The Green Way 8-Day Self-Drive Tour

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  • Self-Drive
  • 8 Days

The greenest road-trip around the emerald isle!

Sustainability has become more important than ever and ecotourism has been at the forefront of Overland Ireland’s ethos from the beginning. Now you can enjoy the stunning unspoiled Irish scenery in an electric vehicle. Not even the sound of a running engine will disturb your enjoyment of the enchanting Emerald Isle.

Team Overland have always been extremely conscious of the environmental impact of travelling and we are always looking to take our green goals one step further. Travelling is great for the soul and now, your travels can be greener than ever with a fleet of Tesla Electric Vehicles at your disposal. Take the Model 3 or the Model S – whichever is your preference.

We have carefully chosen your accommodation with our “Green” hats on. Castles, guesthouses and hotels alike have come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of years and are very conscious of environmental sustainability. We are confident that our friends will look after you with an Irish “Céad Míle Fáilte” (a hundred thousand welcomes) while doing their bit for the “Green Movement”.

Ireland has embraced the electric revolution with charge points available from bustling Dublin to the remote Ring of Kerry and we have them all mapped out as part of your trip. This is responsible travel without the hassle – we have expertly designed your itinerary, calculated ample mileage and mapped out your charge points. What’s more? Well unlike a petrol/diesel car, all your fuel is covered. We commend your choice of responsible travel and each vehicle is loaded with a charge card so you won’t have to put your hand in your pocket to refuel. So all you need to do once you collect your vehicle is hit the open road and drive!

Book with Confidence

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

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.

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. 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.

Included

  • Paddy the Pocket Pilot App
  • Top class accommodation in carefully chosen locally run guesthouses. We also have options of hotels and castle experiences
  • Car rental
  • 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
  • Glendalough Tour
  • Blarney castle entrance
  • Killarney bike hire
  • Dingle Distillery
  • Bunratty Castle
  • Galway food and drink tour
  • Dingle Distillery
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Westport Greenway 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!
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Shannon ferry
  • Clonmacnoise
  • 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

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The Green Way 8-Day Tour of Ireland

Itinerary

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Day 1Glendalough – Cork

Switch on your Paddy the Pocket Pilot App and off you go! Your first stop after leaving the bustling capital behind is Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains, perched centrally in Ireland’s Ancient East. You will be taken on a tour of one of the most important monastic sites, learn about Ireland’s history, folklore and be suitably impressed by the St. Kevin’s Round Tower, built in the 6th century.

After working up an appetite walking Glendalough, it’s time for a foodie experience at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village nestled in the Wicklow mountains. The Food Village here boasts a selection of wild, organic and locally sourced produce, set in a stunning location.

After your introduction to Irish history, travel south to the Rock of Cashel. Take some jealousy inducing photos at this famous Irish medieval cathedral and castle.

This afternoon and evening you will stay in the real capital of Ireland – Cork! You can decide if it rivals Dublin’s fair city.

Total driving distance & time: 330km – 4 hours 10 minutes, excluding stops

Day 2Blarney – Killarney

No trip to Cork is complete without a trip to Blarney Castle and Gardens. You simply MUST kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of the gab (the ability to tell a good yarn). Take the time to roam the beautiful gardens.

Leave the Rebel County behind for the Kingdom of Kerry. Enjoy lunch in beautiful Kenmare, nestled perfectly between the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula. You’ll feel like you have just stepped onto an old Irish movie set.

Onwards to Killarney. Visit some spectacular views at Moll’s GapTorc Waterfall and Ladies View before exploring Killarney National Park. This afternoon you will jaunt – horse and carriage. If you are feeling energetic you can leisurely cycle around the expanse of this 100km stunning estate taking in Muckross House and Ross Castle.

The evening is yours to spend wandering around the wonderful shops, pubs and eateries in Killarney – The Capital of Kerry!

Total driving distance & time: 140km – 2 hours 10 minutes, excluding stops

Day 3The Ring of Kerry – Dingle

Rise and shine early and start your ultimate road trip along Ireland’s most famous ring road – The Ring of Kerry. Take your time and journey through 10,000 years of Irish history. This drive will take your breath away. Paddy the Pocket Pilot will give you tips on how to get off the beaten track and direct you to all the hidden gems along the route. You might even bump into our friend selling Poitín (Irish Moonshine) but don’t tell anyone you’ve met him!

We recommend taking the whole day to enjoy stopping at all the hotspots along the Ring of Kerry to really soak up the whole experience and stunning views on this majestic stretch of road.

This afternoon you will drive into the harbour town of Dingle, home to one of our most famous legends – Fungie the Dolphin. Finish off a 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.

This evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs and fantastic restaurants. Why not sit in Foxy John’s hardware store, order yourself a drink and strike up a conversation with a colourful local!

Total driving distance & time: 179km – 4 hours, excluding stops

Day 4The Cliffs Of Moher – Doolin

Leave the South West behind and take yourself northwards to the Cliffs of Moher. Paddy will direct you over the panoramic views on the Conor Pass and send you by ferry from Kerry to County Clare.

Your cliffs experience will take you by foot across its stunning natural features with the powerful Atlantic Ocean waves crashing below. The cliffs are one of the most spectacular natural features in Ireland and are sure to leave you lost for words.

After your invigorating cliffs experience it is time to unwind. You will stay at in Doolin. This wonderful fishing village is also famed as being the hometown of traditional Irish music – a great night awaits.

Total driving distance & time: 275km – 4 hours, excluding stops

Day 5Bunratty – Galway

This morning take a short drive to Bunratty Castle for a folk and heritage tour.

Your departure from county Clare is the start of your bustling, bohemian Galway experience. Galway was voted European Capital of Culture 2020 and never disappoints. Expect an electric atmosphere with entertaining street performers and plenty of “Craic” (fun) in this much celebrated town. Our friends in Galway will take you on a gourmet historical tour of the city.

Tonight you will be staying a stone’s throw away from the lively hotspots in the centre of Galway City.

Total driving distance & time: 102km – 1 hour 30 minutes, excluding stops

Day 6Kylemore Abbey – Connemara National Park

Your next stop on tour is Kylemore Abbey in the heart of Connemara. The rugged landscape of Connemara come hail, rain or shine is guaranteed to take your breath away. Spend time roaming the Abbey and the Victorian walled garden on this 1,000 acre estate overlooking Kylemore Lake and the majestic Connemara National Park.

We recommend a quick trip for tea and cake in Clifden town or even a delicious seafood lunch.

We are excited to offer the option of upgrading to a castle stay at Ballinahinch Castle this evening. Live like a King or Queen in the lap of luxury.

Total driving distance & time: 110km – 1 hour 50 minutes, excluding stops

Day 7Westport – Ashford Castle

This morning you will challenge yourself to a hike up Ireland’s holiest mountain – Croagh Patrick, made famous by St. Patrick himself. At the top you will be treated to panoramic views of Clew Bay. If hiking is not your thing, why not grab a bike and cycle along the Greenway route  to Achill Island or have a relaxed walking tour of Westport Town.

Your evening on tour will be special.. Presidents, celebrities, sports heroes throughout history have been drawn to the fabulous Ashford Castle Hotel. You can take the time to explore the estate and take part in some of their activities on site like

 falconryboat tripsarcheryhorse-riding or even their award-winning Spa! You will stay at the lakeside property ‘The Lodge at Ashford’ or one of our favourite guesthouses in Cong village – The film location of The Quiet Man starring John Wayne!

Total driving distance & time: 120km – 2 hours, excluding stops

Day 8Clonmacnoise – Dublin

All good things must come to an end. Journey back to Dublin’s fair city at your leisure today with a stop at the 6th century monastery Clonmacnoise, located on the banks of the Shannon river. The monastery was a centre of excellence for learning and scholars created the finest of Celtic art and illuminated manuscripts over 600 years.

If you have a little time left in Dublin before you fly home we will arm you with fantastic things to see and do in the Capital city and surroundings.

Total driving distance & time: 255km – 3 hours, excluding stops