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7 Day Shackleton Tour – Dublin to Cork/Dublin

Galway , Croagh Patrick, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Inis Oirr

The Shackleton tour is named after one Ireland’s most famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Like Shackleton, you’ll be able to make your own mark on Ireland, discovering hidden trails, lakes and peaks.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Gaelic speaking peninsula of Dingle
  • Bike tour of Inis Oirr – Aran Islands
  • Spectacular Wild Atlantic Way Walks
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • The views from the summit of Croagh Patrick
  • Bray head loop walk & Valentia Island
  • Traditional Irish music nights in Galway and Dingle
  • Trim Castle – Home of Braveheart

7 Day  Shackleton Tour

 

DAY 1: Dublin to Galway

Tour departs at 8.30am. We leave the capital city of Dublin and make our way to the wild west of Ireland, to the city of Galway.

Along the way we will visit the historical Trim Castle, home of ‘BraveHeart’. This impressive Norman Castle , is situated on the banks of the river Boyne, and was built over a period of 30 years by Hugh De Lacey.

From there we head towards Galway city, where you have the rest of the day free to enjoy the sights and sounds of this tribal city. Your guide will advise on landmark areas to visit, and the best cosy pubs for the very best in traditional Irish music.

Overnight in Galway City

DAY 2: Croagh Patrick – ‘The Holy Mountain’

This morning we will walk the sacred path to the summit of Irelands Holy mountain of Croagh Patrick.  Croagh Patrick has reputedly been a site of pagan pilgrimage, especially for the summer solstice, since 3,000 B.C.It is now a site of Christian pilgrimage associated with Saint Patrick who fasted on the summit for forty days in the fifth century A.D. Thousands of people climb the mountain every Reek Sunday, which is the last Sunday in July.

A clear pathway will take you up the mountain. The climb can be challenging at times but well worth the effort for the views of Clew Bay from the top. You will meet people of all ages form 8 to 80 years old climbing this mountain, an experience that will stay in your heart forever.

Return to Galway city via Connemara  Valleys.

Overnight in Galway City.

DAY 3: Inis Oirr

We leave Galway and drive through the Burren, Ireland’s lunar landscape and home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns!

Travel back in time! We spend a whole 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 main land for a pint of Guinness in Irelands capital village of traditional Irish music, Doolin.

Overnight in Doolin

DAY 4: Cliffs of Moher to Killarney

We take you away from all the hustle and bustle of the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre, and bring you on a magical 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 sample the fresh seafood and local craft beers in a nice cosy Irish Pub.  From there we will take a ferry crossing over Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon, before arriving at your accommodation in Killarney.

Overnight in Killarney.

DAY 5: 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 6: Killarney 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 made include vodka and gin.  Free samples at the end of the tour.

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 7: Dingle Peninsula

Isolated from the rest of Ireland by the impressive landscape, the Dingle Peninsula 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 the hike, we will make our journey to the bustling city of Cork. After checking in you will get the chance to sample the fresh seafood or and local craft beers in a nice cosy Irish Pub.

Overnight in Cork – (Optional evening or morning transfer can be arranged to Dublin city upon request)

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Highly trained local Irish Guides
  • Journey of discovery in a Irish Experience mini coach
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation (7 nights in quality accommodation ).
  • Bike hire & personally guided nature walks
  • Entrance fee to Trim Castle, Cliffs of Moher, The Rock of Cashel, 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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