Escorted Tour of The Wild Atlantic Way

This guided tour covers approximately half the coast of the Island of Ireland (north and west) and includes a significant portion of the Wild Atlantic Way. This Tour begins with a meet and greet ( Included in Tour price )with dinner, bed and breakfast in our Hotel in Dublin. Next morning the tour leaves this hotel after breakfast at 9.30 am.When we have completed our Wild Atlantic Way and Coastal Tour we return to Dublin City.

Contact us for a quotation for this and the other scheduled tours in this series which are as follow

  •            1st Feb 2018 to 15th Feb 2018.
  •             22nd Feb 2018 to 8th March 2018.
  •            15th March 2018 to 29th March 2018. (This tour gives you the opportunity to take part in a St Patrick’s Day Parade Celebrations).

Of course because we are doing this series of Wild Atlantic Way Tours in the Winter/ Spring period you get to see our Beautiful rugged coastline at its wildest. Our bus tour will travel through the counties of Dublin, Louth, Down, Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare by the Wild Atlantic Way and Coast.  Returning to Dublin, we travel through counties Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Laois, and Kildare.

Indeed, when and where possible, we will be including some local festivities with the tours.

 

Some attractions and cultural events on or close to our bus tour route which we can choose to visit include (with a minimum of ten visitor attractions visited on the tour/subject to change):

  • Newgrange Neolithic (New Stone Age) Centre
  • The Downpatrick Cultural Centre
  • Titanic Centre, Belfast
  • The Giant’s Causeway
  • The Walls of Derry
  • Glencolmcille Folk Village
  • Sliabh League, One of the highest sea cliffs in Europe
  • Carrowmore Megalithic Landscape
  • Belleek Castle, Ballina
  • Ballina Craft Whiskey Distillery
  • Ceide Fields, the most extensive stone age monument in the world
  • Westport House
  • Kylemore Abbey in Connemara
  • Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
  • The National Stud and Japanese Gardens

For this guided tour to depart on departure date, minimum numbers apply to this bus tour and subsequent bus tours. We will have a per-advised cut-off date for advanced booking and confirmation on all our tours. If the scheduled dates to not suit you, you can pick your own departure date. We can quote you for this tour even if you are an individual traveler or if you want to tour with a group of your family or friends on a private tour. ( Then the 16th Person (Organiser) gets a free place on the tour ). Please Email Jim: Sláinte@slainteirelandtours.ie

Inquiries for special interest tours we also welcome,especially for guests tracing their Irish Ancestors.We will carry out prior to your arrival on the tour, basic local research to find ( as far as is possible ) your ancestral home or location and any family connections still in the locality.We will also try to find the final resting place of last known ancestors. ( Not guaranteed ). There is an extra charge for this service.  Please contact Jim  on Email: Sláinte@slainteirelandtours.ie

All Drivers including Chauffeur Drivers are also Experienced Tour Guides. ( Not just Drivers ). Travel is by a modern 24 seater coach for groups of up to 12 guests accompanied by a Driver Guide. For groups of 12 plus, a modern 28/ 32 seater coach with driver and a separate tour guide is included with the tour. All our accommodation is per-approved 3 and 4 star hotels or 4 star guest houses.

Prices start from 1,987 Euro PP. sharing.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Dublin City
DEPARTURE TIME DUBLIN 9.30 am from our Hotel
RETURN TIME DUBLIN
6.30 pm on last day of tour
INCLUDED IN PRICE
Coach with Driver/Guide up to Twelve People

Driver and Tour Guide/Manager over twelve people

Music

Drama

Poetry

Visitor Centres

Sample our own Special Recipe of theWorld Famous Irish Coffee.

B&B with evening dinner throughout the tour (including Arrival date in Dublin)

NOT INCLUDED
Lunch or snacks during the day

Drinks

Entrance fees to local events (Most local events and festivals have free admission)

Email: Sláinte@slainteirelandtours.ie

Telephone: 00353 (0)96 73311 (Leave a brief message of your requests and we will contact you).

Go raibh maith agat – Thank you

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Day 1

Depart Dublin City to the Kilkeel region of County Down via the Cooley Peninsula  and see where the “Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea” as romantically sung by Percy French. 
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Day 2

Continue the coastal journey to Newcastle and onward to the remote less travelled Ards Peninsula taking us in to Belfast City.
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Day 3

Belfast City to Portrush/Portstewart region along the coast of County Antrim, where on a clear day it is possible to see the coast of Scotland.
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Day 4

After experiencing the marvel of the geological master piece The Giants Causeway, we move on from Portstewart to “Lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle” and walk the famous wall.  Then we begin the Wild Atlantic Way upon the Innishowen Peninsula in Co.Donegal one of Ireland’s remotest and wildest coastlines. This is “Amazing Grace” country.Overnight in Ballyliffin region.
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Day 5

Ballyliffen to Bunbeg/Gweedore region in County Donegal and see the Wild Atlantic Way remote Donegal coastline . Travel through Donegals Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) region and try out your Irish( Gaelic)
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Day 6

After being “blown away” on one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, Sliabh Liag (Slieve League), we move on  to Killybegs, the gateway to southwest Donegal
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Day 7

From Killybegs to Ballina County Mayo, through County Leitrim,  with the shortest coastline in Ireland, then onwards to Co.Sligo, renowned for the poems, writings and arts of William Butler Yeats and Jack.B Yeats
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Day 8

Ballina: Leisure/Activity day.

Option One: From Ballina  there is a day trip to Ceide Fields the most extensive enclosed stone age field system in the World. Thereafter we continue our tour along the majestic cliffs of north Mayo through beautiful rugged bog land to Belmullet where we claim from this most westerly place in Co. Mayo our next parish is America.

Option Two: You can have a more relaxed day with our half day guided tour in the surrounding Ballina hinterland followed by a  seaweed bath or relax and enjoy all that Ballina has to offer in the way of shopping, sight seeing and museums. Traditional Music and Irish dancing available in the evening.


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Day 9

Ballina: Leisure/Activity day

Option One; We then travel through Mullranny to the largest offshore island on the Wild Atlantic Way, Achill Island, immortalised by the artists Paul Henry and Camille Souter .

Option Two: You can have a more relaxed day with our half day guided tour surrounding Ballina hinterland followed by a  seaweed bath or relax and enjoy all that Ballina has to offer in the way of shopping, sight seeing and museums. Returning to Ballina for another night of Fun and craic.

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Day 10

We leave Ballina  and begin our journey to Clifden in beautiful Connemara, passing through Westport, Leenane & Kylemore you will pass through locations where scenes from the  classic movie “The Quite Man” were filmed featuring Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne.
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Day 11

From Clifden, travelling further through valleys and mountains dotted with lakes into Connemara the “Land of Savage Beauty” as described by Oscar Wilde, we visit Galway City the ‘City of the Tribes’.
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Day 12

Galway City Leisure/Activity day

Option One: Day trip to Cong via Mamcross returning to Galway.

Option Two: Half Day tour  of Galway City followed by Free Time

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Day 13

Leaving Galway the ‘City of Tribes’ on to the West Coast of County Clare.  See the meandering and famous Cliffs of Moher, and walk on the most unique lunar looking landscape on the planet the vast karst limestone pavements of the Burren region. Overnight in Ennis
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Day 14

We leave the wonder of the Wild Atlantic Way behind and travel into the heartland of Ireland and back to Dublin City via the National Stud and Japanese Gardens or visit the Newbridge Silver Factory (End of Tour)
Surfing The WIld Atlantic Way, Slainte Ireland Tours
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Group Tour Guide Jim Henry
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Tour Reviews

5 based on 3 reviews
5 out of 5
August 21, 2015

Jim is an amazing tour guide and historian. Tour guide extraordinaire!!! I am not certain, but wonder if he is not descended from ‘the little people himself’ for his wisdom and humor and passion for his craft. He always found the best scones for our tea break, and has led walks all over Ireland as a trusted guide, taking me to out of the way places with rich history and folklore that I would never have seen with anyone else I am sure. The best of the best! I not only recommend and trust this tour company I want to travel with Jim again and again, to see Ireland with him through his knowledge and stories.
A very satisfied customer, (and Jim and Ann Henry’s friend, fan and uber new cheerleader and promoter ) !

5 out of 5
May 25, 2016

Jim is not only a gentleman but he has a wealth of kowledge that is unequaled, best of luck from guide to another. Paddy

5 out of 5
July 17, 2016

Jim Henry is very knowledgable about the hidden gems and back roads of County Mayo and beyond. He is very friendly and accommodating to the requests of his clients. I’ve used many private tour guides throughout France, Spain and Italy and Jim is the best I’ve met. If you really want to understand Ireland from an insider’s perspective and visit places that you’ll never find on your own, I highly recommend that you book a tour with Jim.

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