ADVENTURE WEEK IN THE WILD WEST

Regions

West, Northwest

Starting Point

Dublin, Shannon, Knock

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

8 - 10 days

Minimum Age*

Off the beaten track

Activity Level **

3/5

Travel to the beautiful wilderness of Connemara and Donegal to enjoy a week full of adventure in beautiful unspoiled Irish scenery. The West and Northwest of Ireland is rich in authentic heritage, music and culture and you will feel like traveling back in time while hiking in beautiful, vast and lonely landscapes, cycling along the rugged coastline and experiencing local traditions on a farm visit or while enjoying a soothing sea-weed bath.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover the northern Wild Atlantic Way between Connemara and Donegal
✓ hiking tours in the unspoiled scenery of the Connemara and Glenveagh National Parks
✓ traditional heritage and traditions on the Inisbofin island
✓ sunset kayaking tour along the beautiful Connemara coast
✓ experience local food traditions and feast on a sumptuous afternoon tea
✓ coasteering adventure along the rugged Donegal coastline

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Connemara
Day 2 - mussel farm visit and tasting - traditional farm visit - overnight in Connemara (60km)
Day 3 - eco-boat trip and cycling tour on Inisbofin Island - overnight in Connemara (50km)
Day 4 - Connemara National Park - seaweed bath - sunset sea kayaking - overnight in Connemara (50km)
Day 5 - hiking along the Slieve League Cliffs - afternoon tea - overnight in Donegal (300km)
Day 6 - coasteering along the Donegal Coast - Glenveagh National Park - overnight in Donegal (90km)
Day 7 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO IRELAND
Welcome to Ireland. Transfer to Connemara in the West of Ireland, a place of golden colors, vast wilderness and warm welcomes. Check in to your hotel in the heart of Connemara.
Overnight in Connemara.

DAY 2 - CULINARY TRADITIONS OF CONNEMARA
Start the day with visiting the oyster and mussel farms along Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, and learn more about the traditions and art of seafood farming. After tasting some of the delicious products, you will take a scenic walk along the coast and visit a sheep farm, where you will be introduced to the secrets of sheep shearing, working sheep dogs and turf cutting. Enjoy a seaside picnic along the shores of the fjord before returning to the pier.
Overnight in Connemara.

DAY 3 - DISCOVER INISHBOFIN ISLAND
A short ferry ride will take you to the beautiful small island of Inishbofin off the Galway coast in the morning. The island is a perfect escape for anybody looking to get away from it all and to truly unwind in an unspoiled setting. Due to its rich historic heritage and wealth of wildlife with many rare birds nesting on the island during the season, Inishbofin is known for its focus on eco-tourism and you will learn more about Irish and local traditions and history while exploring the beautiful coastline on a guided walk or by bike.
Overnight in Connemara.

DAY 4 - CLIMBING DIAMOND HILL - SEAWEED BATH - SUNSET KAYAKING
You will explore Connemara National Park in the morning, where you will find scenic mountain ranges, extensive bogs and woodlands. A hiking tour will take you to the top of Diamond Hill, with 443m the highest mountain in the area and offering spectacular views over Connemara, the Atlantic coastline and the Twelve Bens. Relax in the afternoon as you will enjoy a traditional seaweed bath before setting out to the beautiful Mannin Bay, where you will enjoy the stunning scenery and the sea life in the clear waters on a sunset kayaking tour.
Overnight in Connemara.

DAY 5 - SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFS - AFTERNOON TEA
Transfer to the Northwest of Ireland and to the beautiful Slieve League Cliffs plunging more than 600m into the Atlantic Ocean, making the cliffs the highest sea cliffs in Ireland and Europe. Enjoy the fresh Atlantic breeze and the stunning views all across to the Northern Mayo coastline on a hiking tour along the cliffs. Check into your stately hotel in the afternoon, where you will have time to relax and to enjoy a sumptuous traditional afternoon tea in a luxury setting.
Overnight in Co. Donegal.

DAY 6 - COASTEERING - GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK
With over 1,000 km of coastline, Co. Donegal is a paradise for water lovers and it is all about the Wild Atlantic this morning when you will venture off on an existing coasteering adventure along the rugged and often untouched coastline. Explore some of the lesser known impressive sea caves and tunnels on the western coast in a fun way while scrambling over rocks, jumping into natural pools or splashing into the Atlantic on natural slides islands. The rest of the day is free to explore more of Ireland’s unspoiled northwest, follow along the beautiful coastline to discover beautiful beaches, hidden bays and charming villages or take on some of Donegal’s highest peaks in the Glenveagh National Park.
Overnight in Co. Donegal.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels 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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