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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

  • 2019 Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way 13 days/12 night Land Tour
Starts Shannon
Ends Shannon
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Spend a day exploring Achill Island, with its soaring cliffs, windswept beaches, rich
    heritage and deserted boglands.
  • Get a taste of the Sligo Food Trail with a foraging adventure, followed by a tasting of the wild edibles you find.

Dining Experiences

  • 12 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D) including Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner and show, and a festive medieval castle banquet

Trip Highlights

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Down Cathedral
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Sheep Herding Demonstrations
  • Sligo Food Trail
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Westport House

 

Hotels – 12 Nights

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis (1 night)

Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)

Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar (2 nights)

Stormont Hotel, Belfast (1 night)

Ashling Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery (1 night)

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle (2 nights)

The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)

Hotels

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Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Description:

A long-established, traditional hotel where the warmth of a country house blends with the style of a…

Hotel Westport, Westport

Hotel Westport, Westport Description:

Surrounded by woodlands, this modern property offers everything you need for a relaxing stay. The open plan restaurant offers great Irish breakfasts and excellent dining. Enjoy a beverage in the Maple Bar and use the extensive spa and leisure facilities. All guest rooms are spacious, with plenty of amenities. Ideal for touring the scenic region, this hotel is very close to the center of Westport town and within easy walking distance of pubs and shops.

Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar

Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar Description:

Established in 1845 as a coaching inn, this welcoming family hotel is in a great location for exploring the northern regions of County Donegal. The old-world atmosphere exudes charm with comfortable guest rooms while the restaurant offers the finest locally-sourced foodstuffs.

Stormont Hotel, Belfast City

Stormont Hotel, Belfast City Description:

The 4 star Hastings Stormont Hotel Belfast is located just minutes away from Belfast City Centre, adjacent to Stormont Castle and overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Stormont Estate making it an ideal base for business or leisure. In addition to an excellent reputation for professionalism and exceptional hospitality, this luxurious Hotel boasts superb facilities to assure the ultimate in comfort and style and the friendly and professional staff will ensure you have everything you need and much more during your stay.

Ashling Hotel, Dublin

Ashling Hotel, Dublin Description:

This contemporary property offers 225 spacious and well-equipped guest rooms as well as stylish, modern restaurants, bar and public spaces. Located on the north bank of the River Liffey near Phoenix Park, the hotel is conveniently located for exploring Dublin. City center and Temple Bar are just a 20-minute walk away, and both sites, as well as many other attractions, are accessible via the Luas tram, which stops near the hotel.

Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork

Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork Description:

This modern family-owned hotel is set right on the West Cork coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way. Six…

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Kerry

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Kerry Description:

This modern hotel offers guest rooms in elegant color combinations with all facilities. Dine in the Coastguard Restaurant, with panoramic views of Dingle Bay. Enjoy shoreline walks as well as extensive leisure facilities, including the award-winning spa. Located on the outskirts of the compact town of Dingle and on the shores of Dingle Bay, this property is within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars, and serves as a great base for touring the Dingle Peninsula.

The Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland

The Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland Description:

This modern hotel is located on the wooded countryside of the Dromoland Castle Estate. The hotel features spacious rooms that are decorated in a traditional manner. There is a health and fitness club, indoor swimming pool, and multiple restaurants on the premise. Enjoy and elegant meal at Deerfield’s Restaurant, a casual meal in Shannigan’s Gastro Pub, or treat yourself to some afternoon tea.

Itinerary

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Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way 13 Days / 12 Nights / 23 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1Shannon Arrival & Cliffs of Moher

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Ennis hotel. See the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Join your group for a welcome drink before dinner. (D)

Day 2Connemara & Galway

Journey through Connemara for sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains. Tour Galway with a local guide to see the narrow streets, medieval city walls, and Lynch’s Castle. Continue to Westport, built in 1780, with shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. (B, D)

Day 3Achill Island & Westport House

Tour Westport before departing for Achill Island. The island is accessible by bridge, with wonderful views along the way. See the Deserted Village, 100 stone cottages abandoned in the famine of the 1840s. Stop in Keel for lunch. Return to Westport to tour the 18th-century Westport House and enjoy a glass of beer or wine. Take a group photo at this scenic location and enjoy a glass of complimentary wine or beer. The evening is free for independent activities and dining. (B, L)

Day 4Country Life & Sligo Food Trail

Immerse yourself in Irish history at the Museum of Country Life. Drive through Counties Mayo and Sligo, and around Donegal Bay. Experience the Sligo Food Trail, where you will have a foraging adventure with a tasting to follow. Continue to Stranorlar for the evening. (B, D)

Day 5Grand Atlantic Drive & Glenveagh Castle

Experience the glorious Grand Atlantic Drive, which winds around the coastline through Downings and Rosapenna. Travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair evicted 225 tenants to build Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Travel to Derry and join a local guide for a walking tour of the medieval city walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Return to Stranorlar with time to relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 6Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast

Drive along the north coast to explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed more than 60 million years ago. Drive along the scenic coastal Nine Glens of Antrim route to Belfast. Visit Titanic Belfast to see the history and the heritage of the ill-fated Titanic. (B, D)

Day 7Belfast Panoramic Tour & Down Cathedral

Take a Belfast panoramic tour and visit Down Cathedral, the historical burial place of St Patrick. Proceed to lunch at the Glyde Inn near Dundalk. (B, L)

Day 8Dublin Tour & Abbey Tavern

Tour Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green, and shopping around Nassau Street. Cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and the General Post Office. Visit Dublin Liberties Distillery to discover traditional whiskey making in the historic district. The afternoon is free for exploring independently on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Then on to a traditional Irish dinner and entertainment at the Abbey Tavern. (B, D)

Day 9Blarney Castle & West Cork

Drive through farmland and arrive at Blarney Castle to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” and walk the grounds. Shop for quality Irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel along the scenic County Cork coast to explore Kinsale, then on to Rosscarbery to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 10Jaunting Car & Dingle

Enjoy a free morning to explore before an artisan lunch at Heather’s Restaurant in the foothills of the McGillycuddy Reeks. Journey along the coast through Bantry and Kenmare to Killarney. Enjoy a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Leane. Drive along the Dingle Peninsula and stop at the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee before continuing to Dingle, where you can explore before dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Sheep Herding & Dingle Bay Cruise

Discover the Dingle Peninsula with heathery mountains and sandy beaches. Drive to Slea Head to watch skilled dogs round up sheep. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbor and Bay for panoramic views of the Ring of Kerry. Your afternoon is free for exploring Dingle. (B)

Day 12Foynes & Medieval Banquet

Visit history-rich Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, then Bunratty Folk Park to see traditional cottages. For dinner enjoy a medieval-style feast and song at Bunratty or Knappogue castle. (B, D)

Day 13Tour Ends at Shannon

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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7 Reviews


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Good itinerary, excellent tour guide - Frank our guide was full of information and developed a wonderful rapport with the group.

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Easy to do and staff very helpful during the process

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The booking process was very smooth. Hotels were nice and clean. Our bus driver/tour guide was the best!!

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Ian McCarthy made our reservations for us which we greatly appreciated! With ultimately 6 of us traveling together, there were a few glitches but all worked out well, & yes, we would definitely use CIE again. Our tour director, Frank, was the absolute BEST!!! That particular tour was so enjoyable! We LOVED it!

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Booking was seamless. The tour guide was very efficient, knowledgeable, and good humored. The accommodations were excellent as well as the meals provided. We had a great vacation and plan to travel with CIE again this year.

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It was a Great trip. We had a few bumps in the road but, that's mother nature for you. Who knew there would be a Hurricane when we went in October 2017. So some things got cancelled. Also alot of rain. We also went through CIE Tours in April of 2013 and it was perfect. I would book with CIE Tours again and plan on it.

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