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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.