West Coast Explorer
Departures on Fridays from Dublin
April 5 to October 25, 2019
Explore the highlights of Ireland’s dramatic West Coast. From impressive sea cliffs and mountains to ancient monasteries and castles this is a tour of wonderful variety and interest. Whether you are walking on the cliff tops looking out over the Atlantic or listening to traditional music over dinner in a local pub you will feel very much part of this warm and friendly country.
Stay 2 nights in the lively university town of Galway.
DEPARTURE FROM DUBLIN: Nassau St, Dublin, Opposite the Kilkenny Shop
The tour departs at 8:00am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on Day 3.
Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Departing Dublin you take the fast road west through the farmland and peat bogs of counties Kildare and Offally. Your destinations today are on Ireland’s dramatic Atlantic Coast and we want to get you there as quickly as possible! The first stop will be the village of Kinvara where you can get some great photos of Dunguaire castle on its rocky outcrop looking out over Galway Bay. From here it is only a short drive 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 the next few hours exploring this unique area stopping in one of the local villages for lunch.
After the Burren you will visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, which drop almost 700 feet 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 your tour will follow the coastal road, with stunning views across Galway Bay back to Galway City itself - your base for the next 2 nights. This lively student town has no shortage of good pubs and restaurants.
Overnight - Galway
Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
Galway sits on the edge of Connemara, and you’ll explore this area today. Travel inland to the historic little village of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib – where the classic film “The Quiet Man” was made. There will be time for a visit to Cong Abbey or the Quiet Man Museum. You continue along the Maam Valley into the heart of Connemara and through the mountains to the dramatic scenery of Killary Harbour, a natural fiord cutting deep inland from the sea.
From here you follow the coast to Kylemore Abbey for a visit to the beautiful house and grounds. Further round the circuit you will see the Connemara National Park, Clifden (the first transatlantic flight landed here), the Sky Road and the Twelve Bens of Connemara. Along the way there will be many opportunities for photos of this dramatic landscape.
Overnight - Galway
Clonmacnoise & Locke's Distillery
After a relaxed start to the day you will leave Galway behind and take some of the back roads through central Ireland on your route back to Dublin. The first highlight of the day is the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise – with its collection of churches, stone crosses and round towers beautifully situated on the banks of the mighty Shannon River. After lunch in a local village the tour continues through an area of unique peat bog scenery that is typical of this part of Ireland.
Your guide will explain both its environmental and economic importance to the country. The final stop for the tour is at Locke’s Distillery – reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the local whiskey and discover the true spirit of Ireland! From here you travel east, to Dublin, arriving around 19.00.
- The Burren
- Cliffs of Moher
- Galway City
- Kylemore Abbey
- Connemara National Park
- Locke's Distillery
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour; Air conditioning as standard
- Services of an experienced local driver/guide
- 2 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full Irish breakfast daily