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Walking Tour - Emerald - 15 Days

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
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Highlights

  • Visit the 6th century Glendalough Monastic Site
  • Hike along the world famous Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit the 14th century Donegal Castle
  • Walk the karst landscape of the Burren National Park
  • Visit Ireland’s romantic Kylemore Abbey
  • Hike the famous ‘Famine Walk’ along Killary Fjord

Short Description

Welcome to our all Ireland Emerald Tour! Get ready to enjoy our 15-day walking tour with the best and friendliest guides in the business that will take care of your every need. You will travel through the east, west, south-west, and northern regions of Ireland and explore mountains, picturesque villages, cliffs and rugged untouched beaches. As you travel through Ireland you will experience fantastic landscapes and breathtaking views. Some highlights of your fascinating tour include the UNESCO World Heritage listed site - the Giants Causeway; the Slieve League cliffs which are the highest sea cliffs in Europe; Slea Head Drive, a gorgeous scenic route; the famous Cliffs of Moher with its unmatched views and Killary Harbour where you will walk in the footsteps of those who suffered during the great Irish potato famine. See historical castles and learn about Irish legends. These are only a sample of the sights you will see throughout this journey of a lifetime. Each traveler takes away an enriching and unique experience. You view the highest peaks and the deepest fjords, meeting Ireland’s friendly locals along the way. On this tour, you are immersed in the Irish way of life and your experienced guide will introduce you to local traditions as well as the best views you'll ever experience. Immerse yourself in traditional music in wonderful pubs frozen in time. Taste traditional dishes and seafood along the Wild Atlantic Way. We guarantee you will make new friends and create fantastic memories as you explore the island of Ireland.

Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Trip Type Vacation / Holiday Package
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Dublin
End City Dublin

Trip Includes

  • 14 hearty Irish breakfasts
  • 14 nights of cute & quirky quality accommodation while on tour
  • 15 full days of pure adventure The best and friendliest guides in the business All your tour transport for 15 days 14 hearty Irish breakfasts Glendalough Monastic Site The Gap of Dunloe & boat ride The Tarbert Ferry St Brigid’s Well The Cliffs Of Moher The Burren Kylemore Abbey House & Gardens The Famine Walk at Killary Fjord The Country Life Museum WB Yeats Grave Donegal Castle Glenveagh National Park Glenveagh Castle Dunluce Castle The Giants Causeway – UNESCO World Heritage Site Belfast City tour

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin

Our Adventure Begins! After leaving Dublin, you will travel through the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains, over the Sally Gap, and view the Guinness Lake (where a member of the Guinness family lives). We will make our way to our guest house in Glendalough.Hiking at Glendalough. Once we have been booked in, we'll get our gear ready for our first walk! Glendalough is a majestic place, a previously important religious centre in ancient Ireland where St. Kevin resided and lived with his fellow Christians. It might have been a happy time here before the Vikings were marauding around their monasteries!Relaxation & Fun. After your three hour walk around the valley, you will come back to relax at our comfortable guest house. Relax in your room or get to know your fellow walkers in the lounge. You have completed the first walk of many today, rest up and prepare to walk through more stunning scenery tomorrow. Overnight: Laragh Village - Wicklow

Day 2 - Dublin - Local Flavor

Local Flavor. Today we will travel to the south west of Ireland to the county of Kerry. En route we will stop in the cute Irish village of Adare before we head directly for Dingle. On our approach we will drive through Annascaul Village and make a stop for a quick refreshment in the South Pole Inn. This pub was owned by the great Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean. He was an important member of both the Scott and Shackleton South Pole expeditions. There are plenty of photos of his expeditions that are on display at the Inn! Enjoy a drink here before continuing to Beenbane Beach. There, we will stop and you can take the cliff walk into Dingle Village. Take in the sights on this stunning walk and enjoy this wonderful way to arrive to this magical little corner of Ireland! Overnight: Dingle Town

Day 3 - Dingle - Hiking at Mount Brandon

Hiking at Mount Brandon. Today we get ourselves ready for an amazing walk up Mount Brandon. On the way to the start of our trek, we will drive over the famous Conor Pass where you will enjoy marvellous views of the Dingle Peninsula and Mt Brandon. From the peak you can see the Blasket Islands on one side and all the way to Tralee on the other. It is one of the most scenic mountains in Ireland. Enjoy the array of colours in the surrounding landscape. The walk is not difficult with an easy slope to the top. The summit is 1000m and should take no longer than 4 hours to complete.Leisure. After our great adventure, we will head back to Dingle and you will have the option to see, swim or kayak with Fungi, a wild dolphin that calls Dingle his home. Overnight: Dingle Town

Day 4 - Dingle - Hiking at Slea Head

Hiking at Slea Head. Slea Head lies ahead of us today. National Geographic has put this peninsula in the top 10 drives in the world and I would put it in the top 3! We will stroll through the gorgeous fuchsia lined roads of Slea Head and follow the cliffs around to our view point of Great Blasket Island. There are more megalithic relics on this peninsula than on the rest of the island; it is an archaeologist’s dream. Our walk is nice and easy today, with spectacular views out to the Atlantic and Dead Man’s Island. Everywhere you turn there are awe-inspiring landscapes, you will have excellent photo opportunities as you walk. This peninsula is the closest you can get to the United States from Europe. Your walk will finish in the village of Ballyferriter, a Gaeltacht area, where all the locals speak in Ireland’s native tongue. Céad mile fáilte! A hundred thousand welcomes! Overnight: Dingle Town

Day 5 - Dublin - Hiking at Gap of Dunloe

Hiking at Gap of Dunloe. Today you will experience one of the most beautiful walks you will find in all of Ireland through The Gap of Dunloe. The 'Gap' stretches through the highest mountain range in Ireland called the MacGuillicuddy Reeks. To the east, you can also see the Purple Mountain. This spectacular glacial valley simply must be experienced to be fully appreciated. This narrow mountain pass takes you through charming woodland and the famous Lake District.Boating at Killary Harbour. Overnight: Killarney

Day 6 - Dublin - Hiking at Cliffs of Moher

Hiking at Cliffs of Moher. We now make our way up the west coast and cross the River Shannon by ferry at Tarbert. The River Shannon is the spine of Ireland, dividing the land into two. At 360.5 km, it is the longest river in Ireland. It won’t be long before we arrive in the Burren region and see the Cliffs of Moher. Heading just up the road, we may stop at Brigid’s Well before we get a start on our walk along the amazing Cliffs Of Moher. Living on the edge is fantastic but at these cliffs, it is advisable to stay away from the 214m high cliff edges. There is a wall which divides the walking path from the dangerous cliff edges. Stay on that side and enjoy the incredible views. This is one of the most stunning locations in Ireland. The cliffs are simply majestic to see and the ocean crashing onto the coastline below only adds to the rugged beauty of this location. This walk is truly amazing! You can also see O’Brien’s Tower and go inside to see the panoramic views from the top (additional fee paid directly to O’Brien’s Tower if you decide to enter). Overnight: Lahinch

Day 7 - Dublin - Hiking at The Burren National Park

Hiking at The Burren National Park. This morning we will walk through the karst limestone region of the Burren that covers 250 square miles. Because limestone is one of the most permeable rocks, there are many subterranean caverns in the area. The rocky landscape is a surprisingly fertile ground for flowers and plants that grow in the cracks and create a lovely array of colours amongst the karst landscape. You can walk these pavements and feel like you are walking on the moon!City/Town Tour. You will have a few hours to spend in Galway to do some shopping or enjoy the many sights this wonderful city has to offer. Overnight: Clifden

Day 8 - Dublin - Hiking at Connemara National Park

Hiking at Connemara National Park. We will have a few options today but one we love is a walk up Benbaun and on down to Kylemore Abbey. As we ascend this mountain, you will have unrestricted views of the lakes of Connemara made famous in the song by Marcel Sardou. There are lots of wild mountain goats in this part of the country and you may also be lucky to see a Connemara pony trotting along beside you. This walk is four hours and takes you to stunning Kylemore Abbey.Sightseeing at Kylemore Abbey. You will then go on a guided tour of Kylemore Abbey, which is seen as one of the most romantic places in all of Ireland. The Abbey standing out against the mountains and lake is one of the most photographed scenes in Ireland and you will understand why when you see it in person. Kylemore Abbey is truly impressive. The chapel in the grounds is a miniature replica of Norwich Cathedral and the gardens are immaculately kept. Overnight: Clifden

Day 9 - Dublin - Hiking at Killary Harbour

Hiking at Killary Harbour. Today you have a few choices about where you’d like to go. After breakfast, your tour guide will provide two different walk options so you can get the most out of the sights of this magnificent landscape. The 'famine’ walk runs along the shores of Killary Harbour. You will be walking on an old famine road that was built by the starving Irish during the great famine between 1845-1849. On the route, you will clearly see the ruins of famine villages and 'lazy beds', the name given to the potato ridges where the starving Irish peasants tried to provide food for their families. This walk takes you on a journey through the history of Ireland during the time of the famine. This walk finishes at the harbour. Overnight: Clifden

Day 10 - Dublin - Local Flavor

Local Flavor. After a hearty Irish breakfast, we will visit the Country Life Museum where you will learn all about life in rural Ireland about 150 years ago. This visit gives you a fascinating insight into life in rural Ireland; the challenges and triumphs, and the realities of life during that time period.Leisure. Then, we will take a relaxing stroll along a secluded beach at Mullagmore. As we travel further north, we will make a stop at the grave of WB Yeats, which lays at the foot of Ben Bulben, a spectacular rock formation and WB Yeats’ final resting place.Local Flavor at Donegal Castle. We will then travel through Sligo and stop in Donegal for a walk around the town, which includes entry into Donegal Castle. Overnight: Donegal

Day 11 - Dublin - Hiking at Slieve League

Hiking at Slieve League. This morning, we will head to the highest sea cliffs in Europe at Slieve League. This is a truly a magnificent sight. Because of the cliffs location and height, winds can get very strong so your guide will make a call as to whether it's safe to walk along the top. If it's not, we have a fantastic alternative at Glen Colm Kill, which will give you spectacular sights of the cliffs from below. Overnight: Donegal

Day 12 - Dublin - Hiking at Glenveagh National Park

Hiking at Glenveagh National Park. Donegal is one of the most unspoiled landscapes in Europe. It is famous for its beautiful scenery and coastline with impressive mountain ranges, glens and lakes. Donegal is filled with rich reminders of a historic past. We will travel to Ireland's most northerly national park: the Glenveagh National Park. It is a wonderful place that is even a breeding ground for wild eagles. If you're lucky enough, you might catch a glimpse of one! After our hike through the national park, we will give you a guided tour of Glenveagh Castle. The castle is a magical place, looking like it belongs in a fairytale. Set on the banks of the lough, it is an impressive sight. It was once owned by an American of Irish ancestry. After his death he donated the castle to the state. This beautiful location is rich with many photo opportunities! Overnight: Donegal

Day 13 - Londonderry - City/Town Tour

City/Town Tour. Today, we enter into Northern Ireland for the first time on our tour. As Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, be aware that you will need to use Pounds as Euros are not accepted here. We will first visit the ancient fort at Grianan Of Aileach before visiting a city which dominates the north-western landscape of Ireland - the City of Derry. Meander through the bustling streets of the only completely walled city in the United Kingdom and listen to the echoes of 1450 years of history. Stroll along its 17th century walls, and marvel at the ever-changing skyline of a city which is constant only in the warmth of its welcome.Sightseeing at Dunluce Castle. We will travel along one of the most northerly roads in Ireland and stop at Dunluce Castle, once owned by the infamous McDonnell Clan from Scotland who came to Ireland to increase their power. Take in the views of this sprawling castle and absorb the history from its ancient stones. Overnight: Ballintoy

Day 14 - Dublin - Hiking at Giant's Causeway

Hiking at Giant's Causeway. Get ready to experience the Giant’s Causeway today! The coastal scenery adjacent to the Causeway is some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring that you will find anywhere. You will walk from the harbour at Ballintoy, made famous by the ‘Game Of Thrones’ and hug the coast all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Causeway. Many ships have floundered below these towering cliffs, but none as tragic as that of Girona, a ship of the Spanish Armada. Carrying the crews from two previous Armada shipwrecks, the Girona was on passage from Killybegs and trying to reach the relative safety of Scotland. As she rounded Inishowen peninsula, heavily over laden and in deteriorating sea conditions, her rudder failed. In the teeth of a full blown north-westerly gale, the crew battled to keep her off the coast but she finally struck Laca Point in view of the Giant’s Causeway at midnight on October 30th, 1588 resulting in the loss of over 1,200 men. Overnight: Ballintoy

Day 15 - Belfast - City/Town Tour

City/Town Tour. This is the day everyone dreads for the whole trip, it’s the day our adventure ends and we return to Dublin. However there is still plenty to see! We will stop in Belfast city and do a tour around the centre. We will learn about the divide that exists between the Catholic and Protestant communities that live so close together. It is fascinating to learn about the history of the conflict. After our visit to Belfast we will travel through Co. Meath, where the High Kings of Ireland once ruled the country. We then complete our journey back to Dublin and we hope you enjoyed touring with us, experiencing the best of Ireland’s gems and landscapes! We hope to see you again soon for another amazing adventure.

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