Private 2 Day Southern Ireland Tour

Private 2 Day Southern Ireland Tour

Tour from Dublin

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Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.

A Short Introduction To Your Journey

Take in the very best that southern Ireland has to offer on this enchanting two day private tour.

You’ll travel in comfort and style with a private driver- guide dedicated to the comfort of your party.

This private two day itinerary combines highlights such as Rock of Cashel, Blarney Stone, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin or Liscannor, an overnight in Cork city and plenty of other charming locations along the way.

Create your very own private Irish tour adventure by contacting us today - we can’t wait to extend our traditional Irish welcome to you.

What to expect:

Day 1: Depart Dublin - Rock of Cashel - Blarney Castle - Cork (overnight)
Day 2: Depart Cork - King John's Castle (photos) - Cliffs of Moher - Doolin (lunch) - Bunratty Castle (photos) - Dublin

  • Chauffeur pickup from and return to the Dublin location that suits you best.
  • Travel through the enchanting midlands region of Ireland
  • Overnight in the southern city of Cork – home to a large variety of sights and attractions for you to explore.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive visit to Ireland’s best-loved castle – Blarney.
  • Overnight in your choice of accommodation.
  • Quick stop in Limerick city.
  • Drive along a portion of Ireland’s famed ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, en route to the Burren region.
  • Pay a visit to the incredible Cliffs of Moher –Ireland’s best loved natural wonder.
  • Take the chance to capture some photos of the mythical Bunratty castle.
  • Enjoy a relaxing drive back to Dublin City.

 

  • Dublin-based expert advice
  • Collection from your hotel
  • Private Mercedes-Benz Tour Vehicle
  • Private Chauffeur Guide
  • Private 4G Wifi Connection in Tour Vehicle
  • Entrance fees (as specified at time of booking)
  • Fuel, Road Tolls and Associated Taxes
  • Dropoff at your hotel
  • Driver's overnight and meal expenses
  • Driver's Gratuity
  • Food, Drink or Refreshments
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Day One: Depart Dublin, Rock of Cashel, Kiss the Blarney Stone, Cork

    Your private two day tour begins this morning after breakfast. Your private chauffeur guide will collect you with a private Mercedes- Benz tour vehicle from the entrance of your Dublin hotel or Airbnb.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the introductions as your driver navigates the rush hour traffic. Once out of the city, your journey will follow the same scenic route as that enjoyed by England’s Queen Elizabeth II on her historic State Visit to Ireland.

    By mid morning we’ll reach Rock of Cashel, a medieval ruin which was once a royal palace and cathedral associated with St Patrick. Rock of Cashel sits on a rocky outcrop high above Tipperary’s Golden Vale, some of Europe's very best farmland. Enjoy the fresh air and spectacular views across the emerald countryside.

    Your journey continues south into the rebel county of Cork and a highlight for many guests, the fairytale Blarney Castle. The fortress dates all the way back to sometime around the year 1200 and has long been one of Ireland’s most iconic sights.

    If you have a head for heights and the stamina to climb 127 medieval steps you may wish to kiss the famous Blarney Stone high on the ramparts. Those who do are said to receive the Gift of the Gab, or seven years of eloquent speech! There are fabulous gardens to enjoy here including a fascinating poison garden. You may also wish to check out the tax free outlet of Blarney Woolen Mills on site, specialising in traditional knitwear.

    This afternoon, your driver will take you the short distance to Cork city where you can check into your hotel and look forward to some rest, relaxation, aperitifs and dinner reservations. Our southern capital offers a vibrant dining scene with excellent restaurants supplied from the Golden Vale. Those who would like to sample a pint of Guinness (or local favourite Murphy’s Stout) can also look forward to visiting a traditional pub.

    Kennedy & Carr recommend:

    Stay at Hayfield Manor (5*) or The River Lee (4*)

    Dine at Ichigo Ichie (Michelin star), Greene's (formal yet friendly), Oyster Tavern (charming pub)

    Enjoy a Guinness at Mutton Lane Inn (St Patrick's Street) - Dark, wooden and candlelit. Portraits of Cork's Lord Mayors who were martyred during the 1919 - 1921 War of Independence between the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and British Crown Forces look down from above the bar - alongside John F Kennedy. Why not raise a pint of Murphy's Stout or a dram of Paddy Flaherty Whiskey to the Faithful Departed? Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine. Sláinte!

  • Day 2: Cliffs of Moher & Burren Region

    Our second day of touring begins with a relaxing drive northwest through part of the Golden Vale. This region is renowned as perhaps Europe's best agricultural land comprising the counties of Cork, Tipperary and Limerick - gaze at some of Ireland’s greenest and lushest landscapes.

    We’ll make a quick stop in Limerick city – where you’ll have the opportunity to get the camera out and snap some pictures of the River Shannon and King John’s Castle.

    Hitting the west coast, we’ll begin a fabulous drive on the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ – a scenic stretch of road along the Atlantic Coast. Think silver-strands, raging Atlantic surf and potential dolphin sightings.

    Before long you'll find yourself in the Burren region which is home to a combination of flora unseen elsewhere in the world and limestone terrain reniniscent of the moon. This was a key region in the tragic history of the Irish Potato Famine – which took place between the years of 1845-49 and saw Ireland’s population dramatically decline due to death and emigration to the United States. Your guide will be on hand to fill you in on the events surrounding the famine and how it shaped the history of the Irish people, both at home and The Diaspora abroad.

    Our next stop is for lunch and you can choose between Doolin or Liscannor. Doolin is a charming village sitting on the Atlantic shore, which is best known for its thatched roofs and traditional music. A very popular option with day trippers and coach groups, Doolin can be swamped during the peak months of May - September. Many of our private clients opt instead for Liscannor where the Vaughan family have operated the Anchor Inn for decades - the only pub in the region to have surfaced on the radar of the Michelin Guide - deservedly so.

    After lunch it’s time for one of the highlights of any visit to Ireland – the Cliffs of Moher! Towering above a stretch of our raging Atlantic Coast, the Cliffs really are an incredible sight to see! Enjoy gazing out at the very edge of Western Europe – taking in views of the Aran Islands and Galway bay in the distance – beyond that -its nothing but ocean as far as the shores of North America. You will have ample time to walk along the cliff route and to visit the fantastic ‘Atlantic Edge Exhibition’, gift shop and café.

    We depart from the Cliffs with a short drive to Bunratty Castle, situated in a charming village in Co. Clare. Take the opportunity to snap some pictures and enjoy some refreshments here, before we begin the comfortable drive back to Dublin City.

    Enjoy lunch & a Guinness at O'Connor's (Doolin)McGann's (Doolin) or Vaughan's (Liscannor)

    -back in the capital-

    Stay at The Merrion (5*), The Westbury (5*), The Wilder Townhouse (4*) or anywhere of your choice (hopefully somewhere cool)

    Dine at Shanahan's (Irish American Steakhouse), Bank on College Green (formal yet friendly), Peploe's (subterranean brasserie & wine bar with a pretty good Old World wine list)

Private Tours typically range from EUR 695.00 – EUR 1,895.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.

Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.
Update: 1st May 2024

Ireland is currently at full employment. Many drivers exited the hospitality industry during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (as hospitality was shut for two years) and there is currently a relative shortage of the very best talent.

With pandemic restrictions now in the rear view mirror, and with the United States Dollar at its strongest level vs the Euro in 20 years, we are currently experiencing a sharp increase in demand from our principal markets in the US, UK, EU and Arabian Gulf for Spring / Summer 2024. As our availability sells out, rates will rise as demand outstrips remaining supply.

Accordingly, we encourage guests to secure preferred dates for the coming season as early as possible.

May 2024 (Peak Season)
Limited remaining availability. Certain dates now waitlist only due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at the major ports.

June 2024 (High- Peak Season)
June is now selling steadily. Certain dates close to fully booked due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 20% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

July 2024 (High- Peak Season)
July is now selling steadily. Certain dates close to fully booked due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 20- 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

August 2024 (High- Peak Season)
August is now selling steadily. Certain dates close to fully booked due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 20- 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

September 2024 (Peak Season)
Good availability for most dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

October 2024 (Shoulder Season)
Good availability for all dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

November 2024 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

December 2024 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. 25th December extremely limited availability. Traditionally there is a pronounced shortage of suitable drivers between 23rd December and 4th January.

January 2025 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. Reservation at least 72 hours before travel recommended to guarantee service.

February 2025 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. Advance booking required for weekends during Six Nations Rugby Championship. Reservation at least 72 hours before travel recommended to guarantee service.

March 2025 (Peak Season)
Good availability for all dates. Advance booking required for weekends during Six Nations Rugby Championship and St. Patrick's Week 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th. Early bird rates can be secured by deposit.

April 2024 (Shoulder Season)
Good availability for all dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

Ticket

You will receive your ticket (featuring your booking number) via email immediately at time of booking. There is no need to print the ticket. If you wish, you can simply show it on your phone or tablet.

Guest accommodation is not included. However, we can recommend excellent accommodation options to meet with your style and budget expectations should you become a private client.
Please bear in mind that you’ll need to climb 127 steps in a narrow medieval winding staircase to reach the battlements of Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone.