Private multi day tours from Dublin Airport have seen a surge in demand in 2017 following a similar trend in recent years.
Dublin Airport continues to be the main gateway into the island of Ireland from the US and Canada. It currently handles approx. 28 million passengers a year and has extensive connections across all major US cities both on the east and west coasts. It’s an ideal location to commence a comprehensive tour of Ireland for perhaps a twelve or fourteen period.
For the discerning visitor seeking a bespoke private tour of Ireland, starting your tour from Dublin gives your you easy access to all of Ireland’s regions and allows you to position yourself comfortably for your departure at the end of your tour.
In considering your itinerary, you could choose all or some of the following regions and locations –
Ireland’s Ancient East: This area offers so much of Ireland’s unique history from the Christian Period to the medieval Anglo Norman and Anglo Irish past. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, set in beautiful Lakeland’s and mountains, preserves a Monastery complex which remains a treasure from our Christian past. Kilkenny Castle, a dominating fortification in a medieval city, preserves our Anglo Norman history and Powerscourt House and Gardens Is a fine example of our Anglo Irish connections.
South and South West Ireland: an area extensively bordered by the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork and Kerry are synonymous with dramatic coastal scenery, lakes, mountains and pretty coastal towns and villages. Within this region lies the charming towns of Kinsale and Dingle, each unique in their own way. The scenic driving routes on offer here are endless and include The Ring of Kerry. Slea Head Drive, West Cork including Glandore, Baltimore and The Beara Peninsula. Killarney, a town surrounded by stunning lakes and mountains, is an ideal base to extensively tour this region. The Killarney National Park and nearby Gap of Dunloe is a must see. Every attraction, including Blarney Castle, can be reached from Killarney on day tours.
West: Again bordered by the Wild Atlantic Way, the west of Ireland has so much to offer. Within its boundaries this region offers Ireland’s most visited scenic attraction, The Cliffs of Moher. Over 1.4 million people visited this location in 2016. But nearby equally stunning views are easily accessible. The Kilkee Cliffs, are as dramatic, and accessible for free, and you will likely be the only visitor there. Connemara, the entire land mass west of Galway City, deserves several days touring in itself. Again dominated by lakes, mountains and Atlantic scenery it offers charming towns and villages like Clifden and Roundstone. Kylemore Abbey is nearby. North of Connemara lies County Mayo which offers The Doolough Valley. Achill Island and the lovely town of Westport.
North West: little traversed by large bus tourism, a trip to this region will leave you wondering have the Irish been keeping this a secret for themselves. The truth is we probably have. County Sligo, overlooked by Ben Bulben mountain, is just lovely with adorable coastal villages like Strandhill and Mullaghmore. Cross the county border into Donegal and jaw dropping scenery awaits. Slieve League, Narin, Portnoo, The Innishowen Peninsula, An Griannan Aileach and Glenveagh National Park are just a few of the treasures that await. Donegal Town is a charming small town on the mouth of Donegal Bay, this is an ideal location to base yourself.
Northern Ireland: Despite not having developed a tourism infrastructure to match the Republic of Ireland, there are parts of Northern Ireland worth exploring. Belfast City is worth a tour, in particular to see the locations which became well known during the recent ‘troubles’. The Titanic Area is also worth a visit. The Antrim Coast Route north of Belfast is Northern Ireland’s nicest scenic route, and highly recommended. On this route is The Giants Causeway.
Dublin City: a cosmopolitan exciting city, rich in its Viking history, affluent with many worthwhile attractions to see, Dublin is well worth a few nights. Trinity College, The Book of Kellys, Malahide Castle and Christchurch Cathedral are just some of the gems this City has to offer. If you are touring all of Ireland, consider leaving Dublin to the end of your tour, thereby facilitating an easy departure from Dublin Airport on a mid morning flight. For the brave, Dublin offers an exciting night life with areas like Temple Bar well worth visiting.
Overall. a private guided tour of Ireland commencing at Dublin Airport will allow you to see all of the island of Ireland, with an itinerary to suit your needs within the time period that best suits you.
Classic Ireland Guided Tours conducts multi day tours commencing at Dublin Airport. Groups from one to fifty visitors can be accommodated. The vehicle to be used will be decided by the size of the group.
Please note Classic Ireland Guided Tours cannot provide single day tours from this location. Multi day tours must be for a minimum of four days.
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