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    | Lugnaquilla in the Wicklow Mountains

    Luxury & Deluxe

    Ireland Coast to Coast

    31 reviews


    Deposit From: €680€680
    Region: West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands | East – Dublin & Wicklow
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
    Confirmed: When 2 Travellers Book

    Next Departure: 7th - 13th Sep 2024
    Accommodation: Deluxe

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Patricia Doe


      Hiking Ireland Coast to Coast is the perfect trip for hiking enthusiasts looking to explore multiple regions while enjoying some of Ireland’s most comfortable high-end accommodations. Join us on an epic adventure to summit the highest point in three corners of Ireland – including Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil – and explore three of Ireland’s most amazing national parks.

      Ancient monasteries, hidden glens, rugged bogs, and cosy pubs await you on this ultimate coast to coast hiking journey across three Irish national parks. Walking through Ireland’s most spectacular regions for outdoor lovers, you’ll summit several of Ireland’s highest peaks, as well as three of Ireland’s six national parks: Connemara National Park, Killarney National Park, and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Along the way, we’ll have ample opportunity to taste some of Ireland’s delicious seafood, meet locals in quaint pubs, and learn about the fascinating history of three of Ireland’s most iconic regions.

      In the evenings, soak up Irish culture and heritage in the rural communities we visit that surround the parks before retiring to your deluxe hotel. Learn a bit of Irish Gaelic in a quaint village in the Connemara Gaeltacht, tap your feet to some traditional Irish music in any number of Killarney’s lively pubs and admire the ruins of one of Ireland’s most significant monastic sites in Wicklow.

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      Day by Day
      Itinerary

      Day 1 – Connemara National Park Read Less

      Day 1

      Connemara National Park

      From the vibrant Galway City, we start our hiking journey in Connemara National Park. The famous Irish playwright and wit Oscar Wilde once described the region as a ‘savage beauty.’ It’s easy to see why, as gentle green fields give way to the rugged west coast. It’s time to put our boots to the test this afternoon on our hike into the sweeping hills of this rugged region. Characterised by its glittering quartzite rocks and boggy slopes, Connemara’s peaks offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.

      Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 7 km / 4 miles | Approx: 3 hrs

      Day 2 – Climb Mweelrea, Connacht’s Highest Peak Read Less

      Day 2

      Climb Mweelrea, Connacht’s Highest Peak

      Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht, is best known for its breathtaking panoramic views. The distance is relatively short, but the terrain is challenging, and the summit is both hard-earned and well worth it. The south falls steeply to the waters of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s largest fjord. To the east stretches the sprawling Sheffry Hills and the mountain Ben Gorm, and to the west lie white sandy Atlantic shores.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 13 km / 8 miles | Approx: 6 hrs
      Shorter Alternative: 10 km / 6 miles | Approx: 5 hrs

      Day 3 – Killarney National Park Read Less

      Day 3

      Killarney National Park

      Leaving behind the remoteness of the Connemara mountains, we head south to the Kingdom of Kerry. Discover the lush green valleys and wild hills of Killarney National Park, the first national park established in Ireland. Away from the more popular regions of the park, our hike heads up into the quiet hills, where a fantastic view of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains spreads out before us – our first glimpse of tomorrow’s challenge. Keep your eye out for the park’s beloved wild deer and other animals.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 5 km / 3 miles | Approx: 2 hrs

      Day 4 – Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s Highest Mountain Read Less

      Day 4

      Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s Highest Mountain

      Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest peak and the jewel in the crown of our high points hiking tour. At 1,040m, its jagged summit presents an enticing challenge for today*. There are many paths to the summit: the cliff-sides of O’Shea’s Gully or the aptly named Devil’s Ladder are just two options. As we hike, we’ll take time to admire the wildflowers, spot raptors soaring on the mountain thermals, and keep a lookout for Irish mountain hares. This evening, be sure to check out some of the lively pubs and a live traditional Irish music session in Killarney town.

      *The walk this day includes some scrambling and ridge walks which are elements of red grade difficulty. There is an option to sit out and spend the day in Killarney as an alternative.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 14 km / 9 miles | Approx: 7 hrs

      Day 5 – Glendalough Monastery & Wicklow National Park Read Less

      Day 5

      Glendalough Monastery & Wicklow National Park

      From wild Kerry, we head east to our next destination, Wicklow Mountains National Park. Full of emerald hills topped with purple heather and framed by lush forests, Wicklow is a special place. In the 6th century, the monk St Kevin sought solace and contemplation. He found it here in the idyllic surroundings of Glendalough’s lakes and valley. Today’s hike explores the quiet hills beyond Glendalough’s ancient monastery and follows the Glenealo River through a stunning glaciated valley.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 9 km / 6 miles | Approx: 4 hrs

      Day 6 – Lugnaquilla, Wicklow’s Highest Mountain Read Less

      Day 6

      Lugnaquilla, Wicklow’s Highest Mountain

      The summit of Lugnaquilla Mountain is today’s goal. The highest peak in the Wicklow Mountains – one of Ireland’s six national parks – as well as in the province of Leinster, the majestic Lugnaquilla proudly overlooks the glittering green valley of Glenmalure. We follow an exceptionally scenic route to the top of Lugnaquilla via a cliff-fringed hanging valley to arrive at the plateau summit named after a 17th century local character.This evening, we’ll celebrate our high points accomplishments with dinner and if we are lucky, some local music.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 16 km / 10 miles | Approx: 7 hrs
      Shorter Alternative: 14 km / 9 miles | Approx: 6 hrs

      Day 7 – Dublin & The Wicklow Way Read Less

      Day 7

      Dublin & The Wicklow Way

      After an epic Irish hiking adventure covering an incredible variety of landscapes, some of Ireland’s bucket list hikes and the tastiest pints of Guinness, it’s time to head to the capital, where you can start your onward journey or take a few days to explore – but not before you’ll get one last opportunity to stretch your legs along part of the country’s oldest and most venerable long distance trails, the Wicklow Way.

      *This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. All hiking times are approximate.

      Meals Included: Breakfast
      Walk Details: 5 km / 3 miles | Approx: 2 hrs

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      Ireland Coast to Coast

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      Trip Dates & Prices

      All payments taken in local currency EUR

      Trip Dates for 2024AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
      7th Sep - 13th Sep 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED €2,640
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      5th Apr - 11th Apr 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,640Book Now
      10th May - 16th May 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,640Book Now
      14th Jun - 20th Jun 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,640Book Now
      12th Jul - 18th Jul 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,640Book Now
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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 preferred departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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      Ireland Coast to Coast

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      This is a deluxe standard trip. On your coast to coast adventure, our trip designers have hand-picked 3 high-end Deluxe accommodations that are each recognised for their cosiness, luxury and comfort each night. This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast.

      Single Rooms

      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of €600 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals Read More

      Each morning, enjoy a homemade breakfast of your choice at your accommodation or nearby. Lunch will be taken either in a cafe or a wilderness picnic along your hiking route. Your guide will provide water and tasty Irish snacks throughout the week. Evening meals are included on the first and last nights only. For all other evenings, your Wilderness Guide can provide expert recommendations.

      Inclusions Read More
      • 6 nights accommodation in Deluxe standard accommodation
      • Most meals during the trip
      • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout
      • Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting in Galway and finishing in Dublin
      • 7 days of hiking through three Irish national parks
      • All transport/luggage transfers on the itinerary
      • Entrance and admission fees, as stated in the itinerary

      This trip includes all accommodation, guiding and travel, as well as most meals. It does not include gratuities for your Wilderness Guide nor any drinks you may wish to consume.

      Grading Read More

      Blue Graded 4-6

      Our blue-graded trips involve exploring some of Ireland’s best hiking regions, introducing some steeper climbs to summits as well as valley and coastal hikes. The hike will be conducted at a steady pace and you will typically hike 5-7 hours per day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from well maintained hiker’s trails to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

      The daily hikes will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. More challenging days are interspersed with lower level valley, coastal or forest walks which would include some cultural highlights along the way.

      Can you comfortably hike for around 10 miles (16km) with the occasional longer day? Are you happy with some ascents of 3,000ft / 900m? Are you comfortable on a variety of terrain from good paths to rough mountain tracks?

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      Meet your guide at the ticket machines at Galway Ceannt Railway Station at 11:00 on Day 1 of your trip. At the end of your trip, your guide will drop you off in Dublin City Centre at 12:00, 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.

      Speak to an Expert

      Patricia Doe

      An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets – she particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent nearly a decade in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular.

      Ask Patricia a Question

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Blue Graded 4-6

      Our blue-graded trips involve exploring some of Ireland’s best hiking regions, introducing some steeper climbs to summits as well as valley and coastal hikes. The hike will be conducted at a steady pace and you will typically hike 5-7 hours per day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from well maintained hiker’s trails to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

      The daily hikes will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. More challenging days are interspersed with lower level valley, coastal or forest walks which would include some cultural highlights along the way.

      Can you comfortably hike for around 10 miles (16km) with the occasional longer day? Are you happy with some ascents of 3,000ft / 900m? Are you comfortable on a variety of terrain from good paths to rough mountain tracks?

      Find Out More

      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 31 review(s) of Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

       

      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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      SusanMary Redinger

      Reviewed on 16/06/2024

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 01/06/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Wilderness Ireland is top notch. From registration to drop-off on our final day, I felt taken care of and pampered. Hikes were challenging, but rewarding and the pacing enabled a rest day in between the bigger climbs. Liam was a gem and added so much to our trip with his knowledge and enthusiasm for Ireland. I have no hesitation recommending Wilderness Ireland to anyone looking for a true hiking experience in Ireland.

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      Dorothy Galligan Doty

      Reviewed on 16/06/2024

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 01/06/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Excellent all around! I am very happy I found the Wilderness Ireland website!

      WD

      William Doty

      Reviewed on 10/06/2024

      Age: 70 - 80
      Trip Date: 01/06/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Liam made the trip

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