On this incredible Irish adventure you will experience and learn about both the modern and ancient history of Ireland. This 'Giant Irish Adventure Tour' is made up of an award winning 8-day tour plus with the added bonus of experiencing Northern Ireland and the rugged north west coast. On this Vagabond Tour you will travel the length of the famous 'Wild Atlantic Way'.
Northern and Northwest Ireland:
In 2007 Northern Ireland was named as one of the top ten places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet travel guides. Not surprising really when you consider the great scenery, fascinating history and political situation, the activity options and the genuinely warm welcome. Plus, of course, for many it is a completely new area to be explored as the peace has unfolded over the last ten years. All the highlights such as Belfast, Derry, The Antrim coastline and the Giant's Causeway are covered – plus plenty of secret places. Fans of the Game of Thrones will be treated to see many of the stunning backdrops from the series, which were shot largely in Northern Ireland.
Northwest and Western Ireland:
Heading across to the north-west imagine a country of wild moorland, rugged mountain ranges, and endless unspoilt beaches. Counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo feature some of Europe's least populated regions – at times you will have the landscape all to yourselves as you walk in the hills of Donegal, explore the megalithic tombs at Carrowkeel or walk along silver strand beach in Mayo. There are of course a few well known highlights, like Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain and plenty of breath-taking lesser known locations.
The Western section of the tour weaves it way down the coast from county Mayo into counties Galway and Clare and down towards the mighty River Shannon. Firstly, the tour enters Connemara, a favourite area for Irish people to come on holiday due to the rugged scenery, local friendliness and culture. Continuing south, either through or round Galway city entering the southerly province of Munster and county Clare to explore the unique landscape of the Burren, enjoy the live traditional Irish music in area and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher.
South West Ireland:
The south west is the most popular area of Ireland for visitors, and with good reason. You spend four nights in Counties Kerry and Cork exploring the three peninsulas of Dingle, Iveragh (the Ring of Kerry) and Beara. Each has its unique scenery and atmosphere, from the green rolling fields and buzzing town of Dingle, to the majestic mountains of the Ring of Kerry and the remote and unspoilt wilderness of the Beara Peninsula. The tour take trips to islands, sea-kayak with seals, visit ancient archaeological sites and enjoy first class Cork and Kerry hospitality before heading inland and back through Limerick and Tipperary to Dublin.
Tour duration: 12 Days