Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Kilkenny, Inis Mor, Glendalough
Summer Departures: 23rd of April to 24th of September
Departs from: Dublin
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to book.
Meals: 7 or 9 breakfasts
Top rated activities:
- Early morning Boyne River ancient open boat tour
- Evening gentle hike around Diamond Hill
- Sea kayaking in Killary Fjord (optional extra)
- Overnight in the wilderness of Connemara Region
- Mountain biking through Connemara Valleys (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
What’s not included?
Any optional activities highlighted above, and not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked 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.
- 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.
|Departure Point||8.30am Dublin -166 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1|
|Trip Duration||8 Days, 10 Days|
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 the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region. Here we will settle into our accommodation in the heart of the Connemara National Park. After a tasty evening meal, eating some of the best local produce, we will then head for an evening stroll around the amazing Diamond Hill. Upon return, we will visit a remote local Irish bar to enjoy a creamy pint of the black stuff!!!
Day 2: Connemara & ‘The Holy Mountain
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. After lunch and visits to the islands main attractions, we head back by boat to Doolin leaving us time for a pleasant walk along the Atlantic edge to the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level.
From there we will drive to your accommodation in Killarney located near to the National park.
Day 4: 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, rock climbing 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.
Day 5: Killarney to Valentia Island
This morning we drive “the Ring of Kerry “, a journey through County Kerry with amazing views at high altitude with stops regularly for spectacular photos.
From there we will stop and you can either opt explore the path to Valentia Island and Bray Head (included), take a 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 will check into our accommodation in the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee. This is also one of the best places in Ireland to join an evening stargazing.
Day 6: Valentia Island to Dingle Peninsula
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. Here at your own expense, you can go surfing in the wild Atlantic ocean.
In the afternoon we visit the Dingle Whiskey Distillery (included), a small local distillery which includes generous samples of whiskey, vodka and gin.
We spend the night on the edge of Dingle town, which is an excellent place with lots of restaurants and lively pubs.
Day 7: Full day 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. After the Slea Head drive, we will make our way back around the peninsula to Dingle town, where you will be able to take part in a few optional activities such as sea kayaking, paddle boarding or horse riding. Overnight in Dingle.
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!
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.
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!
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!
- 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!
- 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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)
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 (email@example.com) to book.
Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.