Expert Guide on tour for the tour duration.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
Moderate Walks each day – Previous Hiking experience required
“Very organised, very relaxed. Brilliant group Leaders. Even enjoyed the “soft rain”. Looking forward to my next walking holiday with IWHB.”
– Margaret, UK, 2016
Immerse yourself in the West of Ireland for an idyllic holiday as you discover this part of Ireland with a “local” on the Wild Atlantic Way. From delicious food, to outdoor activities, to 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. You’ll feel at one with nature during the day and the friendly Irish people will help you feel right at home as you embrace rural life. And by the time you leave, you’ll have had a taste of Irish life that is guaranteed to leaving you wanting more.
Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.
Please note: Due to minimum numbers not being achieved 8 weeks prior to this tour proceeding, this tour will now be a 1 guide tour.
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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. Your choice of walks today is:
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.
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 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 continue 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 on, you reach an old deserted village before re-joining your minivan & returning to your accommodation.
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 some refreshments here, your Guide will collect your minivan & then return to bring you on 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.
Also starting your walk just east of Mulranny, you follow a beautiful track into the foothills of the Nephin mountains – close to the amazing Ballycroy National Park. From here, you will then continue you circuit to enjoy the final part of your walk on a well prepared trail. Return to your minivan & continue to your accommodation in Westport for your next 3 nights.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms. Highest point: 200mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Some off-trail walking over open hillsides with muddy & boggy conditions underfoot.
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, 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. 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 heros that have made this place so famous.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 200mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Some rocky & uneven surfaces underfoot.
Walking west from the pier, you will 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 16kms. Highest point: 470mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & some grassy, uneven & muddy trails. Off-trail walking with some steep climbs. Return to your accommodation in Westport for your overnight & a free evening at your leisure.
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, so it features in so much conversation around the locality. It is a glorious hike, and those that manage to complete it will have a huge sense of achievement. You have a choice of the following walks today:
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.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 400mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions.
Ascending across open mountain, you will be following the main Pilgrim Route that most people use from the northern shores of Croagh Patrick. Taken slowly, this is a wonderful route giving terrific views across Clew Bay. Reaching the top of the mountain, you will find the famous Church there, have time to enjoy your triumph & then continue west to descend along a different route if weather allows. Returning by minivan to the base of the mountain, you may wish to enjoy some refreshments here before returning to your accommodation.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 765mts. Gravel tracks, loose scree, rocky & uneven conditions underfoot, muddy trails.
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. Discovering the delights of this wilderness region your choice of walks is as follows:
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.
Walk Details – Distance: Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 100mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & uneven & boggy sections beside a river.
South west of Westport & on the southern foothills of Croagh Patrick, there is an expanse of blanket bog that is full of history. This in turn gives rise to the Sheefry Hills & it is in these foothills that your Guide will take you
to discover some of the riches of this region. A super walk brings you closer to the village of Leenane and on re-joining your minivan, you then continue west to the coast.
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 will travel south west to reach the colourful town of Clifden. This is a glorious town with a long transatlantic history made famous by Alcock & Brown. The town was formally established in 1812 and is still a maritime nucleus for this region of Ireland. This is your overnight base for your last 2 nights as you enjoy an evening at your leisure to discover some of the delightful restaurants in this lovely town.
Your final day takes you by ferry from Cleggan Pier to the beautiful island of Inishbofin – awash with history, tradition & wonderful people. This is 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 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.
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.
After your final and substantial 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.