All Ireland Explorer - 9 Day Tour

9 Days Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

There’s a reason why the Irish are brilliant at conversation. It’s because their country is overflowing with lyrical legends, poetic panoramas, and meandering mountains. It’s an island with almost too much to do, see, and talk about. But on this tour you will get a chance to see all of it.

Explore camera-seducing scenery, sip whisky from an ancient distillery, and traverse rugged mountain slopes and fertile valleys. Discover all the conflicts and battles, all the subtlety and majesty, and all the heartaches and legends.

Challenge yourself to learn ‘the gift of the gab’ and join this nine day tour of Ireland!

Itinerary

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Belfast City, Glens of Antrim, and the Giant's Causeway

  • Explore historic Belfast with an insightful city tour.
  • Learn about the tragic history of the world’s most famous maritime disaster in the museums and attractions of the Titanic Quarter.
  • Wander the glens and coast at Antrim, an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the superb Scottish coast.
  • Walk where giants fought and changed the earth at the unique and stunning Giant’s Causeway.

Departing Dublin, head north to Belfast, a city famed for its industrial heritage and turbulent past. You will take a short city tour, which covers the capital’s triumphs, tragedies and soul.

You will then have time for lunch and exploring the Titanic Quarter, a regenerated hub where the famous liner was built and launched in 1911. Here you can visit the award winning Titanic museum, board the HMS Caroline or take a black cab tour of the city.

Leaving bustling Belfast behind, travel through the phenomenal scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Moving along the winding roads from Ballycastle, you will enter the awe-inspiring setting of the Giant’s Causeway, a place where history and myth collide spectacularly with raw geological power. Waving farewell to the giant’s steps, head to Portrush, a charming fishing village and your home for the night.

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Derry, Donegal, and Glenveagh National Park

  • Marvel at the 17th walled city of Derry, with its famous 7 gates and bustling markets.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Gaelic culture of Donegal as you pass through its rugged mountains.
  • Experience the haunting beauty of the remote Glenveagh National Park.

Head into Derry, the fabulous 17th-century walled city that boasts 7 ornate gates. Derry was designated as UK City of Culture in 2013. You will have time to explore its museums, galleries and excellent markets.

Next, head to County Donegal, which boasts stunning scenery and a strong Gaelic heritage. You will then travel to the picturesque Glenveagh National Park and past the soaring peak of Mount Errigal, before traveling through the traditional fishing villages of the area. Along the way there will be plenty time for walks, photos and soaking up the local culture before arriving at your overnight stop in Donegal.

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Carrowmore, Achill Island and County Mayo

  • Wander among the ancient standing stones of Carrowmore.
  • Explore the bogs and misty moors of County Mayo.
  • Gaze in awe at the magnificent sea cliffs of Achill Island.

In the morning, you will pass south along the coast near Donegal and into County Sligo. This area is home to the burial site of famed poet WB Yeats, and dramatic views of the gorgeous mountain, Benbulben.

Outside Sligo Town lies Carrowmore, where you will have the chance to visit the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, some of which date back over 6000 years.

Moving westwards, enter County Mayo, an area ravaged by the Great Potato Famine. Winding roads curve through the picturesque farmlands, bogs and open moors, offering views of distant hills and the Atlantic coast, where you’ll visit the dramatic Achill Island. You have time to savor the rugged sea and peaceful beauty. From there, it is a short drive to Westport – your base for the next two nights.

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Connemara, Clifden, and Kylemore Abbey

  • Explore the Connemara National Park’s verdant marshes and incredible historical sites.
  • Stroll through the superb grounds at Kylemore Abbey.
  • Roam Clifden, site of the first transatlantic flight landing, and home to a delightful castle.
  • Be enchanted by the seemingly infinite blend of earth and sky at sunset on the Sky Road.
  • Prepare to be stunned by the legendary Twelve Bens, the famous jagged mountain range of Connemara.

Westport and the Connemara National Park are the areas you will explore today.The itinerary for the day is flexible and your guide will ensure you take the route that best suits the weather.

Your options include the beautiful house and grounds at Kylemore Abbey, the Connemara National Park, Clifden (the first transatlantic flight landed here), the Sky Road, and the Twelve Bens of Connemara.

After an incredible day of exploration, you will return back to Westport, where you can dine on the delicious local seafood in the town’s top notch restaurants.

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Cong Abbey, Lough Corrib, and Galway City

  • Gaze into the past at the iconic 7th century ruins of Cong Abbey.
  • Walk the iconic locations of “The Quiet Man” on the scenic shores of Lough Corrib.
  • Enjoy the culture, sea views, and historic streets of Galway City.

Traveling through the heart of Connemara, you will arrive in the town of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib. This area was where “The Quiet Man” was filmed and you’re free to wander the local museum devoted to the movie. Alternatively, you can visit the magnificently restored 12th century Cong Abbey.

Your route then weaves through the Maam Valley, a stunning pass lined by gorgeous mountains. Exiting the valley, head into Galway, a vibrant harbor city that combines traditional market life with high quality restaurants and pubs.

The afternoon and evening are free to explore this lively university city. You will be collected from your accommodation the following morning by your new tour guide.

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Cliffs of Moher & The Burren

  • Roam the Burren, home to some of Ireland’s most profound spiritual and natural experiences.
  • Marvel at the steep Cliffs of Moher and the stunning 700ft drop into the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Relax with traditional Irish music in the atmospheric pubs and bars of Killarney.

A short drive along the coast from Galway City lies the Burren, one of Ireland’s national treasures. It’s home to one of the earliest Christian settlements in Ireland and broad limestone pavements and rare flora.

After time to explore the area, you travel to Kilfenora, the “town of the crosses”. You can visit the town’s fabulous ancient cathedral and before we stop for lunch in one of the area’s charming villages.

You will then head to the incredible Cliffs of Moher. Walk the stunning cliff trails as seabirds swoop through the clear air above you. And learn about the unique ecosystem in the excellent and award winning environmental exhibition nearby.

The tour then moves south through County Clare, passing its famous golf course on the way to the picturesque beach at Lahinch. From here you board a ferry across the Shannon Estuary to the lakeside town of Killarney. This energetic, charming area will be your base for the next three nights, so take your time sampling the superb collection of traditional pubs and live music.

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Dingle Peninsula

  • Traverse the Dingle Peninsula, famous for its scenery and Gaelic culture.
  • Wander ancient forts and religious sites of the past at Slea Head.
  • Stroll the beautiful Inch Beach on your way to Dingle.

Today, your tour explores the fabulous Dingle Peninsula. Your first stop is Inch Beach, a vast expanse of sand stretching out into the Atlantic. Venturing down the narrow roads away from the beach leads you through the town of Dingle.

You will continue towards Slea Head, an area loaded with ancient forts and prehistoric dwellings. The impressive views of the nearby Blasket Islands make this an excellent spot for panoramic photos. If the weather is pleasant, you can ramble along the beaches and cliff tops to fully appreciate the incredible vistas.

Arriving back amidst the brightly colored houses and jolly harbor of Dingle, you are free to spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying delicious seafood in this idyllic setting. In the evening, you will head back to Killarney, with time for an evening stroll in the National Park that envelops the town.

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The Ring of Kerry

  • Tour the world renowned Ring of Kerry, hailed globally for its incredible scenery and cultural heritage.

Today, you will explore the Ring of Kerry, a spectacular route through some of Ireland’s most visually striking areas.

Head out in the morning, stopping first at Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. After snapping some shots of its rugged majesty, join the scenic coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells on the way to Cahersiveen. Possible stops include the site of “The Liberator of Ireland” Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace and an impressive ring fort outside Portmagee.

Stop for lunch in the quaint fishing village of Portmagee. Alternatively, you can have a quick snack and head to the island of Valentia for a visit to the Skellig Experience. This excursion teaches you about the ancient community of monks who made the outcrop of rocky islands their home.

In the afternoon, there’s a photo stop in Charlie Chaplin’s “home away from home” at Waterville, before enjoying fine views at the top of Coonmakista pass.

Winding down from the peaks, your tour will head to Derrynane House, home of the family O’Connell. Daniel O’Connell holds a special place in Irish hearts, as an emancipating force from colonial rule. Enjoy a walk in the scenic gardens here, as well as a visit to the main house.

Continuing along the Ring, you will stop at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. Stroll a short way from here to the Torc Waterfall before heading back to Killarney. (On some tours, days three and four are switched).

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Blarney Castle and Stone, Kilkenny Castle

  • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone within the walls of the medieval stronghold of Blarney Castle.
  • Explore Kilkenny Castle and its impressive craft centers.

Heading east through the mountains of West Cork, weave along the Lee Valley until you reach Blarney Castle. You will have time here to take in the castle grounds, and maybe kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the “gift of the gab”!

In the afternoon, the tour heads to the heritage town of Cahir, where there’s a distinctive island castle in the River Suir.

The final stop of the tour is Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine Castle, riverside walks, and an impressive National Craft Center. There’s also a chance for one last Guinness before heading back on the road for the last leg of the journey to Dublin.

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Places you will explore:

  • The City of Belfast - A city steeped in the history and heartaches of Ireland.
  • The Titanic Quarter - See the regenerated waterfront where the Titanic was constructed.
  • The Giant’s Causeway - Feel the power of Irish giants in the unique and breathtaking coastal formations of the Causeway.
  • Portrush - Relax in this small but charming coastal resort town.
  • Derry - Enter the only completely walled city in Ireland and the British Isles where markets.
  • Donegal - Venture into this land of castles, rugged coasts and thick forest.
  • County Mayo - Discover the typical Irish scenery, magnificent wildlife, and tragic past of Ireland's third largest county.
  • Kylemore Abbey - This incredible Neo-Gothic building is steeped in the scars of world history.
  • Connemara National Park - Stunning vistas and superb wildlife abound within this famously serene park.
  • Clifden - The “Capital of Connemara”, this historically significant site is where the first transatlantic flight landed.
  • The Sky Road - 11km of heaven, you’ll truly discover the gorgeous Ireland you’ve seen on postcards and travel blogs.
  • The Twelve Bens - Towering peaks of twelve mountains above a rare bog habitat and pristine lakes.
  • Galway Town - Stone clad buildings line the winding lanes and medieval walls of this ancient harbor city.
  • Cliffs of Moher - Behold an awe-inspiring 700ft drop to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Burren - This national park is home to some of the nation’s most profound spiritual and natural culture.
  • Dingle Peninsula - Glorious beaches merge with traditional Irish scenery in this land of Gaelic mystery and towering forts.
  • Ring of Kerry - Ireland's famous coastal route boasts some of the wildest views in Europe.
  • Torc Waterfall - Learn about the ancient curse that formed this waterfall and admire its impressive cascade.
  • Blarney Castle - Kiss the famed Blarney Stone amidst the walls of this gorgeous medieval stronghold.
  • Kilkenny - Survey the dominant and unmistakable three walled castle whilst roaming its splendid grounds.

Discounts:

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, Rabbie's Tours don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information:

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.
  • This tour combines two of our trips. This means you swap your bus, guide, and a few of your friends during the journey.

Tour inclusions:

  • All ferry and bridge crossings.
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide.

Tour exclusions:

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Tour accommodation.

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