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    Hiking & Island Hopping
    Ireland’s West Coast

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    Next Trip(s): 26th Mar | 16th Apr Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
    Trip Type: Hiking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
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    Join us on this exciting new Island Hopping adventure in Connemara and Mayo across Ireland’s rugged west coast. From coast to island, on foot and by boat, explore this ever-popular region of the Wild Atlantic Way on a unique hiking adventure.

    Travel through some of Ireland’s most beloved landscapes in a unique fashion on this trip. Leave the crowds behind to explore the little-visited islands, hills and headlands of Ireland’s west coast.

    Imagine yourself standing at the edge of the epic Cliffs of Moher before climbing aboard a small boat to hop over to the most remote island of the Aran Islands where Irish tradition reigns strong. Here, immerse yourself in local Irish traditions such as music, the Irish language and crafting. Discover vast blankets of wildflowers and wildlife while hiking the wild Burren National Park, visit infamous pirate queen Grace O’Malley’s ancient island stronghold on Clare Island, and see the crumbling Cromwellian barracks while hiking the pristine windswept landscapes of the island of Inisbofin.

    On this fully-guided small group tour of Ireland’s islands and west coast, learn about the rich cultural, mythological, archeological and geological history of these rocky wild landscapes while staying in comfortable, authentic accommodation handpicked by our expert trip designers. Along the way, meet some of the west coast’s most colourful characters and maybe even pick a few Gaelic words.

    Trip Highlights

    • Island hop to the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands & boat to Inisbofin Island's fort
    • Explore the island stronghold of Ireland's infamous Pirate Queen
    • Iconic sites visits - the Cliffs of Moher, Croagh Patrick - Ireland's Holy Mountain & Burren National Park

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – The Burren National Park, Ireland’s Middle Earth

    Your island hopping adventure kicks off in Galway, the City of Tribes. Leaving the vibrant city behind, we head south on the Wild Atlantic Way to the craggy, alien landscapes of the Burren National Park, a place said to be J.R.R. Tolkien’s inspiration for Middle Earth. Keep an eye out for natural bouquets of wildflowers as we cross this strange stony landscape on our first hike of the trip. (L, D)

    Hike Details: 5.5km/ 3.5 miles, 2.5 hrs.*

    Day 2 – The Aran Islands

    For our first island hopping excursion, we’ll set sail to the least-visited of the Aran Islands. Inis Meáin (the middle of the three islands) is a bastion of Irish tradition. First settled about 7,000 years ago, the Aran Islands have since been home to centuries of settlers, each leaving an imprint of their history, heritage and tradition. Today’s hike follows quiet roads and trails around Inis Meáin. Sailing back to the mainland, pass under the Cliffs of Moher (the stand-in for the Cliffs of Insanity for the cult classic, The Princess Bride) for a unique view most who visit the cliffs never experience. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 13km/ 8 miles, 4-5 hrs.*

    Day 3 – The Cliffs of Moher & Garumna Island

    This morning first destination is the nearby Cliffs of Moher, previously viewed from your ferry yesterday, today take a tour of the visitors centre and if time allows the options for a walk with your guide. In the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region), we continue our island-hopping adventure on a tiny peninsula where we’ll hike to the little-visited Garumna Island. Here the trail meanders through a series of local lanes and paths as you head towards the Trawbaun Graveyard with its neatly-preserved medieval church. Along Greatman’s Bay you’ll pass coral beaches and a rocky foreshore, but it is the views of Connemara’s Mamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges that really sets the scene. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 8km/ 5 miles, 4 hrs.*

    Day 4 – Inisbofin Island

    Another day, another island! Today we head to Inishbofin Island, where you can take in some of the most stunning Atlantic Coast scenery. Your coastal hike winds along the island’s shores, offering jaw-dropping views of Inishbofin’s sea arch, blowholes, and sea stacks where the island’s seal colony reside. Further along, we’ll explore the Dún More Cliffs and Iron Age promontory fort ruins, the picturesque Trá Gheal beach and an old famine road. The track rambles over grass paths, turf banks and shingle beach pebbles. Back at the harbour, one of the west coast’s best pints of Guinness awaits before ferrying back to the mainland. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 16km/ 10 miles, 6 hrs.*

    Day 5 – On the Shores of Killary Fjord

    Certainly one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal hikes, this gentle walk along Killary Fjord takes you past rocky outcroppings of sheep-shorn grass with distant ocean views spreading before us. Overlooking a necklace of white sand beaches along the shoreline, sharp eyes may spot pods of dolphins or diving seabirds on the surface of the island-dotted seascape. Delve into Irish history at a famine-era abandoned village as your guide brings to life the rich and ancient histories of this little-changing landscape. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 11km/ 7 miles, 4 hrs*

    Day 6 – Clare Island, A Pirate's Hideaway

    Welcome to Clare Island, the final island on our tour. In the 16th century, the wild north Atlantic coast of Ireland was ruled by Grace O’Malley, a formidable Gaelic pirate queen, who ruled the seas of Northern Europe. The little-visited Clare Island guards the entrance to Clew Bay, the Pirate Queen’s former stronghold. Explore the Pirate Queen’s castle, the jagged cliffs, pristine beaches and wondrous ruins of this magical place. Our hike follows the line of the cliffs on the northern coast, from the dramatically situated lighthouse to the island’s highest point before descending back to the little harbour village to relax at the sandy beach. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 11km/ 7 miles, 4-5 hrs.*

    Day 7 – Croagh Patrick, Ireland's Holy Mountain

    The imposing silhouette of the pilgrimage site, Croagh Patrick Mountain, dominates the surrounding countryside. On our way past, we’ll take a short hike in the shadow of the sacred mountain, following sheep tracks through heathery bogland along the final miles of the traditional pilgrimage route to the foot of Croagh Patrick. We’ll stop at a beautiful Augustinian friary before finishing up in lively Westport town. (B)

    Hike Details: 4km/ 2.5 miles

    *This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. All hiking times are approximate. 
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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    What's Included

    Accommodation Read More

    Kick off your hiking boots and relax by the evening fire on chilly nights or on the outdoor terraces on mild evenings after an exciting day of island hopping along the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara, Mayo, the Burren, and the Aran Islands. The accommodations chosen for this trip are tucked into the heart of some of Ireland’s most beautiful wilderness and are recognised for their uniqueness and conviviality – all part of your Wilderness Ireland adventure!

    This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast. Each day, lunch is either a Wilderness Picnic or taken at a local cafe/pub. Water and snacks are provided throughout the day. Evening meals are included on the first and last nights only. For the other evenings, your Wilderness Guide can provide expert recommendations. We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of €300 but this is subject to availability.

    Meals Read More

    Most meals are included in the price of this trip. Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided the first and last night. Other evenings, can dine where you choose – your guide can help you by making recommendations and reservations. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
    • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout
    • Pickup and transport throughout the trip
    • 7 days of hiking among the wild landscapes and islands of Ireland’s west coast
    • All boat/ferry transfers to/from the Aran Islands
    • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Galway Train Station at 12.00 pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped off at Westport Train Station by 1.00 pm on the last day of your trip. For full details on how to get to Galway, please see the travel section of our website here.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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    Eimear Quinn

    Our resident Northern gal, Eimear loves everything outdoors, from gardening to climbing and cycling. As a member of the Operations Team, Eimear is in charge of trip logistics throughout Ireland and knows everywhere from Connemara to Kerry to the Causeway Coast like the back of her hand.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Grades 1-3

    Our hiking trips range from very straightforward low-level hikes to trips that include more challenging itineraries which will take you to a new mountain top each day.

    Our green graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and are generally over smoother (but usually not paved) terrain. We include more cultural stops along the way and walk at a leisurely pace.

    Often our green graded trips include hikes in flatter coastal areas or in valleys, and will last around 2-4 hours each day. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

    Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascents, over generally good terrain?

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 review(s) of Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

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    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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    Kathleen Piskura

    Reviewed on 30/10/2021

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 09/10/2021
    Trips Taken: 2

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    Savneet Kaur

    Reviewed on 20/09/2021

    Age: 20 - 30
    Country: Ireland
    Trip Date: 11/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    This trip is by far one of the best travel experiences I have ever had! I enjoyed every second of it. The hikes, the accommodation, the group, the guide and the food(and some music), everything was just incredible! I highly recommend it to everyone, be it a solo traveller or a group!

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    Douglas Todd

    Reviewed on 20/09/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: us
    Trip Date: 11/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    My experience exceeded my fondest expectations.

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