8-Day Explorer Tour of The Wild Atlantic Way

From £1525 pp

Cork

8 Days

Small Group up to 12 People

What you'll do

During the 8 Day Explorer Tour, you will get a true sense of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Your experience of Ireland will not be through the bus window; you will witness her immense beauty as you traverse by foot along rugged coast lines and as you sail the waterways that flow beneath the peaks of the Kerry Mountains.

The 8 Day Explorer Tour begins in Cork City. The tour travels north along the west coast of Ireland to the town of Westport in County Mayo. The tour calls to the top Wild Atlantic Way discovery points along the route. On each day of the adventure tour there is a hike or cycle in a stunning location.

Explore magical Ireland as you cycle along stunning coast lines in Cork, Kerry, Galway and Mayo. Travel through unimaginably rugged and beautiful landscapes. Discover the splendour of Connemara, its countless lakes and its beautiful coast line, from the top of one of its many hill tops.

Voyage by boat across the waves and visit some of Ireland’s unique Islands, including the Island of Inis Mór where you will visit the Celtic fortress of Dun Aengus.

Experience this ancient land as you hike its paths and trails, including a breath-taking hike to the stunning Cliffs of Moher where you can watch the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash far below, the best of Ireland walking tour.

Relax and travel in comfort throughout this small group tour of Ireland.

Experience
Highlights

Discover beautiful landscapes as you partake in some of the best hiking and biking in Ireland.

Escape the crowds at lesser visited sections of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Indulge in Irish hospitality, cuisine and culture. Visit Dingle, Galway and Westport.

James

Your Local Host:

James

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Ireland, studied in Ireland and have spent most of my life here. I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 17 years before I started up my own company but spent all my spare time hiking the hills of Ireland, cycling the coast lines and all our family holidays were spent in Ireland .. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Meet up & Blarney Castle

After meeting in Cork City, the first stop is to the world famous Blarney Castle, here you can explore and enjoy the Castle’s beautiful grounds and gardens.

If you choose to, you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone, which is reputed to give the gift of Irish eloquence to anyone who kisses it.

The tour then travels into West Cork to join the Wild Atlantic Way. Today’s activity is a hike in the lowlands of the fabulous West Cork mountains, this is a gentle hike to get you warmed up for the adventures ahead.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in 3* & 4* accommodation, carefully selected by your host James to ensure you have the best place to rest your head and recuperate after each days travel.

The accommodation is a mixture of hotels and B&Bs offering authentic Irish hospitality. The standard for all accommodation includes private en-suite bedrooms with TV, WiFi and breakfast daily.

On the first night the tour will stay in a west Cork location.

Beara Peninsula & Garnish Island

On the second day the tour begins in the heart of West Cork. Today’s activity is a cycle on the quiet roads on the western tip of the Beara Peninsula. The roads here wind slowly along Ireland’s coastal edge, gently rising and falling revealing awesome views around each corner.

In the afternoon, the tour calls to Garnish Island where there will be time to take a leisurely stroll around the island’s picturesque gardens. Garnish is located on the south western tip of Ireland where the Gulf Stream keeps the weather mild, this allows the wide array of flowers, shrubs and trees that are planted on Garnish Island to flourish.

Accommodation

On the second, night the tour stays in Killarney. The town is set on the edge of Killarney National Park, a perfect place for an evening or morning stroll with great eating options and excellent Irish Bars.

breakfast at hotel accommodation on hiking tour

Killarney's National Park

The third day of the tour is a real gem and today there is minimal time in the tour bus. There is both a fantastic boat trip through the lakes of Killarney and a hike in Killarney’s National Park. On the boat ride there is an opportunity to spot some of Kerry’s magnificent wildlife, the highlights being the native Red Deer and the recently reintroduced white-tailed Eagles. The hike is through ancient oak woodland and passes breath-taking views of the Kerry Mountains.

Accommodation

On the third night, the tour again stays in Killarney.

Muckross House & Dingle

On the morning of day four the the tour begins with a cycle around Muckross House and Gardens. This is by far the best way to explore the area, during the cycle you will visit Muckross Abbey, Muckross House and Cycle around the lakes of Killarney.

In the afternoon, the tour travels west from Killarney to the salty fresh-air playground of Inch Beach. If you fancy the surf, then you can take a life affirming plunge in the Ocean. The tour then continues with the breathtakingly beautiful drive around the wild and beautiful Slea Head.

Accommodation

The tour stays in Dingle on the fourth night. Dingle was once a quiet fishing village, today it is a vibrant town with much to offer, boasting excellent restaurants and lively bars with live traditional music.

hotel accommodation on hiking tour

Kerry & Galway

Today the tour travels north through county Kerry. The tour crosses the Shannon estuary by ferry into the Banner County of Clare. Today there is hike from Liscannor along an awe-inspiring path perched high above the sea. On the hike fantastic views open up out to sea towards the Aran Islands. This is an amazing and less traveled way to reach the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

After a visit to the Cliffs of Moher Interpretive Centre, the tour calls to Doolin for lunch. Then the tour visits the Burren, a spectacular lunar like karst limestone landscape and a World Heritage Site, before the tour marches from the Banner County into the City of the Tribes, Galway.

Accommodation

The tour stays in Galway on the fifth night.

Inis Mór

After what will surely be a memorable night in Galway City, day 6 will be another very special treat. From Galway, the tour travels deep into Connemara to catch the ferry and we sail the short distance to Inis Mór- the largest of the Aran Islands. Here we slow to the pace of island life and the majority of day 6 is spent exploring the island.

There is a cycle on the quiet country roads passing field after field enclosed by dry stone walls creating a masterful tapestry for the eyes to feast on. Your breath will be taken away by the Iron Age ring fort of Dun Aengus, perched on the edge of a 300-foot high cliff. Returning to the mainland you will snake slowly through scenic Connemara – a place of fantastic colours, wilderness and warm welcomes.

Accommodation

On the sixth night the tour stays in a Connemara hotel, using hotels in either Roundstone or Clifden.

Connemara

On day 7, the tour further explores the magic of Connemara. The land here is made up of blanket bogs, countless lakes, sandy beaches and mountain ranges. We will travel under the Maumturk Mountains, the Twelve Ben Mountains and pass along the spectacular Killary fjord. Today’s activity is a hike on one of Connemaras many hills, on the hike there are spectacular views out over Connemara’s spectacular landscape.

In the evening, the tour enters County Mayo and travels along the banks of Doo Lough, here we will take a breather and perhaps remember the unfortunate famine victims who walked the same route over 170 years hence. From Doo Lough the tour continues north to meet Clew Bay and Westport.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at a hotel or B&B in Westport.

Newport

The adventure continues on the final day of the tour. In the morning, the tour travels the short distance from Westport to Newport. In Newport, the tour again takes to the bikes for a cycle along Ireland’s original Greenway cycle path. The route travels from Newport out past Mulranny to Achill island. This is a fantastic cycle and a great activity to complete the adventure tour.

After the cycle, there is lunch in a local Newport Café before the tour begins its journey to Dublin where the tour finishes.

Location Info

This tour will depart from Cork City and, over eight days, you’ll travel across the country to Dublin.

Your meeting point will be at Saint Patrick’s Quay in Central Cork City at 8am, where you will meet James and the rest of the..

  • Transport for the duration of the tour, entrance to all sites and the guided activities on each day of the tour
  • 7 nights accommodation (3-star and 4-star B&B and Hotel) and breakfasts for the duration of the tour
  • The full attention of your knowledgeable and experienced guide
  • All activities included in the tour

FAQs

- This tour runs on selected dates; in 2020 there are two scheduled departures in June, July and August

- Those who love the outdoors and have a reasonable level of fitness
- A typical activity is a 3-hour hike on uneven ground or 3-hour cycle on country roads

- Absolutely, this tour is a small group tour which means you will be join an existing group of other solo travellers or friends/partners travelling together
- All solo travellers will have there own private room

- Walking boots & comfortable trainers
- Comfortable and breathable outdoor clothing, including shorts, swimwear, trekking trousers, fleece and hat
- Gaiters & walking poles (optional but recommended)
- Cycling shorts
- Good quality waterproof jacket and trousers (preferably breathable)
- Day-pack/rucksack & water bottle
- Sunscreen and insect repellent

8-Day Explorer Tour of The Wild Atlantic Way