Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara Walking Tour, 8 Days Guided
The Burren Aran Connemara Guided walk combines the lunar-like, limestone landscape at the Burren, the spectacular coast routes in Connemara and the untouched flora & fauna on The Aran Islands.
The Burren National Park covers a remarkable 1,500ha of limestone pavement, hazel scrub, woodland, turloughs, springs and cliffs. Originating from the Irish word “Boireann” meaning rocky place you cannot fail to be impressed by this truly mesmeric landscape. The Connemara village of Roundstone is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Ireland overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain, it is no surprise that International artists have drawn their inspiration from this enigmatic location. On Inismore marvel at Dun Aonghusa prehistoric stone fort clinging to the 90m high cliffs while the Atlantic crashes below.
The Aran Islands pristine environments cultivate beautiful flora and fauna and are home to all manner of undisturbed nature and wildlife. Wander through deserted villages, explore monastic sites and spot passing whales and wintering birds. In the evening indulge in gourmet food, relaxing by a fire to the rhythms of traditional music – truly a sanctuary from the modern world. Have your cameras ready for your visit to the iconic Cliffs of Moher and enjoy unparalleled views of the Aran Islands and the coast of Clare from Gleninagh Mountain.
Price per person includes:
- 7 nights Bed & Breakfast
- Picnic lunch (on hike days only)
- 7 Evening Dinners
- 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday
- Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required
- Full information pack supplied upon booking
- Single supplement available as an additional cost: €340
- Transfer from Galway Bus/Rail Station
- Available 2017: 22nd April; 27th May; 24th June; 29th July; 30th September
- Own transport required to accommodation
- Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website www.connemarawildescapes.ie for more information and details.
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Itinerary: Burren, Aran Island & Connemara 8 Days Walking Tour
We offer a Courtesy Transfer from Galway Bus/Rail Station at 16.00hrs. if required for this holiday.
We transfer to your first overnight location in Roundstone on the southern shores of Connemara. Islands and sea abound everywhere. Enjoying our first evening meal together, this is the time for a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. You stay here for two nights.
Errisbeg Mountain/Dogs Bay Beach is our route for today, overlooking the famous Roundstone Bog and the musical village of Roundstone. A great days hiking to this “wild” corner of Ireland. Return to Roundstone for Evening Dinner.
Distance: 14kms. Height gain: 350mts. Walking time: 5 hours.
Open mountains, across bogland & sandy beaches….opportunity to swim! Boots essential.
From Roundstone, we travel to Rossaveel to catch the Ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. After checking in at our accommodation, where we stay for the next 3 nights, we hike to Dún Dúchathair, a spectacular cliff-top stone fort on the southern (Atlantic) coast of Inishmore. We walk back to our accommodation for our evening meal and overnight.
Distance: 8-10kms. Height gain: 80mts. Walking time: 3-4 hrs.
Minor roads, uneven rocky surfaces & rugged cliffs. Boots essential. (Ferry crossing approx. 1 hr)
Today’s hike takes us westwards along the spine of Inishmore on tracks and minor roads. We visit the enigmatic rectangular pool known as Poll na bPéist or the Worm Hole, where turbulent waters surge and gurgle noisily at high tide. We then continue along the cliff-top to Dún Aonghusa, Ireland’s most famous stone fort. From here we return to Kilronan along the north coast, visiting the beach at Port Mhuirbhigh and the early church of Teampall Chiaráin. Evening meal and overnight.
Distance: 18kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 5-6 hrs.
Mainly along minor roads and tracks, with some sections over rough limestone blocks near cliff edges. Boots essential.
Transferring from Inishmore to Inishmean we enjoy a good days hiking around this glorious island – exploring it to its full potential and enjoying some magnificent scenery along the way. Return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Distance: 15kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 5 hrs.
Small roads and pathways, open limestone pavements with no tracks. Coastal & near open cliff top. Boots essential and swimsuit recommended if weather is good!
Transferring by ferry from Inishmor, we travel to Doolin – home of Traditional Irish Music and enjoy a hike along the Cliffs of Moher to Hag’s Head. We then transfer to Ballyvaughan for dinner and over night.
Distance: 8kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 2-3 hrs.
Level walk along abrupt cliff tops. Boots essential.
Today’s hike takes us over the spectacular Gleninagh Mountain exploring some stone forts, before descending to Black Head. There are wonderful views across Galway Bay to Connemara’s Maamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges and across to the Aran Islands. Transfer back to our accommodation in Ballyvaughan for our farewell dinner.
Distance: 16kms. Height gain: 380mts. Walking time: 5 hrs.
Small roads and pathways, open limestone pavements with no tracks. Boots essential.
After breakfast you bid farewell to this most beautiful and breathtaking part of Ireland. We offer a courtesy transfer to Ennis Bus/Rail Station for your onward transfer to International Airports, and/or other areas of the country. There is a good bus and train service to all major towns and cities in Ireland from Ennis.
During your Holiday – you will be staying in guesthouses, B&B’s or occasionally small hotels. Some of these family homes have been converted into guesthouses, some are purpose built, while others are adapted after children leave home. We have carefully selected all accommodations for a variety of reasons; sometimes for their location or the people themselves, or perhaps their food.
We are sure you will be happy with the choices we have made and the experience you will get there. All rooms are generally en-suite, but from time to time you may have a private bathroom outside your own bedroom. All guesthouses supply soap and towels and have a washbasin in the bedroom with hot and cold water. Above and below are some images of Accommodation’s we use.