Tour of The South (5 Days / 4 Nights)

Visiting more than 30 sites over 5 full days touring our 5 day Tour of The South is packed full of the most famous sites & scenic drives. Staying in locally owned guesthouses, B & B's & Small Hotels we aim to provide you with a truly authentic experience travelling the back roads of Ireland to places larger tours can't reach. Our small groups of maximum 12 people per tour and with our guaranteed departures there is no better time to come explore the Emerald Isle with us.


Highlights

Newgrange, Loughcrew Cairns, Hill of Tara, Belvedere House, Clonmacnoise Monastical Site, Cliffs of Moher, Craggaunowen Heritage Centre, Bunratty Castle, Poulnabrone, Dingle Peninsula, Beehive Huts, Inch Strand, Adare, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Muckross House Killarney, Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Drives, Mizen Head, Beara Peninsula, Kenmare, Blarney Castle, Holy Cross Abbey, Cahir Castle, Rock of Cashel                


Overnight Stays

Cashel, Limerick, Kenmare, Clonakilty


Package Includes

4 nights accommodation.

Traditional Full Irish Breakfast each morning

Free time to discover local Restaurants for lunch & dinner options

5 full days touring with local Irish driver guide

Inclusive of all site entrance fees

No hidden costs or excursion fees

Guaranteed Departures


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"We travel the backroads & visit sites not accessible to larger tour operators"



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Pricing

The prices for our tour are listed below. The prices are based on the itinerary as shown. Alternatively we can provide you with a price for an itinerary of your choice. We cater for all types of private tours and would be happy to provide you with our extensive knoweledge to assist in providing you with the most economical and enjoyable way of seeing Ireland.

"Local Irish driver guide with extensive knowledge of Ireland's history & traditions"


As with all our tours we aim to provide you with a truly authentic Irish experience, travelling the back roads & mixing with the locals. All of our itineraries are flexible which means that you can opt to modify or include a destination of your choice.

Please feel free to contact us should you wish to make any modifications to your selected itinerary.

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Highlights: National Botanical Gardens, Temple Bar, Guinness Brewery, Trinity College Library, National Museum of Ireland, Sightseeing Tour, Kilmainham Gaol, Temple Bar, Galleries, Restaurants, Wine Bars, Shopping

Choose to arrive in Dublin a day or two before the commencement of the tour to 'take in' some of the capitals attractions. On the day of the tour you will be either collected from your hotel or picked up at our designated 'pick up' on the morning of the tour. We advise travellers to stay as close as possible to the city centre. Details of our 'pick up' point will be provided at the time of booking.

Depending on the amount of time you have to spend in Dublin you may wish to take in a hop on hop off city bus tour, take a leisurely stroll down O'Connell Street, visit the Guinness Brewery or Trinity College Library or have a meal at many of the restaurants & bars in the area. Perhaps you would just prefer to relax and unwind after your flight and get a good night's sleep for soon your Irish trip of a lifetime begins.

Highlights: Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Loughcrew Megalithic Tombs, St. Munna's 6th Century Church,Belvedere House Mullingar, Durrow High Cross & St Colmcilles Holy Well, Killina Bullaun Stone, Mass Rock , Clonmacnoise Monastical Site, Birr Castle

We leave Dublin at 9am approx & head north to Newgrange. Over 5000 years old walk inside this great monumnet and marvel at is many fine examples of rock art. As we head west we come to the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland at Tara. A place of major historical significance dating back to neolithical times where we will see a passage tomb dating to 3400BC.

From there it's onto the megalithic tombs at Loughcrew. Located in the hills around the Boyne Valley these Megalithic tombs, which are one of the four main passage tombs in Ireland, date back to 3500BC & are of particular interest to the history & origins of Irish Civilisation. Enjoy spectacular views over the countryside.

From there we make our way to Belvedere House. Built in 1740 as a hunting lodge is architecturally significant because of its Diocletian windows and dramatic nineteenth-century terracing. Our next stop at a 15th century church which is located on the site of a late 6th century monastery where a priory was founded in 1227AD before continuing South to visit an ancient holy well, see a fine example of a High Cross in County Offaly as well as a mass rock & a bullaun stone (hollow stone to collect rainwater used in rituals arguably pre-dating the Bronze Age).

Nect up is the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise. Founded by St Ciaran in the mid 6th Century it was a great centre of learning over the years. Many manuscripts, including the 11th Century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th Century Book of the Dun Cow, were written here.

Travelling further south to Birr noted for is narrow streets and Georgian feel epitonising the peculiar charm of a small Irish town we will find ourselves at Birr Castle nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains.

Highlights: Holycross Abbey, Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Vee Drive, Mount Melleray Blarney Castle & Gardens

We continue our trip South & a visit to Holycross Abbey. Holy Cross Abbey and the sacred relic of the True Cross became a place of great medieval pilgrimage in earlier times.

From there we make our way to the infamous Rock of Cashel.

Then we continue across the rolling hills of the Golden Vale, the agricultural & fertile lands of South County Tipperary & breathtaking panoramic views towards Cahir & a visit to Cahir Castle. On the slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains on the Vee Pass we find Mount Melleray Abbey a Cistercian Trappist monastery founded in 1833. We will spend some time around the grounds & in the Monastery before making our way closer to coast and a trip to Blarney Castle. Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans & home to the Blarney Stone or Stone of Eloquence, kissing it and you'll never again be lost for words! Enjoy the grounds, castle & souvenir & gift shop selling some fantastic woolen products.

From there we make our way to our final stop for the night in the beautiful town of Clonakilty.

Highlights: Wild Atlantic Way, Ring of Beara / Beara Peninsula, Uragh Stone Circle, Ballycrovane Ogham Stone, Sheeps Head Way, Mizen Head, Altar Wedge Tomb, Drombeg Stone Circle, Clonakilty

Today's trip is all about the scenery & the Wild Atlantic Way. A day to make good use of the camera we will absorb ourselves in the spirit of our ancient ancestors and visit some of the more picturesque on our travels on the Wild Atlantic Way, Sheep's Head & the Beara Peninsula.

Today we set out on course for the Wild Atlantic Way in particular the Ring of Beara & Sheep's Head Way. It will be a day of spectacular scenery mixed with a look at the remants of Ireland's oldest ancestors which are found in abundance in this part of Ireland.

We travel on the Sheep's Head Trail, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, towards Mizen Head. Stunning scenery with the possibility of seeing seals, kittiwakes, gannets and choughs. One of the best places in the world to see Minke, Fin and Humpback Whales and Dolphins. The Mizen is an ever-changing experience.

On the Ring of Beara we will visit the moving & mystical Stone Circle at Uragh located in a pretty valley in amongst the rugged terrain alongside Lough Inchiquin. This is certainly one of the more mWe continue on the infamous Ring of Beara. Before long we will arrive at the Ogham Stone in Ballycrovane. The Ballycrovane Ogham Stone is Situated facing the small harbour close to the town. It stands an impressive 17 feet. The stone is believed to be the tallest ogham stone in Europe and is inscribed with ancient Ogham Script. Believed to be from the Bronze Age. (3200-600BC)oving Stone Circles you will find anywhere on the Island.

We continue on the Ring of Beara through the beautiful fishing town of Castletown Bearhaven and onto the town of Bantry.

Continuing along the coast we continue to absorb ourselves in the spirit of the area and it's ancient ancestors with a stop off at Altar Wedge Tomb. Overlooking Toormore Bay this ancient stone age monument has commanding views of the spectacular scenery.

Continuing our megalithic theme for the day we conclude with a visit to Ireland's most famous. The stone circle at Drombeg. From there we will make our way to the town of Clonakilty where we will stop for the night.

Highlights:Inch Strand, Conor Pass, Beehive Huts, Dingle, Romanesque Church 1158AD, Bronze Age Ogham Stone, Muckross House, Moll's Gap, Adare

Continuing North over the scenic Molls Gap often noted as being one of the most beautiful drives in the world where you will be moved with the stunning vistas with the Macgillycuddy Reeks taking centre stage we arrive in Killarney & a trip to Muckross House. A mansion which was built in 1843. With sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor Style

From there it's onto the Dingle Peninsula. A stop at the magnicient Inch Strand before heading onto the town of Dingle. After spending some time in Dingle having lunch we make our way to the Beehive huts which consists of five structures and the huts (or clochan in Irish) which were probably once single family dwellings, attached to each other via inter-connecting doorways possible dating to almost 4000 years old. The huts once part of a larger complex enjoy spectacular views across the Dingle Peninsula before making our way over the scenic route of Conor Pass. The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland. Across the Brandon Mountains which contain Ireland's second highest peak Brandon Mountain at 3127 ft. There are wonderful views of the coast. The road winds on down towards Brandon Bay past cliffs, a waterfall and lakes.

A stop at the picturesque town of Adare completes the day before arriving at our accomodation in Cashel for the night.

Highlights: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Craggaunowen, Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone, Corcomroe Abbey 13th century, Kilfenora Catherdral 12th Century, Dunguaire Castle

We start our final day of the tour with a trip to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.Experience a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting.

From there it's onto Craggaunowen – the Living Past Experience. Explore the roots of the people, homesteads, animals and artifacts of our Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago which have touched and shaped how we live today.

Then we travel northwest through some more beautiful landscapes to the northern part of an area called the Burren in County Clare. There we will find an early 13th c. Cistercian Monastery. Corcomroe Abbey is noted for its detailed carvings and other rich ornamentation, which are not commonly found in structures from this period. According to the legend, the king for whom the abbey was built, executed the five masons who completed the abbey to prevent them from constructing a rival masterpiece elsewhere!

From there to the village of Kilfenora where we will find some fine examples of High Crosses at Kilfenora Cathedral. St Fachtna founded a monastery here during the sixth century. The present Cathedral was built between 1189 and 1200. Originally known as the 'city of crosses' it is home to a the better known 'Doorty Cross'. Few cathedrals hold such fine examples of high relief carvings.

From there we make a short trip to the Atlantic Coast & the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs take their name from an old fort called Moher that once stood at Hag's Head the southernmost point of the cliffs. They rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower

Our final stop of the tour is a trip to Dunguaire Castle before heading back to Dublin & the end of what has been a magnificent experience



And remember all of our tours have Guaranteed Departures meaning the tour will run even if there are only 2 people on the tour.

Dates

All our departures are from Dublin City Centre. Our price guides are based on two people sharing. Our tours are subject to availability at time of booking. Generally our tours run all year round but generally from March to October.

We specialise in custom private tours. We cater for groups up to 12 people. The larger your group the lower your price. Below is a price guide based on number of people travelling. For group sizes greater than 12 people please contact us for more information and pricing.

All our tours have GUARANTEED DEPARTURES. Our tour departures are not determined by the number of people on the tour.


Prices

Please note that our prices are inclusive of all entrance fees to sites listed in Itinerary. Our prices are based on 2 people sharing.

There are no hidden costs or additional fees. If you are travelling alone please contact us regarding a single supplement which could aply to your cost. Where possible we would be happy to pair you with another fellow traveller.

If you wish to create your own itinerary, we can take the work out of it for you and provide you with the best prices & itineraries based on our extensive knowledge of Ireland.


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Group Size

The maximum number of passengers per tour is 12 persons. The tour has GUARANTEED departures meaning the tour will run even if there are only 2 people on the tour.

If you have a group of 2 or more and would like to avail of significant savings please see our Private Group Tours


Overnight Accomodation

An essential part of any vacation is where you spend your nights. It is during this time that you get to mix with the locals and get a real feel for the magic of the location where you are staying.

We have carefully planned our routes to provide you with accomodation that is in keeping with the feel of the location where you are staying. From quiet country sea side towns, to castles & locally owned guesthouses and B & B's we provide a variety of locations where you will have ample opportunity to mix with the locals and experience the Irish

Our overnight accomodation allows for stays in lively scenic towns and villages but also we provide accomodation in quieter locations where you can get a true feel for the land and also have a relaxing night away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

Tour of The South (Overnight Stays)

All our accommodations that are provided are either three star or four star local guesthouses, hotels or B & B's. We carefully select choice acommodations that are in the centre of town allowing our travellers to experience what each town has to offer. All our accommodations are in close proximity to restaurants & bars allowing you to relax, wind down and mix with the locals at the end of each day.

Some of our stops along the Tour of the SoUth includes for stays at the following acommodations. Each being carefully selected to enhance and provide you with a Truly authentic Irish Experience. An example of some of the hotels that we have stayed at(subject to availabilty) include

In the unlikely event that we have to make accomodation amendments based on availability we will aim to provide accomodation of similar quality in locations as close as possible to the location of our intended stay.

Overnights Include

Each room has a private bathroom

A Traditional Irish Breakfast is included each morning.

Rooms will have a double bed with private bathroom for those travelling as a couple. For thouse travelling together who are not a couple these rooms will be provided with either 2 double beds or a double bed & a single bed. Every effort will be made to accomodate your needs.

The majority of our hotels have a Restaurant, Restaurant(a la carte),Room Service, Free Wifi & 24 hour front desk.

Travelling Solo ?

If you are a solo traveller please contact us regarding any additional single supplement fees that could apply to your booking. We will try every effort to pair you with another fellow single traveller so that no single supplement will apply.

Further Infortmation

If you require any further information please donot hesitate to contact us for specifics regarding your selected tour dates.

Included in the Tour Price


Full time Irish Driver Guide for the duration of the tour.

4 Full Irish Breakfasts each morning.(Healthy options available if preferred).

5 full days transport for touring.

4 nights accommodation.

Entrance fees to all sites listed.

Entrance Fees Included


Newgrange

Hill of Tara

Loughcrew Cairns

Belvedere House

Clonmacnoise Monastical Site

Birr Castle

Holycross Abbey

Rock of Cashel

Cahir Castle

Mount Melleray Cistercian Monastery

Blarney Castle

Beehive Huts Dingle

Muckross House

Bunratty Castle

Craggaunowen The Living Past

Cliffs of Moher

Dunguaire Castle

Optional Extras

Medieval Banquet Bunratty Castle - € 53.50 per person

Medieval Banquet Dunguaire Castle - € 48.00 per person

Medieval Banquet Knappogue Castle - € 48.00 per person

Cliffs of Moher Boat - € 15.00 per person

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