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.