8-Day Guided Wild Atlantic Way & Islands Hike

Explore some of the most untouched & undiscovered parts of our amazing country, along the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way. Your local Irish Guide will introduce you to the rich culture & heritage, incredible food & terrific hiking.

A holiday with history, culture & amazing scenery in abundance.

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GUIDED TOUR

Expert Guide on tour for the tour duration.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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GRADING

Moderate Walks each day – Previous Hiking experience required

€1595

“Very organised, very relaxed. Brilliant group Leaders. Even enjoyed the “soft rain”. Looking forward to my next walking holiday with IWHB.”

– Margaret, UK, 2016

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8-Day Guided Wild Atlantic & Islands Hike

Immerse yourself in the West of Ireland for an idyllic hiking holiday as you discover this part of Ireland with a “local Guide” on the Wild Atlantic Way. Your hikes each day will reward you with amazing scenery, views and fresh air that will leave you feeling invigorated. Enjoy delicious food each evening along with local Irish culture and heritage. You will be amazed at how much you will discover as you uncover all that makes this region so unique. By the time you leave, you’ll have had a taste of Irish life that is guaranteed to make you want more.

Mayo is a relatively untouched & undiscovered part of Ireland. It is here that you can still find so many of our more typical stone houses, untouched landscapes & traditional farming habits. It is best known for Ireland’s most sacred pilgrim mountain – Croagh Patrick – that iconic “cone” that dominates this region and is still our most climbed & popular “pilgrimages” – especially on “Reek” Sunday!! Mayo’s maritime history is long & fascinating, some of its ancient coastal habitations dating back to the time of the Egyptian Pyramids. Everywhere you turn – there is more to discover, stories to hear & more beauty to be enthralled by.
Achill, Clare & Inishbofin Islands offer you some terrific hiking, amazing scenery & history in abundance. The variety of hikes on these islands will bring you to spectacular hillsides, with dramatic cliffs & seascapes as you relax into island life and explore these hidden treasures.

5-Day options available on request.

 

Tour Dates

2020 Schedule

  • May 16th – 23rd – 8 Places Remaining 
  • June 13th – 20th – 8 Places Remaining
  • July 4th – 11th – 6 Places Remaining
  • August 15th – 22nd – 8 Places Remaining
  • September 12th -21st – 8 Places Remaining

 

Highlights

  • Croagh Patrick
  • Clew Bay
  • Inish Boffin
  • Killary Fjord
  • Achill Island
  • Keem Beach – voted Ireland’s best beach!

Whats Included?

  • 7 nights stay in an en-suite room at our premium hand-picked accommodations.
  • Delicious Irish breakfast each morning.
  • 6 Picnic Lunches (on hike days only).
  • Three sumptuous evening meals in the region’s top restaurants.
  • 6 days hiking with our local, expert guide who will accompany the group for the duration of the holiday.
  • Courtesy transfers to and from each day’s walking locations and all transport as outlines in the itinerary.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €295.00.

Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.

    Day by Day

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    You arrive to the capital of Mayo – Castlebar town. Here, your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours, introduce you to your other group members & whisk you away to the western shores of this glorious region to reach Achill Island. This is your base for your next 2 nights and your Guide will brief you on the coming days of your holiday & ensure you are properly prepared for each day. You will then walk to a nearby restaurant to enjoy your first dinner together & experience island nightlife!

    After a scrumptious breakfast and armed with your picnic lunch, you will depart from your accommodation to start your walk, discovering the delights of this wonderful region – the “deserted village”, an old signal tower and some idyllic hidden lakes.

    Leaving your accommodation, you reach a magnificent lake hidden in the mountains in an idyllic setting which supplies most of the island with its water. From there, you continue across open mountain, moorland & bogland with no defined tracks as you hike to the northern coast of this island. Here, you discover the delights of more hidden lakes, known only by the birds & keen walkers, as you follow across the hillsides to reach an old signal tower. Continuing, you reach an old deserted village before re-joining your minivan & returning to your accommodation.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails.  Open hillsides with no trails & rough underfoot conditions.

    After your walk, you will have a free evening to enjoy this beautiful island where you overnight for your 2nd night.

    Before leaving this beautiful island, your Guide will take you on another glorious hike – this time at the beautiful Keem Beach – voted Ireland’s best beach!! With glorious views across the island, the Wild Atlantic & south to Clare Island, you will be fascinated by the beauty of this region. A magnificent looped hike takes you to Achill Head & along a boggy valley to return to “Boycott’s” old home. The brave may like to have a refreshing swim in the cooling waters of the Atlantic, before driving east & south to reach your next accommodation in the vicinity of Westport. This is where you will be staying for your next 2 nights. Free evening & overnight here.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 275mts. Off-trail walking over open hillsides with muddy, boggy & uneven conditions underfoot.

    Your day starts today with a glorious boat trip across Clew Bay to reach the magnificent Clare Island. This is a legendary place – once home to our famous Pirate Queen – Grace O’Malley. A wonderful hike around the island give you the opportunity to discove some of the many delights found here. If for any reason weather prevents this trip – then your Guide will take you on a lovely walk into the wilderness that few discover east of Croagh Patrick.

    Walking from the pier, you will reach the lighthouse and if time permits, climb to the highest point of the island with wonderful 360 degree views all around. This is the largest island on Clew Bay and the western side of the island protects so much of the land from the ravages of the Wild Atlantic storms. With views south to Croagh Patrick & north to Slievemore on Achill, you will be spoilt with beauty.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 460mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & some grassy, uneven & muddy trails.  Off-trail walking with some steep climbs.

    Today is your day for experiencing a pilgrimage as you hike the iconic mass of Croagh Patrick. No trip to Mayo is complete without a journey to this famous “Reek” as it dominates the landscape, and features in so much conversation around the locality. It is a glorious hike, and offers a very memorable day for everyone and a huge sense of achievement.

    Starting on the main Pilgrim route at Murrisk, you hike up the northern side of Croagh Patrick to approx. 400mts at the shoulder of the mountain. From here, you will follow the ancient “Tochar Phadraig” part of the old pilgrim route from the monastic settlement at Aghagower east. Hiking around the southern foothills you will complete a circuit and return to Murrisk, finishing at the Visitor Centre at the base of Croagh Patrick. There, you can enjoy some well-earned refreshments and read some of the history of the mountain if you wish.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 445mts. Gravel tracks, loose scree, rocky & uneven conditions underfoot, muddy trails. 

    At the end of your hike, you drive will be driving for approx. 1.5 hours to reach the little village of Cleggan, stopping for dinner en route. From Cleggan you will be taking a ferry over to the glorious Inishbofin Island & checking into your accommodation here for your next 2 overnights.

    Today you enjoy a glorious hike around Inishbofin Island on a day of discovery as you enjoy a circular walk around this historical island. With fortresses dating back to the time of Cromwell and a rich mythological history, you will be enthralled by the beauty of this island. Today is a day to wander and enjoy nature at its best as you soak up all that is wonderful around you in the most idyllic setting possible.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms with some “cut off points” for those wanting shorter distances. Highest point: 150mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & rocky, uneven off-trail sections

    Enjoy your 2nd overnight & free evening at your leisure on Inishbofin.

    Today, you leave “Bofin” behind as you return by ferry to the mainland and drive east & north to reach the stunning Killary Harbour. This is Ireland’s only fjord with a wealth of history and amazing scenery. Walking along an old Famine Road under the shadows of Mweelrea Mountain you final hike will take your breath away. At the end of your hike you drive east to reach the village of Leenane at the eastern end of Killary Harbour. This is where you enjoy your last overnight before your onward journey’s tomorrow.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 400mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillsides with uneven, rocky & boggy sections underfoot.

    At the end of your walk, you drive to Leenane & your accommodation. Your final farewell dinner together is a great way to compare stories, reminisce and enjoy some great music before your onward journeys tomorrow.

    After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will transfer by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Galway. From Galway, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland. Your estimated arrival time to Galway is approx. 10.00am. (Please ensure any departing flights from Dublin are booked after 17.00hrs).

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    “Very organised, very relaxed. Brilliant group Leaders. Even enjoyed the “soft rain”. Looking forward to my next walking holiday with IWHB.”

    – Margaret, UK, 2016

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