Vagabond Wild Irish Rover

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Vagabond Wild Irish Rover

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Vagabond Wild Irish Rover

Tour length

8 days

From

3429.00$3429.00

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ADVENTURE TOUR with only 13 guests per departure.
Departs Sundays from Dublin

Experience a stay in a castle hotel, a bike tour of a National Park, Stone Age forts, Atlantic sunsets, hikes in Connemara and Kerry and a boat trip around the Skellig Islands.
Find out why National Geographic honoured this itinerary with a 'Tours of a Lifetime' award.

SAMPLE ITINERARY
We are proud that no two Vagabond tours are the same. Your own preferences - and the famous Irish weather - mean that the following itinerary should be understood as a framework only. Accommodation options are fixed. We then base each tour around the list of daily stops below. Your guide will discuss options with you throughout your tour and plan accordingly. If there is something that you particularly want to do or see on your tour, mention it to your guide. We will do our utmost to match your choice with the preferences of your group. Activities marked ‘Tour Option’ carry an additional extra cost, but are optional. 

Itinerary


Day

1

Connemara Castle hotel & hike

Sunday

Meet your VagaGuide and fellow Vagabonds at reception of the Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin at 8.30am. Board your 4x4 VagaTron tour vehicle and hit the road! 

Kickstart your Irish odyssey in epic style with a guided e-bike tour of the wild Connemara region (Optional Extra).

You'll be exploring quiet, back country roads around Lough Mask on pedal- assist electric bikes. Expect to cycle 25km in distance and for up to 2.5 hours in duration. The terrain is mostly flat. Some cycling experience is required.

The e-bike tour is completely optional. For those who prefer two feet to two wheels, you can explore scenic woodlands near Lough Mask on a local hike

Overnight - Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Connemara, Co.Galway

The average driving time today is 5 hours.


Day

2

Cliffs of Moher & The Burren

Monday

Take a guided tour of 16th century Aughnanure Castle, ancestral home to the ferocious O’Flaherty clan (Fee Included).

The City of the Tribes — Galway — nestles on the Atlantic Ocean and makes for an atmospheric urban experience.

Spot red-sailed traditional boats and picturesque Dunguaire Castle in the village of Kinvara, on Galway Bay.

Next is the bewitching beauty of the Burren National Park. This region boasts a limestone lunar landscape and uniquely rich flora.

Hold onto your hat! It’s the Cliffs of Moher (Fee Included). You'll be dazzled by these majestic 700ft high sea cliffs.

Overnight—The Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare

The average driving time today is 4 hours.


Day

3

Hiking, Surfing & Sheep Farm Tour

Tuesday

Surf’s up! Take a surf lesson (Optional Extra) in Spanish Point. Or simply absorb the serenity at one of Ireland’s most gorgeous beaches.

Look out for low-flying dolphins as we take a ferry across the mouth of the Shannon - the longest river in Ireland - to arrive in ‘The Kingdom’ of Kerry (Fee Included).

Visit a working Irish sheep farm with charming old-style cottages for a live sheepdog demo and guided farm tour (Fee Included).

Climb the steep, glaciated valley of Annascaul. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Expect rough terrain and stunning views.

Refresh yourself with an ice cold drink at the South Pole Inn. Relive the extraordinary life of its one-time landlord, Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean.

Dingle awaits... Revel in a wealth of dinner and entertainment options in this bustling little town. There’s a pub for every 40 residents!


Overnight—The Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Co. Kerry 

The average driving time today is 3 .5 hours


Day

4

Horseback riding or kayaking

Wednesday

Today is yours to design. Soak up the charms of Dingle, with quality downtime or a choice between the following activities.

Experience Slea Head, one of the most beautiful drives in Ireland. Rugged beauty and knife edge cliffs are guaranteed. Look out for the Blasket Islands and the holy Mount Brandon among the patchwork fields and picture-perfect cottages.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS
A.Go horseback-riding on a beach or up a mountain.
B.Take a gentle boat trip around spectacular Dingle Bay.
C.Guided sea kayaking on Dingle Bay.
D.Guided rowing experience in a traditional Naomhóg boat.
E.Guided sea safari around the Dingle Peninsula in a high speed rib. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes.
F.Golfers will enjoy Dingle’s excellent links course. This is an all day activity.

Overnight—The Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Co. Kerry  

The average driving time today is 1.5 hours


Day

5

Killarney National Park

Thursday

Roam the spectacular lakeside meadows and native oak woodlands of Killarney National Park. Your visit may include:
Sightings of rare red deer
The stately 19th century Muckross House & Gardens
A short but scenic hike to Torc Waterfall
A magical, centuries-old yew tree growing at the centre of a ruined medieval abbey
Idyllic lakeside and mountain views

If it’s a clear night, look up... Kerry is an International Dark Sky Reserve. The night sky here offers crystal clear views of the Milky Way.

Overnight—The Moorings Guesthouse, Portmagee, Co. Kerry

The average driving time today is 3.5 hours  


Day

6

Skellig Islands cruise or Island hike

Friday

Today is your chance to experience Ireland’s island treasures; the Skelligs.

Option 1: Take a guided boat trip around both Skellig Islands to experience seabirds and amazing history (Optional Extra). This cruise lasts 2 hour 30 minutes.
This is an ocean crossing. Departures are seasonal (mid-May to mid- September). The 12 person capacity boats are small. The cabin conditions are rough and wet; sea legs are required. Your departure is weather dependent and, as such, occasionally subject to late cancellation.

Option 2: Landlubbers can still experience the Skelligs. Hike to the historic signal tower on Bray Head for amazing views of the islands (1 hour 30 minutes). The trail combines well-worn farm track and open hillside. Catch authentic traditional Irish music and outstanding local food tonight in lively Kenmare.

Overnight—The Coachman’s Townhouse, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

The average driving time today is 2 hours.


Day

7

Beara Peninsula Wilderness

Saturday

You’re about to feel true wilderness. Expect rugged roads, superb scenery and livestock-induced traffic jams on the remote Beara Peninsula.

Of the four peninsulas in Ireland's southwest, the Beara receives the least amount of visitors. It’s a cliché; but the Beara is truly off the beaten track.

One of our favourite pastimes is dancing around ancient stone circles. Astrology? Aliens? Sacrifice? No one truly knows what the circles were for. Let your imagination run wild!

Take a spin over either the Caha or Healy Pass, both dramatically scenic mountain roads on the Beara Peninsula.

There’s one more drive today, a coastal ride that snakes along Bantry Bay before cutting inland.


Overnight—Gougane Barra Hotel, Ballingeary, Co. Cork 

The average driving time today is 3.5 hours 


Day

8

Blarney Stone & Rock of Cashel

Sunday

Before we wave goodbye — slán in Irish — there’s still time to take in some of Ireland’s highlights.

We’ll first trace the valley of the River Lee downstream, crossing stone bridges and passing through postcard-pretty countryside.

Then it’s time to — hygienically — kiss the famous Blarney Stone to gain the gift o’ the gab. You also have the option explore the lush, landscaped gardens around Blarney Castle (Fee Included).

Take a self-guided tour of the Rock of Cashel (Fee Included). Saint Patrick converted the King of Munster here. Brian Boru was crowned High King of Ireland here. We think it’s a fittingly epic place to draw your Irish odyssey to a close.

You’ll disembark your VagaTron 4x4 tour vehicle back at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin between 5-6pm. Farewell elbow bumps all round for your new travel compadres.

The average driving time today is 4.5 hours 


2024 Dates and Prices

Room Type SingleDouble
Mar 10-Apr 28$4089.00$4089.00$3429.00$3429.00
May 27-Sep 29$4479.00$4479.00$3809.00$3809.00
Oct 6-Oct 13$4089.00$4089.00$3429.00$3429.00

Prices are land-only per person in Canadian dollars
Unfortunately children 8 years and under are not permitted. Children over 9 years are not discounted, must pay adult rates.
This is a sample itinerary only, and may run in reverse. Due to flexible nature of this tour itinerary may vary.

Tour Options (subject to change)
CHOOSE FROM THESE OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES. YOUR GUIDE WILL DISCUSS OPTIONS WITH YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR TOUR AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
Guided E-Bike Tour Connemara - €60
Surf Lesson in Kerry - €35
Horseback Riding in Dingle - €50
Boat Trip in Dingle Bay - €10
Sea Kayaking in Dingle - €55
Dingle Sea Safari - €65
Traditional Rowing - €35
Skellig Islands Cruise - €50
Golf in Dingle - variable cost



 

Tour Highlights

  • Connemara to Clare; Kerry to West Cork, this tour visits highlights of the southwestern Wild Atlantic Way touring route.
  • Flexible adventure options abound, such as horseback-riding, sea kayaking, trail biking and even coldwater surfing.
  • Discover secluded and secret destinations, such as Annascaul, a remote glaciated valley on the beautiful Dingle peninsula.
  • Prepare to wonder at the depth and breadth of Irish history. Stand inside ancient stone circles, castle ruins and celtic-era ring forts.
  • Take a guided, open ocean boat trip around the Skellig Islands to experience wildlife and an ethereal monastic story.
  • Experience bucket-list attractions like the Cliffs of Moher, the Rock of Cashel and the Blarney Stone.
  • Get blown away by the beauty of three National Parks; Connemara, Killarney and the Burren.
  • Catch traditional Irish music performances in lively and authentic towns like Kenmare.

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 full days off the beaten track adventure in a customised VagaTron 4x4 tour vehicle
  • Services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3/4 star hotels and top quality, locally-owned guesthouses and 1 night in a castle hotel
  • 7 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts
  • Most daily activities and visits (please see Tour Options, found under 'Availability')
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle & Gardens and the epic Rock of Cashel
  • Live like lords and ladies with a one night stay in a castle
  • Shannon ferry tickets
  • A working sheep farm experience

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