Escape to the South West
5 day tour

  • Irish Castle South west
  • Cliffs of Moher tour dublin
  • Ring of Kerry beautiful
  • Clonmacnoise ruins

Escape to the mystery and isolated splendour of Ireland’s West Coast.

Tour map

Highlights

Ferry
Distilleries
Gaelic Culture
Cathedrals
Walks
Waterfalls

Places you'll explore


Clonmacnoise - Scholars from all around Europe used to visit this hugely influential abbey.

Galway Town - Stone clad buildings line the winding lanes and medieval walls of this ancient harbour city.

Cliffs of Moher - Behold an awe-inspiring 700ft drop into the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Burren - This national park is home to some of Ireland’s most profound spiritual and natural culture.

Dingle Peninsula - Glorious beaches merge with traditional Irish scenery in this land of Gaelic mystery and towering forts.

Ring of Kerry - Ireland's famous coastal route boasts some of the wildest views in Europe.

Torc Waterfall - Learn about the ancient curse that formed this waterfall and admire its impressive cascade.

Blarney Castle - Kiss the famed Blarney Stone amidst the walls of this gorgeous medieval stronghold.

Kilkenny - Survey the dominant and unmistakeable three walled castle whilst roaming its splendid grounds.


Your journey


Explore one of Ireland’s most spectacular regions on this five day tour of Ireland.

You’ll capture Atlantic waves crashing against rugged cliffs, impressive castles looming over ancient monasteries, and cities bursting with myth and mystery.

It’s a tour that’s perfect for people who like their mountains mighty, their music merry, and their memories magnificent.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Returns
19.30 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • All road tolls and the Killimer - Tarbet ferry
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Savour the sights and tastes of the oldest licensed distillery on Earth at Locke’s Distillery
  • Revere the magnificent 1,500 year old abbey of Clonmacnoise
  • Delve into the hubbub of Galway City’s bustling bars and lively restaurants

Leaving Dublin, you head west through the farmlands and peat bogs of County Kildare and Offaly. Locke’s Distillery is your first stop, and here you have time to relax with a glass of their famed whiskey.

After a drink (or two!), you head to the banks of the mighty River Shannon and the ruined abbey at Clonmacnoise. Home to a large collection of stone crosses, ancient churches and inimitable round towers, this holy site offers an insightful glimpse into Ireland’s spiritual past.

You then lunch at a traditional pub in one of the area’s pretty villages before travelling to Galway City, your home for the first night. It’s a city with a lively atmosphere and excellent restaurants and bars.

Day 2

  • Roam the Burren, home to some of Ireland’s most profound spiritual and natural experiences
  • Marvel at the steep Cliffs of Moher and the stunning 700ft drop into the waves of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Relax with traditional Irish music in the atmospheric pubs and bars of Killarney

A short drive along the coast from Galway City lies the Burren, one of Ireland’s national treasures. It’s home to one of the earliest Christian settlements in Ireland and broad limestone pavements and rare flora.

After time to explore the area, you travel to Kilfenora, the “town of the crosses”. You can visit the town’s fabulous ancient cathedral before we stop for lunch in one of the area’s charming villages.

You then head to the incredible Cliffs of Moher. Walk the stunning cliff trails as seabirds swoop through the clear air above you. And learn about the unique ecosystem in the excellent and award winning environmental exhibition nearby.

The tour then moves south through County Clare, passing its famous golf course on the way to the picturesque beach at Lahinch. From here you board a ferry across the Shannon Estuary to the lakeside town of Killarney. This energetic, charming area will be your base for the next three nights, so take your time sampling the superb collection of traditional pubs and live music.

Day 3

  • Traverse the Dingle Peninsula, famous for its scenery and Gaelic culture
  • Wander ancient forts and religious sites of the past at Slea Head
  • Stroll the beautiful length of Inch Beach on your way to Dingle

Today, your tour explores the fabulous Dingle Peninsula. Your first stop is Inch Beach, a vast expanse of sand stretching out into the Atlantic. Venturing down the narrow roads away from the beach leads you through the town of Dingle.

You continue towards Slea Head, an area loaded with ancient forts and prehistoric dwellings. The impressive views of the nearby Blasket Islands make this an excellent spot for panoramic photos. If the weather is pleasant, you can ramble along the beaches and cliff tops to fully appreciate the incredible vistas.

Arriving back amidst the brightly coloured houses and jolly harbour of Dingle, you can spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying delicious seafood in this idyllic setting. In the evening, you head back to Killarney, with time for an evening stroll in the National Park that envelops the town.

Day 4

  • Tour the world renowned Ring of Kerry, hailed globally for its incredible scenery and cultural heritage

Today, you explore the Ring of Kerry, a spectacular route through some of Ireland’s most visually spectacular areas.

You head out in the morning, stopping first at Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. After snapping some shots of its rugged majesty, you join the scenic coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells on the way to Cahersiveen. Possible stops include the site of “The Liberator of Ireland” Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace and an impressive ring fort outside Portmagee.

You stop for lunch in the quaint fishing village of Portmagee. Alternatively, you can have a quick snack and head to the island of Valentia for a visit to the Skellig Experience. This excursion teaches you about the ancient community of monks who made the outcrop of rocky islands their home.

In the afternoon, there’s a photo stop in Charlie Chaplin’s “home away from home” at Waterville, before enjoying fine views at the top of Coonmakista pass.

Winding down from the peaks, you head to Derrynane House, home of the family O’Driscoll. Daniel O’Driscoll holds a special place in Irish hearts, as an emancipating force from colonial rule. Enjoy a walk in the scenic gardens here, as well as a visit to the main house.

Continuing along the Ring, you stop at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. Stroll a short way from here to the Torc Waterfall before heading back to Killarney. (On some tours, days three and four are switched).

Day 5

  • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone within the walls of the medieval stronghold of Blarney Castle
  • Explore Kilkenny Castle and its impressive craft centres

Heading east through the mountains of West Cork, you weave along the Lee Valley until you reach Blarney Castle. You have time here to take in the castle grounds, and maybe kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the “gift of the gab”!

In the afternoon, the tour heads to the heritage town of Cahir, where there’s a distinctive island castle in the River Suir.

The final stop of the tour is Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine Castle, riverside walks, and an impressive National Craft Centre. There’s also the chance for one last Guinness before heading back on the road again for the last leg of the journey. You arrive back into Dublin in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Irelands Wild Atlantic Way

Bill and Lynne King Posted on 13/07/2017

Excellent Trip. 10 out of 10. Rabbies did it again for us. Go on any tour led by John Dowling. Smart, funny and can sing! Our group was 7 of us from the U.S. (San Francisco, Michigan and New Jersey), 5 from Australia, 2 from Israel and 2 from Canada - great group! Cliffs of Moher was cloudy and we couldnt see the Skellig Islands the day we had lunch in Portmagee on The Ring of Kerry but the weather was fine the rest of the time. This tour was packed with the iconic - Blarney Castle was fun, so was the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery - the towns were cool including Dingle and Killarney, the scenery breathtaking. A+++

A Great Tour Guide!

Marc and Sue Chrzan Posted on 02/10/2016

Our tour guide, Alan ONeil was knowledgeable and interesting, giving us many insights into Irish history and day-to-day life. A great experience, and highly recommended!

Irish Magic

marie therese Posted on 14/09/2016

Ive returned recently from my vacation that took me to Paris and Ireland and oh, what a trip it was! In Ireland, my son, sister-in-law and I were on the 5 day tour of Ireland that took us to magical places such as Skellig/Valentia Island, Dingle, the Ring of Kerry and Blarney Castle. We got to see how a Sheep Herding exhibition visit old Pubs along the way, enjoy some fantastic Irish food and mingle with a small group of individuals on our tour. I cannot tell you how great this trip was and with Patrick as our tour guide, how informational it was as well! Traveling with Patrick was like traveling with an old friend who was excited to tell you about the country he calls home! We had many laughs, great Irish music and story telling along the way. My first experience with Rabbies was a day trip in Scotland so when I saw the trips they offered in Ireland, I knew we couldnt go wrong. If anyone is considering traveling through Ireland, I wouldnt hesitate recommending Rabbies as the way to go youre the best in small group travel!

Fantastic tour guide

Susan Morrison Posted on 30/07/2016

We just returned from a family trip to Ireland. We took the 5 day tour of the West with Patrick Foley as our guide/driver. What a fantastic time! Patrick is truly a diamond in the rough for Rabbies. His knowledge was amazing. His talents even more amazing! We all enjoyed every minute of the tour, and hated to see it end! We would highly recommend this tour with Patrick!

Awesome tour! Thanks, Patrick!

Libby Wile Posted on 12/07/2016

This tour was absolutely fantastic! I booked it through Viator so didnt know it was a Rabbies tour until confirmation, but was so happy in the end. I have done a lot of solo traveling, but this was the first time I joined in on a group tour of this nature. Im so glad I did as I think I would have missed out on a lot that Ireland has to offer if I went completely on my own! The small bus/group size (our group had 14) made the trip and experience feel so much more personal than I expected. We were also able to maneuver around roads and whatnot that would have been off limits in a bigger bus. The smaller group size also made it possible to chat with the others in the group and even share a few meals while in the various towns. While we had fantastic weather and toured some beautiful sites, our tour guide, Patrick Foley, really made the trip as memorable as it was. He is very knowledgeable about the country and every place we went, but in addition shared many stories, songs, and anecdotes that gave you a better connection and fondness for the places you were visiting. I had heard great things about Ireland and its been on my bucket list for a long time- the welcoming spirit of everyone I met, the beauty of the countryside and sea, and the history of this country did not disappoint.

Holiday memories

Jean Redfern Posted on 31/05/2016

Just returned from a memorable visit to the South of Ireland. My second Rabbies tour and every bit as good as the last. Thanks to Patrick our fantastic Guide and driver for all the songs and history. He made us all welcome and shared his love of his country. The Skellig experience still haunts me.!Beautiful scenery ,highly recommended ..now whereto go next?

Outstanding Guide!

Patti Mark Posted on 29/09/2015

We went on a 3 day tour of Galway and surrounding areas. Mike Duggan was outstanding. He delivered just what we were looking for, along with a great personality. Having grown up in the area was a great bonus. He is the best!

availability

Una and Bill Allen Posted on 15/09/2015

Hi there Visiting (again) from Australia and loved the last Rabbies tour we did with Duncan to Orkney. Wondered if Duncan is stilll with the company and what tours he will be doing between May and end of June 2016. Would also like to go to Ireland this time but dont seem to be able to select the dates on the website. Maybe we are too early! Love this company and recommend it to everyone including our Brisbane travel agent. Kind regards Una and Bill Allen PS we are Scots but have lived in Australia for over 30 years. Always promote Scotland to our friends.

The Girls Trip to Ireland

Wendy Lee P Posted on 10/08/2015

We had such a lovely time on our tour of West and South West Ireland thanks to our tour guide, Philip. He was knowledgeable, funny and kind as well as a talented singer and musician! Our tour was the high light of our trip!! I would recommend it to everyone.

5 day tour the west

dave and lois topham Posted on 19/07/2015

not sure what I expected of the bus tour but with Patrick at the wheel it was a most memorable experience. Whether it was local history , ancient history or news of the local area he has the answers. our fellow passengers were a delight to learn from as well , with New Zealand, Germany,USA and Canada represented, there was always something to talk about. when I return to Ireland I will use Rabbies again, thanks for the memories

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Galway and three nights in the lively little town of Killarney.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between €30.00 - €65.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between €40.00 – €50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between €45 - €60 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel is between €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between €20 - €25 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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