Wild Atlantic Way Tour - South - 7 Days

7 Days Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

The Wild Atlantic Way South: Your journey begins in Dublin and ends in Galway. Your adventure begins with a visit to the Rock of Cashel, once home to the King of Munster.

You will then head on to Kenmare. The Wild Atlantic Way South takes you from the charming town of Kenmare, famous for traditional music, brews, and delicious seafood to the bohemian city of Galway.

Take in the most scenic coastal drive in all of Ireland with fantastic adventures and culture along the way.

Itinerary

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The Adventure Begins!

Jump aboard this Extreme Ireland tour and meet your fellow adventurers for the next seven days!

Once your charming and knowledgeable guide introduces themselves and gets everyone settled, your group will make their way out of the city and head south-west to the wonderful town of Kenmare, in the county of Kerry. You will pass through spectacular countryside throughout the Midlands.

To break up the journey, Extreme Ireland will take you back in time to the 12th century when you visit the world-famous 'Rock Of Cashel', once the home of the King of Munster.

When you reach Kenmare, you will have time to stretch and relax in one of the most loved towns in Ireland. Lots of great restaurants and brilliant music in the traditional pubs will keep you entertained!

Highlight of the day:  Visit the 12th century Rock Of Cashel

Overnight:  Kenmare Village

Restaurant Suggestion: Mulcahy's Garlic Restaurant

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The Beara Peninsula & Bere Island

After a delicious breakfast, your group will take a scenic drive to Castletownbare, a fishing village which looks like it's stuck in time on Ireland's secret Beara Peninsula. This was the home of the last great Irish Chieftain, O'Sullivan Beara.

From there, you will take a ferry to Bere Island, a small inhabited island about 20 minutes boat ride from the mainland. This is a magical little island where time stands still and stress doesn't exist. You will take a spectacular bike ride through the island, taking another ferry back to the mainland. After a stop in the capital of the Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff, you will return to the lovely Kenmare for more 'fun and frolics'!

Highlight of the day:  Cycle across Bare Island

Overnight:  Kenmare

Restaurant Suggestion: The Mews Restaurant

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Ring Of Kerry & Skellig Michael

In the morning, your group will travel along the world famous Ring of Kerry and stop at the port in Portmagee. From there, you will take a ferry to Skellig Michael, one of Ireland's holiest places and one of two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ireland.

There, you will find a most unusual monastery built in stone beehive huts. Centuries ago, monks were cut off from the mainland and spent their time creating manuscripts and praying.

If the weather doesn't permit taking the ferry, the tour will head into Killarney National Park - a large and lush national park filled with stunning scenery. You will hike through one of the most beautiful valleys in the country at the Gap of Dunloe and take a boat ride through the calm lakes of Killarney.

Tonight, you will stay in the vibrant town of Dingle. 

Highlight of the day:  Visit Skellig Michael - a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Overnight:  Dingle Town

Restaurant Suggestion: Walkers Bar & Restaurant

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Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head

This morning, you will get to do what everyone on the planet has on their bucket list - you will swim or kayak with Fungi, the adorable dolphin who came to Dingle harbour years ago with a school of dolphins but never left.

Then you will take a cycle around scenic Slea Head and stop at the many historical sites along the way. After that, you'll need to warm up a little and no better place than the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, where you'll be shown the secrets of whiskey making and you'll have the chance to sample a few tipples before you leave.

Tonight, your group will stay again in Dingle, enjoy the last night in this wonderful town. Make sure to check out Dick Macks Pub before you leave, it's a real experience!

Highlight of the day:  Cycle around Slea Head

Overnight:  Dingle Town

Restaurant Suggestion:  The Chart House Restaurant

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County Clare & Lahinch

Everyone hates saying goodbye to beautiful Dingle, but it's onwards and upwards now! Literally, as the tour heads north along the Wild Atlantic Way.

You will take a short but interesting ferry ride from Tarbert, crossing the mouth of Ireland's longest river, the river Shannon.

Further along the coast, your group will make a stop at Kilkee, where you will have the opportunity to try the new land/sea adventure activity called 'coasteering'. You will be taken to the base of the sea cliffs, where you can climb the edge and jump into the sea lagoons dotted along the way - fantastic fun and a real Wild Atlantic Way experience!

Tonight, you will stay in the village of Lahinch, Ireland's surf capital. 

Highlight of the day:  Coasteering in Kilkee

Overnight :  Lahinch Village

Restaurant Suggestion:  Vaughan Lodge Seafood Restaurant

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Surfing in Lahinch & The Cliffs Of Moher

After a hearty breakfast, you will hit the waves and get some surf lessons on Ireland's most famous surf beach at Lahinch.

After you have finished riding the waves, the group will travel a short distance north to Ireland's most iconic landmark, the Cliffs Of Moher. Thousands of visitors flock to these high cliffs every year. You will take a hike along the cliffs before you get back to your accommodation to freshen up.

To finish this jam-packed day of adventure, Extreme Ireland will take you to charming Doolin village to a traditional night of Irish music and 'craic' ('fun' in Irish).

Highlight of the day:  Surfing on Lahinch beach

Overnight:  Lahinch

Restaurant Suggestion:  Magann’s Pub

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Hike The Burren & visit Poulnabrone Dolmen

This morning, Extreme Ireland will take you to one of Ireland's iconic tombs, the dolmen at Poulnabrone, which sits in the heart of the Burren, one of Ireland's National Parks.

This dolmen is a burial site and most likely, the last resting place of a local Chieftain or Druid. It is also an opportunity for a great photo!

Your guide will take you on a hike through the Burren and explain everything about the flora and fauna exclusive to this area of Ireland.

Then, your group will go on to one of the highlights of the tour! You will have the opportunity to kayak along the base of the Cliffs of Moher (weather permitting).

If this is not to your fancy or the weather won't allow it, you can take a hike along the top of the cliffs, which provides spectacular views.

The Cliffs of Moher are a sight that will stay with you long after you have left. They are the most visited natural attraction in Ireland!

You will stay in Clifden tonight. 

Highlight of the day:  Hike through the Burren

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Extreme Ireland (EI) Travel Group are experts in travel in Ireland and beyond, offering both local and international tours and experiences. The group operates across six brands including Irish Day Tours, EI Travel Coach Hire, Extreme Ireland Adventures, Irish Whiskey Museum, The Riddler Restaurant, and the Tourist Office Dublin.

EI Travel Group attribute their success and exceptional growth to their focus on customer care and service along with offering great tours to Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. If international travel is more your style, EI Travel Group also offer tours to countries such as Norway, Slovenia, Romania and Spain.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed day tour, multi-day adventure, walking, cycling, or mountaineering EI Travel Group have the tour that suits you.

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Hike along the world famous Cliffs Of Moher, enjoying the spectacular views, and kayak the deep blue waters where wild dolphins await. Embrace your inner-adventurer as you experience one of the most stunning and naturally striking places of Ireland.

Your tour does not neglect the historic importance of the Wild Atlantic Way and you will visit many areas of historical significance including Megalithic tombs, Abbeys, and Castles.

You will also visit the spectacular Skellig Michael, an ancient monastic settlement that is simply breathtaking.

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