Expert Guide on tour for the tour duration.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
Comfortable Tour – ideal for beginners.
“Very organised, very relaxed. Brilliant group Leaders. Even enjoyed the “soft rain”. Looking forward to my next walking holiday with IWHB.”
– Margaret, UK, 2016
Croagh Patrick is probably Ireland’s most famous mountain with over 2,000 years of worship and history. Originally a place of Celtic Worship celebrating harvest time, it is now Ireland’s iconic place of Pilgrim “mecca” with thousands of people climbing the “Reek” on Garland Sunday.
Combine this idyllic part of Ireland’s west coast with some of the most picturesque island’s off the Wild Atlantic Way and you have one of the most inspiring guided hiking holidays imaginable. Hike Achill Island with its beautiful Keem Beach – one of Lonely Planet’s top choice destinations.
Walk the tranquil Clare Island, once home to a Pirate Queen and finally to one of the most beautiful of Ireland’s islands – Inisbofin. On your guided hiking holidays you will be blown away by the beauty that makes this holiday the perfect destination.
Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.
Above pricing does not include single room supplement.
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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 reaches 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. Returning to your accommodation later that afternoon, you will be rewarded with a wonderful demonstration on how to make the perfect Irish Coffee.
From your accommodation, you walk up an old “bog” track to reach an old deserted village. With tales of the famine, and a traditional way of life long gone from Ireland, you then continue, passing an old Signal Tower and mining region, to reach the village of Dooagh. From here, those with energy enough can continue along the coast to see just what is was that so enthralled the famous painter Paul Henry to capture so many of the wonderful sights on this island.
After your walk, you will have the opportunity to learn how to make the perfect Irish Coffee before enjoying your dinner & overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 195mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Some off-trail walking over open hillsides with uneven & rough underfoot conditions.
Leaving this beautiful island, you then continue south east to reach the town of Mulranny. Just east of here, you will follow a wonderful track to the town of Newport. From here, you then continue south to reach your accommodation just outside the town of Westport. This is where you will be staying for your next 3 nights.
Before leaving Achill, your Guide will take you to see 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. From here, you start your walk just east of Mulranny and follow a beautifully prepared track to reach the town of Newport. While you have time to enjoy this beautiful town and have some refreshments before we transfer you to your accommodation for your next 3 nights. Dinner & overnight in Westport.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 150mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Some wet & boggy conditions underfoot with uneven & rocky surfaces.
Your day starts today with a glorious drive around the shores of Clew Bay to then reach a small harbour on the western tip of these shores. From here, you take a small ferry across to the magnificent Clare Island. This is a legendary place – once home to our famous Pirate Queen – Grace O’Malley. Discovering some of the delights of this island, following some of the little roads or “boreens” around the island, you will have the opportunity to reach the northern tip of this beautiful place with glorious views across Mayo & north back to Achill. History abounds here & you will learn much about the tales and hero’s that have made this place so famous. You then return to Westport for an evening at your own leisure.
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.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 200mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Some rocky & uneven surfaces underfoot.
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 the “Reek” and as it dominates the landscape, making it a constant topic of conversation around the locality. Travelling south from Westport you reach the ancient woodlands of Brackloon. From here, you follow “Tochar Phadraig” part of the old pilgrim route from the monastic settlement at Aghagower. From here, you follow through woodlands and back country roads to reach the foothills of Croagh Patrick. With a tough, short hike across moorland you then reach your highest point to then follow around the north eastern flanks of the mountain & finish 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.
You will then be transferred back to your accommodation, you can enjoy the bustling town of Westport at your leisure this evening.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 400mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions.
Today, you travel south through a wild & untouched region of mountain and bogland to reach the village of Leenane at the eastern end of Ireland’s only fjord – Killary Harbour. Under the shadows of the Sheffry Hills is a land that is untouched, untamed & unblemished by the test of time. Here, your Guide will take you on a beautiful walk, through forestry & beside a stream to emerge into open countryside with views that will literally take your breath away. Sometimes short & sweet walks are the best type you can encounter & we believe this is one of them. Returning to your minivan, you then continue west to the coast.
At the end of your walk, you will have time for some light refreshments near Leenane, before continuing on through Connemara to reach Cleggan Pier. From there, you take a small ferry to the beautiful island of Inishbofin – awash with history, tradition & wonderful people. With time to discover some of the islands delights, you then have your dinner & overnight on the island. (PLEASE NOTE: early & late season holidays may not be able to achieve all of this due to ferry times. If your earlier walk is not possible – you will have all the more time to discover the delights of Inishbofin).
Walk Details – Distance: Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 100mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & uneven & boggy sections beside a river.
Your final day takes you 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. If time allows, it may be possible to reach the smaller Inishark Island as well, depending on weather & tide times. (This will be an optional extra trip). Today is a day for one walk only and should you prefer to take some precious time to wander and enjoy nature away from the group – this is the day to do it as you soak up all that is wonderful around you in the most idyllic setting possible.
At the end of your walk, you return to 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.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 80mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & rocky, uneven off-trail sections.
After your final Irish Breakfast, you will take the ferry back to the mainland & 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. 11.00am.