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3 Day West Coast

Cliffs of Moher, Diamond Hill, 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 an evening hike along Diamond Hill. (Don’t be scared, it’s a moderate climb up a path, that will leave you feeling GREAT!!!). 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, and on the final day, you will take a ferry to Inis Oirr .Enjoy an optional bike ride along the old country roads, with an abundance of stone walls and historical sites.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Slow drive through the Burren National Park
  • Overnight in Galway City & Connemara
  • Drive through Connemara Region
  • Evening hike of Diamond Hill
  • Day trip 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 and boat trip to Inis Oirr
  • Personally guided historical walks

FREE TIME

  • Discover the sights and sounds of Inis Oirr at your own pace.
  • An exhilarating hike along Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park
  • Listening to live Irish Music in a traditional Irish Pub, in Galway City and stay in accomodation overlooking Irelands only Fjord.

DAY 1: Depart for Galway

We leave our pick up point and make our way to the West of Ireland. Our first stop of the day is Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, The Cliffs of Moher. Depending on the weather, we will either go straight to the visitor centre or perhaps take a short hike along the edge of the cliffs that leads to the visitor centre. Here we will spend our time exploring the magnifcent views from atop and the wild nature of the surrouding country side.

After about 2.5 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 with its busy streets.

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

Overnight in Galway City

Tips: Walkthrough 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 center of the city.

DAY 2: Galway to Connemara 

This morning we will make our way to the rugged Connemara region. Famous for it’s ‘savage beauty’ and through song by French musicians, this day is truly amazing.

First, we arrive in the beautiful village of Cong, famous for movie scenes in the great Irish American movie ‘ The Quiet Man’.  Here we go for a wee nature walk through the forests of Ashford Castle, and along the river bank of the River Cong, the outflow of Lough Mask. This is a very peaceful looped walk that leads to the grounds and to the impressive views of Ashford Castle and Cong Abbey.

Arriving back to the coach, we then make our way to our accommodation in the heart of the Connemara region, overlooking Irelands only Fjord, at Killary. Here we will have lunch together as a group, of homemade soup and sandwiches.

After some free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, it’s then back on the coach, to make our way to Diamond Hill in the heart of Connemara National Park. With the option of 3 trials of levels of fitness, this activity will not disappoint , as the views of the surrounding areas are magnificent. Gravel footpaths and wooden boardwalks ease your passage over the bog as you approach the mountains, with a steady climb up the western slopes to the summit ridge.
From here, look to the sea to Inishturk, Inishbofin and Inishshark; to Tully Mountain rising over Ballynakill Harbour and along the intricate Connemara coastline. To the north and east, the Twelve Bens are nothing short of sensational. To the northeast, Kylemore Abbey’s gothic turrets stand out from neighbouring Kylemore Lough; and directly north, the summit of Mweelrea, Connaught’s highest mountain, can be seen peeping out.

Returning to our accomdation in the evening to get changed into warmer clothes, we then drive the 15 minutes to the small village of Leenaun, for a nice pint of the black stuff , beside a cosy fire in a local Irish pub!!!

Overnight in Connemara

 

DAY 3: Galway to the 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. A visit to fort of Dun Aengus is a must, to see if you’re brave enough topeer over the verticla drop of the cliffs edge.

There are endless stone walls and narrow country roads, that will transport you back in time to old gaelic Ireland.

Sample some of the delicious seafood, straight from the sea onto your plate, before catching the last ferry to leave the island.

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 the University of Limerick, Flagpole 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 traveling 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 Mean
  • Evening hike along Diamond Hill
  • 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 traveling companions.

Price – Optional Extras List

  • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
  • Galway City Pub Crawl €15
  • Bike hire on Inis Oirr – €10
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