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7 Day Self Drive Vacation from only $970 per person

Self Drive | Hotel Gems | 7 Days | 6 meals

See the best of Ireland on your trip visiting highlights such as the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle. Discover Ireland in a rental car and enjoy the freedom of sightseeing at your own pace

Explore your Select Ireland Vacation; this itinerary can be fully tailored to suit your preferences


What's Included

Automatic Car Rental

Automatic compact car rental for 7 days. Includes unlimited mileage, Collison Damage Waiver Insurance, Third Party Liability, Theft Protection, Location Service Charge, and all taxes

Accommodation

Hotels renowned for hospitality and superior service

Sightseeing

Entrances to the Kilbeggan Distillery, Cliffs of Moher Experience and the Book of Kells are included in the pricing Your choice of pre-organized sightseeing can be added to your quote

Dining Highlights

Full breakfast included daily (except on day of arrival)

Terms and Conditions

Price is per person, based on two adults sharing and four people travelling in low season. Land only. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates

Day 1: Dublin and Galway

Arrive in Dublin Airport. Pick up your rental car from Dublin Airport and hit the road.  Travel west; your first stop along the way is Killbeggan Distillery. You’ll taste the whiskey and tour the distillery which has been making and maturing the prized drink since 1757! Head to Galway, the biggest city in the west of Ireland. Galway is renowned for its locally owned restaurants and shops. Galway pubs are full of ‘craic’ (Gaelic word for fun), go explore and you’ll find a traditional music session in the pubs any night of the week!  Stay in the centrally located Ardilaun Hotel in Galway tonight.

 

Drive Time: 2.5 Hours (215 KM)

Day 2: Connemara

Discover the wild west today; the Connemara region. Connemara is Ireland at it’s most rugged. There are lakes, mountains, bogland, fields of sheep and a few solitary houses dotted along the way. Take in the panoramic views and enjoy the peace of this naturally unspoilt landscape.  Perhaps stop at Kylemore Abbey, tucked away in the heart of Connemara, the home of a Benedictine order including an impressive Victorian walled garden. When you’re ready, return to Galway for overnight.

 

Drive Time: 4 Hours (200 KM)

Day 3: Galway to Dingle via the Cliffs of Moher

Leave Galway and travel along the Atlantic coast and discover the Burren Region. The Burren is a karst landscape- the grey limestone covers an area of approximately 250km² in county Clare. Discover the biodiversity of the seemingly ‘deserted’ region; over 70% of Ireland’s native flora are found there. Travel further along the Atlantic towards the Cliffs of Moher. Walk along the world famous cliff edge and marvel at the dramatic landscape. Take the ferry from Killimer to Tarbert. Travel onwards to Dingle, where you will spend one night. Enjoy some time in the fishing village of Dingle, where local restaurants serve fish fresh straight from the boats!

 

Drive Time: 5 Hours (250 KM)

Day 4: Dingle to Kinsale

Travel further to Blarney Castle and Gardens, where you will kiss the Blarney stone. If you kiss the stone, you will receive the ‘Gift of the Gab’, also known as the gift of eloquence! Onwards to Kinsale, where you will spend one night.  Kinsale is a captivating setting with a long waterfront and narrow winding streets; discover the charm of this lively town!

Day 5: Kinsale to Dublin

Leave Kinsale and head to Cork City; the second biggest city in Ireland and the gem of southern Ireland. When you’re there, don’t miss a trip to the English Market; Ireland’s oldest indoor food market serving the finest Irish produce. Travel onwards and perhaps stop in Cashel, where you can visit the Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings includes the 12th century round tower, Romanesque Chapel, the 13th century Gothic Cathedral and the 15th century Castle. Arrive in Dun Laoghaire. Dun Laoghaire is a coastal suburb in Dublin and is only a 20 minute train journey from Dublin city center.

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing

Explore Dublin City today. Perhaps visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral or Trinity College; landmarks of the city. We recommend a visit to Guinness Storehouse.  The seven-storey visitor experience tells the story of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world.  Discover the wealth of Georgian houses with their brightly colored doors, the heritage pubs and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

Day 7: Depart from Dublin Airport

Time to say Slán go fóill (goodbye in gaelic) to Ireland for now –we recommend arriving in Dublin Airport three and a half hours prior to departure.  Drop your rental car to Dublin Airport.

Vacation Highlights

Scenic Discoveries

Cliffs of Moher

Galway Bay

Connemara

Dingle Peninsula

History Buffs

Book of Kells

Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery

Kinsale

Georgian Dublin

 

Hotel Highlights

Ardilaun Hotel, Galway

Dingle Skelligs Hotel, Dingle

Actons Hotel, Kinsale

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin

What's Included

Automatic Car Rental

Automatic compact car rental for 7 days. Includes unlimited mileage, Collison Damage Waiver Insurance, Third Party Liability, Theft Protection, Location Service Charge, and all taxes

Accommodation

Hotels renowned for hospitality and superior service

Sightseeing

Entrances to the Kilbeggan Distillery, Cliffs of Moher Experience and the Book of Kells are included in the pricing Your choice of pre-organized sightseeing can be added to your quote

Dining Highlights

Full breakfast included daily (except on day of arrival)

Terms and Conditions

Price is per person, based on two adults sharing and four people travelling in low season. Land only. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates

Photo Gallery

Lough Inagh is one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes; surrounded by majestic Mam Turks and spectacular Twelve Bens mountain ranges on all sides.
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Inagh Valley, Connemara
Kilbeggan Distillery is the world's oldest distillery, established in 1757. It is the quintessential Irish whiskey distillery - whitewashed walls, weathered slate roof, brick chimney stack, creaking timber water wheel. Learn from enthusiastic guides about the traditional ways of making Irish whiskey.
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Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery
Dingle is a small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula, known for its rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches.
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Dingle Harbour

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