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7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
Comfortable Tour – ideal for beginners.
“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
Three amazing locations in the heart of Ireland’s West Coast await you on this Guided Hiking Holiday in the Burren, Aran & Connemara and all on the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Burren & Connemara regions face each other across Galway Bay, with the glorious Aran Islands strategically placed in between.
Connemara is well known for its glistening bogs, beautiful mountains and sparkling lakes. Connemara National Park is home to the impressive Diamond Hill and only “around the corner” from the glorious Kylemore Abbey and Irelands only fjord Killary Harbour.
The Burren, with its amazing limestone pavements is like a “lunar landscape” with a wealth of ancient archaeological sights – Poulnabrone Dolmen being one of the most famous. In between these two iconic lands you have the historical Aran Islands with their promontory forts and ancient ruins. Visit Dun Aenghus and Dun Ducathair and enjoy watching the sun set over Galway Bay. Hiking parts of the Western Way, the Burren Way and walks on Inis Mór – this holiday is a dream of discovery as you immerse yourself into an amazing land with wonderful people to meet along the way.
Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.
Above pricing does not include single room supplement.
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Your holiday begins in the cultural city of Galway – a city that thrives both on a fascinating and historical past & a traditional & proudly Irish present. Your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours in the centre of Galway, and then a courtesy transfer by minivan takes you to your holiday start location on the southern shores of Connemara. From here, your Guide will introduce you to your group & brief you on the coming days of your holiday. You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together & return later to your accommodation for your overnight. If you wish to make your own way to your first accommodation in Connemara ahead of time – you are most welcome & your Guide will meet you there. Should you wish to explore Galway in more detail & spend an extra night or two there before (or after) your holiday – we will be happy to book accommodation for you.
Your first walk is a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Connemara and the contrasts of bogland & beach that makes this part of Ireland so enthralling. After your full Irish breakfast and with your picnic lunch in your backpack, your day begins.
A short drive takes you to the pristine white beach of Dog’s Bay. From here, you have a magnificent walk around this rugged tombola, with the sea beside you throughout your walk. Following the coastline, you walk into the little fishing village of Roundstone to enjoy some refreshment and this quaint village. Enjoy another evening in Roundstone with many of the bars featuring live Irish music. Overnight in Roundstone.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 100mts. Beach & sand dune walking, grassy trails with some rocky & uneven sections, paved roads & some stepping stones. Opportunity to swim.
Driving a short distance, you reach the little village of Letterfrack and Connemara National Park. Here, you will have time to enjoy the Visitor Centre, where you may wish to learn more about the formation of this fascinating landscape & its early settlers.
Diamond Hill is one of the most iconic of the Twelve Bens range of mountains & stands proudly in the centre of Connemara National Park. There is a lovely circuit that goes around the base of this mountain, introducing you to Connemara Ponies and the rich flora & fauna that this region abounds in. Returning to the Visitor Centre, you may wish to enjoy a lovely video on the region before moving on to Killary Harbour.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 150mts. Gravel tracks & board walks with some rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot.
At the end of your walk, you will then continue on to the famous & impressive Killary Harbour – Ireland’s only fjord and if energy allows, enjoy a short walk here. Those who wish, will have the opportunity to meet a local farmer, immerse themselves into this diverse way of life, get hands on experience with farming sheep & if you wish – cutting turf. Return to your accommodation in Roundstone afterwards for a free evening at your leisure.
Today you transfer to Galway Bay & reach the largest of the Aran Islands and Inishmore where you will spend your next 2 nights. Taking a small ferry from Galway, your crossing takes approx. 1 hour. On reaching the island, you drop off your luggage at your accommodation & then continue on to have a wonderful walk around the south eastern region of the island. Learning some of the rich history of these islands, you will also have time to visit an ancient fortress before returning to your accommodation for your dinner & overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 100mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbly underfoot.
Today you will have the opportunity to discover Inish Mor in all its glory. Leaving your accommodation, and overlooking the southern shores of the island, you reach the centre of Inishmor at Kilmurvey.
Following a lovely old trail, you will be brought across the limestone pavements to reach the fascinating “Poll na bPeist” or Serpents Lair. This amazing natural swimming pool is a wonderful location to learn more about this ancient landscape. With its rough and severe tidal currents, it soon becomes clear why the sea forms so much of island conversations. Continue on to reach the impressive stone fortress of Dun Aonghasa and your breath will be taken away with the wonderful views from here. Those that wish to learn more on the history of the island will be given the opportunity to meet one of the locals & hear more about island life and the changing times over hundreds of years. You will have time to relax and enjoy this fascinating site before you will be transferred to your accommodation. You will have a free evening to enjoy the unique atmosphere of island life mixing with the locals in one of the great pubs on Inish Mor.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 150mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbly underfoot. Exposed cliff edges.
Leaving the island this morning, you return to the mainland and drive south, around Galway Bay to reach the Burren. This is a completely different & contrasting landscape to Connemara & also boasts one of the most diverse arrays of flowers that any keen botanist would wish to find.
Just outside the village of Ballyvaughan, you reach Abbey Hill. From here, you follow a trail to the foothills of its peak, before climbing across the limestone pavements to reach the top. Overlooking Ballyvaughan Bay & Galway Bay beyond, you will be able to see Connemara where you have already been and the Aran Islands in-between. Continuing from there, you reach your accommodation in Doolin where you spend your next 2 nights. This vibrant village is world renowned for its bustling pubs where traditional Irish music fills the air.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 250mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, open hillside with rocky & uneven limestone slabs to traverse.
When visiting Doolin – one of the most talked about “must-do’s” is to visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. These impressive cliffs form a protective barrier from the Wild Atlantic Way to the rich & fertile land at the southern end of the Burren region. Standing proudly above the ocean their towering dominance is a spectacle that can best be appreciated on foot.
Walking from your accommodation in Doolin, you walk south to reach the foothills of the Cliffs of Moher. Climbing gradually, you can see the lower levels and layering of rock formations that continue to climb to their 300mt wall of beauty. Reaching the Visitor Centre you may wish to learn more on the formation of the cliffs, or just enjoy some light refreshments there. Afterwards, an optional boat trip under the cliffs can be arranged for those that wish. Return to the delightful village of Doolin to enjoy your final farewell dinner together, compare stories, reminisce and enjoy some great music before your onward journeys tomorrow.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 7kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Exposed cliff edges throughout the walk.
After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Ennis. From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland. Your estimated arrival time to Ennis is approx. 10.30am. Please note that Ennis is approx. 20 mins (drive time) from Shannon Airport.