Emerald Isle Discovery Car Tour

Emerald Isle Discovery Car Tour

9 nights Half Board Package from £769

A self-drive holiday to Ireland has much to offer, with so many places to discover and cosy Irish pubs, where traditional entertainment and a warm welcome awaits. Walk the Giants Causeway, explore the wild Burren heathland, marvel at the Cliffs of Moher, be amazed by the beauty of the Ring of Kerry and kiss the famous Blarney Stone.

Motours Special Package

  • 9 nights Half Board in 3* /4* Hotels 
  • Return standard ferry crossings UK to Ireland 
  • Visit to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge 
  • Stop at the famous Giant’s Causeway 
  • Cruise in Killary Harbour - Ireland’s only fjord

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Departure by ferry either from Holyhead to Dublin or Dun Laoghaire or the ferry services from Cairnryan to Belfast or Larne. Then drive to either Ballygally or Carrickfergus for dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Today we explore the Antrim Coast, first stopping at Tor Head for great views over to Scotland, then visit the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, followed by a stop at the Giant’s Causeway. In the afternoon, we travel via Londonderry and head south-west through the Barnesmore Gap, passing the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal Town, then on to our hotel in Bundoran for dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Today we travel south, heading first to Belleek, famous for its pottery, then continue to Lough Gill to enjoy a scenic stop at Parkes Castle. We pass through the coastal town of Westport via Castlebar, followed by a recommended stop at Kylemore Abbey. We end the day driving to our hotel in Renvyle for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

We discover some wonderful Connemara coastal scenery, first making a stop at Gowlaun for a walk on one of Ireland’s most amazing white sand beaches. Continue to picturesque Killary Harbour, which looks like a fjord or sea lough, where we can enjoy a pre-booked cruise. This is followed by leisure time in Leenane. Dinner and overnight in Renvyle.

Day 5

Enjoy the wild west of Ireland as we travel southwards through Galway, with great views of the Twelve Pins Mountains along the way. We follow the coastal road via Murroogh, passing by the dramatic limestone pavement landscape of The Burren, then to the Cliffs of Moher, a recommended sightseeing and lunch stop. In the afternoon we continue to Killimer for the ferry to Tarbert over the Shannon Estuary and end our day in Killarney for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

You have the choice of either one half day excursion or combining them both to make a full day tour. The first option is a visit to Foynes Flying Boat Museum, featuring exhibits from the historic first ever commercial passenger flight between the United States and Europe. The second option is a tour of the Dingle Peninsula, the most northerly of the mountainous headlands of Kerry, with especially dramatic views when travelling from Dingle to Tralee, through the heights of the Conor Pass to reveal the summit of Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. Dinner and overnight in Killarney.

Day 7

Again, we offer the choice of either one half day excursion or combine both to make a full day tour. The first option is an excursion to Beara Peninsula, the wildest and most romantic of Ireland’s south west, including a visit to Glengarriff. The second option to drive around the famous Ring of Kerry, one of the most beautiful, scenic tours through the mountains, passing loughs, country houses, pretty towns and villages. Dinner and overnight in Killarney.

Day 8

We depart Killarney and go west over the Derrynasaggart Mountains before heading south to Bantry, for an optional sightseeing stop at Bantry House and French Armada Museum. We continue to Skibbereen and Clonakilty then make an optional stop at Kinsale or at Charles Fort, before ending the day’s drive at our hotel in Midleton for dinner and overnight.

Day 9

A day exploring the sights of southern Ireland, starting with an optional stop at Lismore Castle Gardens, then over the Knockmealdown Mountains and via Kilcommon for an optional stop at Cahir Castle. We continue to Carrick-on-Suir and head into Waterford, famous for the House of Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, where there is the option to enjoy a pre-booked factory tour. We travel through Wexford to Rosslare for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

Early departure for our morning ferry crossing from Rosslare Harbour to Fishguard.