This small group tour is packed full of incredible sights and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. From the amazing panoramas of the South West to Jedi spotting on an optional trip to the other worldly Skellig Michael, see Ireland in all its glory at a leisurely pace. Without ever feeling rushed, we pack so many incredible sights and activities into this 7-day Ireland itinerary! For a different experience over the same timeframe, check out our Emerald Explorer 7-day Ireland Tour.
Say goodbye to the capital city and travel south to kiss the Blarney Stone – a great start to your magical adventure. Continue on to Cobh to see the last port of call for the Titanic as it set sail on its doomed maiden voyage.
Take a guided, leisurely amble across the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher with the roaring Atlantic Ocean bellowing below.
The Killarney National Park beckons. Muckross House and Gardens makes for a stunning stop-off point. A short boat trip across Galway Bay is next to explore the Aran Islands where you will take a bike ride or optional jaunting cart to the ancient prehistoric ring fort of Dún Aonghusa.
From castles, culture, stately homes and fairy forts, it’s time to soak up the atmosphere in Bohemian Galway City.
This 7-Day Overland Ireland Tour offers a genuine and real experience of Ireland you wont find in guide books or movies. Meet the locals, sample our delicacies and see many of our greatest wonders as you embark on the small group tour that packs in everything from gentle island hopping to a spot of city shopping.
So, what are you waiting for? Overland Ireland will help you plan your Jewel Ireland to Island memories. Get in touch today.
Tours can be operated in reverse and combined with other tours that follow the same route for the best guest experience.
We are one of the only tour companies to include as much as we can into your tour price. So there are no hidden surprises on your tour, and this takes away the hassle about thinking of unexpected charges.
You will notice the list of what’s included is very abundant and covers entrance fees, transport, accommodation and kayaking to name a few!
Our quest is to bring your price down and your tour experience up… to the max!
If you have any specific dietary preferences or requirements, please let us know as we can cater this tour to vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians. It’s also worth noting that all of the fish served to our guests is responsibly sourced and as fresh as it gets!
Our Irish adventure begins as our small group tour leaves Dublin and heads south to Cobh, in County Cork – one of the world’s finest natural harbours and where the last 123 passengers boarded the doomed Titanic on her maiden voyage.
As we journey through County Cork with its wild beaches and jagged peninsulas, we’ll take in the 1000, year old Medieval Rock of Cashel. Your expert local guide will bring you on a tour of the well-preserved round tower, Cormac’s chapel, and the breath-taking cathedral and castle! Take the first of many jealousy inducing photos of this historical masterpiece!
After building up a thirst, we’ll make our way to the world-famous Midleton Distillery, dating from the 17th century and home to some of the best whiskies in the world. There is so much to taste and learn at this oldest distillery whiskey museum and visitor centre and we’ll enjoy lunch and a tour with a few cheeky samples!
The night will be spent in Cobh, soaking up the beautiful harbour views, colourful houses and bustling nightlife.
Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes excluding stops
Start your day with the Cobh Titanic Experience. This tour will take you on an emotional journey of the last passengers who boarded the Titanic. Find out their fate when you complete the tour!
Before embarking on our small group tour of Kerry, you can tick off a very important item on your Ireland bucket list – kissing the Blarney Stone! Here, you’ll receive the “gift of the gab” and will soon be talking like the loquacious locals. We’ll then explore Blarney with its beautiful grounds, gardens and castle and rock- up close.
After lunch, we’ll enter the panoramic Kingdom of Kerry, where your guide will give you some time off to wander the streets, shops and delights of picturesque Kenmare. This is your gateway to the Ring of Kerry experience – Ireland’s most scenic and celebrated drive.
Tonight, we travel towards the little fishing village of Portmagee with its twinkling harbour lights to get ready for our first island trip to Skellig Michael. For those who prefer ‘terra firma’, we’ve another excellent option up our sleeves.
Total driving time: 3 hours 45 minutes excluding stops
There are only a very select few places on this planet that can be described as “out of this world” and Skellig Michael is unquestionably one of these. Today we will journey to a “galaxy far, far away” and go Jedi Spotting. But before it was Luke Skywalker’s sanctuary, it was home to monks who used its perfectly preserved beehive huts to pray and contemplate.
This is a sublime sanctuary, home to much wildlife and natural fauna; a place of peace and power where the presence of the monks can still be felt.
However, if you’d rather stay on dry land, your guide will take you to visit the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the great Irish liberator, orator, lawyer, politician and statesman. Derrynane House, near the white dunes of Caherdaniel Strand, is a 19th century residence which is home to many of our famous patriot’s personal artefacts.
And if the walls could talk, they’d tell of debates, rebellions, United Irishmen, nearby fairy kingdoms to explore, beach walks to undertake and an Ogham Stone, featuring the oldest form of Irish writing. After this cultural extravaganza, it’s off for a gentle walk around Bray Head where you’ll be treated to an oceanic panorama of the rugged beauty of the Skelligs and nearby Valentia island. After a great day of sightseeing on land or at sea, it’s off to enjoy Killarney – The capital of Kerry.
Total driving time: 1 hours 45 minutes excluding stops
Our day begins with red deer spotting in the spectacular Killarney National Park, as we casually wander down one of its numerous trails on foot or by bike. Discover Muckross House and gardens, Torc Waterfall and many other beautiful spots along the way. There is always an option to go jaunting around the park and sights if you feel like relaxing today!
From Killarney we will make a short drive to Inch Beach to stretch our legs and refresh for an afternoon on the stunning Dingle Peninsula.
Tonight, we stay in the celebrated, cozy coastal town of Dingle where the evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere of Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and impromptu traditional music sessions. This just might be the location for that perfect pint of Guinness or two!
Total driving time: 3 hours excluding stops
Today, before we leave the Kingdom of Kerry, we watch man’s best friend show off his finely-honed skills, during a sheepdog demonstration. Next, we take the short ferry ride to County Clare, home of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the spectacular Burren National Park.
From Caherdaniel to the Cliffs, we are spoiled for natural beauty. We will take a gentle walk along the cliffs with the roaring Wild Atlantic providing the perfect soundtrack! Your Overland Ireland guide will take you off the beaten track and point out secret passages that you won’t find on the typical tourist route. Friends back at home will be very envious when you show them your snaps at this stunning landmark.
The evening belongs to the fishing village of Doolin, with its colourful houses and its trio of pubs. Known as the traditional Irish music capital of Ireland’, you’ll get a ‘session’ all year round.
Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes excluding stops
It’s only a short trip from the mainland to Inishmore – the largest of the Aran Islands. The magnificent Aran Islands are romantically remote and have inspired many a poet and playwright! Sharpen your pencil before hopping aboard!
Sit in comfort as we traverse the island, taking in the many ancient sites as they unfold. If you fancy seeing the island by Jaunting car or by electric bike we will make this happen (these are optional extras) Landmarks include the medieval Christian ruins of the Seven Churches and Clochán na Carraige. We will visit the famous ring fort of Dún Aonghasa, which lies a staggering 100m over Galway Bay.
Learn a few words of Gaelic from the locals and treat yourself to a feast of seafood before making our way back to Rossaveal Pier in County Galway. From here we will take a short drive to the picturesque market town of Clifden which is nestled between the Twelve Bens mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean.
Total driving time: 1 hour excluding stops
Your final day on the Ireland to Island tour will not disappoint. Today you will travel through Connemara National Park on route to Ireland’s capital of culture – Galway City. Before you lose yourself on the bustling streets of bohemian Galway we will take a short hike on Diamond Hill in the heart of Connemara where you will be spoiled with panoramic views of the hills and valleys.
In Galway we will take a historic tour of the city and you will have some free time to soak up the atmosphere. Street performers, live music and dance and colourful locals will keep you entertained during your stay. Sit back and relax in one of their award winning cafes and restaurants and watch the world go by.
Late afternoon you will be taken back to Dublin City armed with recommendations of places to see and things to do if you have a couple of days left in the Emerald Isle. On the journey back over 40 shades of green, why not reminisce about your time on this best small tour group ever!
Total driving time: 4 hours excluding stops