8 Days
Duration
Feb – Nov
Availability
Dublin
Start/Return point
3/5
Physicality
16
Groupsize

Jump aboard our spectacular Wild North experience 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. You can experience amazing adventures such as cycling on Inis Mor island, hiking to the top of Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, 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                  The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8.
DEPARTURE DAYSSaturday
SCHEDULE10AM – 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 guidePrivate Bus Chauffeur
 All listed Activities7 nights accommodation
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: 16. March: 16. April:  20. May: 18. June: 15, 29. July: 20. August: 17. September: 21. October: 19 November: 16

 

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The listed below itinerary is for the current season.

Given the unpredictable Irish weather, the respective daily schedule could vary to make you the best travel experience possible. 

1

DAY 1: DISCOVER 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 city of Ireland, Galway.

Take the opportunity to explore and wander its bustling streets, sample its famed culinary delights and traditional music scene.

Schedule:     

10:00 AM: Departure for Galway City              

13:00 PM: Arrive and explore Galway              

 

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:

  • Aran Island Ferry                       

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Activity Add-ons:

  • Dún Aonghasa                     
  • Bike Hire
  • Jaunting Car Experience                                                                                                                           

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:     

10:00 AM: Free time to relax or visit Connemara National Park

12:45 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:

  • Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Activity Add-ons:

  • Sky Road Bike Hire

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. The town is rich in historical areas of interest and a great traditional music scene.

Schedule:     

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

 

Included:

  • Non-Applicable

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

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

 

5

DAY 5: 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 have a picnic lunch and 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 will meander 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

10:00 AM: Ballycroy National Park

11:30 AM: Bus Departure for Downpatrick Head

13:00 PM: Picnic lunch and explore Downpatrick Head

14:30 PM: Bus Departure

16:30 PM: Explore Bundoran

17:30 PM: Bus Departure

18:00 PM: Arrive in Donegal Town                                         

 

Included:

  • Downpatrick Head

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Activity Add-ons:

  • Surfing
  • Paddle Boarding

Freebies:  

  • Explore Ballycroy National Park
  • Take a stroll along  Bundoran beach
6

DAY 6: DONEGAL TOWN TO BUNCRANA VIA GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK

Buncrana 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 Buncrana, where you can relax, unwind or explore this historical town.

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Bus Departure to Buncrana 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 Buncrana

17:30 PM: Arrive in Buncrana

 

Included:

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

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Activity Add-ons:

  • Non-applicable

Freebies:  

  • Experience the historic town of Buncrana

 

7

DAY 7: 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 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 the vibrant coastal setting of Ballycastle, a seaside town famed for walking, kayaking, great food and where you can relax, unwind or simply gaze out at the majestic views before your eyes. 

09:00 AM: Bus departure to Malin Head                                                                            

10:00 AM: Malin Head

11:30 AM: Bus departure to Bushmills

13:30 PM: Lunch in Bushmills 

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

17:00 PM: Bus Departure for Ballycastle 

17:30 PM: Arrive in Ballycastle                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Included:

  • Buncranna to Ballycastle Transfer
  • Malin Head Tour 
  • The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Activity Add-ons:

  • Dunluce Castle – £5.50
  • Bushmills Distillery – £9.00

Freebies:  

  • Explore Ballycastle’s dramatic coastline, sandy beaches and colourful restaurants/bars
8

DAY 8: DISCOVER BELFAST AND TRANSFER TO DUBLIN

 

We depart Ballycastle 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:   

10:00 AM: Bus departure for Belfast City       

11:30 AM: Arrive and explore Belfast City

15:30 PM: Bus departure for Dublin City

18:00 PM: Arrive in Dublin City                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

Included:

  • Belfast to Dublin Transfer

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Activity Add-ons:

  • Titanic Museum – from £18.50 
  • Belfast Hop-on Hop-off City Tour – from £11.50
  • Black Cab Taxi Tour – from £35 minimum for up to 2 people and £15pp for each additional passenger

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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