14 days
Duration
Feb – Nov
Dates
The Wild Atlantic Way
Location
4/5
Physicality
5+
Age

WANT TO DISCOVER THE REAL WILD ATLANTIC WAY? Well, that is exactly what you will get with our wondrous 14 day journey through the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s wild Atlantic coastline.

This is an adventure tour second to none, as we take you off the beaten track to experience magical landscapes, spectacular adventure experiences, meet the vibrant people of Ireland and unearthing our unique Gaelic culture.

Our journey commences in Dublin and brings us 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. Experience adventures such as kayaking on the lakes of Killarney, hiking to the edge of Europe on our discovery of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle, exploring the Cliffs of Moher and the moon like surroundings of the wild Burren on this wondrous discovery of Ireland’s 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                         The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8.
DEPARTURE DAYS Sunday
DEPARTURE TIME 09:00 AM – Please arrive by 08:30 AM for a prompt departure
WHAT TO BRING
  • Rain jacket/pants
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Backpack or bag appropriate for carrying food/clothing
  • Suitable hiking clothing e.g, fleece, hat, gloves, etc
  • No cotton t-shirts or jeans as these items will hold water and may accelerate chances of hypothermia
  • Spare clothes and shoes for after activities
  • Warm drink and water (1 liter approx)
INCLUDED
Professional and experienced guide                                Private bus chauffeur
All listed activities                             13 nights accommodation                                       
Breakfast each day  
NOT INCLUDED
Any activities / services not listed on itinerary 
 Airfare

*See below for our low season and high season rates. Low season is October to March & includes a discount, high season is April to September.

 2019 DATES –  February: 10. March: 10. April:  14. May: 12. June: 9. July: 14. August: 11. September: 15. October: 13. November: 10.
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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 did you have the best experience possible.

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DAY 1 : THE ROCK OF CASHEL AND CORK CITY

 Departing fromThe Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 9am.

 

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

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure

11:30 AM: Rock of Cashel Tour

13:00 PM: Lunch in Cashel

14:00 PM: Bus Departure for Cork city

15:30 PM: Arrive and Explore Cork city

 

Included:

  • Dublin to Cork Transfer
  • Visit the Rock of Cashel

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Non-applicable

Freebies:  

  • Explore the Cork’s vibrant city with cafes, bars and historical places of interest
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DAY 2: MIZEN HEAD PENINSULA

 

Rise and shine for an adventure along the wild and spectacular coastline of Cork and climb over mountain passes to reach the majestic setting of 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 one of 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 the mountainous terrain that separates Cork and Kerry before arriving in the picturesque town of Killarney. It is home to Ireland’s first national park with spectacular glistening lakes, beautiful nature, great food and a vibrant cultural atmosphere.

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

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure for Mizen Head

10:45 AM: Skibbereen

11:15 AM: Bus Departure

11:45 AM: Altar Wedge Tomb

12:00 PM: Bus Departure

12:30 PM: Arrive and Explore Mizen Head

15:00 PM: Bus Departure for Killarney

18:30 PM: Arrive in Killarney

 

Included:

  • Cork to Killarney Transfer
  • Mizen Head Signal Station Tour

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Non-applicable

Freebies:  

  • Explore the beaches of Mizen Head
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DAY 3: 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.

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure for The Ring of Kerry


11:00 AM: Valentia Island Tour


13:30 PM: Lunch in Portmagee


15:00 PM: Bus Departure for Killarney via The Ring of Kerry  


18:00 PM: Arrive in Killarney

 

Included:

  • Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island
  • The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre  

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Bray Head Walking Tour
  • Valentia Island Cycling Tour
  • Skellig Eco Boat Tour

Freebies:  

  • Explore the Ring of Kerry’s wild nature
  • Visit many quaint towns and village

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DAY 4: DINGLE & SLEA HEAD

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.

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure for Dingle & Slea Head


11:00 AM: Slea Head Tour

14:00 PM: Lunch in Dingle

15:00 PM: Explore Dingle Town

16:15 PM: Bus Departure for Killarney

18:00 PM: Arrive in Killarney

 

Included:

  • Dingle & Slea Head Tour

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Slea Head Cycling Tour
  • Fungi Boat Tour
  • Blasket Island Visitor Centre

Freebies:  

  • Explore the Dingle Way and its many beautiful villages along the way

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DAY 5: DISCOVER KILLARNEY

Before departing for Doolin that afternoon, you have the opportunity to relax, discover Killarney town or take an adventure exploring Killarney’s National Park and Lakes.

At midday, we will visit Muckross Park which is home to beautiful gardens and a 15th Century Franciscan Friary called Muckross Abbey which is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park.

That afternoon after a bite to eat, we make our way north along the edge of Europe to the spectacular setting of the Cliffs of Moher, where we will overnight in the vibrant coastal village of Doolin and a chance for you to experience great traditional music sessions, fantastic seafood and of course meet the locals.  

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Free time to relax, explore Killarney or take an adventure


12:00 PM: Visit Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey & Gardens   


15:00 PM: Bus Departure for Doolin


18:30 PM: Arrive in Doolin

 

Included:

  • Muckross Abbey & Gardens  
  • Killarney to Doolin transfer

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Ross Castle Kayak Tour
  • Lakes of Killarney Boat Tour
  • Jaunting Cars
  • Killarney Cycling Tour

Freebies:

  • Discover Ross Island
  • Explore vibrant shops and cafes
  • Visit Torc Waterfall
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DAY 6: THE CLIFFS OF MOHER & THE WILD BURREN

This morning we make our to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. This ‘must see’ wonder of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, stretches for almost 10 KM 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.

Afterwards, we will have lunch in the surf town of Lahinch before heading on a tour exploring the dramatic landscape and history of the wild Burren. Experience its unique ecosystem and the spectacular Poulnabrone wedge tomb, which dates back to the Neolithic period.

That evening take the opportunity to sample Doolin’s famed culinary delights and lively atmosphere.

Schedule:

10:00 AM: Bus departure for the Cliffs of Moher


10:15 AM: Visit the Cliffs of Moher

12:15 PM: Bus departure for Lahinch


12:30 PM: Lunch in Lahinch

14:00 PM: Bus departure for the Wild Burren Tour

14:30 PM: Ballyryan

15:30 PM: Poulnabrone Tomb

17:00 PM: Arrive in Doolin  

 


Included:

  • The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
  • The Wild Burren Tour


Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

*Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk
  • Inishmann Island
  • Cliffs of Moher Sea Cruise
  • Surfing

Freebies:

  • Take in the spectacular views of Doolin and its lively

   

 
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DAY 7: DISCOVER GALWAY CITY

 

This morning we depart Doolin heading north towards Galway, the Bohemian capital of Ireland. Along the way explore the remarkable moon-like terrain of the wild Burren and the Atlantic waves that roll into jaws of Galway Bay.

Take the opportunity to soak in Galway’s vibrant bustling streets and quaint cafes offer you a relaxing atmosphere to rejuvenate your batteries before our next Wild Atlantic adventures.

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Bus Departure to Galway City


11:00 AM: Free time to relax and explore Galway City

 

Included:

  • Doolin to Galway Transfer

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Galway Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
  • Galway City Walking Tour
  • Galway Walking Tour
  • Corrib Princess River Cruise
  • Galway City Cycle Tours

Freebies:  

  • Explore Galway’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars
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DAY 8: 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 either explore the island by foot, bicycle or jaunting cart, in which you can experience the island’s magnificent landscape of rocky fields, wild Ocean views and incredible monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. Take in a visit to one of the most famous of them, Dún Aonghasa, which is a breath-taking fort that was built on a high cliff some 100 metres above sea level.

That afternoon, we make our way back to mainland Ireland before heading due west to the colourful coastal town of Clifden, where you can sample its famous culinary delights and traditional music nights.

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Bus Departure to Rossaveal


10:30 AM: Ferry to Aran Island  


11:00 AM: Tour Inis Mór


17:00 PM: Ferry to Rossaveal


17:30 PM: Bus Transfer to Clifden


18:45 PM: Arrive in Clifden

 

Included:

  • Galway to Clifden Transfer
  • Aran Island Ferry

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Dún Aonghasa
  • Bike Hire
  • Jaunting Car Experience

Freebies:  

  • Explore the island’s many beaches and historical places of interest


 

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DAY 9:CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK AND KYLEMORE ABBEY

 

Today’s adventure brings us to Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. We will explore these majestic destinations, full of colourful scenery and wonderful history.

In Connemara National Park, take the opportunity to hike to the top Diamond Hill before we head to Kylemore Abbey for a bite to eat and time to explore its incredible history and unique gardens.

Later that afternoon, we commence 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.  

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Free time to relax or visit Connemara National Park


12:30 PM: Bus Departure to Kylemore Abbey


13:00 PM: Lunch and explore Kylemore Abbey


16:00 PM: Bus Departure to Westport  


18:00 PM: Arrive in Westport

 

Included:

  • Clifden to Westport Transfer
  • Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Sky Road Bike Hire
  • Kayak Tour
  • Horse Riding

Freebies:  

  • Explore Connemara National or relax in the colourful town of Clifden
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DAY 10:DISCOVER WESTPORT

You have the day to either 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.

Westport is rich in historical areas of interest and a great traditional music scene. Be sure to experience it!!

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Free time to relax, explore or take an adventure

 

Included:

  • Non-Applicable

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Kayak Adventure on Clew Bay
  • Croagh Patrick Hike (barefoot is not compulsory, so don’t worry!!)
  • Greenway Cycling Tour

Freebies:  

  • Explore and relax in the colourful and vibrant town of Westport with its many cafes and shops

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DAY 11: WESTPORT TO DONEGAL TOWN VIA DOWNPATRICK HEAD

 

Departing Westport, we make our along the northern wild and rugged coastline of Mayo before arriving in Donegal Town, known as the fort of the foreigners.

We will take a stroll along the dramatic wild coastline at Downpatrick Head where you view a spectacular blowhole that plummets down to the wild Atlantic ocean, the ruins of St Patrick’s church building, a stone cross and the incredible site of Dún Briste (broken fort), a lone sea-stack standing close to the edge of the cliffs.

 

Afterwards, we make our way towards Ballina, where we will stop to have lunch. That afternoon, we make our way north towards Donegal Town via Bundoran where you can take the opportunity to dip your feet into the wild Atlantic Ocean or catch some of the most renowned waves in the world.

 

Feeling refreshed, that evening you can sampling some of Donegal’s best culinary delights and music traditions.

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Bus Departure

11:30 AM: Downpatrick Head

13:00 PM: Lunch in Ballina

14:30 PM: Bus Departure

16:00 PM: Explore Bundoran

17:30 PM: Bus Departure

18:00 PM: Arrive in Donegal Town

 

Included:

  • Westport to Donegal Transfer
  • Downpatrick Head Tour

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Surfing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Horse Riding

Freebies:  

  • Explore and relax in the colourful seaside town of Bundoran

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DAY 12: DONEGAL TOWN TO LETTERKENNY VIA GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK

 

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

Afterwards, 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 Letterkenny, known as the Cathedral Town, where you can relax, unwind or explore this historical town which lies on the River Swilly.

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Bus Departure to Letterkenny via Glenveagh National Park


10:00 AM: Slieve League Cliffs

11:00 AM: Bus Departure for Glenveagh National Park

13:30 PM: Lunch and Explore Glenveagh National Park   


16:30 PM: Bus Departure to Letterkenny

17:00 PM: Arrive in Letterkenny

 

Included:

  • Donegal to Letterkenny Transfer
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Glenveagh National Park and Castle

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Non-applicable

Freebies:  

  • Experience the historic town of Letterkenny
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DAY 13: MALIN HEAD AND THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

 

Today’s adventure is a real giant in many ways, as we take you along the dramatic coastal route of Ulster. We first head North to explore Malin Head, known as Ireland’s sunniest point and offers dramatic coastline views of the most northerly point of Ireland. Next stop Greenland!!

Once aboard, we make our way to 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 head to the vibrant coastal setting of Portrush, a seaside town famed for surfing, great food and where you can relax, unwind or simply gaze out at the majestic views before your eyes.

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Bus Departure to Malin Head

10:15 AM: Malin Head The Giant’s Causeway

11:45 AM: Bus Depart for The Giant’s Causeway

13:30 PM: Lunch in Portstewart

14:45 PM: Bus Departure for The Giant’s Causeway

15:15 PM: Visit the The Giant’s Causeway  

16:45 PM: Bus Departure for Portrush

17:00 PM: Arrive in Portrush

 

Included:

  • Letterkenny to Portrush Transfer
  • Malin Head Tour
  • The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Dunluce Castle
  • Surfing  

Freebies:  

  • Explore Portrush dramatic coastline, sandy beaches and colourful restaurants/bars
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DAY 14: DISCOVER BELFAST AND TRANSFER TO DUBLIN

 

We depart Portrush and make our way to Belfast, where you can visit the Titanic museum, experience the amazing Black Cab Taxi Tour, explore Belfast with a Hop-on Hop Off City Tour or simply wander around its famous streets and experience great food.  

That afternoon, we head south to the capital of Ireland, Dublin, where you have the opportunity to visit many of its historical attractions, jump aboard the Dublin Hop-on Hop-off City Tour or simply relax and explore its vibrant streets.

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!

Schedule:   

09:00 AM: Bus Departure for Belfast City  

10:00 AM: Arrive and Explore Belfast City

16:00 PM: Bus Departure for Dublin City

18:00 PM: Arrive in Dublin City

 

Included:

  • Belfast to Dublin Transfer

Tour Style Options:

  • Non-Applicable

Activity Add-ons:

  • Titanic Museum
  • Belfast Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
  • Black Cab Taxi Tour

Freebies:  

  • Explore Belfast’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars
  • Take a stroll around the Titanic Quarter, the Botanic Gardens and St George’s Market

Arriving back toThe Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 6pm

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