Self-Drive of Ireland – The Greenway Tour

Self-Drive of Ireland - The Greenway Tour

Sustainability has become more important than ever and ecotourism has been at the forefront of Overland Ireland’s ethos from the beginning. Now you can enjoy the stunning unspoilt Irish scenery in an electric vehicle. Not even the sound of a running engine will disturb your enjoyment of the enchanting Emerald Isle. 

This unique self-drive experience to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information pre-loaded about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. Learn Gaelic on the go and have 24/7 access to a professional guide via the app.

The app connects to google maps with all your destinations pre-loaded so all you need to do is show up and drive! Passes for activities and experiences throughout the tour will be at your fingertips through the app.

All the freedom of a self-drive road trip safe in the knowledge that Paddy the Pocket Pilot is on hand whenever you need him!
* Duration: 8 days
* Starts: Dublin Airport, Ireland
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Sustainability has become more important than ever and ecotourism has been at the forefront of Overland Ireland’s ethos from the beginning. Now you can enjoy the stunning unspoilt Irish scenery in an electric vehicle. Not even the sound of a running engine will disturb your enjoyment of the enchanting Emerald Isle. 

This unique self-drive experience to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information pre-loaded about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. Learn Gaelic on the go and have 24/7 access to a professional guide via the app.

The app connects to google maps with all your destinations pre-loaded so all you need to do is show up and drive! Passes for activities and experiences throughout the tour will be at your fingertips through the app.

All the freedom of a self-drive road trip safe in the knowledge that Paddy the Pocket Pilot is on hand whenever you need him!

Itinerary

Day 1: Glendalough to Cork

Stop At: Glendalough Village, Glendalough Village, Vale of Glendalough, County Wicklow
Your first stop after leaving the bustling capital behind is Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains, perched centrally in Ireland’s Ancient East.

You will be taken on a tour of one of the most important monastic sites, learn about Ireland’s history, folklore and be suitably impressed by the St. Kevin’s Round Tower, built in the 6th century.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Rock of Cashel, Rock Vista Moor Lane, Cashel Ireland
After your introduction to Irish history travel south to the Rock of Cashel. Take some jealousy inducing photos at this famous Irish medieval cathedral and castle.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gortavalla, Tipperary, Ireland
Your hidden gem today will be revealed a stones throw away from the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: We guarantee a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

Day 2: Cork – The Rebel County & The Kingdom of Kerry

Stop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Monacnapa, Blarney, Cork T23 Y598 Ireland
No trip to Cork is complete without a trip to Blarney Castle and Gardens. You simply MUST kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of the gab (the ability to tell a good yearn). Take the time to roam the beautiful gardens.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Today your self-drive will take you through the Ring of Kerry, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Torc Waterfall before exploring Killarney National Park.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Killarney National Park Cork Road, Killarney Ireland
This afternoon you will jaunt – horse and carriage. The jaunting carriages can be found at Muckross house or in Killarney town centre. If you are feeling energetic you can take a leisurely cycle around the expanse of this 100km stunning estate taking in Muckross House and Ross Castle.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kenmare, Kenmare, County Kerry
Your hidden gem today will be revealed in stunning Kenmare town. You will feel like you have just stepped into an Irish movie set.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: We guarantee a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

Day 3: The Ring of Kerry & Dingle

Stop At: Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Rise and shine early and start your ultimate road trip along Ireland’s most famous ring road – The Ring of Kerry. Take your time and journey through 10,000 years of Irish history. This drive will take your breath away.

We recommend taking the whole day to enjoy stopping at all the hotspots along the Ring of Kerry to really soak up the whole experience and stunning views on this majestic stretch of road.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Dingle, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
This evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs and fantastic restaurants. Why not sit in Foxy John’s hardware store, order yourself a drink and strike up a conversation with a colourful local!
Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: Cahersiveen, Cahersiveen, County Kerry
Your hidden gems today are scattered all along your Ring of Kerry experience. Every corner will be more magical than the last. We are excited to send you on this journey.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: We guarantee a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

Day 4: The Cliff’s of Moher and the Home of Traditional Irish Music

Stop At: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North, Liscannor Ireland
Leave the South West behind and take yourself northwards to the Cliffs of Moher. We will direct you over the panoramic views on the Connor Pass and send you by ferry from Kerry to County Clare. You will take the 15-minute car ferry across the River Shannon – Irelands longest river.

Your cliffs experience will take you by foot across its stunning natural features with the powerful Atlantic Ocean waves crashing below. The cliffs are one of the most spectacular natural features in Ireland and are sure to leave you lost for words.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Doolin, Doolin, The Burren, County Clare
After your invigorating cliffs experience it is time to unwind in Doolin. This wonderful fishing village is also famed as being the hometown of traditional Irish music – a great night awaits.
Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: Liscannor, Liscannor, County Clare
Your hidden gem today will be revealed in Liscannor before your Cliffs of Moher experience.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: We guarantee a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

Day 5: Bunratty Castle to Galway – The City of The Tribes

Stop At: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty West, Bunratty Ireland
This morning take a drive to Bunratty Castle for a magical folk and heritage tour.  Bunratty’s 19th Century Folk Park reconstructs the homes & environment of Ireland of over a century ago.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Galway, Galway, County Galway, Western Ireland
Galway was voted European Capital of Culture 2020 and never disappoints. Expect an electric atmosphere with entertaining street performers and plenty of ‘Craic’ (fun) in this much celebrated town. Our friends in Galway will take you on a gourmet historical tour of the city.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Burren National Park, Clare Heritage Centre, Corofin Ireland
Your hidden gem today will be revealed in the Burren National Park.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: We guarantee a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

Day 6: Kylemore Abbey – Connemara National Park

Stop At: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara On the N59 between Clifden and Westport, Kylemore Ireland
Your next destination will see you spend time roaming Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian walled garden on this 1000-acre estate overlooking Kylemore Lake and the majestic Connemara National Park.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Connemara National Park Connemara National Park Connemara, Co Galway Near the village of Letterfrack, Galway Ireland
Explore and drive around Connemara National Park at your leisure before arriving into Clifden town, nestled at the foothills of the Twelve Bens mountain range. Have a wander in and out of the little shops and treat yourself to a coffee and cake at Walshe’s bakery.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Oughterard, Oughterard, County Galway, Western Ireland
Your hidden gem today will be revealed on your way to Connemara in the fishing village of Oughterard.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: We guarantee a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

Day 7: Westport to Cong

Stop At: Croagh Patrick, Murrisk Ireland
This morning you will challenge yourself to a hike up Ireland’s holiest mountain – Croagh Patrick, made famous by St Patrick himself. At the top you will be treated to panoramic views of Clew Bay.

If hiking is not your “thing” why not grab a bike and cycle along the Greenway route to Achill Island or have a relaxed walking tour of Westport Town. Enjoy lunch in Westport town.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Westport, Westport, County Mayo, Western Ireland
Have a relaxing afternoon wandering in and out of Westport’s quirky shops, pubs and cafes. Westport has been voted Ireland’s best place to live and it won’t take you too long to discover why.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Murrisk, Murrisk, County Mayo, Western Ireland
Your hidden gem today will be revealed at the foot of Croagh Patrick in Murrisk.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ashford Castle Drive, Cong F31 CA48 Ireland
Tonight, you will stay at the luxurious “The Lodge at Ashford Castle”. Located next to Ashford Castle, The Lodge is set on 10 acres of grounds, overlooking Lough Corrib in Cong, dating back to 1845.
There are never ending activities to enjoy on the estate like falconry, boat trips, archery, horse-riding or even their award-winning Spa!

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: We guarantee a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

Day 8: Clonmacnoise to Dublin

Stop At: Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge Ireland
Your next stop will be the 6th century monastery Clonmacnoise, located on the banks of the Shannon river. The monastery was a centre of excellence for learning and scholars created the finest of Celtic art and illuminated manuscripts over 600 years.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Glennagloghaun North, Monivea, Co. Galway, Ireland
Your hidden gem today will be revealed in County Galway.
Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Dublin, Dublin, County Dublin
It is now time to turn off your engine, dry your tears and to sit back and soak up all that you have experienced over the last 8 days. If you have any time left before leaving the Emerald Isle, we will give you plenty of amazing recommendations for things to do, eat and entertain you in Dublin’s fair city.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.