With so much on offer and so many possibilities, it can be tricky to create a tour of Ireland. If it helps, we have put together a number of sample Ireland itineraries for you to browse. These are just suggestions and can be adjusted to your exact specification as needed. They can be made longer, shorter, or go to different locations — the choice is yours. Just contact us and we will make it happen.
See the best of Ireland in under one week. This tour is perfect for those who might have any time constraints. Taking in all the major sights Ireland has to offer, this is the perfect teaser tour for those looking to sample Ireland and its charms. Best of all, it's a Hub & Spoke Tour, meaning fewer hotel changes and more sightseeing.
See the best that Ireland has to offer. This tour takes in a little more than the six-day tour but is still nice and short. Taking in all the major sights Ireland has to offer. This is a great choice for those looking to take in a slightly larger selection of the Emerald Isle charms.
Taking in the absolute best of the south of Ireland. This tour covers all the major attractions of the area via a delightful and diverse itinerary. If you want to see everything the south has to offer, this tour is for you.
The best of the South and North of Ireland in two weeks. This is the ultimate "Best Of" tour of the Island of Ireland. Covering all the major attractions and travelling the length and breadth of the country. This tour is for those wanting to see everything The Emerald Isle has to offer.
The best of Ireland and Scotland in one tour. Covering all the major attractions in Ireland and Scotland in two weeks. This is the perfect tour for those looking to experience the Gaelic lands of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The definitive Wild Atlantic Way tour. See all the major sights and a few of the hidden gems along Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way. From Mizen Head to Malin Head and more in between, this itinerary has it all. Perfect for those looking to explore the famous west coast.
See the other side of Ireland. Take in the timeless sites of Ireland's Ancient East on this circuit tour of the central and eastern counties. Ideal for those who wish to see the history and culture of east Ireland.
The best of Northern Ireland. Discover the very best that Northern Ireland has to offer. Ranging from Donegal to Belfast and everything in between. This is the perfect itinerary for those looking to see the Ulster-Scots way of life.
Stay in luxury, stay in castles! This is the quintessential Irish castle stay tour. Taking in some of the most luxurious and historic castles in Ireland. If you wish to wake up in history and stay in luxury, this is the tour for you.
See the famous distilleries of Ireland. Taking in all the major whiskey producers of Ireland and a few other stops in between. This is the tour for those who love a good Irish Whiskey.
The alternative "Best of Ireland" tour. This tour takes in all the places the other tours rarely go to. See the sights less seen but still worth a visit. This tour is perfect for those on their second visit to Ireland.
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way
The Aran Islands are made up of 3 islands dotted in front of Galway Bay. The largest of the 3 is Inishmore, home to Dun Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort. There are many ancient relics and monuments spread across the 3 islands.
Since peace returned to Belfast in the late 1990s, Northern Ireland's capital has undergone an astonishing transformation. Once tied in with sectarian violence and, perhaps cruelly, lumped in with Bosnia, Beiruit and Baghdad on the list of places for globe-trotting tourists to avoid, the city is now a modern, thriving and cosmopolitan hub of hotels, restaurants and family-friendly attractions.
Travelling along the shores of Lough Erne Upper and Lough Erne Lower, you will reach Belleek Pottery, one of the oldest potteries in the world dating from 1857. Today, the visitor centre still displays pieces which date from those early samples over 150 years ago. Touring the pottery, meet and chat with the craftspeople as they produce ceramics that will be exported across the globe.
Belleek Pottery can be found just off the trail of the Wild Atlantic Way
Birr Castle, once home to The 7th Earl of Rosse, is located in the County Offaly town of Birr. While much of the castle itself is not open to the public, the grounds and garden alone are worth the visit.
Blair Athol Whisky Distillery was founded in 1798 by John Steward and Robert Robertson. Today, after changing ownership numerous times over the past few centuries, it is owned by Arthur Bell & Sons and produces the single malt whiskey that is used in the world-famous Bell's Whisky.
Situated five miles north-west of Cork city, Blarney Castle is a solid fixture on almost any tour of Ireland. It is best known for the famous "Blarney Stone" of which visitors are encouraged to kiss, in accordance with a tradition that spans centuries.
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
A family pub that has become something of a 'must-visit' for anyone travelling through the Ring of Kerry in recent years. Set in the idyllic village of Ballycarnahan, and serving some of the best quality pub food in the country.
This illuminated manuscript Gospel book is more than 1000 years old. An ancient text, it is now housed in Trinity College — right in the heart of Dublin. Famous the world over for its rich illustrations, it is generally considered to be Ireland's most treasured relic.
A limestone plateau covering 250 square kilometres, The Burren takes its name quite aptly from the Gaelic for "rocky land" or "great rock". While in one sense very fitting, the name does not do justice to what experts have more justly termed "
one of the world's most stunningly unique natural heritage regions".
The Burren runs alongside the Wild Atlantic Way.
In the village of Bushmills, you will visit the old distillery, which was first permitted to distill whiskey in 1608 by King James I. Enjoy a whiskey tasting in what is thought to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Although its grant to distill was given in 1608, it is believed that the spirit was probably made here 200 years before that!
At the southern-most tip of Summer Cove, on Kinsale Harbour in Co. Cork, awaits the unyielding presence of Charles Fort, a star-shaped stronghold protecting the harbour from sea invaders since its completion in 1682. In recent decades, Irish heritage organizations have restored the fort to the impressive standards it now displays.
Kinsale marks the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way, if you are starting in the south, and the end if you are starting in the north.
Christ Church Cathedral, founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago in 1034. The cathedral crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th Century. Here in the crypt, you can see the Mummified remains of the Cat and the Rat which were found in the cathedral organ and a rare 14th Century copy of the Magna Carta.
Clifden is a tranquil coastal town in the rugged and picturesque landscape of Connemara in County Galway. As the area's largest town it is often referred to as the "capital of Connemara". Clifden is home to the famous Sky Road and Clifden Castle.
Clifden also forms a part of the Wild Atlantic Way route. For more information click here.
One of the most popular and most eagerly anticipated attractions on any Ireland Tour, and the views will not disappoint. They rise to a height of 702ft (214m) and 9 miles (14km) long, these sheer vertical cliffs hold a steady, undulating line against the tireless advance of the Atlantic below. A better view of the sea and setting sun you will not find.
The Cliffs of Moher are a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. For more information click here.
Perched on the banks of the River Shannon, Clonmacnoise is perhaps the foremost of Ireland's monastic cities. For those interested in early Christianity, it is a must-see destination. Enclosed within the ancient city walls are various ecclesiastical ruins including a cathedral, seven ancient churches, three high crosses, round towers and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe — all remarkably well preserved and fascinating to anyone, not just those with a special interest in Ireland's religious history.
Famous as being the Titanic's last port of call before setting off on its ill-fated journey across the Atlantic, Cobh is a town in Cork harbour. Formerly known as Queenstown, until 1920, the town was also the last part of the mainland that prisoners, of the notorious Spike Island, would see before making their 1.8 km boat crossing to their cells.
Connemara, in western County Galway, is a rugged and scenic landscape. Once described as a place of "savage beauty" by Oscar Wilde, Connemara is an expanse of bogs, mountains and lakes.
It's the second-largest city in the Republic but the locals call Cork "the real capital of Ireland". They might not be the most impartial judges, but many visitors are inclined to agree, leaving this compact and alluring destination with an enduring fondness and a full belly: Cork is known throughout Ireland for its exceptional food.
Although Derry's recent transformation is perhaps less dramatic than that of Belfast, visitors who come to Derry expecting a city still darkened by the long shadows of The Troubles will almost certainly be pleasantly surprised. In anticipation of the city's status as UK City of Culture 2013, Derry received considerable investment and underwent a rejuvenating makeover. The famous city walls are up to 8 metres in height and, in places, are 9 metres wide. They were completed in 1618 and were never breached.
Travelling by boast across Lough Erne, you will reach Devenish Island and the ancient monastic settlement which was founded there some 1500 years ago.
Producing whiskey on a modest scale to keep their production at a specialist level. Having manufactured whiskey, gin & vodka since 2012 and bringing hundreds of years of tradition to their methods. Their single malt whiskey has a deliciously unique finish that comes from being matured on the moist, mild south-west coast of Ireland.
Find Dingle Whiskey Distillery along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Dingle is a small fishing town found on the rugged and scenic coastline of west County Kerry. It is a popular destination with holiday goes, especially in the warmer summer months and has a famous bottlenosed dolphin named Fungie living in its bay since 1983.
Explore Dingle further on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Doolin is a coastal village in County Clare. Known as the gateway from the mainland to the Aran Island's and general centre point to some of the west of Ireland's most interesting locations. The Cliffs of Moher lie to the southwest while the Burren lies towards the northeast.
The Dunbrody Famine Ship an authentic reproduction of an 1840's emigrant vessel. Docked in the town of New Ross, County Wexford and featuring a restaurant overlooking the River Barrow.
Luring over Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle has been a fixture of the skyline since the 12th century. The location of Castle Rock, formed on top of an extinct volcano, made it the ideal location to build a defensive fortress. Edinburgh Castle, over the years, has been used as a place to burn 'witches' at the stake, foil rebellions and house prisoners of war. Today it is Scotland's number 1 tourist attraction.
Edinburgh has been Scotland's capital city since the 15th century. It is Scotland's second most populous city, after Glasgow, and is the location of both the Scottish government and monarchy. Edinburgh is seen as the cultural hub of Scotland, with its thriving festival scene attracting 4.4 million visitors to the city in the month of August alone.
Enniskillen is located in the exact centre of County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It has a population of 11,500, making it the largest settlement in the county. Lough Erne is located just outside the town centre.
After seeing a real Irish farm in operation, take time to sit and enjoy the fruits of their labour. You will even learn how they make their delicious home-made scones!
Fasnet Rock, known locally as Fastnet is the most southerly point of Ireland. Lying 6.5km to the southwest of the island of Cape Clear and 13km from the County Cork mainland. The island, which features a lighthouse dating back to 1853, acts as the midway point in one of the world's classic offshore yachting races, the Fastnet Race.
The Brew Pub, located within the original brewery on Cork City's North Mall, is currently one of the city's hot spots. It's a modern pub with an historical twist. The original brewing vat sits in the middle of the beer garden, alongside a huge pizza oven. The latest creations from the brewery are tested by the clientèle and, if the weather holds out, entire evenings can be spent arguing about the best pizza and beer combination.
Located on the Dingle Peninsula, in northwest County Kerry, the Gallarus Oratory is a stone structure that's history is not entirely clear. Thought to have been an early Christian church, a Romanesque and/or shelter for pilgrims.
Galway City is seen as the cultural and artistic hub of Ireland. Take time to enjoy the artisanal food and relaxed, bohemian vibes of this unique city.
Galway City and Salthill Promenade form part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The county of Galway also includes the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points of Killary Harbour, Cleggan Harbour and Sky Road. For more information click here.
Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage site, known in Gaelic as Clochán na bhFomhórach or Clochán an Aifir, The Giant's Causeway is an area of 40,000 basalt columns, formed into a regular interlocking pattern by an ancient volcanic lava flow.
Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow and the oldest cathedral on the Scottish mainland (Built in the 12th century). It is located where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, is thought to have built his church. Saint Mungo's tomb is found in the cathedral's lower crypt. Today the cathedral is publicly owned and is the responsibility of the Historic Environment Scotland Group.
With a population of 621,020, Glasgow is Scotland's most populous city (3rd in the UK). The people of Glasgow are known as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies" and are often noted by visitors as have a very distinct, sometimes hard to understand, way of speaking, known as the Glasgow patter. During the industrial revolution Glasgow became a centre of shipbuilding and marine engineering and saw its population and economy grow rapidly. Today Glasgow remains a commercial hub of the UK and a city that continues to attract a large number of tourists every year.
An ancient monastic settlement, Glendalough (meaning: Valley of the Two Lakes) presents today's visitors with a chance to walk not only through the idyllic hills of Ireland's East, but also through the rough-hewn landscapes of ancient Irish history. The steep wooded slopes of Glendalough harbour one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic settlements. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years. Founded in the Fifth Century by St. Kevin, the settlement would grow to be very powerful, at its zenith, some four hundred years later. By the start of the Fifteenth Century, this stronghold was in decline but the stone monuments and buildings remain as evocative and powerful today as they surely must have been then.
Glengarriff is a coastal village in the idyllic West Cork region of southwest Ireland. A smaller enclave in the Bantry Bay area, Glengarriff is a booming tourist destination during the summer months and a sleepy fishing village during the rest of the year.
Nestled in the Derryveagh Mountains of County Donegal, the Glenveagh National Park is a sprawling landscape of rugged Irish beauty. Covering nearly 25,000 acres, the park has some dramatic mountain scenery and protects the largest herd of red deer in Ireland.
Sitting just inside the famous Derry City Walls, Guild Hall Derry is an auburn brick landmark of the city. Built by the Irish Society in 1887 and featuring neo-gothic architecture, a tour of the hall reveals the fascinating story of the building's past.
Guinness is more than just a brand, indeed, more than just a beer. And that's not just for the Irish, but for the many millions of Guinness-drinkers worldwide. The site of the brewery itself is massive, at a staggering 26 hectares, but it will be the old grain storehouse that you visit. Shaped like a giant pint of the black stuff, this most popular of Dublin attractions towers over the surrounding neighbourhoods, with the top-floor Gravity Bar offering a delightful panorama across the Dublin cityscape which can only be enhanced by a well-earned pint to cap-off your visit.
Hook Head is one of the world's oldest operational lighthouse. Found in the picturesque landscape of County Wexford. Built for purpose 800 years ago, by Knight William Marshal. Today you can enjoy a guided tour, taking you back into the day to day life of a lightkeeper in medieval times.
Farms and rural life have always been at the heart of Irish cultural life. And they have remained largely unspoiled by the ravages of time. Compared to the modern, large-scale farming of North America, this visit will feel like a step back in time! We invite you to enjoy a home-cooked lunch on a traditional Irish farm, meeting the local people whose families have worked this land for generations.
Learn the fascinating history of Irish whiskey, it's incredible rise to prominence, dramatic fall and recent resurgence. Sample some of the world's most loved Irish whiskey, as well as some of the new upstarts causing a stir in the Irish whiskey scene.
The Old Midleton Distillery is home to Ireland's other globally-recognizable tipple, Jameson's Whiskey. While Jameson's is enjoyed by millions worldwide, you don't need to be a whiskey-drinker to enjoy this fascinating visitor experience. There is much to discover here for everyone.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was opened in 1901 having been partly funded by the proceeds of the International Exhibition, held in the area in 1888. Kelvingrove Park, where the gallery stands, is situated near the campus of the University of Glasgow. After a 3 year closure for refurbishments, the gallery was reopened in 2006 by Queen Elizabeth II. Works by Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro & van Gogh can be found amounts the over 8,000 strong collections of art.
Kilbeggan is a small pot distillery located on the shores of the River Brosna, County Westmeath. The distillery is the world's oldest, dating back to 1757, and a visit showcases many of the methods, from bygone eras, which are still in use today.
The location of the castle has been historically significant since Strongbow constructed the first building a wooden tower, in 1195, to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. William the Earl Marshall built the first stone castle on the site, in 1260.
Muckross Estate, in the town of Killarney, County Kerry was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932. Its grounds became Ireland's first national park and, over time, it has expanded to encompass nearly 25,500 acres. The jewel in the crown of the park is its majestic lakes, Lough Leane (the lower lake), Muckross Lake (the middle lake), and the Upper Lake. These lakes make up a quarter of the park's area and continue to draw admirers in huge numbers ever since the park first opened.
Killarney National Parks & Lakes are located a short distance from the town of Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Though perhaps offering fewer historical and cultural attractions than its west-coast counterparts, Killarney more than makes up for this with the welcoming bustle of the town itself and the staggering natural beauty of its neighbouring namesake, the Killarney National Park just five minutes' drive away.
At Nancy's Point just outside Leenane Village you will board the "Connemara Lady" for a spectacular 90-minute cruise on Ireland's only fjord. Cruising the sheltered Killary Harbour Fjord is the ideal way to take in the dramatic sweep of the landscape, as you pass between the Twelve Bens and the Maam Turk mountains to the South, in County Galway, and the Mweelrea mountains to the North, in County Mayo. Not to mention the views out to the Atlantic at the mouth of the fjord.
Killary Harbour is also one of the Signature Discovery Points found along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Dear to the hearts of the Irish people. Kilmainham Gaol is truly a must-see location steeped in Irish history. This is where members of the 1916 rising were imprisoned and executed by the British. It was built in 1796. It was also a filming location for the original Italian Job movie and many others.
Kinsale is found on the southern coast of County Cork. It is a port and fishing town that attracts large numbers of tourists, especially in the summer months. The main activities in Kinsale include yachting, sea angling, and golf. in 1601 a Spanish Armadas landed in the town in the hopes of combining with Irish rebel forces to take on the British. Eventually, The British won and continued to rule over Kinsale and Ireland for another 300 years.
Kinsale marks the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way if you are starting in the south, and the end if you are starting in the north. Kinsale is also home to the Old Head Golf Links, the world-famous golf course based on the headland where a lighthouse was first established in the 17th century. The Old Head of Kinsale is also the closest point of land to where the RMS Lusitania was sunk in 1915. The Old Head of Kinsale is also a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Kylemore Abbey is not only one of Ireland's most attractive buildings; since 1920, it has also been home to the Sisters of the Benedictine Order in Ireland. Even today, Kylemore continues to operate as a working Abbey: here, the sisters live, work and pray, as well as welcome visitors from across the globe. Kylemore Abbey's greatest attraction is its location. Nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains, it is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic locations.
Kylemore Abbey can be viewed along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Listowel is a traditional market town located in County Kerry. Its closest major town is Tralee, found 28km to the southwest.
Loch Ness is the second largest loch (lake) in Scotland, after Loch Lomond and the deepest on the British Isles. It is most famous for the alleged presence of a creature known as the Loch Ness Monster or "Nessie". Nessie came about through stories past down from generation to generation, a few dodgy photos from the 1930s and an "official" sonar reading from around the same time. It is the U.S equivalent of Big Foot, real only in the minds of those who choose to believe... or is it?
To reach the Devenish Island monastic site, we will be travelling by boat across the beautiful Lough Erne, a journey taken by all visitors to this sacred place across the centuries, from faithful pilgrims to marauding invaders.
Located on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Malin Head is the most northerly point on the island of Ireland. The surrounding area is renowned for its stunning beaches and rugged coastal landscape.