Where the wild Atlantic Ocean meets landfall all along the West coast of Ireland, where wild and rugged coastline and emerald green fields and brown heather clad mountains collide, where you will remember the journey of a lifetime… Now a world famous coastal route which spans seven of Ireland’s counties The Wild Atlantic Way is truly breath-taking. Along the way wander through colourful villages, drink a pint of the Black stuff in a cosy pub, enjoy the culinary delights and learn of the history, heritage and traditions of Ireland or swim, surf, sing, dance and talk to the locals and make wonderful memories.
| SAMPLE ITINERARYDAY 1 – Arrival; County Clare – Doolin & The BurrenDAY 2 – County Galway & Kinvarra
DAY 3 – Galway City
DAY 4 – Connemara & Clifden
DAY 5 – County Mayo & Westport
DAY 6 – County Mayo & Killala Bay
DAY 7 – Depart
VISITS AND ADMISSIONS
- The Burren, Kylemore Abbey, Westport House.
- Not included – Flights, Travel Insurance
* Accommodation to suit all budgets from cosy family-run guest houses to 5 star castle hotels. All meals can be arranged to suit your requirements.
DAY 1 – Welcome
Cead Mile Failte! A hundred thousand welcomes to our beautiful little country. You will be collected in the Arrivals Hall in Shannon Airport and after a short drive we will arrive at your hotel in County Clare.
County Clare and Doolin
Doolin is a charming small and traditional seaside village on the northwest coast of County Clare on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The little village has numerous old and cosy pubs with live traditional music played and ‘craic’ to be had. Surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of the Burren and the churning Atlantic Ocean, it is a special and beautiful place. We will take a trip into The Burren National Park, which is over 1500 hectares in size and the park land was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It is one of the world’s stunning and unique natural heritage regions. With its diverse flora which supports a wonderful diversity of fauna it is truly a beautiful and interesting place. We also recommend a visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan at the heart of the Burren.
DAY 2 – County Galway and Kinvara
A popular fishing village at the South-east corner of Galway Bay. The harbour has served as a backdrop for many photographs and as a set for TV commercials. Kinvara has long had a tradition of trading by the sea with the people along the Connemara coast. This legacy is celebrated in the village every August when the ‘Gathering of the Boats’ Festival takes place. We will see the village from the sea and experience an exhilarating ride through the waves on a Rib boat.
DAY 3 – Galway City
Galway City, known as “The City of Tribes”. This refers to 14 important Anglo-Norman merchant families who lived there and dominated the life and trade of the city during the Middle Ages. The City is Ireland’s cultural, language, traditional music and artistic Capital. As we wander the city’s cobble-stoned streets on a walking tour, you may feel yourself stepping back in time to Medieval Ireland. Famous for its friendly people, charming streets, shopping and nightlife, a wonderful time awaits you in Galway.
Discover Galway’s famous Spanish Arch, St Nicholas’ medieval church, Lynch’s Castle or the cathedral amongst other sights and wander through the centre and enjoy street entertainment in this colourful city. From here we will take a trip to the Aran Islands. These rugged islands lie just outside Galway Bay just miles from the Clare coast. Taking the ferry to the largest of the three islands, Inis Mor which is steeped in history it resembles an outdoor museum with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. The famous Aran jumpers take their inspiration from the landscape, that of man-made rock walls that meander and cross all directions. The local people can still be seen on the horse and trap and the Gaelic language is spoken as the main language.
DAY 4 – Connemara and Clifden
Connemara is a wild and beautiful region of Ireland. From the Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. You will know you are in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Today we will visit the beautiful Kylemore Abbey, the only Irish home of the Benedictine Nuns. It was originally built as a castle and is one of the best examples of Irish neo-gothic architecture. Included in the estate is a Victorian Walled Garden, Gothic Church, tranquil walks, craft shop and restaurant. There is so much to see in Connemara from the towns of Leenane on the banks of Killary Fjord as well as the Westerly town of Clifden. Nestled amidst breath-taking scenery and scenic rugged coastline, Clifden is one of Ireland’s most loved towns and the largest town in Connemara.
DAY 5 – County Mayo and Westport
A vibrant and beloved coastal town, Westport skyline is dominated by the mountain of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain which is a popular hiking and pilgrimage trail. Westport House beckons today and we will discover the fine Palladian architecture and the landscaped gardens with panoramic views over the bay.
DAY 6 – County Mayo and Killala Bay
Killala is a picturesque seaside village in North Mayo famous for its history and also loved for its beautiful unspoilt beaches, also rich in archaeological remains. Enjoy a guided cliff walk through stunning land and seascapes. Enjoy watersports and swimming in the bay or bird-watching and seal-spottting and these are only some of the activities you can enjoy around Killala.
DAY 8 – Slan agus beannacht! Goodbye and blessings and we hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your memorable trip to Ireland. After checking out of your hotel we will transfer you to Shannon airport in time for your return flights.
N.B. We can alter this sample itinerary to suit your needs and requirements depending on your preferences.