St Pat's All Ireland Tour

9 DAYS

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from$999
Student
from$999

 

ST PAT’S CELEBRATIONS IN DUBLIN PLUS GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, CLIFFS OF MOHER, BELFAST, GALWAY AND BLARNEY CASTLE

 

The ultimate all-Ireland St Patrick’s extravaganza! See Ireland at its best, North and South. The ‘must-sees’ like Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Belfast and Galway are all in there but we also hit Dublin for the main event. What better place to party than the capital city of the country that gave the world St Patrick! Serious festival fun, Irish style!

 

Highlights

  • Party with the locals at the St Pat's festivities in Dublin
  • Discover Galway with its many buskers
  • Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Get off the beaten path at Dingle Peninsula
  • Marvel at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher
  • Join a ‘trad’ music session in a local pub in Co. Clare
  • Walk with the Giants at the Giant’s Causeway
  • Explore vibrant streets of Belfast
  • Taste the best pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse
  • See ‘The Dark Hedges’ from Game of Thrones

Inclusions

  • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide
  • All transport around the Emerald Isle
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts
  • St Patrick’s Day Festivities in Dublin
  • Blarney Castle  entry
  • Cliffs of Moher entry
  • The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre entry
  • Shamrocker's Orientation Walking Tour of Dublin
  • Guinness Storehouse fast track entry
  • Black Cab Tour of Belfast
  • Award-winning Derry walking tour
  • Shamrocker T-shirt

Accommodation

8 nights' hostel multi-share accommodation is included in the price of your tour. We use the best hostels available and generally use small 4 to 6-bed dorms. See Accommodation tab for more information.

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DAY 1: DUBLIN TO KILLARNEY

We leave Dublin at 9.30am and head southwest into the lush green Irish countryside. Pass the River Liffey on the way to the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster, before travelling through the Golden Vale to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. Now’s your chance to give the famous stone a big juicy smacker to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’ and explore the castle’s Poison Garden.

We stay overnight in the party town of Killarney and head out to some local pubs where you can get acquainted with the Irish national drink; Guinness.  You will never taste a creamier pint of the black stuff outside of Ireland! 

DAY 2: KILLARNEY TO ENNIS

Today, it’s all about breathtaking scenery and adventure. We take the world famous Slea Head Drive down to Dingle Peninsula to explore its rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. The stunning peninsula is not only beautiful to look at but has a fascinating history that you will learn about when we take you to the edge of the ancient world.

We stop at the gorgeous Coumeennole Beach to enjoy some crisp sea air before continuing our way through Tralee into County Clare. We spend the night in Ennis where the pubs are filled with locals playing traditional Irish music, so get your dancing shoes ready.

DAY 3: ENNIS TO GALWAY

Today we brave the heights and soak up the dramatic views at the Cliffs of Moher that tower high above the wild Atlantic Ocean.  The cliffs continue for eight kilometers and reach a staggering 214 meters in height. You might have spotted them on the big screen as a backdrop for Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.

Afterwards, we’ll explore the weird and magical world of the Burren, Ireland’s lunar landscape and home to fairies and leprechauns! It’s time to decide if you believe in the mythical world when your Guide recites fairy stories and Irish legends to you. We overnight in Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital where you can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and listen to the city’s many buskers.

 

DAY 4: GALWAY TO DERRY

We travel through the wild and rugged region of Connemara, past its bogs and lakes in the south to the stunning mountain vistas in the north. We make our way to the town of Westport for lunch, before visiting the resting place of the world famous poet, W.B. Yeats in Sligo.

In the afternoon, we cross the border into Northern Ireland and continue to its second largest city, Derry which is our home for the night. This medieval city will test your emotions when you take an award-winning walking tour to hear all about the 1972 massacre known as Bloody Sunday from a local guide.

 

DAY 5: DERRY TO BALLINTOY

Follow in the footsteps of giants at the eighth natural wonder of the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway. Thousands of hexagonal stone columns on the North Atlantic coast created by a giant or geology, you decide!

We spent the night in the village of Ballintoy, which was used as the town of Lordsport on the Isle of Pyke in Game of Thrones. You have the chance to head to the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and sway Indiana Jones' style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean. Ballintoy is also famous for its gorgeous sunsets so take your time and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery and have your camera at the ready.

 

DAY 6: BALLINTOY TO DUBLIN 

This morning we make our way to 'The Dark Hedges', an atmospheric avenue of beech trees that became famous as the Kingsroad from the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Then onto Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Take the famous Black Cab Tour with a local cabbie into the Loyalist and Republican heartlands to learn about the recent Troubles that raged and see the infamous political murals all around the city. After exploring Belfast, we head back to Dublin, check in to our city centre hostel and join the legendary St Pat's welcome party where you’ll meet all the other partygoers.

 

DAY 7: DUBLIN

Explore the sights and streets of Dublin on our orientation walking tour led by your local Guide, before we head to the Guinness Storehouse to discover all there is to know about 'the black stuff'. No need to queue with our fast track entry tickets, so we get straight to business! In the afternoon, you have plenty of time to enjoy the festival vibe and take in the music and dancing happening throughout the city.  This is also your chance to put the finishing touches to your outfit for the big day. And remember you can never go too GREEN!

 

DAY 8:  ST PATRICKS DAY, DUBLIN

St Patrick's Day! Today is the day you've been waiting for. Put your funkiest green outfit on and grab your spot early, as the streets of Dublin fill up fast with other partygoers ready to enjoy the official parade. We're based in the heart of the action, Temple Bar so get ready to have your senses bombarded with colour, music and dancing! Squeeze into a nearby pub for a live music session or join the dancing in the streets. This is St Patrick’s Day done by the Irish on their native soil… expect a wild one!

 

DAY 9: DUBLIN

Sadly, all good things have to come to an end. After a fan-feckin-tastic time celebrating St Pat’s, it’s time to check out of your hostel at 10 am. Wander the city streets and soak up the atmosphere before you bid farewell to your new friends and the Emerald Isle. And then it’s time to start planning the next St Pat’s bash in Dublin because maybe you can leave Ireland, but it will never leave you!



ON TOUR


Accommodation in hostel dorm is included in the price of your tour. We use the best hostels available and generally use small 4 to 6 bed dorms.

IN DUBLIN, CITY CENTRE HOSTEL

Your trip includes shared dorm multi-share accommodation in a city centre hostel. Dorms generally range from 4 to 8 beds.

We use a number of great hostels so will confirm which one you'll be staying in at departure. If you're travelling with friends, please let us know at the time of booking and we'll do our best to accommodate you together.


PRIVATE ROOMS UPGRADES

Unfortunately, due to the popularity of this festival, Private Room upgrades are not available on this tour.



ON TOUR OVERNIGHTS

Neptune's Hostel, Killarney
A family owned hostel provides a great night’s sleep and is ideally situated close to the action in this party town.

Rowan Tree Hostel, Ennis
This impressive Georgian building was built around 1740 for the lords and gentry of the land! Facilities, however, are all brand new with an outdoor patio, free WiFi and a café bar.

Sheep Island View Hostel, Ballintoy
Set in one of the most picturesque parts of Northern Ireland overlooking the stunning coastline, this family run hostel is sure to charm you. After staying here you'll know what a warm Irish welcome is!

Travelodge Derry
Modern and comfortable hotel in the city centre where triple rooms are standard.

Kinlay Hostel Galway
A fantastic, newly renovated, award winning hostel located in the heart of vibrant Galway with top class facilities and the well-travelled staff there to help you get the most out of your stay.


BEFORE AND AFTER TOUR

We don't reserve accommodation before your tour starts or after your tour finishes. We recommend checking out our Accommodation section under 'Accommodation'.

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