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Hop aboard the 'Adventure Explorer Tour', where there are daily choices to hike, bike and kayak your way around Ireland. You'll experience one of Europe's oldest cultures and friendliest people on this fun-packed adventure tour.
This fun-filled adventure tour is packed with awesome activities from hiking to biking, surfing to kayaking, and dolphin watching to horse riding, so you can experience the real Ireland your way!
We'll wind our way all along the Atlantic coast, with its quiet, rural lanes, rolling green hills, stunning mountain vistas and beautiful seascapes. The road we travel is filled with history and heritage, giving us the opportunity to learn about this rugged island, from a time of ancient heroes to the recent 'Troubles'. Our activities will take us through many pretty, rural villages, with ample opportunity to experience some of the best-known attractions and hidden gems as we stray off the beaten path whilst engaging with local people and experiencing the bounty of Irish culture along the way. We'll be exhilarated on the tracks and trails that take us to vibrant communities, where we'll revel with the locals and traditional music in the many colourful pubs that litter the way.
Departing Dublin at 8.30am, we discover the vast Neolithic necropolis at Bru na Boinne and Ireland’s finest Celtic crosses at Monasterboice, before crossing the border to Northern Ireland. Walk or cycle the Lagan Canal Towpath into Belfast City. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring Belfast, including its iconic murals and Titanic Quarter, ending in the famous Crown Liquor Saloon.
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.
Kiss the famed Blarney Stone, perched high in Blarney Castle, and receive “the gift of the gab”. Blow away the cobwebs with a stunning cliff-walk in Ardmore and visit St. Declan’s monastic site. In the afternoon, we enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle along the meandering Barrow River, between St. Mullins and Graiguenamanagh, or you can opt to take a 2-hour paddle along the river. We rest our heads in Ireland’s finest medieval city, Kilkenny.
Visit Ireland’s oldest working woollen mills in the pretty village of Avoca, before exploring the ancient monastic ruins of Glendalough, with a walk to the picturesque Poulanass Waterfall. In the afternoon, a spectacular scenic drive takes us through the Wicklow Mountains, over the Sally Gap, where those who fancy pedalling will be rewarded with a breathtaking cycle down towards Dublin. For those continuing on northbound with us, we stay in central Dublin, where you can opt for the Musical Pub Tour of Dublin in hip Temple Bar.
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