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Walking Tour - Southern Gem - 7 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
7 days
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Highlights

  • Wicklow Mountains
  • Dingle
  • Mount Brandon
  • Slea Head
  • Killarney National Park
  • Doolin
  • Galway

Short Description

Explore the Southern counties and for many, some of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes in Ireland on our Southern Gem 7 day walking tour. From the wild beauty of County Wicklow just south of the capital you will experience a monastic site like no other; complete with round tower and church from the 6th century. From there your tour will take you to one of the most magical places in Ireland, if not the world - the town of Dingle. Situated on the most south-westerly point on the island, it really is a world away from everywhere. Enjoy guided walks on this peninsula that holds more ancient sites than the rest of the country combined. You will meander up along the famous Wild Atlantic Way through cute villages and towns. You will take in the breathtaking vistas as you walk along the Cliffs of Moher and the lunar landscape of the Burren and then head to the bohemian city of Galway. This is an epic walking tour guided by our fun and experienced guides who will show you sights, sounds and experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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

  • 6 hearty Irish breakfasts
  • Accommodation in the guesthouse.
  • 7 full days of pure adventure The best and friendliest guides in the business All your tour transport for 7 days Glendalough Monastic Site The Gap of Dunlow & boat ride The Tarbert Ferry St Brigid's Well The Cliffs Of Moher The Burren

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin

After leaving Dublin, you will travel through the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains, over the Sally Gap, and view 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 get 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! After your walk, which is about three hours and brings you all around the valley, you will come back to relax at the guest house. Overnight : Laragh Village - Wicklow

Day 2 - Dingle - Local Flavor

Local Flavor. Today we will travel to the south west of Ireland to the kingdom 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 drink in the South Pole Inn. This pub was owned by the great Anarctic explorer, Tom Crean, who was an important member of both the Scott and Shackleton South Pole expeditions. You can enjoy a drink here before your guide will stop at Beenbane beach and you can take the cliff walk into Dingle Village - a 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 amazing views of the Dingle Peninsula and Mt Brandon. From the top you can see down to 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. This walk is not difficult and has an easy slope to the top. The summit is 1000m and should take no longer than 4 hours.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, a peninsula that the National Geographic has put in the top 10 drives in the world. I would put it in the top 3! We will meander slowly 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 heaven. Our walk is nice and easy today, with spectacular views out to the Atlantic and Dead Man’s Island. Right on Ireland's rugged west coast, this 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. 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. This spectacular glacial valley simply must be experienced to be fully appreciated. The walk will take you through the gap and you will finish on the far side.Boating at Killarney National Park. From there, a river boat will take you on an hour long boat ride through the lakes of Killarney finishing at Ross Castle a short walk from Killarney village. 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 in two. It won’t be long before arriving in the Burren and getting to 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. Enjoy the mesmerising scenery a safe distance from the edge and marvel at the rugged cliffs, views and the ocean below. This walk is truly amazing! Overnight: Lahinch

Day 7 - Dublin - Hiking at The Burren National Park

Hiking at The Burren National Park. This morning we will walk through this karst limestone region that covers 250 square miles. Because limestone is one of the most permeable rocks, there are many subterranean caverns in the area. You can walk these rocky pavements and feel like you are walking on the moon!City/Town Tour. After leaving Lahinch early in the morning, we will follow the coast all the way to Galway. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and with heavy hearts we will bid farewell to some wonderful friends made along this 'Southern Gem tour'. Until we meet again on our next Extreme Ireland Adventure!

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  • Kayak with Fungi the dolphin in Dingle – Optional €45

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