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Discover authentic Ireland on this awesome adventure tour, where you'll enjoy active days and relaxing nights as the tour weaves its way along the country roads of Ireland, from Belfast to Cork.
Adventures await on this terrific adventure tour of Ireland, which features a brilliant mix of history, culture and activities.
This tour includes some of Ireland’s best-known sights, such as the Giant's Causeway and Cliffs of Moher, and many of Ireland's hidden gems, such as the spectacular Ess-na-Larach Waterfall in Glenarriff Forest Park, the silent valleys of Doolough and Inagh in Connemara and the splendid farmers' markets of Kinvara and Kinsale. Leisurely walks, exhilarating rides and an eclectic mix of optional activities will engage us with authentic Ireland, taking us off the beaten track, to where the age old rhythms of life still continue in the friendly towns and villages we visit. You’ll be amazed by the unspoilt scenery, forgotten ruins and pretty villages that dot our track, as we weave our way along the coast. We'll picnic in some stunning locations, sample local tastes and brews, and feast on hearty home-cooked dinners in the local pubs, whilst tapping our feet to the beat of an Irish gig or reel!
We set out to explore the Antrim coastline, stopping to view Ess-na-Larach Waterfall in Glenariff Forest Park. Test your head for heights on Carrrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, before walking along the Causeway Coast to the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After crossing over Lough Foyle, we spend the night on the spectacular Inishowen Peninsula.
We begin our day by exploring Inishowen – a rugged corner of Ireland offering great opportunities for cycling and walking. Alternatively, opt to take a horse ride along the beach! We arrive in Derry (Londonderry) for lunch, and explore the city with a tour of the historic city walls and Bogside area. We complete our day with a drive through spectacular scenery, to our accommodation in Donegal, stopping at Grianan of Aileach Fort.
A visit to Glenveagh National Park and Castle offers great walking and cycling routes by the lake. We visit the weaving village of Ardara, before walking or cycling Mullaghmore Headland. In the afternoon, climb up Knocknaree Mountain to the mythical burial place of legendary queen Maeve. If this doesn’t appeal to you, why not opt to catch Atlantic waves on a surfing excursion, or relax as you sink into a homeopathic seaweed bath.
We begin our day with an exploration of The National Museum of Country Life, followed by a visit to the beautiful heritage town of Westport. After lunch, walk or cycle the stunningly desolate Doolough Valley, into Connemara, where we will end our day with a visit to the Gothic fantasy of Kylemore Abbey and Gardens. Tonight, we sleep in atmospheric Connemara.
Morning brings a leisurely walk alongside Killary Fjord, or you can opt to kayak in its pristine waters. The afternoon takes us through the middle of Connemara, with an option to cycle the stunning Inagh Valley, before we take to the waves and sail across Galway Bay, where Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, awaits us. This night sees us heading out to mingle with the locals, enjoying some hearty fare, creamy pints and traditional tunes!
The best way to experience the arid stone landscape of Inis Mór is by foot or bike, along the island's stone-clad trails. We visit Europe’s most impressive promontory fort, Dun Angus, an ancient structure perched perilously on an awe-inspiring, 100-foot cliff edge. In the afternoon, we sail back across Galway Bay, where you’ll have the evening to explore the vibrant medieval city of Galway, with its historic buildings, lively street entertainers and colourful pubs.
We depart Galway City at 9am, with a scenic drive along Galway Bay, into the moon-like landscape of the Burren, stopping at Kinvara’s farmer’s market. Cycle the Black Head Coastal Route or walk along the Burren Way. There is an optional ‘pub-grub’ lunch in musical Doolin, before we head up to the Cliffs of Moher for a stroll along Ireland’s most spectacular cliffs. The night is spent in medieval Ennis, with an optional excursion to a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Visit the pretty, thatched cottages of Adare and learn about Irish history at the Kerry Kingdom History Museum, before arriving in Dingle, where keen cyclists can tackle the Conor Pass. In the afternoon, stunning walks and cycles take us out to the most westerly point in Europe, followed by an optional evening boat trip to spot the famed dolphin Fungie. Tonight, we stay on the Dingle Peninsula, where you’ll find traditional music in the curious 'hidden pubs’.
An action-packed day in Killarney National Park begins with a walk or cycle along the shores of Muckross Lake, to Torc Waterfall. Alternatively, take an optional visit into 19th century Muckross House, or opt to experience the magical lakes by kayak. After a scrumptious picnic lunch, we join our open boats to cross the magical lakes over to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. In the afternoon, walk through the stunning Gap of Dunloe. We end the day with a scenic drive to our accommodation on the Ring of Kerry..
Explore the Ring of Kerry, with a walk along the old Mass Path to Derrynane beach. A scenic drive takes us to the heritage town of Kenmare for lunch. Later, we learn about and sample Irish cheese making traditions, before heading out onto Sheep’s Head for tranquil walks and bike-rides. In the evening, you can opt to join us on a starlight kayaking trip, where, if we’re lucky, we may experience the beauty of bio-luminescence as the waters glow with a thousand tiny lights!
Walk or cycle romantic, rural Ireland through many colourful towns and villages to the picture-perfect town of Kinsale. Known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, you can explore the pretty town and enjoy a leisurely lunch before heading up to visit the magnificent Charles Fort. We end the day in vibrant Cork City, known as “the Venice of Ireland”. You can opt for an evening paddling tour of the city from the River Lee.
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