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    Self Drive Trips in Ireland

    Our Self Drive trips suit people who want to travel Ireland’s remote corners at your own pace. A mixture of guided and self guided days, let us worry about the logistics while you drive the best of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Causeway Coast, the southwest and the Ancient East, meeting up with our expert guides for adventure experiences.

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    Travel at Your Own Pace
    Expert Guided Activities
    Private Road Trip

    Travel At Your Own Pace

    Wilderness Ireland self drive tours allow you the freedom of travelling at your own pace through Ireland’s impressive scenery.

    Enjoy a number of planned activities while staying in some of the finest deluxe accommodation establishments these areas have to offer. Ireland self drive tours offer a great combination of self guided and guided activities, aimed to introduce you to the fascinating people and places of Ireland. 

    We will provide you with wonderful Wilderness Ireland guides to lead you on some of your activities such as sea kayaking, hiking and seaweed foraging as well as delve into the history and culture of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Causeway Coast and Ancient East. 

    For the self-guided days we will supply a range of suggested activities. These activities will take you through landscapes awash with myths and legends, and along the way experience the finest fare and spend time in some great traditional pubs. All you need to do is arrange your transport to Ireland and rent a car while you are here – let us do the rest!

    Are Self Drive trips guided? Read More

    Yes and no. Travel at your own pace and have control over your itinerary with our Self Drive trips.

    For our week-long Self Drive trips, you will take part in a minimum of 3 guided activities led by a hiking guide, local farmer, archeologist, boatman, forager, cycling guide or other local expert every second day. On the other days, you’ll have the flexibility to take advantage of our recommended stops and activities, choose to relax at your accommodation, hand-picked by our expert travel designers, or a bit of both.

    As for our short break Self Drive trips, you will take part in at least one guided activity during your trip. For the rest of trip, you will be self guided with the flexibility to travel at you own pace and visit the recommended stops, hikes and experiences according to your preferences.

    What's included on Self Drive trips? Read More

    On our Self Drive trips, we will provide you with an expertly designed itinerary. Our Self Drive itineraries currently fall into 2 categories: Short Breaks or Escapes, and week-long trips.

    Short breaks are 4 day/3 night trips exploring one region in depth. These trips are self guided but typically include a minimum of 1 guided experience throughout the trip.

    Week-long trips are 7 day/6 night trips exploring 2 or more regions in depth. These trips are self guided but typically include a minimum of 3 guided experiences throughout the trip.

    Both trip types include:

    • Classic standard of accommodation, hand-chosen by our travel design team
    • Best driving routes, maps and guidebook
    • Recommended stops with suggestions for local hangouts
    • Experiences in off-the-beaten-track beaches and trails catered to your ability level
    • Meals: Breakfast included daily and we provide recommendations for restaurants in your area

    Optional Upgrades

    Accommodation: Deluxe standard accommodation upgrades are an option on most Self Drive trips – chat with our sales team to learn more.

    Car hire/rental: Car Hire is not included in the price, however, this is an additional service we can provide for those who request it.

    Optional Activities: All Self Drive trips include optional activity upgrades such as guided walks, interactive workshops, meeting local experts and more. See each dossier for specifics.

    Self drive trips do not include flights, car rental or lunch/dinner.

    Our Self Drive Holidays

    7 Self Drive Trips with 5 Reviews

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    • Explore Killarney National Park, one of Ireland's most beautiful parks.
    • Try foraging & gourmet fishing for an off-the-beaten-path Ring of Kerry experience.
    • Kayak the little-visited West Cork coastline& listen to tales of pirate invasions.
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    • Visit the world-famous Giant's Causeway and hike along award-winning Causeway Coast
    • Take a boat trip to a fascinating island home to diverse wildlife including puffins
    • Stand atop some of Europe's highest and most remote sea cliffs at Slieve League
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    • Stand atop the iconic Cliffs of Moher away from the crowds
    • Explore the alien landscapes of the Burren National Park with a local archeologist
    • Immerse yourself in Dingle, lauded by the National Geographic as the most beautiful place on Earth
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    • Hike and kayak in the most remote and wild corners of the Emerald Isle
    • Cycle along Ireland's first car-free greenway
    • Enjoy some of the strongest bastions of traditional Irish music and food
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    • Hike through Glendalough Monastery and Wicklow Mountains National Park
    • Enjoy activities like canoeing along a river and biking an ancient railway track
    • Step back in time traversing the halls of medieval Kilkenny Castle
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    • Hike some of Connemara's best routes
    • Enjoy a local visit to an oyster farm & island visit to the Aran Islands
    • Travel at your own pace on this short weekend break
    • Meet local characters, listen to live traditional music and taste delicious local food
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    • Hike the Sheep's Head Way, named a European Destination of Excellence
    • Explore the bustle of Cork city and the vibrancy of colourful Kinsale
    • Travel at your own pace on this short break
    • Meet local characters, listen to live traditional music and taste delicious local food
    • A short break with optional extras and upgrades

    Our holidays reviewed in your own words...



    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


    Brad Jovaag

    Self Drive Collection - Skye

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: USA
    Trip Date: 22/05/2023
    Trips Taken: 0

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    The first 2 hours driving north from Edinburgh was interesting but tense hugging the left side. Mental adjustments were made and the rest of our travels were just interesting. The good news is no damage to the rental car.


    Simon Howie

    Self Drive - Kerry, West Cork & The Haven Coast

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: South Africa
    Trip Date: 22/06/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Wilderness Ireland turned our dream of visiting Ireland for a family holiday into reality. They took care of all the details, allowing us to focus on the wonderful history, scenery, people, and food! It was the trip of a lifetime and excellent value for money. Well done and thank you to the Wilderness Ireland team, especially Cathriona!


    Philip Faris

    Customised Self Drive

    Age: 70 - 80
    Trip Date: 11/09/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    As Recommended By...

    You'll be in good company on a Wilderness Ireland Trip. Some of the biggest and best known names in the business have recommended us.

    Los Angeles Times
    National Geographic Adventure
    Men's Health
    USA Today

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