The Great Atlantic Adventure 7-day Tour

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  • 7 Days
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Let the Whirlwind Adventure Begin!

With over 1,100km of rugged coastlines to explore, this 7-Day adventure tour of Ireland is packed full of zing as you journey from Kinsale to Westport. This is an adventure tour designed for anyone seeking a mix of a relaxed sightseeing and soft-adventure activities, such as cycling, hiking, surfing, and more! For the more relaxed Ireland tour, check out our 7-day Emerald Explorer Ireland Tour or our 7-day Ireland to Island Tour – but keep in mind that this second tour can be either a Zest or Jewel Tour, depending on your preference.

Leaving from Dublin, our small group tour will take you on The Great Atlantic Adventure with an itinerary spanning 7 days. From Dublin, we journey south, towards the Wild Atlantic Way.

A Jam-Packed 7-Day Irish Itinerary

As this is a Zest Tour, you can look forward to a plethora of exciting activities. Try kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay. Fall in love with some breath-taking sights on the Ring of Kerry (including Moll’s Gap and Torc Waterfall). You will also have the opportunity to cycle through Killarney National Park, which is surrounded by mountains and lakes and is home to our native red deer. This is the perfect opportunity to experience Ireland’s untamed natural landscape and to take some of the greatest photographs of your life!

Discover what it feels like to stand on the edge of the world at the Cliffs of Moher – Ireland’s most popular tourist spot! Then lose yourself in the bohemian city of Galway. Allow yourself to be captivated by the rugged landscape of the Aran Islands. Challenge yourself to climb Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick,which stands 764 metres high.

Our 7-day adventure through Ireland is infused with activitiesscenerycastlesadventurehistoryheritageculture and wildlife. And if you still aren’t sure whether or not this tour is right for you, check out our glowing customer testimonials.

Book now and we guarantee you’re in for a week of active adventure and stunning sights. Read the full itinerary and highlights to find out more, and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions for us!

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

  • 6 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
  • Hiking
  • Guided Cliffs of Moher Hike
  • Sheepdog Trials Show
  • Walking Tour of Kinsale
  • Food Tour
  • Great breakfast
  • Transport to all locations by air-conditioned mini coach
  • Blarney Castle Entrance
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Ferry Crossings
  • All taxes

Excluded

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

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Our Great Atlantic Adventure 7-Day Holiday in Ireland

Itinerary

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Day 1: SundayCork, the Rebel County

Your adventure tour of Ireland begins as we depart Dublin for County Cork, 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 at The Rock of Cashel.

Lonely Planet describes Cork as “at the top of its game, sophisticated, vibrant and diverse” and we completely agree. It is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and 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 gardens, castle and rock close.

Be guided through your Cork experience with a walking tour in the historic port and fishing town of Kinsale which is one of the most picturesque places on the south west coast of Ireland. The town is known for its castles, forts, galleries and shops, arts & crafts, and the recently launched Kinsale Gourmet Academy. We will stay the night in this stunning harbour 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 enjoy a two hours 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

How better to start a morning than a kayaking trip in Dingle Baywhere 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, taking in spectacular views of Castlegregory along the way. 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, and hear 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 is 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 cuisinespaired 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.

Total driving time: 2 hours, excluding stops

Day 6: FridayThe Aran Islands

After a short drive to Rossaveal pier, we will sail across Galway Bayto the Aran Islands. Arrive on rugged Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Explore the island, meet the locals and pick up a few words in “Gaelic”. We will cycle around the coastline of the islandand to the stone fort Dún Aonghasa, which lies 100m over the ocean before making our way back to the mainland.

We depart Rosaveal Pier and drive to the stunning town of Westportwhich is located in County Mayo. You will take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous Famine Trail on your route to Westport.

The evening is spent unwinding with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. And a visit to Westport would not be complete without a bit of “craic” at a traditional Irish music session in Matt Molloy’s bar.

Total driving time: 2 hours, excluding stops

Day 7: SaturdayWestport

Wake up fresh in Westport where your guide will challenge you to climb Ireland’s holiest mountainCroagh Patrick, standing at 764 meters high. It is a rewarding hike for the experienced and novice alike. Learn about the man responsible for St. Patrick’s Day. At it’s peak, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking, panoramic view of the 365 islands of Clew Bay. What a way to finish your Zest tour!

Our expert guides will send you back to our bustling capital city, Dublin, armed with recommendations of things to see and do if you have a little time left in Ireland. Return to Dublin by bus, train or taxi (this cost is included in your tour) with plenty of wonderful memories of your Great Atlantic Adventure.

Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops