FAMILY GETAWAY TO IRELAND'S WEST COAST

Regions

West

Starting Point

Shannon, Dublin

Best time to travel

March til October

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

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Activity Level **

3/5

The heart of Irish culture and heritage lies in the West of Ireland. Here you will find some of the oldest relicts in Ireland, dive deep into the history of traditional Irish music and discover traditional crafts and arts. This adventure getaway will take you to some of Ireland's most iconic landscapes and -marks, including the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren National Park and the Aran Islands, perfect places to discover more of Ireland's heritage and enjoy the fantastic scenery in an active way with the whole family.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover the beautiful unspoiled Aran Islands by bike
✓ enjoy the fantastic Cliffs of Moher from the sea and from the top
✓descent into the underground of the Burren at Ailwee caves
✓ learn about the art of chocolate making by visiting a local chocolate factory
✓ enjoy a family surfing lesson on the long and sandy beaches of Co. Clare

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival and transfer - overnight in Co. Clare
Day 2 - boat trip to the Aran Islands and cycling tour - Cliffs of Moher from the sea - overnight in Co. Clare
Day 3 - Burren National Park - Ailwee Caves - Artisan Chocolate factory - overnight in Co. Clare
Day 4 - Cliffs of Moher - surfing - overnight in Co. Clare
Day 5 - departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Welcome to Ireland. After your arrival, you will transfer to Co. Clare, where you have the rest of the day to relax on one of the long, sandy beaches or stroll through the lively seaside resorts Lahinch and Liscannor.
Overnight in Co. Clare.

DAY 2 - CYCLING ON THE ARAN ISLANDS
The Aran Islands in the Galway bay are steeped in ancient history, heritage and tradition. Thanks to the scarce population, the islands managed to keep an authentic character where you get a real sense of Ireland’s past and heritage. The rather rough conditions on the islands add to a truly Irish experience in a stunningly beautiful landscape with endless green fields, old stone walls and small villages. The islands are best discovered by bike, where you can reach all corners of the island in just one day.
On the way back, your ferry will take a small detour to let you enjoy the views of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher from the sea!
Overnight in Co. Clare.

DAY 3 - BURREN NATIONAL PARK - AILWEE BURREN EXPERIENCE - ARTISAN CHOCOLATE FACTORY
You will have the day to explore the Burren National Park, a fascinating moon-like landscape made off vast limestone hills and plateaus, underground caves and beautiful deep valleys. The area has a rich natural heritage with rare plants and flowers that cannot be found anywhere else in Ireland. A very special highlight of today will be the visit to the Ailwee Cave, where you will descent into one of the oldest caves in Ireland to learn more about the fascinating geology of the region and to admire stalactites, stalagmites and underground waterfalls! You can also learn about traditional Co. Clare cheese making in the adjacent small cheese factory.
You will also come across ancient relics including impressive Dolmen, stone forts and castles. In the heart of the Burren, you will find a small artisan factory providing a window in the world of chocolate. Visit the small factory and learn all about the journey of the cocoa bean from roasting to chocolate bar before enjoying a tasty treat in the chocolate Cafe surrounded by the peaceful hills of the Burren.
Overnight in Co. Clare.

DAY 4 - CLIFFS OF MOHER - LEARN HOW TO SURF
The Cliffs of Moher are among the most iconic cliffs in Ireland and fall over 200m steep into the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy fantastic views over the cliffs and the ocean as you follow the coastal paths over the cliffs or choose to admire the cliffs from the sea while racing with nosy dolphins on a cliffs boat cruise.
Ireland’s west coast offers some great surfing spots on the long sandy beaches and you and the family will take to the refreshing waters today after a short surfing instruction.
Overnight in Co. Clare.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
You will say goodbye to your home in the beautiful West and make your way back home.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
With its mild climate and its easy access, Ireland is a country that can be visited all year round. The most popular time to travel is between May and September with July and August being by far the busiest months.
Ireland's eastern coast tends to be drier and warmer than the western part, where, especially over the winter months, the conditions can be stormy, cold and wet. Temperatures all over Ireland hardly ever fall below 0 degrees though. From late October to mid March, the days tend to be quite short, so if you are looking at touring, the longer days of the year would be more suitable.
Ireland usually sees the driest and warmest season in May and June, making the time perfect for outdoor activities all across Ireland when the often boggy underground has dried up. While there is a chance of storms due to the hurricane season across the Atlantic, September can bring some lovely late summer weather with mild and sunny days, especially on the east coast.

How to travel
With an annual passenger volume of almost 33 mio in 2019, Dublin airport is by far the busiest airport in Ireland. To compare, Shannon Airport in the west saw around 1,7 mio passengers while Cork airport saw just under 300,000 passengers over the same period.
Dublin serves an extensive network of destinations and airlines, connecting Ireland to mainland Europe and North America. Direct routes are also operated to the UAE and Asia. The best European hubs to connect to Dublin are London Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
In Ireland, the easiest way to get around is by rental car. The bus network is extensive and connections are frequent, but public transport mainly connects the main centers and it can be challenging to travel in rural areas or off the beaten track. The Irish train operates a centralized system through Dublin, so depending where you want to go, the journey might be intricating due to the detour to Dublin.

Travelling with children
The wealth of exciting ancient history, outdoor opportunities and fantastic scenery makes Ireland a great destination to visit with the whole family. The country is not large and a good road network makes it easy and reasonably fast to travel across the country.
Though Ireland would not be considered to be a beach destination by many, Ireland offers some extraordinary long sandy beaches with calm waters, which are perfect for swimming, surfing or watersports. Further, Ireland has some exciting marine wildlife and it is possible in many places to spot seals, dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.
Ireland’s rich cultural and historical heritage includes ancient castles, vibrant cities and fabled creatures. Many sights exploring the mythical world are laid out for kids and offer great entertainment for old and young.
Hotels and B&Bs offer family accommodation with family rooms or separate lodges to house larger family groups. Restaurants nearly always offer a kids menu or will prepare smaller portions. It is always possible to request a cot or high chair for small kids.

What to bring
It is not a myth that it rains a lot in Ireland, so whenever you travel, the most important thing to bring is a waterproof jacket. Umbrellas might be used in urban areas, though rain is often accompanied by strong winds, making the use of umbrellas often challenging.
Comfortable and decent shoes are essential as no matter where you go or what you plan to do, you should prepare to walk quite a bit, also in the cities. If you are planning on hiking, waterproof hiking shoes or boots are advisable as trails are not always well maintained and often lead through boggy and wet terrain.
Even though people tend to be obsessed with the weather, temperatures are moderate and never get extremely low or high. Warm evenings are rare, even at the height of summer, so always prepare for chilly evenings with a warmer jumper, cardigan and jacket.
The sun gets surprisingly strong over the summer months, so sun lotion, a sun hat and sunglasses are recommendable. A small backpack or handbag will be perfect to carry your belongings when out and about.
While people enjoy a casual style in their routine or when outdoors, especially the younger generations love to dress up in the evening, so you should also pack a nice outfit if you plan to hit the town in the evenings.

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to Ireland, please visit our Useful Information on Ireland page.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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