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11 day Discover Ireland Tour

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All in all my experience of Ireland, Driftwood tours and, in particular, Emmett, was terrific and I would have no hesitation in recommending Driftwood or Vagabond to anybody wishing to do as Carol and I did.  The Irish people were so friendly to us and I feel jealous of those people now on your tour.

Rosemary Jones, 11 day Discover Ireland tour, June 2013.

About this Tour

About this tour

Truly a journey of discovery, the eleven day Driftwood is a breath-taking tour of Ireland. We will take you to some of Ireland best known tourist destinations like the Blarney Stone, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher and because our groups and vehicles are smaller, we will also take you right away from the beaten track and show you our favourite hidden corners of Ireland.

 

South West

Firstly we head south west, through the green heart of Ireland and counties Kildare, Tipperary and Limerick to County Cork. We then spend the next 4-5 days exploring the fabulous south west of Ireland and its varied peninsula’s before then weaving our way from County Kerry across the great River Shannon into County Clare.

 

 

The West

Once here you have the limestone lunar landscape of the Burren to explore, you will have some of the very best traditional Irish music to enjoy in the pubs, you can marvel at the Cliffs of Moher and there is also the option of a day trip to the world famous Aran islands (you visit the islands while we drive around Galway bay and pick you up on the other side). You have then arrived in Connemara for the night, a remote and beautiful area which has a special place in the hearts of the Irish people. Nowhere quite typifies old fashioned Ireland like Connemara.

 

 

Going North

The next couple of days are spent in the less-touristed areas of Counties Mayo and Sligo. In Mayo alone there are such highlights as Ireland’s only Fjord, the colourful town of Westport and the Holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, before we cross into Sligo for slightly softer scenery and the unique experience of a hot sea-weed bath! We now spend two nights in Enniscrone in Sligo, giving us time to explore the area and nearby north-west Mayo – it is one of the least visited parts of Ireland . The two night stay also gives you the chance to have a more relaxing day on tour, maybe play a round of golf and get to know the local community.

 

 

Northern Ireland

And then its time to cross the border into Northern Ireland, still part of the United Kingdom. We spend two days in the province learning all about the recent turbulent history and right back to the stone age – while not forgetting the fantastic coastal scenery of the Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim.

 

This really is a journey of Discovery.

Highlights

Highlights

Revel at some of Europe’s very best scenery, including:

  • Ireland’s highest mountain range The Macgillycuddy Reeks
  • The Green fields and stone walls of Dingle
  • Connemara’s mountains, lakes, beaches and rivers
  • Ireland’s wild and rugged Atlantic coastline
  • The River Shannon (which we cross by ferry)
  • The Burren Limestone Plateau
  • The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula
  • The green inland scenery of areas such as the Golden Vale in Tipperary
  • The Glens of Antrim

 

Enjoy some of Ireland’s most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:

  • Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
  • Killarney National Park
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Take the optional day trip to the Aran Islands
  • The Giant’s Causeway

 

Visit some of Ireland’s great houses and Gardens

  • Muckross House and Gardens, Kerry
  • Bantry House and Gardens, Cork
  • Garinish island Gardens, Cork
  • Kylemore Abbey and Grounds, Connemara

 

Wonder at some of Ireland’s historical treasures and experience the rich historical past of the region, from stone age man to the modern age.

  • Visit The Rock of Cashel
  • Ancient neolithic stone circles, celtic ring forts, castles, monastic sites and pre-christian tombs
  • The Grinian of Aileach
  • Learn about the modern day history of Northern Ireland, especially on the walking tour of Derry and the Black Cab tour of Belfast

 

Explore three of Ireland’s most diverse south western Peninsulas:

  • The majestic Iveragh peninsula (better known as the Ring of Kerry)
  • The rugged Beara Peninsula (also known as the ‘undiscovered peninsula’)
  • The rolling hills of the Dingle Peninsula

 

Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:

  • The vibrant and buzzing Galway city
  • The galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!) in Dingle town (pop. about 2500)
  • The shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare
  • The resurgent Northern Irish cities of Derry and Belfast

 

Some fun little side trips:

  • Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing
  • Take a boat trip to try Spot Dingle’s most Friendly occupant – Funghi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay
  • Optional visit to Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery, the oldest working distillery in the world
  • Test your fear of heights at the Carrick a Rede rope bridge

 

And at night:

  • Live music and excellent food in some of Ireland’s best pubs and restaurants.
  • Overnight in quality, locally owned guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in small, friendly local communities
  • Spend a night in a superb Irish castle hotel

Price

Price per person: €1929 (based on two sharing) Single supplement: €330

What's included?

    • Journey of discovery in a Driftwood mini coach tour vehicle.
    • Services of highly trained professional Driftwood tour guide
    • 11 FULL days on tour
    • Ten nights accommodation (2 nights B&B, 8 nights Hotel,  including one night in a castle).
    • 10 Full Irish breakfasts.
    • Shannon ferry tickets
    • All relevant taxes.
    • Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
    • Loads of laughs

    Most daily activities and visits, including:

    • Entrance to most of the historical and archeological sites along the way
    • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work

    AND…Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking (we have never cancelled a tour, thats a promise)

Optional Extras

    • Lunches and evening meals
    • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
    • Boat trip to Garinish Island – €15 (southern tours)
    • Visit to Bantry House and Gardens – €8
    • Day trip to the Aran Islands –€20
    • Black Cab taxi tour of Belfast – GB£10
    • Jaunting Car ride in Killarney National park – €15
    • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery – GB£7.50
    • Walking tour of Derry – GB£4
    • Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge – GB£5.6
    • Hot, relaxing sea-weed bath – €25
    • Blarney Stone and Rock of Cashel – €16

We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. Most of the places we visit are free to enter. The additional activities we do offer are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers over the years.

Departure Dates

When do we leave?

Please see below for the list of departure dates currently available for this 11 day Driftwood ‘Discover Ireland’ Tour.  If the dates you are interested are not available, please contact us as we may be able to release some places or schedule in another tour.

June 2014

  • Tuesday - 3rd
  • Tuesday - 10th
  • Tuesday - 17th
  • Tuesday - 24th

July 2014

  • Tuesday - 1st
  • Tuesday - 8th
  • Tuesday - 15th
  • Tuesday - 22th
  • Tuesday - 29th

August 2014

  • Tuesday - 5th
  • Tuesday - 12th
  • Tuesday - 19th
  • Tuesday - 26th

September 2014

  • Tuesday - 2nd
  • Tuesday - 9th
  • Tuesday - 16th
  • Tuesday - 23rd
  • Tuesday - 30th

October 2014

  • Tuesday - 7th
  • Tuesday - 14th
  • Tuesday - 21st

May 2015

  • Tuesday - 5th
  • Tuesday - 12th
  • Tuesday - 19th
  • Tuesday - 26th

June 2015

  • Tuesday - 2nd
  • Tuesday - 9th
  • Tuesday - 16th
  • Tuesday - 23rd
  • Tuesday - 30th

July 2015

  • Tuesday - 7th
  • Tuesday - 14th
  • Tuesday - 21st
  • Tuesday - 28th

August 2015

  • Tuesday - 4th
  • Tuesday - 11th
  • Tuesday - 18th
  • Tuesday - 25th

September 2015

  • Tuesday - 1st
  • Tuesday - 8th
  • Tuesday - 15th
  • Tuesday - 22nd
  • Tuesday - 29th

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