15 Days
Duration
Feb – Nov
Dates
The Wild Atlantic Way
Location
2/5
Physicality
5+
Age

EMBARK ON A CAPTIVATING DISCOVERY OF IRELAND’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY, with our spectacular 15 day Wild Grande Travel Pass that takes you off the beaten track to unearth the most magical landscapes, spectacular adventure experiences and meet its warm vibrant people.

Our journey stretches from Cork’s wild Atlantic setting in the south to the Giant’s Causeway in the north. Discover the sheer magnificence of Ireland’s wild West coast from spectacular peninsulas, golden beaches to colorful villages and towns, a Gaelic culture that is intertwined with its vibrant history and traditions.

You can take your time to explore and experience your favourite destinations in your time and your way. Visit amazing castles, monasteries, wild Islands and forts, learn about Celtic myths and legends, experience culinary delights and traditional music in vibrant pubs. If you want to add adventure to this mix, then why not try a kayak adventure on the wondrous Lakes of Killarney, summit Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, surf on the wild Atlantic Ocean, visit the Cliffs of Moher, cycle the beautiful Greenway of Westport and many more exhilarating adventures on this magnificent discovery of Ireland’s complete Wild Atlantic Way.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Discover vibrant towns and cities of Ireland’s wild Atlantic Coastline
  2. Explore the spectacular Mizen Head peninsula
  3. Visit Killarney National Parks and its precious lakes
  4. Experience the majestic Ring of Kerry and Dingle
  5. Feast your eyes on the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  6. Experience great food and fun traditional music nights
START / RETURN POINT Visit Dublin Centre,25 Suffolk Street, Dublin.
DEPARTURE DAYS Saturday and Wednesday
SCHEDULE 9:00am – Please arrive by 8:30 AM for a prompt departure.
WHAT TO BRING
  • Rain Jacket/Pants
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Rucksack or appropriate bag for carrying food/clothing
  • Suitable hiking clothing e.g. fleece, hat, gloves
  • No cotton t-shirts or jeans as these items will hold water and may accelerate chances of hypothermia
  • Spare clothes and shoes for after activity
  • Warm drink and water(1 litre approx)
  • Food e.g. lunch, snacks, etc.
INCLUDED
Professional and experienced guide Private Bus Chauffeur
 All listed Activities
NOT INCLUDED
Any activities/services not listed on itinerary 
 Accommodation

 

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The itinerary listed below is for the current season.
Given the unpredictable nature of Ireland’s weather, what we do each day might occasionally vary so that you have the best experience possible.
NB. The cost of accommodation is not included in your travel pass but under each day we have described our recommended accommodation, along with some paid activity and free suggestions.

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DAY 1: DUBLIN TO CORK VIA ROCK OF CASHEL

Your adventure starts off in Dublin, Ireland’s capital also known as the Fair city. Our direction is south to the rebel county of  Cork and its wild Atlantic coastline.

Along the way we take a stop off at the Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone and home of the High Kings of Ireland. After lunch we continue our journey towards Cork, which is the starting point of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and where that evening you can relax and savour its picturesque setting and friendly atmosphere.

Included: Visit the Rock of Cashel

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels in Cork.

Activity Options: Visit Kinsale and Charles Fort, kayak and paddle board, take a historical walking tour of Cork, visit Cork City Gaol or venture out of a Sea safari or perhaps swing high from the trees at Zip It.

Freebies:  Explore the famous English market and shop in Corks colourful and vibrant city, visit Blackrock castle or the famous Butter mill.

Pick Up Days: Saturday and Wednesday

Pick Up Point: Failte Ireland Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk St, Dublin

Drop Off Point: Cork Tourist Office, Grand Parade, Cork City, Cork

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DAY 2: CORK TO KILLARNEY VIA MIZEN HEAD

Rise and shine for our first adventure as we explore the spectacular coastline of Cork and climb over the mountain pass to Killarney. Along the way we will stop off at a Stone Age tomb called the Altar Wedge Tomb, which sits dramatically on the waterfront overlooking Toormore Bay. We continue our journey towards Ireland’s most southerly point, Mizen Head. You have the option of visiting the Mizen Head Signal Station* or take a stroll along the golden strand of Barleycove beach.

After we have satisfied our hungry souls, we will make our way over mountainous Cork and Kerry border towards the Kenmare before descending into the picturesque setting of Killarney, home to Ireland’s first national park, glistening lakes and majestic scenery.

*Mizen Head Signal Station only available from Mid-March to October.

Included: Mizen Peninsula Tour

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels in Kenmare.

Activity Options: Whale watching, sea kayaking, hiking and cycling tours

Freebies:  Explore and shop in the colourful coastal town of Kinsale, explore the colourful streets and shops of Kenmare

Pick Up Days: Sunday and Thursday

Pick Up Point: Cork Tourist Office, Grand Parade, Cork City, Co. Cork

Drop Off Point: Killarney Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

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DAY 3: NON TRAVEL DAY - DISCOVER KILLARNEY<b> </b>

Today is your opportunity to relax, explore the amazing history and scenery of Killarney National Park or why not take a  mesmerizing kayak tour on the Lakes of Killarney that journeys around the unique setting of Ross Island, where we explore unique limestone caves and an incredible 15th Century castle.

That evening, you can experience Killarney’s great food offerings and vibrant musical nightlife.

Included: Non applicable as it is a non travel day

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels in Killarney.

Activity Options: Kayak on the Lakes of Killarney, take a cultural tour of the Gap of Dunloe, climb Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, take a cycling tour of the Killarney National Park.  

Freebies:  Explore Killarney National Park or experience Killarney’s vibrant shops and cafes.

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DAY 4: THE RING OF KERRY AND VALENTIA ISLAND

Today’s adventure takes you off the beaten track to unlock the real beauty of the world famous Ring of Kerry. Considered one of the most beautiful destinations to explore in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry offers dramatic landscapes of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches, glistening lakes, picturesque villages and spectacular mountain ranges.   

Even better, we will take you on an incredible tour of the spectacular Valentia Island where you can delve into its incredible history and heritage, explore its magical setting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and if you are lucky get a glimpse (weather permitting) of the dramatic Skellig Islands (Star Wars famed).

 

After a well-earned bite to eat, we slowly make our way back to Killarney stopping off at many spectacular viewing points to learn of their historical importance and the opportunity to take that picture that will ensure an everlasting memory of paradise.


Included: Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island Day Tour  

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels along the Ring of Kerry.

Activity Options: Bray Head Walking Tour, Valentia Island Cycling Tour, The Skellig Experience, Coasteering.

Freebies:  Explore the Ring of Kerry’s wild nature and many quaint towns and village.

Pick Up Days: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Pick Up Point: Killarney Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Drop Off Point: Killarney Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

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DAY 5: DINGLE & SLEA HEAD PENINSULA

Dingle is our destination today, as we explore this dramatic and beautiful peninsula that is littered with archaeological and historical wonders. Our first stop off is at Inch beach, famous for being the place where an inch is actually three miles long and where we take a short stroll along its golden sands and watch long rolling waves that come crashing ashore.

Once aboard we head due west to the edge of Europe, also known as Slea Head.  Feast your eyes on breathtaking scenery of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches and the magnificent Blasket Islands. We continue our journey around this rich and vibrant peninsulas exploring its vast Gaelic culture and learning a cupla focal (some words) in Irish along the way.

We will also visit Dingle town, a picturesque fishing town that is famed for Fungi the dolphin who has been a local for almost 30 years, before making our return journey to Killarney.

Included: Dingle & Slea Head Day Tour

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels in Dingle Town.

Activity Options: Slea Head Cycling Tour, Fungi Boat Tour, Surfing and Blasket Island Visitor Centre.

Freebies:  Explore the Dingle Way and its many beautiful villages along the way.

Pick Up Days: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Pick Up Point: Killarney Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Drop Off Point: Killarney Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

 
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DAY 6: KILLARNEY TO DOOLIN VIA THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

Leaving Killarney we make our way north along the edge of Europe to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.

This ‘must see’ wonder of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, stretches for almost 10km and will capture your eyes and imagination as you gaze out in awe of its impressive setting. Take the opportunity to explore the fantastic interpretation centre that will show you how this marvelous creation was shaped by nature’s hand and learn about its unique geological makeup.

That afternoon, we make our way to Doolin village, where we will overnight and a chance for you to experience great traditional music sessions, fantastic seafood and of course meet the locals.  

Included: Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotel in Doolin.

Activity Options: Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk, Surfing, Rock Climbing and Abseiling, Caving, Kayaking and Cliffs of Moher Sea Cruise.

Freebies:  Explore the Burren Way and its unique landscape.

Pick Up Days: Thursday and Monday

Pick Up Point: Killarney Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Drop Off Point:  Doolin Tourist Information Point, Teergonean, Doolin, Co. Clare

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DAY 7: DOOLIN TO GALWAY CITY VIA THE BURREN

This morning you get the chance to enjoy a sleep in, relax in the tranquility of Doolin village or if you feel up to it why not take an amazing adventure like surfing or explore the amazing Burren landscape and its unique ecosystem.

We depart at 2:30 PM, heading due north in search of the Bohemian capital of Ireland, Galway City. Along the way, cast your eyes over the remarkable moon-like terrain of the wild Burren and the Atlantic waves that roll into jaws of Galway Bay. That evening take the opportunity to sample Galway’s famed culinary delights and lively atmosphere.

Included: The Burren Tour

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Galway City.

Activity Options: Surfing, Rock Climbing and Abseiling, Caving, Kayaking and Aran Island Tour.

Freebies: Visit the beautiful Lynch’s Castle, take in the spectacular views of Galway Cathedral or St.Nicholas’s Church,  stop by the Spanish Arches for a perfect photo opportunity,

Pick Up Days: Friday and Tuesday

Pick Up Point: Doolin Tourist Information Point, Teergonean, Doolin, Co. Clare

Drop Off Point: Galway Tourist Office, Forster St, Galway City, Co. Galway

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DAY 8: NON TRAVEL DAY - DISCOVER GALWAY CITY

The day is yours to wander, relax or take an adventure in Galway City. It offers a wealth of historical and cultural points of interest.

Included: Non applicable as it is a non travel day

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Galway City.

Activity Options: Galway City Walking Tour, Kayak on Lough Corrib, Mountain Biking, Diving, Sailing.

Free:  Explore Galway’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars.

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DAY 9: GALWAY CITY TO CLIFDEN VIA INIS MOR ISLAND

We jump from mainland Ireland to one of its most renowned island, Inis Mór, meaning big island. It is the largest of three islands that make up the Aran Islands.

Once we arrive on its limestone shores, you can explore by foot or by bike this magnificent landscape that has as many as 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. The most famous of them are Dún Aonghasa, a breathing fort that was built on a high cliff some 100 metres above sea level and Dún Dúchathair (the Black fort) which enjoys a more solitude setting on the cliffs at Cill Éinne, (Killeany). Some visitors enjoy the solitude of it in contrast with the more busy Dún Aonghasa. The fort consists of a terraced wall surrounding the remains of some early dwelling houses known as Clocháns (stone houses).

Included: Inis Mór Ferry   

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Clifden.

Activity Options: Bike rentals, Dún Aonghasa visitor centre, Pony and trap experience.

Freebies:  Explore the islands monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage.

Pick Up Days: Sunday and Thursday

Pick Up Point: Galway Tourist Office, Forster St, Galway City, Co. Galway

Drop Off Point: Clifden Town Centre, Market Hill, Co. Galway

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DAY 10: CLIFDEN TO WESTPORT VIA KYLEMORE ABBEY

This morning, you can explore Clifden, take the opportunity to hike to the top Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park or cycle the beautiful Sky Road.

At 12:30 PM, we depart from Clifden on route to Kylemore Abbey, where you can have a bite to eat or explore its incredible history and unique gardens. Later that afternoon, we continue our journey northwards passing Killary harbour and secluded picturesque lakes that line our path to the colourful town of Westport.

That evening, we will experience this vibrant towns legendary musical talent and culinary exploits.

Included: Connemara National Park

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Dublin City.

Activity Options: Horse riding, Kylemore Abbey or Sky Road cycling tour.  

Freebies:  Explore coastal setting of Clifden and experience its vibrant music culture and great seafood traditions.

Pick Up Days: Monday and Friday

Pick Up Point: Clifden Town Centre, Market Hill, Co. Galway

Drop Off Point: Westport Tourist Office, Bridge St, Cahernamart, Westport, Co. Mayo 

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DAY 11: NON TRAVEL DAY - DISCOVER WESTPORT

You have the day relax, explore or take an adventure in picturesque Westport. It is famous for Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holiest mountain and Clew Bay, which has an island for everyday of the year. The town offers is rich in historical areas of interest and a great traditional music scene.

Included: Non applicable as it is a non travel day

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels in Westport.

Activity Options: Kayak Adventure on Clew Bay. Hike to the top of Croagh Patrick (barefoot is not compulsory so don’t worry), take a cycling tour along the magical Greenway or a guided walking tour of Westport town.

Free:  Explore and relax in the colourful and vibrant town of Westport, explore Clare or Collanmore Island.

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DAY 12: WESTPORT TO SLIGO VIA BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK

Departing Westport, we make our along the northern wild and rugged coastline of Mayo before arriving in Sligo, known as the town of abounding in shells.

Take the opportunity to dip your feet into the wild Atlantic Ocean or catch some of the most renowned waves in the world. Whether you stand or not, you will definitely feel refreshed after your experience before sampling some of best culinary delights and famous sights of Sligo.

Included: Non applicable as it is a non travel day

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels in Sligo.

Activity Options: Surfing, paddle boarding, cycling and walking tours, Sligo FunBalls, Horse Riding, Zipit Forest Adventure.

Freebies:  Explore and relax in the colourful town of Sligo, visit Sligo Abbey, see the resting place of W.B Yeats- Drumcliffe or see the iron age cemetery- Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery.

Pick Up Days: Wednesday and Sunday  

Pick Up Point: Westport Tourist Office, Bridge St, Cahernamart, Westport, Co. Mayo

Drop Off Point: Sligo Tourist Information, O’Connell St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo

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DAY 13: SLIGO TO DERRY CITY VIA GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK

Derry City is our destination today, as we head north exploring the wilds of Donegal with magnificent views of the majestic Slieve League Cliffs, which are although less famous than the Cliffs of Moher, reach almost three times higher, 601 metres (1,972 ft).  

We continue our journey around the dramatic northern tip of Donegal towards Glenveagh National park and Castle. Set in some 16,500 hectares of County Donegal mountains, you have the chance to discover picturesque lakes, wild glens and woods, a large herd of red deer and the 19th Century Glenveagh Castle.

That afternoon, we make our way to Derry City, where you can explore its wealth of cultural and historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars.

Included: Glenveagh National Park     

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostel, B&B’s and hotels in Derry City.

Activity Options: Surfing, kayaking, cycling and walking tours.

Freebies:  Explore Derry City’s unique history and vibrant nightlife.  

Pick Up Days: Thursday and Monday  

Pick Up Point: Sligo Tourist Information, O’Connell St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo

Drop Off Point: Derry City Tourist Information, 44 Foyle St, Londonderry BT48 6AT, UK

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DAY 14: DERRY CITY TO MALIN HEAD

Today’s adventure takes you the Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin head. Renowned for its rugged coastal landscape, some of the largest sand dunes in Europe and of course its sheer beauty.

Take the time to explore this wonderful setting before we continue our journey to the very last headland before Greenland, where you can gaze out to Inishtrahull Island and its nearly two hundred year old lighthouse to the north east and if we are lucky out east we will see the Scottish Hills.

That afternoon, you can relax, explore or experience the many exciting activities that Derry has to offer.

Included: Malin Head Tour   

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Derry City.

Activity Options: Derry City Walking Tour, SUP through the city, moonlight kayaking in Foyle Estuary, mountain bike, or send your children to Forest school, go blokarting, or paraglide off the cliffs of Magilligan.

Freebies:  Explore Derry’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars, walk in the Sperrin Islands.


Pick Up Days: Friday and Tuesday  

Pick Up Point: Derry City Tourist Information, 44 Foyle St, Londonderry BT48 6AT, UK

Drop Off Point: Derry City Tourist Information, 44 Foyle St, Londonderry BT48 6AT, UK

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DAY 15: DERRY CITY TO DUBLIN VIA GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

Our last adventure is a real giant in many ways, as take you to the dramatic coastal setting of the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its setting is famed for its unique rock formation of of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption nearly 60 million years ago or being Irish of course, we have a different version of how the causeway was really built which involves two giants, a fight and a bridge. We won’t spoil the ending for you now as the story is best told at edge of the bridge!!

Afterwards we make our way to Belfast City, where you can have lunch and wander around its famous streets before we make our way back to Dublin’s fair city. It is also our journey’s end, where we bid a fond farewell full of happy memories that will last forever. Remember, Ireland is now your second home away from home!

Included: Giant’s Causeway and visit Belfast City

Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Dublin City.

Activity Options: The Giant’s Causeway, Dublin City Tour, Guinness Store House, Glendalough National Park,  kitesurfing, Mountain Biking, high Ropes and Rafting

Freebies:  Explore Dublin’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars, take a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green park, or take a trip around the grounds of the historic Trinity College.

Pick Up Days: Saturday and Wednesday

Pick Up Point: Derry City Tourist Information, 44 Foyle St, Londonderry BT48 6AT, UK

Drop Off Point: Failte Ireland Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk St, Dublin

travel passes Ireland

The Ring of Kerry- Time to relax and enjoy life
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A selfie at the Cliffs of Moher
Blasket Island, Co. Kerry
tourist stores in downtown Kinsale
Connor's Pass- Dingle Peninsula
Country Roads- Let's go
County Majo- Fantastic views
Croagh Patrick- Are you ready
Discover Belfast
Explore the Rock of Cashel
Giant's Causeway- Wild N Happy style
Giant's Causeway
Inis Mor- Just amazing
Inis Mor- Wild N Happy style
Kinsale Harbour- Fresh air and superb hospitality for young and old
Kinsale Harbour- We promise you a trip of a lifetime
Let's explore Derry
Limerick City- Authenic and vibrant
Limerick City- Just fabulous
Mizen Head
Murrisk, Crogh Patrick , Co. Mayo
Peace Bridge in Derry
Sheep at Slieve League- Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime
Slieve League Cliffs
Slieve League, Co. Donegal
St. Finbarr's Catherdrale in Cork
The beatiful and buzzing city of Cork
The beautiful Dingle Peninsula
The Blasket Islands will take your breath away
The Cliffs of Moher-So much to see and learn
The Kingdom of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry- Time to relax and enjoy life
The Rock of Cashel
The Walls of Derry
The Wildest Road on Earth- The Wild Atlantic Way
We love Belfast- Such a great city
We love Cork City
Wild N Happy - Your adventure starts today
You will never forget this view- The Cliffs of Moher

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