13 Days – Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way Coach Tour is 12 Nights/13 Days

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Bunratty Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher
Donegal Castle
Down Cathedral
Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
Giant’s Causeway
Jaunting car ride in Killarney
Sheep Herding Demonstration
Titanic Belfast
Westport House

Superior First Class
Old Ground Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
Kees Hotel, Stranorlar (2 nights)
Stormont Hotel, Belfast (1 night)
Ashling Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery (1 night)
Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle (2 nights)
The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)

Tour Includes:
Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
Nine dinners including an Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner and show,
and a festive medieval castle banquet.
Welcome get-together drink with your group
Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way 13 Days / 12 Nights
Day 1: Shannon Arrival & Cliffs of Moher
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Ennis hotel. See the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Join your group for a welcome drink before dinner.

Day 2: Connemara & Galway
Journey through Connemara for sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains. Tour Galway with a local guide to see medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle, and narrow streets. Continue to Westport, built in 1780, with shops and traditional pubs, many with live music.
(B, D)

Day 3: Westport House & Achill Island
Tour Westport House overlooking the ocean with a wealth of artifacts. Access Achill Island by bridge and capture wonderful views. See the Deserted Village, 100 stone cottages abandoned in the famine of the 1840’s. Stop in Keel for lunch before returning to Westport for a gentle walking tour with a local guide. The evening is free for independent activities and dining.
(B, L)

Day 4: Country Life & Donegal Castle
Immerse yourself in Irish history at the Museum of Country Life. Drive through Counties Mayo and Sligo and around Donegal Bay. Tour Donegal Castle, then continue to Stranorlar.
(B, D)

Day 5: Glenveagh Castle & Grand Atlantic
Travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair evicted 225 tenants to build Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Experience the glorious Grand Atlantic Drive, which winds around the coastline through Downings and Rosapenna. Return to Stranorlar with time to relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 6: Derry & Giant’s Causeway
Join a local guide in Derry for a walking tour of medieval city walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Drive along the north coast, pausing for photos at Dunluce Castle. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed more than 60 million years ago. Drive along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim route to Belfast.
(B, D)

Day 7: Titanic Belfast & Abbey Tavern
Tour Belfast and visit Titanic Belfast. Visit Down Cathedral, historical burial place of St Patrick. In Dublin, head to the Abbey Tavern for a traditional Irish dinner and show.
(B, D)

Day 8: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Tour Dublin, St Stephen’s Green, and shopping around Nassau Street. Cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and the General Post Office. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Trinity College to view the Book of Kells. This afternoon take an independent open-top bus tour and visit one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum.

Day 9: Blarney Castle & West Cork
Drive through farmland and pause for photos of the Rock of Cashel. At Blarney Castle kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” and walk the grounds. Shop for quality Irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel along the scenic County Cork coast to Rosscarbery.
(B, D)

Day 10: Jaunting Car & Dingle
Journey along the coast through Bantry, Kenmare to Killarney. Enjoy a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Leane, before lunch. Drive along the Dingle Peninsula and stop at the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee before continuing to Dingle, where you can explore before dinner at your hotel.
(B, L, D)

Day 11: Sheep Herding & Dingle Bay Cruise
Discover the Dingle Peninsula with heathery mountains and sandy beaches. Drive to Slea Head to watch skilled dogs round up sheep. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbor and Bay for panoramic views of the Ring of Kerry (April 23 – October 8 departures). Your afternoon and evening are free.

Day 12: Foynes & Medieval Banquet
Visit history-rich Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, then Bunratty Folk Park to see traditional cottages. For dinner enjoy a medieval-style feast and song at either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle.
(B, D)

Day 13: Tour Ends at Shannon
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner


Bunratty Folk Park Bunratty Folk Park

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. This is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park.

Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.

Donegal Castle Donegal Castle

Built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O’Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.

Down Cathedral Down Cathedral

This has been a religious site since around 750 A.D. The site has been used by Augustinian and Benedictine monks, attacked several times by Vikings, was the burial place of St Patrick and is now a Church of Ireland Cathedral.

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum Foynes

On July 9th 1939, the luxury Pan Am Flying Boat, the ’Yankee Clipper’ landed at Foynes and the Museum is dedicated to recalling the time when Foynes became the center of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945. Irish Coffee was first created here in 1942

Giant’s Causeway Giants Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns, was created from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. It is Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions. It is steeped in myth and legend, especially about the mighty giant, Finn McCool.

Jaunting car ride in Killarney Killarney Jaunting cars 2

Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountain views and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.

Sheep Herding Demonstration SheepdogTrials

Sheep farming is an important part of country life and watch a farmer with his working dogs control a flock of sheep. See how agile dogs obey various commands to round up sheep, especially useful in mountainous regions.


Titanic Belfast Titanic Belfast

Opened in April 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of this iconic ship, this new visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic from conception and construction right through the maiden voyage and tragic ending.

Westport House Westport House

This stately mansion was designed by Richard Cassels in 1731. Today visitors can see 30 elegant rooms filled with family portraits and priceless furnishings, silver and porcelain. The house is enhanced with lovely gardens overlooking Clew Bay.