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Expert Guide on tour for the tour duration.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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Moderate Walks each day – Previous Hiking experience required

€2010pps

“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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Sherry’s Irish Coast to Coast Adventure Ireland

“How can a country so small have so many different, diverse & dramatic landscapes?”

This is a question you will find yourself asking about Ireland.  From the rolling, soft Wicklow Hills in the East to the dramatic & mountainous coastline of the West, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the studded islands off the south coast or the awe-inspiring Wild Atlantic Way drive. Ireland offers you more than the average country in scenery, culture, history, warmth & splendour.

To really experience Ireland – you need to feel it – feel its land, its rain, its temperate climate & most of all – its soul.  This is a country that cannot be rushed and exploring it on foot is one of the best ways to experience it.  This allows you the opportunity to meet the “locals”, come face to face with thousands of years of history and see what it is that makes Irish people so unique.

Tour Dates

  • 12th – 19th Oct

Highlights

  • Croagh Patrick
  • Slane Castle & Belleek Castle
  • Whiskey appreciation masterclass
  • Dublin City tour
  • Visit to Ceide Fields
  • Baking experience
  • Walk the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Literary pub crawl
  • Visit the oldest family owned pub in Ireland
  • Learn how to smoke fish
  • Evening meal in a castle dining room
  • Sleep in a luxury Mongolian Yurt

Whats Included?

  • 7 nights stay in an en-suite room at our premium hand-picked accommodations.
  • Delicious Full Irish breakfast each morning.
  • 4 Picnic Lunches (on hike days only).
  • 4 sumptuous evening meals in the region’s top restaurants.
  • 6 days activities with an expert Irish guide who will accompany the group for the duration of the holiday
  • All experiences as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Courtesy transfers to and from each day’s walking locations and all transport as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Access to a full gallery of photos of the entire trip, you can use for personal purposes.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €250

Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses, travel insurance or gratuities.

 

    Day by Day

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    Your holiday starts in Dublin where your guide will meet you on arrival and transfer you to the vibrant town on Ballina. After settling into your room and taking in the magnificent view over the River Moy and Belleek Woods, take a short stroll around the Quay Village and marvel at the Crete Boom, Ballina’s own concrete ship which keeps watch over the quay.

    As a welcome to Ireland enjoy a traditional homecooked Irish dinner around the table with the group in Marjorie’s homely kitchen, washed down with an Irish coffee made with Jameson, Ireland’s favourite whiskey.

    After dinner if you have any energy left we will hit the town and visit Pat Rouse’s bar, Ballina’s oldest family-owned pub where a traditional Irish music session and singsong will go on late into the night. You may even get the chance to pull your own pint of Guinness.

    Meals included: Dinner

    After a refreshing sleep and a delicious breakfast. It’s off to hit the trails of Mayo and get our boots dirty for the first time. This region of the Wild Atlantic Way has some of the most dramatic coastline to be found anywhere in Ireland. The hike we will enjoy today was described in Lonely planet as “The finest sustained coastal walk in western Ireland, with a profusion of precipitous cliffs, crags, caves, chasms and islands along the remote North Mayo coast”.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 13kms. Highest point: 270mts. Paved roads, sandy and gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot. 

    Next, it’s time to visit the beautifully Ceide Fields which is the oldest, most extensive Stone Age monument in the world, which lies beneath our feet! Consisting of megalithic tombs, fields and houses, the relics are softly covered by a natural blanket bog, which itself is a wonder with its unique flora and fauna. Prepare to be blown away at the viewing platform at the edge of the 110-metre cliff close by.

    Now it time to reward you for your days adventure with some delicious home baked treats at Mary’s Cottage Kitchen. The perfect place to stop for some tasty home cooking situated in the coastal village of Ballycastle. Mary’s Cottage Kitchen was built in the early 1800’s and maintains many traditional features such as the stone wall exterior, open loft, exposed beams, flag floors and a good open fire.

    Following this delicious stop, you will make your way back to Ballina along the coast with a stop at the iconic Downpatrick head where your guide will bring this place to life with facts and folklore about time gone by.

    This evening you can relax and enjoy your evening meal at your leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

    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 complete it will have a huge sense of achievement.

    Before travelling to the beginning of your hike enjoy a unique experience on a visit to a local fish mongers where you will learn the art of smoking fish from the local expert.

    For your hike you will be ascending across open mountain 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 where you have time to enjoy your triumph & then continue west to descend along a different route if weather allows.

    Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 765mts. Gravel tracks, loose scree, rocky & uneven conditions underfoot, muddy trails.

    Following your hike, you will return to your hotel where you can refresh in the hotel pool and leisure facilities.

    This evening you have a real treat before Dinner. A whiskey appreciation masterclass, your whisky expert will take you through a selection of Irish Whiskey and educate you on this world-famous spirit and its origins. Taste the different whiskeys and ask any questions you may have. Following the masterclass, you are free to enjoy your evening at your leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

    After another wonderful breakfast , Today you will take the opposite path on the Wild Atlantic Way towards scenic Sligo. Together, we’ll climb Knocknarea and add a stone to the thousands adorning the imposing grave or cairn of Maeve, the great warrior queen, which overlooks Strandhill. On our descent, we’ll walk the beach and check out the surfers and windsurfers in one of Ireland’s premier surf destinations. It’s time to enjoy an organic, fair-trade coffee at the outstanding Shells Café which overlooks the strand, enjoying one of their scrumptious homemade treats, with time to relax and explore this quaint location.

    We’ll then take the coastal drive through surf haven Easkey towards Enniscrone and back to Ballina.

    Your evening begins with a tour of historic Belleek Castle, where we’ll see private dining rooms, decorated in a romantic, opulent style, the Spanish Armada Bar and the Tween Deck, overlooking the magnificent medieval banqueting hall. The highlight will be The Marshall Doran Collection, one of the finest collections of arms and armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland. We’ll also see the Grace O’Malley room and marvel at the last wolf shot in Connacht.

    Following the tour, you will enjoy a delicious evening meal in the castle dining room.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Wake up to a delicious breakfast, you should try the porridge with fresh fruit! Once you finish breakfast, it’s a short walk to your guide Rachel’s bike shed, where you will be fitted for a bike, given your packed lunch and we will do a quick briefing of the day ahead. From here, we’ll cycle the Monasteries of the Moy, exploring Belleek woods, Rosserk Abbey and the quaint historic port village of Kilalla. There will be lots of occasions to stop off and take pictures and learn about the history and traditions.

    In the late afternoon there will be the option to enjoy a baking experience in Marjorie’s kitchen, hosted by your guides mother in her kitchen. Marjorie is the author of 4 cookery books and loves nothing more than to share her passion in the kitchen.

    For anyone who doesn’t want to cycle today, Another option is to chill out and enjoy a relaxing treatment in an award winning spa.

    Dinner will be served in a traditional pub we’ll also be entertained with live music.

    Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

    Your destination today is the sleepy village of Slane and the stunning setting of Rock Farm Glamping site. After time to check in and get comfortable in your luxury Mongolian Yurt you will take a beautiful river walk along the banks of the Boyne river and really appreciate the beauty of the region or you can relax and soak up the serenity of the Glamping site.

    In the late afternoon you will visit Slane castle for a tour and then it’s off to Slane Whiskey distillery for a distillery tour and whisky tasting.

    Tonight’s meal will be a delicious BBQ of local produce paired with local ciders and beers for those who enjoy a tipple.

    Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Today takes you to Dublin City. After checking in to your hotel you will take a walking tour to many of the highlights & historical places of interest.  This walk will incorporate a visit to St. Patricks Cathedral, Trinity College and other locations of cultural and historical significance. Any that wish to detour off for some personal sight-seeing may do so later in the day as free time will be given for you to do some exploring alone before you return to your accommodation.

    Enjoy your evening meal before a brilliant literary pub crawl where in the company of 2 local guides you will visit the pubs frequented by Irelands best loved Playwrights and authors. What sets this apart from other tours are the impromptu performances by your two guides.  This is such a  great way to see Dublin’s vibrant pub culture!!.  Afterwards you will have the opportunity to enjoy Dublin city and the nightlife it is world famous for.

    Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Following another delicious breakfast, today you will bid farewell to the Emerald Isle. You will be transferred back to Dublin Airport for your onward flights.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    €2010pps

    “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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