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Finn McCool, the legendary Irish giant, was apparently so tall that you could see all of Ireland between his legs*. And like Finn, who could travel the length and breadth of the island in a few easy steps, this epic 11 day day adventure effortlessly explores more of Ireland than most irish people will visit in their lifetime. From the Giant's (that would be Finn's) Causeway in the very north east to the Blarney Stone in the south west the trip packs in loads of great scenery, walks and outdoor activity, historical and legendary sites and lots more. And if the weather is clear, you might even see Finn McCool himself…

Northern and Northwest Ireland

In 2007 Northern Ireland was named as one of the top ten places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet travel guides. Not surprising really when you consider the great scenery, fascinating history and political situation, the activity options and the genuinely warm welcome. Plus, of course, for many it is a completely new area to be explored as the peace has unfolded over the last ten years. All the highlights such as Belfast, Derry, The Antrim coastline and the Giant’s Causeway are covered – plus plenty of secret places of our own.

Heading across to the north-west Imagine a country of wild moorland, rugged mountain ranges, and endless uncoil beaches. Counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo feature some of Europe’s least population regions – at times we will have the landscape all to ourselves as we walk in the hills of Donegal, explore the megalithic tombs at Carrowkeel or BBQ on silver strand beach in Mayo. There are of course a few well known highlights, like Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holiest mountain (named after ST Patrick of course) and plenty of breathtaking lesser known locations, such as Slieve League cliffs – the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Again too, the range of historical sites and activities is wide ranging, and also we have the option of hot sea-weed baths in county Sligo – an unbelievably relaxing way to unwind.

Western Ireland

The Western section of the tour weaves it way down the coast from county Mayo into counties Galway and Clare and down towards the mighty River Shannon. Firstly we enter a Connemara, as favorite area for Irish people to come on holiday due to the rugged scenery, local friendliness and culture. If you asked an Irish person what their favourites place in Ireland was, for many it would be Connemara. Continuing south, either through or round Galway city we enter the southerly province of Munster and county Clare to explore the unique landscape of the Burren, enjoy the live traditional Irish music in Doolin and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher. Next stop, County Kerry once we have taken the ferry over the river Shannon…

South West Ireland

The south west is the most popular areas of Ireland for visitors, and with good reason. We spend four nights in Counties Kerry and Cork exploring the three peninsulas of Dingle, Iveragh (the Ring of Kerry) and Beara. Each has its unique scenery and atmosphere, from the green rolling fields and buzzing town of Dingle, to the majestic mountains of the ring of Kerry and the remote and uncoil wilderness of the Beara Peninsula. We take trips to islands, sea-kayak with seals, visit ancient archeological sites and enjoy first class Cork and Kerry hospitality before heading inland and back through Limerick and Tipperary to Dublin.

Some typical highlights include:

  • Travel by Land-rover, boat, horse, surf-board and on foot
  • Visit the legendary Giants Causeway
  • Conquer your fear of heights on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge
  • Clamber over the cliff-top ruins of Dun Luce Castle
  • Take a Black cab tour of the fascinating Belfast city
  • Hill-walking amongst some of the most remote and stunning scenery in Ireland
  • Try Surfing in the North and north-west
  • Horse-riding on breath-taking endless beaches
  • Learn the A walking tour of Londonderry/Derry city
  • Explore the nine Glens of Antrim
  • Walk in the Mourne Mountains
  • Climb Knocknaree Mountain to Queen Maeve's tomb
  • Galway Bay’s Atlantic coastline
  • Overnight in six picturesque locations in first class B&B and Hotel accommodation
  • Walk in Connemara’s mountains
  • Have a barbeque, bonfire and game of Gaelic football on the beach
  • Loads of activity options like surfing, horse-riding and walking
  • Take a relaxing steam and sea-weed bath
  • Great pubs and live music
  • Stunning castles and legendary places
  • Drive through hidden valleys with dark, mysterious lakes.
  • Discover the Irish archeological, geological and biological heritage of County Clare’s Burren Region-
  • Have lunch in Galway city
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Cross the River Shannon by ferry
  • Optional boat trip to the incredible Skellig Islands
  • Tour and Explore the Wilderness of Galway’s Connemara Region
  • Discover the Irish archeological, geological and biological heritage of County Clare’s Burren Region-
  • Tour the world famous Ring of Kerry
  • Horseback riding along an Irish beach
  • Kiss the magical Blarney Stone
  • Go off-road to some of Ireland’s most remote and beautiful places
  • Boat trip to see Funghi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay
  • Explore West Cork and the ‘undiscovered’ Beara Peninsula
  • Walk in the Galtee Mountains
  • Enjoy a barbeque on the beach
  • Learn to surf an Atlantic wave
  • Sea-kayak with the seals in Bantry bay
  • Walk amongst the green fields and stone walls of Dingle
  • Experience the rich history of ireland, from Stone Age man to the modern age.
  • Experience the vibrant Irish pubs and traditional Irish music

What's included:

  • Off the beaten track adventure in 4X4 tour vehicle.
  • Services of highly trained professional tour guide
  • 11 FULL days on tour
  • 10 nights accommodation (4 nights B&B, 6 nights Hotel).
  • 10 Full Irish breakfast.
  • Most daily activities and visits.
  • All relevant taxes.
  • Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
  • Loads of laughs

What's not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options (eg. Black cab tour, Horse riding and surfing)
*According to Dave O'Connor, tour leader