IRELAND'S WILD ATLANTIC WAY
September 29 - October 6, 2019
May 10-17 or 21, 2020
Or Custom Dates
May 10-17 or 21, 2020
Or Custom Dates
Journey along Ireland's stunningly beautiful Wild Atlantic Way
An 8 or 12-day trip that will take your breath away with stunning landscapes, storybook castles, ancient stone circles, friendly pubs bursting with music, incredible food, and immersive cultural experiences. We'll take you to the unmissable sights, and in between we'll explore roads far off the beaten path to give you the quintessential Irish experience. Starting from Cork city, we'll take in County Cork's scenic coastline, Kerry's rugged beauty, Clare's unique heritage, and Galway's bustling streets before finishing up in historical Dublin City.
starting at $2850 per person
7 or 11 nights in clean, comfortable and locally-run boutique B&Bs
Transfer from Dublin or Cork airport on arrival day and to Dublin, or Shannon airport on departure day
Ground transport between each destination in privately rented vehicles
Roundtrip ferry crossing to Inis Mor on 12-day trip
Guided walking tour of Cork City
Entry to Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park, Gleninchaquin Park, Ross Castle
Explore the Cliffs of Moher and the Coastal Walking Trail (from secret entrances, away from the crowds)
Visits to stone circles, and lesser known ruined castles
Guided orientation walks around Kinsale, Baltimore, Kenmare & Dingle town
Scenic drive around Slea Head and Lambs Head and/or scenic walks like Creha Quay Loop and Clogher Head
Epic night of Trad Music at countryside pub on the Dingle peninsula
Entry to Dunguaire Castle, and select Dublin sights on 12-day trip
Guided walking tour of Galway City and Dublin City on 12-day trip
Daily full breakfasts
Multiple group dinners at top-notch, hand selected restaurants (3 dinners on 8-day trip, 5 dinners on 12-day trip)
Day 1: Meet in Cork
Meet in Cork city in the early afternoon. Participants may fly in to Cork, or fly into Dublin. Transportation will be provided from Dublin to Cork, departing Dublin by 9:30am. Enroute from Dublin Airport to Cork city we will have the option of stopping at the impressive Rock of Cashel.
Get your first taste of the Emerald Isle, immersed in its second-largest city, often called "the real capital" by locals. Art enthusiasts, architecture aficionados, foodies, and culture or history buffs will all find plenty to enjoy in this thriving city on Ireland's southern coast. After checking in to our centrally-located B&B, enjoy a guided walking tour including in-depth information on the fascinating history of this unique city. In the evening we will gather up to enjoy a Welcome dinner together at a local restaurant, and get to know our travel companions.
day 2: Cork to Kinsale
Begin your adventure with a trip out to Blarney castle and give the ol' stone a big smackaroo! We'll arrive before the lines at Blarney Castle and have time to explore the expansive grounds and impressive structure for several hours. Once satiated with this iconic site and its expansive grounds, we'll head towards the coastal village of Kinsale grabbing lunch along the way.
Kinsale is a picture-perfect, colorful village perched along scenic coastline. In the long evening hours this time of year (sunset is after 9pm, with a lengthy dusk), opt to enjoy a stunning 30-minute walk along the coast to the formidable Charles Fort -- a well-preserved 17th century star fort perched right on the sea front.
day 3: Kinsale to Baltimore
Enjoy a relaxed morning, with more time to explore this quaint village or the scenic coastal walks in the morning hours. In the late morning, we'll head out from Kinsale towards the western reaches of County Cork, stopping at a wonderfully preserved stone circle situated amidst a beautiful rural vista. Take some time to appreciate the wonder of a site that's 1000's of years old, and take in the view.
Afterwards, enjoy more scenic views as we drive further West and land in another picturesque seaside village by early afternoon. Take some time to yourself after our arrival to explore this friendly village and the fresh sea air. You may even opt to hop aboard a 10-minute ferry ride to Sherkin Island and take a jaunt around the small island with gorgeous walks, beaches, and more. In the evening hours, a short walk out to 'The Beacon' perched along rugged seaside cliffs is a must.
day 4: Baltimore to kenmare
A full day of exploring the idyllic inlets, tiny coves, pristine beaches, and rugged coastline along the thin western-reaches of the Beara peninsula in the balmy Southwest region of Ireland. It's the perfect setting for an active day with optional walks, or simply soaking up the quintessentially 'Irish' nature of this under-explored but breathtaking region.
In the morning, you may partake in a non-demanding 1.5 -2 hr scenic loop walk near the village of Eyeries, or alternatively you may opt to enjoy a scenic drive around lambs head during that time with stops for pictures and coffees. Together we'll visit another majestic stone circle, and stop for a delicious lunch by the sea. In the early afternoon we'll explore an under-visited but stunning park with several options for a variety of walks ranging from 1-2.5 hours. In the early evening, after a quick 30-minute drive, we'll land in the village of Kenmare, County Kerry for the evening where we'll enjoy another delicious group dinner together.
MEALS: B, D
day 5: kilLarney National park & Dingle peninsula
After breakfast we'll set out from Kenmare to explore the moss-covered (fairy) forest of Killarney National Park, including the Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey. We'll spend several hours soaking up this gorgeous park teeming with beauty, followed by time for lunch.
In the afternoon we'll head westward again, enjoying the unparalleled scenery and beautiful panoramic views along the Dingle peninsula's southern coast. Stopping at a ruined castle along the way, we'll make our way out to the very tip of the peninsula to stay the night immersed in the rugged rural beauty found there. Those who wish to explore Dingle town for the evening, with its plethora of delicious restaurants and lively pubs often bursting with Trad music sessions, may do so. Alternatively, you may instead choose to enjoy dinner and walking options or downtime in the rural peace and quiet near our B&B.
day 6: dingle peninsula
Spend the day soaking up more of Dingle's incredible vistas throughout the day on various optional walks that allow you to truly take in the majestic beauty in every direction. Alternatively, (or additionally!) choose to spend some time enjoying the lively village of Dingle and exploring its colorful streets. From Dingle town, there are also options to hop aboard scenic boat rides around Dingle Bay or out to the Blasket Islands, which include high chances of spotting Dingle's infamously friendly local dolphin -- Fungie as well as whales, puffins and other wildlife. A climb up to Eask tower, or a visit to the Dingle distillery are also great options on this day as well. Additionally, a scenic drive along Slea Head stopping at ancient beehive huts, historic famine cottages, sheep farms with sheepdog demonstrations and more intriguing stops will be on offer.
In the evening we will regroup at our countryside B&B for another group dinner at a delicious local restaurant. Afterwards, you’ll be highly encouraged to spend the rest of your night at a wonderful rural pub offering a fantastic trad music session.
MEALS: B, D
day 7: dingle peninsula to county clare
Today we'll head along the northern coast of Dingle peninsula and onwards to County Clare. Watch the breathtaking landscape change as we pass into Clare's rolling green hills towards our community partner's location in rural east Clare. We'll spend a couple hours with Irish Seed Savers and learn all about the wonderful and crucial role they play in preserving Ireland's unique biodiversity.
We'll lunch, and then arrive to Lahinch in the late afternoon. With a couple hours of free time, you may choose to enjoy the sea air, the expansive beach, and the friendly village. In the early evening, we'll be heading a short ways up the coast, heeding the call of Ireland's most jaw-dropping sight: The Cliffs of Moher. Discover the reason that Hollywood came here when they needed a location that lived up to the title of 'The Cliffs of Insanity' in The Princess Bride! We'll approach this incredible (though rather touristic) site from little-known car parks along the coastal walking trail and enjoy the jaw-dropping views along the way.
day 8: Depart, or extend your trip
End your trip on this day if you must, and head towards the airport of your choosing after breakfast. Shannon Airport is under an hour away from Lahinch, or Dublin airport is about 3 hours away. Transportation to your airport will be arranged (and included) for you.
Extension Begins: Cliffs of Moher to Inis Mor
Of course we hope you continue on to the 2nd leg of the trip, and guarantee the days ahead will not disappoint! After breakfast, we'll make a quick jaunt north and board a ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the rugged Aran Islands situated due west of Ireland and surrounded by the uninterrupted majesty of the Atlantic Ocean. Wander up to neolithic sites, find out why Dún Aengus is described as "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe," and fully absorb this unique limestone-engulfed outcrop of Ireland. Opt to explore the island on foot, with plenty of options for scenic walks. Alternatively, rent a bicycle to cover more ground or choose to get around utilizing the hop-on/hop-off bus that travels around the island's sights.
We'll spend the day exploring this remote island, before returning to the mainland by ferry. A group dinner will be provided at a delicious local restaurant, followed by our arrival at a beautiful farmhouse B&B.
MEALS: B, D
day 9: County clare / the Burren
Enjoy a leisurely morning soaking up the heart-warming countryside surrounding our farmhouse B&B. Opt between several options to enjoy this day, including beach strolls and countryside walks along or near Fanore's beautiful coastline, picking up seashells or even taking a refreshing dip in the wild Atlantic Sea. In addition, you may decide to take in the unique landscape inland while exploring neolithic sites and guided or independent walks in The Burren National Park.
In the evening we'll spend our second night at the same charming, family-run B&B, enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
day 10: Clare to Galway
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic journey north to the city that many Emerald Isle visitors easily list as their favorite: Galway. We'll take the coastal route, and stop along the way at yet another spectacular castle en route. Once we arrive in Galway and drop off the bags, enjoy an informative walking tour to get you oriented in this lively small city. Afterwards, spend the rest of your afternoon and evening enjoying in this European city like no other!
day 11: Galway
A full day to explore Galway's unique offerings. Traverse the cobbled streets of this one-of-a-kind city, dotted with character-rich pubs, charming cafes, beautiful boardwalks, incredible restaurants, unique buskers... pretty much something for everyone! Galway is a thriving town, with a rich artistic and musical culture that draws creatives from all over to create a uniquely international vibe. Pull up a chair at one of the many outdoor patios lining the pedestrian streets for some great people-watching.
Additionally, Galway is beautifully situated along a coastal inlet and boasts a gorgeous promenade walk heading westward towards the quieter town of Salthill -- an easy and lovely 45-min walk one way for those who desire further explorations.
In the evening, we'll dine together once more, at a carefully-selected local restaurant.
MEALS: B, D
day 12: Depart From Shannon or Dublin
Choose to depart from Shannon airport (1 hour from Galway city), or Dublin Airport (2.5 hours away). Departures from Shannon should be after 11a, and from Dublin after 2p. Alternatively, you may choose to add-on any numbers of nights that you like in Galway or Dublin city.
After breakfast, we'll set out from Galway towards Shannon and/or Dublin airports. Those who would like to stay in Dublin for further explorations may enjoy the city with all activities and accommodations arranged for you. Choose from activities like: the Guinness storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Trinity College & Library, The National Museum, or landmarks like St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral and Dublin Castle. You can even take a day-long trip up to Belfast and the Giant's Causeway or feel equally free to opt for a day of wandering, shopping, or finding the perfect pint and trad music session on Grafton Street.
8-day Trip cost
$2850 per person, based on shared room
+$600 'My own room' add-on option: your own room with private bath
12-day Trip cost
$4700 per person, based on shared room
+$950 'My own room' for add-on: your own room with private bath
FAMILY or GROUP DISCOUNTS! Children age 8-17 Welcome:
Family/Group of 3 -- $600 savings on 8-day trip / $900 savings on 12-day trip
Family/Group of 4 -- $900 savings on 8-day trip / $1200 savings on 12-day trip
Family/Group of 5 -- $1200 savings on 8-day trip / $1500 savings on 12-day trip
Trip Does Not Include:
Additional meals and activities
Required travel insurance
Contact us directly to inquire about custom group dates.
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A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.
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