Wild Atlantic Way Explorer

Regions

West

Starting Point

Knock, Shannon, Dublin

Best time to travel

April - October

Recommended Length

3 - 4 days

Minimum Age*

Adventure Getaway

Activity Level **

4/5

This short adventure getaway takes you in the heart of Irish culture in the West of Ireland. Base yourself in the young and vibrant city of Galway with it's many traditional pubs, restaurants and lively atmosphere. Explore the Connemara National Park on a fantastic hiking tour to the peaks of the Twelve Bens, cycle around ancient relicts in the Aran Islands and visit the amazing Cliffs of Moher, falling steeply over 200m into the Atlantic ocean .

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover unspoiled heritage and beautiful remoteness on the Aran Islands
✓ climb the highest peak in the Connemara National Park
✓ take in the fantastic views on the Cliffs of Moher from the wild Atlantic ocean
✓ enjoy the buzz and vibrant atmosphere in the young and lively city of Galway

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival and transfer to Galway - overnight in Galway
Day 2 - boat trip to the Aran Islands - walking tour on the islands - cruise to the Cliffs of Moher - Burren - overnight in Galway
Day 3 - Hiking in the Connemara National Park - overnight in Galway
Day 4 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO IRELAND
Welcome to Ireland. You will transfer to Galway and depending on your time of arrival, you will have the rest of the day to soak up the lively atmosphere of the young university city with it's many festivals, bars and vibrant art scene.
Overnight in Galway.

DAY 2 - ARAN ISLANDS - CLIFFS OF MOHER
The Aran Islands in the Galway Bay are steeped in tradition and ancient history. A short boat ride will bring you to Inis Mor today, the largest of the islands, where you will be able to rent a bike to explore the remote, but through and through beautiful areas of the island. The impressive pre-historic Dun Aengus fort towers over the steep cliffs with the wild Atlantic waves crashing against the island.
Your return trip to Galway will take you along the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and you will enjoy the 200m steep cliffs from the water level. Continue through the Burren region, a unique limestone area with moonlike naked mountains, green valleys and a beautiful coastline.
Overnight in Galway.

DAY 3 - HIKING IN CONNEMARA
Diamond Hill is the highest peak of the Twelve Bens and is located in the heart of the Connemara National Park. The beautiful walk up to the 442m high summit from the visitor center takes between 1,5 to 2,5 hours, depending on the route. Once at the top, you will be able to enjoy the fantastic views over the National Park, the coastline and the Atlantic ocean.
Connemara is one of Ireland's Gaeltacht regions, where you will still find old traditions and heritage in everyday life. Further, the area is one of Ireland's most untouched regions with rugged mountains, expansive lakes, golden beaches and stunning valleys.
Overnight in Galway.

DAY 4 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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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 Ireland, please follow the link below.

 

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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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