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    Self Drive

    Connemara, Dingle & The Cliffs of Moher


    Deposit From: €641€641
    Region: Ireland | West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Patricia Doe


      Ireland’s west coast landscapes of Connemara, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way have inspired visitors for generations – including fantasy giant J.R.R. Tolkien, who took inspiration from the Burren’s alien landscapes for Middle Earth.

      On this self drive trip on the Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll stand at the edge of the world overlooking incredible ocean vistas from the Cliffs of Moher, hike through the fascinating geological landscapes of the Burren, and explore ancient monuments and wild bogs in Connemara. The cheery town of Dingle has been a magnet for artists and craftsmen, creating a microcosm of local artwork.

      Not only are Connemara and Dingle beautiful, but their rural communities are also some of Ireland’s last bastions of Irish tradition such as cuisine, music, dance and even the Gaelic language.

      On our Self Drive trips, enjoy the flexibility to travel at your own pace as well as benefit from passionate, local guides on certain days (marked G) who will interpret the landscape and introduce you to the culture and history of Ireland. Leave the planning and reservations to us – we’ve identified the very best of each region to get a great sampling of the nature, history and culture of Ireland. Hikes and other outdoor activities are matched to your ability levels. The minimum group size is 2.

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      Itinerary

      Day 1 – Killary Fjord & Connemara National Park Read More

      Day 1

      Killary Fjord & Connemara National Park

      Start your Wild Atlantic Way self drive trip off with a treat, feasting your eyes upon the breathtaking shores of one of Ireland’s only three fjords before heading to the expanses of Connemara. Once described as “a savage beauty” by author Oscar Wilde, explore the wild, windswept region. Stops include a sheep farm and a neo-gothic abbey before hiking in the Connemara National Park.

      Day 2 – Connemara & A Pirate’s Island Read More

      Day 2

      Connemara & A Pirate’s Island

      Explore the ancient mysteries of Connemara with a local archeologist who will bring the landscape, traditions and mythology of the region alive. Our route takes us to a hauntingly beautiful island where you’ll hear tales of pirates and invasions. Be sure to taste some of the spectacular local seafood in an idyllic island pub.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

      Day 3 – Galway City’s Colourful Centre Read More

      Day 3

      Galway City’s Colourful Centre

      With its cobbled pavement and street performers, Galway is the west coast’s most vibrant urban centre and a great place to visit. As you continue your adventure south, visit such places as botanical perfumeries, perfectly preserved historic cottages complete with thatched roofs and turf fires or short hikes to breathe some of Europe’s freshest air right off the Atlantic!

      Meals Included: Breakfast

      Day 4 – The Burren National Park Read More

      Day 4

      The Burren National Park

      The Burren’s rocky alien landscape is said to be the inspiration for Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s world-famous Lord of the Rings trilogy – and on your guided hike through this other-worldly region, it’s easy to see why! Home to a plethora of unique wildflowers, you will learn about the human history of the area dating back thousands of years.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

      Day 5 – Cliffs of Moher & North Kerry Read More

      Day 5

      Cliffs of Moher & North Kerry

      Start your day off at Ireland’s most-famous cliffs, the Cliffs of Moher, before the crowds arrive, enjoying a walk along the dramatic cliff edge on a background of coastal panoramas. Leaving County Clare behind, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine wildlife as you cross the mouth of the mighty River Shannon. As you make your way south through North Kerry, we’ll recommend a great beach walk along one of Kerry’s best-kept secret coastlines, as well as a few other great stops to make a leisurely day of it. Alternatively, you may prefer to head straight to Dingle where you could join an afternoon boat trip to spot the marine wildlife and the spectacular coastlines of the Dingle Peninsula.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

      Day 6 – Dingle & the Blasket Islands Read More

      Day 6

      Dingle & the Blasket Islands

      The best way to discover the best of the Dingle Peninsula? By boat, of course! Spend the day with a charismatic wildlife expert boating around Slea Head and the Blasket Islands, an abandoned archipelago famous for rich literary heritage and unique cultural insight about life in Ireland’s westernmost fringes. Spot seabirds and marine wildlife such as whales, seals and porpoises and dolphins.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

      Day 7 – Dingle Town & Departure Read More

      Day 7

      Dingle Town & Departure

      Today, say goodbye to the wilds of Dingle and the Wild Atlantic Way. From here, you may head straight to the airport – we will provide interesting stops along the way. Alternatively, why not combine this itinerary with Kerry, West Cork & the Haven Coast and enjoy another fantastic week in Ireland!

      Meals Included: Breakfast

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      Connemara, Dingle & The Cliffs of Moher

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      This self drive trip features classic-graded accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. Expect small, comfortable and characterful lodgings. You will have the choice between cosy B&Bs or 3-star family-run hotels or guesthouses, with options and in towns or rural communities. Accommodation rooming is a choice of double or twin rooms, which are en-suite with a shower.

      Meals Read More

      Each morning, enjoy a hearty homemade breakfast of your choice at your accommodation. We’ll provide local recommendations for afternoon and evening meals in each town or region as well as wilderness picnics for those days spent in the great outdoors.

      Inclusions Read More

      This trip includes the following:

      • 7 days/6 nights in classic-graded hand-picked 3 and 4 star standard accommodations
      • A detailed itinerary and map outlining your itinerary, accommodations and stops
      • Breakfast every morning at your accommodation (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
      • The services of experienced and knowledgeable guides at various stages in the trip as stated in the itinerary (Guided days marked G)
      • Self guided activities as stated in the itinerary
      • Recommended stops, hikes and points of interest along the way
      • 24/7 hour in-country support

      This trip includes all accommodation, some guiding and activities as well as breakfast. It does not include drinks or any gratuities you may choose to leave.

      Grading Read More

      At Your Own Pace

      On this adventure, you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Ireland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle, low-level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready.

      On the other days of the trip, you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      This itinerary is designed to start and finish at Dublin Airport, but can be easily be paired with other self-drive trips such as Ireland’s Surf Coast to Westport or Kerry, West Cork & the Haven Coast. Detailed driving directions during the trip will be provided as part of your information pack.

      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.

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      At Your Own Pace

      On this adventure, you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Ireland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle, low-level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready.

      On the other days of the trip, you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

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