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From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher Small Group Tour

1. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher Small Group Tour

Your first stop is the 13th-century King John’s Castle in Limerick. The castle itself was built by the notorious King John, brother of famous Richard the Lionheart, and it is widely regarded as one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe. Learn about the medieval era of Ireland, ranging from the Viking invaders to the Lords of Ireland. Following your visit to King John’s Castle, drive through Lisdoonvarna, home of the oldest matchmaking festival in the world. The pass Kilfenora, home to one of Ireland’s most popular traditional Céilí bands. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, brimming with magical views, including over the Aran Islands and the surfing beaches of Fanore and Galway Bay. During the coastal drive, go off the beaten track and view the famous Baby Cliffs of Moher. Shorter than the Cliffs of Moher, these smaller cliffs offer the ideal opportunity to see whales and dolphins. Gaze over the magical limestone landscape known as the Burren region. Dating back over 300 million years, this rugged landscape is home to over 1,100 species of plants ranging from arctic flora to Mediterranean perennials and is one of the most fascinating regions of Western Europe. Stop at the traditional village of Doolin, boasting some of the best Irish pubs and restaurants. Order a local dish for lunch, such as Doolin’s famous seafood chowder, soda bread, and freshly brewed Guinness. Arrive at the world famous Cliffs of Moher, to enjoy a relaxing walk and breathtaking views. The cliffs offer a stunning view of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, and the rugged Connemara wilderness. You will also have the chance to see many of the 30,000 birds nesting in colonies along the cliffs and explore the award-winning Atlantic Edge Exhibition. You will return to Dublin at approximately 7:30 PM, where you will be dropped off in downtown Dublin, or at the same location that you were collected from. 

Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

2. Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

Make your way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on any postcards. Hear gruesome stories of brothels run by serial killers, cannibals with a taste for young children, and the notorious Hellfire Club, said to be made up of Devil worshippers! Journey through the folklore of Ireland and get introduced to fairies, banshees, and leprechauns. Hear how Halloween originated from the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain when, according to legend, beings from the spiritual world could cross dimensions more easily. Admire the stunning architecture of ancient buildings such as Dublin Castle, said to be haunted with the souls of beheaded invaders. Learn about the young boy who is said to stroll around the Olympia Theatre.

Dublin 2-Hour E-Bike Tour with a Local Guide

3. Dublin 2-Hour E-Bike Tour with a Local Guide

The story of Dublin comes alive as you explore the city by electric bike. This 2-hour small group activity makes it possible for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of Dublin in a way that really immerses you in Dublin life. Because e-bikes are used, this fun activity is accessible to all. The tour company is fully insured and the idea behind the tour is that a large area can easily be covered, giving visitors a great orientation of the city in an informative, stress-free manner. A local guide will lead your tour and provide a history of the capital with a typical Dublin wit. See a side of Dublin that’s not typically mentioned in the guidebooks. The tour is designed for small groups (a maximum of 10 people), meaning that the tour is tailored in its approach, allowing for lots of time to ask questions. With the tales your guide has to tell, you most definitely will not be bored! There is no better way to explore an area than by cycling. Ride around the streets of Dublin on an e-bike and you’ll have lots of time and energy to take in more attractions afterwards!

Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

4. Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

Discover the scenic splendor of southwest Ireland on a comprehensive 5-day tour of The Burren, the Dingle Peninsula, and the fabled Ring of Kerry. Stop at historic castles and monasteries, and wander the colorful fishing villages to sample fresh seafood. Enjoy dramatic views from the Cliffs of Moher, and stroll along the vast stretch of Inch Beach watching the local surfers. Transportation is by small minicoach, with accommodation in quaint bed and breakfast guesthouses for a more intimate experience. Day 1: Depart Dublin and head west through the farmland and peat bogs of Kildare and Offally counties. Stop at Locke’s Distillery, reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the local whiskey to experience the true spirit of Ireland. Continue west to the mighty Shannon River, and vist the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise. Admire its collection of churches, stone crosses, and round towers. After an afternoon stop in a traditional pub in one of the attractive villages, travel to Galway City to check into your base for the night. This lively student town has no shortage of good pubs and restaurants to enjoy in the evening. Day 2: From Galway City it’s only a short drive along the coast to The Burren, one of Ireland’s great natural treasures. Marvel at the limestone pavements, barren hills, and rare flora. See Christian settlements and ancient stone monuments. You will spend most of the morning exploring this unique area, stopping in Kilfenora for lunch. Known as the “Town of the Crosses,” there will also be time to visit the old cathedral before driving to the Cliffs of Moher. Marvel at this natural beauty, where the cliffs drop almost 700 feet into crashing Atlantic Ocean waves. Take a walk along one of the cliff top trails, and watch the seabirds at work. Alternatively, visit the award-winning environmental exhibition to learn about the region’s ecology. Then, travel south through County Clare, passing the famous golf course and beach at Lahinch to catch the ferry across the Shannon Estuary and into County Kerry. Go to the beautiful lakeside town of Killarney, your base for the next 3 nights. The pubs here are great for food and most have live music in the evenings. Day 3 Today, you will explore the Dingle Peninsula, one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. Your first stop in this heartland of Gaelic culture will be Inch Beach, a vast expanse of sand facing the Atlantic Ocean popular with surfers. From here, increasingly narrow roads lead onto the peninsula itself, through the town of Dingle and out to Slea Head. This is an area of ancient forts and dwellings that date back thousands of years. Visit some of the best examples along the way. Enjoy views of the Blasket Islands as they rise dramatically from the sea. Marvel at the mountains of the famous Ring of Kerry to your south. Weather permitting, time will be allotted for a walk on the beach or along the cliff tops. Learn why the area is important in Gaelic literature. Then, head back to Dingle town with its brightly colored buildings and busy harbor. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, before returning to Killarney. If the weather is good you could enjoy an evening walk in Killarney National Park, just on the edge of town. Day 4: Today, you will take one of the world’s classic routes, the 100-mile Ring of Kerry. Depart Killarney and enjoy the views to Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Join the coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells to Cahersiveen. Possible stops along the way include Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace, and the ring fort of Cahersiveen. Go to the little fishing village of Portmagee for a lunch of local seafood. Alternatively, cross to the island of Valencia and visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the small community of monks who once lived on the nearby rock island of Skellig Michael. In the afternoon, stop in picturesque Waterville, a favourite holiday destination for Charlie Chaplin. Stop again at the top of the Coonmakista Pass for one of the best views in Ireland. From here, the road drops down to sea level, where you will visit Derrynane House, the family home of Daniel O’Connell. You can stroll in the gardens and down to the beach, as well as look inside the house itself. Continue around the Ring, stopping at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. There will also be time for a short walk to the Torc Waterfall before returning to Killarney. Day 5: The final day of your tour heads east through the mountains of West Cork and the market town of Macroom. Then, drive along the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Visit the castle and take one of the woodland walks to the mystical Rock Close. Explore the village of Blarney, stopping for lunch and a bit of shopping. There may even be time to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, although in peak season it can be very busy. In the afternoon, head to the Rock of Cashel to see the medieval monastery complex high above the town. Finally, go to Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine castle and park, as well as some lovely riverside walks. Visit the National Craft Centre, or just hang out in one of the pubs for a last Guinness. Hit the road again for the final leg of your journey, arriving back in Dublin at approximately 19:30.

Dublin: Coastal Walk with Howth Adventures

5. Dublin: Coastal Walk with Howth Adventures

Enjoy an unforgettable day at this beautiful Dublin coastal harbor and village. Gain a unique insight into the harbor and village, tales, legends, and history of Howth. Visit the amazing grounds of Howth's 800-year old castle, relax in the hidden wonder of the giant rhododendron gardens and follow the secret paths and trails through the woodlands and heathlands.   Take in the world-famous cliff path and best panoramic views on the east coast of Ireland which lead you back to the village and all the famous hospitality Howth has to offer.

Dublin: 2.5-Hour Fabulous Food Tasting Trail

6. Dublin: 2.5-Hour Fabulous Food Tasting Trail

Take a gentle 2.5-3-hour stroll through Dublin and visit 6-7 independently-owned gastronomic gems with a local guide. Savor a tasting using the best of Irish produce at each place, and meet the purveyors or makers. As you walk through the city's small, local neighborhoods, relish a range of tastings that reflect the current food scene. Sample new and contemporary tastes, as well as established traditional fare. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of this lively and charming city.

From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

7. From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

Discover everything the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer on a guided full-day trip from Galway. Pass through charming villages along the coast and into the heart of Connemara. Meet your guide at the Kinley Hostel early in the morning and hop on the comfortable tour vehicle which will take you through the Claddagh and Salthill, and along the coast, through Barna, Spiddal, and Inverin. Listen to entertaining tales about the culture and history of the area from your professional local guide and driver. Enjoy stops along the way for tea and a visit to the Quiet Man Cottage replica. Continue through bogs and onto the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone next to Derrygimlagh Bog. Head along Sky Road and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic. Stop for 3 hours at the Connemara National Park. Take your time to explore the more than 3,000 hectares of bog, mountains, grasslands, and woodlands. Return to Galway and take photos along the way at Kylemore Abbey and the Quiet Man Bridge.

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

8. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin for a scenic full-day drive through the counties of Kildare, Limerick and Clare, passing the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and world-class golf and surf resort of Lahinch. Your ultimate destination is the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you will get premium entrance to the new Atlantic Edge, an interpretive visitor experience that gives you a virtual reality birds’ eye view of cliff edge life above and below sea level. Then, walk along the cliff face and experience the power of nature at work. Feel the fresh air blowing off the ocean, and the sheer height of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Visit O'Brien's Tower, standing proudly on the headland, with panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Next, drive deep into the Burren, traveling along Europe’s edge! See native flora, ancient monuments, and megalithic tombs in Burren National Park, and look out for the unique Fairy Forts and Celtic Crosses. Continue around Galway Bay to medieval Galway City, passing the Blackhead Lighthouse and fishing village of Kinvara, famed for its Galway Hookers (boats). Upon arrival in Galway - described by W.B. Yeats as “The Venice of the West” - enjoy a 30-minute guided walk, and learn about the city’s trade connections with Spain. You will have some free time to explore the narrow streets on your own, or relax in boutique stores and quaint cafés. Then, sit back on the return drive to Dublin, enjoying the on board entertainment, including extracts from the show “Riverdance” and other examples of Irish culture.

Dublin: Private Whiskey and Beer Trail Half-Day Tour

9. Dublin: Private Whiskey and Beer Trail Half-Day Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel after breakfast and board your luxury transport with just your private group and settle in for a comfortable ride. Your whiskey expert host will give commentary on board as you travel through many districts of Dublin. Start with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Your expert host will guide you through the brewing process all the way to the Gravity Bar for a pint of Guinness. Across the River Liffey to Smithfield next, to the original home of Jameson Irish Whiskey. John Jameson started distilling his famous whiskey here in 1780 and today, the Jameson visitor center in the old distillery buildings is one of the most popular attractions in the city.  Finish the tour with drop-off at the door of your Dublin city hotel.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Belfast City

10. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Belfast City

Depart Dublin and begin your journey northward through the beautiful countryside with plenty of comfort breaks. The vehicle seats no more than 17 passengers for maximum comfort. Once you cross the border into Northern Ireland, venture through the scenic glacier-carved landscape known as the Glens of Antrim. Have the opportunity to view beautiful mountains, rollings hills, and magnificent coastal views of Rathlin Island and the Shore’s of Scotland. One of nature's most breathtaking sights is the Giants Causeway, made up of 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that were created by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. However, legend has it that the Giant’s Causeway was used by legendary Irishman, Finn McCool, during his journey to fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner, and steal the most beautiful girl in all of the highlands. After viewing this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, have time to stop for lunch where you can savor some local cuisine.  While in Northern Ireland’s capital you will have two hours to enjoy one of two options: A) The legendary ocean liner RMS Titanic was built here in Belfast’s docklands, which used to be the leading manufacturer of ships in the world. In order to commemorate the loss of the notorious cruise liner, they have created the Titanic Experience. Opened on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking, the exhibition brings to life the 40,000 workers who built the famed vessel and unveils unseen details of the Titanic’s tragic sinking on her maiden voyage in 1912. You will have the opportunity to experience original artifacts and virtual reality exhibits while exploring one of Belfast’s most famed attractions.  B) Belfast’s neighborhoods are painted with infamous political murals and the prominent peace walls that are remnants and reminders of the conflict known as the Troubles (1969-1998). You will have the option to take a Black Taxi Tour of these neighborhoods where you can discover the dark history that lies behind these painting. The Black Taxi Tour guides are leading experts on the Troubles and are the perfect tour for those wanting to learn more about Ireland’s history.  Return to Dublin at approximately 7:30 PM after an awe-inspiring day. Choose to be dropped off either in downtown Dublin or at the same accommodation that you were collected from.

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We had an amazing tour with Jacky today traveling to the Cliffs of Moher. We got lucky with a great guide & beautiful weather. He was so helpful in ensuring we had time to thoroughly explore all of our stops + had time to go to the bathroom! I loved all of the trivia & how personal the trip was. Our tour wasn’t sold out so we had lots of room on the van to spread out. I can’t say enough how appreciative we were that we had a knowledgeable guide & a safe van to ride in. Jacky was the best!!

It was a very worthwhile trip, albeit a long one. Giants Causeway is fantastically beautiful and in Belfast we did the Black Taxi Tour and got a lot of political/religious information.

Fabulous time! We travelled to many places not included on the itinerary. Jerome the tour guide and the fellow passengers were lovely. Such wonderful memories

Jess was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Very accommodating to the varying abilities of the group. Great to see Dublin on a bike. Would 100% recommend!!

The tour guide was Irish. He introduced us very well to Irish culture and history. A very good story teller too. I really enjoyed the trip