Ireland Package: Dublin and the West Coast

11 days – EUR 1,195.00 pp in dbl-room1
Athlone, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Killorglin, Cork, Dublin

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. Accommodations include exclusive country homes and select B&Bs.


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1st day: Athlone

Good food, great wine: A hotel overlooking Loch Ree
Good food, great wine: A hotel overlooking Loch Ree
Site of an ancient religious order: Clonmacnoise
Site of an ancient religious order: Clonmacnoise
You arrive at the airport in Dublin.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Opel Astra or similar
Pick-up location: Dublin Airport

Into the heart of Ireland
Distance: 130 km Travel time: 2:00 h

From Dublin you will head northwest along the Royal Canal as far as Kinnegad before turning off towards Athlone on the banks of the River Shannon.

Auf der M4 und der N6 nach Athlone.

Accommodation: A hotel on the shores of Lough Ree

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The modern hotel made of cedar, clay and glass is listed in such top guides as Michelin and Bridgestone, and the innovative restaurant with its excellent wine cellar has won several awards. The location on the shores of Lough Ree in the heart of Ireland couldnbe better. Each room features a wine-related theme, all have sea views and large en-suite bathrooms with under-floor heating. The hand-made walnut furniture was designed exclusively for the hotel.


Details: Clonmacnoise
The fascinating ruins of an ancient monastery lie on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Constructed in 548, the monastery quickly rose to prominence due to its central location along major waterways and land routes. A succession of churches were built on the site over the next 700 hundred years. In the 12th century the facility was the cultural and religious centre of medieval Ireland. The monastery began to decline in importance with the arrival of Vikings in the region and was later torched by the Normans. In the 17th century Oliver Cromwell ordered Clonmacnoise to be destroyed along with numerous other Irish monasteries. The best way to approach the site, a national monument, is by boat from the River Shannnon.
Map: 1st day: Athlone

3rd day: Cliffs of Moher

Relaxed hospitality: Country House near Ballyvaughan
Relaxed hospitality: Country House near Ballyvaughan
Spectacular location: A prehistoric fort on the Aran Islands
Spectacular location: A prehistoric fort on the Aran Islands
To the Atlantic
Distance: 130 km Travel time: 2:30 h

The route leads west to Galway Bay on the coast of the Atlantic. About 4 miles north of Loughrea in the village of Bullaun is the Turoe Stone. The Celtic-decorated stone has been dated to around 300 BC and was presumably used in religious rituals due to the magic powers ascribed to it.

Accomodation: A Country House near Ballyvaughan

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The country house is located near Ballyvaughan boasting superb views of Galway bay and the surrounding Burren Landscape. Open fires, antique furnishings and a friendly and personal service by your hosts Bernadette and Armin, serve to make your stay both enjoyable and memorable. Ten ensuite bedrooms are decorated with old world charm, yet equipped with all modern conveniences (Telephone, TV, WiFi). Some enjoy magnificent sea views while others overlook the splendour of the Burren hinterland. An extensive continental buffet and a choice of 8 delicious cooked breakfasts are served in a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Complimentary tea or coffee with cakes is served and wine is available at the honesty bar.


Details: Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are a group of three main islands and numerous islets in Galway Bay. For centuries the inhabitants have attempted to render the soil fertile by covering it with seaweed, as evidenced by the ubiquitous walled "gardens." Fishing has traditionally been the main industry on the barren limstone islands, where the Irish language is still spoken more than anywhere else, despite the rise of tourism. The main attraction is Dún Aenghus, one of the largest prehistoric forts in Europe, which is located on the southern coast of Inishmore. The Aran Islands can be reached by boat from Galway, Doolin and Ros an Mhil.
Map: 3rd day: Cliffs of Moher

4th day: Dingle

On the shores of Dingle Bay: A luxury guesthouse
On the shores of Dingle Bay: A luxury guesthouse
A picture-book fishing village: Dingle
A picture-book fishing village: Dingle
Cliffs of Moher
Distance: 200 km Travel time: 4:00 h

Travellers should allow time for a leisurely drive along the western coast. The route will lead along the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular section of coastline that is considered one of Ireland top scenic attractions. A car ferry will take you across the estuary from Killimer to Tarbert. The ferry leaves every hour at the top of the hour during the off season and every 30 minutes from mid-May to the end of September. The trip takes about a quarter of an hour and costs € 15. No reservation is necessary.

Accommodation: A luxury guesthouse on Dingle Bay

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The modern 4-star hotel on the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula is only a 10-minute walk from the Dingle town centre. All 12 bedrooms are large, bright and furnished to the highest standard. Several superb golf courses are located in the vicinity. The vibrant town of Dingle offers a surprising array of pubs and restaurants, many of which feature live music. The luxurious guesthouse makes an excellent base for exploring the Dingle Peninsula.


Details: Dingle
Of the three Kerry Peninsulas, Dingle is the most barren and remote. The stark landscapes make it a favourite among artists and photographers. A number of prehistoric stone monuments in addition to early medieval churches and Bronze Age fortresses can be found on the peninsula. Mount Brandon, the highest peak, soars nearly 1,000 m above the coast. The town of Dingle is a picturesque fishing village with colourful houses and friendly pubs.
Map: 4th day: Dingle

6th day: Killorglin

Like a painting: View from a hideaway on the Ring of Kerry
Like a painting: View from a hideaway on the Ring of Kerry
Stunning scenery away from it all: A former hunting lodge
Stunning scenery away from it all: A former hunting lodge
Picturesque landscapes: Killarney National Park
Picturesque landscapes: Killarney National Park
To Killorglin Bay
Distance: 70 km Travel time: 1:00 h

The short leg leads along the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula.

Accommodation: A hunting lodge on the shores of Caragh Lake

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The Victorian residence was originally built in 1850 for use as a hunting lodge by Lord Brockett. Today it is one of the most renowned in Ireland and has attracted numerous nature-lovers, adventurers and poets to its doors. The property sits on an isolated spot directly on the shore of Caragh Lake. Guests cherish the clean air, the beautiful gardens framed by natural green woodlands and the gorgeous views of the Kerry Mountains across the lake.

Possible activities include hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, fishing and sailing, or just relaxing in front of the fireplace in the lounge with a good book. A restaurant is part of the lodge. However, less expensive options can be found in the neighborhood.

Details: Killarney
Killarney National Park protects some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Ireland within its 25,000 acres. At the centre of the park are three blue lakes surrounded by an almost subtropical ecology. The rolling hills of the park are covered with tree ferns, "strawberry trees", bamboo forests and rose trees, among other things. Visitors can explore the park on their own or book a guided tour, some of which include boot and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Details: Ring of Kerry
One of the most popular and beautiful coastal routes in Ireland is the Ring of Kerry. It leads around the Iveragh Peninsula, along lonely shores, past wild moors and rugged mountain scenery. In between you will pass idyllic fishing villages. To avoid the heavy traffic in the summer, we recommend an early departure. Because of the narrow roads, one may only drive along in a counter clockwise direction. A hiking version of this path is the walking trail Kerry Way.
Map: 6th day: Killorglin

8th day: Cork

Imposing Victorian façade: A villa in Cobh
Imposing Victorian façade: A villa in Cobh
Point of departure for the New World: Cobh harbour
Point of departure for the New World: Cobh harbour
Across southern Ireland
Distance: 120 km Travel time: 2:00 h

The route cuts across the width of southern Ireland, which enjoys a mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream.

Accommodation: A villa in Cobh

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The imposing villa built in 1840 stands in Cobh, the point of departure for thousands of famished emigrants to the New World. The original style of the interior has been largely maintained in harmony with the early Victorian façade. On chilly days visitors can warm up around the open fireplace in the drawing room. The large bedrooms feature four-poster beds and other interesting antiques. The only thoroughly modern rooms are the bathrooms. Host Pam, who used to manage a supermarket, is as efficient as she is hospitable.


Details: Cobh
Southeast of Cork, the third largest city in Ireland, is Great Island, which is now connected to the mainland by a bridge. At the south end of the island is the small port of Cobh, the point where countless impoverished Irish citizens left for the New World. The Heritage Centre in Cobh contains information on the periods of famine and emigration and on the Titanic, whose last stop was Cobh.
Map: 8th day: Cork

9th day: Dublin

Where schoolbells rang: A schoolhouse converted to a hotel
Where schoolbells rang: A schoolhouse converted to a hotel
Splits Dublin into rich and poor halves: The River Liffey
Splits Dublin into rich and poor halves: The River Liffey
Rock of Cashel
Distance: 260 km Travel time: 3:30 h

On the way to the capital you will pass the Rock of Cashel, one of the most important historical monuments in Ireland. Believed to be the site where the King of Munster was converted by St. Patrick in the 6th century, most parts of the massive fortress crowning the hill were built in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Dublin City/Dowtown


Accommodation: An old schoolhouse

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The venerable schoolhouse was designed by the same Dublin architects that created the Museum of Trinity College. From 1861 to 1969 it served as the home of St. Stephen's Parochial School and was the centre of the Easter Rising in 1916, one of the country's most important rebellions against British rule. After the final ringing of the schoolbells the building stood vacant for 30 years before being carefully restored and converted to 4 star hotel. The individually decorated bedrooms were named after famous Irish authors. What was once a large classroom is now the site of a gourmet restaurant that includes the Schoolhouse Bar, which is frequented by many locals.


Details: Dublin
The capital on the east coast with its 500,000 residents is without doubt the political and cultural centre of Ireland. Around one-third of the island's total population lives in the Dublin metropolitan area. The layout of the Dublin was determined by the River Liffey, which runs straight through the city and splits it into a poor northern half and a rich southern half before flowing through the harbour into the sea. A settlement called "Dubh Linn" ("black pool") must have existed even before 450 AD, when many of the citizens were converted to Christianity by St. Patrick. The city was ruled by many different invaders throughout its long and eventful history. Much of the architecture that dominates in the old town dates back to the 18th century, when Ireland enjoyed a brief phase of peaceful respite and the population of Dublin soared from 65,000 to over 200,000. Most of the buildings that make up Trinity College were constructed during this period, such as the stately Old Library, as were numerous other famous landmarks, like St. James Gate Brewery, home to Guinness beer. Fresh samples of the famous brew are available at the visitors' centre, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Map: 9th day: Dublin

11th day: Dublin

Departure

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Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS (Ireland)
Type: Opel Astra or similar (Group B)

Equipment: Radio/CD

Maximum excess : EUR1200 + VAT (standard cover)
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,519.001
(EUR 1,195.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
April – September

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