The West of Ireland 3 Day Tour

Discover the heart of the West of Ireland...

From the drama and theatre of The Cliffs of Moher to the haunting beauty and isolation of the sea-sloping hills of Connemara. This magnificent journey highlights the courage and strength our ancestors had to survive in one of the most unforgiving landscapes of Europe.

Absorb the  poetic lull which echoes throughout the National Parks, retreat to one of the many beachy enclaves that have been carved out by the epic atlantic ocean and embrace the charming ambience of the hillside villages of Mayo. This really is a must-do journey to understand the evolution of rural Ireland.     

The Tour Route

The Tour Details

Distance Travelled:

Approx 700km


  • The Wild Atlantic Way

  • The Cliffs of Moher

  • Ireland's Ancient East

  • The Burren GeoPark

  • County Mayo

Meet the Locals:

  • Local Sheep Farmer

  • Local Farmer / Historian

  • Local Blacksmith

Tour Pace: Medium Pace

Choose Your Style...

Remember you can always change this tour to suit your own pace, interests and requirements. Just contact us and tell us what you would like.

Clare, Galway & Mayo - The Heart of The West

West of Ireland

3 Day Private Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin to Galway City via The Cliffs of Moher & Burren

Our first day will see an early departure from your hotel in Dublin before making our way towards the midlands of Ireland. Along the way encountering typical Irish villages such as Moneygall, passing the horse country of Ireland - County Kildare and exploring the off the beaten track ruins of the Rock of Dunamase. We will cross the river Shannon and into the heart of the West of Ireland passing the imposing fortification of Bunratty Castle before our drive towards the WIld Atlantic Way and arriving at The Cliffs of Moher.


Standing over 220 meters high this stunning coastal attraction offers some great cliff walks along the atlantic edge. After taking in the best of the cliffs we will continue our Wild Atlantic Way journey this time heading towards the home of the Irish language - County Galway. We will pass through one of the national parks of Ireland - The Burren. This moonlike landscape offers a host of great activities for you to fill the day including Cliffs of Moher Boat Trips, Nature Walks, Caves and local perfumeries and chocolatiers. The journey continues with more stunning coastal drives before we arrive in County Galway passing the quaint fishing village of Kinvara along the way. Our day will end in the cultural capital of Ireland - Galway City. A vibrant city of music, fine food and high spirits.

Main Highlights - The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren National Park, Galway City, The Wild Atlantic Way

Activity Options - Rock of Dunamase Walk, Bunratty Castle Tour, Ennistymon Village Visit, Cliffs of Moher Boat Trip, Horseriding, Ailwee Caves Visit, Burren Nature Walk, Dunguire Castle Tour

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 6:30pm

Overnight - Galway City, County Galway

Day 2 - Galway City to Rual Mayo via the Connemara Region

On our second day we will rise early to explore The Wild Atlantic Way. This day takes us into another National Park Connemara. This remote and desolate environment showcases some of the most dramatic scenery on the island with its rolling hills, stone walls, rivers & lakes. Here is a great chance to learn some of Ireland's oldest traditions and meet the people whilst enjoying the stunning mountainous backdrops. Deep within the Mountains of Connemara we will meet Joe Joyce, a 3rd generation sheep farmer for a demonstration of the skills of his sheepdogs before visiting the romantic setting of Kylemore Abbey where you have the option of taking a tour of this beautiful abbey. After enjoying the best of Connemara we will continue our drive across Joyce Country and into County Mayo where you will end your day in the off the beaten path gem - Ireland West Farm Stay.

Main Highlights - Connemara National Park, Delhi Pass, Killary Fjord, Joyce Country Drive

Activity Options - Sheep Dog Demonstration, Heritage Farm Visit, Kylemore Abbey Tour

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 6:30pm

Overnight - Westport, Conty Mayo

Day 3 - Mayo to Dublin via Rural & Folklore Ireland

Our final day of our travels leaves some of the best until last. You will begin your day with a tour of the working farm and bog in the heart of rural Mayo. Here you will learn of Ireland farming traditions, superstitions and heritage. After this you will have the option of visiting an artisan cheese factory or take a workshop with a local blacksmith. After enjoying the heritage of rural Mayo we will make our way back east stoping in the midlands along the journey to take in the neolithic site of Rathcroghan. We will eventually end the day back in Dublin City where we will end our 3 day adventure.

Main Highlights - Farm & Bog Tour, Cheese Factory, Midlands, Rathcroghan

Activity Options - Bog & Farm Tour, Music by the Fireside, Blacksmith Workshop, Cheese Factory Visit, Neolithic Sites

Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Overnight - Arrive Back in Dublin City

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We have contacts in a variety of different options of accommodation from the exclusive to the budget option. Choose the option you would like.


5 Star - Castles, luxury hotels & city hotels

4 Star - Manor houses, deluxe hotels and city hotels 

3 Star - Country houses, gourmet hotels & retreats

Speciality Lodgings - B&B's, guesthouses & farmhouses

Others - Hostels, Private Rentals, Camping, Glamping & Quirky


We will tailor the tour using your accommodation option.


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