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6 Day Westport to Kilkee | Wild Atlantic Way

Program Includes

Accommodation

  • Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Connemara (1 night)
  • Park House Hotel Galway (2 nights)
  • Hotel Doolin (1 night)
  • B&B Kilkee (1 night)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport

Hertz manual compact car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)

Other Inclusions

  • Ireland at a Glimpse discount book - Save up to $600 on admission fees.
  • Travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • Visitor Attractions
  • Room Upgrades
  • Car Upgrade
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • City Tours

Price is per person based on double occupancy during low season and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

6 Days / 5 Nights
Starts at Shannon Airport / Ends at Shannon Airport

Highlights

Clew Bay & Killary Fjord

Clifden (Connemara's Capital)

Aran Islands

Galway City

Doolin's Singing Pubs

Cliffs of Moher

 

Savage beauty, colossal cliffs & picture perfection

Oscar Wilde once described Connemara "a savage beauty" and it is difficult to disagree. Connemara is the Ireland that every dreams of, the one that everyone sees on postcards. Wild rolling green hills, solitary thatched cottages by the sea, sheep wandering aimlessly along the road - you'll find it all here. Galway city is quite the opposite, a city best known for its festival atmosphere but fun for all ages.

Along this route you also get to track your way through the Burren, not the Ireland from postcards but a rocky, windswept region supporting arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants side-by-side. The stunning Cliffs of Moher, the singing pubs of Doolin, Lahinch's surfing paradise and the seaside town of Kilkee round out an incredible stage of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Westport to Kilkee Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Clew Bay & Killary Fjord

From Westport, the splendor of Clew Bay dominates this stretch of coast, and a cruise around Clew Bay is a graceful way to explore its scattering of islands and curious seals. Head west and the road weaves its way to the pretty town of Louisburgh, the village of Leenane and the fjord of Killary Harbour. One of only three fjords in Ireland (and the only one on the Wild Atlantic Way) Killary is nature’s playground. All sorts of adventure tours can be organized here from hiking and biking to canoeing, gorge walking, and archery.

Leave the imposing fjord in the rear-view mirror and travel on wards to Letterfrack through switchback roads and around a landscape peppered with lakes. Approaching Letterfrack, you will find the final resting place of pilot, surgeon, poet, politician, novelist and all-round wit, Oliver St John Gogarty, in the graveyard at Ballinakill. Then at last it’s on to Clifden where great food, great drink, plenty of places to stay and – even more importantly, perhaps – great music awaits.

Day 2: Derrygimlagh Bog & Beautiful Connemara

Leaving Clifden, it’s along this the stretch around Derrygimlagh bog that many transatlantic firsts were recorded. Guglielmo Marconi established the first-ever commercial transatlantic wireless station here, and pilots Alcock and Brown landed the first-ever transatlantic flight in 1919. The landscape of this part of Connemara is utterly unique. Simply take a deep breath and immerse yourself in silver lakes, purple mountains and orange fields.

Rossaveal is your gateway to the Aran Islands if you wish to spend the day there. The Aran Islands are a special place, where Irish language, culture and traditions have been preserved in a manner almost without equal. Back on the mainland, travel through small villages that are a joy to have dinner in before you arrive in Galway city for the night.

Day 3: Galway City (or Aran Islands)

Today is one of the few days on the Wild Atlantic Way when you can leave the car idle so take full advantage of this and explore Galway city this morning. In the morning you might like to walk the Promenade in Salthill and breath in the gorgeous sea air. When Irish people want to have a good time, they head for Galway. This pocket-sized medieval town is a microcosm for all that’s best in Ireland. From lively pub sessions, to choice city shopping, you’re going to want to get to know this bohemian spot.

If this isn't to your taste and you didn't take the day to explore Aran Islands yesterday, that would be a excellent way to spend the day. From Rossaveal (Ros an Mhíl) you can catch a ferry to any of the three islands for a day trip.

Day 4: The Burren & Doolin

Leaving Galway city centre, continue your journey west along Galway Bay to Balllyvaughan, with its picture-postcard thatched cottages. Botanists and naturists make this pretty village their base as they roam the Burren for the Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants that blossom across this lunar-like landscape. The Burren takes its name from the Irish for “rocky place” – but despite this, it’s home to one of the most unique eco-systems in Europe.

For those keener on history than botany, take a detour from your coastal drive to the Burren in county Clare, and visit the Neolithic Poulnabrone Dolmen. Dating back to 4200BC, it’s a chunky slice of the past. Renowned for its incredible legacy of rousing traditional music sessions, settle yourself in one of the singing pubs in Doolin that are only a stones throw away from your accommodation.

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Kilkee

Heading south from Doolin, the Cliffs of Moher are your next big stop. Plunging into the Atlantic, these gigantic cliffs stand watch over the wild Atlantic. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre tells the story of the cliffs, as well as introducing you to the thriving wildlife that calls them home. Continue south and before long you’ll hit one of Ireland’s surfing capitals: Lahinch. If riding Atlantic waves isn’t your idea of fun, you’re more than welcome to just watch those paddling into the surf offshore. Heading south again takes you to a poignant spot in Ireland’s maritime history: Spanish Point - where the Spanish Armada was wrecked in 1588.

You’re on the final leg of your route to County Clare’s Kilkee now. A picture-perfect seaside town, its charm has attracted some of history’s best-known figures, including actor Richard Harris, revolutionary leader Che Guevera, and Charlotte Bronte, who chose to spend her honeymoon here. Whether you’re taking a stroll along the golden sands of Horseshoe Bay, diving or dolphin watching, you’ll find the Atlantic at your side at every turn. 

Day 6: Return Home (or next stage)

This is the last day of this stage. Go to the airport after breakfast or continue on to the next stage.

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