The 9 Day All Ireland is the most popular tour in our range, the godfather of them all! You’ll enjoy a more thorough and relaxed pace than the 6 Day All Ireland, including more coastal touring.
Look forward to exciting overnights in Cork, Galway, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Belfast and Derry / Londonderry.
Now, imagine a visit to the Gaelic Kingdom of Kerry including Iveragh Peninsula (Ring of Kerry) and Dingle, two of the greatest coastal tours in the world. Spot Sleeping Giant off Slea Head and stroll on pristine beaches made famous by Hollywood classics Far & Away (Nicole Kidman) and Ryan’s Daughter. A soul warming two night stay awaits in Killarney with the National Park’s treasures on your doorstep –medieval Ross Castle surrounded by lakes, Ladies View (Queen Victoria) high in the mountains, great live music, great dancing, great memories! You’ll also enjoy an overnight in Ireland’s southern capital – Cork.
Take in cliff top heights at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher (702ft), a highlight of the legendary limestone Burren region tour.
No All Ireland Tour would be complete without an overnight in atmospheric Galway, Ireland’s bohemian University City with cobbled streets, traditional shop and pub fronts and medieval Gaelic charm.
Continue through Connemara National Park and step into the past at the National Museum of Country Life. It won’t be long now before the tour crosses from the Republic into Northern Ireland.
First up it’s the historic city of Derry / Londonderry. Of course, you can look forward to an award winning walking tour of the city’s 17th century walls and defences. Later in the day explore the remote mountains of Donegal in stunning Glenveagh National Park.
A highlight for many will be the North Antrim coastal drive including the (UNESCO) Giants Causeway and the precarious Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – bring your head for heights!
The last night you’ll be introduced to Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast. Stay overnight in the pleasant University District. Let your hair down on Belfast’s “Golden Mile” and perhaps savour Bushmills Whiskey or Harp Lager in the ornate Crown Liquor Saloon. Before we depart Belfast you’ll have the option of great shopping or famed Black Taxi Tour giving overview and understanding of the province’s Troubles. A great finish to this 9 day tour. Slán abhaile! Safe home!
Day 1: Dublin – Tipperary – Dingle Peninsula
Start the day Irish style with a complimentary pint of stout at the Guinness Storehouse factory. What better way to meet fellow tour members!? Fortified, we’ll tour through the midlands of Ireland. Visit the medieval Rock of Castle Dunamase in the Golden Vale of Tipperary. The views over Europe’s finest agricultural landscape are fantastic. We’ll continue to the famous Dingle Peninsula. Look forward to an overnight in your very own Irish pub in the tiny village of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula itself. Mingle with local personalities and enjoy the culture of a genuine Irish village away from the bright lights of the big cities!
Day 2: Dingle Peninsula – Killarney
This morning we’ll tour to Dingle, an old style Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) fishing village. Enjoy plenty of time at leisure in Dingle to wander the shops and have lunch. Afterwards we’ll tour around Slea Head with great views of the Sleeping Giant on his back out in the bay and Three Sisters mountain range. Of course, you can spend ample time off the bus for photos, walking, and hiking or simply to taste the freshest salty Atlantic air! Your tour guide is often a native of this area and will impart the traditional songs and stories of West Kerry whilst touring.
Day 3: Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney
Have you dreamt of visiting the Ring of Kerry? Perhaps a horse drawn tour on a Killarney Jaunting Car (optional)? Experience both today with time for jaunting car rides through the National Park and around the Lakes of Killarney this morning. Later we’ll enjoy a full day tour of the Iveragh Peninsula (Ring of Kerry) one of Europe’s most famous coastal drives. Sleep in Killarney again tonight.
Day 4: Killarney – Blarney – Cobh – Cork
This morning begins with a tour to Blarney Castle. You’ll kiss the Blarney Stone at the top of the castle battlements! Kissing the stone by bending backwards from 300 ft ramparts is a seriously good photo opportunity and memory of a lifetime. The admission for the castle gardens is also included.
Afterwards we’ll make the short drive to the port of Cobh in Cork harbour. Learn of the 2.5 million people who departed here for the New World between the 1840s and 1950 as famine, struggle for independence, civil war and subsequent economic collapse took their toll upon the Irish nation.
Cobh was also temporarily known as Queenstown after the visit of Queen Victoria. The port is also famous as the last port of call of RMS Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage to New York – check out Titanic Monument downtown. Finally visit St. Colman’s Cathedral which dominates the skyline with panoramic views over Cork harbour.
Overnight in the “Rebel City” of Cork on the River Lee and perhaps sample local Murphy’s Stout and Paddy Flaherty Whiskey!
Day 5: Cork – Cliffs of Moher – Galway
Today we’ll tour up the West of Ireland’s Atlantic coast, with fantastic views of the limestone Burren wilderness. The Burren is a unique rocky landscape and is the only place in the world where flora and fauna from the Alps, Arctic and Mediterranean flourish together. Learn how people survived the Great Famine of the 1840s in this inhospitable region. Today’s highlight for many will be the Cliffs of Moher which stretch for almost 8 kilometres at a height of 700 ft. The tour ends today in Galway city, where you can watch the sun go down over Galway Bay and enjoy a pint in Tigh Neachtain music pub!
Day 6: Galway – Derry / Londonderry
Leave Galway this morning for the beautiful national park of Connemara – famous for its postcard landscape of Twelve Pins Mountains, lakes and wild ponies running free. You’ll get to check out the village of Cong made famous by the movie The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Afterwards discover the rural Irish past at the National Museum of Country life in Mayo. Pause by the grave of W.B Yeat’s at Drumcliff Abbey in the shadow of Benbulben Mountain. Later this afternoon our tour will take us over the border from the Republic into Northern Ireland – still part of the United Kingdom. Look forward to an overnight in the famous walled city of Derry / Londonderry, City of Culture 2013.
Day 7: Donegal Day Tour
Today begins with an immersive walking tour of Derry’s Walls and the Bogside, scene of Bloody Sunday in 1972. Enjoy lunch and regroup for a half day tour of the remote Glenveagh National Park in Donegal including the 3,000 year old fortress Grianan of Aileach and a visit to Glenveagh Castle. This is pretty much as far north as it gets! Continue to Belfast where we’ll spend 2 nights.
Day 8: Derry – Giants Causeway – Belfast
Today is a particularly fine touring day. The Causeway Coastal Route is one of the treasures not only of Antrim but of all Ireland. Have your camera ready as you discover cliff top ruins at the McDonnell Clan’s Dunluce Castle, precarious Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (for a small charitable donation to the UK charity “National Trust”) and of course the Giant’s Causeway world heritage site. Game of thrones fans will recognise the Dark Hedges and Ballintoy Harbor! The tour then continues to Belfast for the evening.
Day 9: Belfast – Dublin
Enjoy the morning with a visit to Titanic Belfast which tells the incredible story of this legendary ocean liner. Afterwards enjoy a highlights tour of Northern Ireland’s capital taking in sights such as the ornate Queen’s University & City Hall. You’ll have plenty of time for lunch, shopping and of course the famous political murals in the Irish Republican and British Loyalist neighbourhoods (optional Black Taxi tour).The last sightseeing stop on the tour is Monasterboice Christian ruins with High Celtic Crosses. We’ll stop at Dublin Airport at approximately 16.00 for those with flights this evening. The tour ends at approximately 16.30 in Dublin City.
*Seats on this coach tour are offered as part of our “Travel Agency” range, operated by 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. Whilst the ground outlined will be covered, tours can operate in either direction.
Cost per passenger
Hostel (Small Dorm) €599.00
Guesthouse (Twin / Double En-Suite) €969.00
Guesthouse (Private Single En-Suite) €1238.00
- Expert local guides
- Private Tour Vehicles – No “shuttle” buses
- Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
- Wi-Fi on board!
- All Breakfasts
- Bed Linen & Towels
- Essentially everything except Lunch & Dinner
Meeting & Departure Point
- The Palace, 5 Beresford Place, Dublin 1 (09.00am)