Explore Ireland’s stunning west and south-western coasts with this fantastic 2-day tour. Complete your Irish vacation by taking in the World-famous ‘Cliffs of Moher’ and kissing the Blarney Stone, among other highlights.
Departing Dublin at 08:00, we drive through Ireland’s midlands, passing the location of the famous ‘Braveheart’ movie and making a short refreshment stop in Co. Tipperary. Our first visit of the day is to the charming village of Cobh, in Co. Cork. This historic town is famous as the departure point of more than 2.5 Irish emigrants, who left for North America and Australia in the 19th and 20th century. Cobh was also the final departure point for the Titanic, in April 1912. Here, we visit the emigrant and Titanic memorial, as well as St. Coleman’s Cathedral,which enjoys beautiful views of Cork harbor.
Following a short drive, we arrive in Cork city, to enjoy some free time – we strongly suggest a visit to the gourmet ‘English Market’, where you can enjoy some fine Irish produce for lunch. We continue on to Blarney Castle, the home of the famous ‘Blarney Stone’ (don’t forget to kiss the stone and take home the Irish ‘gift of the gab’ as a souvenir!). The town of Blarney is also home to the famous woolen mills, where you can shop for beautiful woolen clothes, accessories and crafts.
We begin our day driving through more of the stunning Irish countryside en route to Limerick city. Following some quick photo stops along the way at St. John’s Castle and the river Shannon – we continue along the world famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ (imagine white-golden sands, dolphins and world-class surf).
We take time to appreciate the rocky ‘Burren’ landscape of Co. Clare – a unique limestone landscape and natural wonder – where Mediterranean, Arctic and Alpine flowers grow side by side. Let your guide take you through the tragic history of the Irish Potato Famine, during which more than a million of our ancestors left Irish shores for new homes in North America and further afield. Our lunch-stop will be in the charming town of Doolin, which sits right on the Atlantic shoreline and boasts a wealth of traditional Irish pubs and eateries.
After lunch, its straight to the ‘Cliffs of Moher’. Everyone who visits agrees that the Cliffs are one of Ireland’s absolute highlights. Standing taller than some New York skyscrapers these walls of rock proudly mark the western edge of Europe. On clear days you can see the Aran Islands out at sea and Connemara’s Twelve Pins mountain range on the horizon. The tour will pause here for 90 minutes – ample time to take in the views, enjoy the fresh Atlantic air and maybe a relaxing walk or picnic. Afterwards, the tour bus will continue to medieval Bunratty Castle, built during the 15th Century. We’ll enjoy a refreshment & photo stop here before the journey back to Dublin with unforgettable memories!
• Enchanting drive through Ireland’s midlands – the location Mel Gibson’s ‘Braveheart’.
• Visit the colorful coastal town of Cobh, Co. Cork – final departure point of the Titanic.
• Enjoy Cork city, St. Colman’s cathedral and panoramic views of Cork harbor.
• Blarney Castle – don’t forget to kiss the famous Blarney Stone!
• A chance to shop for traditional Irish goods at Blarney Woolen Mills.
• Limerick city and the river Shannon
• Experience the unique ‘Burren’ region – a geological wonder!
• Lunch in the famous ‘surf town’ of Doolin
• The stunning Cliffs of Moher
• Photo stop at Bunratty Castle
*Please note: tours may operate in either direction and alterations to planned itineraries are possible due to local operational considerations. Every effort is made to keep to published itineraries & to notify guests about any changes in advance where possible.
*Seats on this bus / coach tour are offered as part of our “Travel Agency” range, operated by some of the best local tour and activity providers in Ireland. Our Dublin based travel insiders select only the market leaders in any given niche / on any given route. Read more about our offering here.
You can choose between two kinds of accommodations on the scheduled budget tours range, backpacker style or economy private rooms.
Economy Private Rooms are located in bed & breakfasts (B&Bs). These are small family- run properties offering a clean and comfortable place to sleep whilst enjoying privacy, private bathroom facilities and fully cooked or Continental breakfast in the morning. *Single supplements will apply to solo travellers taking a private room.
Backpacker style accommodation is offered in youth hostel properties. This means shared dormitory rooms, kitchens and common areas. The backpacker option can particularly suit those who are seeking to meet & spend time with others on their journey or for those who are traveling on a budget. The young and young- at heart are very welcome. Basic breakfast included each morning.