Cliffs of Moher, Diamond Hill, Galway City, Connemara & Aran Islands
This special offer tour runs from late September to early May each year in the offseason. It is open to anyone who wants to explore Ireland with us. All hostel dorm accommodation is included in the price. Optional upgrades to various other accommodations are available upon request after you make your booking.
The wild 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!!!). Enjoy the world famous nightlife of Galway city and it’s bustling array of true Irish musical pubs. 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.
- Trek along the Atlantic Edge walk to Cliffs of Moher
- Slow drive through the Burren National Park
- Galway City and Irish music sessions
- Salthill promenade walk
- The sleepy village of Cong & Ashford Castle nature walk
- Drive through Connemara Region and Kilary Fjord & Fairy Tree
- Hike around Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park
- Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
- Day trip to Aran Islands
- Experience the nightlife of a small rural Irish village
- 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.
- Cliffs of Moher / Galway City / Connemara
- Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
- All relevant taxes.
- 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.
Price – Optional Extras List
- Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
- Galway City Pub Crawl €15
- Bike hire on Aran Islands – €10
- 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 Galway City
|Depart From||Cork, Limerick, Tralee|
DAY 1: Depart for Galway
We leave our pick up point and after about 2.5 hours driving we will arrive in the suburbs of the city to a seaside resort of Salthill. It’s hard to beat Salthill’s location. Situated on the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands are visible to the right and Galway City ‘The City of the Tribes’ to the left. Directly across Galway Bay is the Burren (County Clare) and to the west are the bogs and mountains of Connemara. On a clear day, you feel as though you could reach out across the bay and touch the Clare hills though there are also many days when you can’t see them at all.
From there we will make our way into the city of the tribes, Galway City. Here you will have ample time to explore the medieval streets of the city and listen to the many talented street artists along with its busy streets.
Galway is truly a top-class city, with its friendly people and lively pubs. It’s a city that promotes true Gaelic culture of Ireland.
Overnight in Galway City
Tips: Walkthrough Shop street to see the spectacular street musicians and artists performing. Make sure you take a wee visit to the old medieval St Nicholas Church in the centre of the city.
DAY 2: Connemara
This morning we will make our way to the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region. En route we will stop at the beautiful village of Cong, where you will get the chance to go for a wee stroll around the nature trail of Ashford Castle.
From there we will make our way to your accommodation in the heart of Connemara, located beside the picturesque Killary Fjord. After a bite to eat, we will make our way to 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.
Overnight in Galway/Connemara
DAY 3: Cliffs of Moher the Aran Islands
Today we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Oirr. Enjoy the 40 min boat trip across Galway Bay, until we reach the quiet and peaceful island. This is a self-guided tour of the island with optional means of transport, that will last up to 4 hours. Visit the Plassy Shipwreck and the island’s castle for a 360-degree view of the stone-walled island.
Sample some of the delicious seafood, straight from the sea onto your plate, before catching the last ferry to leave the island.
Tips: For a small fee upgrade your bike to electric and bike through the maze of stone walls.
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:
9.00am departure from entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.
9.20am departure from Merchants Quay (Riverside City Centre Bus Stop) SEE HERE
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:
10.45am departure from the University of Limerick, Flagpole entrance.
11.00am departure from Arthurs Quay, Limerick City.
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:
9.30am from the entrance to Tralee Train/ Bus Station
We’ve chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels. 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).
To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (email@example.com) to book.
Large Dorm style hostel accommodation only available for our Student & Tours for 18’s to 28’s groups NOT our Wild Atlantic Way Tours.
Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.
Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won’t.