10 Day South West Ireland Site Seeing Vacation

The best airport to fly in & out of for this South West Ireland Private Site seeing tour  is Shannon Airport . It is the easiest Airport in the world to negotiate and the friendliest Irish airport. Check in is just 30 seconds inside the main door. When you arrive at Shannon you collect your luggage and then you come through the arrivals door where your private driver guide will have two things, your name on a welcome sign right in front of you and a big Irish smile!

 

Any hotel we book for our clients will include a quality full Irish breakfast, which is always a good idea to set you up for your day trip.

 

As our testimonials suggest, with executive Tours Ireland, you and your family or small group will be taken care of in a very special Irish way.  I hope you enjoy this suggested 10 day itinerary which we have used for many personal chauffeur tours Ireland clients over the last ten years, and it never fails to impress and exceed expectations, which is effectively our mission!

 

Like all of our customised or Discover Ireland Tours and Vacations, we will arrange a favourable deposit, then we send you a confirmation by return.  No matter what hotel you are staying in, all our vacation packages include all your transport in a Luxury Mercedes Viano with your own personal driver/guide.

 

DAY 1.

Arrive at Shannon Airport nice & early, typically 7am with United Airlines.

Take a short drive to the 5 Star Dromoland Castle and have a quality Irish breakfast, after which we will drive to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and the Blarney Woollen Mills store in Bunratty. The first day will take about 5/6 hours, the jet lag might be setting in, and so we will return to Dromoland without delay and check into the Hotel.  Then you can relax and explore Dromoland, and perhaps take a needed nap to keep you fit for the days ahead.

Dromoland Castle

We will of course recommend Restaurants & entertainment.

 

Day 2.

Depart Dromoland after breakfast for the Wonderful Cliffs of Moher & the Burren. Then Cliffs are just beautiful and there are great walks here.   Some souvenir and craft shopping can be done.

When we are finished at the Cliffs we then travel along the famous Galway Bay into the typical Irish town of Ballyvaughan.   Here we can have some very nice lunch at Monks Pub/Restaurant overlooking the scenic Galway Bay.

 

 

After lunch we can visit Birds of Prey, a personal favourite of mine, where you will see Falcons, Eagles, Owls, & Hawks all hunting for their dinner!  This is a great show that lasts 50 minutes.  Next up is the Dolmen Graves which go back to 3600 B.C.  These Neolithic graves are very typical in County Clare.  We will then drive through the rugged Clare countryside and back to Dromoland.

 

DAY 3.

We depart Dromoland today for our 4 night stay in the Kingdom of Ireland, Killarney.

 

When we arrive in Killarney, we will visit Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Falls, and Ladies View where we will be able to sit outside and have the most beautiful Irish Coffee while admiring the fabled Lakes of Killarney. Here you can take beautiful photos including the ‘Leprechauns Crossing’, great fun. There is a lovely shop here and you will have time to explore browse and buy some souvenirs of interest, all Irish hand crafted.

torc waterfall

We then take a 15 min drive to the Kissane Sheep farm, where we will see some sheep shearing and some sheep dog trials, this is a great stop, sure to put a smile on your face.

 

We will then head back to Killarney and check into your choice of some of the most beautiful Hotels in Ireland such as the Hotel Europe situated on the famous Lakes of Killarney with breath taking views. Don’t forget that at Executive Tours Ireland we can get you accommodation rates that you won’t believe. Dinner & entertainment can be advised.

 

DAY 4.

Today is a favourite of mine; The Gap of Dunloe, it gets me up earlier than usual. We begin by taking a short drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage where we jump twice – we jump on an Irish Jaunting  Car ( Horse & Carriage), and so jump back in time and things get pretty authentic folks.

Gap of Dunloe 1

We tour through the beautiful Mountains, mystical lakes & valleys which abound County Kerry, with majestic scenery everywhere we look. You will be able to get out of the carriage and walk through this pure and unspoiled beautiful terrain.  Your camera will be snapping crazy so make sure it’s fully charged!

 

When we get to the top of the mountain you can have some light lunch at Lord Mount Brandon’s Cottage.  After this magnificent lunch you will come down the other side of the mountain in an open Fisherman’s boat down through the 3 Lakes of Killarney to Ross Castle.  Keep your eyes peeled, on the way down you might see some eagles nests in the mountains and see some salmon swimming beside you in the lake. This tour will live with you for a long time to come, it is truly spectacular.

Then after that you will have some time to explore the Town of Killarney and have a nice stroll through her pedestrianised streets before dinner.

 

Killarney Streets

Killarney Streets

 

DAY 5.

Today we tour to the most awesome place on earth The Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head where we will see some of the most beautiful and unrivalled scenery in Ireland. Our tour will take us to the beautiful town of Dingle via the Conor Pass Mountains. The views here of Dingle town are spectacular and you can even see Tralee on the other side. You will have plenty of time to explore the lovely fishing village that Dingle is and take some lovely photos.

 

Onwards to Slea Head to continue the visual feast of scenic Ireland. We will stop at Dunbeg fort which takes us back to the 7 / 8th century with the unusual and intriguing Bee Hive Huts.  Slea head has what surely is my favourite beach in the world, Dunquinn. The movie buffs among you will be able to see and learn all about the famous Ryan’s Daughter which was filmed onsite right here. No wonder as this place is simply magical.

Entering the pyramid

We then visit the Galerus Oratory one of the first churches in Ireland, before some time in Dingle and onwards to Killarney via Inch beach. This is one beautiful day that you will never forget.

 

DAY 6.

Today we drive the famous Ring of Kerry, we will visit some lovely colourful little towns along the way, full of colourful characters too! One favourite is Waterville, Charlie Chaplin fell in love with this town and he vacationed here every year. In fact In the end ne loved it so much  he moved here before he passed on to better things , I hope.

 

The scenery here is, well maybe I should just say that seeing is believing. We can have some very nice lunch at the Smugglers restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and proceed to the top of the mountain to see breathtaking views of the Ring of Kerry. We will then drive to my favourite town on the Ring of Kerry which is Kenmare, charming, friendly, traditional, peaceful…you can judge for yourself. When this beautiful day is over we return to Killarney for a grand evening meal.

 

DAY 7.

Today we depart Killarney with a tear in our eye. We head to another beautiful village Adare and the Gorgeous Romantic Adare Manor. In Adare village the streets are lined with thatched roofed cottages and floral displays.  There are great restaurants and pubs with Irish music in the village, full if characters and craic (Irish for banter and fun), you can stroll to the village from Adare Manor in 5 minutes a beautiful walk indeed.

Adare, picturesque quaint Ireland

We will visit the nearby Limerick City going back to 922 founded by the Normans.  Known as the Lady City, it is Irelands Cultural and Sporting Capital. In Limerick we can visit King Johns Castle and St Marys Cathedral both 12 Century.

 

Then we can visit the famous Hunt Museum, a massive private collection of artefacts entrusted to the state, & the Treaty Stone, Limericks best known landmark which marks 1691 – an important year in Irelands history.

hunt at night

When the day is over we return to your chosen 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation in Adare. The Golf Course here is the best parkland course in Ireland designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. Enjoy spectacular river side views. The Oak Room Restaurant is just superb for quality and value.

 

 

DAY 8.

Today we head for the Blarney Stone & the Blarney Woollen Mills.  Go on, do it! Kiss the famous stone that millions of people line up to do every year.  Then you can shop till you s drop and purchase all your authentic shopping and they will even send it to your house for you.

 

After Blarney we will head to a favourite gem of mine, the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Middleton where they make the best whiskey in the world. This is a great tour indeed, if we have time we can visit the heritage town of Cobh, this was the last port of call for the Titanic before that dreaded voyage.  We can do the Titanic museum tour there. When the day is over we return to the beautiful Adare for an evening meal and overnight accommodation.

 

Jameson Whiskey Factory Ireland

Jameson Whiskey Factory Ireland

DAY 9.

Today we head to the unique town of Kinsale the gourmet capital of Ireland as we know it.  This is a beautiful fishing village that you will find in every post card in Ireland. There are many sea food restaurants here that you will find in every good food book in the world, I kid you not, yes the world!

The name I don’t like Fishy, Fishy but the food is delicious, we have to book to get a table and a nice bottle of wine, but leave that to me, they know me well!

Oldhead 2

The atmosphere here is relaxing, authentic and you will have long forgotten every care in the world, such a nice place to finish off our tour of Ireland. You will have plenty of time to go for a nice walk and take in your own piece of Kinsale.

 

When the day is over we will return to Adare for your last night of what we know will have been the vacation of a lifetime.

 

DAY 10.

Today we are very sad as you must depart from my beautiful Country but I have no doubt I will see you again sometime, Ireland is infectious.

 

Thanks for reading and call me 24/7/365 to arrange a 10 day tour of Ireland or to discuss your own customized Ireland Vacation at 1 888 793 0416.

 

Mike Ryan