Discover the West of Ireland Safari, 7 Days Self Guided

by cathy on June 11, 2013

732.00
Everyday June, July and August 2014 *
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Description

The West of Ireland and Connemara are known for their wild, rugged and “savage beauty”- (Oscar Wilde), its moody landscapes of craggy mountains, tumbling pebble streams, clear rivers and Loughs, windswept blanket bogs, sandy and coral beaches, dramatic islands, tranquil coves and picturesque fishing villages. Connemara has some of the richest culture and traditions in Europe, it’s incredible history and heritage, embodied in the stone-walled fields and ancient monastic remains. A strong tradition of storytelling has given rise to wild superstitions, folklore and legends, passed down through the ages by tales told around warm turf fires. Traditional music, dance and crafts are all celebrated in a series of lively local festivals throughout the year. It is a hidden, bewitching corner of the world that captures your heart and steals your soul.

  • Discover Galway City – The City of Tribes
  • Discover Celtic mythology and some of the early history of Connemara
  • Discover the foods, fjord and flowers of Connemara
  • Discover the islands off the West coast - Inishbofin & the Aran Islands
  • Discover the Fauna, Flora and Heritage of Connemara

This region is truly authentic, unspoilt and relatively undiscovered. Join us on an independent journey of discovery which includes a city stay in Galway, the City of Tribes.

Details
Price includes:

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast in our preferred accommodation
  • 4 evening meals
  • 5 days self guided sightseeing information pack an maps as per our suggested itinerary
  • Ferry tickets for Inchagoill Island(not available on Tuesdays), Killary Cruise, Inishboffin Island and the Aran Islands
  • Entrance into all attractions listed
  • Guided walking tour of Galway City
  • Free Connemara Wild Escapes gift

Not included in price:

  • Airfares
  • Car rental or transport
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Tips and gratitudes
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Available everyday June, July and August
Minimum number of persons for this tour to proceed: 1
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive and discover Galway City
Pick up car rental and book into hotel.
Collect your Connemara Wild Escapes information pack and maps from reception.
PM: Guided Walking tour of Galway City – The City of Tribes
The 4 * Harbour Hotel provides tonight’s dinner and accommodation
Then you might just want to sample a Guinness before retiring!

Day 2 – Discover Celtic mythology and some of the early history of Connemara
AM: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your accommodation
Travel to Connemara
Visit to Brigit’s Garden, a Celtic heritage and mythology themed contemporary garden
Visit to Aughanure Castle, Oughterard. Built in 1546 as a stronghold of the O'Flaherty clan
PM: 12h00 Cruise to Inchagoill Island and the village of Cong on Lough Corrib(Please note; this cruise is not available on Tuesdays)
View the earliest European writings on the island.Return to cruise on Lough Corrib, passing Ashford castle and onto Lislougrey pier. Optional gentle walking for 1km into Cong village to view Cong Abbey ruin and the 13th century medieval Ashford Castle.
Lunch in Cong Village
The 4 * Currarevagh House Hotel in Oughterard, provides tonight’s 4 course dinner and accommodation, and can be followed by a visit to one of Oughterard’s character pubs

Day 3 - Discover the foods, fjord and flowers of Connemara
AM: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your accommodation
Visit McGeough’s - Artisan Butcher, Camp Street, Oughterard,
Travel to Leenane village
10h30 Cruise down Killary Fjord on Connemara Lady
Travel through scenic Connemara to Kylemore Abbey
Enjoy a specially prepared lunch ‘A taste of Connemara’ tasting plate at Mitchell’s Cafe at the Abbey
Visit to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Travel to Clifden to Connemara Hamper, Market Street, Clifden.
Accommodation for the next three nights is at the 3* Alcock & Brown Hotel, in Clifden
Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Afterwards enjoy a traditional musical evening in one of the many lively pubs around

Day 4 – Discover Inishbofin Island
AM: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your accommodation
Travel to pier at Cleggan village
11h30 Ferry transfer to Inishbofin Island, the Island of the ‘White Cow’
PM: Visit to Inishbofin Island, inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. View Cromwell’s 16th Century barracks on the Island. Walking, beaches, bird watching, swimming, diving, snorkelling, shore sea angling, Irish music, wellness & spa, food and dining.
Lunch at hotel on Island
Return ferry to Cleggan village.
We recommend Oliver’s Seafood Bar & Restaurant in Cleggan for a delicious meal!
Travel to Clifden town
Accommodation tonight is at the 3* Alcock & Brown Hotel, in Clifden

Day 5 – Discover the Fauna, Flora and Heritage of Connemara
AM: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your accommodation
Travel to Connemara National Park, Letterfrack
Fauna & Flora Wildlife safari at Connemara National Park
At visitor centre, view Exhibition on the Connemara Landscape and Audio Visual Show
Explore and walk any of the nature trails or walks listed
Enjoy lunch at the Connemara National Park Tea Room
PM: Travel through the Inagh Valley to Connemara Heritage Centre, 10km outside Clifden.
14h00 Arrive at Connemara Heritage centre
History & Heritage Safari at Connemara Heritage Centre
View 20 minute audio visual on history of Connemara. Visit to crannóg, a ring fort, and a clochaun. Guided Old sod tour: turf cutting and burning, talk and sampling poitin and song singing! Enjoy a traditional Irish coffee at your leisure.
Travel to Clifden town
Accommodation tonight is at the 3* Alcock & Brown Hotel, in Clifden.
Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Day 6 – Discover the Aran Islands off Connemara
AM: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your accommodation
Travel through south Connemara to Rossaveal port,
10h30 Ferry trip to Aran Islands
Visit to the Aran Islands
Explore the three Aran Islands, Inis Mór Island (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle island) and Inis Oírr Island (East island). Breath-taking scenery, ecclesiastical ruins from early Christian times, medieval castles, cliffs, prehistoric stone forts (including the famous Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) ring fort), sandy beaches, clean air, unique flora and fauna and a rich folklore that the islanders are proud to recount.

Accommodation tonight is at the Pier House Guesthouse on the Aran Islands. Dinner is at a venue of your choice tonight, and can be followed by a visit to one of Kilronan’s traditional pubs.

Day 7 - Departure
AM: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your accommodation
Continue your visit on the Aran Islands
12h00 Return ferry back to Rossaveal port.

End of our Discover the West of Ireland Safari!

Hope to see you back in Connemara and Ireland very soon.

All of our prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a room. If your party requires single rooms they are available at a supplemental rate. The single supplement is to cover the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room. Please book early if you require a single room as only a limited number of single rooms are usually available. Contact info@connemarawildescapes.ie for more details.