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Best of Ireland coach tour

Ireland's highlights tour

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On the Best of Ireland coach tour, you will discover the awe inspiring and breath taking beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way as well as taking in the most iconic and important historic places across Ireland.

In one feature-packed week, you will get to admire the country’s most famous sea cliffs and unique landscapes, visit sacred mountains, castles, medieval walled cities and much more. The Ireland Highlights Coach Tour will be an adventure packed with treasured memories.

This tour starts and finishes in Dublin City. Our expert guides will regale you with stories of the history and heritage of the inspiring countryside you will travel through. You will have at least two site tours per day and travel in a luxury touring coach, stopping at areas of outstanding beauty and historical hot spots for short tours and photo stops.

The Ireland Highlights Coach Tour takes in sites such as the impressive Cliffs of Moher, towering above the Atlantic Ocean; The Ring of Kerry, the most iconic coastal drive on the Wild Atlantic Way; the Rock of Cashel, site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick; The Giants Causeway a UNESCO world heritage site consisting of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns; and back in Dublin Trinity College and the Book of Kells a 9th century gospel, world famous for its lavish decorations.

The Best of Ireland coach tour is available for groups of 10 minimum.

Trip highlights

  • Take in the wild Atlantic Ocean views at the Cliffs of Moher
  • Sample amazing seafood in medieval Galway City
  • Admire historic Kylemore Abbey and walled gardens
  • Lay a flower or recite a verse at the resting place of poet W.B. Yeats

1 Dublin


On the first day of the Best of Ireland coach tour, you will arrive in Dublin Airport, where you will be collected by your coach and transferred to your accommodation for the evening. You will have free time for the afternoon to freshen up and rest after your morning’s travel. In the evening your guide will arrange a ‘get to know you’ dinner including a briefing about the trip and schedule for the coming days.

2 Dublin to Derry

Giant Causeway Ireland Ways

Travel 337 km – Bus 4hrs 30 min approx:
After breakfast the group tour will kick start with a visit to Trinity College Dublin, to see the Book of Kells, before travelling north to Belfast.

Located in the heart of Dublin City, Trinity College is a modern college with an elegant period style and atmosphere. Walking through the cobbled courtyard, visitors will transported back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. The Old Library houses the Book of Kells, a 9th-century gospel manuscript, written in Latin on vellum (prepared calfskin). The Book of Kells is famous around the globe and celebrated for its lavish decoration.

From Dublin the group will travel to the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Nature Reserve. This world-famous landscape consisting of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Local legend would argue that it was constructed as a bridge to Scotland when a giant from Ireland named Fionn MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner.

You will spend the evening in Derry City.

3 Derry to Westport


Travel 254 km – Bus 4hrs approx:
Day three of the Best of Ireland coach tour will begin with a walking tour of Derry City. Known as the ‘Maiden City’ as the city walls were never breached during siege, there is a wealth of period historical buildings and heritage sites within the old walled city.

Today you will also visit Croagh Patrick, a place of worship as far back as 3,000 BC. In the 5th century Croagh Patrick gained popularity as the mount from which Saint Patrick banished snakes from Ireland. Arriving at this iconic mountain you will have the option to take a short walk to a viewing point known as the ‘five fingers’.

Nearby Westport is a designated Heritage Town. The words picturesque and Westport go hand in hand. This busy little town has a lot to offer whether you are looking historic tours, scenic walks, gastronomy or bars with entertainment.

4 Westport to Galway


Travel 145 km – Bus 2hrs 30 min approx:
Today you have an exciting day ahead with trips scheduled to Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey and cross the heart of Connemara on your way to bustling Galway city.

Killary Fjord is located in the heart of Connemara and is one of three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland. Your coach will follow the shore of Killary Fjord stopping at the best locations giving you an opportunity to take that perfect landscape photograph.

Kylemore Estate was purchased in 1867 and transformed in to Kylemore Castle by Mitchell and Margaret Henry. In 1920 a community of nuns purchased Kylemore Castle, after their abbey in Ypres Belgium was destroyed during WWI. The nuns transformed the castle into Kylemore Abbey. Your guide will take you on a tour through this enchanting abbey and its adjoining gardens.

In the evening you will be transferred to the historic city of Galway for a walking tour. This lively city still maintains much of its medieval charm, with narrow streets, old shop fronts, ancient city walls, castles and cathedrals.

5 Galway to Killarney


Travel 210 km – Bus 3hrs approx:
Departing Galway City your tour will take you through the heart of the Burren, stopping to take pictures of this unique landscape and its most iconic monuments:

The spectacular Cliffs of Moher are also on the itinerary of the Explore Ireland coach tour for today. Stretching along the coast for over 8km and towering 214m above the Atlantic Ocean they are one of Ireland’s top attractions. There is also a fantastic visitor centre offering information about the area, cafes and bathrooms. Close to the visitor centre, you’ll find the iconic O’ Brien’s Tower with a viewing platform on its roof.

The group will then travel to Limerick for a tour of King John’s Castle, by the River Shannon. The settlement dates back to the era of the Vikings 922 AD and it was redeveloped to its current form around 1200 AD. The exhibition offers insight in to the daily lives of people living and working within this fortress.

In the evening you will travel south to Killarney, a bustling country town packed with good restaurants, bars and traditional pubs.

6 The Ring of Kerry

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Travel 174 km – Bus 2hrs 45 min approx:
Today, the coach tour continues in one of Ireland’s most spectacular drives: the world famous Ring of Kerry section of the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Ring of Kerry winds its way around the stunning Iveragh Peninsula taking in some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland. The tour follows the Kerry coastline in the foothills of the Macgillycuddy’s reeks, home to 9 of the 10 tallest mountains in Ireland. To the West you will have the perfect vantage point to take in the views of the stunning Kerry coastline including Rossbeigh and Inch beaches, Skellig and The Great Blasket Islands. Your guide will organize photo stops and short tours at key locations on your route on The Ring of Kerry.

Returning to Killarney you will visit Killarney National Park and Muckross House where your guide will take you on a tour of this majestic Victorian mansion, traditional farm and walled gardens.

You will stay in Killarney again today giving you the evening to explore this bustling town.

7 Killarney to Dublin


Travel 309 km – Bus 3hrs 30 minutes approx:
On the last activity day of the Best of Ireland coach tour you will leave Killarney and visit the magnificent Rock of Cashel, as well as Kilkenny Castle on your way back to Dublin city.

The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings, was the seat of the High Kings of Munster. The rock was gifted to the Church in the 12th century and most of the buildings on the site date from that era. The oldest and tallest of the buildings is the iconic round tower (28 metres, or 90 feet), dating from 1100 AD.

Picturesque Kilkenny Castle showcases examples of several phases of development in Irish architectural styles ranging from a stone built moated Norman fortress, and the impressive 17th century classical gateway. The 18th century saw the building of the elegant, crescent shaped stables and the 19th century remodelling introduced the Castellated Baronial style with additional Ruskinian Gothic motifs.

We have also organise a bon voyage meal for the group as you return to your accommodation in Dublin.

8 Dublin


After breakfast your Best of Ireland coach tour with us comes to an end. We will arrange a transfer to the Dublin Airport in the early afternoon for anyone travelling home today.

Ask the travel consultants about adding an extra night accommodation if you wish to take advantage of a day trip to County Wicklow and the 6th century monastic site at Glendalough, or just spend some time exploring the historic city of Dublin. Be magically transported back in time when you visit the National Museum of Ireland, sample a pint Guinness at its source with a tour or the Guinness Storehouse or simply relax strolling around Saint Stephen’s Green.

Hotels for our Best of Ireland coach tour have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food and friendliness of the staff. Accommodation displayed is subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort and price.

Dublin -

Our first choice accommodation in Ireland’s capital city is ideally located within walking distance from Dublin’s major tourist attractions and cultural hot spots.

Belfast -

We have chosen a hotel in the heart of Belfast City, ideal if you wish to go for a wander in the evening, enjoying this beautiful city at night.

Sligo -

Sligo Town is a coastal seaport surrounded by some of the most scenic countryside in Ireland ranging from the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastline to Benbulben Ireland’s iconic flat topped mountain.

Galway -

We have selected a comfortable hotel for you, close to Galway’s historic city centre.

Killarney -

We have chosen a modern hotel in the heart of Killarney town centre as your accommodation, ensuring you are offered the best possibility to relax and unwind this evening.

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Flying IN and OUT

Dublin Airport has the highest number of flights landing from most European and international locations.

There are also some ferry access options. Ask the team for advice.


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TO and FROM the Airports

How to get to Dublin City:
From Dublin Airport
We will arrange a transfer time with you group leader and you will be transferred to you hotel in Dublin City

How to get back to Dublin Airport:

To: Dublin Airport

We will arrange a transfer time with you group leader and you will be transferred to Dublin Airport from your hotel.

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What's Included

  • Expert guide
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board accommodation
  • Accommodation in unique properties

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  • Holiday pack: including notes, map(s) and useful information such as what to bring, Irish phrases