West of Ireland
Location

Cliffs of Moher, Connemara National Park & Aran Islands

The deep west of Ireland is where this wonderful adventure tour will take you. Walk across the wild Atlantic edge of the Cliffs of Moher and evening hike around Diamond Hill (Don’t be scared, it’s a moderate climb up a path, that will leave you feeling GREAT!!!). This tour will take you through the valleys of Connemara, and on the final day, you will take a ferry to Inis Mean where you will enjoy an optional bike ride along the old country roads, with an abundance of stone walls and historical sites.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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)
  • Trek along the Atlantic Edge walk to Cliffs of Moher
  •  Enjoy small village Irish music sessions
  • Drive through Connemara Region and Kilary Fjord & Fairy Tree
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
  • Day trip by boat to Aran Islands
  • Scenic bike ride around Aran Islands

INCLUSIONS

  • Highly trained local Irish Guides
  • A journey of discovery in an Irish Experience mini coach
  • 2 light breakfasts
  • 2 nights accommodation (2 nights in quality accommodation ).
  • Personally guided nature walks
  • Ferry to and from Aran Islands
  • Personally Guided to evening walk around Diamond Hill and Croagh Patrick
  • Cliffs of Moher / Connemara
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • All relevant taxes.

 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.

FREE TIME

  • Discover the sights and sounds of the Aran Islands at your own pace.
  • An exhilarating walk around Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park
  • Listening to live Irish Music in a traditional Irish Pub, in local Irish Pub

Additional information

Duration3 Days
Departure Point8:30 am Jurys Inn, Moore St Plaza, Parnell St, Store Street, Dublin, Ireland
AccommodationHostel, B&B

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.

Your starting point is the visitor centre at the Connemara National Park. From here, the fully signposted and surfaced track takes you along the Sruffaunboy Nature Trail before branching off towards the cone of Diamond Hill.
Gravel footpaths and wooden boardwalks ease your passage over the bog as you approach the foot of the mountain.
From here, look to the sea to Inishturk, Inishbofin and Inishshark; to Tully Mountain rising over Ballynakill Harbour and along the intricate Connemara coastline.
To the north and east, the Twelve Bens are nothing short of sensational and directly north, the summit of Mweelrea, Connaught’s highest mountain, can be seen peeping out.

Return to accommodation through the Connemara  Valleys. We will drive into the heart of the Connemara region, with plenty of photo stops along the way of the Corrib Lake, Killary Fjord, Fairy trees and vast bogland.

Upon return, we will visit a remote local Irish bar to enjoy a creamy pint of the black stuff!!!

Spend two nights in the wilds of the Connemara region

DAY 2: Full Day Connemara

This morning you will get out and explore the savage beauty of the Connemara Region. There are many excellent outdoor activities available in the region that you can choose from, you can navigate the stony path to the summit of Croagh Patrick which is included in your tour cost,  or at your own expense, go kayaking through Killary Fjord or mountain biking through the Lost Valleys of Connemara. Return to our wilderness accommodation via ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region and it’s lakes and valleys.we will make our way to the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region.

From there we will make our way to your accommodation in the heart of  Connemara, located beside the picturesque Killary Fjord.

Overnight in Galway/Connemara

DAY 3: Cliffs of Moher the Aran Islands

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 , just in time for a gentle cliff walk along the Cliffs of Moher. 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.

After the gentle hike, you will get the chance to discover the bustling and colourful Lahinch town. For the active traveller who wants to experience a real slice of Irish life, this compact day adventure tops the menu.

Return home via bus transfer.

Tips: For a small fee upgrade your bike to electric and bike through the maze of stone walls. 

FROM DUBLIN: 

8.30AM from the entrance Jurys Inn, Moore St Plaza, Parnell St, Store Street, Dublin, Ireland

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.