killarney, etc. I will recommend a luxury min van tour with Rabbies to anyone who inquires. Well done! You are experts in your field!
Posted by Jennifer Loder on 18/08/2014


Thanks to John Ahern who shared his knowledge and wit, the twelve strangers who soon became friends, and the people of Ireland who helped this gal know that she had returned to her roots. The green quilt of the land knit together with the hedgerows reappears in my dreams both night and day. The laughter of all the 'inside' jokes among those on this tour brings smiles to my face. The beauuuuuutiful food can still be tasted in my memories. Thank you for making a life-long dream come true. Can't wait to return.
Posted by Carolyn Connelly Coleman on 07/06/2014


Our driver/guide John made a fabulous experience even better. He serenaded us with traditional Irish songs, regaled us with Irish history and lore and added to an already rich itinerary. We can't recommend Rabbie's--and John--enough. Thanks for a great experience.
Posted by Nancy and Steve on 05/06/2014


Great 5-day tour with John Ahern. He's a knowledgeable and wonderful guide, and would recommend him highly.
Posted by Linda Malek on 31/08/2013


Our driver John Ahern was fantastic, informative, entertaining and helpful. The Cliffs of Moher and Dingle were my favourites. Unfortunately very bad weather did not allow us to enjoy the Ring of kerry much.
Posted by Leanne on 06/08/2013


We loved John! By the third day, he had created a family atmosphere; taught us great songs; and really gave us insight to Irish History, Politics, and contemporary life.
Posted by Maria on 07/07/2013


The entire tour was a great experience. John was fantastic as a driver/tour guide. We took a Rabbies tour two years ago to the Isle of Skye and had a great time. This tour was equally great.
Posted by Robert on 05/07/2013


Loved John, our driver!! He was great and really helped our group gel. He also has a ton of knowledge of the area and I really felt like he knew what he was showing us.
Posted by Cristie on 22/06/2013


We just returned from the 5 Day adventure out of Dublin. We were very fortunate to have both good weather and a great driver/host. John Dowling, stories, history, songs and special bonus places. He treated us like family, there was no "hearding" around like other tours we have experienced. Traveling with our elderly mothers, he was patient, and truly an Irish Gentlemen. John spoke to everyone individually and gave great advice for a good time! He was amazing and truly cared that everyone in his charge had a great time! Dublin is a great fun city, but get out into the beautifuly countryside! We loved Ireland!
Posted by Maryann Jiannone on 06/06/2013


Second of my two tours was the Escape to the West Tour of Ireland, which starts and ends in Dublin, goes to Galway, County Kerry, County Cork, and many places in between. We had two groups travelling in tandem - one led by John the Elder and one led by John the Younger (my group). The scenery was beautiful - many castles, mountains, ring forts, and sea cliffs, and our group of Americans, Singaporans, and Australians hit it off well. The end of the tour brought two new versions of "It's a long way to Tipperary" and a song from our guide. While Scotland continues to be my favorite destination, Ireland was a lovely place to visit with Rabbies.
Posted by Susan Goodfellow on 02/06/2013


We are a party of two interested in July 2014. When will these dates be available for reservations? Also, can we specify the specific hotel or B&B we would like in Galway and Kilarney?
Posted by Burke on 21/05/2013


The scenery and learning about Ireland was great. Shane our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge, lots of fun, very flexible and just made the trip great.
Posted by Patricia Parks on 08/09/2012


Had the most amazing 5 days in Ireland . David the guide was very intresting and great amount of information about Ireland was learned in the few days of this trip Accomodation was very comfortable and very central to the city centers..All the people on the trip were very friendly and we enjoyed each others company. From The weather Witch from Australia
Posted by Osija Anolak on 31/08/2012


Stunning scenery, lots of laughter and driven by a Leprechaun-in-disguise, Kevin. Stopped to take photos of every lamb on the Dingle Peninsula! "Specials" for me: paddling on the Dingle beaches, The Burren with its wild flowers, Clonmacnoise, outdoor music at Galway, Torc Waterfalls and the lakes at Killarney National Park. So much to see, too little time! Thanks to Kevin and my fellow travellers for a great trip.
Posted by Debbda on 13/05/2012


Our driver Tiegh (not sure of spelling) was excellent. He was interesting and had a superb knowledge of Ireland's history. He was helpful and professional with a wonderful sense of humor. He really made the trip special.
Posted by Ann Marie Monson on 25/09/2011


I was on the 'Escape to the West 5 Day Tour of Ireland' (with Joan Werth) from 4th to 8th September, 2011, and was one of the two 'lovely Australians' referred to. I hadn't been on a tour in years (1970's. I think) and had no first hand knowledge of Rabbies but, one of the reasons I chose them was their '16 person maximum' policy and we were lucky, as we had only eight. We all got on amazingly well, like one big family, with the eldest being 80 - one of the 'three crazy Canadians' - and the youngest being 21. Betty (the 80 year old) was an inspiration to us all and missed out on nothing - she certainly kept me going when my energy was failing! Our driver, Tagh O'Brien, was great - very professional and knowledgeable, loads of fun, a great joke teller and competent judge of the limerick competition!! To all my friends (Joan (great photos), Colleen & Jacqui, Betty, Judy & Alan, Dora and, last but not least, Tagh) I wish you all the best and, like Joan, miss each and every one of you. I would certainly recommend Rabbies to anyone that asked. .
Posted by Maxine Latter on 24/09/2011


Our guide's knowledge, stories, and jokes were the best part of the trip.
Posted by Colleen Phillips on 24/09/2011


Tadgh O'Brien made the trip extra special. He is knowledgeable and made the trip fun and a great learning experience. I know you are new to Ireland and Tadgh was a great find for you. I emailed Rabbie's after the tour specifically to compliment Tadgh. The group size was also tremendously enjoyable, a smaller group made it enjoyable because we all got to know each other and interacted together.
Posted by Joan Werth on 23/09/2011


I just returned from my third Rabbie's tour. Two were in Scotland, the most recent was a five day tour of Ireland with Tadgh our driver, three crazy Canadians, two lovely Australians, a wonderful mother and daughter from America, and myself (also an American). The trip was fantastic and Tadgh was wonderful. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone thinking about traveling to Ireland. Hello to my traveling companions, I miss you guys already.
Posted by Joan Werth on 11/09/2011


We only had 4 people so our driver/guide Shane Murphy made some accomodations/changes that were all very much to our liking. For example, we got back earlier one day to visit Mucross House in Killarney.
Posted by Richard Farrar on 19/08/2011


Our Drivers Shane and Michael were so enthusiastic and knew so much about the West of Ireland. Their in depth knowledge of the West of Ireland meant that we were able to enjoy breath taking sights we did'nt know existed. They made the Tour brilliant!
Posted by Rita Madden on 05/08/2011


Both Shane & Michael were able to tell us about the history of the places we were seeing and gave us insights into the Irish both past and present. It made all our stops and the sights we saw along the way more enjoyable. The tour was a good mix of nature and history, loved the beaches.
Posted by Dana Hall on 01/08/2011


Robin and Suu and the whole Rabbies team deserve to be proud of this new addition! I am a seasoned Rabbies traveler in Scotland and even a foray into England (horrors!). This new Ireland tour lives up to Rabbies well deserved standards of excellence in every aspect! Five amazing days with Michael our guide and driver; Irish by birth and proud of his heritage he kept us informed and entertained with personal stories and historic lore every minute of the tour. I have previously traveled in Ireland myself, yet Michael took us to out of the way places I never would have thought to go on my own. Even taking us on a road marked “closed.” He laughed and said “the locals put up the signs to keep people out” – and we discovered a breathtaking drive not even the Irish get to see. Ireland is beautiful and rich in heritage and we didn’t miss much. The tour is masterfully engineered so always had plenty of time to explore at the stops and at night as well. Ever town has traditional music and “great craic.” The accommodations were always top notch and very reasonable! When we would stop for the night Michael gave us a tour of the town pointing out the best pubs and entertainment venues before leaving us on our own. I highly recommend this new Rabbies tour!! The Euro is a bargain and the Guinness is always good. Go!!!!
Posted by Miami_Michael on 15/06/2011


Hi folks, first things first - there is no subject available for that tour from Tour-title scroll list. Anyway, it was Rabbies first tour to Ireland so You still need some adjusting ;-) I am a seasoned Rabbies traveller, it was my fifth tour in three years, and I don't speak any day trips. You can call me a fan of those kind of trips where I always felt treated special and beeing taken carte of (forgive my grammar, english is not my native tongue). It was my first trip to Ireland as well, so I was in an adventourous mood. And of course it was very impressive. Too short to see everything, as supposed, and packed with so many things to see and learn. Michael, our driver and a Kerryman, as he always pointed out, is very talkative and of great knowledge and not a bit shy to share his personal story of life with us customers, which of course make it twice as interesting. The 5-day-trip can of course only touch the surface of everything, but the route is carefully chosen, spiked with a lot of highlights. This goes for places to eat and for accomodations as well. It was a special time this trip had, since Queen Elisabeth II had chosen this time to come to Ireland - she crossed our path but once (but tested Michael's abilities in Dublin). So we were very close to this special moment in the life of the Irish people. Unfortunately Dingle peninsular refused to lift its veil of fog to us - we had to trust the driver that something like Skerrig Michael really exists ;-) Sometimes he had us back in the bus faster then he had thought of because of the weather ;-) Very interesting places to see and visit: beehive houses from ancient times, early medieval churches not a bit taller, great (and tall) castles and gardens, small towns with their unique athmosphere. I might have been grinning all the time - the pictures says so. It will be very difficult to select just 10 for the album - I have 640 now in the slideshow! We had a nice group of just 9 persons from overseas plus us two Germans. Michael, our driver and a Kerryman, as he always pointed out, is very talkative and of great knowledge and not a bit shy to share his personal story of life with us customers, which of course made the tour twice as interesting. Laura from Rabbies was with us to make sure everything goes well and in my opinion, it did, did it not? She is some special person as well, it's great to get to know her as well. I give the hug back with this! Now, I look up to Rabbies next destination (the island of Malta would be great, warm and sunny for a change) See You on whatever next trip! Yours, Britta
Posted by Britta on 22/05/2011


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1  Departing Dublin you head west through the farmland and peat bogs of counties Kildare and Offally. Our first stop is the Locke’s Distillery – reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the local whiskey and discover the true spirit of Ireland! Further west you will reach the mighty Shannon River and the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise – with its collection of churches, stone crosses and round towers. After an afternoon stop in a traditional pub in the village of Shannonbridge, travel into Galway City for your first night. This lively student town has no shortage of good pubs and restaurants.
 
Day 2 From Galway City it is only a short drive along the coast to the Burren – one of Ireland’s great natural treasures. This is a land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides, rare flora, early Christian settlements and ancient stone monuments. You will spend most of the morning exploring this unique area. You will then stop in  Kilfenora, the “town of the crosses”, for a visit to the old cathedral and lunch in the village. After lunch you will visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, which drop almost 700 feet straight into the crashing Atlantic waves. Here you can walk the cliff top trails, watch the numerous seabirds or visit the award winning environmental exhibition. From here you travel south through County Clare passing the famous golf course and beach at Lahinch to catch the ferry across the Shannon estuary and into County Kerry to the beautiful lakeside town of Killarney – your base for the next 3 nights. The pubs here are great for food and most have live music in the evenings – your only problem is which one to choose!
 
Day 3 The tour today will explore the wonderful Dingle Peninsula – one of the most scenic parts of Ireland and a heartland of Gaelic culture and tradition. The first stop of the day is the beach at Inch – a vast expanse of sand facing out into the Atlantic and very popular with surfers. From here increasingly narrow roads lead onto the peninsula itself through the town of Dingle and out to Slea Head. This is an area of ancient forts and dwellings going back thousands of years and you will visit some of the best examples along the way. The views here are impressive with the nearby Blasket Islands rising dramatically from the sea and the mountains of the Ring of Kerry to the south. Weather permitting you will be able to walk on the beaches or along the cliff tops to fully appreciate the fabulous scenery. This area is very important in Gaelic literature and you will learn more during the day. The circuit of Slea Head leads back to Dingle town with its brightly coloured buildings and busy harbour. You will spend the rest of the afternoon here before returning to Killarney. If the weather is good you could take an evening walk in the Killarney National Park – just on the edge of town.
 
Day 4 Today you will tour one of the world’s classic routes, the Ring of Kerry - 100 miles packed full of interest. After departing Killarney on a clear day there will be views to Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil after which we join the coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells to Cahersiveen. There will be plenty opportunities for photos stops along the way with great views across to the Dingle Peninsula. Possible stops include the Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace and Cahersiveen ring fort before reaching the little fishing village of Portmagee. Here you can relax and sample local seafood for lunch or alternatively cross to the island of Valentia for a visit to the Skellig Experience where you can learn about the nearby rocky islands and the small community of monks who once lived there. In the afternoon you will make photo stops in Waterville - a favourite holiday place for Charlie Chaplin and then at the top of Coonmakista Pass for one of the best views in the country. From here the road drops down to sea level for a visit to Derrynane House – family home of Daniel O’Connell. There are walks in the gardens and down to the beach as well as the house itself. The tour continues on around the Ring with stops at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. There will just be time for a short walk to the Torc Waterfall before arriving back into Killarney.
 
Day 5  Today you will head back east through the mountains of West Cork and the market town of Macroom then along the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Here you will have time to visit the castle, explore the woodland walks and mystical Rock Close as well as visiting the village of Blarney itself – a good place for a bite of lunch and a bit of shopping. There may even be the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone although in peak season it can be very busy. In the afternoon the tour continues on to the Rock of Cashel with its mediaeval monastery complex sitting high above the town and finally Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine Castle and Park, riverside walks, the National Craft Centre and plenty pubs for one last Guinness before hitting the road again for the last leg of a wonderful journey arriving back into Dublin about 19.30
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Photography Credits:
Tourism Ireland.
Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts