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3 Day West Coast

Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway City , Connemara & Aran Islands

Student Tours IrelandThe wild west of Ireland is where this wonderful adventure tour will take you. Walk across the wild Atlantic edge of the Cliffs of Moher and scramble across the unique karst landscape of the Burren region. Enjoy the world famous nightlife of Galway city and it’s bustling array of true Irish musical pubs. This tour will take you through the valleys of Connemara , the amazing Kylemore Abbey and a walk around this base of Diamond Hill. On the final day you will take a ferry to Inis Oirr, and enjoy an optional bike ride along the old country roads, with an abundance of stone walls and historical sites.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Base of Cliffs of Moher Boat Trip
  • Slow drive through the Burren National Park
  • Galway City Walking tour and optional Pub Crawl
  • Connemara National Park
  • Photo stop at Kylemore Abbey
  • Diamond Hill Walk #32 of best European destination by National Geographic
  • Full day visit to Aran Island of Inis Oirr

INCLUSIONS

  • Your local Irish Guide
  • All transport around the West of Ireland
  • 2 nights accommodation and 2 breakfasts
  • Entrance fee to Cliffs of Moher boat trip,  Ferry to Inis Oirr, Galway City Walking Tour
  • Personally guided historical walk

FREE TIME

  • Discover the sights and sounds of Inis Oirr at your own pace.
  • Walk the nature trail along the edge of the Cliffs of Moher and Diamond Hill in Connemara
  • Listening to live Irish Music in a traditional Irish Pub, in Galway City

DAY 1: Depart for Galway

We leave our pick up point and make our way to the West of Ireland. After a quick photo and rest stop at Irelands magnificent Anglo Norman Castle, Bunratty Castle.

After about 2 hours driving we will arrive in the city of the tribes, Galway City. Here you will have ample time to explore the medieval streets of the city and listen to the many talented street artists along it’s busy streets. An hour after you’ve checked into your accommodation we will assemble again to meet a local guide, to take us through the medieval streets of the city.

Galway is truly a top class city, with it’s friendly people and lively pubs. It’s a city that promotes true Gaelic culture of Ireland.

Overnight in Galway City

Tips: Walk through Shop street to see the spectacular street musicians and artists performing. Make sure you take a wee visit to the old medieval St Nicholas Church in the centre of the city.

DAY 2: Galway to Connemara

Today is a truly packed day – as we head into the wild west of Ireland. Once described by Oscar Wilde as a ‘savage beauty’, you will view the majestic landscape of the lakes , valleys and mountainous terrain that this part of the world has to offer. Our first stop of the day is at the picturesque Cong Village and Abbey. The village famous for the Irish American movie ‘The Quiet Man’ , has also many landmark historical sites such as Cong Abbey and Ashford castle.

From there we will drive into the heart of the Connemara region, with plenty of photo stops along the way of the Corrib Lake, Killary Fjord, Fairy trees and vast bog land. Our next photo stop is the tranquil Kylemore Abbey, an incredible structure built for the love of a woman, is set nestled by a lake in the unspoilt Connemara National Park.

Afterwards we will stop by the National park popular walking routes along the foot of Diamond Hill. This is a easy grade looped walk with fantastic views of clew bay and mountains.

After a wonderful day of exploration it’s time to check into our village hostel and enjoy a nice drink with tasty local Irish dishes in an authentic Irish Bar.

Overnight in Lisdoonvarna OR Doolin

Tips:  Take a small walk to the entrance of Ashford castle via the river bank, and sample some of the delicious food in the restaurant of Kylemore. 

DAY 3: Aran Islands

Today we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Oirr. Enjoy the 40 min boat trip across Galway Bay, until we reach the quiet and peaceful island. This is a self guided tour of the island with optional means of transport, that will last up to 4 hours. Visit the ghostly Plassy Shipwreck and island lighthouse.

Sample some of the delicious seafood , straight from the sea onto your plate, before catching the last ferry to leave the island.  The return journey will include a 20 minute tour of the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. See it from a different angle!!!

Then it’s time to make the journey homeward bound to your pick up point.

 

Tips: For a small fee upgrade your bike to electric and be sure to get somebody to take a photo of you leaning over the sheer cliff edge of the fort. 

FROM CORK: 

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

 

9.00am departure from entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.

9.20am departure from  Merchants Quay (Riverside City Centre Bus Stop)  SEE HERE

 


FROM LIMERICK:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

10.45am departure from University of Limerick, Flag pole entrance.

11.00am departure from Arthurs Quay , Limerick City. 

 


FROM DUBLIN:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

8.15am departure from BURGH QUAY

ACCOMMODATION

We’ve chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.  Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (info@irishexperiencetours.com) to book.

Please note: 

Large Dorm style hostel accommodation only available for our Student & Tours for 18’s to 28’s groups NOT our Wild Atlantic Way Tours.

Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won’t.

INCLUSIONS

  • Highly trained local Irish Guides
  • Journey of discovery in a Irish Experience mini coach
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 nights accommodation (2 nights in quality accommodation ).
  • Personally guided nature walks
  • Ferry to and from Inis Oirr / Tour of Cliff Base
  • Walking tour of Galway City
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • All relevant taxes.

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time in many of the towns and villages we visit.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks and hikes give you time to share the experience with like-minded young travelling companions.

Price – Optional Extras List

  • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
  • Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – €12
  • Bike hire on Inis Oirr – €10
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