10 Days, 8 Days
Duration
Wild Atlantic Way
Location

Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Kilkenny, Inis Mor, Glendalough

 

Departs from: Dublin
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 8.30am

You can select your departure date and check availability at checkout ⇒


WANT TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE THE REAL IRELAND? Well, look no further, as we have the perfect tour experience that will captivate your eyes and heart as we explore the most dramatic landscapes of Ireland’s wild Atlantic coastline.

Our Crean tour commences in Dublin and brings us to the wilds of Connemara in the west and along the Wild Atlantic Way as far as Cork, where you can choose to end your tour here or return to Dublin via the medieval city of Kilkenny & the monastic city of Glendalough. Experience jaw-dropping scenery, unique towns and villages full of vibrant colours and Gaelic culture, the roar of the wild Atlantic Ocean and amazing activities such as kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney, hiking on the Ring of Kerry and Dingle, exploring the impressive Cliffs of Moher and the wild Connemara.

The Crean Tour is named after the famous Irish explorer Tom Crean who was a squadron on Scott’s ship Discovery on its way to Antarctica. By 1914 he was back in Antarctica on an ill-fated Endurance expedition with Ernest Shackleton that ended with one of the most remarkable stories of survival against all the odds.  Just like Crean, you ’ll become an explorer, getting off the beaten track and charting your own territories! You’ll travel in a small group with an experienced local guide, exploring unique destinations and immersing yourself in local culture and Ireland’s beautiful environment.


CREAN TOUR INCLUSIONS:

All transport: You’ll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around Ireland.

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation:

OPTION 1: 7 or 9 nights’ quad share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels & wilderness lodges.  Upgrades to private twin and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

OPTION 2:  7 or 9 nights in a twin share accommodation in a variety of classic B&Bs and hotels. Upgrades to private twin/double and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

Meals: 7 or 9 breakfasts

Tour Highlights: 
  • Early morning Boyne River ancient open boat tour
  • Evening gentle walk around Murrisk loop.
  • Sea kayaking in Clew Bay or Killarney Lakes  or Dingle Harbour (optional extra)
  • Overnight in the wilderness of Connemara Region
  • Biking along the great western greenway. (optional extra)
  • Learn to play the ancient Gaelic game of hurling (optional extra)
  • Whiskey tasting tour of Dingle Distillery
  • Experience the Old Monastic City of Glendalough
  • Scenic bike ride around Aran Islands
  • Experience the Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Edge Track
  • Medieval walking tour of Kilkenny City
  • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park
  • Free time around Galway City

What’s not included?

Any optional activities highlighted above, and not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked along the way via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!


WHAT TO BRING

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.


Please note:

  • All rates are in EURO, per person, and are subject to change.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small daypack.

 

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The Irish Experience!

I went with the Irish Experience Tours on their Galway, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands tour. I had the best time of my life! The tour guide was really nice and was thinking ahead. He would change the order in which we were planned to go to the different places so we would be able to visit everything with the best possible conditions. They take you to all the best places in the neighbourhood and there is enough free time to do whatever you want to! They take you on walks through beautiful nature, which is nice because you have to sit on a bus a lot. It is good to stretch your legs for a minute! I can definitely recommend going on this trip, especially outside of the tourist season, because it is really quite everywhere and it feels as if you are alone in the world. The groups in which the tours are given are also really small, around 16 people, which is really nice. You don't feel like cattle. The only downside of this trip was that it was raining a lot, but that is out of the hands of the tour guides. And it only added to the true Irish Experience! I had an amazing time and would like to thank Irish Experience tours for making that happen.

Additional information

Departure Point8.30am Jurys Inn, Moore St Plaza, Parnell St, Store Street, Dublin, Ireland
Trip Duration8 Days, 10 Days
AccommodationHostel, B&B
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Day 1: Dublin to Connemara

Failte Romhat; (Welcome), Your tour starts when we leave the capital city of Dublin and make our way to the Boyne Valley, for The Kings boat tour along the Boyne river in a ‘currach’, ancient small sized boats that has featured many times in Game of Thrones.

Onwards through the stunning Boyne Valley area, we’ll head for Galway city. Here you’ll have some free time to wander around this medieval city.
From there it is then through the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region. Here we will settle into our accommodation at the foot of Croagh Patrick on the edge of Connemara. Before a tasty evening meal in a local pub (optional) we will go for a wee stroll around some of the coastal path of Murrisk loop, followed by a pint of the black stuff.

Spend two nights in the Connemara region

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Day 2: Connemara & ‘The Holy Mountain

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the savage beauty of the Connemara Region. There are many excellent outdoor activities available in the region, with your guide you can navigate the stony path to the summit of Croagh Patrick, or if climbing a mountain is not your thing , at your own expense, go kayaking along Clew Bay, or bike along The Great Western Greenway or just spend some time around the historic Westport town and visit it’s attractions. Return to our wilderness accommodation, via ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region and its lakes and valleys.
If you don’t fancy doing any of the activities, you can spend the afternoon in Westport, take a guided walking tour, visit Westport house or catch a trad session in a local pub.
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Day 3: Inis Mor & Cliffs of Moher

Today we catch a boat from Rosseveal to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike.
This morning we will catch the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the 3 Aran Islands. After the 40 mins boat trip, you can choose to explore the island by foot, bike, bus or horse and cart. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike. After lunch and visits to the islands main attractions, such as Dun Aongas and the wormhole, home of the Red Bull diving experience.Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands (7,635 acres) and includes several ancient stone forts and churches among its antiquities. Most impressive of the stone forts is Dun Aengus. It is semicircular, resting on the edge of a perpendicular cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean.
The fort consists of an inner court 50 metres across surrounded by a wall six metres high and five metres thick at the base. Outside is a rampart, a defence formed by sharp-pointed stones set closely together. Dun Aengus superb position and it’s structural perfection, have prompted many experts to pronounce it one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe. There are about 1100 inhabitants on Inis Mor making it by far the most populated of the islands. The main village on the island is Kilronan, which has a quite large new harbour that accommodates a vast amount of tourist travel to the island. The best way to see Inis Mor is to hire a bike or take a Pony & Trap. You can also go bus tour which is also recommended.
In the evening we will catch the ferry back to Doolin
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Day 4: Full day Killarney National Park

This morning we will have time for a pleasant stroll along the Atlantic edge to the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level. You will see the gradual rise of the cliffs in the distance, depending on the weather, the waves of the Atlantic crashing below at the base of 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.
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. O’Brien’s Tower is near the highest point and serves as an excellent viewing platform, as has been the case for hundreds of years.
From there we will take a ferry crossing over Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon, before arriving at your accommodation in Killarney located near to the National park.
You will have a full day and a half to explore everything on offer. Killarney is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include kayaking on the lakes of Killarney, boat trip on the lakes with a bike ride or hiking through glaciated valleys, biking through the National park, climb Torc Mountain for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities are at your own expense. Accommodation located close to the town and park.
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Day 5: Full Day Killarney National Park

You have a full free day to fully explore everything on offer. Killarney is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: kayaking on the lakes of Killarney, boat trip on the lakes with a bike ride or hiking through glaciated valleys, biking through the National park, climb Torc Mountain for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing.
Optional activities are at your own expense.
Accommodation located close to the town and park.
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Day 6: Ring of Kerry to Dingle Peninsula

Early this morning we travel to Valentia Island around the Ring of Kerry, a journey through County Kerry with amazing views at high altitude with stops regularly for spectacular photos. See Dingle bay where not only nature but also Dingle itself is incredibly beautiful. We stop at Sheep dog demonstration for an excellent exhibition of sheep herding.
From there we will arrive on Valentia Island. You can either opt to explore the trail to Valentia Island and Bray Head with your guide (included), take a Eco boat trip around the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Skellig Islands ( €50 extra – very weather dependent ) or opt to hire a bike and discover the island at your own pace (€15 extra).
After a full day of discovery, we spend the night on the edge of Dingle town, which is an excellent place with lots of restaurants and lively pubs.
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Day 7: Full day Dingle Peninsula

This morning you will be able to opt at your own expense to take part in a few optional activities such as boat trip with Fungie the dolphin, sea kayaking, paddle boarding or horse riding. Or just wander around the town and visit the colourful shops.
After lunch you will meet up with your guide and take the famous Slea Head drive. Isolated from the rest of Ireland by the impressive landscape, this tour of the Dingle Peninsula will take you where the locals go. We will follow a coastal trail on windswept cliffs, perched above beautiful coastlines. Once described by National Geographic as the most beautiful place on earth, we drive along the edge of the peninsula with the wild Atlantic ocean to our left and the patchwork green fields to our right.
You’ll discover local secluded beaches, ancient stone huts and have plenty of free time to take photos and experience the majestic surroundings. A gentle loop walk gives wonderful views over Clogher Beach, Ceann Sibeal, the headlands of Ceann Sratha, An Dun Mor, Mount Brandon, Eagle Mountain and the Blasket islands. On minor roads, sandy paths and coastal tracks it is uphill initially then downhill or on the flat and includes a cliff top stretch, passing the schoolhouse built for the film Ryan’s Daughter.
After the walk we will visit the Dingle Whiskey Distillery (included), a small local distillery which includes generous samples of whiskey, vodka and gin.make our back to Dingle town where you will have time to relax and unwind in a nice cosy pub. Enjoy the fresh catch of the day while sipping on some locally brewed beer or whiskey. Top it all off with some local Murphys Ice Cream, made from the fresh milk of the Kerry cow. You will also have some time to walk the towns colourful streets and go souvenir shopping.
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Day 8: Dingle to Cork

This morning we leave Dingle and travel in the direction of County Cork.  Cork is a small city with a relaxed pace of life. This is truly a relaxed cultural day, where 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 colourful 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 Finbarr’s Cathedral. Overnight in Cork.

If you’re on the 8 Day tour, this is where you’ll bid farewell to your driver. This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your Irish journey!

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Day 9: Cork to Kilkenny

From Cork, we will take in the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster. For more than 1,000 years the Rock was a symbol of royal and religious power; until rivalries saw Brian Boru, future High King of Ireland, take over in the 10th century.

Arriving in the medieval city of Kilkenny, you will be greeted by a local tour guide who will bring you on a walking tour around the medieval mile. Meet the witch Dame Alice Kyteler, rhymes, taverns, crime, punishments and much more.

In the evening you will have plenty of free time to discover the city’s many attractions, such as the castle, the Canice cathedral, take a guided tour of the Smithwicks brewery or just simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds from a nearby coffee shop. Overnight in Kilkenny.

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Day 10: Kilkenny to Dublin

This morning you will enjoy a unique Cultural & Heritage Experience where you will experience first hand the ancient Celtic game of Hurling, the world’s oldest and fastest field game. Learn the skills of the worlds oldest and Fastest field game (3000 years old).

In the afternoon we bid farewell to the medieval city of Kilkenny and make our way to the monastic city of Glendalough. Wander the valley and lakes, touching haunting medieval remains that stand long after Viking raids and the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

In the evening we arrive back in the city of Dublin. This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your Irish journey!

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The Irish Experience!

I went with the Irish Experience Tours on their Galway, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands tour. I had the best time of my life! The tour guide was really nice and was thinking ahead. He would change the order in which we were planned to go to the different places so we would be able to visit everything with the best possible conditions. They take you to all the best places in the neighbourhood and there is enough free time to do whatever you want to! They take you on walks through beautiful nature, which is nice because you have to sit on a bus a lot. It is good to stretch your legs for a minute! I can definitely recommend going on this trip, especially outside of the tourist season, because it is really quite everywhere and it feels as if you are alone in the world. The groups in which the tours are given are also really small, around 16 people, which is really nice. You don't feel like cattle. The only downside of this trip was that it was raining a lot, but that is out of the hands of the tour guides. And it only added to the true Irish Experience! I had an amazing time and would like to thank Irish Experience tours for making that happen.

Irish Experience Tours are small group tours based on a fixed itinerary where you stay with the same guide and group of travellers.

Think of it as a road trip experience, where your guide takes you on a once-of-a-lifetime journey, with plenty of awesome stops along the way showing you the real Ireland!

What’s included?

  • Bus transport around Southern Ireland
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • All accommodation (upgrades available)
  • Some meals and a selection of activities (as indicated on each tour’s itinerary)
  • Special deals on activities

What’s not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time in Galway, Kilkenny  & Cork City, Doolin & Dingle villages.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks and hikes give you time to share the experience with like-minded travelling companions.
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I went with the Irish Experience Tours on their Galway, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands tour. I had the best time of my life! The tour guide was really nice and was thinking ahead. He would change the order in which we were planned to go to the different places so we would be able to visit everything with the best possible conditions. They take you to all the best places in the neighbourhood and there is enough free time to do whatever you want to! They take you on walks through beautiful nature, which is nice because you have to sit on a bus a lot. It is good to stretch your legs for a minute! I can definitely recommend going on this trip, especially outside of the tourist season, because it is really quite everywhere and it feels as if you are alone in the world. The groups in which the tours are given are also really small, around 16 people, which is really nice. You don't feel like cattle. The only downside of this trip was that it was raining a lot, but that is out of the hands of the tour guides. And it only added to the true Irish Experience! I had an amazing time and would like to thank Irish Experience tours for making that happen.

We’ve chosen high-quality accommodation in a variety of hostels, bed and breakfasts, Guesthouses, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (info@irishexperiencetours.com) to book.

Quality – Hostel ­& Lodge:

Rest up for next day’s adventure in atmospheric and centrally located hostel & lodge accommodation. All prices are based on per person sharing

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).

(*single room supplement €25 per person per night)

(*double/twin room supplement €15 per person per night)

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Classic – Bed & Breakfast ­& Hotel

Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming and locally owned Bed & Breakfast & Hotel accommodation.

Twin-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).

(*single room supplement €30 per person per night)

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.

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I went with the Irish Experience Tours on their Galway, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands tour. I had the best time of my life! The tour guide was really nice and was thinking ahead. He would change the order in which we were planned to go to the different places so we would be able to visit everything with the best possible conditions. They take you to all the best places in the neighbourhood and there is enough free time to do whatever you want to! They take you on walks through beautiful nature, which is nice because you have to sit on a bus a lot. It is good to stretch your legs for a minute! I can definitely recommend going on this trip, especially outside of the tourist season, because it is really quite everywhere and it feels as if you are alone in the world. The groups in which the tours are given are also really small, around 16 people, which is really nice. You don't feel like cattle. The only downside of this trip was that it was raining a lot, but that is out of the hands of the tour guides. And it only added to the true Irish Experience! I had an amazing time and would like to thank Irish Experience tours for making that happen.