8 Days
Wild Atlantic Way

Galway, Croagh Patrick, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Inis Oirr

The Shackleton tour is named after one Ireland’s most famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Like Shackleton, you’ll be able to make your own mark on Ireland, discovering hidden trails, lakes and peaks.


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: 7 nights’ quad share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins.  Upgrades to twin and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

Meals: 7 breakfasts

Top rated activities:

  • Evening Hike around Diamond Hill
  • Sea kayaking in Killary Fjord (optional extra)
  • Overnight in the wilderness of Connemara Region
  • Moutain biking through Connemara Valleys (optional extra)
  • Exhilarating climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick
  • Whiskey tasting tour of Dingle Distillery
  • A ferry ride across the river Shannon
  • Scenic bike ride around Aran Islands
  • Experience the Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Edge Track
  • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park

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!


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.

Additional information

Departure PointDublin

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 wild west of Ireland.

Along the way, we will visit the historical Trim Castle, home of ‘BraveHeart’ an impressive Norman Castle, situated on the banks of the river Boyne. 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 overlooking Irelands only Fjord at Killary. After a tasty evening Barbecue, eating some of the best local produce, we will then head for a nighttime walk 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

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, you can navigate the stony path to the summit of Croagh Patrick,  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 its lakes and valleys.

Day 3: Inis Oirr & Cliffs of Moher

Today we head down the west coast, through the almost lunar-like landscape of the Burren region to catch an early morning boat to the Aran islands. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis  Oirr, the smallest and less inhabited of the Aran Islands. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike. After lunch, we head back by boat via the base of The Cliffs of Moher leaving us time for a hike along the Atlantic edge to the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level.

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.


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 for a three-hour walk 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 include 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 hike, 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. 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 –

This is where you end your tour – we hope you have enjoyed your Irish Adventure!

Please note: An evening or morning transfer can be arranged to Dublin if needed

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, quad share – (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 Killarney National Park, Galway & 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 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 (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.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won’t.