A tour of luxury and relaxation on western edge of Europe. See massive sea cliffs, go on a day trip to the Aran Islands, and stay in an authentic Irish Castle. Drive the Co. Clare and Co. Galway leg of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Contact Ireland Luxury Travel to create your perfect bespoke private Tour of the West. Ireland Luxury Travel can arrange a self drive itinerary around your travel dates or plan an escorted Private Driver Guide to bring you through the highlights of the West.
You will meet you airport transfer at arrivals. He will help you with your bags and take you to your hotel to relax after your flight to Ireland. Stretch your legs and get to know your surroundings by exploring Dublin city center with your local private guide. Discover the culture and history of the city of Dublin while getting your bearings around the city center.
Today, its time to explore more of Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Ireland Luxury Travel will pre-book your fast track time slot for the Guinness Store House Experience, where you will discover the history of the famous pint of stout. Explore Trinity College and the ancient Book of Kells in the Old Library of Trinity College. Ireland Luxury Travel can provide a whiskey expert to bring you through Temple bar for the pubs and entertainment and then on to the Jameson Distillery to partake in some whiskey tasting. Alternatively, you can visit Christchurch Cathedral and Dublinia museum for the history of the Vikings in Dublin. Visit Dublin Castle, the center of the city’s history and evolution since 1204. Ireland Luxury Travel will guide you through your sightseeing and plan a bespoke day full of fantastic sightseeing experiences tailored to your interests.
You will meet your driver guide at your hotel. He will discuss your plans and your itinerary, advising always how to get the best from your trip. Alternatively, you can collect your car hire (GPS included) and go on an adventure of your own! Head West. Make your way to Co. Clare, with a stop at the excellent Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The restored medieval castle and historical village will give you a real insight into life in Ireland of the old. Head on to your luxury Clare hotel and settle in. Ireland Luxury Travel recommend an evening castle banquet to enjoy the Irish hospitality and fun!
Explore the coastal sites around you and don’t miss the awesome Cliffs of Moher. The magnificent Cliffs are the top of the list of sights to see in Ireland. Soaring 702 ft above the sea, the cliffs offer a fantastic view. You will meet a local guide in Doolin village and walk off road towards the magnificent cliffs. Drive to Loop head, Lahinch village and Doolin, famous for traditional Irish music. The huge seascapes and rugged coastline are stunning!
You will drive through the Burren national park, stopping to take in the scenery on the way to your Galway city hotel. Spend the afternoon in one of Ireland’s most vibrant small cities, Galway. Take a guided tour and discover all Galway has to offer. The city has a fascinating trading history and was the principal Irish port for trade with Spain and France in the middle ages. Galway is famous for its pubs and restaurants and you will be certain to experience some traditional music and fun. Ireland Luxury Travel will provide pub and restaurant recommendations to help you get the best from one of Ireland's most colorful cities.
You will take a ferry to the Aran Islands. The trip is beautiful and the islands of Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer are rugged and windswept. Old stone walls fence in tiny fiends and narrow roads. Inishmore is the biggest of the islands and most popular. You can hire a bike and cycle across the island to Dun Aonghasa, a semi circle stone fort overlooking the Atlantic. This famous archaeological site has had people living there since 1500BC. The island is definitely worth a visit.
Enjoy a lovely breakfast and some last minute shopping before heading to your luxurious castle hotel. Check in and spend the day enjoying the activities on the estate. After a morning of pampering in the spa or a round of golf in an award winning golf course, enjoy other activities such as falconry, clay pigeon shooting, and fishing. This experience will make you feel like you have stepped back in time!
You will make an early start and head north along the Wild Atlantic Way through the scenic Connemara landscape. The drive is perfectly formed in a loop with stunning scenery, wildlife and small villages dotted along the route. This rocky plateau is scenic and beautiful. You will enjoy quiet roads winding around lakes and barren hills. Head for Clifden and on to the Sky road, taking in the rugged Atlantic sea views. Watch the kite surfers on the waves and take a walk on a windswept beach. Ireland Luxury Travel recommend lunch in the timeless Kylemore Abbey - most recently a boarding school and home to an order of Benedictine nuns, this magical place is a wonderful stop.
You will head back to the east towards Dublin but make a few highlight stops along the way. First visit Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.), the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne. This spectacular site was built by bronze age farmers, pre-dateing the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The fantastic visitors center will fascinate you. Visit Monasterboice (an early Christian site with a round tower and 10th Century High Cross), the Hill of Tara (seat of the high kings of Ireland) or Trim Castle , the largest Anglo- Norman castle in Ireland and part of "Braveheart’s" film set. Settle into your hotel outside Dublin for a good night sleep before your flight home.
Take an airport transfer - 40 min drive to Dublin airport - for your flight home.
Please Note: This is a custom experience subject to actual pricing. You will be required to leave a $500 deposit per person. Once the reservation is created, a travel specialist will work with you to finalize the tour.
Ireland Luxury Travel are experts in bespoke private travel in Ireland. Incorporating the best in luxury and experiential trips for individuals and groups, their team of advisers, all based in Ireland’s South West Coast, will help connect you to all Ireland has to offer.
Each trip is unique and tailored to the specific interests of each individual. Every detail from arrival is personally manged by your professional adviser. A 24 hr assistance direct line while traveling, local pub and restaurant recommendations, dinner reservations, specially prepared itinerary and entry access to selected sightseeing are all included in your personalized travel pack. Ireland Luxury Travel’s excellent team of private driver guides, walking guides and local experts are ready to enrich your travel experience.
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Luxury Self Drive: Guide Price $350 per person sharing, per day
Private Driver Guided Tour: Guide Price $900 per person sharing, per day