10 Day Wild Atlantic Way 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 Connmeara 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
DAY 8 : Cork to Ballyhoura
You’ll wake up this morning in the ‘rebel county ‘ of Cork. Cork is small city with a relaxed pace to life. You’ll have plenty of free time to wander the streets of Cork, with some fantastic sights and attractions to see and do. For example the bustling and colorful English market, enjoy a great guided tour of the Franciscan Well Brewery , a half day trip to Blarney Castle & Stone or a visit to the ancient site of St Finbarrs Cathedral.
In the evening it’s back on the road as we make the short journey to the outdoors recreational region of Ballyhoura. Enjoy a nice evening walk through local forests or hire a mountain bike to experience one of it’s many award winning trails.
Overnight in Ballyhoura
DAY 9 : Ballyhoura to Kilkenny
We will spend most of this afternoon discovering the Ballyhoura region. The Ballyhoura region is renowned for its beauty and provides a range of walks to suit all abilities. Explore the Ballyhoura walks and trails by foot or by bike.
From there we will take in the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster. Leaving Cashel’s market town behind, you climb uphill imagining yourself as friend or foe? For more than 1,000 years the Rock was a symbol of royal and religious power; the seat of Eóganacht Kings of Munster until rivalries saw Brian Boru, future High King of Ireland, take over in the 10th century. It was later granted to the Church and used even after 17th-century sacking by Cromwellian troops.
Overnight in Kilkenny
DAY 10: Kilkenny to Dublin
This morning you will wake up in the medieval city of Kilkenny. You will have plenty of free time to discover the citys many attractions, such as the castle, the cathedral, walk the medieval mile, take a guided tour of the Smithwicks brewery or just simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds from a nearby coffee shop.
In the afternoon we bid farewell to the medieval city of Kilkenny and make our way to the monastic city of Glendalough. Such a bustling community may seem distant as you wander the valley and lakes, touching haunting medieval remains that stand long after Viking raids and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. But in these stones you can still sense the influence of Ireland’s golden age of monastic pioneers: the soaring Round Tower, Cathedral, tiny Priests’ House and St. Kevin’s Church with its curious bell turret.
In the evening we arrive back in the city of Dublin.
Overnight in Dublin City