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Self-drive tour: The Best of Ireland

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Dublin - Russborough - Glendalough - Kildare - Waterford - Cork - Blarney - Killarney - Limerick - Bunratty - Galway - Sligo - Londonderry - Belfast - Dublin

11 days
This self-drive tour of Ireland includes a selection of the country's best & finest mountains, sea-side and lake-side scenery and is a wonderful introduction to the country.
1090 €


Verdant valleys, swelling seas, rising mountains, soaring spires: the varieties of Ireland call to all adventurers, while the gentle roll of her people’s songs spilling from the pubs ring to the ears of those seeking comfort. This is a country filled with the warmth of home and the excitement of new friends, and it’s here to help you find both.  

Venture into Ireland’s history on this self-drive Ancient Ireland Tour. Admire remaining architecture and attractions from the Prehistoric, Early-Christian, Viking and Norman periods. This tour will satisfy your craving for knowledge about the history of the Emerald Isle- you will enjoy endless opportunities to explore the cultural history each day.
At night, enjoy a sample of the legendary nightlife – Celtic song and dance are still very much alive in Ireland. Songs and tunes from generations past have been carried through to the present day and can be heard in any of the pubs we have suggested for you throughout your tour.
Travel through the eras as you tour Ireland and visit a selection of its most renowned cities – after a long day of exploring, let the locals embrace you, relax and revel in the music and craic!

After confirming your reservation we will send you within 48 hours a confirmation email. You will find:

  • Our confirmation of the availability
  • Your VOUCHER (to print) to handover
  • Detailed information about your service
  • The confirmation of your payment
  • Your credit card will be charged at confirmation of the availability of the service

Dublin - Russborough - Glendalough - Kildare - Waterford - Cork - Blarney - Killarney - Limerick - Bunratty - Galway - Sligo - Londonderry - Belfast - Dublin

Day 1 | Dublin
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Welcome to Dublin. Founded as a Viking settlement and one of Europe’s oldest cities, Dublin has been Ireland’s primary city for most of its history. Its Georgian architectural elegance combined with its cosmopolitan street life of trendy bars, elegant restaurants, numerous shops and classic popular pubs make this an irresistible destination. Drinking and conversation are the patrons’ principal preoccupation, and as many of the pubs serve good food it is the best place to enjoy good talk and fun. At night the city’s beautiful Merrion Square is floodlit.

Day 2 | Dublin
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Grafton Street is a bustling pedestrian precinct whose arcades and lanes hold a treasure trove of boutiques and shops. Powerscourt Centre, an 18th century town house, is now a most unusual shopping center. Dublin Castle, located in the heart of historic Dublin, was originally built on King John’s orders to serve as a fortress.

Day 3 | Dublin – Russborough – Glendalough – Kildare – Waterford
189.9 km*
Pick-up your rental car. Leave Dublin and drive to Russborough House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses situated near the Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow. From here your drive takes you to Glendalough, the Glen of Two Lakes, a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, then on to the county of Kildare which in pre-Christian times was the site of a shrine to the Celtic goddess Brigid and now is home to the Irish National Stud. On to Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, where we have arranged your overnight accommodation. Founded by the Vikings in 914 AD, it is now synonymous with the famous crystal glass making, which has been manufactured in this city since 1783. Here in the High Street and Henrietta Street a number of restaurants have taken advantage of the area’s charm. As you have a drink at one of the city’s many pubs, relax and listen to the music of Ireland as you soak in the atmosphere.

Day 4 | Waterford – Cork
123.92 km*
The city of Cork was founded by Viking settlers as a trading port. Once fully walled, some of its wall sections and gates remain today. On the outskirts of Cork is the legendary Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Set high on the Castle battlements, tradition holds that those who kiss the Stone will be endowed with eloquence. Shopping in the village here is a pleasure, where there are a number of excellent outlets, including the world famous Blarney Woollen Mills. Try the traditional Barmbrack (Irish fruit bread) served with a cup of Irish tea.

Day 5 | Cork - Blarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
86.9 km*
The Ring of Kerry drive is one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in Ireland. It takes visitors through mountains and past loughs, through the Killarney National Park, along stretches of the dramatic coast of southwest Ireland, to country houses and to pretty towns and villages. We have arranged your overnight accommodation at Killarney where you will find a wide choice of restaurants and traditional pubs.

Day 6 | Killarney – Limerick – Bunratty – The Burren – Galway
233.35 km*
From Killarney drive through County Limerick, dotted with picturesque towns and villages, such as Castleconnell with its old world thatched cottages and medieval churches. Limerick City, capital of County Limerick, lies on the River Shannon and has a colorful history - its City Charter is older than that of London. Stop off at Bunratty Castle, one of the finest surviving examples of an Irish tower house. With a good selection of fine restaurants, Bunratty is a good place to stop for lunch. Continue through The Burren, an area that has some of the finest archaelogical megalithic tombs in Ireland, if not in Western Europe. Arrive at Galway city where we have arranged your overnight stay. The city has a reputation of an association with the Irish language, music, song and dance, making it an interesting and entertaining place to stay for the night.

Day 7 | Galway – Connemara – Westport – Sligo
185.07 km*
Leave Galway for the wild and beautiful region of Connemara, with its mountains, lakes and tumbling streams. Its unspoilt beaches and panoramic views have attracted many artisans whose handweaving, carving, pottery and jewelry studios are there to visit. Westport in County Mayo lies by the meandering Carrowbeg River. Among its picturesque features are its tree-lined, flower decorated promenade and the elegance and charm of its town center. Your drive now takes you passed sandy seashores, through the beautiful and varied landscapes of green and wooden valleys, lofty mountains and a wealth of prehistoric monuments (you’ll find the largest Megalithic cemetery in Ireland) to the busy market town of Sligo, where we have arranged your overnight stay. Here you will find a lively cultural scene including theaters and concerts. At dinner try traditional Irish Stew served with Boxty (Irish Latkes).

Day 8 | Sligo – Cliffs of Magho – Londonderry – Giants Causeway – Antrim Glens – Belfast
312.21 km*
Take the one-way 7 mile scenic drive to the top of the Cliffs of Magho where you can marvel at the immense panoramic views. Londonderry stands on the broad River Foyle, amidst the rounded Sperrin Mountains and the wild heights of Donegal. Almost uniquely to the British Isles, Londonderry has kept its defensive walls where you can walk and admire the various gateways, bastions, watchtowers and artillery pieces amidst splendid views. Your drive now takes you to the Giant’s Causeway, named the fourth greatest wonder in the United Kingdom. It is an area of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns (the result of an ancient volcanic eruption) whose tops form stepping-stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. A drive up the Antrim Coast offers a great variety of scenery with attractive villages, limestone cliffs, and inland glens created by the tumbling mountain streams. Here the farms are arranged like ladders climbing the valley sides so that each has a share of the good land near the river and the poorer upland pastures. Arrive in Belfast, ringed by high hills, and river valleys, where we have arranged your overnight stay.

Day 9 | Belfast
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Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. By population, it is the 14th biggest city in the United Kingdom and second biggest on the island of Ireland (after Dublin). Historically, Belfast has been a centre for the Irish linen industry (earning the nickname "Linenopolis"), tobacco production, rope-making and shipbuilding: the city''s main shipbuilders, Harland and Wolff, which built the ill-fated RMS Titanic, propelled Belfast on to the global stage in the early 20th century as the biggest and most productive shipyard in the world. Belfast is a constituent city of the Dublin-Belfast corridor, which has a population of three million, or half the total population of the island of Ireland.

Day 10 | Belfast – Mount Stewart – Boyne Valley – Dublin
217.26 km*
From Belfast, visit Mount Stewart, a palatial 18th century house with richly decorated interior and magnificent formal gardens and lake at the site of the Temple of Winds. Drive through wooded landscapes and arrive at Boyne Valley, an extraordinary concentration of ancient and prehistoric sites. Newgrange, which dates to 3000 BC, predates both Stonehenge and Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. Return to Ireland’s famous capital, the “fairy city” of Dublin.

Day 11 | Dublin
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Drop your car at the airport for your return flight home.

* Mileage is approximate.

Selected Accommodation:

A collection of good quality 3* B&Bs and Guest Houses which are renowned for being warm and friendly and are often located in beautiful areas.

A collection of good quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels, many of which are located in beautifully restored older buildings. They are often situated in secluded and beautiful out-of-the-way spots where you can just relax and feel at home.

Our Premium category includes a unique collection of luxurious and stylish Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Small Hotels. Wonderfully charming and intimate they are run with great flair by their individual owners.
It also comprises larger 4* Hotels which include International chains, selected for their level of comfort and service as well as for their location to city highlights. You can expect not only traditional luxury but also designer hotels of a contemporary style.

Special Places to Stay
A collection of unique, carefully selected, often privately owned exclusive retreats and intimate hotels situated in wonderful locations. Some are chosen for their sporting prowess such as golfing or fishing - others simply for their breathtaking scenery. These are truly magical places which you will remember long after you have returned home and they are amongst the best Ireland has to offer.


Perhaps you would like to spend a few additional days in one of our featured locations; either at the beginning, during or after your tour of Ireland. Objectif France has made this option highly affordable, by negotiating special rates at selected accommodation properties.
If you are planning to spend longer in Ireland, we would recommend combining this itinerary with another of our self-drive tours.


Self-drive Vehicle Options
Ireland is a wonderful country to explore by car; the scenery is spectacular and a car allows you to enjoy the country at your own pace. Objectif France has an excellent relationship with a number of car hire operators and between us we are able to offer superb service, quality vehicles and great value for money.

Vehicle Categories
Select from 5 types of vehicles - Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Large and People Mover (MPV).

When comparing car hire costs it’s important to check what’s included in the price. The rates we obtain are fully inclusive, with no extras for such items as airport pick-ups and licensing fees etc.

Our package prices include the following elements as well as touring information, maps and detailed directions to ensure you enjoy discovering Ireland independently.
>   Third Party Insurance
>   Vehicle Damage Cover
>   Vehicle Theft Cover
>   Unlimited Mileage
>   Tax

All cars are available to pick-up at a range of locations across Ireland, including airports and city centre locations.

We can also arrange one way hires, if you are flying into one airport and returning from another. There is usually a local charge for one way hires – approximately 50 €

Economy Vehicle - Renault Clio (or similar)
>   up to 4 people
>   1.2 litre engine, Manual Transmission
>   Air Bags
>   Luggage: 2 suitcases

Compact Vehicle - Renault Megane (or similar) – Ask us for the price of the supplement
>   up to 5 people
>   1.6 litre engine, Manual Transmission
>   Air Conditioning
>   Air Bags
>   Luggage: 2 suitcases
>   Automatic Transmission available

Intermediate Vehicle - Vauxhall Vectra (or similar) - Ask us for the price of the supplement
>   up to 5 people
>   1.8 litre engine, Manual Transmission
>   Air Conditioning
>   Air Bags
>   Luggage: 2 suitcases
>   Automatic Transmission available

Large Vehicle - Mercedes C180 (or similar) - Ask us for the price of the supplement
>   up to 5 people
>   2.2 litre engine, Manual Transmission
>   Air Conditioning
>   Air Bags
>   Luggage: 3 suitcases

People Mover (MPV) - Renault Grand Scenic (or similar) - Ask us for the price of the supplement
>   up to 5 people
>   1.6 litre engine, Manual Transmission
>   Air Conditioning
>   Air Bags
>   Luggage: 3 suitcases
>   Automatic Transmission available

Important information
Drivers must produce a full, current driving license and must be at least 23 years old. If you are under 23 years old a surcharge will apply. Special rates may also apply if you have held a driving licence for less than 2 years, or you have any driving endorsements.

Additional drivers can be registered and paid for locally on collection of the vehicle at the rental station. Please ensure all drivers bring their driving license.


Optional possibilities:

Private Guided Tour
We are delighted to offer any of our self-drive tours of Ireland as a private guided tour which can be tailored to your individual requirements.
Private guiding offers you complete flexibility and freedom to decide where you travel and at what pace. This is a truly unique experience which will allow you to see the real Ireland from the back roads accompanied by a local Irish driver/guide.
Typically your tour itinerary will include a car and English speaking driver/guide – foreign language guides are available on request.
Our Private tours can take a maximum of 7 people (16 with enough notice) and cost from 500 € per day which includes transport, itinerary planning and driver/guide.


To participate to this service, you simply have to present your voucher to the service provider on site

Commitments Objectif France
Our team is here to make your holiday a success and meet all your expectations. Every detail is important in the organization and undertaking of your stay. Objectif France will accompany you in the process of organizing your trip in France.

Anything else we can help you with?
Remember that Objectif France is an incoming tour operator who creates discovery trips in France and across Western Europe.

Our team is at your disposal if you need help organizing your trip:

  • Car rental or private transfers
  • Accommodation Reservation: hotels, B & B, boutique hotels and anything unusual
  • Guide and interpreter services
  • Booking of restaurants that require reservations in advance (Michelin starred restaurants etc ...)
  • Booking tours which require reservations in advance
  • Etc ....

Our team is ready to answer any of your questions. By e-mail info@objectiffrance.com or phone at 00 33 (0) 9 66 96 13 19

Have a great trip – bon voyage


Price per person based on twin share

Our price includes:

  • 10 nights' accommodation B&B to include breakfast (other accommodation categories available)
  • All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
  • 8 days Economy manual gear box car hire (other vehicle categories available)
  • Map of Ireland with our recommended driving route
  • A detailed ‘Roadbook’ with our suggestions of visits, addresses, GPS points, maps, vouchers…
  • Telephone assistance in case of any problems

Cancellation conditions:    
Cancellation fees will apply as follows:
More than 30 days before the arrival date - 50 % charge
Less than 30 days before the arrival date and in case of No Show: 100 % charge