The Wild Atlantic Way 12 Day Epic

Tour Overview

A soft adventure tour, The Wild Atlantic Way Tour will bring you on walking trails to some of the countries most dramatic coastlines and spectacular vistas. This tour will take you from Donegal in the north of the country right down to West Cork in the South all along Ireland’s west coast. Not only this but on this tour you will also have the opportunity to experience some of the best outdoor adventure pursuits such as, kayaking, surfing, and Stand Up Paddling or 'SUP' and much more.

As it should be, this tour will take you out of the tour buses to experience Ireland. Each day of the tour will be filled with historical and cultural visits, adventure activities, and of course the breathtaking coastal walks along the Wild Atlantic Way. From visiting ancient sites and castles to walking along the highest sea cliffs in Europe, this adventure tour of The Wild Atlantic Way will give you amazing memories and experiences that will last a lifetime!

Itinerary

Day 1:

Your adventure starts in the heart of Dublin from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street, at 8:00am. Jump aboard our comfortable coach and meet your fellow adventurers for the next 12 days!  Once your guide introduces himself and gets everyone settled, we will make our way out of the city and head south west to the wonderful town of Kenmare in the country of Kerry.  We will pass through spectacular countryside throughout the midlands. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. We will take you back in time to the 12th century when we visit the world famous 'Rock Of Cashel,' once the home of the King of Munster. Your tour there will take you through centuries of fascinating history. Enjoy the lovely architecture and take in the charming scenery for miles around. A sea of green fields awaits you - Ireland's well-known trait is her vibrant greenery. This first visit at Cashel will give you plenty to talk about for the rest of the trip south. Once we reach Kenmare you'll have time to stretch and relax in one of the most beloved towns in Ireland. Kenmare is a charming town filled with many great restaurants and traditional Irish music in the pubs will keep you entertained!

Day 2:

After breakfast we will take a scenic drive to Castletownbere, a fishing village that looks like it's stuck in time on Ireland's secret Peninsula of Beara. This was the home of the last great Irish Chieftain, O'Sullivan Beara. From there, we will take a ferry to Bare island, a small inhabited island about 20 minutes boat ride from the mainland. It's a magical little island where time stands still and stress just doesn't exist. Feel all your worries melt away! You will take a spectacular bike ride through the island, taking another ferry back to the mainland. After a stop in the capital of the Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff, we return to the lovely Kenmare for more 'fun and frollicks'!

Day 3:

In the morning, we will travel along the world famous Ring of Kerry and stop at the port in Portmagee. From there we will take a ferry to Skellig Michael, one of Ireland's holiest places and one of only two UNESCO World heritage sites in Ireland. Here, you will find a most unusual monastery built in stone beehive huts.  Centuries ago, monks were cut off from the mainland and spent their time here creating manuscripts and praying. If the weather doesn't permit us to take the ferry we will head into Killarney National Park and hike through one of the most beautiful valleys in the country at the Gap of Dunloe and take a boat ride through the lakes of Killarney.  Tonight, we will stay in the vibrant town of Dingle.

Day 4:

This morning, you get to do what everyone on the planet has on their bucket list - you'll swim or Kayak with Fungi the dolphin, who came to Dingle Harbour years ago with a school of dolphins but never left. In the afternoon we will cycle around the famous Slea Head  and stop off at the many ancient sites along the way. After that, you'll need to warm up a little and no better place than at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery where you'll be shown the secrets of whiskey making and have the chance to sample a few tipples before you leave. Tonight, we stay for another night in this wonderful town. Make sure to check out Dick Macks Pub before you leave, it's an unreal experience!

Day 5:

We really do hate to say goodbye to Dingle, but it's upwards and onwards! Literally, as we head north along the Wild Atlantic Way. We will take a short but interesting ferry ride from Tarbert - crossing the mouth of Ireland's longest river, the river Shannon. Further along the coast, we will make a stop at Kilkea where you will have the opportunity to try the new land/sea adventure activity called 'coasteering'.  You will be taken along the base of the sea cliffs, where you can climb along the edge and jump into the sea & lagoons dotted along the way - fantastic fun and a real Wild Atlantic Way experience! Tonight we will stay in the village of Lahinch, Ireland's surfing capital!

Day 6:

After a hearty breakfast we will hit the waves and get some surf lessons on Ireland's most famous surf beach at Lahinch. Enjoy the surf! Once we’ve dried off, we will travel a short distance north to Ireland’s most iconic landmark, The Cliffs Of Moher. Thousands of visitors flock to these high cliffs every year. We will take a hike along the cliffs before we get back to our accommodation to freshen up. To finish this jam packed day of adventure we will take you to Doolin village to a traditional night of Irish music and 'craic‘ (means fun).

Day 7:

This morning we will take you to the dolmen at Poulnabrone, one of Ireland's iconic tombs. This is the location of the last resting place of a local Druid or Chieftain. It is also an opportunity for a great photo! We will then take you on a hike through the Burren. Here, we will explain about the flora and fauna that are exclusive to this area of Ireland. Now it’s on to one of the biggest highlights of the tour, the cliffs of Moher. If the weather permits, you will have the option to kayak along the base of the Cliffs of Moher. If the weather won’t allow it or it is simply not your fancy you will take a hike along the top of the cliffs, which is just as amazing. We will spend the night in Lahinch, which is one of the surf capitals of Ireland.

Day 8:

Connemara is the heartland of Ireland for many.  It holds the dreamy image of Ireland many picture in their minds before they set foot on her soil. This is a place of outstanding beauty - it mesmerises you as we explore the region. We will visit Connemara National Park and make some photo stops along the way including at Kylemore Abbey, a romantic and sprawling abbey set among the mountains and lakes. The backdrop is stunning and is one of the most photographed in Ireland. After visiting the immaculate gardens, we will visit a mountain sheep farm to introduce you to the working man's view of Connemara. You will be given a sheep dog demonstration and perhaps have the chance to shear some sheep! Afterwards, you will do the famous 'Famine Walk' along Killary Harbour where Irish families were ordered to build paths during the famine years in exchange for food. .

Day 9:

Today we will take you to two fascinating sites, firstly a megalithic tomb that still stands 5000 years on, complete with carvings visible on the walls and the deserted village of Slievemore.  A whole community was forced to leave their homes during the 1840's because of crippling high rents imposed by their landlords. Then, we discover one of Ireland's most hidden treasures at Keem Bay. You can either swim

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Departing Country: Ireland

Departing City: Dublin

Departing From: Dublin Tourism on Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church at 8:00am

Languages: English

Duration: 12 Days

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