The Full Irish Tour

A 14-day tour experience uniquely designed by Desmond Tours

Tour Highlights & Focal Points

  • Dublin City
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College
  • Newgrange
  • Belfast
  • Titanic Experience 
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery
  • Derry
  • Sligo 
  • Donegal 
  • Knock Shrine 
  • Aran Islands 
  • Connemara National Park 
  • Killary Fjord 
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Bunratty Castle
  • Dingle 
  • Slea Head Drive 
  • Killarney
  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Kenmare 
  • Rock of Cashel 
  • Jameson Whiskey Distillery
  • Blarney Castle 
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Wicklow Mountains 
  • Guinness Lake 
  • Glendalough
  • Kilkea Castle

The Full Irish Sample Itinerary

The Temple Bar Pubfront in close up with artwork of medieval characters

On arrival you will be warmly welcomed to Ireland by your friendly driver guide. We will build the itinerary around your preferred time of arrival, allowing you full flexibility. 

Depending on your time of arrival, we can start off your vacation with a Full Irish Breakfast or a hearty Irish Lunch in Dublin City in Temple Bar. This will help you to immerse yourself straight away into the Irish culture! 

We will then take a scenic drive through Dublin City taking in the Georgian Quarter, Phoenix Park and upon returning to the city centre, we will have the option to visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral and many other attractions. 

The evening is free for shopping, Irish music in Temple Bar and your driver will of course recommend the best places to eat in Dublin for you.

Overnight suggestion – Dublin

A photo of Newgrance during a sunset in Belfast

After breakfast, our first port of call is the famous Harland and Wolff Titanic Visitor Experience where you can enjoy a fabulous self-guided tour showing you the location where the actual Titanic was built. 

After lunch at the Titanic Visitor Centre, we will make our way to the mythical Giant’s Causeway, where you can visit the interpretation centre that will explain how this natural wonder was formed and the fantastic myths and legends surrounding this site. 

For those interested, we may visit some of the locations used in the filming of the TV series “Game of Thrones” (e.g. the very popular “Dark Hedges”). 

There may be time for another thrilling experience – walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, yet another exciting photo opportunity! On our way to Derry, a stop at Bushmills Whiskey Distillery is also an option, where fine quality Irish Whiskeys can be tasted.

Overnight suggestion – Derry

A photo of Giants Causeway in Co Antrim

After breakfast, our first port of call is the famous Harland and Wolff Titanic Visitor Experience where you can enjoy a fabulous self-guided tour showing you the location where the actual Titanic was built. 

After lunch at the Titanic Visitor Centre, we will make our way to the mythical Giant’s Causeway, where you can visit the interpretation centre that will explain how this natural wonder was formed and the fantastic myths and legends surrounding this site. 

For those interested, we may visit some of the locations used in the filming of the TV series “Game of Thrones” (e.g. the very popular “Dark Hedges”). 

There may be time for another thrilling experience – walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, yet another exciting photo opportunity! On our way to Derry, a stop at Bushmills Whiskey Distillery is also an option, where fine quality Irish Whiskeys can be tasted.

Overnight suggestion – Derry

A photo of Aileach Stone Ringfort

We will spend the morning doing a walking tour of the famous Walls of Derry, passing the Guildhall. This is a must-see when visiting Derry, after which a visit to the Bogside Centre and the Free Derry Corner is essential to understand Derry’s troubled past. 

Upon leaving the City of Derry, we will carry on to Grianan of Aileach Stone Ringfort, a great place of history built in the 6th century. 

We will now carry on to visit the fabulous Belleek Pottery Experience, which was founded around 160 years ago and is world famous for its pottery produce. From here we make our way to Donegal Town where your driver will recommend the best places to shop, eat and drink.

Overnight suggestion – Donegal

A photo of Classiebawn Castle

In the morning, we will visit Donegal Tweed, a really interesting exhibition of weaving and an opportunity to browse through the beautiful shop to pick up some authentic Irish goodies. 

Upon leaving, we will make our way to the Town of Sligo but before this another fantastic photo opportunity awaits – Classiebawn Castle. We will then have the opportunity to visit the grave and visitor centre of the famous Irish writer W.B. Yates. Your driver will recommend one of the great restaurants in Sligo for a tasty lunch. 

From here, we will begin our drive further South towards Galway. En route, if desired, we stop at Knock Shrine, which is a religious site famous for the apparition of our Lady of Knock. We will soon reach the bustling City of Galway, listed in Lonely Planet Travel Guides as one of the “must see cities in the world”. The evening may be spent relaxing but Galway’s’ exciting pub and traditional music scene is calling!

Overnight suggestion – Galway

A photo of Derryclare Lake, Connemara

This morning your driver will pick you up and you will start the day by heading West and into Connemara. On this drive you will experience the ruggedness of the beautiful mountains of Connemara, the serene lakes and of course everybody’s favourite – plenty of sheep along the way – or on the road in fact! 

For those of you who like movies, you will get the opportunity to have a photo stop at the scene of the opening of the film “The Quiet Man”. 

From there, several options are available, depending on the group’s interest. Your plan for the day is kept flexible and changes may be made according to how the group feels on the day. 

Your guide will be able to recommend some of the highlights of the area, which include: Ireland’s only fjord “Killary Fjord”, the beautiful fishing villages of Roundstone and Clifden, a sheepdog demonstration, Kylemore Abbey and its walled gardens or hike up Diamond Hill. 

At the end of the day, there is always the opportunity to visit the closing scene of “The Quiet Man” en route back to Galway.

Overnight suggestion – Galway City

A photo of Inishmore Aran Islands

Today you will visit one of the islands that are located off the West Coast of Ireland. From Galway City, you have the option to take the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. 

On the island, you can hire a horse and cart with a driver if desired and visit the fabulous historic Dun Angus Fort. You surely will enjoy this jaunting cart ride around the island! 

Or depending on the group’s interests, the rental of bicycles or a hike is also an option. We recommend that you have lunch at one of the pubs in Kilronan, the main village of the island. 

Enjoy the exhilarating ferry ride back to Galway City. In the evening perhaps you fancy a special dining experience for your last night in Galway? Check with your driver for the best places to eat and combine this with an exhilarating Irish Dance Experience.

Overnight suggestion – Galway City

Desmond with his honeymooner clients in Ireland

Your friendly driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Galway at a time that suits you – perhaps you would like to enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning or take one last stroll along the Galway Claddagh?  

When you are ready, we will leave the “city of tribes” and we embark on a new adventure. Today we have two options to make our way to the coastal town of Dingle. 

A beautiful coastal drive on the Wild Atlantic Way via the Burren National Park to the famous Cliffs Moher with photo stop at Dunguaire Castle and a quick visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen. 

Or a visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park with its 15th century castle and authentic old Folk Park is also a great alternative. After lunch in Doolin (Cliffs of Moher Option) or at the famous Durty Nellies Tavern (Bunratty Castle Option), we make our way onto the beautiful village of Adare, a fabulous opportunity for a photo stop with quaint thatched Irish cottages. 

In the afternoon, we continue onto the Dingle peninsula, and end our day in Dingle Town, one of Ireland’s foodie capitals, which is home to many fabulous seafood eateries.

Overnight suggestion – Dingle

A photo of Dingle Slea Head Drive Coastline

In the morning we start with a drive around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. On the way, this will be your opportunity to visit an ancient Beehive Hut (an 8th century type of accommodation used by monks and farmers alike, and also recently featured in the Star Wars Movies). 

Also, if you like arts and crafts, a visit at the pottery factory of Louis Mulcahy is going to be a highlight of your tour. Immerse yourself in authentic Irish history at the Blasket Islands visitor centre and you can be the first of your group to find “The Sleeping Giant” during this exciting drive around the peninsula! 

For those of you who like animals (and this is a great highlight for families too), you can cuddle an Irish lamb today. We now continue onto Killarney, which is located just one-hour drive from Dingle Town. 

Upon arriving in Killarney, we will visit Muckross House, the famous 19th century Victorian mansion where Queen Victoria visited in 1861. A short drive leads us to the dramatic Torc Waterfalls, another Killarney highlight. In the evening you will have a great choice of shops, music and restaurants at your disposal.

Overnight suggestion – Killarney

A photo of Killarney National Park

From Killarney, we will explore one of the highlights of your trip to Ireland – the famous Ring of Kerry. A driving route through the magnificent landscape that County Kerry has to offer: dramatic mountain and lake scenery, the majestic Atlantic Ocean and quaint villages along the way – we follow the contours of the Wild Atlantic Way. 

We begin the day by stopping at one of the great attractions along the Ring of Kerry, Kerry Woollen Mills, where you can experience a guided tour of the factory and shop for some authentic Irish crafts and gifts. 

Continue along the Ring of Kerry with numerous photo opportunities and a visit to Waterville, the place where Charlie Chaplin loved to spend his vacations. For the golf enthusiasts on board, there is an opportunity to play a round of golf at the great facilities in Waterville. 

We continue onto the bustling town of Kenmare, a great stop for a late lunch and to enjoy some more shopping. Return to Killarney for some evening entertainment. If desired, an Irish Dancing Show, an experience to remember!

Overnight suggestion – Killarney

A photo of Rock of Cashel

Leaving Killarney, today we have multiple options to make our way to Ireland’s Ancient East and to your next overnight stop, the medieval city of Kilkenny. Your driver will discuss these with you and you may choose the best option according to the groups’ preferences, keeping today’s weather conditions in mind.

For the whiskey lovers, a stop at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton is a must (stock up on some of the most authentic Irish whiskeys only available on site!). If you like your history, a visit to the Titanic Experience in Cobh, (the last stop of the famous Titanic!), is also a great option. 

Alternatively, the famous Blarney Castle with its “Kiss the Blarney Stone” experience is a great stop along the way. The Rock of Cashel, a historic site perched on an impressive hill with numerous ancient buildings such as a round tower, historic cathedral and a Celtic high cross – is also a fabulous photo opportunity not to be missed on the way to Kilkenny. 

Upon arrival in Kilkenny, be prepared for fantastic music and delicious food for your last night on tour with us. We recommend Kyteler’s Inn, a historic pub with great atmosphere, music and food, established in 1324.

Overnight suggestion – Kilkenny

A photo of Kilkenny Castle

Today explore one or more of the following great attractions that Kilkenny City and County have to offer: for the history buffs Saint Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, walk the “Medieval Mile”, check out the Medieval Mile Museum and definitely don’t miss Kilkenny Castle and a stroll through the Castle Gardens. 

Perhaps you fancy a beer tasting? Take a tour of Kilkenny’s brewery – Smithwicks! If you prefer some more touring, your driver can also take you outside of the city to Kells Priory, a monastic site with lots of history. For any golfers interested, a visit to world-famous Mount Juliet Golf Course is a must! 

In the evening, you can get some gift shopping done, for example at the Kilkenny Design Centre, opposite Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny has numerous lovely little restaurants and a bustling pub scene, just check with your driver for any special recommendations.

Overnight suggestion – Kilkenny

A photo of Glendalough Cemetery

In the morning we will make our way towards the mythical Wicklow Mountains. Enjoy a scenic drive to the monastic site of Glendalough, located just outside the pretty village of Laragh. 

Here in the mountains the famous TV program “The Vikings” was filmed. We now take a scenic drive to Sally Gap and take a photo of the famous “Guinness Lake “. Sorry, there is no actual Guinness in this lake! 

In the afternoon, we recommend that you take a leisurely stroll around the lakes of Glendalough and enjoy a hearty dinner in The Wicklow Heather Restaurant. 

Alternatively, if you wish to treat yourself for the last night of your tour, book a night in a real Irish castle. Kilkea Castle, is one of Ireland’s oldest castles dating back to the 12th century and comes highly recommended.

Overnight suggestion – Wicklow / Kilkea Castle

A photo of the Ashford Castle

In the morning, before making our way into Dublin, we recommend a stop at Avoca – here you can find great Irish produce on display and you might even find something you’d like to take home with you! 

We will bring you to Dublin Airport or transfer you to a hotel of your choice in Dublin and bid our farewells.

Booking this Tour

Our tours are priced from €490 per day – please contact us for an exact quote as prices vary depending on group size, itinerary chosen and length of tour.

  • A fully customized itinerary designed with your touring needs in mind.
  • Scheduled stops at must-see locations. 
  • Additional stops at lesser known hidden gems – Ireland’s best kept secrets!
  • Live commentary, information and entertainment by an experienced, Failte Ireland approved driver guide.
  • Driver overnight expenses (including accommodation & food).
  • Private collection from / return to an address of your choice.
  • Mercedes Benz vehicle including associated costs such as fuel, tolls, insurance and car-parks – your own personal group vehicle.
  • Recommendations on reputable accommodation choices, local Irish pubs, award winning restaurants and fun activities. 
  • Wi-Fi connection in your touring vehicle on request
  • Admission fees to attractions and additional tours may incur an additional fee.
  • Driver’s gratuity
  • Food, drink or refreshments
  • Guest accommodation
  • Airfares to & from Ireland

What is the starting point of my tour?

We can arrange pick up from any of the airports on the island of Ireland and we also offer pick ups from your accommodation. In other words, you let us know where you would like to start your tour and we arrange it!

Can I choose a start date for my tour?

Our tours start on any day of the week, whenever it suits you best, subject to availability. Get in touch with your travel dates and we will check availability for you. Generally tours between May and September sell out quickly, so booking early is advised.

How many people can participate in the tour?

We organise tours for any group size. Larger groups may incur a surcharge, please contact us to enquire about specific rates. We do of course welcome children on our tours – please note that according to EU regulation children under the age of twelve, and shorter than 4’5″ must use a child seat to travel in a vehicle. You must let us know in advance if this is required.

Can we book accommodation through you?

While this is a service we usually do not provide, we are happy to help you book accommodation if required. We have excellent knowledge of the great accommodations that are available in Ireland (from simple B&Bs to exquisite Castle or Manor Hotels) and are happy to provide recommendations.

Can we book flights through you?

No, we do not book flights for our clients but your local travel agent will be happy to oblige.

How long is an average day of touring?

Usually groups are picked up at 9.00 in the morning and will then enjoy touring until around 17.30 but this depends entirely on the clients’ preferences. A longer touring day can easily be compensated by a shorter one the day after, providing you with a flexible touring experience.

How do we make a booking?

Please click here to complete your booking online. Once the booking is complete, a confirmation email is sent. If you would like to book a customized tour, feel free to email us with your personal Ireland Tour wish-list.

How do we pay for our booking?

You may pay your deposit and final payment by credit card through the online booking system on our website. Please note that credit card payments may incur an additional fee. Bank transfer payments can also be facilitated on request.

Do you recommend I take out travel insurance for my trip to Ireland?

Yes, absolutely. For further information on booking and cancellation terms, please see our Terms of Business

Are there any restrictions on the amount of luggage I can bring?

Please contact us in advance if you are planning on bringing any large equipment or if you would like to bring more than one large suitcase plus one piece of hand luggage per passenger and we will do our best to accommodate this.

What vehicle(s) will be used for my tour through Ireland?

This will depend a little on the size of your group and the availability of our vehicles. Please note that the availability of a particular vehicle may not always be guaranteed due to maintenance and repairs. Feel free to contact us for more information or review our Mercedes fleet page.

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