Multi-Day Tour | Private

Ireland's Wild West Coast (8 days)

Dream Escape - Scotland/UK/Northern Ireland

Dublin, Ireland To Knock, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 22 May 2018


Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
The Shelbourne Hotel Breakfast

Day One: Arrival in Dublin

On arrival at Dublin Airport, be met and welcomed by your experienced chauffeur-guide who will provide a safe and comfortable journey into the city centre.

Set on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is an essential stop for any visitor to the Emerald Isle. With a history that stretches back over 1,000 years, from Viking rule to the “Age of Elegance” and the battle for independence a century later, there is much to be discovered. Today, the city is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

Check in to your first luxury accommodation. The renowned property overlooks St Stephen’s Green, possibly Europe’s grandest square. Built in 1824, it is a much-loved “national treasure” and a place where history has been made. Here the Irish Constitution was drafted, literary masterpieces were penned and society was shaped.

Spend the afternoon resting and refreshing following your international flight.

Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
The Shelbourne Hotel Breakfast

Day Two: Discover Dublin with a Chauffeur-Guide

Take the morning at a leisurely pace, doing as much or as little as you please.

Spend the afternoon in the company of your local chauffeur-guide. Their expert knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure you enjoy the very best experience that Dublin has to offer.

Your chauffeur-guide will ensure you are taken off the beaten track and that you delve into Irish life. With local knowledge and a gift for talking like no other nation, they will explain and expand on the country’s rich history and cultural heritage like no book can. Their stories and fun facts will live long in the memory.

Perhaps visit the medieval quarter, which became a Viking hub in the 7th century and is home to many of the city’s oldest buildings, including ancient Dublin Castle and two famed cathedrals: Christ Church, founded in 1030 by Sitriuc, King of the Dublin Norsemen, and the truly spectacular St. Patrick’s, the largest in the country.

The Georgian period was a golden era for Dublin; prosperous trade saw the city become known as the ‘second city’ of the Empire, competing with only London for prestige. The city has come to be renowned for the elegant architecture of this era, characterised by graceful terraces, wrought-iron balconies and colourful fanlight doorways which can be spotted across the city.

A highlight for many visitors to the capital is Temple Bar. This vibrant cobbled district teems with bars, restaurants and boutiques, with a new delight to be found around every corner. There is no shortage of traditional pubs in which to pull up a stool to join the locals for a pint of Guinness!

For a break from the buzz of the city, perhaps visit one of Dublin’s green spaces. St Stephen’s Green, complete with ornamental lakes and Victorian features, and sprawling Phoenix Park, the official home to both the President of Ireland and a herd of wild fallow deer, are both popular escapes within the city.

Day 3
Wicklow, Ireland
The Shelbourne Hotel Breakfast

Day Three: Walking in Wicklow

Travel south of Dublin to the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It was established in 1991 to conserve the biodiversity and landscape of the Wicklow Mountains. These rounded granite mountains forged some 500 million years ago, now support a wide range of wildlife, some common, some threatened.

The Military Road (R115) runs across the spine of the Wicklow Mountains. It was built by the British during a campaign to flush out Irish insurgents following a rebellion in 1798. Today, this winding and twisting road provides spectacular scenery along its entire route.

Spend the day exploring in the company of a local guide. Highlights include Glendalough, or the Glen of two Lakes, which is home to one of the most important monastic sites in the country. This early Christian settlement was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century. It was pillaged by the Vikings many times however it flourished for nearly 600 years. Sadly, decline set in following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. To this day, there are a number of monastic remains, the most impressive being the Round Tower.

The Vale of Avoca is another gem. The rivers Avonmore and Beg come together to form the Avoca River. It was here that Thomas Moore penned his famous Irish Melody, “The Meeting of the Waters”.

The hamlet of Avoca continues to be synonymous with one of the most the popular BBC TV series, Ballkissangel. It has ensured that 'Fitzgerald's Pub' is put on the 'must visit' list for any followers. The area is complemented with craft and gift shops including the Avoca Hand weavers who produce colourful tweeds in the oldest hand-weaving mill in Ireland.

Day 4
Galway, Ireland
Glenlo Abbey Hotel Breakfast

Day Four: The Burren & Galway

Depart Dublin and begin your journey west.

By special arrangement, enjoy a guided walk in The Burren. It takes its name from boireann, which means ‘rocky land’ in Gaelic and truly is a special place - full of wonder, beauty and discovery that will be brought to life by your wonderful local guide.

The unique landscape is made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage and resembles a lunar landscape; in between crevices, a remarkable collection of both Mediterranean plants and alpine plants thrive side by side.

Although many trees don’t grow, ruined forts and castles and numerous prehistoric sites dot the landscape. The region has been aptly described as one ‘vast memorial to bygone cultures’ and must surely count as one of the best-preserved and broadly representative archaeological landscapes in Europe.

Thereafter continue to your second accommodation, which has been welcoming guests since 1740. Nestled peacefully on a stunning 138 acre estate on the edge of Lough Corrib, the refurbished property offers the discerning traveller a warm personable and luxurious base during travels to Galway, along the Wild Atlantic Way and the West of Ireland. Each of the property’s bedrooms were designed with an emphasis on comfort and offer unrivalled views of the dramatic landscape’s ever changing colours.

This evening you may wish to dine in the property’s award-winning fine dining restaurant; it consists of two former carriages that served on the Orient Express, and is a truly unique and memorable spot in which to conclude the day!

Day 5
Galway, Ireland
Glenlo Abbey Hotel Breakfast

Day Five: Galway Bay & Cliffs of Moher

This morning, travel to the famed west coast where you will step aboard a luxury yacht, chartered exclusively for your use with a delicious lunch served on board during your nautical adventure.

Set sail heading south along the spectacular Clare coastline, allowing you to view the rugged Burren from a new perspective, passing the Black Head lighthouse and the Fanore Surfing beach - the location of the infamous Aileen’s Wave.

Continue to the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher, the crowning glory of the Co. Clare coastline. The rock face rises to a height of nearly 700ft and provides sheltered ledges; it is home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting Sea Birds in Ireland and designated a Special Protection Area.

The views will remain in your heart and mind long after you have returned home.

On your return, pass the Aran Islands and, if lucky, perhaps catch a glimpse of a dolphin near Inisheer beach. The day promises to provide a truly incredible experience.

Day 6
Connemara, Ireland
Glenlo Abbey Hotel Breakfast

Day Six: Connemara

Spend the day discovering Connemara in the west of Co. Galway. It is one of Ireland’s most iconic destinations and is celebrated for its ethereal beauty. Oscar Wilde described it as a ‘savage beauty’ and its patchwork of brooding lakes, rugged coastline, mountains, and windswept bogs certainly gives a sense of splendid isolation.

The region is also home to some of Ireland’s finest beaches, with wide stretches of pure white sands lapped by turquoise seas, and to picturesque fishing villages, tranquil coves, dramatic islands and some of the richest culture and traditions in Europe. It delivers a wonderfully Irish experience.

Perhaps find adventure in Connemara National Park, which lies at the heart of Connemara covering some 5,000 acres. Four of the impressive Twelve Bens mountain range, are here including Benbaun, the highest mountain, reaching nearly 730m. It is said that dedicated runners attempt to hike all twelve peaks in a single day.

Perhaps, enjoy a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. The stunning property is considered one of the region’s must-see attractions. It was built in 1867 in a Victorian Gothic Revival Fantasy, by Galway MP, Mitchell Henry as a romantic gift for his beloved wife, and boasts a wonderfully diverse history.

See the delightful Kylemore Walled Garden. Described as an ‘oasis of ordered splendour in the wild Connemara countryside’, the garden is split in two by a natural mountain stream and is surely the jewel in Connemara’s crown.

Day 7
Cong, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

Day Seven: The Castle Finale

Explore Lough Corrib, on a privately chartered 40ft luxury motor yacht. Enjoy unspoiled views of the surrounding mountains as you cruise along the lough, which is reputed to have hundreds of islands. Head to the most famous of these, Inchagoill, where you will embark upon a private guided walking tour.

Your guide will provide an historical insight to the island on a guided walk while you enjoy spectacular views of the Maumturk mountain range and visit 5th and 12th century ruins. For a more energetic exploration of the island you may prefer to follow a nature trail; the island boasts charming woodlands and there are secluded beaches waiting to be discovered.

On returning from your walk enjoy a Prosecco reception before returning to the harbour. From here, your chauffeur-guide will take you the short distance to your final accommodation which has been hosting distinguished guests for almost 800 years. Overlooking Lough Corrib, this stunning castle property is set on an amazing estate extending to around 26,000 acres. The main house was built in 1870 for the Guinness Family, although the estate dates back to 1228. It is considered one of the finest properties on the island and, only a couple of years ago, was voted ‘Best Resort in Ireland’ and ‘2nd Best Resort in Europe’ by Condé Nast magazine.

On your final evening, you may wish to enjoy the elegant surrounding of the award-winning fine-dining restaurant.

Day 8
Knock, Ireland
None Breakfast

Day Eight: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will accompany you Knock Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature


This inspiring eight-day adventure is specially designed to showcase the very best of Ireland from city to coast. Discover the history and culture of the city, hike in a magnificent national park and sail around the rugged Clare coastline on a privately chartered yacht, taking in incredible views of the famed Cliffs of Moher.

Luxurious accommodation, specialist guides and exclusive experiences feature throughout, ensuring this trip will create treasured memories to last a lifetime.

About Us

Dream Escape is your Virtuoso on-site providing the ultimate luxury tailor-made travel service in England, Scotland & Ireland, specializing in the following experiences: Private boxes at events including the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo; Country pursuits and golf with access to private clubs and estates; Equestrian - Stud visits, polo and racing; Whisky Experiences. Private distillery visits and tastings; Exclusive Villa Collection; Incentive and board meetings; Private Castle stays; Celebrations and Events; Bespoke City breaks in London, Edinburgh & Dublin, ; Shorex; Chauffeur guided touring; 'Set Jetting.'

Insider Tip

Our in-house Head of Guiding, Rosie Peattie, is the Mary Poppins of guiding. She knows everything and everyone and adds extraordinary vibrancy to each programme she accompanies!

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By: Jordan D

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

Dream Escape put together a wonderful array of activities, lodgings, and restaurants for us to enjoy on our first trip to Scotland. Not being familiar with the lay of the land, it was nice to have expert help in ensuring we experienced a great deal of the pleasures the country has to offer. We would highly recommend using them for your next trip.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Sparks
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By: Struie

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2017

We had a very poor experience with Dream Escapes - numerous issues continued to plague our trip - one thing going wrong can be overlooked but their were many issues that greatly affected our ability to enjoy our trip.

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By: lola

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We had a terrific experience but our van in Scotland could have been better..
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler