The Great Irish Adventure

Guided - 12 Days/11 Nights

This epic 12 day active adventure explores more of Ireland than most locals see in a lifetime!
From Giant’s Causeway in the North to the Blarney Stone in the South, from the Ring Of Kerry in the West to Dublin’s Temple Bar in the East, plus everything in between, this trip packs in as much scenery, walking, outdoor activity, secret off-the-beaten-track spots and legendary sites as you could hope for.
A special feature is the accommodation. A small group size allows a wider variety of high quality establishments in untouched places in the country. You even spend a night in an Irish castle! Travel is by 4WD vehicle on this see-it-all and do-it-all adventure.

Highlights:

  • Giant’s Causeway
  • The Cliffs Of Moher
  • Cruise to the Skellig Islands
  • Kylemore Abbey and rugged Connemara
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Wild Donegal
  • Dingle’s pubs and Irish music
  • Blarney Castle

Your Journey

Day 1 Dublin to Antrim

Depart Dublin at 8.30 am and head north across the border into Northern Ireland. Walk to the summit of Slieve Gullion Mountain for great views over South Armagh. Arrive Belfast with time to explore this historic and fascinating city. Follow the coast road out of Belfast and around the base of the Glens of Antrim.

Day 2 Antrim to Derry

Enjoy a self-guided walk along a section of the famous Antrim Coastline to arrive at the Giant's Causeway. We explore the historic village of Bushmills, visit the ancient McDonald Stronghold of Dunluce Castle and if possible, we’ll make a stop for lunch or coffee at the tiny Ballintoy harbour – one of the ‘Game of Thrones’ filming locations.
Option to walk the Carrick a Rede rope bridge and visit Bushmills Whiskey distillery.

Day 3 Derry to Donegal

Stop at the ancient stone fort of Grianán of Aileach and Walk the walls of Derry, Ireland’s only walled city then on to County Donegal, one of the least touristy and wildest parts of Ireland. Stop at the ancient stone fort of Grianán of Aileach then walk through the stunning Glenveagh National Park

Day 4 Donegal to Sligo

See traditional weaving of Donegal tweed before driving through the scenic Granny pass to west Donegal. Walk to the 2000 ft Slieve League sea cliffs - the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Visit Donegal Castle or explore the town. After lunch, walk to Queen Maeve’s tomb atop Knocknaree with amazing views of the Sligo coastline.
Options for horse riding and/or a boat trip.

Day 5 Sligo to Connemara

Visit the excellent Museum of Country Life in Castlebar then one of the world’s holiest mountains - St Patrick’s Reek - from where the snakes were banished. Head south into the Connemara region, famous for its wild and rugged landscape and stunning scenery. Drive along the shore of Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Harbour where you stop for a photo shoot at Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings.

Day 6 Connemara to Clare

Drive around Galway Bay and into Galway City. Continue south through County Clare and enjoy a guided tour of the restored Aughnanure Castle. Make a stop at Kinvara village with Dunguaire Castle – ancient seat of the High Kings of Munster and Hookers. Drive through the Burren region, and its Limestone Lunar landscape. Visit Poulnabrone Dolmen, an ancient Megalithic tomb and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. A highlight today are the Cliffs of Moher – 700 ft sea cliffs.

Day 7 Clare to Kerry Way

Travel through the greenest, least mountainous section of Ireland's west coast, through south County Clare, across the River Shannon and north County Kerry, before the mountains of the Dingle Peninsula loom.
Walk along the Cliffs of Kilkee or Lahinch Beach the take the ferry across the River Shannon into County Kerry. Stop in the pleasant market town of Listowel with a possibility to tour Listowel castle. From Tralee, walk in the glacial valley of Lough Annascaul.

Day 8 Dingle Day

A great day spent enjoying Dingle town and the Peninsula with plenty of options like kayaking, boat trip, golf, visit local potters and crystal cutter, horse riding or just chill out and walk some of the Dingle Way.

Day 9 Dingle to Portmagee

Head for the Ring of Kerry and the majesty of McGillycuddy’s Reeks - the highest mountains in Ireland. Take a walk above Torc Waterfall. Explore the magnificent ruins of Muckross Abbey with an option to visit Muckross House. From Killarney drive to Killorglin and Castlemaine. Join the Ring of Kerry scenic route on the Iveragh Peninsula. Option today to join a guided cycling tour of Killarney National Park (3 hrs)

Day 10 Portmagee to Kenmare

Another day on the Ring Of Kerry. Follow the route around the southern half of the Iveragh Peninsula to Kenmare. There’s the option of a boat trip to the Skellig Islands which is truly breath taking or a scenic walk to Bray Head on Valentia Island.

Day 11 Kenmare to Gougane Barra

An action-packed day on the ‘undiscovered’ Beara Peninsula. It is an amazing coastline, wild, rugged and very scenic. Stop at the ancient Uragh Stone Circle then drive the Healy Mountain pass, Ireland’s bendiest road. After a stop at Castletownbere, take a special shortcut over the mountains and through the old copper mines to arrive in the stunningly located village of Allihies. Walk the Bullig Bay loop and see the ancient ruins of Dunboy Castle.

Day 12 Kenmare to Gougane Barra

Head east and northeast through Counties Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Kildare and Dublin. Kiss the world-famous Blarney Stone or explore the extensive grounds and gardens. Visit the magnificent Rock of Cashel – one of Ireland’s greatest historical sites and continue driving through the Curragh - once used as the Braveheart film set. Arrive back in Dublin between 5 and 6pm. End of arrangements

Terrain

Walking on some days between 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs with some steep sections and some rough paths. Cycling up to 3 hrs on paved undulatingroads. Optional golf, surfing and kayaking.

Meals

Breakfast daily.

Price

Please note that price is per person in Euros

2020: €2899 Double/Twin Share.  €490 Single Supplement

Schedule

2019: Every Monday – 20 April – 12 October
Minimum number: 2  - Maximum number: 13

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