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Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

Best of Ireland - Self Drive

8-day self-drive from £1,155 pp incl. flights


In Brief

  • 2 Nights Dublin
  • 2 Nights Cork
  • 1 Night Killarney
  • 2 Nights Adare


Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2

On arrival in Ireland's capital city make your way to the five-star Dylan Hotel, where you'll spend the first two nights of your self-drive holiday. It's perfect for sightseeing, positioned as it is in the heart of Georgian Dublin, and full of interesting history. During your stay we recommend dining at the hotel's restaurant and taking in some of the nearby city attractions. These include Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells, and the Guinness Storehouse, where you can try a pint or two of the black stuff.

Stay: Dylan Hotel, Dublin

Meals: B (Deluxe)

Days 3-4
Dublin to Cork

Collect your hire car and drive south to Cork, via the Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow region is known as the 'Garden of Ireland' on account of its lush countryside and you'll have plenty of time to savour the beautiful views along the way, perhaps stopping at Waterford City en route. In Cork, you'll stay for two nights at Hayfield Manor, another fine and traditional hotel. While in Cork, we suggest kissing the Blarney Stone at nearby Blarney Castle and visiting Cobh, from where many Irish immigrants left for a new life in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cobh was also the final port of call of the Titanic.

Stay: Hayfield Manor, Cork  

Meals: B (Deluxe)

Day 5
Cork to Killarney

Another fabulous day of touring begins with a drive to Kinsale, Ireland's gourmet capital and the gateway to the scenic touring trail, the Ring of Kerry. Stop to buy some of the wonderful local produce to Killarney before travelling on to Killarney, where you'll spend one night at the luxurious Europe Hotel, overlooking the Lakes of Killarney.

Stay: Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney 

Meals: B (Deluxe)

Days 6-7
Killarney to Adare

Today's drive follows the Ring of Kerry and then continues on to Adare in County Clare. Here you'll stay for two nights at Fitzgeralds, a hotel and spa retreat originally an Irish guesthouse, indulge in some pampering in the spa or visit nearby historical attractions.

Stay: Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Adare

Meals: B (Superior)

Day 8

Adare to Dublin Take a leisurely drive through central Ireland to Dublin, where the tour ends. Return your hire car at the airport and catch your flight home.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

8-day self-drive from £1,155 incl. flights

Superior / Deluxe

Low Season

from £1,155 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,360 pp. incl. flights

Validity : April to November


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Dublin
  • 7 nights accommodation on a BB basis
  • 6 days car hire in and Economy vehicle

If you would like to take your own vehicle to Ireland, please ask your Wexas consultant to arrange your return ferry crossing between Holyhead and Dublin Port or from other UK departure ports

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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