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How to Use Our Ireland Custom Trip Builder

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Thinking about travelling to Ireland but are you’re looking for expert advice? Leave it to us! Our dedicated travel designers will work with you to help you plan the trip of your dreams.

See below for more information on how to use our trip builder.

By Patricia Doe, General Manager
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Design your dream trip to Ireland

Our tailor made trips are custom-built just for you. Grab your group and organise a tailor-made tour of Ireland just the way you want it lead by your own private guide. We’ll make sure that the activities, accommodation and experiences are tailored just for you.

But where to start? Follow the five steps outlined below on our Ireland Trip Planner to turn your daydream into a dream come true!

Ireland Trip Planner Step 1: Choose your Dates

Connemara - 12 Bens and Dogs Bay - Ireland trip planner

Hiking the quiet backcountry of Connemara overlooking the Twelve Bens Mountain range

Juggling busy schedules, work priorities, family duties, and other personal and professional obligations means that travel and vacation dates are usually relegated to specific slots in your schedules when everyone in your group is available.

By choosing custom travel, you have full control over the dates you travel, as well as the duration that works best for you.

You’ll also get to choose the season you visit Ireland, as each season has its merits! Hike through the wildflowers in the crisp spring air by visiting in spring, visit in peak season in summer to take full advantage of all Ireland has to offer, or head to the Emerald Isle in autumn after school’s back in to experience the magical season of Samhain, the predecessor of Halloween.

Ireland Trip Planner Step 2: Pick your Location

Where do you want to go? The world is your oyster! The Emerald Isle is full of gems to explore. To help you out, we’ve broken down the island into a few biteable chunks.

Read on for a short overview of each region or click the below links!

Dublin Ha'Penny Bridge Ireland trip planner

Dublin & Wicklow

Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland - Ireland trip planner

Northern Ireland

Ben Bulben Sligo hiking Ireland trip planner

Northwest Ireland

Connemara National Park hiking Ireland trip planner

West: Connemara & Clare

Skellig Islands Kerry - Ireland trip planner

Southwest: Cork & Kerry

Newgrange Ancient East - Ireland trip planner

Ireland’s Ancient East

Dublin

Most visitors to Ireland start in Dublin due to the airport’s great flight connections, so chances are you’ll end up staying at least one night in Dublin – though most people want more! This compact yet cosmopolitan city founded by Vikings is a fun place to explore day and night, and its colourful streets are alive with a rich history.

Visit Dublin here.

Northern Ireland

The ever-changing city of Belfast, along with the wild Causeway Coast, have been named Lonely Planet’s top region to visit in 2018. By hiking the Causeway Coast, you’ll visit amazing castles, Game of Thrones filming locations, adorable harbours, rugged sea stacks, and sheer cliffs – culminating at the wild Giant’s Causeway, a unique geological formation of of 40,00o joined basalt columns.

Visit Northern Ireland: here.

The Northwest: Sligo & Donegal

From the wild, rugged coasts, bogs and Slieve League cliffs of Donegal to the windswept hills and glittering lakes of Sligo, forever immortalised by national poet WB Yeats, Ireland’s northwest counties are a perfect gem for travellers looking for adventure. The alien coasts of Malin Head in northern Donegal were used in the 2017 Star Wars film, a testament to the region’s strange geology. And did we mention the region’s coastal areas are known as the Surf Coast? And for good reason – these waves are some of the best surfing waves in Europe!

Visit northwest Ireland here.

The West: Connemara, Galway, Clare and Mayo

The magic of Connemara has drawn in travellers, artists and wanderers for generations. A combination of parading mountains, windswept bogs, sea-carved islands and Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) communities make Connemara romantic and wild. Cyclists can bike the car-free Greenway to Achill Island and its eerie Deserted Village, and hikers (or pilgrims) can summit Croagh Patrick mountain, a beloved pilgrimage route. Enjoy stunning views of Clew Bay, once the watery kingdom of a ferocious Pirate Queen in the 16th century, and the Irish-speaking Aran Islands. Further south is bustling Galway city, the famous Cliffs of Moher, as well as the exposed lunar landscape of the Burren.

Visit the west here.

The Southwest – Cork & Kerry

Perhaps the most popular region of Ireland, the southwest also happens to be one of the sunniest, due to the region’s microclimate. The five peninsulas of Cork and Kerry are full of charms: the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney town and National Park, Dingle’s Slea Head, the colourful Kinsale. The coasts are lined with islands – the Skellig Islands as the most famous thanks to their starring role in Star Wars 2015 and 2017, but there are many others waiting to be undiscovered!

Visit the southwest here.

Ireland’s Ancient East

Outside of Dublin, Ireland’s east coast gets less attention but the Ancient East has its own charms. Ireland’s old eastern cities such as Waterford and Wexford have an intriguing history. The hills are littered with ancient megalithic sites that pre-date the Pyramids and chains of mountains – both well-known places like the Wicklow Mountains as well as little-known gems such as the Comeraghs and the Slieve Bloom Mountains – make great places to hike.

Visit the Ancient East here.

Ireland Trip Planner Step 3: Pick your Activity

surfing Ireland Donegal Sligo - Ireland trip planner

Just one of many cool activities, learn how to surf in Sligo & Donegal, otherwise dubbed Ireland’s Surf Coast!

Once you’ve chosen which locations suit you and your group the best, it’s time to start deciding what you want to do! Hiking and biking are the most common activities for both our scheduled as well as our tailor made/custom groups. Other popular outdoors activities on custom-built trips include kayaking, canoeing, stand-up-paddling, horseback riding and surfing.

As for cultural activities, things like cheese-making, painting, pottery spinning, learning how to feed the lambs and shear sheep, coastal foraging, as well as historical walking tours, castle visits, and learning about Irish mythology are all the sort of activities you can do. For those travelling with kids, choose activities that are exciting for all ages, such as treasure hunts, ghost tours, toy factories, sailing expeditions and sheep herding!

If you need a little inspiration, take a look at our sample itineraries here to see if anything stands out!

Ireland Trip Planner Step 4: Choose your Accommodation

Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara National Park - Ireland Trip Planner

Stay in Ireland’s most luxurious and comfortable accommodations on your tailor made trip!

Whether you’re looking for cosmopolitan contemporary luxury, lavish castles and manor houses in the backcountry, small town unique (and boutique) hotels, or charming accommodations that make you feel like you’re at home, work with our trip designers to find and choose the accommodations that are right for you!

Ireland Trip Planner Step 5: Get in touch!

If you already know roughly your dates, locations and activities, you can add directly to our Interactive Trip Builder.

Or if you’d like to chat through your trip options and preferences with one of our expert trip designers, you’ve got a few options:

  • Email [email protected].
  • Call us at +353 (0)91 457 898 or North American toll free 1-844-235-6240.
  • If you’re pressed for time, try our new Live Chat feature, available on our website.

 

Meet the Author: Patricia Doe

“A Sligo native, Patricia spent several years in the upscale hospitality industry and knows everything there is to know about luxury accommodations in Ireland! A keen cyclist and runner, Patricia has travelled the world - including a honeymoon road trip through Middle America! Patrica is Wilderness Ireland's General Manager, having joined the team in 2015.”

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