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The hum of traditional music leads us though the 'Wild West of Ireland', from the spectacular beauty of Connemara, with its silent valleys, pristine fjords and fairytale castles, to the lonesome Aran Islands, where soft-hearted villages welcome us into their laid-back lives.
You'll experience Ireland’s wild beauty on leisurely walking trails and exhilarating bike rides through the untouched scenery of the 'Wild West', as we weave our way along the spectacular Atlantic Coast, from Connemara and the Aran Islands to Killarney.
We'll revel in bohemian Galway city, before walking and biking in the tortured stone landscape of the Burren, amid its myriad of traditional villages and ancient ruins, to view Ireland's most spectacular cliffs at Moher. The rugged Dingle Peninsula takes to us to 'the edge of the world', where we enjoy splendid walks and bike rides of the scenic Slea Headland, before seeking out traditional music in Dingle's famed 'hidden pubs'. One of the highlights of this week is yet to come, with a day in stunning Killarney National Park, where we'll explore on foot, bike or kayak (optional). After a scrumptious picnic in the grounds of Ross Castle, we'll take to the waves for an open boat ride across Killarney's magical lakes, to a path which threads its way through the rugged Gap of Dunloe. This fun-packed week comes to an end with a beautiful walk back through the Gap, to Kate Kearney's Cottage, a traditional pub which marks the trail's end.
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..
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