WANT TO DISCOVER THE REAL WILD ATLANTIC WAY? Well, that is exactly what you will get with our wondrous 15 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.
|START / RETURN POINT||Visit Dublin Centre,25 Suffolk Street, Dublin.|
|SCHEDULE||9:00 am – Please arrive by 8:45 AM for a prompt departure.|
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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.
DAY 1 : THE ROCK OF CASHEL AND CORK CITY
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.
DAY 2: MIZEN HEAD PENINSULA
Rise and shine for our first adventure as we explore the 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.
NON TRAVEL DAY - DISCOVER KILLARNEY
You have the morning to relax or explore Killarney’s rich historical points of interest and its magnificent National Park.
That afternoon, we will 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.
DAY 4: THE RING OF KERRY AND VALENTIA ISLAND TOUR
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.
DAY 5: DINGLE & SLEA HEAD TOUR
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.
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.
DAY 7: THE WILD BURREN
This morning you get the chance to enjoy a morning of relaxation, experience surfing in Lahinch or explore the dramatic landscape and history of the wild Burren, in which we experience its unique ecosystem, the magnificent historical site of Kilfenora Cathedral and the spectacular Poulnabrone wedge tomb, which dates back to the Neolithic period.
At 2:30 PM, we head along the coast 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.
DAY 8: GALWAY CITY
This is your day to relax and unwind in the most Bohemian of cities you will find. Its vibrant bustling streets and quaint cafes offer you a relaxing atmosphere to rejuvenate your batteries before our next Wild Atlantic adventures.
DAY 9: INIS MOR ISLAND TOUR
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.
DAY 10: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.
DAY 11: NON TRAVEL DAY - 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. The town is rich in historical areas of interest and a great traditional music scene.
DAY 12: WESTPORT TO SLIGO VIA BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK<b> </b>
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.
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.
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.
DAY 15: THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY AND BELFAST CITY
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!