To take a tour of Ireland is to experience nature in shades of green found nowhere else: Ireland is green, from the lush green of the Irish countryside to bright green parks, dark green forests and even bluish-green lakes. And there's more: The soaring cliffs on Ireland's west coast represent one of Europe's most spectacular stretches of coastline. Yet for many residents of this small island, the sight of the Atlantic is tinged with melancholy at the thought of the scores of Irish who were driven by starvation and poverty to seek a new life on the other side of the ocean, never to return.
Umfulana's tailor-made Ireland tours are designed to acquaint you with the people and culture of this fascinating island in an authentic manner. In our program you will not find chain hotels or group packages for mass tourists. Our exclusive, self-guided tours feature traditional - mostly historical - accommodations, ranging from cottages to country homes.
Below are examples of self-drive tours of Ireland. We will gladly customize these itineraries for you, drawing on our strong local knowledge.
Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Cliffs of Moher – Dingle – Ring of Kerry – Cork
The tour of Ireland begins in Dublin, the capital of Irish folklore, beer and pubs, then heads west to Clonmacnoise, the geographical and spiritual heart of Ireland, before working its way south along the spectacular coastline. The tour then returns to Dublin via Cork on the south-east coast.
Dublin – Kilkenny – Cork – Bantry- Ring of Kerry – Dingle – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Ballina – Donegal
This Ireland tour is designed to acquaint visitors with the Emerald Island in all its shades: From the rolling hills and hedge-lined fields in the interior to the rugged coastlines and remote islands with their tiny fishing villages. Emphasis is also placed on culture: medieval castles and monasteries reflect Ireland's eventful past, lively pubs and modern cities its dynamic present.
Dublin – Adare – Ring of Kerry – Cork
If you have no more than a week, this tour is for you: Combine bustling Dublin, the historic port-town of Cork and Ireland's beautiful southwest with Killarney National Park, Dingle and the famous Ring of Kerry.
London – York – Edinburgh – Dublin
This tour is a journey by rail and airplane, covering three countries in only 10 days. Its main focus lies on the capitals, with beautiful York thrown in for good measure and a bit of country charm. It is ideal for anyone on a limited time budget, offering the added comfort of not having to drive.
London – Oxford – Snowdonia National Park – Lake District – Edinburgh – Dublin
Four countries, three capitals, two national parks and the charming hometown of famous Oxford University: This tour combines nature, history and the bustling cities of London, Edinburgh and Dublin