- Stand at the edge of the world atop the Cliffs of Moher
- Island hopping adventure to Irish-speaking Aran Islands
- Explore Connemara’s wild mountains, bogs and and windswept vistas
- Hike the Burren National Park to explore its exposed limestone landscape
- 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, starting and finishing in Galway
- 6 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
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?
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 hiking in Connemara, 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 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 €250 but this is subject to availability.
You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Galway Train Station at 12.00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped of at Galway Train Station at 12.00pm 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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by Richard Lewis 20/06/2018
The hikes in the Burren and Connemara were highlights for me.
Accommodation and Food
Ged is an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable on the flora and fauna, the geology, and history of the area. The pace of the walks was excellent and he was good company in the evenings
The Bottom Line
Our trip was excellent. About the only suggestion I have would be less walking on the road on Aran. I know this is difficulty without a van on the islands, but perhaps something could be arranged with a local. This would allow more time off-road to see more historic sites.
by Carol Biederman 24/05/2018
Paul and John were amazing guides, and extremely thoughtful of every detail. Helped make this one of the best guides tours we have ever had.
Accommodation and Food
Paul and John were amazing guides, and extremely thoughtful of every detail. Helped make this one of the best guides tours we have ever had. They are both truly special people!
The Bottom Line
Paul and John were amazing guides, and extremely thoughtful of every detail. They helped make this one of the best guides tours we have ever had.
By hiking Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher, journey Western Ireland’s eerily beautiful landscapes. Explore the other-worldly Burren and the Irish-speaking Aran Islands and walk along the famous Cliffs of Moher to experience classic Ireland off-the-beaten-path.
Explore the wildflowers and lunar-like landscape of the Burren, hop over to the Aran Islands – home to Red Bull’s Cliff Diving Wold Series – before hiking Connemara’s mountainous wildernesses to find Ireland’s wild side.
Start at the epic Cliffs of Moher before island-hopping over to the remote Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) Aran Islands to visit remote communities while staying in comfortable, authentic accommodation. Discover vast blankets of wildflowers and wildlife while hiking the Burren and explore the bogs and mountains by hiking Connemara’s wilderness. On this fully-guided tour, learn about the rich cultural, mythological, archeological and geological history of these rocky wild landscapes. Along the way, meet some of the west coast’s most colourful characters!
On this trip, you’ll travel some of Ireland’s most beloved landscapes in an off-the-beaten-path way!
Hiking Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher
Day 1 – Hike Along of the Cliffs of Moher
From colourful Galway, visit one of Ireland’s most beloved sights: the towering Cliffs of Moher. Hike to the Cliffs of Moher via its ‘secret’ entrance on a background of breathtaking ocean views. Avoid the crowds as you follow the narrow path that clings to the cliff’s edge. Along the way, gaze out to the Aran Islands and keep an eye out for nesting seabirds! (L,D)
Distance: 7km/4 miles, 3hrs*
Day 2 – The Burren National Park
Hiking the exposed, rocky landscape of the Burren National Park will transport you to another world! Blanketed in a vibrant rainbow of wildflowers, the Burren has one of the highest diversities of wildflowers in Europe, with flowers found in the Mediterranean up to the Arctic growing between the crags. Scramble over rocks as you climb iconic mountains along the Burren Way for amazing views of this craggy, lunar landscape. (B,L)
Distance: 8km/5 miles, 4hrs*
Day 3 – Island Hopping: The Aran Islands & Clifftop Fort
Renowned throughout the world, the three isolated rocky outcrops of the Aran Islands once held a position of great trading power in ancient Ireland. Today, they are a bastion of traditional language, culture and music, unique in their geology and archaeology and alive with a potent sense of history. Inis Mór is the largest of the Aran Islands and home to one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe: Dún Aonghusa (Dun Aengus). Dun Aengus is a semi-circular stone fort that clings dramatically to the top of a 100 metre drop into the sea. (B,L)
Distance: 7km/4 miles, 3hrs*
Day 4 – The Connemara Gaeltacht & Garumna Island
Today’s walk takes us into the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht, across a tiny little-visited peninsula as we bridge over the 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 the shore of Greatman’s Bay you’ll pass coral beaches and the rocky foreshore but it’s the views of the Connemara’s Mamturk and 12 Bens mountain ranges that set the scene of the days to come. (B,L)
Distance: 8km/5 miles, 4hrs*
Day 5 – Connemara: Roundstone Village & Inishnee Island
We’ll head back to the ocean to set sail for Connemara. Described by Irish writer Oscar Wilde as ‘a savage beauty,’ we’ll explore the spectacular mountains and vast bogs by foot. We aren’t finished island hopping yet – our hike takes us to the tiny but peaceful hills of Inishnee Island for stunning views of Roundstone village, Errisbeg Hill and the surrounding bay. In the evening, retire to the quaint fishing village of Roundstone for local seafood chowder and pint of Guinness. (B,L)
Distance 6km/3.5 miles, 3.5hrs*
Day 6 – Connemara National Park & Diamond Hill
Today’s hike digs deeper into the stunning wilderness of Connemara National Park. Enjoy expansive panoramas of the Atlantic, with a possible visit to the iconic Diamond Hill. Keep an eye out for the region’s inhabitants: peregrine falcons, wild mountain goats and native red deer. In the afternoon, enjoy craft shops and cafés in the charming village of Clifden and a celebratory farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Distance 7km/4 miles, 4hrs*
Day 7 – Medieval Connemara Castle & Departure
This morning after a relaxing breakfast, we’ll explore a magnificent medieval castle near the shores of one of the beautiful lakes of Connemara. Built by one of Connacht’s most notable families, the castle was once used to blockade Galway city during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland. Afterwards, we’ll say goodbye and transfer to Galway Train Station. (B)
*approximate hiking time
**This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements.