- Enjoy no fewer than three of Ireland’s beautiful mountain ranges as well as exclusive cultural & historical experiences, in this off-the-tourist-track region of Ireland.
- Meet colourful local characters and learn about the history, geology, wildlife and culture of the region through a range of guided outdoor activities.
- Stay in the very best accommodation in the region from 5 star manor houses to certified luxury bio- hotels.
- Explore the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark with a local guide.
At your Own Pace
Discovery journeys are self-drive with personal activity experiences tailored to your own personal activity level. They allow you to discover Ireland with one-to-one meet ups with local guides and experts who can lead you through activities and hikes at you own pace. They also include overnight stops at the very best local 4 and 5 star accommodations. For the days you are self-guided, we will provide you with suggestions of places to stop, eat and things to see along with maps and directions.
This self guided holiday enjoys some of the best available accommodations in the region including a 5 star manor hotel, 4 star country house and Ireland’s only luxury bio hotel for 6 nights. All accommodation is subject to availability.
This itinerary is designed to start and finish at Dublin Airport.
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Explore the spectacular mountain and coastal scenery on this self drive adventure.
Learn about the rich history as you self drive Ireland’s Ancient East.
On this self-drive adventure in Ireland, you will also enjoy a range of activities, soaking in the history of Ireland’s East and South East. Step into Ireland’s golden age of saints and scholars, taping into 5,000 years of history! Interact with both the land and its people as you enjoy this 7-day trip, exploring the this ancient region at your own pace. Along the way, enjoy guided walks, boat trips & transformative cultural interactions and experiences. Stay in one-of-a-kind, luxury accommodation Ireland’s Ancient East. We hope you’ll enjoy our recommended places to stop, shop and eat along the way.
On our Self Drive trips, enjoy the flexibility to travel at your own pace as well as benefit from passionate, local guides on certain days who will interpret the landscape and introduce you to the culture and history of Ireland. Leave the planning and reservations to us – we’ve identified the very best of each region to get a great sampling of the nature, history and culture of Ireland. Hikes and other outdoor activities are matched to your ability levels. Minimum group size is 2.
Self Drive – Ireland’s Ancient East
Day 1- Blackstairs Mountain
Arrive in Dublin airport and make a short drive to the first of the mountain ranges on you adventure. Meet your local walking guide and folklorist for an introduction to the intriguing world of Celtic Ireland. Learn the importance of trees in ancient Ireland with a gentle hike.
Day 2- Kilkenny
Enjoy a private walking tour of the medieval city of Kilkenny where you’ll learn of the colourful history of this ancient place. After lunch, try your hand at hurling, courtesy of some colourful locals. Hurling is one of Ireland’s most popular sports and the fastest field-sport in the world. (B)
Day 3- Comeragh Mountains
Today, your local guide will tailor a hike just for you! The Comeragh Mountains are home to some of Ireland’s best hidden walking trails. There’s plenty to choose from – from glaciated corries to boggy plateaus. Afterwards, visit the Copper Coast, a UNESCO geopark, before taking a ferry to your next hotel. (B)
Day 4- The Saltee Islands
Privately owned, these islands are famous for their eccentric proprietors. The Saltee Islands are also home to one of Ireland’s largest, and least-visited seabird colonies. Join a local boatman to spot puffins, gannets and razorbills. Visit a local seal colony before spending the afternoon exploring the islands. (B)
Day 5- Wicklow Mountain Biking
Meet a local bike guide today and learn the basics of mountain biking. Journey through easy rolling mountainous woodland or if you’re feeling adventurous, choose more challenging terrain. If you prefer, you may skip the bikes and meet a local walking guide instead. (B)
Day 6- Wicklow Mountains National Park
Your hotel is Ireland’s only certified luxury bio-hotel – and a green ethos permeates everything they do. Today, you’ll meet their on-site forager for an exciting lesson in how to live off the land. This afternoon, further explore some ancient places, including the beautiful Glendalough monastic site. (B)
Day 7- Departure
Just 1 hour from Dublin city, there may be time to explore a little more before your self drive of Ireland’s Ancient East adventure ends. Delve deeper into the stunning mountains or visit Powerscourt House and Ireland’s highest waterfall. (B)
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