Trip Overview

North-West Ireland

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 8 Reviews
Private tour to Ireland

Experience the legendary Irish luck and explore the land of the best whiskey and ancient castles with our "Essence of Ireland" private tour. The tour program includes Kilbeggan and Old Bushmills distilleries guided tours with tasting, entrance to the stunning Kylemore Abbey, and explorations of the Slieve League Cliffs. Prefer to see the Cliffs of Moher instead? No worries, the tour is fully customizable and includes only the best hotels and professional local guides!

North-West Ireland

8 days5 cities
Ireland1 country
Private tour to Ireland
From
$2,837
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 8 Reviews

Experience the legendary Irish luck and explore the land of the best whiskey and ancient castles with our "Essence of Ireland" private tour. The tour program includes Kilbeggan and Old Bushmills distilleries guided tours with tasting, entrance to the stunning Kylemore Abbey, and explorations of the Slieve League Cliffs. Prefer to see the Cliffs of Moher instead? No worries, the tour is fully customizable and includes only the best hotels and professional local guides!

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Galway City Gallery

Galway

first destination

Galway is the perfect fusion of culture, nature, and architecture to be explored on your next getaway. Located in western Ireland, the harbor city provides with monumental sites to visit, such as the imposing St Nicholas's Church.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Galway
Transfer
Transfer

Start your immersive Irish experience at the beautiful city of Galway. Upon arrival at the Shannon airport, you will be taken care of by our fantastic private driver and have the rest of the day free, after settling in the hotel. Get set to explore the bustling streets of the city, grab a pint at a local pub or unwind at the hotel before active exploring of upcoming days.

No meals included.

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Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway
4

Providing beautiful views of Galway Bay, the Galmont Hotel & Spa is set right in the heart of the city. It boasts an on-site award-winning spa center and top-notch service. Apart from the spa, the property features impressive facilities such as the Marinas Grill or the Coopers Bar and Lounge.

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Galway
Roscommon
8 hrs

This short car ride takes you on a very scenic route. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking views as you travel through the Irish countryside. The drive from Galway to Roscommon takes about 1.5 hours, but there are several sightseeing stops planned on the way.

Roscommon, Ireland

Roscommon

second destination

While traveling in Ireland, don't miss the chance to explore the beautiful Roscommon County, boasting numerous authentic examples of architectural heritage alongside picture-perfect nature.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 2
Kilbeggan Distillery Exploration & Trip to Roscommon
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Discover the unspoiled beauty of Ireland with a wonderful tour, covering some of the most famous Irish attractions and sights!

Your first stop on the itinerary is the Clonmacnoise Monastic Site. Founded in the 6th century, it was once a significant center of religion and education. You will have a chance to walk around the stone ruins on the ancient site, admire its high crosses and the cathedral, as well as churches, and the round towers.

You will then continue your journey with a tour of the Kilbeggan Distillery, producing famous Irish whiskey since the 18th century. Your guided tour around the working distillery will include a masterclass in a whiskey tasting. Ready to take some notes?

The last destination on the tour is the town of Athlone, located on the banks of the River Shannon. During a panoramic ride through the city, you will admire its authentic streets and the imposing Athlone Castle.

After active exploring, you will arrive in Roscommon, settle in your new home-away-from-home and have the rest of the day you at leisure. Feel free to explore the charming city on your own or delve deeper into its bustling cultural scene.

Breakfast and whiskey tasting are included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Roscommon
Sligo
8 hrs

One of our professional drivers takes you on a breathtaking journey through Ireland's countryside. So relax and enjoy the beautiful panoramas outside the window. The drive from Roscommon to Sligo takes about 1.5 hours, but there are several sightseeing stops planned on the way.

Sligo, Ireland

Sligo

third destination

Boasting breathtaking landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities, Sligo is an absolute must-visit during any Ireland tour.

1 night in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 3
Exploring Roscommon County & Transfer to Sligo
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Explore the beautiful Roscommon County and marvel at the rugged landscapes of Sligo, idyllic sceneries await!

Following breakfast, you will meet your fantastic driver-guide, and begin your trip to Sligo. The first stop on your itinerary is the scenic Boyle Abbey, an impressive monastery founded in the 12th century. You will not only explore the well-preserved architectural complex but learn the story of the abbey as well. Did you that it was once owned by the Royal Family and used as a military garrison?

The next stop on the route is the breathtaking Lough Key Lake and the lovely park surrounding it. The Lough Key Forest Park was part of the Rockingham Estate, owned by the Royal Family as well. During your visit, you will explore the 19th-century servant tunnels, the Moylurg viewing tower, and the Tree Canopy Walk - the only one of this kind in entire Ireland!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Sligo
Derry
8 hrs

A car ride with a professional driver is a great option to get to Derry, one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Ireland. The drive from Sligo to Derry takes about 2 hours, but there are several sightseeing stops planned on the way.

Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry

fourth destination

Derry in Northern Ireland is full of authentic sites for you to explore, such as the Tower Museum, the Guildhall, the City Walls and more. Make sure to see it all for yourself!

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in the centrally located hotel
Day 4
Slieve League Cliffs & Derry City Tour
Transfer
Transfer
Nature views
Nature views
City tour
City tour

Wave Sligo goodbye and continue your tour to beautiful Derry in Northern Ireland!

Your scenic drive will have a few stops along the way, the first one being the imposing rock formation of Benbulbin. The awe-inspiring site is not only a magnificent natural wonder but the setting of numerous tales and legends as well!

After that, your professional driver will take you to the magnificent Slieve League cliffs, located in County Donegal in the northwest corner of Ireland. The cliffs reach the altitude of about 600 m (1969 ft) at their highest point, which is almost three times higher than the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. 

After gazing at the magnificent landscape, you will proceed to Derry, where you will enjoy a panoramic ride around the city's main sights. Your tour will cover the intact 17th-century Derry’s Walls, St. Columb’s Cathedral as well as the Peace Bridge, Craft Village, and the Guildhall. You will also learn some interesting facts about the history of the city and Derry’s industrial heritage, including the history behind shirt making.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Giant's Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views
Tasting
Tasting

Get ready for an exciting day trip to the unique and mysterious rock formations - the Giant's Causeway. The otherworldly UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts unparalleled beauty and different parts you will explore, such as the Giant's Boot, the Wishing Chair, the Camel, and the Shepherds' Steps. You will have some time for the Visitor Center as well.

Continue your tour to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - the exhilarating crossing that connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. Marvel at it from aside or brave the heights and cross it yourself! Could you do it without looking down at the 100-feet (30-meter) drop?

After visiting the bridge, you will stop by the world's oldest whiskey distillery, the Old Bushmills Distillery, where you will get acquainted with all there is to know about the beverage. You will not only tour the working distillery but enjoy a tasting as well.

The adventure will then continue to the Dark Hedges Road. The location might look familiar to some, as it is one of the Northern Irish filming locations that was used in the award-winning 'Game of Thrones'.

Breakfast and a tasting are included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Derry
Westport
8 hrs

A car ride with one of our local drivers is among the best ways to enjoy the views of fairytale Ireland. The drive from Derry to Westport takes about 3.5 hours, but there are several sightseeing stops planned on the way.

Westport, Ireland

Westport

fifth destination

Boasting authentic architecture, a bustling cultural scene, and hospitable local people, Westport has loads to offer to every traveler.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 6
County Mayo Tour & Transfer to Westport
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Today you will leave the charming city of Derry and Northern Ireland in general and head towards the Mayo County, considered to be one of the most beautiful Irish counties. Your first stop along the way is the impressive example of Irish Gothic architecture, the Moyne Abbey. As a matter of fact, the imposing friary has been recognized as one of the Irish national monuments!

After admiring the authentic ecclesiastical ruins of the Moyne Abbey, you will continue your tour to the Downpatrick Head, a place of great historical and geological importance. In addition to its historical significance, it also provides some breathtaking views over the Atlantic, including the unique group of picturesque islands, known as the Staggs of Broadhaven.

The scenic journey will provide more stops to admire the views, before reaching your destination at charming Westport. Upon arrival, you will have time to settle in your new hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Westport
Galway
8 hrs

Enjoy the scenic views of enchanting Ireland as your personal driver takes you from charming Westport to lively Galway. The drive from Westport to Galway takes about 1.5 hours, but there are several sightseeing stops planned on the way.

Galway City Gallery

Galway

sixth destination

Galway is the perfect fusion of culture, nature, and architecture to be explored on your next getaway. Located in western Ireland, the harbor city provides with monumental sites to visit, such as the imposing St Nicholas's Church.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 7
Connemara Region Tour & Transfer to Galway
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Continue your Irish adventure with a tour of the scenic Connemara Region and an abundance of picture-perfect sites and sights.

Your first stop for today is the Croagh Patrick Mountain, known among locals as the "Reek". Located 8 km (5 mi) from Westport, Croagh Patrick is a well-known tourist attraction and an important site of pilgrimage in Mayo County. Overlooking the Clew Bay, the imposing mountain boasts postcard-like sceneries as well as some fascinating stories.

Then you will set off to explore the unspoiled beauty of the Connemara region, boasting winding rivers and scenic lakes. Start the exploration by visiting the magnificent 19th-century Kylemore Abbey, nestled on the shores of the lake surrounded by steep mountains. Don't miss the chance to also visit the Aughnanure Castle, dating back to the 16th century!

After marveling at the beautiful sights, you will continue your journey to Galway, where you will have the rest of the day free to discover the city on your own or relax after an exciting day.

  • Please, note: optionally, you can have a city tour of Galway. Contact your travel specialists for details.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

Wave Ireland goodbye before boarding your plane at Shannon Airport and unwind with the views of idyllic sceneries in your mind.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

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The Hardiman Hotel
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Set in the best-known Eyre Square since 1852, the luxurious Hardiman Hotel boasts charming Victorian-era style rooms. 

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Derry and Westport;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Private airport transfers and all transportations according to the itinerary;
  • Great sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with a professional driver-guide;
  • Entrances to Boyle Abbe, The Lough Key, Giant's Causeway, Aughnanure Castle and Kylemore Abbey;
  • Memorable Kilbeggan Distillery and Old Bushmills Distillery tours with tastings;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest
  • Your own professional local guides
  • Full flexibility of hotel options
  • Tour of the picturesque 6th-century Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Exploration of the impressive 12th-century Boyle Abbey
  • Visit to the to the breathtaking Slieve League cliffs
  • Kylemore Abbey tour
  • Unforgettable tastings in the Kilbeggan and Old Bushmills distilleries

What To Know

  • The currency used by default in Ireland is Euro. Although in Northern Ireland, you will need Pound Sterling as it is part of the UK. To be on the safe side, make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Tips to guides and drivers in Ireland and Northern Ireland are up to your discretion. However, if you really enjoyed the service, a symbolic tip of no more than $10 will be appreciated
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