5 days
Duration
Feb – Nov
Availability
Dublin
Start/Return point
2/5
Physicality
16
Groupsize

The perfect West Ireland tour

Unlock Ireland’s wild west on this mesmerizing 5 day Ireland tour that explores the true beauty of Ireland’s west coast and its unique history. For many of our guests, five days travelling through the west of Ireland is ideal as they then spend one or two days in Dublin, exploring our incredible capital city by themselves. However, if you’d like a longer, more comprehensive experience, checkout Wild N Happy’s 14-day Ireland tour from Dublin or our 11-day Southern Ireland tour.

Many people come to us because they know even before they visit that Ireland’s best places are off the beaten path. They’re absolutely right and it’s our job as tour guides to ensure our guests experience the real Ireland — the one you won’t find in any of the guide books. On this incredible 5-day Ireland getaway, unravel the Emerald Isle’s unique culture and rich history. Taste our amazing food and drinks, and explore the magnificent landscapes of Inis Mor Island, Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, Westport and Newgrange – a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument that is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Explore this ancient land and head back home with stories to tell for the rest of your life! Check out the rest of our Ireland tours and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The Wild West of Ireland is an experience not to be missed and one that will live long in your heart. 

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 Ireland’s ancient castles and forts
  5. Take a tour of the colourful town of Westport
  6. Revel in lively traditional Irish music (and join the locals in a dance)
START / RETURN POINT                                      Dublin – Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8
DEPARTURE DAYSSaturday
SCHEDULE10:00 AM – Please arrive by 09:30 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 guideAll listed activities
 All listed activities Breakfast each day
NOT INCLUDED
Any activities/services not listed on itinerary 
 Airfare

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.

1

DAY1: DUBLIN TO GALWAY

Departing from The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 10am.

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. 

Take the opportunity to soak in Galway’s vibrant bustling streets, quaint cafes, traditional music and sample its famed culinary delights.  

Schedule:     

10:00 AM: Bus Departure to Galway City


13:00 PM: Free time to relax and explore Galway City

Included:
  • Dublin to Galway Transfer
Tour Style Options:
  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast
Activity Add-ons:
  • Galway Hop-on Hop-off City Tour – €12
  • Galway City Walking Tour – €10
  • Corrib Princess River Cruise – €17
  • Galway City Cycle Tours – €30
Freebies:  
  • Explore Galway’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars
2

DAY 2: 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.
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
Activity Add-ons:
  • Dún Aonghasa – €5
  • Bike Hire – €10
  • Bus Tour – from €15
  • Jaunting Car Experience – from €25
Freebies:  
  • Explore the island’s many beaches and historical places of interest
3

DAY 3: 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 – €10
  • Horse Riding – €30- 1 hour

                                  

Freebies:  
  • Explore Connemara National or relax in the colourful town of Clifden
4

DAY 4: 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 – €50
  • Greenway Cycling Tour – €15
  • Westport House – from €15
Freebies:  
  • Explore and relax in the colourful and vibrant town of Westport with its many cafes and shops
  • Croagh Patrick Hike (barefoot is not compulsory, so don’t worry!!)
5

DAY 5: WESTPORT TO DUBLIN VIA NEWGRANGE

In the morning, we depart the beautiful coastal setting of Westport and head east through the heartlands of Ireland towards Dublin’s fair city.

As we meander through Ireland’s midlands, we will pass through quaint villages and lush green fields that dot this picturesque landscape before arriving at one of Ireland’s most unique and special locations, Newgrange.

This magnificent Stone Age (Neolithic) monument is the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East and was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.) which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Take the opportunity to explore this unique monument before we head south to Dublin and our journey’s end, where we bid a fond farewell with happy memories that will last forever. Remember, Ireland is now your second home away from home!

Schedule:   

09:00 AM: Bus departure from Westport

10:30 AM: Rest stop in Strokestown

11:00 AM: Bus departure from Strokestown

13:00 PM: Arrive and lunch at Newgrange

14:00 PM: Visit Newgrange  

16:30 PM: Bus departure from Newgrange

18:00 PM: Arrive in Dublin City

Included:
  • Westport to Dublin Transfer
  • Newgrange
Tour Style Options:
  • Non-Applicable
Activity Add-ons:
  • Dublin Hop-on Hop-off City Tour- €23
  • Guinness Storehouse- €18.50
  • Trinity College and the book of Kells- €13
Freebies:  
  • Explore Dublin’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars
  • Take a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green, or take a trip around the grounds of the historic Trinity College

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

 

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