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South and West Wanderer 8-Day Self-Drive Ireland Tour

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

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

Explore Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on this self guided driving tour of Ireland

On all our driving tours through Ireland, we believe that the best way to discover Ireland is through adventure! On this South and West Wanderer self-drive tour of Ireland you will hike, bike your way around our favorite places and experience as many cultural and authentically Irish activities we can manage to squeeze into your itinerary. Feel amazing out in the fresh Irish air and get blown away by the hidden gems and hotspots we have in store for you. We offer you a huge range of hiking trails, leisurely cycles, and alternative activities to keep you active and entertained on your road trip around Ireland.

Treat yourself to the sights along the famous Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, and the Dingle Peninsula. Learn the history of Ireland’s many castles, harbor towns and indulge in a distillery tour. Let our team at Overland take care of you and send you on a whirlwind self-guided driving adventure around Cork, Kerry, and County Clare.

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.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this amazing 8-day Self-Drive Ireland Tour, but if you’re still looking for the perfect trip for you, you might also like to check out our complete range of Self-Drive Tours of Ireland or our always-popular Small Group Tours of Ireland.

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Paddy the Pocket Pilot App

When you book a Self-Drive Ireland Tour with us, you get a guided itinerary, outstanding service, and extras, like our Paddy the Pocket Pilot App, as standard. So, if you want to hit the road and explore Ireland independently, but with all the benefits of a guided tour created by local experts (including pre-booked “tried & loved” accommodation), you’re in good hands with Overland. But don’t take our word for it… read our tour group reviews!

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What's included and excluded on your 8-day Self-Drive Ireland Tour

At Overland Ireland, we believe in including as much as possible in your tour price. We’re one of the only tour companies that tries to ensure you have no unexpected charges or hidden surprises on your tour.

We aim to keep experiences up while driving costs down! The Overland team has worked hard to find you the best deals possible all over Ireland.

We can also cater this tour to vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians, so please let us know if you have any dietary preferences or requirements.

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
  • Kinsale Walking Tour
  • Dingle Electric Bike OR Dingle Kayaking
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Burren Bike Hire

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
  • 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
  • Dursey Cable Car – Cannot be prepaid. First come first served.
  • Killarney bike hire
  • Private room upgrade for solo travellersMandatory

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South and West Wanderer 8-Day Tour of Ireland

8-Day Self-drive Ireland Tour Itinerary

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Day 1:Rock of Cashel – Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Total driving distance & time: 250 km – 4 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

To whet your appetite for your ultimate road-trip around Ireland, we will arrange a tour for you at the Medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle at The Rock of Cashel! A fantastic stop to get you in the mood for what awaits you on tour.

Next up it’s time to stretch your legs with an 8km coastal cliff walk at Ballycotton flanked by meadows to your right and the wild Atlantic Ocean to your left! This is a 2 hour hike taken at an easy pace.

Before departing for the harbor town of Kinsale we recommend stopping for lunch at Ballymaloe House en-route. Make sure to leave room for their delicious sweet treats.

Tonight, you will spend a glorious evening exploring the amazing eateries and entertainment spots in Kinsale. Rest your head in our carefully handpicked guesthouse accommodation.

Day 2:Kinsale – Beara Peninsula

Total driving distance & time: 140 km – 2 hours, excluding stops

Wake up with a spring in your step and let our friend and local guide, Barry, take you on a historical walking tour of Kinsale – a favorite tour among our guests.

You will take a short drive to the coastline of Kinsale and take a leisurely 6km hike around the Old Head of Kinsale. The breath-taking views, ancient ruins, lighthouse and the site of the torpedoed site of the Lusitania will help you work up an appetite.

Spend a couple of hours browsing the colorful shops and cafes in Kinsale before a scenic drive through the Healy Pass to Castletownbere on the Beara peninsula. Paddy the Pocket Pilot will point you in the direction of some hidden gems off the normal tourist route!

Day 3:Dursey Island Tour – Killarney

Total driving distance & time: 95 km – 1 hour 50 minutes, excluding stops

From Castletownbere you will make a small journey to Dursey Island by cable car! Your day today is going to be spent hiking around Dursey Island with Paddy the Pocket Pilot as your own personal tour guide to enlighten you with stories, history and get your heart pumping discovering every inch of this hidden island. This is a 13 km loop walk around the most westerly Island off Cork. With 8 inhabitants on the island and no distractions you will really enjoy discovering it’s remote charm and tranquility. It is an easy to moderate trail.

This afternoon you will venture from County Cork into the Kingdom of Kerry towards Killarney. We highly recommend a stop in the picturesque town of Kenmare. It will feel like you are transported into an Irish movie set!

Settle into Killarney and get a good night’s rest in preparation for your experiences tomorrow.

Day 4:Ross Castle – Torc Mountain

Total driving distance & time: 170 km – 3 hours 30 minutes.
This is the entire Ring of Kerry. We recommend that you do a section of it this afternoon.

Now that you have eased yourself into a few hikes, it is time to challenge yourself a little more with a hike up Torc Mountain on the Ring of Kerry. At the summit you will be treated to 360-degree panoramic views of Killarney Lakes and National Park and the MacGillicuddy’s Reeks. The distance is an easy to moderate incline of 7.5km and you can take it at your own pace, spending 2/3 hours taking in the views and stopping for some great photo opportunities.

Rest your legs and treat yourself to lunch at Moll’s Gap and spend the late afternoon driving on the Ring of Kerry.

No need to pack your bags tonight as you will spend another night in Killarney. Let our team make some recommendations and reservations for you through our app. We will be with you every step of our self-drive tour if you need us.

Day 5:Killarney National Park – Inch Beach

Total driving distance & time: 65 km – 1 hour 30 minutes, excluding stops

Today you will explore Killarney National Park by bike. Whether it’s old country manors, lakeside views, heritage, flora, and fauna you are after you will find it on one of the trails in this 102km park. Wander around Muckross House, hug the lake trail, and go see Torc Waterfall for some envy-inducing photos! You will lose yourself for a couple of hours in this little slice of heaven.

Cycling in the park is at your own pace and depending on stops (we recommend a slice of apple tart and a cup of tea at the coffee shop) should take around 3 hours to explore.

If you feel a little on the lazy side there are plenty of local jaunting (pony and cart) drivers to take you on a magic tour of the park!

Say goodbye to Killarney and get excited about your next destination – Dingle! You will make a pit stop at the famous Inch Beach to stretch your legs and maybe have a beachside treat at Sammy’s Café.

The evening is yours to discover Dingle and absorb its charming atmosphere. Treat your tastebuds in its fantastic restaurants and enjoy a drink in its famous quirky pubs. Consider heading to Foxy John’s hardware store… order yourself a drink, take a seat, and strike up a conversation with a colourful local!

Day 6:Dingle Peninsula – Slea Head

Total driving distance & time: depends on choice of activity.

We have 3 options for an amazing day on the Dingle Peninsula. You decide what will put a smile on your face today. Your trusty pocket pilot will be on hand to show you the options.

Hop on an electric bike and cycle along the Slea Head drive. The sites and stops along this coastal route are truly magnificent.

Alternatively, why not take a hike up Mount Brandon for unreal views of Dingle Bay and Castlegretory?

One of our favourite activities we recommend is kayaking in Dingle Bay. Spend the morning exploring the sea caves and soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery from a different perspective out in Dingle Harbour.

Each activity is approximately 3 hours and you can do this at an easy pace. Mount Brandon is a moderately difficult hike and could bring you to 4 hours up and down but highly rewarding.

The afternoon will be spent indulging in the delights of Dingle’s Distillery. There you will sample their award-winning whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world.

Explore Dingle’s celebrated traditional Irish music scene tonight and maybe have your dinner Al-Fresco – Fish and Chips at the pier!

Day 7:The Cliffs of Moher – Doolin

Total driving distance & time: 230 km – 3 hours 20 minutes, excluding stops.

Today, before you leave the Kingdom of Kerry, you will watch a local sheepdog show off his finely-honed skills, during a sheepdog demonstration. Next, take the ferry to County Clare, home of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the natural beauty of the Burren National Park.

You will hike for 3 hours along the Cliffs with the roaring Wild Atlantic ocean providing the perfect backdrop! We will give you the perfect route off the beaten track. There are many secret passages that we will tell you about that are not on the typical tourist route. Friends at home will definitely be very envious when you share your snaps from this stunning landmark.

A couple of minutes from the cliffs you will spend the evening in the most welcoming and colourful fishing village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music. Your accommodation is super easy to find through the Paddy App.

Day 8:Burren National Park - Dublin

Total driving distance & time: 265 km – 3 hours 25 minutes, excluding stops

From Doolin, we will organize bicycle rental so you can explore Burren National Park! All you need to do is pick up your bikes and get pedalling! Riding for three hours at a steady pace is perfect for this adventure. Treat your eyes to incredible views of Galway Bay and some of the most extraordinary landscapes in Ireland. Spend time roaming the huge expanse of limestone ridges and discover this unique ecosystem’s wonderful flora and fauna.

There’s one more lunch to enjoy before you bid a fond farewell to the Wild West and make your way back to Dublin. A stop at Clonmacnoise can be a welcome break on this leg of the journey.

It’s time to turn off your car’s engine, dry those tears, and sit back and reflect on everything you have experienced over the last eight days. Do you have some time left before leaving the Emerald Isle? The Overland Ireland team is more than happy to share some amazing recommendations for things to keep you entertained and well-fed in Dublin’s fair city.

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!