8-Day Guided Burren Aran Connemara Walk

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GUIDED TOUR

Our expert Guides will ensure you and your group see all the best hiking places in Ireland.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

Participants require a good level of fitness and be capable of walking up to 20km/ 12 mi a day.

€1,295 PPS

“Have done 2 trips with IWHB. Relaxing way to travel with someone else making all the plans. Guides were interesting and fun. Quality food. The company really knows the best places to walk”

– Ken & Donna, USA, 2016

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The Burren covers an area of some 260 square kilometres and is famous for its bare limestone pavements dissected by deep crevices and traversed by countless stone walls. Surprisingly, this bizarre and apparently hostile environment is a botanist’s paradise as around ¾ of Ireland’s plant species are found in the Burren (more than any other region). By contrast – Connemara is an imposing landscape of lakes, moorland and rugged mountains. It has some of the most extensive areas of blanket bog in Europe and is home to many heathland and bogland plants such as the insectivorous sundew and butterwort and a rich variety of heaths and heathers. The two main mountain groups – the Twelve Bens of Connemara and the Maamturk Mountains – are separated by the deep valley in which Lough Inagh lies. One of the most typical Connemara scenes is to see the jagged peaks glistening with quartz reflected in the still waters of a bogland pool. In between these 2 contrasting landscapes lie the Aran Islands, Inisheer (near island), Inishmaan (Middle Island) and Inishmore (big island). Although the Aran Islands belong to Co. Galway, geologically they are similar to the Burren in Co. Clare with many of the fields consisting of little more than bare limestone. The islanders have eked out a living by improving the soil over generations with sand and seaweed. Aran is also a bastion of Irish culture. Irish is still the everyday language of most islanders, making it the strongest Gaeltacht in the country. Many traditions that have been lost on the mainland have been maintained here. It also has a wealth of archaeological and historical remains, notably its prehistoric stone forts and Early Christian sites. Aran has been a mecca for scholars and discerning travellers ever since John Millington Synge’s brilliant depiction of the islanders’ life in The Playboy of the Western World.

5-Day options available on request.

Tour Dates

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  • Apr 22nd – 29th
  • May 27th – Jun 3rd *
  • Jun 24th – Jul 1st *
  • Jul 29th – Aug 5th *
  • Sep 30th – Oct 7th

 

Highlights

  •  Dun Aonghusa Fort
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Errisbeg Mountain

Whats Included?

  • Expert, Experienced, Local Guide for the duration of the tour
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only).
  • 7 Evening Dinners.
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €250.00.
  • Not Included: Any boat trips (eg. ferry to Skellig Islands) | personal drinks | entrance fees to theatres | parks or museums etc. | medical expenses or gratuities.

Day by Day

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We offer a Courtesy Transfer from Galway Bus/Rail Station at 16.00hrs if required for this holiday. You will be transferred to your first overnight location in Roundstone on the southern shores of Connemara. Islands and sea abound everywhere. Enjoying our first evening meal together, this is the time for a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. You stay here for three nights.

Errisbeg Mountain/Dogs Bay Beach is our route for today, overlooking the famous Roundstone Bog and the musical village of Roundstone. A great days hiking to this “wild” corner of Ireland. Return to Roundstone for Evening Dinner.

Walk Details – Distance: 14kms. Height gain: 350mts. Walking time: 5 hours. Open mountains, across bogland & sandy beaches….opportunity to swim! Boots essential.

Introducing you to more of the Connemara landscape, today we take you to the hills near the Inagh Valley. The landscape of Connemara is dominated by two mountain ranges – the Maamturks & the more famous Twelve Bens. Depending on weather, your Guide will take you for a glorious hike with amazing views across Lough Inagh & Connemara. At the end of your walk, you transfer back to Roundstone for your dinner & overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 10-12kms. Height gain: 480mts. Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Minor roads, tracks, uneven rocky & boggy surfaces & open mountain. Boots essential.

From Roundstone, we travel to Rossaveel to catch the Ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. After checking in at our accommodation, where we stay for the next 2 nights, we hike to Dún Dúchathair, a spectacular cliff-top stone fort on the southern (Atlantic) coast of Inishmore. We walk back to our accommodation for our evening meal and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 8-10kms. Height gain: 80mts. Walking time: 3-4 hrs. Minor roads, uneven rocky surfaces & rugged cliffs. Boots essential. (Ferry crossing approx. 1 hr).

Today’s hike takes us westwards along the spine of Inishmore on tracks and minor roads. We visit the enigmatic rectangular pool known as Poll na bPéist or the Worm Hole, where turbulent waters surge and gurgle noisily at high tide. We then continue along the cliff-top to Dún Aonghusa, Ireland’s most famous stone fort. From here we return to Kilronan along the north coast, visiting the beach at Port Mhuirbhigh and the early church of Teampall Chiaráin. Evening meal and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 18kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 5-6 hrs. Mainly along minor roads and tracks, with some sections over rough limestone blocks near cliff edges. Boots essential.

After a relaxing morning with time to savour the peaceful atmosphere of Inishmor early in the day, you then travel to Doolin by ferry from Inishmor. On arrival, one of the highlights of this trip is a spectacular walk along the Cliffs of Moher to Hag’s Head. We then transfer to Ballyvaughan for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 8kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 2-3 hrs. Level walk along abrupt cliff tops. Boots essential.

Today’s hike takes us over the spectacular Gleninagh Mountain exploring some stone forts, before descending to Black Head. There are wonderful views across Galway Bay to Connemara’s Maamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges and across to the Aran Islands. Transfer back to our accommodation in Ballyvaughan for our farewell dinner.

Walk Details – Distance: 16kms. Height gain: 380mts. Walking time: 5 hrs. Small roads and pathways, open limestone pavements with no tracks. Boots essential.

After breakfast you bid farewell to this most beautiful and breath-taking part of Ireland. We offer a courtesy transfer to Galway Bus/Rail Station for your onward transfer to International Airports, and/or other areas of the country. There is a good bus and train service to all major towns and cities in Ireland from Galway.

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