Spectacular South & West 5-Day Tour of Ireland

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Your Action-Packed Adventure Begins Here!

This Zest, Spectacular South & West extravaganza is one of our zingiest Ireland Adventure Tours to date! So, if you want the perfect mix of culture and adventure, then look no further. This small group tour along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has everything we could possibly fit into a 5 day Irish itinerary. And because we use local guides, you’re guaranteed to have a the genuine Irish experience. 

This tour of Ireland begins in the Viking capital of Dublin and it carries you all the way to the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way, but first we stop to kiss the Blarney Stone — because no trip to Ireland is complete without receiving “the gift of the gab”.

You will visit some of the most stunning sights of the Ring of Kerry, with highlights like Moll’s Gap and Torc Waterfall. Put some zing into your tour with the choice of surfing at Inch Beach or kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay. This really is an action-packed adventure in Ireland, and we can’t wait for you to experience our country’s stunning natural beauty first hand. Cycle through the lakes and mountains of Killarney National Park and go off the beaten path on the Dingle Peninsula. For a similar active Ireland tour that lasts a little longer, check out our 7-day Great Atlantic Adventure.

Take a hike 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 and sample its many culinary delights. Taste modern Irish cuisine paired with Irish craft beer, and experience the warmth of our legendary Irish hospitality.

This 5-day active tour of Ireland is jam-packed with experiences, scenery, castles, history, heritage, culture and wildlife and will leave you with the memories to last a lifetime! Read the entire 5-day itinerary below and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Start planning your dream Ireland trip with Overland Ireland!

Tours can be operated in reverse and combined with other tours that follow the same route for the best guest experience.

What is included and excluded in your tour?

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!

Included

  • 4 nights local guest house accommodation, carefully selected by our team
  • Professional qualified Irish tour guide
  • Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay or Surfing
  • Distillery tour
  • Cycling tours
  • Guided Cliffs of Moher Hike
  • Food Tour
  • Sheepdog Trials Show
  • Great breakfast
  • Transport to all locations by air-conditioned mini coach
  • Blarney Castle Entrance
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Go-Bus transport to Dublin
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Private Room Upgrade for Solo Travellers

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Spectacular South & West Active Tour of Ireland

Itinerary

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Day 1: SundayCork, the Rebel County

The zingiest of our Zest, Ireland Adventure Tours, will leave Dublin and travel to County Cork which is located in the stunning South West of Ireland. As we make our way to our first destination, we will stop en-route for a fantastic photo opportunity 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 and may you be granted “the gift of the gab”. Then take the time to explore the stunning gardens, castle and rock close.

Let our local expert guide you through your Cork experience with a walking tour in 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. We will spend the first night of our Ireland Tour in this stunning harbor town, which is also renowned for its award-winning restaurants and dramatic scenery. Kinsale is a place where boredom is an impossibility.

Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

Day 2: MondayThe Ring of Kerry

We depart Kinsale where our route will take us towards the Ring of Kerry. The trip is filled with many hidden gems as we journey through Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and will give our active small tour group a chance to take on a two-hour cycle around Killarney National Park. Your cycle through the park is a nature lover’s dream and you will have a choice of trails to follow, each offering their own unique splendor.

Tonight, we stay in the celebrated, cozy coastal town of Dingle. The evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and stumble across unforgettable traditional music sessions. This just might be the location for that perfect pint of Guinness.

Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

Day 3: TuesdayDingle

No adventure tour could be complete without a morning kayaking trip in Dingle Bay where will be able to meet the town’s most famous local, Fungie the dolphin. Alternatively, if kayaking is not your thing you can hit the surf at Inch Beach and catch some Wild Atlantic Waves!

Let our expert guides take you on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head Drive and finish off your perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. There you will sample their award-winning whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world.

We spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle, so you don’t need to repack your suitcases. Just relax and enjoy.

Total driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

Day 4: WednesdayCliffs of Moher & Lahinch

Our adventure continues as we leave Dingle and travel North and take in the stunning views of Castlegregory Beach. We then cross the River Shannon by ferry to leave the South West behind.

The ferry brings us to County Clare which is home to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Today we will explore the cliffs by foot on a two and half hour breathtaking hike while the fresh air and dramatic coastline embraces us! We take you off the beaten track and our local guide will show you all the secret passages that truly outshine the main tourist hot spots. Capture this experience with envy-inducing photos. The views are steeped in myth and wonder. Listen to the roar of the Wild Atlantic Ocean echo your name on the waves of bliss.

Spend the evening in the most welcoming and colorful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.

Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

Day 5: ThursdayGalway, The City of the Tribes

We leave Doolin via the Burren National Park en-route to Galway. Our 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 we travel to Galway we 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 culture. In 2020 the city will be the official European Capital of Culture, a celebration of all that Galway is famous for. 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, you are free to 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. As your Ireland Tour comes to an end, you’ll depart Galway this evening by GoBus to Dublin City/Airport (included in the tour price) and reminisce about this zingiest of our Zest, Ireland Adventure Tours.

Total driving time: 2 hours, excluding stops