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

JUMP ABOARD OUR SPECTACULAR WILD NORTH TOUR, as we take you along the most amazing wild landscapes of Ireland’s northern Atlantic coastline for the adventure of a lifetime..

On this exhilarating discovery of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way north route, we will take you off the beaten track to unearth the real Irish culture, sample many culinary delights on route and why not take the opportunity to experience amazing adventures such as cycling on Inis Mor island, hiking to the top of Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, surfing the magical Atlantic waves of Sligo, visiting Ireland’s most northerly and sunniest place and setting foot on the wild and famous rock formations at the Giant’s Causeway. Get ready for the best Irish experience that will simply blow you away.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Discover Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
  2. Experience the vibrant city of Galway
  3. Visit the Gaelic speaking Island of Inis Mor
  4. Explore ancient castles and forts
  5. Set your eyes on the spectacular Giant’s Causeway
  6. Lively traditional music and dance nights  
START / RETURN POINT Visit Dublin Centre,25 Suffolk Street, Dublin.
DEPARTURE DAYS Saturday and Wednesday
SCHEDULE 9:00am – Please arrive by 8:45 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 GALWAY VIA CLONMACNOISE

From Dublin’s fair city, we set our compasses due west, making our way through the lush midlands of Ireland in search of the wild Atlantic coastline and the Bohemian capital of Ireland, Galway City.

On route to the and the Bohemian capital of Ireland, Galway City, we will take a magical stop to Clonmacnoise, a mid-6th century Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán. Afterwards, we make our way to Galway city, where you can explore and wander its bustling streets, sample its famed culinary delights and traditional music scene.

Included: Travel Pass to Galway City

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

Activity Options: Sea Kayaking, Connemara Day Tour and Aran Island Tour, Mountain Biking, Diving, Sailing.

Freebies:  Explore and experience the vibrant streets, cafes and pubs of Galway City, 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: Saturday and Wednesday

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

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

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DAY 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: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 8: 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

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