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    Highlights of Ireland

    Next Trip: 20th - 30th Apr 2024 Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

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    Region: Multi-Location;Ireland
    Trip Type: Luxury & Deluxe
    Accommodation: Deluxe
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    Join us on our most extensive tour of Ireland’s coastline, from the Causeway Coast to Killarney National Park. Leave the crowds behind and explore the wilds of Ireland’s shores. 

    Over eleven days, you will be guided through some of the most popular destinations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, including the Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, and Croagh Patrick, while immersing yourself in these rugged landscapes’ rich mythological and cultural significance. Explore the best walking routes in Killarney National Park, filled with ancient monuments and attractions, scenic views, and natural marvels. By night, relax in some of the finest accommodations that Ireland has to offer.

    Escape the masses, and visit some of Ireland’s lesser-known highlights, such as Sligo, Westport, Derry and Donegal. Have an unforgettable, authentically Irish experience mixing with the local characters in these traditional, lively towns and villages. Gather a real insight into Irish culture and heritage by learning from local guides and historians in Derry, Galway, and visiting a working sheep farm in Antrim. Put on your walking boots, and join us for an unforgettable vacation in Ireland.

    Trip Highlights

    • Discover iconic Irish landscapes, including UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway and Killarney National Park.
    • Walk along the foot of Croagh Patrick, an important pilgrimage site.
    • Explore Galway City, which was voted Lonely Planet's top five cities to visit in 2020.
    • Hike the entirety of the Cliffs of Moher.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - The Causeway Coastal Route

    Firstly meeting in the bustling Belfast city, your guide will bring you along on a drive of the renowned Causeway Coastal Route to get an authentic introduction to Ireland’s dramatic views. The driving route is 130 miles long and has many historical and cultural landmarks. You’ll stop for a delicious lunch along the way to get acquainted with your new friends. After lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting a working sheep farm. As you step onto the farm, you’ll be greeted by the sights & sounds of the bustling agricultural operation that has been a way of life for many people for centuries. (L, D)

    Day 2 - The Giants Causeway

    Hiking along the Giants Causeway is a scenic and rewarding experience for hikers and geology enthusiasts. As you approach the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giants Causeway, you’ll see why it inspires several tales in Irish folklore. According to local legend, the Giants Causeway was created by two rival giants flinging rocks at each other across the sea. But the official scientific explanation attributes this site of thousands of basalt columns to ancient volcanic activity, formed some 50 million years ago. Leaving the Giants Causeway, you will begin your ramble to Dunservick. This route takes you along the stunning coastline of Northern Ireland, passing by rugged cliffs, secluded coves, and sweeping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 5 miles/8km | approx. 4 hours.

    Day 3 - The City of Derry

    The city of Derry is awash with historical and cultural significance, and every trip there is complete with a walk along the city walls. Derry’s walls are one of Europe’s best-preserved examples of 17th-century fortifications, providing a unique glimpse into the city’s tumultuous past. A local guide will lead you along the walls to give you a unique perspective on their significance in different periods of history. Additionally, the Walls of Derry offer panoramic views of the city and the River Foyle. From the mural-filled city of Derry, you will travel to the countryside of Donegal, where you will be staying that night. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 2 miles/3km | approx. 2 hours.

    Day 4 - Folk Village at Glencolmcille

    Start your day with a gorgeous coastal loop walk, stopping at historical monuments such as the Martello Tower and a Megalithic Tomb, and stopping at various viewpoints to witness the rugged coastline and sea cliffs across the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Notably, along this route is the Folk Village at Glencolmcille, which will give you a real insight into what life was like in Ireland in the 18th – 20th Centuries. From its thatched cottages to its authentic artefacts, this experience will give you a real sense of how our Irish ancestors lived. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 6 miles/10km | approx. 5 hours.

    Day 5 - Knocknarea & Strandhill

    Knocknarea is a large hill steeped in mythology and folklore, with local legends suggesting it is the burial place of the warrior queen Maeve. Hiking to the summit of Knocknarea offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Carrowmore is a megalithic burial site which offers a fascinating glimpse of Ireland’s prehistoric past and a chance to marvel at our ancestors’ engineering and architectural achievements. Enjoy a tasty lunch in Strandhill, an area renowned for its surfing spots, with epic views of the wild Atlantic Ocean. You are finishing your evening in Westport, a coastal town filled with stunning natural beauty and a vibrant cultural scene. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 2.5 miles/4km | approx. 2 hours.

    Day 6 - Croagh Patrick

    Croagh Patrick is steeped in religious and cultural importance, mainly tied to Ireland’s patron Saint, St. Patrick. It is said that St. Patrick retreated to Croagh Patrick to fast for the 40 days of Lent. Walking along the foot of Croagh Patrick, along the pilgrimage trail known as Tochair Phadraig, allows you to enjoy the tranquillity and a breath of fresh air away from the busyness of everyday life. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a burst of lively traditional Irish music in Westport, where you can relax with a pint by the warm fire or join in on the session. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 5 miles/9km | approx. 5 hours.

    Day 7 - Tour of Galway City

    Galway City is loved by locals and visitors alike. It has the quaint feel of a rural town but all the facilities and culture of a large city. Begin your tour of Galway city by meeting a local historian who will gladly lead you through Galway’s historical landmarks, cultural hotspots and hidden gems. After a two-hour guided city tour, you can enjoy free time to explore at your own pace. Afterwards, you will be taken to your comfortable accommodation in Co. Clare for a peaceful night’s sleep. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 2 miles/3km | approx. 2 hours.

    Day 8 - The Cliffs of Moher

    The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most iconic natural landmarks along the Wild Atlantic Way and for good reason. The cliffs were formed over 320 million years ago and are consistently one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions due to their dramatic beauty and rugged nature. You may even have seen them before in films such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and also The Princess Bride. Beginning your hike from the Visitor Centre, you will venture along the cliffs and breathe in the sea air while taking in the impressive views along the cliff edge on your way to Doolin. Learn about this region’s geology, wildlife, history, flora and fauna as the trail winds down to sea level overlooking the numerous seabird colonies along the way. Once you reach Doolin, you can relax in one of its many well-known bars and restaurants. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 5 miles/8km | approx. 3 hours.

    Day 9 - Ross Castle & Killarney National Park

    Killarney National Park is full of breathtaking landscapes and historic landmarks to explore. Delight in a short hike through the verdant woodlands and along the lakeshores of Killarney, keeping an eye out for the park’s herd of red deer and taking in the idyllic views that make this region special. End the hike with a visit to Ross Castle, a medieval castle set against Killarney National Park’s beautiful backdrop. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 3.7 miles/6 km | approx. 2 hours.

    Day 10 - The Kerry Way

    Journeying on the Kerry Way, you’ll follow the Old Kenmare Road hike, which is a place of tranquillity and solitude even during the busy summer season. This route was once the main road connecting Killarney to Kenmare in the 19th century. It cuts through the Killarney National Park, offering spectacular views of enchanting woodlands and dazzling lakes. This evening, you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and drink together in a local restaurant, celebrating the week’s hiking achievements. If you’re lucky, you may even have the opportunity to enjoy some local traditional music. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 6 miles/10km | approx. 5 hours.

    Day 11 - Muckross House & Departure

    After breakfast, enjoy one of the historic sites that Killarney National Park offers. Muckross House & Gardens overlooks Muckross Lake and dates back to the 19th century. After exploring Muckross House,  it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends, and our guide will drop you off at Killarney train station. (B)

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    After a day in the great outdoors, kick back by the fire in one of our hand-picked hotels for a night of relaxation before heading off to start your next day’s adventure. On this trip, expect a Deluxe level of accommodation for you to relax in boutique hotels, stately guesthouses, and beautiful manors. Each Deluxe accommodation has been chosen for its high comfort standards and service, its scenic location and its lovely amenities.

    On this deluxe hiking tour of Ireland’s highlights, partake in all of the excitement of a hiking adventure paired with the comfort and luxuriousness of deluxe accommodations. More than just a place to sleep, your accommodations play an active role in your Irish experience.

    Single Rooms

    There are a limited number of single occupancy rooms available to book for a supplement, please enquire for availability.

    If you are a solo traveller you may be able to share a room with someone of the same sex. If no roommate is available, you will be obligated to cover the additional cost of the solo room supplement, this will be confirmed at 4 weeks before travel.

     

     

    Meals Read More

    Most meals are included in the price of this trip – see the itinerary for full details. Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided on six evenings of the trip. On other nights, you may choose to dine with the group or in a restaurant of your choosing.

    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 can help you with recommendations and reservations as required. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 10 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.
    • 11 days exploring and hiking the wild landscapes of Ireland.
    • A guided walking tour of Galway & Derry city.
    • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Our green graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and generally over smoother terrain (but usually not paved). 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?

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    Meet your guide at Belfast’s Lanyon Place Train Station at 13:00 on Day 1 of your trip. At the end of your trip, your guide will drop you off at Killarney Train Station at 12:30 where you can continue your onward journey.

    If you’d like to arrange an extension before or after your trip, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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