Self-Drive of Ireland- The South & West Wanderer

Self-Drive of Ireland- The South & West Wanderer

The best way to discover Ireland is through adventure! You will hike, bike your way around our favorite places and experience as many cultural and authentically Irish activities we can manage to squeeze into your itinerary. Get blown away by the hidden gems and hotspots we have in store for you. We offer you a huge range of hiking trails, leisurely cycles and experiences to keep you active and entertained.
This unique self-drive to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. 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, Ireland
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




The best way to discover Ireland is through adventure! You will hike, bike your way around our favorite places and experience as many cultural and authentically Irish activities we can manage to squeeze into your itinerary. Get blown away by the hidden gems and hotspots we have in store for you. We offer you a huge range of hiking trails, leisurely cycles and experiences to keep you active and entertained.
This unique self-drive to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. 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: Rock of Cashel – Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Stop At: Rock of Cashel, Rock Vista Moor Lane, Cashel Ireland
To whet your appetite for your ultimate road-trip around Ireland we will arrange a tour for you at the Medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle at The Rock of Cashel! A fantastic stop to get you in the mood for what awaits you on tour.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ballycotton Cliff Walk, Ballycotton Ireland
Next up it’s time to stretch your legs with an 8km coastal Cliff walk at Ballycotton flanked by meadows to your right and the wild Atlantic Ocean to your left! This is a 2-hour hike taken at an easy pace.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Tipperary, Tipperary, County Tipperary
Your hidden gem today will be revealed in Tipperary just a stones throw away from your route.
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: Kinsale – Beara Peninsula

Stop At: Kinsale, Kinsale, County Cork
Wake up with a spring in your step and let our friend and local guide, Barry, take you on a historical walking tour of Kinsale – a favorite tour amongst our guests.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, Old Head, Kinsale, Kinsale Ireland
You will take a short drive to the coastline of Kinsale and take a leisurely 6km hike around Old Head of Kinsale. The breath-taking views, ancient ruins, lighthouse and the site of the torpedoed site of the Lusitania will help you work up an appetite.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Castletownbere, Castletownbere, County Cork
Drive from Kinsale along the stunning Beara Peninsula to the quaint fishing village of Castletownbere – Ireland’s best kept secret.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale Ireland
Your hidden gem today will be revealed during your stay in Kinsale.
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: Dursey Island Tour – Killarney

Stop At: Dursey Island, Crookhaven Ireland
Your day today is going to be spent hiking around Dursey Island with Paddy the Pocket Pilot as your own personal tour guide to enlighten you with stories, history and get your heart pumping discovering every inch of this hidden island. This is a 13 km loop walk around the most westerly Island off Cork. With 8 inhabitants on the island and no distractions you will really enjoy discovering it’s remote charm and tranquility. It is an easy to moderate trail. This day is full of hidden gems dotted around the island. Enjoy spotting them all.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Kenmare, Kenmare, County Kerry
We highly recommend a stop in the picturesque town of Kenmare. It will feel like you are transported into an Irish movie set!
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Moll’s Gap, 3 Kenmare Innovation Centre N 71 Road, Killarney Ireland
Take the scenic route from Kenmare to Killarney via Molls Gap. This will add ten minutes to your route but you will see more of the Ring of Kerry and drive through Killarney National Park too. Take advantage of this route to visit Torc Waterfall!
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kenmare, Kenmare, County Kerry
Your hidden gem today will be revealed when you arrive in the picturesque town of Kenmare.
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: Ross Castle – Torc Mountain

Stop At: Torc Mountain Walk, Kenmare Road, Killarney Ireland
Challenge yourself a little more with a hike up Tork Mountain on the Ring of Kerry. At the summit you will be treated to 360-degree panoramic views of Killarney Lakes and National Park and the McGillicuddy’s Reeks. The distance is an easy to moderate incline of 7.5km and you can take it at your own pace spending 2/3 hours taking in the views and stopping for some great photo opportunities.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Rest your legs and treat yourself to lunch at Molls gap and spend the late afternoon driving on the Ireland’s most spectacular ring road on the Ring of Kerry.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Killarney National Park Cork Road, Killarney Ireland
Your hidden gem today will be revealed in the celebrated Killarney 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 5: Killarney National Park – Inch Beach

Stop At: Killarney National Park Cork Road, Killarney Ireland
Today you will explore Killarney National Park by bike. Whether it’s old country manors, lakeside views, heritage, flora and fauna you are after you will find it on one of the trails in this 102km park. Wander around Mucross house, hug the lake trail and go see Torc Waterfall for some envy inducing photos! You will lose yourself for a couple of hours in this little slice of heaven. Cycling in the park is at your own pace and depending on stops (we recommend a slice of apple tart and a cup of tea at the coffee shop) should take around 3 hours to explore.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Dingle, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Say goodbye to Killarney and get excited about your next destination – Dingle! You will make a pit stop at the famous Inch beach to stretch your legs and maybe have a beach side treat at Sammy’s Café. 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: 3 hours

Stop At: Annascaul, Annascaul, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Your hidden gem today will be revealed on route to Dingle town.
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: Slea Head Dingle Peninsula

Stop At: Slea Head Drive, Ireland
We have 3 options for an amazing day on the Dingle Peninsula. You decide what will put a smile on your face today. Your trusty pocket pilot will be on hand to show you the options.
Hop on an electric bike and cycle along the Slea Head drive. The sites and stops along this coastal route are truly magnificent.
Alternatively, why not take a hike up Mount Brandon for unreal views of Dingle Bay and Castlegregory.
One of our favorite activities we recommend is kayaking in Dingle Bay with Kerry’s most famous celebrity! Fungie the Dolphin. Spend the morning exploring the sea caves while trying to catch a glimpse of our porpoise friend who likes nothing more than showing off in front of an audience! Each activity is approximately 3 hours and you can do this at an easy pace. Mount Brandon is a moderately difficult hike and could bring you to 4 hours up and down but highly rewarding. It is very manageable to arrange options 1&2 or options 1&3 in the same day.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Dingle Distillery, R559 Milltown Roundabout, Dingle V92 E7YD Ireland
Finish off your perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery where you will sample their award-winning whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Your hidden gems today will be revealed all along your route on the Slea Head Drive. Get excited because there are lots of them!
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: The Cliffs of Moher – Doolin

Stop At: West Kerry Sheep Dog Demonstrations, Derrymore west Tralee, V92 H1RC Ireland
Today, before you leave the Kingdom of Kerry, you will watch a local sheepdog show off his finely-honed skills, during a sheepdog demonstration.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North, Liscannor Ireland
You will hike for 3 hours along the Cliffs with the roaring wild Atlantic ocean providing the perfect backdrop! We will give you the perfect route off the beaten track. There are many secret passages that we will tell you about that are not on the typical tourist route. Friends at home will definitely be very envious when you share your snaps from this stunning landmark.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Liscannor, Liscannor, County Clare
Your hidden gem today will be revealed in Liscannor before your spectacular hike along the cliffs.
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 8: The Burren National Park – Dublin

Stop At: The Burren National Park, Clare Heritage Centre, Corofin Ireland
From Doolin Village we will organize for you to pick up bicycles to explore Burren National Park! We recommend 3 hours at a moderate pace for this adventure. Feast your eyes with delightful views of Galway Bay and Ireland’s most extraordinary landscape. Spend time roaming the vast limestone ridges and discover the wonderful flora and fauna unique to this ecosystem.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge Ireland
Your last 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: Dublin, Dublin, County Dublin
If you have a little time left in Dublin before you fly home we will arm you with fantastic things to see and do in the Capital city and surroundings. Let Paddy the Pocket Pilot guide you back to Dublin and make some reservations for you.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: The Burren, The Burren, County Clare
Your two hidden gems today will be revealed during your adventure around 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
No accommodation included on this day.