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Western Wonders Walking Tour | 10 Day Escorted Tour

Tour Includes:

Transport

  • Sightseeing with small groups by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide

Accommodation

  • 1 night Dublin 4 star hotel
  • 7 nights local guest house accommodations
  • 1 night Dublin 4 star hotel

      Meals

      • Full breakfast daily

      Other Inclusions

      • Visits, tours and admissions
      • Foxford Woollen Mills
      • Inishkea Island & Ferry
      • Ballycroy National Park
      • Achill Island & Keel Bay
      • Kylemore Abbey

      9 Nights / 10 Days

      Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin


      Highlights:

      Explore The Aran Islands

      The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher

      Kylemore Abbey

      Hike Croagh Patrick

      Explore the cities of Doolin and Leenan

       

       

      10 Day Western Wonders Walking Itinerary

      Day 1: Dublin Arrival

      Today you will arrive in Dublin and head to your accommodation for the night. Your tour starts bright and early tomorrow morning so explore the city for the day and get ready for some walking! 

      Day 2: Belmullet Peninsula 

      Once we board the bus, your guide will introduce themselves and you'll head north west out of Dublin towards north Mayo. Our first stop will be at Foxford Woollen Mills. The Woollen Mills is a great place to stop with lots of Irish arts and crafts, a coffee shop, and sits in beautiful Foxford village. We will pass between two lakes just outside the village: Lake Cullin and and Lake Conn, the larger of the two with Mount Nephin in the foreground makes for a spectacular view. We will make a stop at Black Head which is a cliff range that looks out on to the North Atlantic. You'll appreciate the fresh sea breeze after your drive. On then to Ceide Fields, which is the most extensive Stone Age site in the world and contains the oldest known field systems in the world.

      Day 3: Inishkea Island 

      You will wake up in a wild place and after breakfast, we will explore this wonderful peninsula and some of the islands around it. First, we will take you to the small but long island of Inishkea for a hike. When we get back to the boat, we will take a cliff walk along the brilliant sea cliffs in the north of the peninsula. After your day out, you'll feel refreshed so look forward to a nice relaxing evening with a meal and maybe a pint or two!

      Day 4: Ballycroy National Park & Achill Island

      Today we will take you to the Ballycroy National Park Visitors Center. Ballycroy is a protected area of bog land which stretches out into Tullaghan Bay. The visitors center will tell you the history of the area and how important the turf bogs have been to generations down the years. We then cross the small bridge which takes us to Achill Island, your home for the night. Once we get checked into the accommodation, we will take you on a walk up Croaghaun. At the top, you will see amazing sea cliffs. Experience the might of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against these stone giants - a truly spectacular sight! Feel the wind against your face and invigorate your senses with the sights and sounds surrounding you. When we come down from Croaghaun, we will take a beach walk along Keel beach before heading back to our accommodation. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and refreshing walk.

      Day 5: Croagh Patrick & Westport

      We leave the wonderful Achill Island and keep heading south through Newport and along Clew Bay. Clew Bay is the bay of islands. It's said that it has 365 islands in total, one for everyday of the year. We will stop in Westport, a fantastic town and one of our very favorites. There is lots to do in Westport such as brilliant pubs and restaurants. For the moment we'll check into our accommodation and head for Ireland's holy mountain: Croagh Patrick, where St. Patrick spent 40 days and nights at the top. You will experience fabulous views from the top; there is even a church at the top just in case you want to drop in to say hi to the big fella!

      Day 6: Connemara & Killarny Fjord

      We'll be easy on you today with a drive through one of Ireland's most stunning valleys. Doo Lough is a place that is missed by the tourist trail. It's off the beaten track and when we go there, it’s usually free of tourists. Enjoy this lovely hidden gem and the spectacular views afforded by the secluded lake rimmed by majestic mountains. Once we are checked into our accommodation, we will get our walking gear together and head for the Famine Walk along the shores of Killary Harbor. The starving Irish peasants built this road to earn food. You will pass little villages and cottages along the way. If only walls could talk I'm sure we would hear some sobering stories of their hardship.

      Day 7: Inagh Valley

      Today, we will be taking a walk through the Maumturk Mountains. The walk is called the Maunméan walk and it is simply spectacular. You will walk through a gap in the mountain range and down to the Inagh Valley, where you will find Inage Lodge; a wonderful oasis where you can have some lunch or a pint after your walk. We will also take the opportunity to visit one of Ireland’s most romantic abbeys, Kylemore Abbey. We will stay in Leenane again tonight and maybe check out some traditional music in the local pubs.

      Day 8: Burren National Park

      Today we leave wild and wonderful Connemara and move on to the county of Clare; home of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. We will drive out of Connemara through Oughterard, known as the gateway to Connemara. We will drive through lovely landscapes to the bohemian city of Galway, where the famous Claddagh ring comes from. Shop for a gift for yourself or another in the home of the well-known ring. After Galway, we will travel along the coastline around Black Head. You are now in the heart of the limestone region of The Burren. Here we will hike around this lunar like landscape where you will find many species of plants only found in this part of Ireland. Sometimes the Burren is known as the 'Fertile Rock' because these beautiful and determined flowers manage to grow in the cracks and crevices of the limestone. There is a wonderful energy here and many fall in love with its raw beauty.

      Day 9: Cliffs of Moher

      Everyone dreads the last day when it all must come to an end. However, we have one more spectacle to show you before we begin on the road back to reality. This morning, we will walk along the magnificent Cliffs Of Moher. These cliffs stand over 250 meters high and every October they are host to one of the biggest dates on the big wave surf calendar. Aileen's Wave, which can reach 40 feet high, will crash annually against the cliffs. Whatever time of the year you decide to come here, these cliffs never fail to impress. Marvel at the stunning landscape and rugged cliffs as the ocean crashes below. After our visit, we will head back to Dublin via Limerick and make a quick photo-stop at Bunratty castle along the way. You can visit Blarney Woollen Mills there to grab some last minute gifts before you travel home.

      Day 10: Journey Home

      The last day you will pack up and start your way home!

       

       

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