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Self Drive
Ireland’s Ancient East

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Duration: 6 night(s) From €2,000

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Trip created by Erin Elliott
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Region: South East – Wexford, Waterford & Kilkenny
Trip Type: Self Drive
Comfort: Deluxe
Deposit From €500.00
Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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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 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.

Trip Highlights

  • 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.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Dublin to the Blackstairs Mountains

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

Leave the urban centre of Kilkenny behind to head south into the jewel southeast – the mighty Comeragh Mountains. Wild and rugged, today you’ll explore this special spot with a hiking guide on a route tailored for you. The Comeragh Mountains are home to some of Ireland’s best hidden hiking trails.  There’s plenty to choose from – glaciated corries, thundering cascades, narrow ridges and 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 little islands off the coast of Wexford 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 boatman who will act as your guide in spotting seabirds like puffins, gannets and razorbills. Visit a seal colony to meet the local residents 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 hiking guide instead, exploring some of the best hiking country Ireland has to offer. After all, they don’t call Wicklow the “Garden of Ireland” for nothing! (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 – Powerscourt House & Gardens

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 Wicklow Mountains or visit Powerscourt House, where you can explore both Ireland’s highest waterfall as well as gardens rated by National Geographic as among the most beautiful gardens in the world. (B)

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary is indicative only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Wilderness Ireland with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

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Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

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.

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This itinerary is designed to start and finish at Dublin Airport.

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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Originally hailing from the wilds of Canada, Erin was drawn to Ireland’s emerald hills, rugged coasts and big waves in 2014 to surf, practice yoga and travel. Joining Wilderness Ireland in 2017, Erin draws from her own experiences travelling and living in North America and Ireland to create magical Ireland adventures. From Donegal to Clare to Cork, Erin knows all the best spots along the Wild Atlantic Way!

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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.

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Reviewed on 21/09/2017

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