Dunquin Bay in Kerry County, Ireland

Ireland 10-Day Tour: Off the Beaten Tracks

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Shannon, County Clare, Galway, County Mayo...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

The wild west of Ireland is where the Atlantic Ocean waves crash against towering cliffs and dramatic landscapes present with baffling beauty. Surreal rocks at The Burren, the untouched Aran Islands, lush and rugged Dingle, and Kenmare Bay’s seals and cliffs will all be yours to take in and enjoy. Ireland has a coastline of endless highlights, and every element will be celebrated on this private tour. Hike, cycle, drive and cruise through the landscapes and then spend the evenings in castles and...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the wild splendor of Connemara, a destination to help you escape the world
  • Spend a day on the Aran Islands, embracing its barren and almost baffling beauty
  • Explore Ireland’s wild coastline, from the Cliffs of Moher down to the Dingle Peninsula
  • Enjoy some handpicked off-the-beaten-track highlights on the Ring of Kerry
  • Feast your eyes on The Burren and head deep into rugged Irish mountains
  • Uncover Gaelic and Celtic history, along with prehistoric stories and megalithic tombs
  • Cruise through the inlets and peninsulas of Kenmare Bay
  • Spend four nights in a sumptuous five-star castle hotel, as well as enjoying overnight stays in vintage manor houses
  • Get to know Irish traditions, particularly in small towns like Ennis

Detailed Description

On the west of Ireland, it is easy to be alone. Wind whips past your ear as silence stretches into the distance with nothing but sheep and cliffs keep you company. This part of Ireland is an escape from the world and a getaway into the simple beauty of Irish life. You will not be completely alone, however, as local guides show you the way and there will always be a warming castle or manor house to return to each evening. On these dramatic coastal landscapes, it will feel as though you have reached the edge of the world, and perhaps you have as you look out from to find that the next landmass is the Americas.

This handcrafted tour celebrates the wonders of Ireland’s western coastline. It takes you to wild places and through the off the beaten track sections along the coast. You will visit the popular highlights as well, such as the Cliffs of Moher, but the focus is on exploring landscapes unadulterated by tour buses. From County Mayo down to Kenmare Bay, this private ten-day journey covers all the major Irish coastal landscapes. It will be their diversity you will remember most, each snippet of coast quite different to the last, quite distinct in its atmosphere and beauty. Some need little introduction, others you will have to yourself.

Fly in and out of Shannon International Airport rather than wasting time crossing the country by flying into Dublin. For the first four nights you will be based in Cong, and staying in a castle that is part of the Leading Hotels of the World. Ease into the experience with a day searching out monastery ruins and the Doonbeg Valley, and then dedicate an entire day to Connemara, the wild and wondrous landscape where Kylemore Abbey hides. Spend day four on the Aran Islands, taking a boat onto the Atlantic and the windswept splendor of a virtually uninhabited island.

From Cong, you will dive into The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, both places with various hiking trails and endlessly open vistas. Your destination will be Ennis, where you spend two nights in a manor house, in a quaint Gaelic town. Explore the lesser-seen side of County Clare on day six before twisting along the Dingle Peninsula on day seven. Then it will be into County Kerry with some handpicked highlights of Killarney and the Ring of Kerry on route to two nights in Kenmare. Your final day is relaxed, spent cruising Kenmare Bay, a landscape that reflects the wild west Irish experience; it’s remote and beautiful, silent and serene, with always a surprise around the next corner. Read some of our travelers’ reviews for Ireland travel to discover new experiences to add to your own tour.

Starting Price

$5,195 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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