Sheep in a meadow | Ireland
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Take in the highlights of southern Ireland on this 7-day group tour which starts and ends in Dublin. Sample traditional Irish whiskey at the Kilbeggan and Jameson's distilleries and spend a night in lively Galway. Admire the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, take the ferry across the Shannon Estuary and explore the rugged Dingle Peninsula. See the birthplace of Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell, hike to Torc Waterfall and visit Blarney Castle. Roam Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, explore Kilkenny and pass through the Wicklow Mountains on your way back to Dublin.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Guesthouse Prices/Dates
Hotel Prices/Dates
Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Cliffs of Moher - Hike along stunning windswept coastal trails and watch seabirds wheeling over the dramatic clifftops
Dingle Peninsula - Stroll along Inch Beach, admire the ancient forts of Slea Head and explore the colourful town of Dingle independently
Blarney Castle - Explore the famous castle grounds and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to gain the gift of eloquence!
Cobh - Wander the pretty port town, which was the final stop of the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage
Killarney - Spend three nights in this charming town, known for its pub culture and entertaining live music
Carrauntoohil - Enjoy sweeping views of Ireland's highest mountain and drive along the stunning coastal roads of the Ring of Kerry
Jameson Whiskey Distillery - Learn about the origins of Ireland's most famous tipple and have a taste of some of the country's finest
Wicklow Mountains National Park - Pass through rugged mountain scenery and walk to the 6th century monastery of Glendalough

Included

6 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide (tour guide changes on day 5)
Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher
Shannon Estuary ferry
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
6 nights simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
Entry to Jameson Whiskey Distillery
All road tolls
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Dublin to Galway

Dublin - Galway. Welcome to Ireland! Departing Dublin, we drive west through the rural landscapes of County Kildare and Offaly, passing farmland and peat bogs. Our first stop is Kilbeggan Distillery, we can take a moment to unwind with a taste of their renowned whiskey.

After a tasty tipple (or two!) we journey onwards to the stunning ruins of Clonmacnoise Abbey, on the banks of the River Shannon. This holy site boasts an impressive collection of ancient stone crosses, churches, and remarkable round towers, giving you an insightful glimpse into Ireland's rich spiritual history.

There is free time for you to tuck into a traditional pub lunch in one of the pretty nearby villages before we head to our accommodation for the evening in Galway. Galway boasts plenty of excellent restaurants and bars, as well as quaint seafront views.

Please note: Check-in closes at 08:45 on day 1 (tour departs at 09:00) - Dublin Nassau Street Pick Up, Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin.

Accommodation: Ashgrove, Desota House B&B or similar
Overnight: Galway

Day 2

The Burren & Shannon Estuary

Galway - Kilfenora - Killarney. Just off the coast of Galway City lies the Burren, one of Ireland's iconic landmarks. As one of the earliest Christian settlements in Ireland, it boasts broad limestone pavements and rare flora. After exploring the area, we head to Kilfenora, known as the "town of the crosses". We can see the ancient cathedral and enjoy lunch independently in the area.

Our next stop is the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. There is time for us to hike the dramatic cliff trails here and see seabirds soaring through the clear air. The nearby environmental exhibition provides insights into the unique ecosystem.

We then drive through County Clare, taking in the famous golf course before arriving at picturesque Lahinch Beach. From here we board a ferry across the Shannon Estuary to Killarney, a lively town and home for the next three nights. Killarney is known for its traditional pubs and live music - the perfect place for a Guinness or two!

Accommodation: Kingfisher Lodge, Ashville B&B, Algret House B&B or similar
Overnight: Killarney  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Dingle Peninsula

Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney. Heading out for a day's activities from Killarney, we travel to the magnificent Dingle Peninsula. We stop first at Inch Beach, where we can stroll along the extensive sands.

Passing through Dingle town, our next stop is Slea Head. Here we admire the ancient forts and prehistoric dwellings amidst breathtaking views of the nearby Blasket Islands. If the weather is favourable, we will have the opportunity to explore the beaches and cliff tops to fully appreciate the stunning scenery.

We then return to Dingle to spend a few hours at leisure. We recommend you savour some of the town's famous seafood! In the early evening, we make our way back to Killarney.

Accommodation: Kingfisher Lodge, Ashville B&B, Algret House B&B or similar
Overnight: Killarney  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Wild Ireland & Derrynane House

Killarney - Carrauntoohil - Portmagee - Waterville - Derrynane House - Killarney. Today we take in the best of South West Ireland's wild side, exploring the popular Ring of Kerry route. The day starts with a visit to Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain. Snap some photos before we head along the picturesque coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells to Cahersiveen.

There is free time for lunch in the quaint fishing village of Portmagee, and there is also the opportunity for travellers to head to Valentia Island for the Skellig Experience. This waterfront centre showcases the history of the ancient community of monks who made the rocky islands their home.

Our tour continues to Waterville, where we make a short stop at Charlie Chaplin's "home away from home" before enjoying stunning views at the top of Coonmakista pass. We then visit Derrynane House, home to the O'Connell family. Daniel O’Connell was known as the "The Liberator of Ireland". This Irish nationalist led Ireland's Roman Catholic majority in the first half of the 19th century.

We make our way back to Killarney, stopping at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View, from where we can make the short walk to admire Torc Waterfall.

Please note: On some departures of this itinerary, days 3 and 4 are switched. All inclusions and sights visited remain the same.

Accommodation: Kingfisher Lodge, Ashville B&B, Algret House B&B or similar
Overnight: Killarney  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Blarney Castle & Jameson's Whiskey

Killarney - Blarney Castle - Kinsale. Leaving Killarney, we head east to Blarney Castle. There is ample time to explore the castle grounds and take a leisurely walk through the woods. For the adventurous, there's the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone and gain the renowned gift of eloquence.

Next, we visit the Jameson Whiskey Distillery, where we learn about the origins of the drink, the distillation process and even sample a taste for ourselves. In the afternoon, soak in the stunning coastline while en route to the charming fishing village of Kinsale, where we spend the night.

Please note: After the distillery visit, we change tour guides, and you will have a new guide for the rest of your trip.

Accommodation: Friars Lodge B&B, White House or similar
Overnight: Kinsale  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cobh, Copper Coast, Waterford & Kilkenny

Kinsale - Cobh - Waterford - Kilkenny. In the morning, we depart Kinsale and head towards Cobh, a historic port town. It is well known for being the last stop of the Titanic on its maiden voyage, which ended in tragedy.

Continuing, we travel along the Copper Coast, a UNESCO-listed Geopark renowned for its stunning landscapes and rich histories. We stop in Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland, which was built by the Vikings during the 9th century. You can visit the Waterford Crystal factory to appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship, explore the fascinating museums or stroll around the Viking Triangle. Later in the day, we drive to Kilkenny, a bustling town with a thriving restaurant and pub scene. Spend the evening here to experience the warmth and hospitality that earned it the title of Ireland's friendliest city.

Accommodation: Bregah House, Bridge View B&B or similar
Overnight: Kilkenny  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Kilkenny - Wicklow Mountains National Park - Dublin. This morning, there is free time for you to explore the various attractions that Kilkenny has to offer, including its famous castle. It's then time to climb aboard the bus as we journey north towards the Wicklow Mountains to admire the impressive steep granite cliffs in the national park.

The winding pathways of Wicklow Mountains National Park will take us to the awe-inspiring 6th century monastery located in Glendalough, presenting an opportunity to capture stunning photographs of the lush natural surroundings and the monastery's iconic round tower. The next leg of our journey involves travelling through the national park's central region, crossing the renowned Sally Gap and heading back to Dublin.

Please note: This tour ends at 18:30 - Dublin Nassau Street Drop Off, Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
01 Aug - 07 Aug 20% off
€2,605
€2,084
€3,265
€2,612
29 Sep - 05 Oct 20% off
€2,605
€2,084
€3,265
€2,612
13 Oct - 19 Oct 20% off
€2,505
€2,004
€3,155
€2,524
20 Oct - 26 Oct 20% off
€2,505
€2,004
€3,155
€2,524
24 Oct - 30 Oct 20% off
€2,505
€2,004
€3,155
€2,524
27 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
€2,505
€2,004
€3,155
€2,524
31 Oct - 06 Nov 20% off
€2,505
€2,004
€3,155
€2,524
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
03 Apr - 09 Apr 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
06 Apr - 12 Apr 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
10 Apr - 16 Apr 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
13 Apr - 19 Apr 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
17 Apr - 23 Apr 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
20 Apr - 26 Apr 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
24 Apr - 30 Apr 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
27 Apr - 03 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
01 May - 07 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
04 May - 10 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
08 May - 14 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
11 May - 17 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
15 May - 21 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
18 May - 24 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
22 May - 28 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
25 May - 31 May 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
29 May - 04 Jun 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
01 Jun - 07 Jun 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
05 Jun - 11 Jun 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
08 Jun - 14 Jun 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
12 Jun - 18 Jun 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
15 Jun - 21 Jun 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
19 Jun - 25 Jun 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
22 Jun - 28 Jun 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
26 Jun - 02 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
29 Jun - 05 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
03 Jul - 09 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
06 Jul - 12 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
10 Jul - 16 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
13 Jul - 19 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
17 Jul - 23 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
20 Jul - 26 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
24 Jul - 30 Jul 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
27 Jul - 02 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
31 Jul - 06 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
03 Aug - 09 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
07 Aug - 13 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
10 Aug - 16 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
14 Aug - 20 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
17 Aug - 23 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
21 Aug - 27 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
24 Aug - 30 Aug 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
28 Aug - 03 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
31 Aug - 06 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
04 Sep - 10 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
07 Sep - 13 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
11 Sep - 17 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
14 Sep - 20 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
18 Sep - 24 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
21 Sep - 27 Sep 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
25 Sep - 01 Oct 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
28 Sep - 04 Oct 20% off
€2,895
€2,316
€3,645
€2,916
02 Oct - 08 Oct 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
05 Oct - 11 Oct 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
09 Oct - 15 Oct 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
12 Oct - 18 Oct 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
16 Oct - 22 Oct 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
19 Oct - 25 Oct 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
23 Oct - 29 Oct 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
26 Oct - 01 Nov 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820
30 Oct - 05 Nov 20% off
€2,775
€2,220
€3,525
€2,820

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Bed & Breakfast, Galway

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Guesthouse

On this tour, you will stay in bed and breakfast properties (B&Bs). These are usually smaller residential properties, with just a handful of guest rooms. You’ll have a bedroom, bathroom and often, access to a communal dining room for breakfast. Rooms will always be clean and comfortable, with a private bathroom. Bathrooms are usually en-suite, but on rare occasions, access may be via a communal hallway. This means that the bathroom will still be private and only for your personal use, but it is not en-suite (located in the room). You will need to leave the room to use the bathroom.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
01 Aug - 07 Aug 20% off
€2,955
€2,364
€3,875
€3,100
29 Sep - 05 Oct 20% off
€3,015
€2,412
€3,875
€3,100
13 Oct - 19 Oct 20% off
€2,845
€2,276
€3,775
€3,020
20 Oct - 26 Oct 20% off
€2,845
€2,276
€3,775
€3,020
24 Oct - 30 Oct 20% off
€2,845
€2,276
€3,775
€3,020
27 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
€2,845
€2,276
€3,775
€3,020
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
03 Apr - 09 Apr 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
06 Apr - 12 Apr 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
10 Apr - 16 Apr 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
13 Apr - 19 Apr 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
17 Apr - 23 Apr 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
20 Apr - 26 Apr 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
24 Apr - 30 Apr 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
27 Apr - 03 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
01 May - 07 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
04 May - 10 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
08 May - 14 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
11 May - 17 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
15 May - 21 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
18 May - 24 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
22 May - 28 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
25 May - 31 May 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
29 May - 04 Jun 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
01 Jun - 07 Jun 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
05 Jun - 11 Jun 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
08 Jun - 14 Jun 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
12 Jun - 18 Jun 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
15 Jun - 21 Jun 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
19 Jun - 25 Jun 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
22 Jun - 28 Jun 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
26 Jun - 02 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
29 Jun - 05 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
03 Jul - 09 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
06 Jul - 12 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
10 Jul - 16 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
13 Jul - 19 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
17 Jul - 23 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
20 Jul - 26 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
24 Jul - 30 Jul 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
27 Jul - 02 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
31 Jul - 06 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
03 Aug - 09 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
07 Aug - 13 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
10 Aug - 16 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
14 Aug - 20 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
17 Aug - 23 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
21 Aug - 27 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
24 Aug - 30 Aug 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
28 Aug - 03 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
31 Aug - 06 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
04 Sep - 10 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
07 Sep - 13 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
11 Sep - 17 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
14 Sep - 20 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
18 Sep - 24 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
21 Sep - 27 Sep 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
25 Sep - 01 Oct 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
28 Sep - 04 Oct 20% off
€3,265
€2,612
€4,235
€3,388
02 Oct - 08 Oct 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
05 Oct - 11 Oct 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
09 Oct - 15 Oct 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
12 Oct - 18 Oct 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
16 Oct - 22 Oct 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
19 Oct - 25 Oct 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
23 Oct - 29 Oct 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
26 Oct - 01 Nov 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292
30 Oct - 05 Nov 20% off
€3,145
€2,516
€4,115
€3,292

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Dublin
Ends
Dublin
Departs
Thursdays & Sundays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6
Countries
Minimum Age
5 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No

We had two guides, one after the other, and although they had very different styles, we were very happy with them. The tour covered half of Ireland so we covered a lot of ground. It turned out we were on another providers tour and the others on the tour had received emails from them with useful information and advice. We didn’t receive any of that. Consequently we didn’t know about our accommodation ahead of time. Some of the places we stayed were quite good but some were very basic and one landlady was extremely unpleasant! Most of the other clients had selected their own accommodation, consequently it was a better standard. We were very happy with On the Go tours organisation of our trip, especially the small group size.

Stephanie Harrisson
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