6:45am outside Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square North
Around 7:30pm / 8:30pm, same place
Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information.
Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse – unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here.
Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and get approximately 1.5 hours to explore independently. Go to the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in the visitor's centre, where a large multimedia screen displays a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, as well as video from the underwater caves.
Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15-20 minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland.
Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way.
Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have at least 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by.
Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
*Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.
The Kilmacduagh Monastery stop is exclusive to our tour. This 1000-year-old ruin and graveyard will give you the opportunity to take some pictures of the "real" Ireland. A very rare chance to take pictures of a 12th century Round Tower located among this abundance of early christian buildings dating back to the 11th century.
As soon as you arrive to the Cliffs of Moher, you will be surrounded by beauty and captivated by nature. Spot colonies of rare birds soaring above the cliff-face, see and hear the full force of the wild and wonderful Atlantic Ocean from below and follow the many trails for stunning views that will take your breath away. You can also learn more about the natural wonder in the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre.
The Burren national park is almost 1500 hectares of uplands in the southeast of the Burren.
Be sure to bring your camera, as the unusual karst rocks make for some dramatic photo opportunities, and views stretch out towards the Aran Islands and the Twelve Bens mountain range. Here you can find Mediterranean, Arctic and Alpine plants growing next to each other. You will also see 75% of Ireland’s native flora and numerous ancient monuments, megalithic tombs, fairy forts and famous Celtic crosses.
You will follow the entire Wild Atlantic Way between Ennistymon and Galway. Passing historic landmarks such as Dunguaire Castle etc. And driving through villages like Kinvara, Ballyvaughan, and Kilfenora. Not to mention the amazing views over the Atlantic with Galway and the Aran Islands in the distance.
After arriving in Galway, you will have at least 1 hour to explore this amazing little city. Galway, the city of the tribes, is Ireland’s cultural capital. This free-spirited, artistic and bohemian city has an ambience all of its own. Explore the cobblestoned pedestrian streets that are continuously alive with music and discover the hidden gems of Galway’s speciality shops, boutiques and cafes.
Please wear warm rain-proof clothing and comfortable shoes
Packed lunch recommended
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Unbelievably beautiful. The sheer beauty of the scenery of Ireland is indescribable. The Burren and Cliffs of Burren are breathtaking, but I also have to mention how colorful and lively Galway is, with its painted storefronts. I absolutely adored this trip.
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