Burke Family Self-Drive of Connemara to Dingle

Wednesday 21st August – Monday 26th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights


Ireland’s west coast landscapes of Connemara, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way have inspired visitors for generations – including fantasy giant J.R.R. Tolkien, who took inspiration from the Burren’s alien landscapes for Middle Earth.

On this self drive trip on the Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll stand at the edge of the world overlooking incredible ocean vistas from the Cliffs of Moher, hike through the fascinating geological landscapes of the Burren, and explore ancient monuments and wild bogs in Connemara. The cheery town of Dingle has been a magnet for artists and craftsmen, creating a microcosm of local artwork. Not only are Connemara and Dingle beautiful, but their rural communities are also some of Ireland’s last bastions of Irish tradition such as cuisine, music, dance and even the Gaelic language.


  • Stand atop the iconic Cliffs of Moher away from the crowds
  • Explore the alien landscapes of the Burren National Park with a local hiking and culture guide
  • Immerse yourself in Dingle, lauded by the National Geographic as the most beautiful place on Earth

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 21st August - Killary Fjord & Connemara National Park

Picking your rental car up this morning, make your way west as you start your Wild Atlantic Way self drive trip off with a treat. Feast your eyes upon the breathtaking shores of one of Ireland’s only three fjords before heading to the expanses of Connemara once described as “a savage beauty” by author Oscar Wilde. Stops in include a sheep farm and a neogothic abbey before embarking on an afternoon hiking in the Connemara National Park.

Overnight: Clifden | The Ardagh
Room Type: 1x Standard Double Room
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Thursday 22nd August - Connemara & A Pirate’s Island

Explore the ancient mysteries of Connemara with a local archeologist who will bring the landscape, traditions and mythology of the region alive. Our route takes us to a hauntingly beautiful remote island where you’ll hear tales of the ancient ruins, pirates, and invasions. Be sure to taste some of the spectacular local seafood in an idyllic island pub.

Overnight: Clifden | The Ardagh
Room Type: 1x Standard Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Friday 23rd August - The Burren National Park

The Burren’s rocky alien landscape is said to be the inspiration for Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s world-famous Lord of the Rings trilogy – and on your half day guided hike after lunch through this other-worldly region, it’s easy to see why! Home to a plethora of unique wildflowers, you will learn about the human history of the area dating back thousands of years.

Overnight: Doolin | The Doolin Inn
Room Type: 1x Standard Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Saturday 24th August - Cliffs of Moher & North Kerry

Start your day off at Ireland’s most-famous cliffs, the Cliffs of Moher, before the crowds arrive, enjoying a walk along the dramatic cliff edge on a background of coastal panoramas. Leaving County Clare behind, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine wildlife as you cross the mouth of the mighty River Shannon. As you make your way south through North Kerry, we’ll recommend a great beach walk along one of Kerry’s best-kept secret coastlines, as well as a few other great stops to make a leisurely day of it. Alternatively, you may prefer to head straight to Dingle where you could join an afternoon boat trip to spot the marine wildlife and the spectacular coastlines of the Dingle Peninsula.

Overnight: Dingle | Pax House
Room Type: 1x Sea View Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Sunday 25th August - Dingle & the Blasket Islands

The best way to discover the best of the Dingle Peninsula? By boat, of course! Spend the day with a charismatic wildlife expert boating around Slea Head and the Blasket Islands, an abandoned archipelago famous for rich literary heritage and unique cultural insight about life in Ireland’s westernmost fringes. Spot seabirds and marine wildlife such as whales, seals and porpoises and dolphins. We’ll be sure to share some of our favourite traditional music pubs to celebrate your final night in Ireland!

Overnight: Dingle | Pax House
Room Type: 1x Sea View Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Monday 26th August - Dingle Town & Departure

Today, say goodbye to the wilds of Dingle and the Wild Atlantic Way. From here, you may head straight to the airport in time for your flight back home – we will provide interesting stops along the way.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

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This trip includes the following:

  • 6 days/5 nights in hand-picked 3 and 4 star standard accommodations
  • A detailed itinerary and map outlining your itinerary, accommodations and stops
  • Breakfast every morning at your accommodation
  • The services of experienced and knowledgeable guides at various stages in the trip as stated in the itinerary on Days 2, 3, and 5
  • Self guided activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Recommended stops, hikes and points of interest along the way
  • 24/7 hour in-country support

This trip includes all accommodation, some guiding and activities as well as breakfast. It does not include drinks or any gratuities you may choose to leave.

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