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Galway, Ireland

Ireland tours

Galway, Ireland

Our Ireland specialists know this charming island like the back of their hand and have put together some sample itineraries to give a taste of how you could spend your time there.

Whether you'd like to climb the battlements of ancient castles, take a literary pub crawl through Dublin's historic streets, sail beneath the Cliffs of Moher or go salmon fishing in the wilds of Connemara, our specialists will help you along the way. With their in-depth local knowledge and personal experience they'll craft a bespoke itinerary that focuses on your interests and takes in Ireland's key sights as well as some of its more hidden charms.  

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Our recommended tours in Ireland

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ireland, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Giant's Causeway

    Self-drive tour: highlights of the north

    • Explore the Antrim Coast, including the Giant’s Causeway.

    • Walk the footsteps of Jon Snow as you visit Game of Thrones filming sites.

    • Try your hand at archery and axe throwing with a private instructor.

    • Hike along the Slieve League cliffs and through Glenveagh National Park in Donegal.

    6 days from £1,610pp

  • Connemara scenery

    Self-drive tour: west coast adventure

    • Visit the Aran Island Inis Oírr for a tour and lobster lunch.

    • Boat through Killary Fjord and hike back along the Famine Trail.

    • Horse ride on the beaches of Sligo while learning about the local history.

    • Sleep under the stars in a bubble dome.

    7 days from £2,945pp

  • Muckross Gardens, Killarney

    Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle if required.

    • Go kayaking on Kenmare Bay, overlooked by the mountains of Killarney.

    • Explore the island of Inis Mór by bicycle, accompanied by a private local guide.

    • Indulge in an Irish whiskey and farmhouse cheese tasting evening.

    • Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula and enjoy its spectacular coastal scenery.

    10 days from £3,050pp

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