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Ireland trip ideas

Ireland trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

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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Ideas for your trip to 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.

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Traditional Ireland: a short break to Dublin and Galway

  • Explore Newgrange — an ancient passage tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids.

  • Learn the rules of hurling during a hand-on Gaelic games experience.

  • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher.

  • View the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park.

6 Days from $2,525pp

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Family self-drive tour of Ireland

  • Learn the tales of the prisoners detained in Kilmainham Gaol on a shared tour of the former prison.

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone and explore the castle’s grounds.

  • Kayak on one of Killarney’s lakes to Innisfallen Island.

  • Spend two nights in a 16th-century castle.

  • Learn the rules of hurling on a hand-on Gaelic games experience.

8 Days from $4,125pp

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Self-drive wild Scotland & Ireland

  • Explore the mountainous Nevis Range and Glencoe

  • Taste a dram of whisky in a Scottish Castle

  • Wonder at the beauty of the Isle of Skye’s unique landscape

  • Hike in Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains

  • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher where you can spot puffins

  • Explore the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park

10 Days from $5,055pp

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Luxury Ireland

  • Go behind-the-scenes on a private tour of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

  • Visit Ballykeffe Distillery — an intimate distillery set on a working farm.

  • Spend two nights in a prestigious manor estate.

  • Explore the iconic Cliffs of Moher on a private boat tour where you may spot puffins.

8 Days from $6,715pp

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Deluxe castles of Scotland & Ireland

  • Explore the castles and palaces surrounding Edinburgh as well as Edinburgh Castle itself.

  • Visit Scone Palace, a former stately home.

  • Sail along Loch Ness and enjoy a picnic lunch onboard.

  • Admire the waterfront Dunvegan Castle and its extensive gardens.

  • Stay overnight in Scottish and Irish castles.

  • Visit Blarney Castle and its fascinating gardens.

11 Days from $12,635pp

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Foodie tour of the British Isles

  • Take afternoon tea lessons with a local.

  • Enjoy a secret cottage tour in the Cotswolds.

  • Experience rural farm life in the Lake District.

  • Sip a selection of fine Scottish whiskies in a local distillery.

  • Try your hand at Irish bread making.

17 Days from $14,405pp

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Grand tour of the British Isles

  • Wander the fabled streets of Oxford’s prestigious university.

  • Explore the idyllic villages and quintessential English landscape of the Cotswolds.

  • Visit the Roman and Georgian highlights of the UNESCO protected Bath.

  • Reflect on Northern Ireland’s troubled past on a black cab political tour.

  • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher.

21 Days from $15,695pp

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Ireland can show its indulgent side in various ways, says our expert Jackie, from stately castle hotels where you can take falconry lessons to a private cruise along the Cliffs of Moher, far from the crowds that clog the roads.

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