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Coast to Coast 5-Day Driving Tour of Ireland

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  • Can be booked as a private tour
  • Local Irish Guides

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  • Expertly Designed Itineraries
  • Support Concierge Service
  • Overland Ireland Virtual Tour Guide
  • Fully Comprehensive Insurance

  • Self-Drive
  • 5 Days
  • 1-4 people (Get in touch for groups of 5+)

Your Coast to Coast Ireland Road-Trip Starts Here!

The Coast to Coast 5-day self-driving tour of Ireland is one of our zingiest Irish Adventure Tours to date! So, if you want the perfect mix of culture and adventure, then look no further. Your tour along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has everything we could possibly fit into a 5 day Ireland road trip itinerary. Because we use local guides, you’re guaranteed to have a genuine Irish experience.

This tour of Ireland begins in the Viking capital of Ireland – Dublin and it carries you all the way to the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way. We provide you with an expertly packaged 5-day driving tour of Ireland itinerary to help you experience the real Ireland by yourself, with the help of our expert local guides.

You will visit some of the most stunning sights of the Ring of Kerry. Put some zing into your tour by kayaking in Dingle Bay. This really is an action-packed adventure in Ireland bursting at the seams with rich scenery, heritage, history, culture, castles, and experiences. Cycle through the lakes and mountains of Killarney National Park and go off the beaten path on the Dingle Peninsula and kiss the Blarney Stone.

Take a walk along the stunning Cliffs of Moher on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Soak up the unique atmosphere in the bustling bohemian city of Galway. Taste modern Irish cuisine paired with Irish craft beer, and experience the warmth of our legendary Irish hospitality.

Book with Confidence

  • Expertly Designed Itineraries
  • Support Concierge Service
  • Overland Ireland Virtual Tour Guide
  • Fully Comprehensive Insurance

Due to our tours’ remote, off-the-beaten-path locations, and the fact that we cannot guarantee that all accommodation partners have ramps and/or elevators, unfortunately, our tours are not wheelchair accessible.

Read the itinerary for this 5-day driving tour of Ireland below. And if you’d like a little more Ireland inspiration, you might also like to browse our collection of Small Group Tours of Ireland. After all: these tours are how we got started. And if independence is your thing, check out the rest of our Self-drive Tours of Ireland.

Paddy - The Pocket Pilot

Paddy the Pocket Pilot App

Every Self-Drive Tour booked with Overland Ireland comes with exceptional service, guided itinerary and extras, such as our Paddy the Pocket Pilot App, as standard. So, if you’re looking for an independent way to see Ireland with all the benefits and surprises of a guided tour with pre-booked “tried & loved” accommodation, you’re in good hands. But don’t take our word for it, check out our tour group reviews here.

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What is included and excluded in your 5-day Ireland road trip?

We are one of the only tour companies to include as much as we can into your tour price. We aim to have no hidden surprises or unexpected charges on your tour.

Our quest is to keep costs down and experiences up! We have worked really hard to get you the best deals up and down the country for you.

We can cater this tour to vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians.

Included

  • Paddy the Pocket Pilot App
  • Top class accommodation in carefully chosen locally run guesthouses. We also have options of hotels and castle experiences
  • A hearty breakfast each morning to set you up for the day
  • Detailed and easy to follow daily itineraries
  • Simple maps and instructions on how to navigate your way around our beautiful country
  • All entrance fees to all national parks on your itinerary
  • Tour support throughout your journey. We are always available for a chat should you need us
  • Daily hidden gem locations revealed by our expert guides
  • Daily food and entertainment recommendations
  • Blarney castle entrance
  • Dingle Kayaking
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Galway walking tour

Excluded

  • Parking and motorway toll fees
  • Fuel - for you car and of course your body! Petrol, lunch and dinner are on your own!
  • Jaunting (horse and cart)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Shannon ferry
  • Cliffs of Moher parking
  • Killarney bike hire
  • A driver guide (check out our fully-guided tours)
  • The self-control to leave stunning locations and be brave enough to discover all the other wonderful places on your itinerary
  • Some suggested activities and experiencesWe can arrange these for you, but you may be making payment directly to the activity/experience provider i.e. horse-riding, jaunting (horse drawn carriage)
  • Airfare to Ireland
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Private room upgrade for solo travellersMandatory

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Coast to Coast 5-Day Tour of Ireland

Itinerary for this 5-day Driving Tour of Ireland

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Day 1Cork – The Rebel County

Total driving distance & time: 300 km – 4 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

It’s time to fire up your Paddy the Pocket Pilot App and leave Dublin to start your adventure of a lifetime. You will make your way to the rebel, County Cork located in the stunning south west.

Make a stop en-route for a fantastic tour at the famous medieval round tower, chapel and cathedral of The Rock of Cashel.

Lonely Planet describes Cork as “at the top of its game, sophisticated, vibrant and diverse” and we completely agree. Locals would argue that it is the REAL capital of Ireland. Begin your Cork experience with a kiss of the Blarney Stone. Then take the time to explore the stunning gardens, castle and rock close.

One of our favourite locations is the historic port and fishing town of Kinsale. The town is known for its castles, forts, galleries and shops, arts & crafts, and the recently launched Kinsale Gourmet Academy. You will spend the first night of your Irish Tour in this stunning harbour town, which is also renowned for its award-winning restaurants and dramatic scenery. Ask Paddy for some recommendations and reservations this evening.

Day 2Sites Along the Ring of Kerry

Total driving distance & time: 150 km – 2 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

Today you will drive into the Kingdom of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry awaits you with hidden gems as you journey through Moll’s Gap and Torc Waterfall before enjoying a two-hour cycle in Killarney National Park. This bike ride is a dream for nature lovers! There are various trails to choose from, so which one you follow is up to you! Each has its own unique splendour and charm. You can also go jaunting (horse and cart) through the park.

Tonight, you will stay in Dingle, the renowned cosy coastal town full of character. The evening is yours to soak up the atmosphere in its quirky pubs and famous restaurants. There’s a good chance you will stumble into an unforgettable traditional music session too!

If you’re looking for that all-important perfect pint of Guinness, Dingle might just be the place for it!

Day 3Dingle

Total driving distance & time: 2 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops – a leisurely drive

No Overland tour could be complete without a morning kayaking trip in Dingle Bay! Get a completely new perspective of the stunning coastline as you paddle on the open sea. Alternatively, if kayaking is not your thing, you can take an exhilarating hike up Mount Brandon with 360-degree views of Dingle Bay and Castlegregory!

We will then send you on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head Drive. There’s no need to repack your suitcases as you will spend a second night in the bustling town of Dingle. Simply relax and enjoy your carefully handpicked accommodation.

Day 4The Cliffs of Moher – Doolin

Total driving distance & time: 3 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

Your self-drive adventure continues as you say farewell to Dingle and travel north over the Conor Pass, taking in incredible views of Castlegregory Beach. Cross the River Shannon by ferry and leave southwest Ireland behind.

The ferry brings you to County Clare, home to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Today, you will explore the cliffs by foot on a captivating wander. Feel the fresh, invigorating air and dramatic coastline embrace you!

We send you off the beaten path and guide you to all the hidden passages that truly outshine the main tourist hot spots. Capture this experience with photos that will strike envy in everyone back home! The views here are awe-inspiring and steeped in myth and wonder. Listen to the wild roar of the vast Atlantic Ocean as it crashes into the cliffs below.

Spend the evening in the most welcoming and colourful village of Doolin, the hometown of traditional Irish music.

Day 5Galway – The City of the Tribes

Total driving distance & time: 1 hour 30 minutes, excluding stops

Say goodbye to Doolin via the Burren National Park en-route to Galway. Your route takes in a visit to the portal tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen.

You are in for a treat this morning. Our local farmer at Caherconnell will amaze you with a sheepdog show! Watching the border collies work with the farmer is fascinating and a true taste of Irish heritage.

As you travel to Galway you will have a quick photo-op at the 16th Century castle, Dunguaire Castle which is located in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara.

Galway is known globally as a city of festivals and was awarded the European capital of culture in 2020. This medieval city is true living history as many buildings date back hundreds of years and now serve as shops, restaurants and bars. Brightly-painted pubs heave with live music, while cafés offer front-row seats for observing street performers, musicians and local characters.

Enjoy a historical walking tour and taste modern Irish cuisines paired with Irish craft beer. After discovering Galway’s hidden gems, enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and craic in this much-celebrated city. Watch Irish dancing and feel yourself toe tapping to the pulse of pure Celtic music and dance.

If you have more time left in Ireland we can link you up to some of our other magnificent self-drive experiences.

Note: To confirm your booking, you are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €300 per person for Self-Drive tours.

Due to our tours’ remote, off-the-beaten-path locations, and the fact that we cannot guarantee that all accommodation partners have ramps and/or elevators, unfortunately, our tours are not wheelchair accessible.

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    Note: This is our current itinerary for this year. If you’re booking for next year, the plan could change slightly. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this or our other tours!