Self Drive Tour of
Ireland

Dublin – Kilkenny – Dingle – Galway

Self Drive Tour of Ireland

Welcome to Ireland

Highlights

Your Self Drive Tour of Ireland is the perfect introductory tour of the Emerald Isle. Take the road to where ever it may take you.

Above all, consult with your Destination Specialist. We will ensure that the highlights of your trip are booked in advance so you won’t miss out on the fun!  Lots of time at leisure will be built in so you can explore on your own, and at your own pace. Let the journey guide you.

Read more about why we love a Self Drive Tour of Ireland.

Make it Yours

  • Accommodation – Ireland offers a wide range of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, charming B&B’s, and luxurious castle hotels.  Juniper will select where you stay based on your preferences.
  • Transportation – All of the dots will be connected based on your preferences and budget.  Airport transfers, car rentals, train passes, even private chauffeurs!
  • Day tours and entrance tickets – pre-scheduled tours and experiences for a seamless and enriching travel experience!

Self Drive Tour of Ireland Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin

Immerse yourself in the Irish culture today with an Irish Food Tour or a Guinness Factory Tour. We also recommend spending your evening relaxing at a local pub taking in the beautiful country.

Overnight in Dublin

Day 2: Dublin

Dublin is a small capital but has numerous amounts of history and sights to see. Spend today sightseeing with a historical walking tour or a cruise down River Liffey. Your destination specialist can help you finalize your itinerary to create the perfect experience.

Overnight in Dublin

Day 3: Dublin to Kilkenny

After breakfast today you will check out of your Dublin hotel and take a short taxi ride to your car rental agency (taxi fare not included).

Once you’ve collected your car you will set out into the Irish countryside!  Your first stop will be the elegant Powerscourt Estate to explore its lush grounds and impressive manor.  Weather permitting, you may decide to take a stroll to the Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest in Ireland.

As you continue to Kilkenny be sure to drive through the Wicklow Mountains for a scenic route.

Overnight in Kilkenny

Day 4: Kilkenny

Explore the famous marble-city. Take a privately guided tour of the Kilkenny Castle. Spend your afternoon sightseeing on your own or hire a private guide to take you through this historic town.

Overnight in Kilkenny

Day 5: Kilkenny to Dingle

Check out of your Kilkenny hotel and head west to Dingle.  Along the way, you’ll have lots of opportunities for sightseeing and touring.  Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the original Jameson Distillery, and more are all along the way.  Your Destination Specialist can help you organize your time!

Overnight in Dingle

Day 6: Dingle

Today is a full day to explore all that Dingle has to offer! 

Take your time in the morning to drive Dingle’s famous circular route called the Slea Head Drive, visit the Dingle Distillery for a tour and tasting of its whiskey and award-winning gin, take an excursion out on the water.  Your Destination Specialist can help you decide the best options for you and your travel party.

Overnight in Dingle

Day 7: Dingle to Galway

After breakfast and get an early start on the day with a road trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Plan to take a comfort break in Adare. Once at the Cliffs of Moher take a short walk close to the edge of the cliff and take in some breathtaking views. You have the option of taking a walk along the cliffs which can take one person anywhere from one to two hours to complete. If you would rather not walk, perhaps take in the views from below as well with a ferry ride. Once finished head to your next stop, Galway. 

Overnight in Galway

Day 8: Galway

Enjoy a full day in County Galway at your leisure.

Consider exploring north of Galway town and visiting the Connemara Mountains and the charming Kylemore Abbey tucked into its hills.  Or, stay in Galway itself and enjoy the lively cafes, shops, and coastline.

Overnight in Galway

Day 9: Depart for Home

After breakfast this morning you will check out of your Galway hotel and head south to the Shannon Airport.  Leave your rental car with the agency and prepare to say “Farewell!” to the Emerald Isle.

Get Ready to Travel!

Your self drive tour of Ireland at a glance:

Self Drive Tour of Ireland Highlights:

Selected activities based on your interests

Why We Love this Tour

Your Self Drive Tour of Ireland is the perfect introductory tour of the Emerald Isle.  It offers the freedom and flexibility of a chauffeured experience with a price point closer to a group guided tour. You and your loved ones can have the best of Ireland!

We love this itinerary because it allows you to see the highlights of Ireland as a first-time visitor. Or you can relive the best of Ireland if you’ve been before.  By staying in Dublin, swinging down to Kilkenny, then continuing to the beloved County Kerry you’ll have many sightseeing and touring opportunities.

Why We Love Dublin

Ireland’s capital city of Dublin blends modern amenities with charming historic neighborhoods. A flourishing food scene for everyone to enjoy. Explore the iconic sites such as the Guinness Storehouse, the Glasnevin Cemetery, and the Kilmainham Gaol.  Enjoy a pint and live music in a pub in the famous Temple Bar neighborhood. Join a walking tour about the Easter Rising or Ireland’s rich literature, or take a day trip up to Belfast for a bit of Northern Ireland.

Why We Love Kilkenny 

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, dating as far back as the 6th century.  On the way there take some time to hike the stunning Wicklow Mountains. Then visit Powerscourt Estate to see the impressive house and manicured gardens.

Why We Love Country Kerry

County Kerry is ideal for those partaking in a self-drive tour of Ireland.  The rambling roadways of County Kerry cut through patchwork fields. Drive alongside the dramatic and rocky coastline. It’s home to some of the most striking castle ruins and charming villages Ireland has to offer.
Make this independent adventure yours!  

Nights can be added or reduced, your route can be changed. Tours and activity options can be selected based on your interests and purpose of travel.  Having a rental car allows you to visit the pockets of Ireland that the train doesn’t reach. All of this without the expense of constraints of a private chauffeur.  Come and go as you please. You never know what you’ll discover when you’re exploring this special country at your own pace!

Your Destination Specialist knows Ireland and will take the time to learn what’s important to you.  Your itinerary will be designed just for you, to make the most of your time and experience in the Emerald Isle!

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