The Grand Tour

7 Days Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

Travel some 700 miles along the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Leaving from Dublin, this tour follows the rugged Irish coastline from the picturesque village of Kinsale in West Cork to the Mayo town of Westport. Along the way savour the spectacular beauty of the Ring of Kerry, go kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay, wonder at the breathtaking views at Ireland's most beloved landmark the Cliffs of Moher, explore the bustling bohemian city of Galway and marvel at the timeless charm of the Aran Islands. This Grand Tour of Ireland has it all - breathtaking scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage and culture. 

This small group adventure leaves every Sunday from April to October 14.

 

 

Itinerary

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The Rock of Cashel, the Blarney Stone, Kinsale

Depart Dublin in the morning and travel south west to the magnificent Rock of Cashel, once home to the Kings of Munster. This ancient fortress set on a hill commands spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. It's structures includes a medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and a castle..

Next it's on to Cork, which locals claim is the real capital of Ireland. It's also known as the rebel county and is home to the 600-year old Blarney Castle with its magical Blarney Stone. Legend has it that one kiss of the Blarney Stone bestows the gift of eternal eloquence. There'll be time to explore the castle and its extensive gardens.

Finally it's one to the picturesque harbour town of Kinsale, often called the 'jewel' of West Cork. It's renowned for its award-winning restaurants, rich history and dramatic scenery.

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The Ring of Kerry

Setting out from Kinsale the following morning, the journey takes us through the beautiful countryside of West Cork and on to the world famous Ring of Kerry. the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare is the first stop. From there travel through the many hidden gems on this famous circuit of the south west coast of Ireland: Moll’s Gap, the Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. At Ross Castle the tour guide explains what life was really like behind the stone walls and it’s not what you think!

After taking in the fantastic views on the Ring of Kerry, travel to Inch to soak up the wild Atlantic Ocean. Waves and weather-permitting, take a plunge at surfing at Inch Beach.

Finally its on to the celebrated, cozy, coastal town of Dingle, with its famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and unforgettable traditional Irish music.

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Dingle

Start the morning kayaking to meet Fungie, the famously friendly dolphin of Dingle Bay. If kayaking is not your thing, there will be a guided hike up Mount Brandon, which offers stunning, 360 degree panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Castlegregory.

Then it's a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head drive, with its incredible scenery.

Finish off a perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. Sample its award-winning whiskey and gin and learn about the history of whiskey production around the world.

Back to Dingle for another night exploring this buzzing town. No need to repack the suitcases; relax and enjoy!

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Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Doolin

Leaving Dingle the tour travels through the spectacular Conor Pass with its dramatic drops and encroaching cliffs. Turning towards Castlegregory, the tour arrives at River Shannon, crossing it by ferry to arrive in the fabled County Clare.

The spectacular Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most beloved landmark and today there will be plenty of time to explore the cliffs by foot and savour the bracing Atlantic air and dramatic coastline. You'll also see the extraordinary Burren National Park, a fantastical landscape of limestone paving home to fossils, caves and bewildering array of flora and fauna.

Spend the evening in the welcoming and colorful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.

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Galway

This morning it's on to Galway via the 16th Century Dunguaire Castle in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara.

Galway is renowned for its pleasures. Brightly-painted pubs heave with live music, while cafés offer front-row seats for observing street performers, musicians and local characters.

After a cycling tour through the streets and waterways, discovering Galway’s hidden gems you are free to enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and craic in this much celebrated city.

There is also a fantastic food tour or, weather permitting, a stand-up paddle boarding option in Galway Bay.

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The Aran Islands & Westport

After a short drive to Rossaveal pier, sail across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. Arrive on rugged Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Explore the island, meet the locals and pick up a few words in the ancient Irish language of Gaelic. Cycle to the stone fort Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean before making our way back to the mainland.

Depart Rosaveal Pier for the stunning town of Westport. Take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous Famine Trail on route to Westport.

Unwind with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. Experience 'the craic' at a traditional Irish music session in Matt Molloy’s bar.

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Westport

Wake up fresh in Westport where your guide will challenge you to climb Ireland’s Holiest Mountain, Croagh Patrick. Learn about the man responsible for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy unspoiled views from the top of Clew Bay.

Then it's back to Dublin. On arrival expert guides will send you out into the bustling capital city armed with plenty of recommendations if you have a bit of time left in Ireland.

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Founded in 2014, Overland Ireland was the brainchild of avid adventurers Clodagh and Reinier.

After overlanding, touring, and guiding across the world, they believed that they had all the ingredients to offer a magical product to tourists visiting the Emerald Isle.

Overland Ireland’s love for the great outdoors, Irish culture and heritage and, of course, music and craic has inspired them to share every off-the-beaten-track hidden gem with the rest of the world.

Every year Overland Ireland continues to welcome hundreds of new friends from all corners of the world and help them to discover and explore Ireland’s playground.

Team Overland believes that big things come in small packages. Their small group tours concentrate on offering big experiences to all our guests. The team knows individual attention and care is key to making every customer’s holiday unique, exciting and unforgettable.

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You will have an unforgettable experience on your Overland Ireland small group tour exploring everything from kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay to the magnificent sights on the Ring of Kerry.

Prepare to be awestruck by Ireland’s most famous landmark – The Cliffs of Moher, fall in love with the bustling bohemian Galway City and the Aran Islands.

Our Grand Tour of Ireland explores a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage and culture.

This small group adventure has it all.

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