The Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Only got a week in Ireland? Want to experience the best of the country in one, glorious highlights tour? Hand in Hand Tours’ Wild Atlantic Way Tour allows you to experience the iconic coastal driving route along Ireland’s south and west coasts in seven days—or in as many days as you can spare. Remember, we tailor our tours to suit you, so if you have only two days or five, or more than a week, we will build the tour around you.

We’ve put together a sample itinerary for you here. This is just to give you a flavour of the delights in store for you, so feel free to make whatever changes you wish.

Wild Atlantic Way Tour: Day 1 – Killarney

We will collect you in comfort from your hotel to start your tour of the Wild Atlantic Way. If that hotel is in Killarney, we will start by showing you the delights of this celebrated beauty spot. Most of them centre on Killarney National Park and its 26,000 acres of mountains, lakes, forests, and country estates.

Tour the Victorian Muckross House & Gardens (Queen Victoria even stayed here), Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, Killarney House & Gardens, and the Lakes of Killarney. The town itself is a lively spot with a great selection of shops and restaurants.

Wild Atlantic Tour Day 2 – The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most famous tours of Ireland, but we show you a fresh side of it with Hand in Hand Tours. Giving you your first taste of the Wild Atlantic Way and the dramatic coastal scenery of south Kerry, we show you some of the southwest region’s best-loved attractions.

From soaring mountains and rugged cliffs to rolling fields and vast ocean views, the Iveragh Peninsula is Ireland at its best. The day-long tour brings you through picturesque villages and historic sites. Stop to enjoy the atmosphere in traditional pubs and appreciate the ancient heritage of monastic sites. We return to Killarney in the evening.

Wild Atlantic Tour Day 3 – The Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Tour

Day 3 of your Wild Atlantic Way Tour brings you to another Kerry peninsula—but a very different one. The Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Tour takes you around the craggy outlets and wave-crashed shores of the Dingle Peninsula. Along the way, enjoy views of the Blasket Islands and stop off at monastic wonders such as the Beehive Huts and Kilmakedar Church.

The bustling fishing town of Dingle is a must. Stop to visit the art and craft shops on Green Street, eat delicious food, and have a drink at Dick Mack’s. We can also visit the home of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, at Annascaul. The South Pole Inn is where this star of the golden age of polar exploration worked out his final years before he died in 1938. We overnight in Killarney.

Tour Highlights

  • Start your tour in the spectacular Killarney Valley, home to Killarney National Park
  • Travel the Iveragh Peninsula, and the better known ‘Ring of Kerry’ route
  • Visit the Dingle Peninsula, described by National Geographic as “the most beautiful place in the world”.
  • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher and the wild Burren landscape
  • Travel north to exciting Galway city and the captivating Connemara National Park

Tour Highlights

  • Start your tour in the spectacular Killarney Valley, home to Killarney National Park
  • Travel the Iveragh Peninsula, and the better known ‘Ring of Kerry’ route
  • Visit the Dingle Peninsula, described by National Geographic as “the most beautiful place in the world”.
  • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher and the wild Burren landscape
  • Travel north to exciting Galway city and the captivating Connemara National Park

Wild Atlantic Tour Day 4 – Blarney Castle, Cork City & Kinsale Tour

The natives call Cork City Ireland’s real capital, and their pride in their home is understandable. Steeped in history and culture, Cork manages to be both cutting-edge and old-world, and lacks the impersonal feel that many cities its size suffer from.

A network of wide shopping streets and pedestrian laneways studded with interesting boutiques, enticing restaurants, galleries, and great pubs make Cork a place you will want to stay.

The English Market, which Queen Elizabeth II visited in 2011 is at its bustling heart, and we will also visit St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, built on the site where the saint established his first monastery in the 7th century.

A tour of Blarney with its historic castle and famous stone is also on the agenda. Enjoy the gift of the gab after kissing the stone. Another highlight of our Cork tour is a trip to Kinsale and its famous fort. We overnight in Killarney.

Wild Atlantic Tour Day 5 – Cliffs of Moher & Burren National Park Tour

We leave Killarney on the morning of Day 5 of our Wild Atlantic Way tour and head north to the car ferry at Tarbert for our tour of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Once we arrive in County Clare, it’s just an hour’s drive to the Cliffs of Moher, Europe’s finest sea cliffs.

The route to the cliffs takes us through the traditional villages and towns of Kilrush, Quilty, Milltown Malbay, and Lahinch, beloved by both golfers and surfers.

After you have experienced the cliffs, we will stop for lunch in Doolin, the heartland of traditional Irish music.

Then it’s on to the karst limestone fields of the Burren, with its evocations of alien landscapes. Other attractions we can include in your day are the Cistercian Abbey at Corcomroe, the Burren Perfumery, and the Poulnabrone dolmen. We will then overnight in Galway City.

Wild Atlantic Way Tour Day 6 – Galway & Connemara Tour

It’s the last full day of the Wild Atlantic Way Tour, and we are determined to make it as full and enjoyable as possible for you by guiding you on a tour of Galway and Connemara. You wake up in Galway, the City of the Tribes, a 12th-century walled delight on the banks of the River Corrib. With its cobbled streets, waterside setting, and unique cultural atmosphere, Galway makes the perfect starting point for your exploration of the Gaelic stronghold of Connemara.


This is the true heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, as we set off to explore the more northerly reaches of Ireland’s Atlantic coastline. We wind our way through the charming towns of Moycullen and Oughterard, stopping at the bridge made famous in John Ford’s The Quiet Man, before arriving at Maam Cross, set amongst the Maumturk Mountains.

We then travel on to the market town of Clifden, which is the capital of Connemara, and continue to the spot where Alcock and Brown landed the first nonstop, east-to-west transatlantic flight, in 1919. All along this route, through Ballyconneely and Roundstone, you will be transfixed by stunning views of the ocean.

We return to our overnight accommodation in Galway city via the beautiful Lough Inagh drive through the Twelve Bens and Maumturk Mountain ranges.

Wild Atlantic Way Tour Day 7 – Departure Day

It’s time to bid farewell to the Wild Atlantic Way. Hand in Hand Tours will ensure your comfortable return to your departure point of choice, ready for the trip home and a lifetime of happy memories.

Remember!
All of our tours can be customised to suit your itinerary and travel preferences.
Please contact us to discuss tour requirements.