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.