- State of the art coach bus
- Bike rental is included in price
- B&B's or Hotels from 3*- 5*
- Full breakfast daily at hotels except day 1
- Visits, tours and admissions
- Headsets for walking tours
- Ticket wallet & luggage tags
- 24-hour emergency helpline
- Color coded routes on local maps
During the 8 Day Explorer Tour you will get a true sense of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Your experience of Ireland will not be through the bus window; you will witness her immense beauty as you traverse by foot along rugged coast lines and as you sail the waterways that flow beneath the peaks of the Kerry Mountains. You will savor the unique habitat of the Burren as you walk on its karst limestone pavement and breathe in the scent filled air from the rare flowers that the Burren supports. Throughout the 8 days you will partake in the best biking and hiking Ireland has to offer.
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way
The Aran Islands
Day 1 - This tour begins in Cork City and the first port of call is a visit to the world famous Blarney Castle. Here you will explore the Castle, its wonderful grounds and gardens. You will of course get the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone. In the afternoon the tour travels into West Cork. The activity on day one is a hike on the spectacular Sheep's Head Peninsula. This is a really amazing hike with magnificent views. During the hike you will get your first glimpses of the Wild Atlantic Way, it is a perfect opening to the 8 Day Adventure Tour. On the first night of the tour the tour stays in a hotel located in scenic west cork.
Day 2 - On the second day the tour begins in the heart of West Cork. Today's activity is a cycle on the quiet roads on the western tip of the Beara peninsula. The roads here wind slowly along Ireland’s coastal edge, gently rising and falling revealing awesome views around each corner. After lunch the tour travels along one of Ireland's many spectacular driving routes from Castletownbere to Killarney, along the route the tour stops in the heritage town of Kenmare. You will have time to stroll around Kenmare and maybe visit one of its boutique stores or grab a refreshing locally made ice-cream. The drive continues over the mountains through Molls Gap, Ladies View and down into Killarney town. On the second night the tour stays in Killarney.
Day 3 - The third day of the tour is a real gem and today there is minimal time in the tour bus. There is both a fantastic boat trip through the lakes of Killarney and a cycle through the Gap of Dunloe. On the boat ride much of Kerry’s magnificent wildlife will be on view, the highlights being the native Red Deer and the recently reintroduced White-tailed Eagles. The cycle trough the Gap of Dunloe is one to remember. At the start of the cycle there is a 15-minute walk with the bikes up to the ‘Head of the Gap’ and after this it is pure joy as you cycle down through the spectacularly formed glaciated valley. The last section of the cycle is through the wonderful woodlands of Killarney National Park. On the third night the tour again stays in Killarney. The town is set on the edge of Killarney National Park which is a perfect place for an evening or morning stroll. The town has great eating options and excellent Irish Bars.
Day 4 - On the morning of day four the tour begins with a in the heart of Muckross National Park. Here you will walk around the park visiting Muckross Abbey and the grounds and gardens of Muckross House. The tour then travels west from Killarney to the salty fresh-air playground of Inch Beach. Here you can take a life affirming plunge in the Atlantic Ocean or try your hand at Ireland’s national sport ‘Hurling’. The tour then continues with the breathtakingly beautiful drive around the wild and beautiful Slea Head. We stop on Slea head for a hike on Ireland's western edge. This is a scenic hike along the rugged Atlantic coastline. The tour stays in Dingle on the fourth night. Dingle was once a quiet fishing village, today it is a vibrant town with much to offer, boasting excellent restaurants and lively bars with live traditional music.
Day 5 - Today the tour travels north through county Kerry. The tour crosses the Shannon estuary by ferry into the Banner County of Clare. Today there is hike from Liscannor along an awe-inspiring path perched high above the Sea. On the hike fantastic views open up out to sea towards the Aran Islands. This is an amazing and less traveled way to reach the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. After a visit to the Cliffs of Moher interpretive Centre the tour calls to Doolin for lunch. Then the tour visits the Burren, a spectacular lunar like karst limestone landscape and a World Heritage Site, before the tour marches from the Banner County into the City of the Tribes, Galway. The tour stays in Galway on the fifth night.
Day 6 - After what will surely be a memorable night in Galway City day 6 will be another very special treat. From Galway, the tour travels deep into Connemara to catch the ferry and we sail the short distance to Inis Mór- the largest of the Aran Islands. Here we slow to the pace of Island life, The majority of day 6 is spent exploring the island. There is a cycle on the quiet country roads passing field after field enclosed by dry stone walls creating a masterful tapestry for the eyes to feast on. Your breath will be taken away by the Iron Age ring fort of Dun Aengus, perched on the edge of a 300-foot high cliff. Returning to the mainland you will snake slowly through scenic Connemara - a place of fantastic colours, wilderness and warm welcomes.
Day 7 - On day seven the tour further explores the magic of Connemara. The day begins with a hike in Connemara National Park, this is an excellent hike and from the high point there are breathtaking views of the landscape below. The landscape is a mixture of blanket bogs, countless lakes, sandy beaches and mountain ranges. After lunch the tour visits Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. We then drive under the Maumturk Mountains and pass along the spectacular Killary fjord. In the evening the tour enters County Mayo and travels along the banks of Doo Lough, here we will take a breather and perhaps remember the unfortunate famine victims who walked the same route over 170 years hence. From Doo Lough the tour continues north to meet Clew bay and Westport where the tour spends the night.
Day 8 - The adventure continues on the final day of the tour. In the morning the tour travels the short distance from Westport to Newport. In Newport the tour again takes to the bikes for a cycle along Ireland’s original Greenway cycle path. The route travels from Newport out past Mulranny to Achill island. This is a fantastic cycle and a great activity to complete the adventure tour. After the Cycle there is lunch in a local Newport Café before the tour begins its journey back to Cork city. There is the option to choose Dublin as the finishing point.
Day 9 - Today is your last day in The Emerald Isle so it is time to start the Journey home.