We’d love for you to join us in Ireland as they celebrate the United States’ 4th of July! Let us take you south and west along the Wild Atlantic Way where you’ll travel through the some of the most famous counties in the country: County Kilkenny, County Cork, County Kerry, County Clare, County Galway and County Mayo so you can see and experience the beauty of Ireland’s landscapes and the warm culture of the Irish people.
Pick up by your Driver / Guide at the Dublin International Airport at a designated time.
Our driver/guides are our greatest assets, their expert knowledge and extensive experience touring Ireland combine to give you, our client, the best Irish experience available.
Depending on the size of your group, we have a variety of luxury vehicles to suit your needs. These all come with on-board Wi-Fi and usb connections for your phone chargers.
Overnight in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
Kilkenny is famous for many things: its majestic creeper-clad castle; a bustling crafts industry; cobbled lanes and secret passages; 1,000 years of history and vibrant festivals. It’s the magical combination of culture and entertainment that attracts so many people to this captivating heritage city, just 90 minutes south of Dublin.
At the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, Kilkenny is famed for its electric atmosphere played out in its maze of narrow Norman alleyways. Twisting and turning around abbeys, cathedrals and crumbling city walls, there’s even an early 13th century castle dropped in the middle of it all. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens that attract artistic locals, giddy kids and chilled-out tourists on sunny days. And with a bustling crafts scene, arts and comedy festivals, GAA hurling specialists (shout “Go the Cats!: and the locals will love you), and wonderful old pubs, it’s pretty much got the whole city break thing covered
The Kinsale Garden of Remembrance was established by a Kinsale lady, Kathleen Cait Murphy who worked as a nurse for over 30 years in New York City. During that time, she came to admire the work of the firemen and was shocked at the deaths of 343 of their number who died in 9/11. As a result, she decided to provide a memorial in Ireland, on her land at Ringfinnan, Kinsale, with a tree for each of the firemen who died as well as one for their chaplain Father Michael Judge who was a personal friend of hers. Since the garden was planted many relatives and friends of the dead have come to visit and leave prayers, photographs and flowers there.
Centered on the charming town of Dingle, the Dingle Peninsula is one of the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) culminates in the Irish mainland’s westernmost point. In the shadow of sacred Mt Brandon, a maze of fuchsia-fringed boreens (country lanes) weaves together an ancient landscape of prehistoric ring forts and beehive huts, early Christian chapels, crosses and holy wells, picturesque hamlets and abandoned villages.
Taking in the incredible Slea Head Drive & Conor’s Pass, you will see some of the most stunning scenery Ireland has to offer.
Slea Head Drive is a scenic route that circumnavigates the western end of the Dingle peninsula. It begins and ends in the town of Dingle, going through or near villages, fields, mountains, monuments, film locations, and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean.
Celtic Steps – The Show, brings together the raw talent of popular Irish dance with the authenticity of traditional Irish music. The show aims to provide a magical evening for its guests, taking them on a journey through the nation’s colourful past and history to present day Ireland through the language of music, song and of course, dance.
Killarney is one of the most picturesque towns in Ireland’s beautiful South-West. Nestling between high hills, large lakes and the national park, Killarney is located in the southern part of County Kerry. The landscape is nothing short of spectacular and comes with a stunning and scenic drive to the town. There is so much to do in and around Killarney. In addition to having gorgeous outdoor spaces, Killarney is a sweet town full of cozy pubs, great music and food and stores selling local handcrafts. It is a colourful vibrant town that always shows a great Irish Welcome.
Enjoy the sights of Killarney National Park from the traditional Jaunting Car. Operating all year-round, the Killarney Jaunting car trip is a “must” for every one visiting Killarney.
Learn about the history, folklore and the beauty of Killarney National Park from the comfort of the traditional mode of transport: the Irish jaunting car from years gone by.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Killarney by taking a horse drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park to the majestic 15th century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane.
This trip lasts approximately one hour. With the traditional Irish Jaunting Car, it can be organised with a majestic lake tour on the Lakes of Killarney on the M.V. Pride of the Lakes.
Where the Owengarriff River cascades through the wooded Friar’s Glen into Muckross Lake, you will find Torc Waterfall. A pretty path winds to the top of this 18m high waterfall revealing views of Torc Mountain.
Killarney town transforms in July as America’s most significant national holiday takes over the town. Killarney’s annual 4th of July Independence Day festival is set to be a celebration of all things American!
Festivities on Wednesday July 4th include The Big Parade, an out-door cinema, choir singing, a street party, swing dancing, and lots more fun for both young and old, all located in the beautiful scenic town of Killarney.
The celebrations will start about 3pm with the raising of the American flag by the Mayor of Killarney & Chamber President at Killarney town hall. Following that the town will transformed into a carnival atmosphere of fun and entertainment. Street BBQs, Brass bands, Cheerleaders, and Disney characters will be on hand to keep everyone entertained from 3pm – 7pm.
The Highlight of the Day is The Big Parade which will commence at 7pm from the Outlet Centre Car Park, and will bring the streets of Killarney to life. And of course, no 4th of July Celebration would be complete without a spectacular firework display to round off the evening at 11.15 pm and light up the night sky over Killarney.
Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland and with a colourful and welcoming village ready to host you during your stay, Doolin has something for everyone.
Located on the edge of the historic Burren in northwest County Clare, and within easy reach of the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the unique Aran Islands, Doolin’s dramatic landscape cannot easily be forgotten.
The Burren is famous for having one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in Ireland. While the rest of the Emerald Isle is known for its shades of green, the Burren National Park is known for its various shades of grey. Whether you are walking, cycling, driving or touring by bus, you will feel like you have been transported to the moon.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks. These spectacular creations of nature stretch for 14km and reach 214 meters at their highest point. The views from the pathways and the viewing platforms along the cliffs or from the 19th century O’Brien’s Tower are all magnificent.
Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music, with plenty of music and craic to be had every night. You can take a clifftop walk breathing in the crisp, salty Atlantic air while appreciating the beautiful wildflowers, explore the rugged landscape or go on an Atlantic cruise to appreciate the unique coastline from a different perspective. Adventure is waiting for you in Doolin!
Doolin is a vibrant place full of characters, stories and experiences and is home to some of the region’s best accommodation, eateries and beautiful local shops. The people of Doolin are passionate about their community and look forward to welcoming you with open arms.
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located just off the coast at the mouth of Galway Bay.
The Aran Islands are located just off the Galway coast. A true Irish experience awaits, locals speak Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance including a World Heritage site Dun Aonghasa which is set on dramatic 300 ft cliff edge.
Perched on a cliff, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the largest of the prehistoric stone forts on the Aran Islands, Dun Aonghasa, is a semi-circular building enclosed by three massive stone walls. Excavations also revealed significant evidence of prehistoric metalworking, as well as of several houses and burials.
The last full day of our Best of Ireland Tour includes a leisurely drive back to the east coast of Ireland with stops at the ruins of a monastery founded in the mid-6th century, the oldest known bar in the world, and an overnight stay in a castle!
The evening will conclude with our Farewell Dinner as our thank you for sharing yourself with us.
Renowned to be Ireland’s oldest bar, this low-ceilinged, 1000-year-old watering hole with riverside garden and historical objects is a great stop off. Walking into the pub, you’ll know right away you’ve arrived some place unique. From the sawdust on the floor to the old-style open turf fireplace, some things about Sean’s Bar have changed very little over the centuries.
Trim Castle is a Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath. With an area of 30,000 m², it is the largest Norman castle in Ireland.
Even though it is our pleasure to see you safely transferred back to Dublin’s International Airport, we will be happiest when we greet you again upon your next visit to Ireland.
Fáilte! (Irish for “welcome!”)