9 Day Northern Route - Suggested Self Drive Ireland Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Dublin Airport. Proceed to the car rental desk. Pick up your car and travel to Derry for overnight. Entering the city of Londonderry, you will view the most notable and historic feature of the city – the Walls, which have been kept in a splendid state of preservation and are among the best-preserved city fortifications in the Western World. They rise to a height of 26 feet and in places are 30 feet wide. Your guide will lead you on a walk (approximately 45 minutes) along the broad expanse of the walls Almost a mile in circumference, they form a cobbled walkway around the Inner city and provide a unique promenade as you gaze out over the ever changing skyline.
You will see the layout of the original city within the walls still preserves its medieval plan with the four principal streets radiating from the Diamond at the center to the old gateways. You’ll also see the Guildhall, a handsome late Gothic building with its dozens of stained glass windows illustrating the city’s history.
The pedestrian-oriented city center and nearby modern shopping mall have a full selection of well-known stores where you can shop with comfort among a great variety of merchandise and goods on offer. Bishop’s Gate, Derry
Day 2 Stay in Derry – Take a driving trip along the coast to Giant’s Causeway, one of the wonders of the world.
Day 3 Drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. Pass tiny, storybook villages, where thatched roofed cottages are surrounded by postage stamp pastures, and ancient castles abound. Butter-golden gorse blankets the stone-framed green fields. The air is scented by the flavor of peat fires. Nearly every bend in the road affords gorgeous vistas of sky, land and water.
Many town have Gaelic place names. Some examples - bally (town), kil (church), dun (fort), knock (hill), slieve (mountain), carrick (rock), and ath (fjord). With breathtaking scenery, golden beaches, rugged islands and a beautiful array of wildlife, this northern - almost untouched - stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is an absolute essential, any time of year.
It’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller. See the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Overnight in Donegal. Loch Eske Castle
Day 4 Continue through Galway and Connemara. Connemara is one of the more scenically diverse regions seen on any Ireland tour, with glistening lakes, bogs, mountain vistas and the craggy Atlantic coastline. Stay at Ballynahinch Castle.
Day 5 Visit the Cliffs of Moher. Behold the power of the Cliffs of Moher
The rugged Cliffs of Moher, looming above the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean far below, offer spectacular scenic vistas during a morning visit. Stay at Gregan’s Castle.
Day 6 Travel through the midlands to the Dublin area. Stay at the K Club (site of the Ryder Cup), in Kildare.
Day 7 Drop off car in Dublin. Check in to Dublin Hotel.