We leave Dublin and begin our Grand Tour journeying south towards the Wild Atlantic Way. With over 1,100km of rugged coastlines to explore, this 7-Day Zest style tour will put some zing into your Irish adventure as we journey from Kinsale to Westport.
This tour is perfect for those seeking a mix of a relaxed style tour with some added thrills. Try kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay. Fall in love with the breath-taking sights on the Ring of Kerry including gems such as Moll’s Gap and Torc Waterfall. Cycle through Killarney National Park surrounded by mountains and lakes and home to our native red deer.
Discover the epic Cliffs of Moher, lose yourself in bohemian Galway City and be captivated by the landscape of the Aran Islands. Challenge yourself to climb Ireland’s holiest mountain Croagh Patrick standing at 764 metres high.
Our 7 day journey through Ireland is infused with activities, scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage, culture and wildlife.
Get ready for a week full of active adventure and stunning vistas!
We depart from Dublin and travel to County Cork which is located in the stunning South West of Ireland. As we make our way to our first destination we will stop en route for a fantastic photo opportunity at the famous medieval round tower, chapel and cathedral at The Rock of Cashel.
Lonely Planet describes Cork as “at the top of its game, sophisticated, vibrant and diverse” and we completely agree. It is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and locals would argue that it is the REAL capital of Ireland. Begin your Cork experience with a kiss of the Blarney Stone and may you be granted “the gift of the gab“. Then take the time to explore the gardens, castle and rock close.
Be guided through your Cork experience with a walking tour in this historic port and fishing town of Kinsale which is one of the most picturesque places on the south west coast of Ireland. The town is known for its castles, forts, galleries and shops, arts & crafts, and the recently launched Kinsale Gourmet Academy. We will stay the night in this stunning harbour town which is also renowned for its award-winning restaurants and dramatic scenery. Kinsale is a place where boredom is an impossibility.
We depart Kinsale where our route will take us towards the Ring of Kerry. The trip is filled with many hidden gems as we journey through Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and enjoy a two hours cycle around Killarney National Park. Your cycle through the park is a nature lover’s dream and you will have a choice of trails to follow, each offering their own unique splendor.
Tonight we stay in the celebrated, cozy coastal town of Dingle. The evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and stumble across unforgettable traditional music sessions. This just might be the location for that perfect pint of Guinness.
How better to start a morning than a kayaking trip in Dingle Bay where will be able to meet the town’s most famous local, Fungie the dolphin. Alternatively, if kayaking is not your thing you can hit the surf at Inch Beach and catch some Wild Atlantic waves!
Let our expert guides take you on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head Drive and finish off your perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. There you will sample their award-winning whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world.
We spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle, so you don’t need to repack your suitcases. Just relax and enjoy.
Our adventure continues as we leave Dingle and travel North via the dramatic Conor Pass with dramatic drops, encroaching cliffs at every turn towards Castlegregory. We then cross the River Shannon by ferry to leave the South West behind.
The ferry brings us to County Clare which is home to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
Today we will explore the cliffs by foot on a two and half hour breathtaking hike while the fresh air and dramatic coastline embraces us! We take you off the beaten track and our local guide will show you all the secret passages that truly outshine the main tourist hot spots. Capture this experience with envy-inducing photos. The views are steeped in myth and wonder, and hear the roar of the Wild Atlantic Ocean echo your name on the waves of bliss.
Spend the evening in the most welcoming and colorful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.
We leave Doolin via the Burren National Park en-route to Galway. Our route takes in a visit to the portal tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen. You are in for a treat this morning. Our local farmer at Caherconnell will amaze you with a sheepdog show! Watching the border collies work with the farmer is fascinating and a true taste of Irish heritage. As we travel to Galway we will have a quick photo-op at the 16th Century castle, Dunguaire Castle which is located in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara.
Galway is known globally as a city of festivals and culture. In 2020 the city will is the official European Capital of Culture, a celebration of all that Galway is famous for. This medieval city is true living history as many buildings date back hundreds of years and now serve as shops, restaurants and bars. Brightly-painted pubs heave with live music, while cafés offer front-row seats for observing street performers, musicians and local characters.
Enjoy a traditional Irish food tour and taste modern Irish cuisines paired with Irish craft beer. Watch Irish dancing and feel yourself toe tapping to the pulse of pure Celtic music and dance. After discovering Galway’s hidden gems you are free to enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and craic in this much celebrated city.
After a short drive to Rossaveal pier, we will sail across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. Arrive on rugged Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Explore the island, meet the locals and pick up a few words in “Gaelic”. We will cycle around the coastline of the island and to the stone fort Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean before making our way back to the mainland.
We depart Rosaveal Pier and drive to the stunning town of Westport which is located in County Mayo. You will take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous Famine Trail on your route to Westport.
The evening is spent unwinding with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. And a visit to Westport would not be complete without a bit of “craic” at a traditional Irish music session in Matt Molloy’s bar.
Wake up fresh in Westport where your guide will challenge you to climb Ireland’s holiest mountain. Croagh Patrick is 764 meters high and is a rewarding hike for the adventurous. Learn about the man responsible for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy an unspoiled view from the top of Clew Bay, home to 365 islands. You will be on top of the world witnessing this natural panoramic view. What a way to finish your Zest tour!
Our expert guides will send you back to our bustling capital city, Dublin, armed with recommendations of things to see and do if you have a little time left in Ireland. Return to Dublin by bus, train or taxi. This cost is included in your tour.
We are one of the only tour companies to include as much as we can into your tour price. So there are no hidden surprises on your tour, and this takes away the hassle about thinking of unexpected charges.
You will notice the list of what’s included is very abundant and covers entrance fees, transport, accommodation, WiFi on board and kayaking to name a few!
Our quest is to bring your price down and your tour experience up… to the max! This is possible with the power of a smaller group tour – the more people the merrier and certainly the more people the cheaper price!
We know everyone’s budget and taste for food are different, so lunch and dinners are not included in your tour price. You have the freedom to choose from fine-dining or simply having some fish and chips. There are so many places along the way to suit all taste buds and all budgets. So you will be spoiled for choice! Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy great menus too from cafés and restaurants that cater for any dietary requirements.