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:

At 08:00am outside the old stone church, your adventure starts in the heart of Dublin from Suffolk Street. Meet your new friends for the next 12 days and jump aboard. Once everyone gets settled and our guide introduces himself, we will make our way heading northwest towards Donegal out of the city. We will make a few stops along the way including the beautiful Lough Erne; to stretch your legs you and soon we will arrive in Donegal Town where we will be spending the night. You will then take a short hike up at Slieve League to see highest sea cliffs in Europe.This is one of the signature stops of the whole tour. You can take in your very first views of Ireland's Atlantic coastline and take a fantastic walk up the coast. When the sea is rough it is truly a spectacular sight to experience so we hope the weather is not too calm on this day We will go to the'Reel Inn' pub tonight for and a couple of pints and some quality traditional music! We will stay at The Abbey Court Hotel in Donegal town to rest your weary bones after out long drive up.

Day 2:

Now, you can settle in to the tour properly. After your breakfast, we will start the day off by going just across from your accommodation and visiting Donegal Castle. This was once home to a local 'Chieftain' called 'Red' McDonnell. Then we will be taken on a fascinating tour. On the tour we walk you through the remains of a castle first built in 1474. Then we pack up our gear and head to along the coast to the long beach at Rossnowlagh. To get some fresh sea air in our lungs, we'll walk to the end of the 3km long beach and back. We're always happy to join you if anyone feels like a quick dip in the ocean. Then further south along the coast we will visit the once home to Lord Mountbatten, a cousin of the Queen. In 1974, the IRA killed him in the little harbour at Mullaghmore. As you enter the village, you will see his fairy style castle on the hill. Along the way, your guide will tell you the full story. We will then head to Grange. We will meet a marine archaeologist who will tell you the story of the Spanish armada fleet crashing into the Sligo coast on their way back to Spain while we enjoy looped walk along the coastline. The archaeologist will also show you lots of coastal treasures and tell you many other interesting stories along the way. Then we will be welcomed with open arms by Ronnie our host at the Fabulous 'Down Yander' guesthouse where we will stay for the night.

Day 3:

After we enjoy a hearty Irish breakfast we'll take you to Lough Gill for our first adventure of the day and what an adventure it will be. Along what is know as Ireland's amazon river, you will try SUPing or 'Stand Up Paddling'. SUPing is all about, relaxing and zen an experiencing this spectacular river. You can only get here by boat because the forest is so thick along this river. Then get ready for an experience you'll not forget because from there we will visit Enniscrone and the Victorian seaweed baths to relax some more. Afterwards, we will travel along the coast and visit 'Céide Fields' the world’s oldest managed fields. Discover in the 1930’s these are Stone Age field systems that are now managed by the Office of Public Works. They have installed an exhibition building so you can learn all about this ancient site. From Céide fields we will visit Ballycroy and see one of Irelands six national parks. The park has an area of 117 square km of Atlantic blanket bog. Here we will stop for a quick hike. Our guide will tell you about the bog and it's importance in Irish rural life down through the centuries. After it’s onward to 'Achill', Ireland's largest island. We will be staying at Pure Magic Lodge with our friends, very relaxed, very friendly, and they make amazing pizzas!

Day 4:

Before you leave the beautiful island of Achill, we will take you to two fascinating sites. A megalithic tomb that still stands 5000 years on is just down the road. Next is Slievemore, known as the deserted village. During the 1840's, a whole community was forced to leave their homes because their landlords begun to impose crippling high rents. Then we will visit Keem Bay one of Ireland's most hidden treasures. You will have the choice to either walk along the high sea cliffs with amazing Atlantic views or swim in the bay. Afterwards we will leave Achill by bike. You will experience the Western greenway. Back in the days of English rule this was an old railway line used by the English gentry. Today the tracks have been removed and replaced as a bike trail. The trail will take you from Achill Island to one of Ireland's most loved villages, Westport. However you will only be cycling the best bits from Mulranny to Newport. When you arrive in Newport, we will collect you and transfer you to Westport town. To make the hills a little easier we also have electric bikes for you to use if you wish. Here is Westport we will enjoy a few pints and listen to the best Irish musicians in the country do what they do best! We will stay the night in Westport. Westport can be addictive so be careful!

Day 5:

Today we travel into the county of Galway. We will travel along the coastline and through Doo Lough, one of Ireland's most wonderful treasures. There is a single small road winding through a wonderful collection of lakes and mountains and with not a building in sight! This is a spectacular sight. The heartland of Ireland for many, Connemara holds the dreamy image of Ireland many picture in their minds. This is a place of truly outstanding beauty. We will make some photo stops along the way. Including visiting Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey, a romantic castle built among the lakes and mountains. After we visit this castle we will show you the working mans view of Connemara. You will visit a mountain sheep farm where you will be given a sheep dog demonstration and if your lucky maybe the chance to sheer some sheep! We will walk along Killary Harbour and you will do the famous 'Famine Walk.' During the famine years this is where starving Irish families were ordered to build paths. You will be given a detailed insight as to why the famine happened and it's outcome by your guide. We will stay in Clifden, the capital of Connemara. Your hosts at 'All The Two's' have created a guesthouse with all the charm and personal touch of an Irish family home that really should be a 5 star hotel.

Day 6:

The first thing we will do this morning is take you to a ghost of Ireland's past. A relic of what was an amazing castle, Clifden Castle was owned by an English landlord who suffered the same fate as many other of his kind. The Clifden Castle symbolizes the ruling English classes in Ireland’s downfall. You will get a deeper insight into the history behind this thread of Irish history by your guide. We will say a say a sad goodbye to those on the Atlantic Way North tour and a warm welcome to new adventurers joining us on the southern leg of the tour while on our way to Galway city. We will then move into the Burren and make a stop at Corcormroe Abbey. Built out of the limestone of the region, this holy place is an 800 year old. We will be staying in Ballyvaughan a cute village of in the heart of the Burren.

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:

We'll head down to the beach at Lahinch in the morning. Here, you will have the option to take some surf lessons. If you always wanted to try it or you just like surfing this is the best place in the country to do it. We will head further down the coast and we will make a stop at Kilkea. Here, you will have the opportunity to try Coasteering, a new land/sea adventure activity. First, you will be taken along the base of the sea cliffs. You can climb along the edge and jump into the sea lagoons dotted along the way. Fantastic fun! Then we will take a drive to the ferry port and cross to Terbert. You will probably start to feel hunger. We will take you for some wholesome pub grub and a well-deserved pint at The South Pole Inn. Tonight we will stay in the wonderful Dingle.

Day 9:

In the morning it’s time to do what everyone has on their bucket list. You will swim with Fungi the dolphin. Fungi came with a school of Dolphins to Dingle harbour years ago but never left. You can then choose from a mountain ride on horseback with amazing views of the Dingle Peninsula or a cycle around the famous Slea Head. After your adventure of choice you will need to be warmed up a little and there is no be

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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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