Katie's Remote Islands

Program Includes

Accommodation

  • B&B near Kenmare (2)
  • B&B near Doolin (1)
  • B&B near Carna (1)
  • B&B near Westport (2)
  • B&B near Bunratty (1)

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.

8 Days / 7 Nights

Highlights

Skellig Islands 

DIngle Peninsula

Aran Islands

Connemara

Achill Island

Dingle, Galway & Westport

 

Ireland's West Coast is dotted with smaller inhabited Islands full of adventure, relaxation, world class views and the friendliest of locals.

This tour allows you to hop from the mainland in Kerry, Clare, Galway and Mayo to their surrounding islands and explore the untouched traditions of Ireland's past. The tour also makes use of B&B accommodations to give you a taste of local Irish hospitality.

Day 1: Shannon Airport to Kenmare

Leave the airport this morning and make your way to Kenmare. You can stop for breakfast in Adare or Bunratty before continuing on your journey. Stop in Killarney for a few hours and explore the city and surrounding National Park by foot or by jaunting car ride. It is then only a short distance to your accommodation in Kenmare. Kenmare is a town very similar to Killarney with lots of great pubs, restaurants and shops for you to while away the rest of the evening.

Day 2: Skellig Islands

From Killarney, embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, for great views of mountains, open Atlantic Ocean, beaches and cliffs. Enjoy plenty of breaks to admire the natural beauty and take photos. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience and learn about early Christian monks who lived on the isolated, rocky islands and about the prolific bird life today. Pass through Waterville and the attractive village of Sneem and stop at Moll's Gap for great mountain vistas. Tour 19th century Muckross House to admire elegant antiques while the guide relates the history of the mansion and stroll through the lovely gardens before returning to Killarney.  

Day 3: Kenmare to Doolin

Make your way off the Ring of Kerry and journey north towards Doolin. Driving time will be over three hours when you include a slight detour to the Cliffs of Moher. Continue on your journey through the picturesque Adare Village which is an option for lunch (as is Bunratty) and move towards the coast to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs stand watch over the wild Atlantic ocean, towering to a height of 700 feet and are the most visited natural attraction in Ireland. Doolin is a little village, famous for its singing pubs. These pubs also serve great food so settle in for dinner and some traditional Irish music.  

Day 4: Delightful Doolin to the lovely Lettermore

After an early rise to get the ferry back to Doolin, you will head further north west to your next Island destination of Carna. Stop off in Galway city for some lunch as you head deep towards the Wild Atlantic coastline. Travel through the small rural villages of Barna and Spideal. This is the land of the Connemara Pony, a harsh austere landscape of rock and water with scant patches of good ground. It truly is breath-taking.

Although a small rural Island, the island of Lettermore offers a wide range of activities. Follow the walking trail to beautiful exposed Golam Head from nearby Lettermullan. If the weather is in your favor check out suitable bays for bathing in the midst of the peninsula’s chaos of rocky islands. Visit the Lettermullen & Garumna Heritage Centre and explore the rich collection of photographs of families in the area, and of old customs practiced in times past. The local shops and cafes will be delighted to have you practice your Irish so don’t be shy about trying out your “cupla focal”. Leave Lettermore and follow the coastal drive to Carna where you will settle into your hotel for the night.

Day 5: The calming atmosphere of Connemara

Make your way through the jagged landscape of Connemara towards Cleggan Pier. Stop in the near-by Clifden town for some lunch. It is dotted with bars and restaurants serving the finest local cuisine. After lunch, it is time to take a short drive to Cleggan pier, where you will get the ferry to the Island of Inishboffin. The ferry leaves Cleggan pier three times a day during peak times and twice a day during the off peak times and it is only a 30 minute crossing. By now you are sure to have picked up a few words of the Irish Language along the way, so why not try and converse with the friendly locals in their native tongue. Although Inishbofin is just 5.5km long by 3km wide, it contains four peninsulae, each of which is a spectacular coastal walk. Interesting coves, sea stacks and blow holes, as well as bird and seal colonies are among the attractions here. There is a bicycle hire at two locations: beside the pier and next to the hostel. Cycling is a great way to see the island's scenery.

You will depart Inishbofin and take the ferry back to the mainland in the evening and make your way to your B&B near Westport.

Day 6: Adventurous Achill  Island

Today consists of a day trip to Achill Island. Achill Island is a true haven for adventure seekers. If you are into water sports it is probably the best location in the country offering such activities. Dive into a surf lesson at the beautiful Blue flag Keel beach, launch your kayak on the Blue way at Dugort, explore the underwater world with a snorkel session at Keem Bay or feel the wind in your sails as you windsurf or kite surf with the stunning Minaun cliffs as your backdropIf you have little experience of such water sports, there are a number of adventure schools and outdoor activities providers offering tuition in surfing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, kitesurfing, horse riding, mountain skills, orienteering and more. These providers cater for small and large groups, all ages.

If you prefer to stick to land activities  you can trek across the sands on a Connemara pony and feel the wind in your face as you scale one of the craggy peaks. The island also boasts a 9-hole links course in a spectacular location on the sandy banks in Keel. This golf course is open to the public, with reasonable green fees and also a weekly rate available for holiday makers. Listings of golf facilities on Achill are offered in our Directory of Providers. A pitch and putt course is available in The Valley, while for fun there is a crazy golf course at the Chalet restaurant in Keel. One of the best ways to get to know Achill Island, for first-time visitors and seasoned visitors alike, is with a guided tour.

Discover hidden gems in Achill, learn about local history and folklore, and take the opportunity to question your guides on whatever aspect of Achill Island life and heritage that interests you. You will spend a second night on Achill Island before you make your Journey towards Shannon Airport.

Day 7: Bunratty Castle & Banquet

After an Early rise you will make your way back towards Shannon. Today will consist mostly driving but be sure to take in the beautiful scenery as you leave Ireland's West Coast. You will make your way to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in the early evening giving you just enough time to explore it. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. You will spend your last night on the Emerald isle here.

Day 8: Return home

Make your way to the Airport and return home.

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