tour leaves from Dublin 7 days a week at 6:50 am and you are
back in Dublin by 7:30 at the latest that evening. We choose
a circular route so that you do not see the same scenery twice
the whole day. This gives you the opportunity to see new things
each time you look out the window. It is important for us
that you get time off the bus during the day so we try and
maximise your off the bus experience as much as possible.
You will be travelling the width of Ireland, ok, not the biggest
country in the world but it will take roughly 3 hours to get
over to the city of Limerick. The detailed itinerary is below.
You will see that it is a full day of excitement and fun and
you will get the most out of the your time with us seeing
wonderful scenery, castles, wild remote limestone regions
and of course the famous Cliffs of Moher, not to mention the
Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Curragh, Treaty Stone, Dunguaire
Castle, Fanore Beach, the Burren, Bunratty Castle, King John's
Castle, the cultural villages of Ballyvaughan and Ennistymon,
Lahinch beach, sites where the Spanish Armada visited, the
traditional village of Doolin famous for its music, maybe
a sighting of the dolphin Dusty in the Atlantic Ocean, Ring
forts, bog and the famous spine of Ireland, the River Shannon!
Phew, what a day!
Pick up from the
tourist office on Suffolk Street at 6:50 am in the morning,
outside the old stone church.
You will pass by the Guinness Store House and St. Patricks
Cathedral on your way out of Dublin City. On the road to the
west of Ireland, you will see the first signs of Irish countryside
and pass by the famous Curragh area, a place where sheep have
the right of way on the roads over us humans!
As we pass through the midlands, please keep an eye out for
castles in the distance, noticing the lie of the land and
how it changes as you traverse across the country. The more
west you travel, the wilder it gets. Fields are separated
by hedges and wire fences in the east and midlands while the
more west you go they will be separated by stone walls made
by the bare hands of the farmers that work the land to this
day. Our first stop on your trip will be the historic and
Viking city of Limerick. You will cross over the river Shannon
for the first time and you will be greeted by the magnificent
sight of King John's Castle - a Norman king that set up home
on the banks of the river. Here you will get the opportunity
to stretch your legs, take a closer look at the castle, and
take some pictures. You will also get to see the famous Treaty
Stone where a treaty was signed between the Irish and English
years ago, after the Battle of the Boyne.
you will see Thomond Park the unofficial home of Irish rugby.
We will be also going past the famous Bunratty Castle where
you can have a banquet in the evening time beginning with
its famous homemade mead honey wine. You are now in the province
of Munster and will be travelling to the province of Connaught.
On this tour you will be actually passing through 3 of Ireland's
4 provinces. Not long after leaving Limerick you will get
to see an almost instant change in the quality of the farmland.
The farms begin to get smaller, leaving the good arable land
behind, which is more suitable for the cattle and sheep.
You will arrive at the infamous Cliffs of Moher at around
11:30 and you will get to spend an hour and a half at the
cliffs wandering along the cliff edge, looking at O Brien's
tower and nearly all the way down to Liscannor village. In
front of you is the Gaelic speaking islands of the Aran Islands.
You will have passed St. Bridgets well and O Briens folly
as well. St. Bridget is considered our second patron saint
after St. Patrick himself. Keep your eyes open for an array
of wildlife at the cliffs, everything from fulmars, guillemots
and kittehawks, to the beautiful puffins that inhabit these
cliffs. The weather can seem a little erratic on the cliffs
so make sure you dress appropriately for the day. It is after
all the windswept Atlantic coastline.
Your lunch stop will take place in the musical village of
Doolin. Music 7 nights a week fills the local pubs with many
interesting characters. Saying that, the pubs have great food
and a nice Irish welcome feel during the day as well. We usually
stop in Fitzpatrick's pub which puts on a great chowder and
main meal. Have a little walk after lunch to let your food
settle on a quiet country road opposite the pub.
After lunch you
will be visiting one of Ireland's greatest National Parks,
the Burren. This large limestone region is home to wild donkeys
and goats. Cattle roam free only the last couple of years
and their manure help nourish the plants to grow in between
klints and grikes. The Burren is a botanist's Nirvana! Plants
that would normally only grow in tundra or arctic regions
flourish in this area certain times of the year. Orchids and
Gentian Blues grow wild and are simply so beautiful. As it
is a national park, we do encourage all of our guests to practice
a "Leave No Trace" policy within this area, so no
picking of flowers or moving of rocks in the area, a practice
that has become unfortunately quite popular among tourists
over the last few years.
Meandering along the coastal road, your eyes will constantly
be on the beauty of the coastline and the road that clings
to its edge. We may get to see fishermen on the rocks below.
Pass by Fanore beach and maybe glimpse Dusty the Dolphin.
Our next official stop will be at Corcomroe Abbey- an 11th
century Abbey surrounded by limestone hills. It was built
on an old pagan site and even today the old pagan customs
are still practiced on the local hills where they light fires
around St. Johns Day and also during equinoxes.
After this we will
get our first view of Galway Bay and down the steep hill that
will take us to our next stop, the quaint village of Kinvara,
a seaside village with a nice sized harbour that hosts many
of the well known Galway Hooker boats that you should see
moored in the harbour. Once the main fishing boat of the whole
of Galway Bay, there is still quite a number in the area today
and every year there is a race from Connemara to Kinvarra
in the hookers. We will get to see Dunguaire Castle, a beautiful
castle nestled on its own tiny headland and surrounded by
water. It is also well known for its mead wine
After a good day's travelling and sightseeing it is now time
to make our way back to Dublin. Finishing our full circle
tour we will then go on the Galway road through Clarinbridge,
home of the oyster! We will have one more stop on the road
back to Dublin for a coffee and toilet stop
Arrive back in Dublin by 7:30 pm at the latest with great