4 Night Self-Drive Tour
Tours of Ireland

4 Night Self-Drive Tour

Ireland’s Heartland; Self-Drive Tour

Overview of the Tour:

Tours of Ireland

Discover the rugged beauty, rich heritage and enchanting culture of Ireland through our‘Ireland’s Heartland’ self-driving tour. What better way to explore all the intricate nooks and cranny’s of one of the world’s most scenic countries, than by hitting the open road at your own pace and in the comfort of a private car.

This tour encompasses some of the greatest attractions in Ireland, from the pulsating capital city of Dublin, to the quiet and calm corners of the West coast. Taking you through the heartland of Ireland, you’ll experience first-hand the legends, iconic sights and hidden gems that make Ireland so loved and famed across the globe.


Overnight Locations: Dublin, Galway, Clare, Dublin

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Arrive to:           Dublin Airport
Depart from:    Shannon Airport


Prices start from: EURO 316 or $409 per person sharing*

*Prices are based on two adults travelling and sharing one double/twin room. Cost is based on low-season prices and the use of a Group B, Manual transmission economy vehicle. Conversion rate is estimated at $1.3 to each €1.00 – Tour will be charged at conversion rate on date of purchase.


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Summary of the Tour Highlights

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  • Trinity College
  • Book of Kells
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Temple Bar
  • The Guinness Storehouse
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Kilmainham Gaol


The cultural capital of Ireland and the stage of countless chapters in Irish history, Dublin is renowned for its rich and fascinating history, lively arts and literature culture, a buzzing social scene and a host of interesting characters from all over the country, and the world. The city is anything you want to make of it; it’s just waiting to be uncovered by curious visitors eager to explore.

Take a stroll down the narrow, cobblestone streets to discover boutique restaurants and pubs bursting with character, Dublin is the perfect place to begin your journey through this fascinating little country.

Ireland is a Country with an intriguing history and Dublin provides many snapshots from the past; The spectacular grounds of Trinity College; home to the world renowned Book of Kells, the beautiful Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle and the Georgian architecture which remains from the 18th Century to name but a few. Discover the hub of Ireland’s social and arts scene along Temple Bar’s winding streets, delve into the history of the Nation’s favorite drinks— Guinness and Jameson Whisky, or take a trip to Kilmainham Gaol with it’s truly haunting past. You’ll never be stuck for something fun and interesting to do in Dublin, come rain or shine!


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  •  Galway City
  • Galway Crystal
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Galway Music & Theatre Venues
  • Dunguaire Castle
  • Aran Islands



It’s time to fall in love with Galway—the City with a wealthy traditions of music, art, literature and sports. Galway is home to an eclectic mix of old, traditional souls and bohemian youths. In Galway, everyone is welcomed with friendly smiles and open doors and the vibe is wonderfully relaxed. Talented local musicians provide background music whilst you roam the streets and peruse the little stalls offering wonderful local and home-made produce.

Drive along Connemara’s miles of ancient stonewalls, fields & mountains speckled with grazing sheep. See the smoke rising from country homes signifying the warm welcome of a turf fire. The west coast of Ireland is pure magic; breathtaking landscapes and incredible sights, many of which you will find in Galway and its surroundings.


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  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • The Poulnabrone Dolmen
  • The Burren
  • Jane O’Brien’s Ennis Walking Tour
  • Doolin Village


Experience timeless beauty long Clare’s stunning coast. No other site in Ireland personifies the sheer grandeur and fierce power of Ireland’s natural scenery quite like the Cliffs of Moher. Their magnitude and splendor have enchanted visitors to Ireland for decades.

After being windswept atop the Cliffs, warm your hands (and feet) to the beat of the bodhrán in one of the legendary traditional Irish music sessions which Doolin village is renowned for. You’ll quickly realize that it’s impossible to resist the infectious beat of wonderful live Irish music.

The Burren, a unique and treasured landscape of exposed limestone slabs, is an other-worldly sight along Clare’s rugged coast. Walk for miles atop the hard, limestone slabs and wonder whether it was nature, or magic that created this beautiful landscape.


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  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Fore Monastic Site
  • Belvedere House & Gardens




Making your way through the heartland of Ireland, the midlands offer up a surprising mix of medieval history and modern-day splendor. Take a trip to the Monastic sites of Clonmacnoise or Fore or stroll around the impeccably manicured gardens of Belvedere House and immerse yourself in the colorful history surrounding the site.

A trip to Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan is always worthwhile –  the tours here are highly informative and well Structured. Finish off the day by heading back to the bright lights of Dublin for your final night in Ireland.


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On this, your final day on Irish soil – depart Ireland with fond memories of a wonderful trip and be sure to make plans to return!



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This truly was a trip of a lifetime for us. I find myself looking at it and sighing, wishing we could be back there! We couldn’t have asked for a better trip and we’re already planning our return for 2015. The level of personal attention you devoted to every little detail will never be forgotten – we raised many pints of Guinness to Irish Essence Tours and to you Deborah on our trip!
─ Martha & Jim Foster and Bitsy & Bob Morales, Texas
Working with you, Deborah, to create our journey was a pleasure. From the start, you were knowledgeable and returned inquiries in a timely manner. Your insight of Ireland travel also directed us extremely well with our sightseeing choices. It was important to me to be able to speak with a live person. Otherwise, I would not have had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person, an outstanding representative of your company.
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Dear Deborah, We are sending this message to you, hoping that you can post it on your website so that other travellers may know what a terrific job you did for us in planning our recent trip to Ireland. In every respect, we loved the tour you planned for us. We loved where it took us; we loved what we saw, the beauty, the tranquillity, and the history of your magical country. We loved the accommodations, the B&Bs, which you thoughtfully arranged for us. We enjoyed the restaurants and pubs, many of which you recommended. Lastly, we loved the people we met. In all our travels, we have never visited a country full of warmer, more polite, welcoming people. And, you Deborah, represent Ireland, and its' people, at its' finest. Our dealings with you, your willingness & patience to listen to what we wanted, and your prompt responses, could not have been better. It was a real pleasure doing business with you. Thank you so much Deborah for the trip of a lifetime. Allen & Marilyn Herman Cincinnati, Ohio, USA September 2014
─ Allen & Marilyn Herman
I have never thought I could see so much from just a week. Thanks to Irish Essence that was made possible. Not only did we see so many exciting and beautiful places, it was also affordable. This company is extremely professional, helpful, and also and friendly. three characteristics one would certainly look for when booking for a holiday. Most importantly, it is a reliable company. thanks and kind regards, Natalino Malta, Spain
─ Natalino Meli
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