Best of Ireland South and West Self-Drive Tour 15 Days
14 Night Tour From $1,623 pps
This tour arrives into and departs from Dublin, but it can be customised to include Shannon as an arrival/departure point.
There are no reviews available for this tour as yet but see below for some feedback from our happy customers about their Tour Ireland Experience.
Enjoyed every minute of our stay......
First let me say we enjoyed every minute of our stay in your lovely country. Everything went smoothly. It would be hard to select one place we stayed as above the others, all were outstanding, and the people made us feel very important. Aida and David at St Jude’s B&B in Rathmines made us feel like family. The suites at the Tower Hotel in Waterford made us want to stay in and not explore Waterford. Hayfield Manor House in Cork made us feel like we were among the elite people of the world, everyone learned our names and room numbers, and they worried about us finding everything we wanted both in the hotel and the city. Each person took time to assist us. After Cork, we moved off into the beautiful Irish country-side, and took many of our favorite photos. We were blessed to have taken a GPS from Hertz, as we wandered and several times needed assistance to get back on track. The Malton was crowded, since we arrived on Saturday evening, and many people were there for the weekend, plus it was raining and guests did not want to go out. We ventured out and found that the rain was centered over Killarney, and we had great weather touring the Dingle Peninsula. We took a side trip to Tuam to visit and old friend, then returned back to Dromoland for our next stay. Breathtaking is all we could say, it was my mother-in-laws dream come true. After two glorious days in Dromoland, we then returned to St Jude’s where David offered us a family-style welcome.
The trip was all we could have expected, and if we ever plan a trip to Ireland again, we will call you.
Thank you Gillian you helped our dreams come true.
Mike Walsh, Virginia, USA
Vivienne put together a wonderful trip for us.
Vivienne put together a wonderful trip for us. We drove nearly 1000 miles and were able to see all the things we requested, and found some real gems along the way on our own. Highly recommend timepieceantiqueclocks.com near St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin! We picked up two as one beautiful clock was not enough!
The time and care tourireland offers is unsurpassed and I have such gratitude for all the patience, support and Irish Charm we received while planning our trip, and certainly while visiting such a marvellous country.
Joan Wright, Seattle, Washington, USA
It is a trip we will never forget...
Many thanks to you for a wonderful trip to Ireland. It is a trip we will never forget.
The self-drive tour was perfect for us. We really got to use our five senses to experience Ireland. We were free to get up when we wanted, eat when we wanted and stop when we wanted. It was perfect.
We had three main goals while planning this trip: see as many of the sights as possible, visit as many small pubs as possible, and eat as much seafood as possible. We did not fully accomplish these goals. I guess we must return!
We did see many of the main attractions and were amazed with the age of the castles, the beauty of the cathedrals, and the overall beauty of the country.
We did get to see and drink in many small pubs. People were always so very friendly and helpful.
And we did eat seafood as much as possible. Friends told us the food was bland and boring in Ireland. Totally untrue. We were not disappointed with any of our meals during our two weeks. Our meals were delicious. The fresh seafood was over the top great. The seafood chowder was the best we ever tasted. Our first experience with the chowder was in Waterford. It was pouring down rain so we stopped in a very small cafe-diner. We ordered the seafood chowder and it was terrific. So creamy and so full of fresh seafood.
Our hotels were very good and the weather for the two weeks was unexpectedly sunny. We had only two half days of rain and unexpected quick showers on a few days. It rained in Waterford and at Giant's Causeway. Actually, it was pouring down rain at the Giant's Causeway. While I was taking pictures, my wife got back on the bus. Not paying attention, I continued to take pictures while she and the bus returned to the Visitor Center. She waved to me while I was slipping off a rock and filling my shoe with water. The weather for the trip was chilly, but the sun was out the vast majority of the time.
Thanks again for all you did to make this a great trip and experience.
Dan & Marti
Dan and Marti Migliorini, Indiana, USA
We enjoyed the tour very much
To sum it all up, we are very satisfied with both your services and the tour itself. All practical matters, both with respect to accommodation and car rental, went absolutely smoothly. Thank you!
With regard to the itinerary, a couple of observations that mostly reflect on our own planning:
We might have swapped one Blarney and one Salthill night for additional nights in Kerry, Burren or Westport, to get more time for hikes. But that is our preferences and perhaps a slightly different tour than the one we booked. (Also, the unexpectedly beautiful weather we enjoyed made hiking even more attractive, of course.)
We also tried to include a Newgrange visit on the last day on the road, but found out we didn’t have enough time due the hard deadline on the rental car return.
As for the accommodation: I was actually surprised that we got so many nights in 4 star hotels in the “mix”. As far as we could judge, all hotels and B&Bs were excellent value for money, and certainly met with or exceeded our expectations. Our favorite was the Lake Hotel, where everything was just right: Beautiful location, great atmosphere and friendly staff, excellent breakfast, good and relatively inexpensive food in the “brasserie”. We’re also ready to recommend Brooks Hotel to our friends and acquaintances. (Would have stayed there recently if they weren’t fully booked.)
We enjoyed the tour very much. Of course, the beautiful weather we enjoyed for practically the entire tour was an unexpected bonus.
Thank you very much for helping us make our honeymoon so memorable!!
Ireland is so beautiful!! We could not have picked a better place to go for our honeymoon. We visited some of the suggested sites, Carrowmore and Boyle Abbey, to name a few. They were definitely worth visiting. It was fun just driving to them and enjoying the beautiful landscape.
Also, we could not have picked better accommodations. My favorite of course was Lough Eske Castle! Not only was our room great but the hospitality was amazing. The best part was the dessert and cookies in our room to welcome us our first night. Batty Langley Lodge was the best way to start off our honeymoon. It was in a quiet spot which is just what we needed after the craziness of the wedding. Ballymascanlon was nice as well but we just arrived, slept and left.
Thank you very much for helping us make our honeymoon so memorable!!
Debi Muniz, USA