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Above: Dawn over Loop Head Lighthouse, County Clare, ‘a great Atlantic promontories that marks the northern arm of the Shannon River Estuary. Photo: Peter Cox.

7 Night West of Ireland Walking Tour

 

Wild flowers on the Burren and Aran Islands, luxury guesthouses and country hotels, a 7-day walking tour on the Wild Atlantic Way, taking in the Burren, Inismore / Aran Islands, Connemara and Mayo.

Sample itinerary in brief

 

DAYS 1-2 – Inis Mór – Aran Islands

 

The first two nights of our West of Ireland Wild Atlantic Way walking tour are spent on the timeless island of Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Island’s located at the mouth of Galway Bay. A wild stony place, our introductory stroll is among the labyrinth of stonewalls (3000 miles of them!) and provides a powerful welcome to the west of Ireland! One of our favourite walks (on Earth!) follows the stupendous cliff scenery along the south coast of the island where over 300 foot cliffs and Atlantic swells, the extraordinary flora of Aran grows in tiny pockets of soil amidst limestone rock – flora ranging from arctic to tropical to alpine, all growing side by side.

 

Days 3-5 – Connemara

 

Returning to the mainland, we hike over Roundstone Bog before reaching Lough Inagh Lodge, our base for three nights located in the heart of the Connemara mountains between the ranges of the Beanna Beola (the Twelve Bens) and the Mám Toirc (Maumturks).

 

Day 4 – Hiking along the Western Way

 

Directly from the lodge, hiking along the Western Way hiking route through a wild landscape rich in nature, history and myth.

Day 5 – The island of Omey & The fjord of Killary

 

A morning hike in the company of Ireland’s leading field archaeologist, Michael Gibbons on the island of Omey brings us up close and personal with thousands of years of archaeology and history.

 

Day 6 – Galway City & Hiking in the Burren

 

Time to explore the bustling city of Galway this morning before an afternoon hike over Abbey Hill in the region known as the Burren and arrival in the village of Ballyvaughan, our base for two nights.

 

Day 7 – The Burren Way

 

A treasured landscape of international importance, the Burren holds a trove of treasures from nature and human history that is utterly unique.

 

Day 8 – Departure

I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and visit all seven continents, I have never before met an individual like you with such passion, intellect and breadth of interests and knowledge.  You are indeed an “Irish Treasure” and I feel honoured to have spent this week with you.

 

Mike Diamond, CA, USA

June 2015

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Note

This outstanding walking tour can be operated at the time of your choice for your group. The walking levels are ultimately based on the needs of the participants with spectacular hikes available throughout, ranging from Easy to Strenuous.

Cost

The price varies depending on the size of your group and your choice of accommodation. Please contact Binky for the details on info@hiddenirelandtours.com

Dates

Available at any time throughout the year for private parties.