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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

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

Five days to explore one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions. Dramatic sea cliffs with crashing Atlantic waves contrast with ancient monasteries and historic castles to give you a real flavour of the country. The tour includes famous routes such as the Ring of Kerry as well as “off the beaten track” sites that will give you memories to last forever. Wherever you go there will be the chance to meet the locals in a traditional pub, sample the best local food and listen to traditional music. This is a tour that really gets to the heart of authentic Ireland.

 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 - €399
Discount Prices:  €349 - €379
Departing: Sundays (April to October) and Thursdays (May to September)

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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. 

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.
Meals and refreshments. 
Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions. 

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 15 (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. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
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!
Posted by Patti Mark on 29/09/2015

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.
Posted by Una and Bill Allen on 15/09/2015

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.
Posted by Wendy Lee P on 10/08/2015

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
Posted by dave and lois topham on 19/07/2015

Our guide Patrick was amazing, funny, accommodating, very knowledgeable and amazing!
Posted by Wayne on 25/06/2015

completely enjoyed the whole trip.
Posted by Kathryn on 25/06/2015

Fellow travellers, good mix and a manageable number. John Dowling(?), driver, guide etc. was very good. Excellent knowledge and a reasonable singer.
Posted by David on 16/06/2015

John was a terrific guide. He was personable, interesting and very knowledgeable. John is also an excellent singer and entertained us with his superb sense of humor. He is an exceptionally safe and competent driver which made the trip most enjoyable!
Posted by Sandra on 14/06/2015

Small group ability to make minor changes to avoid large tour groups. Great itinerary.
Posted by Robert on 10/06/2015

After returning from Ireland I had time to reflect on my amazing experience of my time spent in Ireland. I wanted to Thank Mr. Patrick Foley our tour guide on the Escape to the West Tour, for the wonderful experience. I was apprehensive about a bus tour in general prior to leaving, but I must say, I plan to return to Ireland, and sign up for another tour. I loved the smaller group size, and enjoyed getting to know my fellow travellers. I appreciated Patrick’s knowledge of the history surrounding the areas we visited, his songs, and laughter. Patrick was very friendly, and had great stories to tell us. He seemed to enjoy the company of his passengers. I liked the beautiful scenery of Ireland, and felt saddened when the journey came to a finish. I have many joyous memories to take home with me. I enjoyed the site of Clonmacnoise near the Shannon River, and spending the night in a quaint BB in Galway. Going through Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head was like going through a vivid dream through the country side, with magnificent views, from narrow roads up the mountains to the vast greenery and the atlantic coastline. I adored running up the hillside to look over Conor Pass. Then going through the Ring of Kerry, and the beautiful Killarney National Park, through Kilkenny and then back to Dublin. For a 5-day tour I got to see a lot. Thank you for to wonderful time, and Thanks again to Patrick! May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. Cheers, Samantha
Posted by Samantha Kwiecien on 03/06/2015

Organization....great hotel accommodations
Posted by Peter on 22/05/2015

Fantastic scenery
Posted by Hong Ling on 11/05/2015

Traveled light -- just the iPhone!
Posted by Craig Rich on 16/10/2014

A great tour of the republic with gentleman John Ahearn. Johns knowledge,sense of humour and genuine interest in his country made this a fabulous experience. We traveled in comfort through-out Ireland listening to Johns stories,facts and jokes. This was my fourth tour with Rabbies and it did not disappoint. Ireland is Beautiful!
Posted by allison mitchell on 16/09/2014

....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

Ireland is beautiful. 3 nights in Kilarney was nicer than moving every night!
Posted by Leonard on 08/09/2014

Big John's stories and history lessons, and "legend has it" stories were excellent. Can you pass on to Big John from Ireland that I tried his recipe and it was a hit, and now my new favorite drink.
Posted by Mark on 08/09/2014

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

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

Photography Credits:
Tourism Ireland.
Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts

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