Car Hire Ireland
If you are still unsure about your exact holiday plans let us quote you for car hire and for one of our Ireland self-drive trips. These self-drive holidays allow you have the freedom and independence of travelling around the island of Ireland without relying on public transport and timetables. You can spend as long as you wish immersing yourself in the ancient history and folklore at some of Irelands well known heritage sites and places of interest, as well as enjoy the flexibility of staying as many nights as you wish in that place that captures your heart. Our self-drive holidays offer you the chance to experience Ireland’s diverse scenery, culture and leisure activities whilst navigating and exploring a variety of spectacular landscapes. We offer an array of itineraries like our sample below so please contact us for these options. We can also create your very own memorable self-drive itinerary of our Emerald Isle. These tours can be taken at any time of the year and can be as long or as short as you please. All tours are completely flexible and customisable!
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Suggested self-drive holiday
Day 1 – Arrival in Dublin, Ireland’s Capital City
Dublin is one of Europe’s most thrilling Capitals dating back to over 1000 years. Dublin is a thriving centre for culture and has a great literary tradition, – its native sons include Shaw, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. Fine museums and art gallaries chronicle its long tradition and colourful heritage. Take time to enjoy the wit and welcome of the people and the warmth and ‘craic’ of the pubs. Just a half an hour from the city you will find quiet beaches, rolling hills, stately homes and castles, mountain walks and fishing villages. The villages and small towns of the county are as charming as the city is exciting. Overnight Dublin.
Day 2 – Dublin City
Tour Dublin City either walking or Dublin tour bus.
City highlights include:
- Trinity College Dublin
- The Book of Kells
- Guinness Storehouse
- Old Jameson Distillery
- National Museum of Ireland
- Christchurch Cathedral
- Kilmainham Gaol
Overnight Dublin in Wynns Hotel.
Day 3 – Collect car hire in Dublin airport and discover Wicklow
After collecting your car hire at 11.00 head straight for Wicklow
- Glendalough Monastic Sites
- Vale of Avoca & Meeting of the Waters
- Powerscourt House, Gardens & Waterfall
- Russborough House
- Baltinglass Abbey
Leave Dublin for the beautiful valley of Glendalough and its monastic sites which create an atmosphere of romance and sanctity. Enroute opportunity to stop off at Powerscourt House & Gardens. Continue on through the wooded river valley and the Vale of Avoca which is famous for its hand weaving. Wicklow is a land of domed granite mountains and purple glens and is known as the Garden of Ireland. Overnight Wicklow.
Day 4 Kilkenny- Rock of Cashel- Cork
- Kilkenny Castle
- St. Canices Cathedral
- Jerpoint Abbey
- Rock of Cashel
- Bru Boru Cultural Centre
Kilkenny is Ireland’s most authentic medieval town. Above the broad sweep of the River Nore sits Kilkenny castle, while a pretty, humpbacked stone bridge leads up into narrow, cheerful streets laced with carefully maintained buildings. Kilkenny’s earliest settlement was a monastery founded by Saint Canice in the 6th century. Heading west from Kilkenny to Cashel the vistas are of sweeping hills, on arriving in Cashel you could step into the Cashel Palace Hotel for another historical moment, a little celebration of the birthplace of Guinnesss in the Hotels eponymous Bar. The Rock of Cashel is an imposing sight, once the seat of the Kings of Munster, a symbol of royal and priestly power for more than a thousand years. Adjoining the Rock of Cashel is the Bru Boru Cultural Centre. Continue to Cork city
The Butter Exchange
Cork City Hall
St. Ann’s Church, Shandon
The English Market
Cork City is over 800 years old and is built on an island in the River Lee at the mouth of Cork Harbour. It is an important seaport and is not short of Bridges and hilly streets. The city is dominated by St. Finbars Cathedral which stands on the site of a monastery founded in the 7th century. It is an artistic city, home to the Cork Opera House and many gallaries and theatres. The English market (dating back to 1788), in the heart of the city is worth a visit and a great chance to enjoy the ‘banter’ with the locals. Overnight Cork City
Day 5 – Blarney & Kinsale
- Blarney Castle & Stone
- Desmond Castle
- Charles Fort
Blarney. The village of Blarney is just 8km (5miles) west of Cork City renowned for its Castle, this historic Castle is famous for its stone which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it – and is a must for those who dare!. Just across the village green is the Blarney Woollen Mills store where you can purchase Irish Linens, Knitwear, Crystal and much more.
Kinsale is less than a half hours drive from Cork City and is known as the gourmet capital of Ireland. This traditional fishing port has retained its old world charm and character but yet has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its waterside location has many features, including a yacht marina and many historic buildings Overnight Kinsale
Day 6 – Killarney
- Muckross House, Gardens & Farms
- Ross Castle
- Killarney Lakelands
- Traditional Music Pubs
Continuing west to the beautiful town of Killarney. On its doorstep are the magnificent Lakes of Killarney, McGillycuddy Reeks and Carrantoohill, Ireland’s highest mountain. Ross Castle (15th C) is a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain in the middle ages and has a beautiful position overlooking Lough Leane.
Muckross House (19th C) is a magnificent Victorian mansion set in spectacular surroundings and offers a glimpse into the life of the landed gentry. Overnight Killarney
Day 7 – Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula has been described by the National Geographic Traveler as “the most beautiful place on earth”. The dramatic beauty has been an inspiration and a wonder to visitors for hundreds of years. The clear and clean Atlantic seas wash against our rugged coastline providing the perfect arena for watersports, angling, and sailing.It is home to many beaches, hills for walking and trekking, pubs and restaurants serving the best in food and drink, traditional music playing, everyone laughing. Overnight Killarney
Day 8 – Ring of Kerry
- Cahergal Stone Forts
- The Skelligs Experience
- Valentia Island, Grotto
- Glanleam Gardens
- Staigue Fort
- Derrynane House & Gardens
- Sneem Sculpture Park
This enchanting 175km stretch of road on the Iveragh Peninsula rewards you with some of the most breathtaking scenery the country has to offer. Its dramatic coastline and picturesque villages, the views across Dingle Bay, the Skellig Islands, the stunning vistas of Deenish and Scarriff Islands from the top of Coomakista Pass are a sight to behold. . Stop at Ringfort in Caherciveeen, see where the Irish Liberator Daniel O’Connell was born, then onto Valentia Island by ferry, view the Slate Quarry and Lighthouse before heading back to the mainland. Drive the ‘hidden’ ring through the fishing village of Portmagee, the remote St. Finians Bay, the gaelic speaking Baile na Scelig and onto the seaside village of Waterville. Stop for a quick walk at Derrynane Beach – visit its unique Graveyard before heading back to Killarney.
Wonderful views of Killarneys Lakeland and Torc Waterfall when you return via Molls Gap Overnight Killarney
Day 9 – Adare, Cliffs of Moher & Shannon
- Adare Heritage Centre
- King John’s Castle 13th Centruy
- Cliffs of Moher
- The Burren
- Poulnabrone Dolmen 3000 BC
Adare is regarded as being Ireland’s prettiest and most picturesque villages. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200ad. Adare has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments. Adare’s streets are lined with original thatched cottages survived for hundreds of years, which are a mix of restaurants and Arts & Craft shops. Before heading for the cliffs of Moher you may like to visit King John’s Castle situated on the River Shannon opens an exciting window on the lives and stories of the people through political upheaval war and famine. Built in 1200 this is a most impressive Anglo Norman fortification. Enjoy your last afternoon taking in the Atlantic air on the rugged Cliffs of Moher, stretch your legs and walk along the dramatic cliffs which rise nearly 700ft above the Atlantic. A couple of miles away, you’ll find an amazing Karst limestone region called the Burren, which features caves, underground streams and rare alpine flora. The area also has plenty of fascinating archaeological sites, including the 5000 year-old Poulnabrone Dolmen. Overnight Shannon
Day 10 – Departure Day
Return car hire to Shannon airport before taking tour flight home.