Tantalize your senses with a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way, West coast of Ireland, 7 Days Guided

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Tantalize your senses with a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way, West coast of Ireland, 7 Days Guided

€1,562.00

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Exhilarating and truly authentic Irish walking, cycling, leisure and adventure experiences – immersed in Irish ‘Craic’!

Explore part of the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland – An intriguing convergence of land and sea, which is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world. On this superbly scenic 7 day guided tour, we travel from Dublin to Westport in County Mayo, down the West coast of Connemara to Galway City, traversing this outstanding West of Ireland coastline in a journey of a lifetime.

Tantalize all your senses, on this breathtaking adventure, taking in wild Atlantic lands and seascapes with activities and experiences that include: walking, foraging, cycling, kayaking, adventure, islands, pilgrim sites, castles, storytelling, the history & heritage of the region, boats, trains, conservation, festivals, sailing, local artisan foods, traditional music & dance and the legendary local people, which all make up the rich fabric that is the West of Ireland. Come join us in the ‘craic’ (Irish word for fun!) discovering authentic Ireland on this hidden, bewitching coastline that will capture your heart and steal your soul!

Price includes: (per person sharing)

  • All transport for duration of the tour, as per itinerary
  • Tour leader for the duration of the tour (with knowledge of the specific activities, local history, geography and culture)
  • 6 nights accommodation sharing in luxury 3 & 4* hotels and country houses, including full Irish breakfast each morning, (single supplement available on request)
  • All activities and gear hire and visits as per itinerary
  • Lunches on Day 1 and Day 6
  • 4 course dinner & whiskey tasting on Day 5 at Zetland Country House
  • Afternoon tea & scone on day 5
  • Full information pack supplied upon booking

Price does not include:

  • Lunches on day 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Dinners on all days except day 5

Optional extras:

  • Single supplements
  • Extra days can be added
  • Tour can be customized to suit specific requirements
  • Upgraded to accommodation grades, 4* and 5* where available, as well as castles!

Note:

  • Minimum number of persons for this tour to proceed: 10
  • Maximum number for this tour: 18
  • Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website www.connemarawildescapes.ie for more information and details.

Please contact info@connemarawildescapes.ie for more information on the above and to check availability for this tour.

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Day 1 – Depart Dublin by train to Westport town for an electric escape!
07h00 Meet at Heuston Train Station, Dublin.
Welcome, meet & greet with your Connemara Wild Escapes tour guides and fellow travelers
07h35 Depart Dublin First Class by train to Westport. Travel time 3.20hrs
08h50 Full Irish Breakfast on board
Introduction and welcome to Ireland via storytelling and traditional music
Learn about the natural and cultural heritage that is the Irish landscape. The rich tapestry of social and cultural influences that have contributed to molding the physical and biological landscape – place names, history, mythology and the Irish language.
We inspire an informal discussion on sustainability by weaving conservation together with our responsibility to the environment, via ecology, nature and wildlife
Coffee & tea
10h55 Arrive in Westport
Transfer to and book into the 3* Clew Bay Hotel, located in the heart of Westport town
Welcome tea or coffee & delicious homemade scones on arrival
12h00 Meet at reception and transfer to Great Western Greenway
Cycle and explore the Great Western Greenway, our first taste of the Wild Atlantic Way!
Breath in the salty Atlantic sea air, feel the wind at your back as you experience the wild and rugged land and seascapes. Escaping the bustle of urban life on this multi-award-winning Westport to Achill Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland.
Cycle one or more of this 42 km staged route. Stop off at various signature points along the route.
Enjoy your gourmet picnic lunch set up on route, showcasing the wonderful artisan food available in the area-weather permitting. (Otherwise we will have our gourmet lunch at the Mulranny Park hotel along the Greenway route, with its beautiful setting overlooking Clew Bay.)
Return transfer to your hotel
19h30 Dinner tonight is at a venue of your choice at any of the many restaurants in Westport, which use seasonal, local ingredients and products where possible.
21h00 Optional late night show on Wednesday evenings when available : (Cost not included in tour price)
The Legend of Grainne Uaile. The story of the pirate Queen of the West. (TBC)
Enjoy the ‘craic’ and traditional music at any of the pubs of vibrant Westport.
Our recommendations include: Matt Molloy’s which is best known for traditional Irish gigs and sessions.
Petie Joe’s at the Castlecourt Hotel, T Bourke’s, The Clock Tavern and the Porterhouse!

Day 2 – Follow in St Patrick’s footsteps and then discover Connemara!
07h30 Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your hotel
08h30 Pick up at the hotel
Continue along the Wild Atlantic Way travelling to the Discovery point of Murrisk Abbey
Travel to the haunting Famine memorial. At Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s pilgrimage mountain, climb to summit/part of this route. This iconic mountain which dominates the landscape of west Mayo is an unmissable treat! Climbing the Reek, is an ancient tradition
We continue on our driving route toward Louisburgh and the Discovery point of Old Head.
We travel though the majestic mountainous Dhulough Pass.
12h30 Lunch choice is at the spectacularly scenic 4* Delphi Mountain Resort, to include local artisan suppliers
13h30 The afternoon is for sampling some of the many activities the resort can offer:-
Adventure activities zip wire, Jacobs ladder , crag climbing, archery, sea kayaking
or try the restorative qualities of seaweed bath at their excellent Spa
16h00 We continue on our route, hugging the wild and rugged Connemara coast stopping at the Killary Harbour Signature point, then onto the
17h30 Discovery point of Crump Island and the ruins of Renvyle Castle
17h45 Book into the 4* Renvyle House Hotel on the magnificent Renvyle Peninsula
19h30 Welcome drink & pre dinner talk and discussion by local environmental consultant re conservation in Connemara.
Learn about our current projects and sustainable tourism efforts.
20h00 Dinner can be at the hotel, with their award winning chef who will delight your palate with local produce and delights, or have dinner at one of the local restaurants or pubs. (Transport not included. In tour cost.)
Be sure to have a nightcap before retiring at the famous hotel bar and if there is entertainment on, join in with the traditional music and dancing, you might be there all night!

Day 3 – Island time on Inishbofin Island- ‘the Island of the White Cow’!
08h00 Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your hotel
09h00 Transport pick up at the hotel
Transfer and visit to the Connemara National Park & Visitor centre
Talk on the preserved Blanket Bogs of the West of Ireland
10h30 Transfer to the fishing village of Cleggan
11h30 Departure by ferry to Inishbofin Island-‘the land of the white cow’
12h10 Arrive and welcome to Inishbofin Island
12h15 Transfer and welcome at the 4* Inishbofin House Hotel
13h00 Lunch at a venue of your choice on the island
14h30 Free afternoon to explore or relax
19h30 Dinner tonight can be at the hotel or a venue of your choice on the island, where the menus are inspired by the sea and carry a range of dishes to reflect the days catch and the changing seasons also includes Inishbofin lamb
Meet the locals and enjoy the island ‘craic’, join in with some traditional Irish musicand dance at any of the pubs on the island

Day 4 – Day to explore the magical island of the White Cow
08h30 Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your hotel
09h30 Enjoy a free day/morning exploring this wonderful island by walking or cycling, discovering its many vistas, secluded beaches, deserted ruins, graveyards, birdlife, peoples, long history, wildlife, food, music, crafts, dive centre, horse riding and festivals.(Activity costs on included in tour price.)
13h00 Lunch at a venue of your choice on the island
14h00 (Optional)Guided walking tour of the Inishbofin Island
Join our guide on a fascinating 4 hour walking tour discovering the history, geology, fauna and flora, myth & folklore of this wonderful island. There is evidence on the walk of prehistoric landscapes.
19h30 Dinner tonight can be at the hotel or a venue of your choice where the menus are inspired by the sea and carry a range of dishes to reflect the days catch and the changing seasons also includes Inishbofin lamb
Meet the locals and enjoy the island ‘craic’, join in with some traditional Irish musicand dance at any of the pubs on the island

Day 5 – Kylemore, salmon, bodrhans, bogs, castles & country houses
07h30 Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your hotel
08h30 Transfer from hotel to Inishbofin pier
09h00 Ferry transfer back to Cleggan
10h00 Transfer and visit to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
The story of Kylemore – both Castle and Abbey – is a truly remarkable one. The twists of fate which its occupants experienced, from moments of romance and happiness, to sadness and courage have all combined to create a fascinating history spanning over 150 years.
Kylemore is home to a community of nuns of the Benedictine Order who came there in 1920 after their abbey in Ypres, Belgium was destroyed in World War I. Settling at Kylemore, the Benedictine Community opened a world renowned boarding school for girls and began restoring the Abbey, Gothic Church and Victorian Walled Garden to their former glory.
Optional guided hike up the black Ducruach mountain of Kylemore to the Sacred Heart Statue (cost not included in tour price)
12h30 Lunch stop at Michell’s Café at Kylemore Abbey. With delicious traditional Irish dishes and fresh ingredients from the Kitchen Garden
13h30 We continue on our wild way, hugging the Atlantic coastline travelling through the capital of Connemara, Clifden, and up to the scenic Discovery point of the Sky Rd
Next, we travel down to the Discovery point of Derrygimlagh, the historic landing site of the first transatlantic flight and a bit further to see the site of the Marconi Radio Station, famous for receiving the first transatlantic radio communications
15h00 We continue and travel across the hauntingly beautiful Bog Road to the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone
16h00 In Roundstone we stop for tea /coffee and a visit to Roundstone Musical Shop, a Bodrhan (traditional Irish drum) maker
16h35 Continue our travels along the coast with views of the majestic 12 Bens mountain range
17h30 Arrival and welcome at the 4* Zetland Hotel, in the tranquil coastal village of Cashel
19h00 Pre dinner drink and Connemara Smokehouse Salmon Platter tasting
19h30 4 course dinner in the Zetland’s silver service restaurant overlooking Cashel Bay, which offers elegant yet unpretentious dining, using only the finest and freshest ingredients.
21h00 Optional Whiskey tasting at the bar afterwards

Day 6 – Exploring the Irish Gaeltacht, beach foraging , sailing the Wild Atlantic & coral beaches
08h00 Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your hotel
09h30 Transport pick up at the hotel
Travel through the heart of the Connemara’s Irish Gaeltacht region, Irish is the first spoken language of this region. Learn about Irish place names and their Gaelic origins.
10h00 Beach Foraging -feel the freshness of the Wild Atlantic breeze, exploring this rugged shoreline, with an interpretative walk, learning about the many uses of seaweeds, foraging techniques and the edible seashore. Cookery demonstration and sampling of the gathered edible seashore
12h30 LUNCH at local pub with freshly caught seafood – mussels, crab or mackerel with some homemade brown bread
14h00 Experience the thrill of the Wild Atlantic Way with a sea trip on the famous Irish ‘Galway Hooker’ in Galway Bay or on a traditional Currach
16h00 Witness the stark landscapes of interlocking bogs, loughs and sea as we travel to the Discovery point Gort Mor, passing Patrick Pearce’s Cottage, who was the leader of the 1916 Rising. Then onto the Discovery point of Carraroe’s Coral Beach
We continue to travel on the coast road viewing Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
Transfer to Galway City – City of the Tribes
Arrival and welcome and book into at the 3* Harbour Hotel
19h30 Dinner tonight can be at the hotel or at the many restaurants and pubs in bustling Galway City
Soak up the nightlife of the City of Tribes, enjoy the music, the Irish pubs and the people of this vibrant city

Day 7 – Departure or continue on your Wild Atlantic Adventure
08h00 Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your hotel
09h30 Departure or add extra days to see more of the Wild Atlantic Way – the famous Aran Islands, the sheer Cliffs of Moher, the unique moonscape of the Burren in Clare and the wild rugged untamed natural beauty of the Atlantic coast of Kerry.

Contact us at info@connemarawildescapes.ie to make it happen!