Castles and Gardens of Ireland Self Drive Tour

Castles & Gardens Self Drive Tour is a good example for a Special Interest Self Drive Tour. Whether you're interested in religious sights, a hiking trip, big towns, Heritage Centres, or, as in this case, thecastles and gardens of Ireland, we will make sure to provide you with the perfect Self-Drive-Tour.

  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
  • King John’s Castle
  • Muckross House and Gardens
  • Blarney Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Kilkenny
  • Cahir Castle
  • Rock of Cashel
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Castles and Gardens of Ireland Self Drive Tour Itinerary

Day 1 -  Welcome to Dublin!

Arrive in Dublin. In the afternoon, explore the attractions of Europe’s most popular city.  Dublin has a wealth of treasures for the visitor with cultural delights like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College to name but a few! For those who prefer a more relaxed look at the capital, a leisurely browse through the main shopping area of Grafton Street is an absolute must. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 2 -  Dublin and Wicklow

Today visit Co. Wicklow and enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside Ireland has to offer. Travel along the southern coastline to Bray for a photo stop before continuing deep into the heart of Wicklow’s hilly countryside. Enjoy the magnificence of the historic house and gardens at Powerscourt Estate. In the heart of Wicklow you can also visit Glendalough—one of Ireland’s most impressive monastic sites founded by St. Kevin in the 6th Century. Here you can enjoy a guided tour of this famous site of natural beauty and spiritualism. Overnight in Dublin. 
Day 3 -  Limerick, Bunratty Castle

Depart today for Limerick—Ireland’s fourth city. Here you can visit the King John’s Castle, a fortified 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick. The castle overlooking the river Shannon opens an exciting window on the lives and stories of the people through political upheaval, war and famine. In the afternoon take short drive to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. The Folk Park features include a recreated village and a display of 19th century agricultural machinery, experience Ireland as it was in the old days. Overnight in Co. Limerick.
Day 4 - Dingle Peninsula

Depart Limerick for a full day tour of the Dingle Peninsula with its breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and sandy beaches as well as ancient and early Christian monastic sites and small Irish-speaking villages. You will reach the most westerly point of Europe at Slea Head, from where you can watch a view of the offshore Blasket Islands. The largest of these, the Great Blasket island, was abandoned by its inhabitants in 1953. Weather permitting you can join the boat trip to see Fungie, a wild Bottlenose Dolphin, that choose to make Dingle Harbour his home. Overnight in Co. Kerry.
Day 5 - Ring of Kerry

A full day tour of the famous Ring of Kerry. The drive to Moll’s Gap is breathtaking with the picturesque lakes and mountains at Lady’s View and the Torc Waterfall. If time allows, take a jaunting car in the Gap of Dunloe or stroll around Muckross House and Gardens where the nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney Lakes and National Park. Overnight in Co. Kerry.
Day 6 - Cork, Kenmare & Garnish Island

Travel to Cork via the picturesque villages of Kenamre and Glengarriff. From Glengarriff you can take a ferry to Garnish Island (weather permitting , the boat operates from April to October). The Island has a wonderful history and its unusual micro climate allows a range of exotic subtropical plant species to flourish. Then continue to Bantry and visit Bantry House. It is not only one of the finest historic houses in Ireland but it also commands one of the best views overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork Overnight in Co. Cork.
Day 7 -Kilkenny, Rock of Cashel

In the morning time to discover one of the Ireland’s most popular city—Cork. Here you can visit the English Market. This wonderful market is a self-caterer's paradise with so many tasty delicacies to choose from it's hard to show restraint. In the afternoon depart Cork for Kilkenny en route visit 3 of the most impressive castles in Ireland: Cahir Castle, Rock of Cashel. and Kilkenny Castle. Overnight in Kilkenny.
Day 8 - Departure Slán abhaile!!

This morning head to Dublin airport for your departure.

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