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5 Day Brendan Tour – Cork to Cork

Valentia Island, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Inis Oirr

The Brendan Tour is named after Ireland’s St. Brendan the Navigator who embarked on a legendary voyage that some believe took him to North America nearly 500 years before the Vikings and 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus. For 40 days St. Brendan fasted and prayed atop a mountain on the rugged Dingle Peninsula, a spindly finger of land on the west of Ireland that points directly at North America. Follow in St Brendan’s footsteps and spend 5 days exploring the Southwest of Ireland, taking in the diverse and stunning landscapes, and seeing all the highlights.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Gaelic speaking peninsula of Dingle
  • Bike tour of Inis Oirr – Aran Islands
  • Spectacular Wild Atlantic Way Walks
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Bray head loop walk & Valentia Island
  • Traditional Irish music nights in Killarney and Dingle

5 Day Brendan Tour

 DAY 1: Cork to Dingle

Today we travel to the Dingle bay where not only nature, but also Dingle itself is incredibly beautiful. We stop at Inch Beach, where you will have plenty of time to wander along the peninsula of sand and get lost in your thoughts.

In the afternoon we visit the Dingle Whiskey Distillery (included), a small distillery which may include along with whiskey, vodka and gin tasting.

We spend the night in Dingle, which is an excellent place with lots of restaurants and lively pubs to linger to go out at night!

Overnight in Dingle

DAY 2: Dingle Peninsula

Isolated from the rest of Ireland by the impressive landscape, the Dingle Peninsula tour will take you where the locals go. We  will follow a coastal trail on windswept cliffs, perched above beautiful coastlines. This amazing guided tour takes you along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way as you experience the most dramatic scenery that Ireland has to offer.

After a wee hike on Dunmore head,  we will  sample the fresh seafood or  and local craft beers in a nice cosy Irish Pub.

Overnight in Dingle

DAY 3: Ring of Kerry

Today we drive “the Ring of Kerry “, a journey through County Kerry with amazing views, high altitude and one of the most popular destinations for people visiting Ireland with stops regularly for spectacular photos.

From there we will stop and you can either opt for a three-hour walk to Valentia Island and Bray Head  (included), take  a boat trip to the  UNESSCO World Heritage site of the Skellig Islands ( €50 extra – very weather dependant ) or opt to hire a bike and discover the island at your own pace (€15 extra).

After a full day of discovery, we will head back towards Killarney, through the unspoilt region of The Kerry Highlands.

Overnight in Killarney

DAY 4: Killarney to Cliffs of Moher

We take you away from all the hustle and bustle of the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre, and bring you on a stunning guided walk of the unspoilt region along the cliffs.

The walk is along a gravel path with flagstone steps cut out of the terrain to cross the drains and streams and on the steeper inclines. The trail is not a difficult walk; it requires a basic level of fitness and a good head for heights.

You will walk along until you reach the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level, where views of the Dingle Peninsula and Loop Head in the South, the Aran Islands to the West with the Twelve Pins and mountains of Connemara to the North can be seen on a clear day.

After the hike, you will get the chance to experience a traditional Irish music night with some local craft beers in a nice cosy Irish Pub.

Overnight in Doolin.

DAY 5: Inis Oirr to Cork

Travel back in time! We spend a day on Inis  Oirr, the smallest and less inhabited  of the Aran Islands. The locals are fluent Irish (Gaelic) speakers and you’re free to explore the island and get chatting to them over a pint, miles of stone walls wait as you walk, hire a horse and cart or rent a bike to explore the island. You can’t miss the awe-inspiring Plassy Shipwreck. After a tremendous day it’s time to head back to the city of Cork and check into our accommodation.

Overnight in Cork

INCLUSIONS

  • Highly trained local Irish Guides
  • Journey of discovery in a Irish Experience mini coach
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 nights accommodation (5 nights in quality accommodation ).
  • Bike hire & personally guided nature walks
  • Entrance fee to Cliffs of Moher,Dingle Whiskey Distillery.
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • Shannon ferry tickets
  • All relevant taxes.
  • Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit

 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:
  • Sea-Kayaking – €45 for three hours
  • Bike touring  on Inis Oirr OR Valentia Island – €25
  • Boat trip to the Skellig Islands ( very weather dependent) – €70 – selected departures only. Please contact us directly for more details.

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: 

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.

 

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