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West of Ireland Adventure | 7 Day Self-Drive

Tour Inclusions:

Transport

Hertz automatic economy car (Group E) with:
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Theft protection (TP),
  • Value added tax (VAT)
  • Third party liability
  • Location service charge (LSC)

Accommodation

    •  Galway Bay Hotel Salthill (2) 
    •  Hotel Doolin (2)
    •  4* Lahinch/Kilkee B&B (2) 

      Other Inclusions

      • Breakfast each morning except day of arrival
      • Full day Connemara adventure with Epic Ireland
      • Discount book, deluxe travel wallet with comprehensive travel documents, luggage tags and driving map.
      • Expert service from dedicated sales guide before, during and after your trip.

      Optional Extras

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

      Highlights:

       7 days / 6 nights
      Starts in Shannon / Ends in Shannon

      Surfing in Lahinch

      Hiking on the Cliffs of Moher

      Caving in the Burren

      Biking around Connemara

      Excursion to Aran Islands

      Doolin's "singing pubs"

      Wild Atlantic Way Scenery

      Galway City Atmosphere

      Kylemore Abbey

      Let Ireland Be Your Playground

      An adventure that will fulfill all of your adrenaline desires, that provides you with a sense of freedom from the everyday hustle and bustle of life, a vacation that accommodates for your leisure needs in the evenings to unwind after a date with Mother Nature!

      The West of Ireland is an adventure playground. You will discover adrenaline filled activities that keep the body guessing and the mind racing. This once in a lifetime opportunity bodes you the chance to live on the edge, to create a photo album filled with spine tingling memories.

      You will not only visit all the historic and cultural sites but you will get among it and experience just why it is called the Wild Atlantic Way.

       

      7 Day West of Ireland Adventure Tour Itinerary

      Day 1: Shannon Airport to Galway City

      Arrive at Shannon Airport and make your way straight to Galway City. Known as the City of Tribes it is laid back and relaxed yet ready for a party at any time. From music and horseracing to literature and oysters – Galway knows how to celebrate. Simply strolling around Galway is a treat. The cobbled medieval streets are home to all sorts of pubs, craft shops and cafés. Take in the famous Spanish Arch before hitting Kirwan's lane. Be it musicians playing for the crowds or daredevil street performers defying danger, there's always something happening here. Kirwan's Lane is also home to relics of 16th and 17th century architecture. Without a doubt, this is the busking center of the city.

      In the afternoon its time to get the adventures off to a start. There is no better way to come to the realization that you are visiting the Emerald Isle than to plunge your way into the the Atlantic at Black Rock Peer. Afterwards, feeling totally accomplished and proud of yourself, its time to threat yourself to an evening meal, perhaps a hearty bowel of Irish stew to warm you up, washed down with a hot Irish whiskey or creamy pint of Guinness. You will then make your way to Salthill to your accommodation for the night. If you still have a little energy left in the tank, then take a stroll down the salt hill Promenade. This walk offers gorgeous views of Galway Bay and, on a clear day, the hills of County Clare.

      Overnight at Galway Bay Hotel

      Day 2: Epic Connemara Tour

      Today you will have the ultimate epic adventure day. This day adventure tour will quench any thirst you may have for some epic outdoor activities during your trip to the west of Ireland. From your starting point in Galway, this tour will take you completely off the beaten track where you will be at one with nature. You will be picked up from your hotel between 8am and 9am. Your selected epic adventure tour consists of mountain biking throughout Connemara taking in the stunning view at Kylemore Abbey. You will spend 2-3 hours pumping adrenaline as you cycle your way throughout the western mountains. Stop at the beautiful Kylemore Abbey and visit its craft and design shop. Choose from delicious Kylemore Abbey foods including jams, chutneys, handmade chocolates and their award winning baking mix range. After this short pit-stop its time to get back on your bike and make your way to the picturesque little village of Letterfrack. After refueling here with lunch, its time to hike your way through Connemara National Park. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. It covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands.

      To unwind after an adventure filled day take a stroll along the Connemara beach before you head back to your hotel in Salthill for approx 6pm. Get ready to go for a well deserved evening meal and then hit the pubs of Galway City with a bang! You can hear all genres of music whilst Irish traditional will be most prevalent.

      Overnight at Galway Bay Hotel

      Day 3: Caving & Cliffs of Moher

      You will have an early rise today as you leave Galway and make your way south towards your next destination, Doolin in Co. Clare. Stop off at the Aillwee Caves located in the heart of the Burren. The Burren is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. You can take a leisurely tour of the caves which is very informative from any of the expert guides. The tour consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! The guides will bring you back to the outside world where you can browse and shop in distinctly different craft shops which are housed in the award winning complex that guards the entrance to the Burren underground. You can also climb freely over the typical Burren Limestone pavement above the cave to see the spring gentian or mountain haven blooming in profusion.

      Make your way further along your route to the spectacular world renowned attraction; The Cliffs of Moher. Standing at 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare. On a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. In the evening drop into the singing pubs around Doolin and join in a song or two with the friendly locals. Make your way to your accommodation for the night.

      Overnight at Hotel Doolin

      Day 4: Aran Islands

      After an early rise and a hearty breakfast, you will catch the ferry today and do some island hopping to the Aran Islands. First en route you will visit Inisheer the smallest island and the closest to Doolin. As you travel to Inisheer don't forget look behind and see the captivating view of the Cliffs of Moher on the horizon. Inis Meáin, is the middle Island and offers the most peaceful and genuine experience of this unique landscape and culture. There is just one pub on the island where locals and visitors gather. This tranquility and simple way of living are what make Inis Meáin special.

      Finally, the largest island, Inis Mór, means big island. There is plenty to do on Inis Mor. The island stands for rugged beauty. Be it the beaches, the turquoise waters, the thousands of dry stone walls or the steep and brooding cliffs running along the western shore of the island. There are several places – in spite of all the cliffs – where beaches invite you to walk barefoot in the sand or have a picnic or even a swim. The most famous historical site on the Island is the fort of Dun Aengus (Dún Aonghasa) probably dating from the iron age. It is situated on top of cliffs that are 100m high and fall straight down to sea level. After your day of Island hopping it's time to return to the mainland where you can join in a sing-song with the locals of Doolin. You will spend a second night here.

      Overnight at Hotel Doolin

      Day 5: Surfing in Lahinch

      Today you will move a little further on to Lahinch to the home of the big waves and the surf capital of the wild Atlantic coast. Ben's surf school located on Lahinch beach provides lessons for beginners to experienced surfers and everyone in between. This surf school utilizes all different wave types and all equipment is fully supplied. By the end of the session you will be keen to become a full-time surfer! If you are left totally energized you can also try out some of their additional activities such as body boarding, rock climbing and orienteering. Afterwards grab a bite to eat in the friendly town of Lahinch and mix with the locals for the evening. The rest of the evening is yours to spend whatever way you wish.

      Overnight at Clare B&B

      Day 6: Loop Head

      Today you will follow the Wild Atlantic coastal drive to Loop head. The Loop Head peninsula on the west coast of Clare juts into the Atlantic Ocean like a gnarled finger pointing westward. It is bounded on the north and west side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the south by the River Shannon estuary with barely one mile of land saving it from island status meaning it has one of the highest ratios of coastline to land surface in Ireland. Offering bike hire, cyclists can cycle around for the day and take in the spectacular scenery of the Atlantic and Shannon River as well as Connemara National Park. Loop head Lighthouse is a huge tourist attraction in the area. Visitors can take a guided tour up the tower and go out onto the balcony. The Loop Head Lighthouse is a fantastic place to visit!

      It is also well worth the time to visit the The Bridges of Ross in this area. Initially they were a trio of spectacular natural sea arches – at least until two of them fell into the sea. Today, even though only one ‘bridge’ remains, the name persists in the plural. The Bridge of Ross lies on the western side of the natural harbor that is Ross Bay, looking north to the Atlantic Ocean, near the village of Kilbaha. The area is regarded as one of the best sea-watching sites in Europe. Make your way to your accommodation for your last night of your tour.

      Overnight at Clare B&B

      Day 7: Return Home

      Make your way to Shannon airport and return home.

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