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5 Day Backroads and Byways Tour

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“I’m writing to let you know what a wonderful time my dad and I had on our 5 day ‘Backroads and Byways’ tour with Paddy.  This was the first group tour we’ve ever done and I will heartily recommend Vagabond and Driftwood to my friends and family.  The tour far exceeded our expectations.

Thanks so much for developing these fantastic small-group tours of the beautiful emerald isle.  You provide a truly unique way to experience Ireland to the fullest”.

Liz Byrne, 5 day Backroads & Byways tour, May 2013.

About this Tour

About this tour

A great tour which provides an excellent introduction to Ireland. The five day Driftwood is a truly welcoming, informative, fun, relaxing Irish tour experience. Like the seven day trips, its itinerary covers some of Ireland’s best scenery and historical sites; there are visits to some of Ireland’s greatest stately homes and gardens; Free times to wander and explore the local communities we visit; Excellent accommodation, food, Irish pubs and much, much more.

Destinations

The tour takes you to some of Ireland’s best known tourist destinations like the Blarney Stone, the Rock of Cashel and the Ring of Kerry but 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

This trip concentrates on the south west of Ireland, which for many people typifies the Irish ideal of a friendly welcome, fantastic scenery, loads of history and culture, top quality pubs, food and music and picturesque small local communities.

Ring of Kerry

The trip focuses on the Beara, Iveragh (Ring of Kerry) and Dingle peninsula’s which offer a huge variety of scenery, historical sites and shopping options. We can take you right away from the crowded tourist hotspots and show you some of Ireland’s very best locations.

There is no doubt that anyone who takes this tour will fall in love with Ireland and immediately start making plans to come back.

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
  • Ireland’s wild and rugged Atlantic coastline
  • The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula
  • The green inland scenery of areas such as the Golden Vale in Tipperary

 

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

  • Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
  • Killarney National Park
  • The Dingle Peninsula

 

Visit some of Ireland’s great houses and Gardens:

  • Muckross House and Gardens, Kerry
  • Bantry House and Gardens, Cork
  • Garinish island Gardens, Cork

 

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

 

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 galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!) in Dingle town (pop. about 2500)
  • The shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare

 

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

 

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.

Price

Price per person: €909 (based on two sharing) Single supplement: €115

What's included?

    • Journey of discovery in a Driftwood mini coach tour vehicle.
    • Services of highly trained professional Driftwood tour guide
    • Four nights accommodation (1 night B&B, 3 nights Hotel).
    • 4 full Irish breakfasts.
    • All relevant taxes.
    • Guaranteed tour price and departure from the moment you make your deposit
    • Any train journeys involved in tour
    • 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
    • Visit to Bantry House and Gardens – €8
    • Boat Trip to see Fungi – €16
    • Jaunting Car ride in Killarney National park – €15
    • Blarney Stone and Rock of Cashel – €16 (combined)

     

We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a part of the daily activities on tour. Most of the historical sites we visit are free to enter, as of course are the walks and beaches. 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 5 day Driftwood “Backroads and Byways” Tour of Ireland.  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.

September 2014

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

October 2014

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

March 2015

  • Monday - 23rd
  • Monday - 30th

April 2015

  • Monday- 6th
  • Monday - 13th
  • Monday - 20th
  • Monday - 27th

May 2015

  • Monday - 4th
  • Monday - 11th
  • Monday - 18th
  • Monday - 25th

June 2015

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

July 2015

  • Monday- 6th
  • Monday - 13th
  • Monday - 20th
  • Monday - 27th

August 2015

  • Monday - 3rd
  • Monday - 10th
  • Monday - 17th
  • Monday - 24th
  • Monday - 31st

September 2015

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

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