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7 Day Self Drive Vacation along the South of the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. At 1600 miles, it winds all the way from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal ,at the north of the country, right down to the picturesque town of Kinsale in County Cork. This tour plan will see you explore this scenic coastline, from Cork to Clare. With the freedom of a rental car, you can discover hidden gems, enchanting villages and ancient monuments.

 

 

Low Season 2021 Mid Season 2021 High Season 2021
Jan-Mar; Nov-Dec April & Oct May-Sept
From $729 per person From $799 per person From $1,115 per person

 

 

*This itinerary can also be combined with our Wild Atlantic Way – Northern Coast tour package, to allow you to experience the full Wild Atlantic Way Route in 14 days. 

 

Here is a short clip from Failte Ireland showing parts of the Wild Atlantic Way Route


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

Hotel Accommodation

2 nights at Acton's Hotel Kinsale; 3 nights at Lake Hotel Killarney; 1 night at the Bunratty Castle Hotel, Co. Clare. Full Irish breakfast included daily (except on day of arrival)

Sightseeing

Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher is included in the pricing; Your choice of additional pre-organized sightseeing can be added to your quote at an extra supplement.

*Terms & Conditions

Land Only - Price is per person & it is based on two adults sharing and four people travelling in Low season. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. Specialized Travel Services strongly recommends Travel Insurance to cover trip cancellation & interruption, medical & health insurance, loss of baggage or trip delay.

Day 1: Shannon, Cork & Haven Coast.

From Shannon Airport, drive southwards to County Cork. Cork City, has a strong independence and Corkonians are noticeably proud of their “rebel city”. Stop in for a coffee in one of the artisan coffee spots and discover the city’s popular food market, the English Market, renowned for its organic and local produce.

 

Wander through the narrow streets of Kinsale and get a feeling for the town’s unique medieval past, it’s intriguing connection to the world’s most famous ship and a star-shaped bastion fortress, Charles Fort. Relax in the friendly atmosphere of your hotel, before treating yourself to a meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants.

 

Hotel Stay: Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale, Co. Cork (Or similar) (B&B Basis).

Day 2: West Cork Coast

Experience the dramatic coastal landscapes, historical treasures and spectacular islands of West Cork, which is brimming with Irish culture, old and new.

 

You can witness the Gulf Stream working its magic on Garnish Island in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay.

 

The life and times of Michael Collins are ready to uncover at the Michael Collins Centre, near Clonakilty.  The centre is close to many sites linked with the famous leader such as the Béal na Blá memorial: a recreation of the ambush site where Michael Collins died.

 

Soak in the Atlantic views, mountain vistas and endless photographic pitstops.

 

Hotel Stay: Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale, Co. Cork (Or similar) (B&B Basis).

Day 3: Blarney & Killarney.

Stroll around majestic Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and soak up spectacular views of the magical rock close and glorious gardens. Allow time for some retail therapy while browsing around Blarney Woolen Mills, offering the very best of Irish craft and design.

 

Continue your journey to Killarney, a jovial town full to the brim with craic and charm, and one of the jewels of the Kerry Kingdom crown.

 

Hotel Stay: The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry (Or similar) (B&B Basis).

Day 4: Ring of Kerry.

Often described as one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, tour the Ring of Kerry and you’ll understand why.

 

Navigate the curving roads and jagged coastlines with amazing views around every turn. Travel from Killarney on to quaint Killorglin and possibly stop off for tea & scones in colourful Cahersiveen.

 

Take amazing “Insta worthy” photos and soak in the stunning scenery, the Ring of Kerry is a bucket list trip.

 

Hotel Stay: The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry (Or similar) (B&B Basis).

 

Day 5: Dingle Peninsula.

Explore the Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne, stretches 30 miles (48 km) into the Atlantic Ocean on the south-west coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

 

The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to the Conor Pass and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak and the Blasket Islands lie to the west. The magnificent coastline consists of little villages, steep sea-cliffs such as Slea Head and dramatic headlands broken by sandy beaches.

 

Hotel Stay: The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry (Or similar) (B&B Basis).

 

 

Day 6: The Cliff Coast & Bunratty.

Explore the Cliff Coast today – Improbable landscapes like The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher hum with rare plants, puffin colonies and dolphins, while Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney described it as a place that can “catch the heart off guard and blow it open.” Enough said.

 

After visiting the Cliffs of Moher travel to Bunratty, where you might like to visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park or relax over a pint at Durty Nelly’s pub.

 

Hotel Stay: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Co. Clare (or similar) (B&B Basis).

Day 7: Depart from Shannon.

Check out of your hotel this morning and drive to Shannon Airport. Return the keys for your rental vehicle and make your way to the departure lounge for your flight home.

 

Slán Abhaile! (Safe Home!)

 

 

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Vacation Highlights

The Wild Atlantic Way

Catch the main highlights of the southern section of the Wild Atlantic Way taking in Cork, Kinsale, Blarney, Killarney, Dingle and the Cliffs of Moher in just 7 days.

Irish Heritage

Learn about the traditions and tales that make Irish Culture & heritage so unique.

Relaxed Pace

You have the freedom to go at your own pace and to make your own plans along the way.

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

Hotel Accommodation

2 nights at Acton's Hotel Kinsale; 3 nights at Lake Hotel Killarney; 1 night at the Bunratty Castle Hotel, Co. Clare. Full Irish breakfast included daily (except on day of arrival)

Sightseeing

Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher is included in the pricing; Your choice of additional pre-organized sightseeing can be added to your quote at an extra supplement.

*Terms & Conditions

Land Only - Price is per person & it is based on two adults sharing and four people travelling in Low season. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. Specialized Travel Services strongly recommends Travel Insurance to cover trip cancellation & interruption, medical & health insurance, loss of baggage or trip delay.

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Kinsale, Co. Cork (c) Tourism Ireland
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Lakes of Killarney, Co. Kerry
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Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
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Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry

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