2 Expert Guides on tour, to accommodate all hiking abilities.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
Choose between Comfortable or Moderate Walks each day.
“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
The Burren and Connemara face each other across Galway Bay, with the glorious Aran Islands strategically placed in between. It is hard to imagine two more contrasting landscapes. ‘Burren’ is
derived from the Irish word boireann meaning ‘place of stone’, and the name could not be more apt. There is no part of Ireland where rock so obviously dominates the landscape as it does in the Northwest corner of County Clare.
Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.
Please note, minimum numbers are required for 2 guides to take part in the tour. Should the tour not reach minimum numbers then only 1 guide will take part in the tour.
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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 inthe 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, you have a choice of 2 walks:
1 Boot 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………!!
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads disappear to grassy tracks & then open hillside with rocky & uneven sections, some boggy & wet underfoot conditions with some steep climbs up & down. Paved footpaths & beach towards the end.
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. From here the then have a choice of walks:-
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 150mts. Gravel tracks & board walks with some rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 445mts. Gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, stepping stones, board walks & boggy underfoot conditions. Steps up and down
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 old fortress before returning to your accommodation for your dinner & overnight.
1 & 2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 100mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbily 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. Today you have a choice of the following walks:
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 150mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbily underfoot. Exposed cliff edges with no protection.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 19kms. Highest point: 150mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbily underfoot. Exposed cliff edges with no protection.
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. Your choice of walks is as follows:
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 250mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, open hillside with rocky & uneven limestone slabs to traverse.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 320mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, grassy trails, 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. Your choice of walks is as follows:-
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 7kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Exposed cliff edges throughout the walk.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 15kms. 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.