Self-Drive Tour 11 Days 2022 / 2023
2022 March - November 2022
Scotia Ireland are delighted to introduce our new self-drive tours of Ireland, we have partnered with a globally recognised Car Rental company that provide a wide range of high quality vehicles ranging from compacts to SUV, large luxury vehicles and of course minivans for those golf enthusiasts vacationing in Ireland.
7/10/12 Day Tours of the South West of Ireland inclusive of accommodation, self-drive rental, pre booked entrance to selected museums and attractions, personalised itinerary design and preparation.
Please enquire as all of our self drive itineraries are custom designed especially for you.
Over the years we have added a delightful range of 3,4,5 star hotels, Castles, Quality Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfast accommodations. These we have been including in our Chauffer Driven Tours and are now delighted to be able to offer these hand picked accommodations to our self – drive tour clients
A wide range of high quality vehicles ranging from compacts to SUV, large luxury vehicles and of course minivans for those golf enthusiasts vacationing in Ireland. Included with your rental vehicle are all compulsory auto insurances – Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, Road tax, vat sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour break down cover.
Your Accommodation & Car Rental Package rate includes an Economy class car eg., VW Polo or Ford Ka.
All breakfasts are included with your accommodation, pre booked evening meals are by request.
Arrive in to Dublin airport early morning, make your way to the Budget Car Rental desk in the arrivals area of the airport to complete car rental formalities and receive the keys to your vehicle. It is not possible to pre book the Newgrange tour it is offered on a first come first served basis. Drive to Newgrange Neolithic site spending the afternoon exploring the site with lunch at the centre. Return to Dublin city via Malahide village, Portmarnock beach and Howth. Check in to your hotel late in the afternoon to freshen up and rest before heading out in to Dublin city to explore this exciting vibrant and cosmopolitian city which was originally founded by the Vikings in 841 AD .
O/N Dublin city hotel.
Explore Dublin city with a panoramic tour and possible visit to Powerscourt House and Gardens where you can have lunch, followed by a visit to Glendalough monastic site. The drive to Glendalough is through the beautiful Wicklow mountains and you will drive to the charming village of Avoca where you shall have a tour of Ireland’s oldest working handweaving mill. Return to your Dublin hotel. Evening free to explore the city.
O/N Dublin city hotel.
Today following breakfast you drive to the beautiful fishing port town of Kinsale, Co Cork, your tour today will take you to the medieval city of Kilkenny with a possible visit to the magnificent medieval Kilkenny Castle for your next adventure you arrive at the city of Waterford which was founded by the Vikings, where you may wish to visit or indeed take a tour of the Waterford Crystal workshop and showrooms. Following your visit drive to Kinsale County Cork and time allowing you may wish to visit Midleton Whiskey Distillery. Arriving at your Kinsale Hotel late afternoon to check in and spend the evening relaxing whilst exploring this charming medieval port town.
Following breakfast you depart Kinsale touring through west cork hugging the magnificent Wild Atlantic way coastal route which begins in Kinsale. Travelling through charming little towns and villages such as Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Glengariff.
Following a stop in Kenmare town where you may explore the The Kenmare stone circle which is one of the largest megalithic stone circles in south West Ireland and unlike any other ring in Munster. Following your visit you drive through the famous Molls Gap down past the Lakes of Killarney to the pretty and lively town of Killarney.
O/N Killarney town.
This morning following a hearty Killarney breakfast you leave on a tour of the iconic Ring Of Kerry touring route where you can stop at an Irish Bog village and explore how Irish people lived in the 1800s. There will also be the opportunity to stop and view a sheep dog demonstration where you will see sheep being herded by a local shepard. The tour continues along the Wild Atlantic coast on to the village of Sneem where you may choose make a stop for lunch and will have free time for shopping The tour continues up through the McGillicuddy Reeks mountains on the scenic Molls Gap route which affords stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and returning to Killarney in the afternoon. If time allows you can stop and explore Muckross House and Gardens. This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed world wide for their splendour and beauty.
O/N Killarney town.
This morning you depart on a tour of the iconic Dingle Peninsula, travelling through charming little villages such as Milltown and Castlemaine. There will be the option to stop along the way to Dingle town and pay a visit to Nikki Foley’s Sewing Shed, the cutest little quilt shop in Ireland. Soon you will arrive at the stunning Inch beach one of the most magnificent beaches of the reknowned wild atlantic way.
Following your drive around the peninsula you will arrive to the colourful fishing port of Dingle where you will have time to explore have lunch and check in to our accommodation. Evening free to explore Dingle.
O/N Dingle town.
This morning you are free to explore the bustling colourful town of Dingle which affords lots of photographic opportunities and tiny craft shops to explore.
Time for a light lunch in one of the local pubs.
This afternoon following lunch drive along the stunning Slea Head route and view ancient archaeology and some of the most amazing vistas in Ireland.
Return to Dingle town where the evening is free to possibly explore the quaint pubs listen to a little traditional Irish music played by local musicians. With regard to dinner, you will be spoiled for choice as there is a wide range of excellent restaurants to choose from.
O/N Dingle town.
Today you drive to Galway city taking a ferry across the river Shannon from the village of Tarbert. Touring the Wild Atlantic west coast we stop to have lunch and visit the Cliffs of Moher.
Following our visit you drive to Galway city via the Black Head coastal route, which affords stunning views of the Atlantic ocean, Galway Bay and the Burren Karst limestone landscape. Arriving in Galway city following check in to your city centre hotel you will have the evening free to explore this bohemian artistic city, Galway is indeed one of Ireland’s most engaging cities. Brightly painted pubs resonate with live music, while restaurants and cafes offer front-row seats for enjoying buskers and street theatre. Remains of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling handcrafted Claddagh rings.
O/N Galway city
Drive to Dublin via Clonmacnoise monastic settlement which is a sixth century monastic site, located on the banks of the River Shannon it is home to three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers. Continue your tour stopping for lunch along the way with a possible tour of the highly recommended Kilbeggan Distillery. Plan arrive in to Dublin city late afternoon where you will have time to explore following check in to your hotel.
O/N Dublin city.
Early morning drive to Dublin airport to drop off your rental car and check in for your flight home. Farewell to the Emerald Isle.