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Wild Atlantic Way coach tour

Wild Atlantic Way coach tour

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Our Wild Atlantic Way coach tour will take you on an unforgettable and scenic journey along the rugged coast of Ireland.

Starting in Cork city, this fantastic Wild Atlantic Way coach tour takes in the magnificent West of Ireland all the way to Derry before taking the group to Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital.

Along the way you will be following coastal roads around spectacular craggy peninsulas, admiring ancient castles and abbeys, crossing mountain passes with sweeping panoramic views and stopping in the liveliest towns and cities where you will experience the famous Irish hospitality. We have included visits to some of the most iconic places in Ireland including the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey, as well as a day trip to the Aran Islands  where you can visit the impressive Dun Aengus fort, perched on a cliff top over the Atlantic Ocean.

Our expert guides on this Wild Atlantic Way coach tour will share their local knowledge about the history of the region with the group. This coach tour includes at least two site visits per day, stopping in areas of outstanding beauty and historic significance for short tours and photo stops.

*Our Wild Atlantic Way coach tour is available to groups of 10 people minimum.

Trip highlights

  • Discover the magic of ancient castles and abbeys
  • Admire never ending ocean views along the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Lay a rose or recite a poem at the resting place of W.B. Yeats
  • Explore the vibrant towns and cities of the West of Ireland

1 Cork City

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On the first day of your Wild Atlantic Way coach tour, you will be collected by our coach in Cork and transferred to your accommodation for the evening. You will have free time for the afternoon to freshen up, rest or explore this fantastic city. In the evening your guide will host a ‘get to know you’ dinner including a briefing about the trip and schedule for the coming week.

2 Cork to Glengarriff

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Travel 167.4 km – Bus 2hrs 45 min approx:
After a hearty breakfast this morning you will board your touring coach and begin your journey of the Wild Atlantic Way, starting with a tour of Cork City before travelling to Kinsale for lunch, the gourmet capital of Ireland. After lunch you will travel west along the coast enjoying magnificent views and taking in historic sites like a famine grave in Skibbereen, the town of Baltimore and Bantry, site of an ill fated French invasion in 1796. Your accommodation for tonight will be in the beautiful town of Glengarriff.

3 Glengarriff to Killarney

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Travel 220 km – Bus 3hrs 40 min approx:
Today the Wild Atlantic Way coach tour takes the group from Glengarriff to lively Killarney where you will visit Muckross House and Gardens, after lunch you will take a tour on the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’ coastal route; one of the most famous sections of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Muckross House is a 19th century Victorian mansion set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park.
Molls Gap located in the long and winding road between Kenmare and Killarney, is the perfect viewing point for the famous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and surrounding lakes.
The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most scenic diving routes, located in some of the most beautiful, unspoiled natural regions. The route follows the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula rewarding you with stunning sea views, rugged mountain vistas and an abundance of heritage sites.

4 Dingle Peninsula

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Travel 164 km – Bus 3hrs approx:
Today, the Wild Atlantic Way coach tour will take you to the tip of the Dingle Peninsula visiting Gallarus Oratory, Dunbeg, bustling Dingle town and The South Pole Inn pub before returning to Killarney for the evening.

Dunbeg Fort is located on a rocky promontory, looking over Dingle Bay to the south. The fort’s wall cut off access to the triangular promontory, which was later occupied by a single large ‘beehive’ hut. It is believed the walls were constructed around 580 BC.

Gallarus Oratory is believed to have been built between the 6th and 9th century. It is not clear whether this fascinating building was originally designed as a tomb, chapel or shelter.

You will have time to explore the narrow streets of Dingle after lunch. Sampling some of the local world famous ice-cream is a must.

The South Pole Inn, in Annascaul, was run by legendary polar explorer Tom Crean when he retired from the navy. There is a museum on site, full of equipment and artefacts from his expeditions.

5 Killarney to Galway City

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Travel 235 km – Bus 3hrs 50 min approx:
Departing Killarney the Wild Atlantic Way coach tour takes the group to Tarbert Harbour where you will board a ferry across the Shannon Estuary. Keep an eye out for the Shannon dolphins who live in the estuary. Once you have landed you will have a short stop in Kilkee, a popular holiday destination dating back to Victorian times. The group will stop for lunch in Lahinch, one of Ireland’s best surfing towns. After your meal you will travel on to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and finish in the medieval city of Galway.
Enjoy superb panoramic views from the Cliffs of Moher, stretching along the Atlantic coast for over 8km and tower 214m above the ocean at their tallest point. There is a fantastic visitor centre offering information about the history and nature of the area, cafe, souvenirs and bathrooms. Close to the visitor centre, you’ll find O’ Brien’s Tower.

On your way to Galway you will have time to stop at various beauty spots, as you travel through The Burren’s unique landscape.

Extra Day Aran Island Tour

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We are adding an extra night in Galway to this Wild Atlantic Way coach tour to give you the opportunity to visit the fascinating Aran Islands. You will tour Inishmore the largest of the Aran Islands, notably the home of Dun Aengus, an iconic and impressive Irish stone fort. Often referred to as the “the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe”, it is believed that some of the construction at Dun Aengus dates back to the Iron Age (roughly 1,100 BC). This semicircular stone fort rests on the edge of a perpendicular cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean. Inishmore has 1,100 inhabitants and offers a range of sight seeing options to get the most out of your time on the island, such as bus tours and horse and cart or you could hire a bicycle giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace.

6 Galway to Westport

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Travel 202 km – Bus 3hrs 15 min approx:
After breakfast you will start your day with a tour of Galway City, then board your coach for a beautifully scenic transfer to Kylemore Abbey. Travelling through the Connemara National Park you will get to see the locations of ‘The Quiet Man’ and ‘The Field’. You will also visit an authentic Irish bodhran workshop and enjoy photo stops at Killary Fjord, Delphi and Croagh Patrick.
Kylemore Abbey was originally a popular hunting lodge for English gentlemen, in 1867 it was purchased and developed into Kylemore Castle. Kylemore Castle was bought be a group of Benedictine nuns, along with 10,000 acres of land in December 1920. The castle was converted into an abbey and the nuns reopened their international school. Your visit to Kylemore will include a tour of the abbey and its walled gardens.

The group’s accommodation will be in Westport this evening.

7 Westport to Sligo

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Travel 190 km – Bus 3hrs 15 min approx:
In the morning you the group will travel to the Ballycroy National Park and along the Spanish Coast Road, heading then North along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Ceide Fields and finishing in Sligo town.
Ballycroy National Park comprises of 11,000 hectares of pristine Atlantic blanket bog. This part of the Wild Atlantic Way features historic landfall points by the Spanish Armada 1588 following its defeat at the naval battle of Gravelines. You will then visit the Ceide Fields, a fascinating Neolithic containing the oldest known field systems in the world.

8 Sligo to Derry

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Travel 280 km – Bus 3hrs 45 min approx:
Leaving Sligo this morning, the Wild Atlantic Way coach tour takes the group to Drumcliff Cemetery through Barnsmore Gap to Derry City for lunch and a tour of the city walls. After lunch you will travel north along the Inisowen Peninsula, to Dunree fort, returning to Derry via the picturesque Mamore Gap.

Drumcliff Cemetery is the final resting place of famous Irish poet W.B. Yeats, located in the Shadow of iconic Benbulbin mountain.

Derry City is known as the ‘Maiden City’ as the city walls were never breached and remain completely intact. For this reason there is a wealth of period correct historical buildings and heritage sites within the old walled city.

Dunree Fort (military museum) is a Napoleonic period fort built by the Royal Navy, retaining many of its original features.

9 Derry to Dublin

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Travel 240 km – Bus 3hrs 40 min approx:
After breakfast the Wild Atlantic Way coach tour will take the group back to Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. After lunch you will have some time to explore the city before a bon voyage dinner in the evening.

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.

Simply relax strolling around Saint Stephen’s Green.

View the Book of Kells in Trinity College.

10 Dublin

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After breakfast your Wild Atlantic Way coach tour with IrelandWays.com comes to an end. We will arrange a transfer to the Dublin Airport in the early afternoon for anyone travelling home today.

Why not ask the IrelandWays.com 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 just spend some more time exploring the historic city of Dublin.

Hotels on the Wild Atlantic Way 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.

Cork -

Our first choice hotel in Cork city, has been recently refurbished, improving its already comfortable rooms and atmosphere. Each bedroom is tastefully decorated, warm and inviting.

Glengarriff -

For your first nights accommodation we have chosen a hotel in Glengarriff, offering all the conveniences you would expect and overlooking the eternally beautiful Glengarriff Harbour.

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.

Galway -

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

Westport -

Your accommodation in Westport offers a fusion of contemporary chic and classic elegance where you can relax and unwind in style.

Sligo -

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

Derry -

With an award-winning restaurant and leisure centre, this family-run hotel, is a short walk from Derry’s cultural centre.

Dublin -

This evening’s accommodation is in Dublin City, ideally located walking distance from all main tourist sights.

Kinsale Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

Cork Airport is the closest airport, there are regular flights into and out of Cork Airport from most major airports in Europe.

 

Dublin Airport is further away, but has the highest number of flights landing from most European and international locations.

 

Shannon Airport may be preferable to visitors travelling form the United States

 

More information: 

Cork Airport

Dublin Airport

Shannon Airport

Sky Scanner

TO and FROM the Airports

TO CORK CITY

Getting to Cork City from Cork Airport:

Cork Airport to Cork City | Bus Éireann No.226/A | Travel time 0H35, outside the main terminal leaving every hour | Fare €6 each way.

 

 

Getting to Cork City from Dublin Airport:

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Cork City | Aircoach | Travel time 3H30, leaving every hour  | Fare €17 each way.

 

 

Getting to Cork from Dublin Airport via Dublin City Centre:

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Aircoach | Travel time 0H30, leaving every 15-30min | Fare €6 approx. one way.

OR

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Dublin Bus – Bus No.747 | Travel time 0H40, leaving every 15min | Fare €6 one way. (NOTE: This bus also stops at Heuston Train Station).

 

Step 2: Once on O’Connell Street it is a short walk, tram (Luas) or taxi ride to Heuston Train Station (Irish Rail), or D’Olier St. (Aircoach).

 

Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Heuston Train Station) to Cork City | Irish Rail | Travel time 2H30, leaving every hour | Fare €14-€35 each way.

OR

Step 3: Dublin City Centre (D’Olier St.) to Cork City | Aircoach | Travel time 3H00, leaving every hour | Fare €10 one way.

 

Getting to Cork City from Shannon Airport:

Shannon Airport to Cork City | Bus Éireann No.51 | Travel time 2H30, leaving every 2 hours  | Fare €25 each way.

 

More information:

Bus Eireann – Intercity Bus.

Irish Rail – Intercity Trains.

Aircoach – Airport transfer

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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  • 10 days/ 9 nights. Wild Atlantic Way coach tour travelling this spectacular route from Cork to Derry and Dublin. Travelling on a luxury touring coach and staying in our selected accommodation. Available to groups of 10 people minimum. Price pp, with breakfast.

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

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  • Holiday pack: including notes & map(s), additional useful information eg what to bring, Irish phrases