WHAT TO EXPECT ON THIS PRIVATE TOUR:
- A convenient pickup from you chosen Dublin address.
- An enchanting drive through Ireland’s beautiful midland counties.
- A comprehensive tour of the Connemara National Park.
- Time at your leisure to explore the fantastic, lively city of Galway.
- Overnight in Galway city with great pub, restaurant and nightlife options.
- A stunning drive along Ireland’s ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ and through the limestone Burren region.
- Experience the wild beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – frequently titled Ireland’s ‘must-see’ natural site.
- Photo and refreshment stops at the historic and iconic Bunratty castle, Corcomroe Abbey and Dunguaire castle.
- Relaxing and comfortable drive back to Dublin City.
A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE TOUR
Sitting on the very edge of Western Europe – the west of Ireland is an absolute must-see on your Irish vacation. A region of outstanding natural beauty which retains the traditional Irish lifestyle of days gone by. Our two-day adventure is centered around Galway, Connemara and County Clare, with a drive along the famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, a visit to the iconic Cliffs of Moher – and plenty of charming villages and hidden treasures along the way. At Kennedy & Carr, we are passionate about everything that our stunning island has to offer – and we want to make sure that you experience it all to the fullest. From the moment you reach out to us, we will work hard to ensure that your Irish vacation is one you’ll remember. Contact us today to arrange an adventure that’s perfect for you!
Day 1: Connemara National Park & Galway
Your trip begins with the comfort of a pickup straight from your door. Relax and engage with your private driver- guide as you sit back and enjoy the leisurely drive towards the west coast. En- route, we pass through miles of boglands – a prominent feature of Ireland’s natural landscape. By mid-morning we’ll enter the fantastic ‘Connemara’ region. Our first visit is to the tiny and traditional village of Cong, in Co. Mayo. If you have ever seen the classic movie ‘The Quiet Man’, which was filmed here – then you’ll recognize the area straight away. Highlights of the village include the haunting Augustinian Abbey ruins (626 AD) and celebrity hangout Ashford Castle. The village has a handful of quaint pubs and souvenir shops which hark back to a time gone by.
You’ll continue driving through the Connemara region, taking in the barren and beautiful landscapes. The area played a prominent role in the story of the Irish Potato Famine – which devastated the country between the years of 1845-52. In great contrast to Ireland’s highly developed and cosmopolitan cities – Connemara retains the simple charm of old fashioned life. Stopping off at the region’s many lakes and mountains, you’ll have plenty of time to photograph the landscapes along the way. You will also make a short stop at the Atlantic-side village of Spiddal (an Spidéal), Co. Galway, where you’ll have the opportunity to hear a few words of Gaelic being spoken – as much of the region has retained the Irish national tongue. From the wilds of Connemara – we make a short onward drive to the bustling city of Galway – sure to be a feast for all of your senses!
Galway is truly a tale of two worlds – ancient and mystical, modern and cosmopolitan. The highlights of this beautiful city include the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square and the colorful Shop Street, which is home to fantastic traditional ‘busking’ musicians. You’ll stay overnight in Galway – where we highly encourage you to head out and sample the nightlife. With fantastic live music seven nights a week – head to one of the traditional pubs (“Neáchtain’s” and “Tigh Chóilí” are recommended) and you’ll be singing along to a live version of ‘Galway Girl’ before you know it!
Day 2: Burren Region & Cliffs of Moher
Following breakfast at your leisure, you’ll enjoy the comfort of a direct pickup as you begin your second day of touring. A drive past Galway Bay is the perfect start to the day, as we head towards the Burren region. The Burren is a one-of-its-kind area of limestone rock and can boast its title as the only worldwide location where flora of Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine origins flourish side-by-side. Your guide will elaborate further on the area – and you’ll be sure to want to capture some pictures of the Burren’s natural beauty. A short drive later, your guide will take you to the haunting and isolated remains of Corcomroe Abbey. Located in the most remote of countryside – the remains of the Abbey have retained the intricate decorative features which once adorned its walls. For lovers of art history – this visit will be a real highlight!
We continue along the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ – a celebrated route which provides the most amazing of Atlantic views! Raging ocean, sheer cliff faces and dolphin sightings are all common features of the route – so make sure your camera is within easy reach! A popular lunch stop is the village of Doolin with several pubs to choose from including O’Connor’s and Fitzers. Refreshed, we’ll arrive at Ireland’s number one natural attraction – The Cliffs of Moher! Take time to explore this incredible wonder at you leisure, strolling along the cliff edges and gazing out across the Atlantic Ocean! Clear days offer views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay to the North – you are now standing on the very edge of Western Europe! The ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition offers a weath of knowledge about the area and the gift shop has souvenirs to remember your visit. We depart the Cliffs en-route to our final stop of the tour – Bunratty Castle. Enjoy a refreshment break here, where you’ll have the chance to take some pictures of this enchanting castle and refresh with a coffee or tea.
The tour ends in Dublin (or alternative preselected location of your choice) this evening – with fond memories to last forever!
Private Tour Pricing
Private Tours typically range from EUR 495.00 – EUR 795.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.
Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.