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10 Day Self Drive Vacation from $1,175
Self Drive | Hotels on the Atlantic | 10 Days | 9 meals
Discover the Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s largest coastal route, in a rental and enjoy the freedom of sightseeing at your own pace! See the Wild Atlantic’s most loved spots including the Cliffs of Moher, Kinsale and Donegal
Explore your Wild Atlantic Way Vacation; this itinerary can be fully tailored to suit your preferences
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Day 1: Arrive in Dublin Airport▲
Pick up your rental car from Dublin and drive to Dun Laoghaire. Dun Laoghaire is a coastal suburb in Dublin and is only a 20 minute train journey from Dublin city center.
Drive Time: 45 Minutes (25KM)
Day 2: Tipperary and Cork▲
Leave Dublin and travel south. Perhaps visit Rock of Cashel along the way. The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings dramatically situated on a tall outcrop of limestone overlooking county Tipperary. Next go to Cork City. When you’re there, don’t miss a trip to the English Market; Ireland’s oldest indoor food market serving the finest Irish produce. 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! It’s the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way!
Drive Time: 4 Hours (300KM)
Day 3: West Cork Atlantic Villages▲
Discover the Beara peninsula; colorful villages are dotted along the stunning coastal route. Check out community hubs such as Clonakilty, Skibbereen and onto Bantry Bay. Perhaps visit Bantry House, a historic house on the Wild Atlantic Way and stately home to the Shellswell-White family. Marvel at artifacts collected from the family’s worldwide travels or stroll through the spectacular gardens. Arrive in Dingle, the most westerly village in Ireland. Dingle is a renowned fishing village, where local restaurants serve fish fresh straight from the boats. Overnight in the Dingle Skelligs Hotel.
Drive Time: 4 Hours (225 KM)
Day 4: Dingle Slea Head Drive▲
This morning, take a trip to the Dingle Peninsula, which extends into the Atlantic Ocean. The ‘Slea Head’ drive offers stunning coastal scenery and views of Ireland’s highest mountain- Macgillacudy Reeks
Drive Time: 1.5 Hours (30 KM)
Day 5: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Region▲
Bid farewell to Kerry and drive to Tarbert, taking the ferry to Kilimer to then enjoy the wonderful scenery of the coast of Clare. Visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and take a walk along the world-famous cliff edge. Later, travel via the Burren region, a karst and mysterious landscape, onto Doolin. Overnight in Hotel Doolin.
Drive Time: 3.5 Hours (235KM)
Day 6: Connemara Coast▲
Visit Galway in the morning. Galway is a picturesque and lively city hosting a fantastic mix of locally owned shops, pubs and restaurants. Discover the wild and beautiful region Connemara today. Connemara is renowned for its stunning mountains, lakes, tumbling streams, undulating bog and unspoiled beaches. Perhaps visit Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens, ‘Ireland’s most romantic castle’, originally built as a wedding gift in in the 19th Century. Or take the Killary Cruise and enjoy the splendor of Ireland’s only Fjord. Overnight in the Wyatt Hotel in Westport.
Drive Time: 4.5 Hours (200 KM)
Day 7: Sligo and Mullaghmore Atlantic Drive▲
Journey further along the Wild Atlantic Way to Sligo. County Sligo’s beautiful scenery inspired many of the great writings of W.B. Yeats and is renowned for its stunning beaches. We recommend Strandhill and Mullaghmore; beaches with pristine clear waters and white sands. Travel further to Donegal, where you will spend two nights. Enjoy the old world charm of the historic market town located at the mouth of Donegal bay– renowned for its pubs and craft shops including the world famous Donegal Tweed by Magee of Donegal.
Drive Time: 1.5 Hours (25KM)
Day 8: Slieve League Cliffs and Donegal▲
Enjoy the full day touring around Donegal. Visit the Slieve League Cliffs, situated on the Atlantic coast. Renowned as the highest marine cliffs in Europe, they rise almost 2000ft (598m) from the Atlantic. Perhaps take the coastal road drive to Glencolmcille, an Atlantic outpost dating back 5,000 years. It is said that St. Columba established a monastery there in the 6th century. Return to overnight in Donegal town.
Drive Time: 3.5 Hours (100KM)
Day 9: Dublin City Exploring▲
Return to Dublin City for a taste of the capital! It’s about a 3 hour drive from Donegal to Dublin, and you’ll have the afternoon to discover the city by foot. Get to know Dublin landmarks including the Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Have a pint in one of the many heritage pubs in Temple Bar to toast your last night of your wonderful Ireland adventure!
Drive Time: 3 Hours (230 KM)
Day 10: Depart from Dublin Airport▲
Drop your car to Dublin Airport. Your special journey of Ireland has come to an end, Slan Abhaile (Safe home!)
Drive Time: 45 minutes (25 KM)
Cliffs of Moher
Slea Head Scenic Drive
Slieve League Cliffs
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire
Actons Hotel, Kinsale
Dingle Skelligs Hotel, Dingle
Hotel Doolin, Doolin
Wyatt Hotel, Westport
Abbey Hotel, Donegal
Ashling Hotel Dublin
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