Our Mini Adventures & Retreats

Take a sharp left-turn off the tourist trail and onto these immersive getaways with incredible local hosts.

When we think of travel, we often picture far-flung journeys to the other side of the world. So, it’s easy to forget that you can experience real adventures on your doorstep too. That’s why we’ve created Irish Mini Adventures, a brand-new way to discover incredible places just a few hours away by car or plane.

We’ve taken the best bits of an Ultimate Irish Adventure – the insider info and guidance of a local, support for local communities, memorable stays, and experiences you can’t have on your own – all rolled up into a short getaway.

This isn’t just another holiday: this is travel that connects you, teaches you and changes you. Get off the tourist trail and learn new skills, discovering spectacular destinations through a local’s eyes.
 

How it Works

Meet At Destination

Make your own way to the accommodation via your own vehicle or public transport. Here you will be met by your Trip Host before your welcome meeting.

Transfers Available

Complimentary transfers are available from local train/bus stations to your accommodation. Airport transfers are also available upon request. 

Trip Leaders

Our Trip Leaders will be there to ensure your safety and wellbeing is the number one priority. We’re with you every step of the way – from our suppliers, to our on-ground operations.

When was the last time you did something just for you? These are short, sweet rejuvenating breaks that let you reconnect with yourself – as well as with likeminded people with the same passions and hobbies as you.

Whether you’re sheep herding near Dingle, shuck your own oyster in wild Connemara, or mastering the surf of the shores of  Wild Atlantic Way, these are the kind of experiences that’ll stay with you forever

Hike, Bike & Paddle the Reeks District - 4 Day Mini Adventure

From a hike to the frosted peak of  Irelands highest mountain and a fascinating remote cycle which loops a glaciated lake to a more sedate paddle boarding on a mountain lake in a gold-tier dark sky reserve, this is a calf-stretching trip that will test all levels of fitness and expertise. 

Cycle the Kerry Lakes District - 4 Day Mini Adventure

Cycle through Irelands most scenic National Park and explore the forested hills, sprawling heather moors and jagged rock formations that make the Kingdom of Kerry so truly spectacular. This four-day Irish retreat experience offers a comfortable yet active way to get away from it all.

Discover Dingle - 4 Day Mini Adventure

The Peninsula is a haven for hikers, Kayakers and bikers. You'll be biking meandering roads past the jaw-dropping scenery and kayaking the deep blue waters of the Wild Atlantic Way, and hiking along the apex of hulking peaks whose shadows fall over the valley.
A small group tour enjoying the sunset at Portstewart

Explore Connemara - 4 Day Mini Adventure

Hike, bike and kayak on this mini-adventure tour in the deep west of Ireland.  Overnight for two nights at the stunning Delphi Mountain Resort and 3 full days exploring the wilderness of Connemara. 

Why Choose Irish Mini Adventures?

Local hosts

You’re here to kick back and focus on being in the moment, so make the most of being hosted by a local who’ll take care of all the important bits and give you unique insights only the locals know about.

Sustainable travel

Travel has the power to support the livelihoods of local communities. By exploring our rural & regional areas and supporting local businesses and people, we can use travel as a force for good.

Local experiences 

From walks and yoga, kayaking and cycling, to cooking lessons, tastings, artisan masterclasses – all are crafted with local expertise & will help you connect with nature, local culture and cuisine,& your own body and mind.

Small groups

We know how important our connection with each other is. With 12 travellers on average, our groups are small, safe, and if you’re travelling solo, it’s the perfect number of new friends.

Memorable stays

We know where you stay is just as important as where you go. That’s why we’ve carefully selected memorable, comfortable, locally run accommodation where you’ll connect with and support the local community.

Unpack once

With the ease of unpacking once for your whole trip, you’ll get more time to travel slow and properly immerse yourself in the local area.

Tailor-Made Irish Adventures

Like the look of an Irish Retreat, but want to travel with family, your sports team, school group or your best buddies? We can arrange a special departure just for you, or tailor-make an Irish Retreats-style itinerary to any one of our destinations. Whatever you’re planning, our team of Tailor-Made specialists can help design your perfect adventure today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Irish Mini Adventure?

An Irish Mini Adventure has all the best bits of our classic adventures, with the convenience of being based in one central location. Hosted by us, you’ll have the time to immerse yourself in one location. Stay in handpicked, locally owned accommodation, all chosen for how they match our core values. Irish Mini Adventure is focused on local experiences – from hiking, biking or yoga, to visits to distilleries, farms, and local producers – and giving back to the surrounding community. Think ‘slow travel’ away from the hustle and bustle of urban centres.

FAQ’s

Do you provide arrival and departure transfers or do I need my own car?

Yes, we offer optional arrival and departure transfers, please ask your consultant at time of booking.  If you have your own car or are hiring a car for onwards travel you are also welcome to use it to make your way to the trip starting point. Once you’re in your trip location, transport will be provided to and from activities. However, it may be possible to use your own vehicle at certain times if you feel more comfortable. Your own vehicle also offers the chance to explore more of the local area before or after your retreat if you have time.

All trips & retreats begin at the preferred accommodation with a welcome meeting. See itineraries for times and locations.

Once you’ve arrived,  a local private bus/taxi will be on hand for the duration of the retreat. (included in the price)

If you have difficulty getting to the accommodation – Airport transfers are available upon request.  Also, pickups and transfers will be available from the main Train & Bus stations closest to your accommodation.

For example,

  • pick up available at Killarney & Tralee bus and train stations to your accommodations for all trips & retreats in Kerry Region. Subject to certain times
  • pick up available at Galway bus and train station to your accommodation for all trips & retreats in Connemara Region.  Subject to certain times

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Will my Irish Mini Adventure have a leader?

Yes! Your Irish Mini Adventure comes with a new, specially named expert localhost. They’re here to look after you, take care of all the important bits, and give you their unique insights into the region. Travelling with an experienced host means you can just enjoy the moment, rather than worrying about what happens next.

What is the group size?

Our groups are made up of 12 travellers on average. You get all the benefits of travelling in a group – safety, new friends – but small enough to feel like your exploring a destination independently and not stuck in a big crowd.

Is there freedom & flexibility in these itineraries?

Like all Irish Experience itineraries, we’ve made sure our Irish Retreats provide the right balance between the structured and the spontaneous, giving you the flexibility to digest a destination either with your group or on your own. Want to sleep in instead of getting up for morning hike? No worries! You might spend the morning on a guided walk with your host, then partaking in a cooking a delicious local dish with your group before heading off on your own to explore the town. Needless to say, your host will be there every step of the way with suggestions and recommendations.

What if I have dietary requirements?

Most dietary requirements can be catered for, please advise us at the time of booking.

Will my money be going towards the local community?

Our Irish Retreats uses only locally owned accommodation and transport, and local hosts to guide the itinerary. By choosing to visit – and spend – with local and small businesses, we help ensure our money stays in the local economy and benefits the places we visit. Above all, we’re committed to a style of travel that is culturally, environmentally and socially responsible.

What if I don't want to do one of the activities?

Our Irish Retreats offer included and optional activities. If you don’t want to participate in any included activities you are free to do so, however, please note that no refund will be provided for unused services. We will do our best to substitute your unwanted activity for another activity, if available at the time.