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Destination:
Ireland
Experience the best of Ireland from a truly unique perspective. Leave the noisy city behind for a real Adventure Experience off the beaten track in Ireland’s Ancient East. Travel the ... morequiet country roads in a 4×4 up into the Wicklow Mountains and beyond. Take a kayak down the meandering rivers onto the unspoiled coastline or into the ocean to witness stunning scenery from a completely different point of view. You will be provided with all that you need from start to finish to ensure that your Irish Experience will never be forgotten.
Discover Mór…Experience Mór
Important features included in your adventure : Off the beat track 4×4 transportation Expert adventure guide Small personal groups (Maximum 6 People per Experience Tour) ... more

Two nights of quality accommodation to rest and unwind

Hearty breakfast each morning to prepare you for the great day ahead

Luxurious Tranquillity Spa facility use at 4 Star Clayton Whites Hotel*

Swimming pool and leisure club use

Exciting outdoor adventure activities

Irish Cultural and Heritage Experiences

Beautiful sights, astonishing scenes and Irish stories that will ignite your imagination and leave you in total awe of this mystical Island

*Included in the ‘Treat yourself’ experience option

The Irish Experience is here for you so you can use our local knowledge and show you the places where others never get to see! We will take you off the beaten track as much as we can as we firmly believe there is more to Ireland than standing among crowds of tourists. Make it Mór

Here are some of the activity options that you will experience with us :

Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark Waterford

Wicklow Mountains National Park Walk

Glendalough Monastic Settlement Visit

Sea Kayaking – Hook Peninsula

Lowland Biking Trails

Coastal Explorer Walk

Mountain Hiking – Comeragh/Blackstairs Mountains

River Touring – River Barrow/River Slaney

Tintern Abbey Walking Tour

The Hook Lighthouse Experience

Dunbrody Famine Ship guided tour

Ballyhack Castle Visit

Loftus Hall Haunted Tour

The Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark Visit

Dunhill Castle and Anne Valley Eco Walk

Irish Pub Experience

Which activities are undertaken is at the discretion of your expert Irish Experience adventure guide. Some of our activities are very weather dependent and under time constraint, this is Ireland and conditions are always changing so sometimes calls have to be made for your and our safety. We are sure to take you into your “Adventure Zone” but we also know our limits. Don’t worry we have a plan A, B, C and D! You’re Experience with us will always be one to remember with us!

Collection Location :
Dublin City Collection – We will personally pick you up from the doorstep of your Dublin accommodation (Collection points outside Dublin available on request)

Collection Time :
Approximately 9.00am

Experience Locations :
Ireland’s Ancient East Including – Dublin – Wicklow – Wexford – Waterford

Accomodation
Classic Experience
We have hand picked and approved your accommodation ourselves, if its not up to our standard its not part of The Irish Experience. All B&Bs are approved by Failte Ireland and are inspected on a yearly basis. Each home is expected to provide quality accommodation. Bed and Breakfast hospitality encompasses warmth, sensitivity, time for guests and a willingness based on local knowledge to provide information and directions.

Treat Yourself
Clayton Whites Hotel is renowned as one of the best 4 star hotels in Ireland and perfectly located in the heart of Wexford Town. With luxurious accommodation and a warm and friendly welcome, it truly is a home away from home.

Hotel Facilities At A Glance :

157 contemporary rooms

Family rooms

Conference and meeting facilities for up to 1,000 delegates

Complimentary broadband and WiFi throughout

Wedding and civil ceremony venue

Terrace Restaurant, Library Bar and La Speranza Bar

20 metre swimming pool and gymnasium

Tranquillity Spa and thermal suite

Cryotherapy Clinic and High Performance Centre
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Destination:
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This is an epic adventure that involves a combination of both our hiking Experiences and Sea Kayaking Experiences. You will be taking on the challenge of adventuring from high in the ... moreComeragh mountains all the way down to the ocean via the Mahon River and along the magical copper coast in the Sunny South East.
The highs of the Comeragh Mountains give visitors plenty to take in – from the dramatic scenery of the Nire valley to the spectacular Coumshingaun corrie lake. From delightful villages ... morelike Kilbrien and Rathgormack to the unique ecosystem of the moorland, the Comeragh Mountains have it all. The wonderful Mahon Falls is a must see for sure but everyone can find their own bit of heaven in the Comeraghs.

Heading South out of the mountains we then get out of our walking shoes and into our kayaks. We make our way onto the Mahon River before paddling our way out of the estuary and onto the beautiful scenery of the Copper Coast UNESCO Geo Park.

Meeting Location :
Waterford City/ Dynamic meeting point’s can also be arranged to meet the needs of each individual adventurer

Meeting Time :
Full Day – 10.00am

Approximate Finish Time :
5.00pm
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This tour is specifically designed for independent travellers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way. It allows for in-depth explorations ... moreof the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Connemara is the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. Your route will take you both inland and along the coastal region, giving a glimpse of the dramatic scenery of Connemara.
Daily cycling will average 25 - 35kms on low traffic back-roads, the terrain is not flat, but neither is it hilly, rather a rolling countryside. In the evenings you will enjoy traditional ... moreIrish hospitality with the option of staying in either distinguished hotels or wonderful guesthouses and B&Bs. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrive in Clifden (there is a direct daily bus service from Galway to Clifden). Warm welcome and a chance to settle in. You will be given your route notes and general information and your bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation. One of our representatives will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation to answer all your questions and go through your routes together. Clifden is a small, colourful town, also often labelled the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are many restaurants where you can choose a lovely evening meal and a great selection of traditional pubs where often you will find Irish music.

DAY 2 - CLIFDEN TO RENVYLE - 35 TO 45 KM
After a hearty breakfast, you will set off along the Sky Road, if you opt for the longer option (45 kms), it offers fabulous views over the Atlantic ocean and its islands. Travelling quiet back roads, you will pass through the quaint fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park. Then your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula which is steeped in history and archaeological sites and is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Ben mountain range.

DAY 3 - RENVYLE TO LEENANE - 26 KM
Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast pasing perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could take the boat along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm or 4.30pm. This is a 1.5 hour boat ride on the Connemara Lady catamaran. The trip is often honoured by the company of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will stay the night in Leenane.

DAY 4 - LEENANE TO LOUGH INAGH - 23 KM
After breakfast you will continue your journey today leaving Leenane. You cycle away from the coast back towards the mountains on a road through lake-strewn moorlands to the stunning Inagh Valley. You will have the option to visit one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. This gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside is the site of one of Ireland’s finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It has won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens. Tonight you will be staying in welcoming accommodation overlooking spectacular Lough Inagh.

DAY 5 - LOUGH INAGH TO ROUNDSTONE - 28 KM
Cycle back towards the coast today, leaving the mountains behind as you head towards Roundstone. You will be travelling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages. You will cycle through peat bogs and lovely moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems. Your journey will bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region, which is considered the last bastion of Celtic Ireland. You will rest and relax tonight in the small picturesque fishing village of Roundstone.

DAY 6 - ROUNDSTONE TO CLIFDEN - 24 KM
Well-fed and well-rested, you will begin your day with a gentle cycle along Mannin Bay. With its coralline beach & glorious turquoise bay it is a paradise for the beachcomber. This route brings you past Ballyconneely, or can be made shorter by taking the Bogroad. Roundstone bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants. You will arrive back at your starting destination of Clifden where you will spend your last night getting a second chance to enjoy the 'craic' in this vibrant town - one of the last true treasures in Western Europe.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Breakfast, followed by fond farewell and departure!

TRIP DETAILS
DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Monday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling is also available for €70 extra per booking.

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with average of 25 - 35km a day with longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €60 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits, and locks.

ACCOMMODATION:
Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses.
The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.

While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.

MEALS:
Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

MISCELLANEOUS: 
Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000)

ARRIVAL POINT: 
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation. There is a daily direct bus service from Galway to Clifden.

DEPARTURE POINT: 
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Clifden. There is direct bus service daily from Clifden to Galway.
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With a mixture of little-used trails, ancient pilgrim paths and coastal ways this tour offers a unique way to view the western Atlantic coastline and experience a part of the famous ... moreWild Atlantic Way. The walks are varied but all offer stunning views and a true sense of the beauty and majesty of the West of Ireland.
We will transfer you to the start of each walk and provide you with detailed route notes and maps. This tour also includes a trip to Inish Bofin island and the chance to summit Ireland's ... more'Holy Mountain' Croagh Patrick. Accommodation each evening will be at a range of comfortable and welcoming B&Bs or 3* Hotels, depending on which option you choose.

Itinerary
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO LEENANE VILLAGE
You will arrive today to the little village of Leenane. Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, your accommodation enjoys what is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Ireland. We will meet you here, either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time), to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you may have about your tour.

DAY 2 - FAMINE TRAIL
This morning you will be transferred by taxi to Rosroe, the start of the Famine Trail. The Famine Trail is a two to three hour hike along the shore of Ireland’s only Fjord. The walk features dramatic coastal landscapes, the brooding Mweelrea mountain, bog land and stunning views. You will pass by the Killary Sheep Farm and the terrain includes small road, rocky trail and boggy track. You will follow the track all the way back to Leenane village where you can enjoy a well-deserved pint of Guinness back at your hotel or in one of the village pubs!

DAY 3 - MAUMEAN
Today you will be transferred to the start of the beautiful Maumean walk after a hearty breakfast at your accommodation. Maumean is sometimes referred to as St Patrick's Well or Patrick's Bed and is located on a height of 320m. Mam Ean means Pass of the Birds. This walk follows an ancient Pilgrim's Path to St Patrick's second holy mountain. It is now the site of a small chapel, a hollow in the rock known as Patrick's Bed, a life-size statue of the saint, and a series of stone crosses, marking the 14 Stations of the Cross. You then follow the Western Way to the scenic Inagh Valley where you will stay tonight. The valley is surrounded by the majestic Maam Turks and Twelve Bens mountain ranges. It is a perfect haven for complete rest and relaxation after a day on the hills.

DAY 4 - INISHBOFIN ISLAND
Today you will be picked up from your accommodation and brought to Cleggan pier where you will take the ferry to Inish Bofin. Bofin or 'Inis Bo Finne' (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles off Galway’s coast. The island is 5.7km by 4km. It is estimated that Bofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. The first documented history of the island dates from early Christian times. As you sail around the tower and signal light into the harbour, you will notice Cromwell’s 16th century barracks. This was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason. There are a number of looped walks around the island which you are free to explore for the evening and the island is renowned for its traditional music sessions which you can experience in any of the local pubs.

DAY 5 - RENVYLE PENINSULA
Today you will take the ferry back to Cleggan pier, where you will be met and brought to the start of your walk on the Renvyle Peninsula in the National Park of Connemara. This is a relatively easy walk and a rewarding one with stunningly beautiful views. The summit offers views onto the whole peninsula, the islands of Inish Bofin and Inish Turk to the west and north west, the Mamturk mountains and the Ben Choona mountain range to the south. You will be picked up at the end of your walk and dropped off to your accommodation on the Renvyle peninsula, where you will be greeted by friendliness and warmth.

DAY 6 - CROAGH PATRICK AND WESTPORT
After breakfast you will be transferred from Renvyle to the start of today's climb at Murrisk, Co. Mayo. A place of ancient history, Croagh Patrick is St Patrick's sacred mountain, and a rich vein of archaeological heritage. The dazzling quartzite pyramid of Croagh Patrick (764m), which dominates the land south of Clew Bay in the west of Ireland, has been a holy mountain since before Christian times. Ireland’s fifth-century patron saint, St Patrick, is said to have made it his own when he fasted on its summit for forty days, and ever since it has been an important place of Christian pilgrimage. Over 15,000 pilgrims climb to the top every year on the last Sunday of July, traditionally known as ‘Reek Sunday’. After you have conquered Croagh Patrick you will be picked up and brought to your accommodation in Westport, from where you can set out to explore the town and soak up the music and atmosphere. Perfect after a day climbing the pilgrim's mountain!

DAY 7 - BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE

Tour Details:

DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Friday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking.

LEVEL:
Moderate walking on back-roads, trails and, on Croagh Patrick, a more rocky ascent.

EQUIPMENT:
Correct rain proof gear and walking boots are essential to bring with you.

ACCOMMODATION:
3* hotels or B&B accommodation

MEALS:
All Irish breakfasts.

TRANSFERS:
Taxi from Maam Cross bus stop to Leenane on arrival day included (Citylink bus has 5 daily buses from Galway to Maam Cross / Galway - Clifden bus line).

All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.
Transfers to and from the start and finish of each walk.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Ferry tickets for Inish Bofin

CONTACT POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT: 
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
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This is a splendid trip along Ireland's western coastline where as part of the trip you visit and walk two beautiful islands off the Western Coast, starting with Inishbofin off the ... morecoast of Connemara and Inishmore, the biggest of the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway. You will also walk along by the Famine Trail as you overlook Ireland's only fjord the Killary Fjord and along some of the most spectacular tracks which will give you breathtaking views over the wild landscape and the Atlantic coast of Connemara. On this trip you will get a glimpse of some dramatic scenery and the opportunity to meet real Irish characters.
You will be staying in the scenic village of Leenane at the head of Killary Fjord, then in Clifden, the 'Capital of Connemara', spending one night on Inishmore, and finally you will ... moreend your journey in Galway city. Depending on the option you choose, you will stay either at comfortable guesthouses or lovely 3* hotels where rooms are en-suite, breakfasts are excellent, and the scenery is some of Ireland’s finest. For your walks you will be brought by vehicle to the starting points, from where you will walk, with the help of maps and detailed route notes.

Itinerary
DAY 1 - LEENANE
Arrive to the lovely village of Leenane. Warm welcome and chance to settle in. You will be given your route notes and general information to study overnight.

DAY 2 - FAMINE TRAIL 15 KMS/80 M ELEVATION/3-4 HOURS WALK
After breakfast a taxi will pick you up and bring you from your accommodation in Leenane to the starting point of today’s walk which is at the tip of Killary Harbour. With your map in hand you will walk above the shore of Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, along the 'Famine Trail', a now disused road built during the Great Famine (1848) to provide some employment for the once extensive population of Connemara. You will continue along the Western Way to the village of Leenane where you will be staying tonight. Dinner is of your own choice in the village of Leenane.

DAY 3 - INISHBOFIN ISLAND - CHOICE OF WALKS BETWEEN 6 AND 15 KMS, ELEVATION FROM 60 TO 180M, BETWEEN 1 TO 5 HOURS WALKING
Today you will have an all day and an overnight excursion to Inishbofin - one of three offshore islands just off the coast of Connemara! A taxi will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you and your luggage to Cleggan where you will take the ferry to Inishbofin to sample the unique 'island life' and take in one of Ireland's unique attractions. This island is an ideal spot for swimming, hill walking, cycling and angling. Irish traditional music takes Inishbofin to its heart and world-class musicians visit it regularly. On arrival your first glimpse of Bofin will be the impressive 'Cromwell's Barracks' - these are well-preserved ruins dating back to the 17th century. There are also many kinds of unusual birds as well as colonies of seals on the island. For lucky visitors, there is also the possibility of sighting dolphins, whales and sharks!

DAY 4 - CLIFDEN AND ITS CASTLE
You return on the morning ferry to Cleggan where a taxi will pick you up and take you to Clifden, known as the "Capital of Connemara". You will have the chance to spend the day exploring this pretty, colourful town and also to walk to Clifden Castle (6 km/160 m elevation/1-2 hours walking). Enjoy a well-deserved relaxing evening and experience the atmosphere of this vibrant little town.

DAY 5 - INISHMORE ISLAND - CHOICE OF WALKS OR BIKE RIDE BETWEEN 8 TO 25 KMS/ELEVATION FROM 50 TO 220 M/BETWEEN 1 TO 6 HOURS WALK OR BIKE RIDE.
A taxi picks you up after breakfast and brings you to Rossaveal in time to take the morning ferry to Inishmore. Inishmore is the largest of the Aran Islands. There are many antiquities on the island, and some of the most fascinating are Dun Aengus, Dun Eoghasa, early Christian monasteries and many more. You may want to discover them on foot, or alternatively there are bicycles for hire at the pier. Stay the night in a guesthouse on the island, and enjoy a dinner in one of the restaurants.

DAY 6 - GALWAY
Return to the mainland by either the morning or the evening ferry and take the public bus (pay the driver directly) from Rossaveal into Galway city. Spend some time in this bustling, historic town. Enjoy dinner of your own choice in one of the many restaurants, and afterwards discover the lively pub scene. You will be staying in Galway tonight.

DAY 7 - DEPART AFTER BREAKFAST

Tour Details

DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Friday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking.

LEVEL:
Moderate walking on even surfaces and two island walks accessed by ferry.

EQUIPMENT:
You are provided with route notes and maps, but correct rain proof gear and walking boots are essential to bring with you.

ACCOMMODATION:
Depending on the option: 3* hotels or B&Bs & guesthouses

MEALS: 
All Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
Taxi from Maam Cross bus stop to Leenane included. Citylink bus run 5 daily bus from Galway to Maam Cross (Galway - Clifden bus line).

Transfers to starting point of walks and from, where indicated. Luggage transfers as far as Rossaveal. From Rossaveal you carry your own luggage. Taxi from Leenane to Cleggan for ferry to Inishbofin, from Cleggan to Clifden and taxi from Clifden to ferry port in Rossaveal for Aran Islands. From Rossaveal to Galway city you travel by public bus, which you pay directly.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Detailed route notes and maps, ferry tickets to Inishbofin and Inishmore.

CONTACT POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from Galway City.
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Connemara’s hundreds of lakes, rivers and mountain lands combine to provide the choicest food - fresh lobsters, lamb, mussels, clams, scallops, venison, salmon and trout, quail and ... moreguinea fowl. Savour the best natural flavours along the Connemara coast, experience it's rich history, picturesque scenery and outstanding gastronomy while staying in some of Ireland's best hotels.
The magic of Ireland is found not only in the breathtaking scenery, but also in the unique warmth of the Irish people. On this tour you will have the chance to experience both. At ... morethe end of each day, you will dine in award winning restaurants, hand picked for their passionate chefs who create innovative menus with the finest locally sourced produce. We provide you with accommodation in sumptuous castles and manor house hotels, as well as bikes and any equipment that is needed. Your luggage is transferred each day in order to lighten the load. A full itinerary, maps, and suggested options are also part of this attractive package.

Itinerary
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
You will be picked up from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport and brought to your accommodation at Lough Inagh, a wonderful secluded valley in the Connemara Mountains. Your meal tonight will be in Lough Inagh Lodge, a rebuilt fishing lodge. On the shores of a freshwater lough, seafood and game is a speciality in the restaurant with delicious home-baked bread at all meals. We will be in touch with you on the day of arrival to answer any questions you may have about your tour. Your bicycles, equipment, route notes and maps will be waiting for you at your accommodation on arrival.

DAY 2 - FROM LOUGH INAGH TO RENVYLE - 30 KMS
Today you can take a cycle through stunning scenery around the coast, passing the pristine white sands of Glassilaun & Lettergesh beaches. Your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula, which is steeped in history and has many interesting archaeological sites. It is also renowned for its beaches and spectacular views of the Twelve Bens mountain range. You will be spending two nights in Renvyle and will dine each night in the multi-award winning restaurant in the historic Renvyle House Hotel.

DAY 3 - AROUND RENVYLE PENINSULA - FROM 10 TO 35 KMS DEPENDING ON OPTION
After a hearty breakfast you will begin your cycle, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast passing through Letterfrack. Letterfrack is home to Connemara National Park, which has lots of information on the flora and fauna of Connemara with exhibitions, audiovisual shows and tearooms. You will visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, a gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside. It is the site of one of Ireland's finest gardens - the six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore, created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens in 2000.You will return to Renvyle along leafy back roads to enjoy another evening of fine dining in the Renvyle House Hotel.

DAY 4 - FROM RENVYLE TOCLIFDEN - 45 KMS
Today you cycle to Clifden, often called the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are various route options available, the shortest being 25km, with the longest (passing through Cleggan and Aughrisbeg) over 50km. Do not miss the cycle around the Sky Road, offering you wonderful views over the Atlantic and the islands lying just offshore. We recommend that you stop for an independent lunch in the Bridgestone awarded Steam café, with delicious organic homegrown salads and homemade soups and desserts served with a fine selection of coffees and teas. You will have a chance to explore the town & settle into your accommodation before enjoying your dinner at Mitchell’s restaurant in Clifden this evening.

DAY 5 - FROM CLIFDEN TO BALLYNAHINCH- 33 KMS
Well-rested & well-fed, you will begin your day cycling along the lake-strewn bog road to Ballyconneely. Here you can visit the acclaimed Connemara Smokehouse, where the owner, Graham Roberts, specializes in wild and organic salmon, smoked and marinated. Traditional production methods and very high quality seafood are the priority. Roberts is one of Rick Stein’s food heroes and his smoked tuna appears in Stein’s restaurant. Afterwards you will continue on your journey to Roundstone, a scenic fishing village in South Connemara, famous through the work of many well known painters. They have been attracted here by its picturesque harbour and wonderful outlook across a deep inlet of the Atlantic to the ever-changing peaks of the Twelve Bens. This evening you will be staying in Ballynahinch Castle, dining at the renowned Owenmore restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

DAY 6 - FROM BALLYNAHINCH TO CONG - 52 KMS
Your target today is the village of Cong. You cycle over the Maam Valley pass and along the shores of Lough Corrib, where the ruins of a castle are still visible on one of the islands in the lake, famed for its fishing. Cycle through the villages of Cornamona and Clonbur before arriving in Cong, where the film "The Quiet Man" was shot in 1952. Cong has a number of historical sites including an inscribed stone cross (14th century) and the ruins of Ashford Abbey, founded in 1128. Tonight you stay and dine in Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's finest hotels, and former residence of the Guinness family.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE

TOUR DETAILS

DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2016:
Any day between April and October

LEVEL:
Gentle, some occasional hill, average of 45km daily with shorter and longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Hybrid upgrade bike included (front suspension)

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required), water bottles, bicycle repair-kits and locks.

ACCOMMODATION:
4* hotels and manors/castles

MEALS:
6 gourmet dinners, all Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
Collection from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport on day of arrival, taxi from your last night's accommodation back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000), ticket for Kylemore Abbey.

ARRIVAL POINT:
We organise a taxi to pick you up at Galway, Westport or at Knock Airport to bring you to your first accommodation. A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night's accommodation where your taxi will come to pick you up and drive you back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.
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Destination:
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The setting for this tour is the most perfectly romantic, bringing you to castles and hidden luxury hideaways surrounded by majestic scenery. The aim is to allow you to unwind and ... morereconnect with a loved one while experiencing all the magic of Connemara. Endless vistas of wistful beauty will surround you as you make your way through steep-sided valleys, past deep lakes and native forests.You will visit Clifden, Westport, the Renvyle Peninsula and the Doolough and Delphi Valleys. A romantic dinner and a seaweed bath are also included along the way.

Distances covered each day average 40km and the terrain includes occasional hills. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO BALLYNAHINCH You will be transferred by us from either Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your accommodation at Ballynahinch Castle, for the first two nights of ... morethis tour. Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks this elegant, unpretentious four star castle hotel stands proud, as the castle has done for centuries past. Nestled in the heart of wildest Connemara it is a haven of fine dining, undiluted peace and utter luxury. Ballynahinch will make a perfect backdrop to your romantic escape. We will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time) to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your hotel and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!

DAY 2 - BALLYNAHINCH TO RENVYLE

The second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night in the Renvyle House Hotel. The Sky Road will be one of the highlights of your day, offering panoramic sea views across the Atlantic with dropping rugged coastlines beneath you. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. Your arrival at Renvyle House will be greeted by their unique friendliness and warmth. Renvyle House is an historic country house hotel, situated in the untouched splendour of Connemara on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is located on 150 acres, which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site. It is an award-winning hotel for hospitality and delights in encouraging its guests to do as little or as much as they wish. Some of the leisure facilities you will find on the grounds of Renvyle House Hotel include free golf, tennis, swimming pool, fly-fishing, snooker and croquet, with clay pigeon shooting also available at a charge per guest. Along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack. If you have time you could have a walk in the park or take a look at the ever-informative visitor centre.

DAY 3 - RENVYLE TO DELPHI

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. As you leave the Renvyle Peninsula you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range, passing beneath their brooding peaks as you cycle towards Leenane. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey. One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, this gothic fairytale lakeside castle is the site of one of Ireland’s finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. After a time Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you round a corner. You will follow the fjord close by the water's edge to bring you from Co Galway into Co Mayo and on into the Delphi Valley. Completely surrounded by mountains you will feel protected from the intrusions of the outside world for your stay at the Delphi Mountain Resort. On arrival you will be treated to a healing seaweed bath in the luxurious spa and you will dine together in the most romantic of restaurants overlooking the mountains.

DAY 4 - DELPHI TO WESTPORT

Leaving the Delphi Valley you will wind your way alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. There you might choose to stop to absorb the rhythms of a typical west of Ireland town as it goes about life at a gentle pace. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay past historical sites such as the 14th century Murrisk Abbey and the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, continuing on to the charming town of Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza hotel. With every aspect of comfort, opulence and four star service taken care of at the Plaza you will be able to enjoy both its quality of hospitality and also its convenient location to all the town has to offer. The Gold Experience at the Plaza includes an hour in their inspirational thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind.

DAY 5 - BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE

DETAILS
DURATION:
5 days (4 nights)

TOUR DATES 2016:
Any day between April and October

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with distances averaging 40km per day with longer and shorter options available on most days. The terrain does include occasional hills.

BICYCLE:
Hybrid upgrade bike included (front suspension)

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required), water bottles, bicycle repair-kits, and locks.

ACCOMMODATION: 

4* hotels and manors/castles
MEALS: 

Irish breakfasts, one dinner in Renvyle House on day two

TRANSFERS:
Taxi from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Ballynahinch Castle Hotel on arrival day.
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route note and OSI maps (1:50,000), tickets for Kylemore Abbey and Killary Cruise, Gold Experience package at the Plaza hotel in Westport, seaweed bath at Delphi Mountain Resort.

ARRIVAL POINT:
Your taxi will come and pick you up in Galway, Westport or at Knock airport to drive you to your first night's accommodation where a Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
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Independent and more advanced cyclists will love our Challenging Connemara Tour, covering more distances each day. This tour takes you through breathaking countryside and historically ... moreimportant towns during your stay. The average daily distance covered is 70 kilometres.

There are a range of distances you can decide upon, and shorter options should you feel like a more restful day at any stage of your tour. You can choose between two levels of accommodation to suit your budget. Your luggage will be transferred each day for you to lighten the load. Bikes and any necessary biking equipment are provided along with route notes and maps.

Destinations visited include landscapes of immense beauty like the Delphi Valley, the Renvyle Peninsula and the banks of Lough Corrib. You will also visit charming towns including Westport and Cong.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL Arrive in the village of Leenane to a warm welcome, and take some time to settle into your accommodation (we can help with arranging transfers on request). Your route ... morenotes and maps will be waiting for you at your accommodation to study overnight. Depending on your time of arrival we will allocate bikes and equipment, otherwise this will be done the following morning. Dinner is available in one of the restaurants or pubs in Leenane village.

DAY 2 - LEENANE TO WESTPORT - 60 KMS
Today your first cycle is to the colourful town of Westport, via Leenane, Aasleagh Falls, the Delphi and Doolough Valleys, Louisburgh and along the Clew Bay coastline (56km with longer and shorter options). You will spend the next two nights at your accommodation in Westport, where you can choose dinner from one of the many restaurants in the town.

DAY 3 - AROUND WESTPORT - CROAGH PATRICK
A day to explore Westport! Today you have a few options ranging from climbing Croagh Patrick (a well-worn pilgrimage route) to visiting Westport House, a fine Georgian mansion and ancestral home of the Marquis of Sligo. For your cycling itinerary you can escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The world-class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937. Alternatively you can cycle along the shores of Clew Bay to Louisburgh, and visit the 14th century Murrisk Abbey along the way.

DAY 4 - FROM WESTPORT TO CONG - 60 KMS
You leave Westport today and head for the village of Cong. Departing after breakfast you cycle via Aghagower, Tourmakeady, Lough Mask, Finny, and Clonbur and into Cong village (70km). This is a wonderful, long cycle through a variety of scenery; hills, fine trout lakes, small country roads and you will stop at a suitable pub along the way to buy your own lunch. You stay the night in a B&B in Cong. There is a selection of restaurants in the village of Cong where you can enjoy your evening meal.

DAY 5 - FROM CONG TO LEENANE - BETWEEN 65 AND 90 KMS
Today you continue your cycle southwards from Cong along the shores of Lough Corrib to Maam and across a small mountain pass to Maam Cross, before heading for the Inagh Valley to cycle back to Leenane. It is a 90km cycle but you will have options to make it shorter if you wish. You will stay in the lovely village of Leenane for the next two nights.

DAY 6 - AROUND LEENANE - FROM 50 TO 80 KMS
There is a lot to see today as you cycle west to Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Renvyle Castle and finally back to Leenane (50km). The longer option includes a cycle further south to Cleggan and Streamstown Bay (80km).You will visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, a gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside. It is the site of one of Ireland's finest gardens, the six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore. It was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens in 2000. Connemara National Park entrance is in Letterfrack where you can climb all or part of Diamond Hill or simply visit the excellent visitor centre and tea rooms. Return to Leenane to enjoy a well deserved rest and a final night in the village.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Breakfast and departure.

DETAILS
DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Thursday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking.

LEVEL:
Challenging with some occasional hill. Average of 70kms per day with longer and shorter options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €60 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits, locks

ACCOMMODATION:
Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

MEALS: 
All Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers, taxi from Maam Cross bus stop to Leenane on arrival day and from Leenane to Maam Cross bus stop on departure day.

ARRIVAL POINT:
A taxi from Maam Cross bus stop is included in your tour (Citylink bus offer 5 daily buses from Galway to Maam Cross) and a Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation.

DEPARTURE POINT: 
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Leenane. A taxi from your last night's accommodation to Maam Cross bus stop is included in your tour and that bus service with Citylink operates daily.
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Coasteering Hook Head and along the Hook Peninsula with the Irish Experience it an experience to get excited about! Experience the thrill of jumping off these ancient limestone slabs ... moreinto deep blue waters, swimming through caves and scrambling over rocks, along with the stunning scenery.
Some say it is a crazy adventure sport! But we say it is an adventurers dream come true. Coasteering is perfect blend of the best adventure sports there is : ... more

Cliff Jumping

Ocean Swimming

Rock Climbing

Caving

Hiking/Scrambling

If you like adventure, the question is not if, but when?

There is always the chance of seeing seals, porpoises, gannets, sun fish, star fish and other amazing creatures on this adventure to remember. With such a vast amount of features available, Coasteering Hook Head will never disappoint.

Why Coasteer with The Irish Experience?

Coasteering Hook Head is known as arguably the best location for this awesome activity in the country

We pride ourselves on the high quality equipment that we provide our clients with

Dedicated Coasteering guides

Our wetsuits are 5mm thick and super warm – we clean all our wetsuits with special eco cleaner after every use, fresh for when you put them on!

We provide wetsuit socks and gloves for extra warmth and comfort while coasteering Hook Head, as well as buoyancy aid and helmets.

What is Coasteering?

Coasteering is an exhilarating combined rock and water activity that can be delivered to every individual level which makes this activity suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident. During your Coasteering trip you will learn rock climbing and scrambling techniques as well as how to jump from great heights safely.

Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, participants travel along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea.

Why Try at all?

Because you will love it! As well as the big thrills while coasteering Hook Head you will get to learn about the sea, how it works and you will definitely get a whole new perspective of our coastline, indeed, you will be exploring areas that very few people get the opportunity to!
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Ireland
Are you running short on time for your Irish adventure? We have the adventure tour for you so that you can still Make It Mór!
Discover Ireland’s Ancient East and the wonders of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, set your eyes on one of the most beautiful corrie lakes in Europe, paddle your way into some ... moremysterious and visually stunning Sea Caves. Immerse yourself in Irish heritage and allow yourself to experience something different. This Two Day-Multi Adventure Activity Experience is for you. An action packed two days with fantastic overnight accommodation will stay in your memory for a long time!

Highlights include many of the fantastic features from our 3 Day Experience :

Off the beat track 4×4 transportation

Expert adventure guide

Small personal group adventures (Maximum 6 People per Experience Tour)

One night of quality accommodation

Hearty breakfast in the morning to prepare you for the great day ahead

Luxurious Tranquillity Spa facility use at 4 Star Clayton Whites Hotel*

Swimming pool and leisure club use

Exciting outdoor adventure activities (see activities tab for details)

Irish Cultural and Heritage Experiences

Beautiful sights, astonishing scenes and Irish stories that will ignite your imagination and leave you in total awe of this mystical Island

*Included in ‘Treat yourself’ option

The Irish Experience is here for you so you can use our local knowledge and to show you the places where others never get to see! We will take you off the beaten track as much as we can as we firmly believe there is more to Ireland than standing among crowds of tourists. Make it Mór

Here are some of the activity options that you will experience with us :

Dunhill Castle

Wicklow Mountains National Park walk

Glendalough Monastic Settlement Visit

Sea Kayaking – Hook Peninsula

Coastal Explorer Walk

Mountain Hiking – Comeragh/Blackstairs Mountains

River Touring – River Barrow/River Slaney

Tintern Abbey Walking Tour

The Hook Lighthouse Experience

Dunbrody Famine Ship guided tour

Duncannon Fort

Loftus Hall Haunted Tour

The Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark Visit

Dunhill Castle and Anne Valley Eco Walk

Irish Pub Experience

Which activities are undertaken is at the discretion of your expert Irish Experience adventure guide. Some of our activities are weather dependent and under time constraint, this is Ireland so the conditions can change quickly so therefore certain calls have to be made for your and our safety. We are sure to take you into your “Adventure Zone” but we also know our limits. Don’t worry we have a plan A, B, C and D! You’re Experience will always be one to remember with us!

Accomodation
Classic Experience
We have hand picked and approved your accommodation ourselves, if its not up to our standard its not part of The Irish Experience. All B&Bs are approved by Failte Ireland and are inspected on a yearly basis. Each home is expected to provide quality accommodation. Bed and Breakfast hospitality encompasses warmth, sensitivity, time for guests and a willingness based on local knowledge to provide information and directions.

Treat Yourself
Clayton Whites Hotel is renowned as one of the best 4 star hotels in Ireland and perfectly located in the heart of Wexford Town. With luxurious accommodation and a warm and friendly welcome, it truly is a home away from home.

Hotel Facilities At A Glance :

157 contemporary rooms

Family rooms

Conference and meeting facilities for up to 1,000 delegates

Complimentary broadband and WiFi throughout

Terrace Restaurant, Library Bar and La Speranza Bar

20 metre swimming pool and gymnasium

Tranquillity Spa and thermal suite

Cryotherapy Clinic and High Performance Centre

Collection Location :
Dublin City Collection – We will personally pick you up from the doorstep of your Dublin accommodation. (Collection points outside Dublin on Request)

Collection Time :
Approximately 9.00am
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Ireland
The Atlantic Way Experience Tour involves cycling through some of the most remote and rugged scenery that Connemara on the west coast of Ireland has to offer. You will also be experiencing ... morea part of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. The distances are short enough to allow reflection, exploration and the chance to really absorb the tranquil atmosphere of this wild paradise.

You will cycle along stunning coastal ways through fishing villages, deep valleys and around rugged peninsulas . A trip to Inisbofin island where life has been maintained under the influence of the wild Atlantic and their own tradtional ways, is also part of this tour. Accommodation is provided in either 3* hotels with character and charm or cosy B&Bs and guesthouses. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.
DAY 1 CLIFDEN Arrive to your first night's accommodation in Clifden. Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara”, is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets and cosy ... morepubs and restaurants. From your accommodation you can experience the best of town and country in a property that is run with every care and attention to making you feel welcome and at home. We will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time) to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!

DAY 2 AROUND CLIFDEN - SKY ROAD & ROUNDSTONE
Today you will have a chance to explore around Clifden. You will have a choice to cycle along the famous Sky Road or to go and discover the south of Connemara and Roundstone peninsula. This day will also give you a chance to relax after your travel to the west of Irland and get use to your bikes & the weather!

DAY 3 INISHBOFIN 35KM
Your destination this morning is the fishing village of Cleggan. This is the departure point for the ferry to Inishbofin island, your destination for tonight. Your cycle route will take you from Clifden along the Sky Road which offers panoramic sea views across the Atlantic with dropping rugged coastlines beneath you. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. You will then follow the Bog Road across areas of native peatland to reach the village of Cleggan. The journey to Inishbofin is approximately 40mins. The island is peppered with ancient sites, including the ruins of Cromwell's promontory fort and gaol, set high above the crashing waves at the entrance to the island's harbour. Today the island has a population of about 200 people. Its meandering laneways, soft, sandy beaches and old stone walls contribute to the feeling of stepping back in time. Enjoy a different pace of life on the island tonight.

DAY 4 RENVYLE 20KM
After a morning on the island you will catch the ferry back to the mainland and Cleggan Pier where you will continue your cycle around the west coast. Your destination today is the beautiful and historic Renvyle Peninsula. Travelling quiet back roads, you will pass through Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park. Then your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula which is steeped in history and archaeological sites & is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Bens mountain range.

DAY 5 LEENANE 25KM
Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages and meander along the coast past perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could take the Connemara Lady catamaran along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm or 4.30pm. This is a 1.5 hour boat ride. The trip is often joined by a pod of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will spend the night in the small, charming village of Leenane.

DAY 6 LOUISBURGH 30KM 
You leave Leenane today and cycle through the spectacular Delphi Valley to the town of Louisburgh which is a beautiful small town and retains many 18th century features in style and scale. Louisburgh has lots of character and the surrounding townlands are packed full of history and charm. It is an area of immense natural beauty with Croagh Patrick to the east, the Atlantic to the west, the Sheaffrey and Mweelrea Mountains to the south and Clew Bay to the north. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this charming western village this evening.

DAY 7 WESTPORT 25KM
Today you continue along the Clew Bay coastline and under the shadow of Croagh Patrick mountain to reach your destination in Westport. Unique and charming, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. From the cosiest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach - contrast and paradox are just part of its charm.

DAY 8 DEPARTURE

DETAILS
DURATION:
8 days (7 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Thursday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling is also available for €70 extra per booking

LEVEL:
Easy cycling with average daily distances of 30km per day, with shorter and longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring Bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €60 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits, locks

ACCOMMODATION:
Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

MEALS: 
All Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000), Inishbofin ferry return ticket

ARRIVAL POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
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Ireland
You might not have time to spend a full week on hoildays, but you still want to be on the road and see as much as possible in the time you have available. This short cycling tour is ... moreperfect for you. Our Connemara Whistlestop Tour captures the essence of this beautiful region on the west coast of Ireland. Discover the unique beauty of Killary Harbour, the stunning white sand beach of Glassilaun, Clifden the "Capital of Connemara", and many other attractions along the way.

Connemara must qualify as the western wonderland of Europe. Rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches and winding valleys play host to seemingly bottomless lakes. Here you will find a peace that is hard to find in a busy city. Leave behind all your cares and enjoy a slower pace of daily life. Accommodation is provided in either 3* hotels with character and charm or cosy B&Bs and guesthouses. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN CLIFDEN Arrive in Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara” to start your tour. Clifden is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets, cosy pubs and restaurants. ... moreWe will meet you at your accommodation either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time), to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to you and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!

DAY 2 CLIFDEN TO RENVYLE 45KM
The second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. Further along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack, where you can take a break from the bike and enjoy a walk in the park, climb Diamond Hill or take a look at the informative visitor centre. Your arrival at your accommodation will be greeted by the friendliness and warmth for which Connemara is renowned.

DAY 3 RENVYLE TO LEENANE 25KM
Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and the entrance cost is included in your package. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts one of Ireland's finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle. Leaving Kylemore you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range as you pass beneath their brooding peaks. Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you round a corner.

DAY 4 LEENANE TO WESTPORT 55KM
Leaving the village of Leenane you will continue along the shores of Killary Fjord, before leaving the water and making your way into the Delphi Valley with its nurturing hills and native trees. The road then winds alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. Before you leave Doolough you should stop at the top of the hill and look back along the valley for what is surely one of the most spectacular views you will ever behold. In Louisburgh you will witness the gentle pace of a small agricultural west of Ireland town conducting its daily business. From there you will re-join the coastal road along the shores of Clew Bay in the impressive shadow of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, continuing on to the charming town of Westport. Unique and beautifully planned, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. From the cosiest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach, contrast and paradox are just part of its charm. Enjoy an evening exploring this old market town on your final day before your departure the following morning.

DAY 5 BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE

DETAILS

DURATION:
5 days (4 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Thursday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with average of 40-45km a day, with shorter and longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike €40 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits and lock.

ACCOMMODATION:
3* hotel or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

MEALS:
All Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route note and OSI maps (1:50,000) and Kylemore Abbey entrance fee

ARRIVAL POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation. (There is a daily direct bus service to Clifden).

DEPARTURE POINT: 
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
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Ireland
This tour involves cycling reasonable daily distances which allows you to explore and discover hidden Connemara. Anyone can cycle these routes but our local guide will reveal to you ... morethe rich history, heritage, tradition and culture of this wildly beautiful area.

You will have time to stop, listen and discover the stories of a landscape and a community that will stay with you forever. Natural attractions abound and your guide will inform and entertain you with his in-depth local knowledge.

Your route takes in many low-traffic small roads through rolling countryside with average daily distances of 25-30km - perfect for relaxed cycling.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL - MEET YOUR GUIDE Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, Clifden is where you will start your tour. Easily reached by direct bus from Galway city, you will be met at your ... moreaccommodation by our local guide. They will introduce you to your bike and all equipment needed for your tour. They will also spend time going through your itinerary, routes and answering any questions you might have. 

You will then have time to explore this lovely town, often called the ‘Capital of Connemara’, where cosy restaurants and traditional pubs are yours to choose from. 

DAY 2 CLIFDEN TO RENVYLE - 35 TO 45 KM
Your guided journey through hidden Connemara begins with the Sky Road from Clifden - a spectacular route with vast views over the Atlantic Ocean, the rugged coast and nearby islands. Meandering along quiet back roads you will pass through the tiny fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park.

Your guide will be on hand to provide you with the history of this remote area and its people as well as their stories and myths from past and present. Your day ends on the Renvyle Peninsula which protrudes into the Atlantic boasting mountains, lakes and sandy beaches.

DAY 3 RENVYLE TO LEENANE - 26 KM
Departing the next day your path from Renvyle brings you through the village of Tullycross with its thatched cottages and on along the coast past white sandy beaches to Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Harbour. The constantly evolving scenery from coast to mountain, deep lakes and colourful bogland is utterly mesmerizing. You will find your guide a wellspring of information on the landscape, flora and fauna around you.

There will be the option to take a cruise on the waters of the fjord where an informative commentary is provided along the way. You will spend the night in the village of Leenane at the head of the fjord. 

DAY 4 LEENANE TO LOUGH INAGH - 23 KM
Leaving Leenane you will cycle towards the stunning and little-known Inagh Valley. Around you mountains soar into the sky and the road winds through native bogland and alongside still lakes. You will have the option along the way to visit one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the gothic abbey and Victorian gardens of Kylemore. Built in 1867 by Mitchell Henry for his wife it is a fairytale castle with award-winning walled gardens. Its location alone will stop you in your tracks and your guide will be on hand to tell you more about its long and colourful history.

Tonight you will stay in the Lough Inagh area.

DAY 5 LOUGH INAGH TO ROUNDSTONE - 28 KM
You will cycle on through the haunting, deep Inagh valley today and emerge once again on the coast as you make your way towards your destination of Roundstone. You will be travelling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages. Cycling through peat bogs and lovely moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems there will be plenty of hidden treasures for your guide to reveal to you. This journey will also bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region.

You will rest and relax tonight in the small picturesque fishing village of Roundstone, a haven for artists and musicians alike.

DAY 6 ROUNDSTONE TO CLIFDEN - 24 KM
Your final day of this tour starts with a gentle cycle along Mannin Bay. With its coralline beach & glorious turquoise bay it is a paradise for the beachcomber. This route brings us past the coastal village of Ballyconneely, or can be made shorter by taking the locally known ‘Bog Road’. The surrounding bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants.

You will arrive back at your starting destination of Clifden where you will spend your last night getting a second chance to enjoy the 'craic' in this vibrant, friendly town.

DAY 7 DEPARTURE
Breakfast, followed by fond farewell and departure!

DETAILS
DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:

Monday 15th to Sunday 21st May - €795pps

Monday 19th to Sunday 25th June - €795pps

Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd July - €895pps

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th August - €895pps

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th September - €795pps

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with average of 25 - 35km a day with longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €80 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, small front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), water bottles and locks.

ACCOMMODATION:
Mix of approved B&Bs, guesthouses and 3* hotels 

MEALS:
Full Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS: 
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

MISCELLANEOUS:
Local (english speaking) guide

ARRIVAL POINT:
Your guide will meet you on the afternoon of your arrival at your first night's accommodation in Clifden.
There is a daily direct bus service from Galway to Clifden: www.citylink.ie

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Clifden. There is direct bus service daily from Clifden to Galway.
$
595
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$
885
/ Person
Destination:
Ireland
Our six day Into the West walking tour introduces walkers to some of the most beautiful parts of the Connemara wilderness and the scenic coastline of West Mayo in the West of Ireland. ... moreThe route, which follows much of the Western Way, starts in Maam, a tiny village on the shores of Lough Corrib in Galway county.

The walk leaves Maam, nestled amid the Maamturk mountains, to journey through the Inagh Valley, and on to Leenane and Killary Fjord, Drummin and into Westport. The terrain consists of quiet roads, bog roads, open moorland, forestry tracks, mountain paths and about 3km of timber bog bridge.

This walk gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the heart of the West of Ireland landscape and offers some of the most stunning scenery to be found in the west.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL DAY You will take a bus to Maam Cross in Connemara, where you will be met by your B&B host who will bring you to your accommodation. We will meet you here, once you ... morehave settled in, to go through your route notes and maps and answer any questions you have about your itinerary. Enjoy a cosy night at your B&B where your dinner is included before setting out on your journey in the morning!

DAY 2 MAAM TO THE INAGH VALLEY 16 KM
Today after a hearty breakfast, you set out from your B&B at Maam Bridge for the Inagh Valley (collect your packed lunch before you take off – it is included in your package!). The farming countryside gives way to the rugged terrain of the Maamturk Range and the old mountain road over Mamean known as the 'Pass of the Birds'. Once over the pass, the dramatic vista of the Twelve Bens mountain range comes into view with the lake at its feet. You then follow the Western Way into the Inagh Valley where tonight you will stay in Lough Inagh Ranch B&B. The B&B is close to the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes, and is surrounded by the Maamturks and Twelve Bens mountain ranges on all sides.

DAY 3 LOUGH INAGH TO LEENANE 15 KM
Today's walk takes you all the way along the Lough Inagh valley, flanked by mountains on either side, through the Coilte forest, coming out onto stunning views of Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord. The walk follows the fjord inland to the very picturesque village of Leenane where you will spend the night at the lovely Portfinn Lodge B&B.

DAY 4 LEENANE TO DRUMMIN/LISCARNEY 12 TO 17 KM
You will be dropped to the beautiful Ashleigh Falls just across the Mayo border and the site of the Errif Fishery where if you're lucky you might spot the salmon coming upstream to spawn. There is a gentle path up along the river, which joins the Western way at Tawnyard forest. Meandering through the trees, above the Lough, you will follow the Western Way trail which crosses the Owenmore River into the foothills of the Sheefry mountains and on to the tiny village of Drummin. You can opt to be picked up here or continue to walk to your B&B accommodation in Liscarney which is another 5km. Dinner is included at your B&B in your package for tonight.

DAY 5 CROAGH PATRICK AND WESTPORT
After breakfast you will be transferred to the start of today's climb at Murrisk, Co. Mayo. A place of ancient history, Croagh Patrick is St Patrick's sacred mountain, and a rich vein of archaeological heritage. The dazzling quartzite pyramid of Croagh Patrick (764m), which dominates the land south of Clew Bay in the west of Ireland, has been a holy mountain since before Christian times. Ireland’s fifth-century patron saint, St Patrick, is said to have made it his own when he fasted on its summit for forty days, and ever since it has been an important place of Christian pilgrimage. Over 15,000 pilgrims climb to the top every year on the last Sunday of July, traditionally known as ‘Reek Sunday’. After you have conquered Croagh Patrick you will be picked up and brought to your accommodation in Westport, from where you can set out to explore the town and soak up the music and atmosphere. Perfect after a day climbing the pilgrim's mountain!

DAY 6 DEPARTURE
Departure after breakfast.

DETAILS

DURATION:
6 days (5 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Wednesday (between May and September). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

LEVEL:
Varied terrain and occasional hills

EQUIPMENT:
You are provided with route notes and maps, but correct rain proof gear and walking boots are essential to bring with you.

ACCOMMODATION:
B&B accommodation

MEALS:
All Irish breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 packed lunches

TRANSFERS:
Taxi from Maam Cross bus stop to your first B&B, all luggage transfers between your accommodations and all transfers to start of walks or end of walks when needed.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Detailed route notes and maps.

CONTACT POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night's accommodation in Westport.
$
934
96
-
$
1,264
25
/ Person
Destination:
Ireland
Connemara on Europe’s most western seaboard is a place of wild beauty which we are privileged to unveil to you. Within 7 days you will be guided in the footsteps of those that have ... morelived and worked in this stunning, untamed place for thousands of years.

Pilgrims, farmers, gentry and peasants walked these trails. Now their stories and culture will be shared with you by our local guide. 

This tour allows you to discover Connemara’s wildest landscapes but also to touch the heart of its history, culture, myths and heritage. You will leave awed, inspired and deeply moved.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO LEENANE VILLAGE You will arrive today to the little village of Leenane, set deep in the mountains of Connemara. Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, ... moreyour accommodation enjoys what is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Ireland.

Your guide will greet you here on the evening of arrival and go through your itinerary, answering any questions you may have about the tour.

DAY 2 FAMINE TRAIL
This morning you will be transferred with your guide to the start of your first walk - the Famine Trail. This is a two to three hour hike along the shore of Killary Harbour on a path laid out by local people in the mid-nineteenth century. The walk features the unusual combination of dramatic coastal landscapes with soaring mountains either side. The terrain includes small roads, rocky trails and boggy tracks. Your guide will provide you with plenty of interesting detail on the landscape, its people, farming and history. 

On returning to Leenane you can enjoy a well-earned pint of Guinness at the village pub to round off the experience!

DAY 3 MAUMEAN
Today will see you follow an ancient pilgrim’s path associated with Ireland’s National Saint, St Patrick. Bringing you to a height of 320m at Mam Ean (Pass of the Birds) this is an area steeped in early Christian history. Mass is still celebrated at a stone altar on this path at Easter and the whole area is a place of deep reflection and peace. This same path brought pilgrims to Patrick’s other Holy Mountain Croagh Patrick which you will have the chance to summit later in the tour.

Your day will end in the Inagh Valley. Rugged mountains and deep lakes will greet you as you settle in for an evening of good food and chat.

DAY 4 INISHBOFIN ISLAND
Today you will be transferred to Cleggan pier for the ferry to Inishbofin Island. Inishbofin (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles off the Connemara coast. It is estimated that Bofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C giving it a rich and colourful history which your guide will be happy to share with you.

There are a number of looped walks around the island which you will explore. They will allow you the chance to witness the lifestyle of this island community as well as learning about the native flora and fauna. The island is renowned for its traditional music sessions which you can experience in any of the local pubs that night.

DAY 5 RENVYLE PENINSULA
Today the ferry returns you to the Connemara mainland, from where you will leave for the Renvyle Peninsula. Today’s walk while relatively easy is hugely rewarding. The summit offers views across the entire peninsula, the rugged Atlantic coast and nearby islands as well as the surrounding mountain ranges and lakes of Connemara. Your guide will provide you with stories, facts and myths on the people and the landscape spread out beneath you.

Accommodation tonight will be on the Renvyle Peninsula, a place renowned for its easy pace of life and friendly, warm people.

DAY 6 CROAGH PATRICK AND WESTPORT
After a traditional full Irish breakfast you will be transferred with your guide to the base of today's climb in the neighbouring county of Mayo. The dazzling quartzite pyramid of Croagh Patrick (764m) is where Ireland’s fifth-century patron saint, St Patrick, is said to have fasted for forty days and nights. There is much history, geology and archaeology for your guide to share with you as you ascend the rocky pathway. The views from the summit will leave you speechless.

Tonight you will stay in the heritage town of Westport - a vibrant hub of music, culture and tradition. The perfect end to a unique and unforgettable tour. 

DAY 7 BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE

DETAILS

DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:

Friday 9th to Thursday 15th June - €795pps

Friday 14th to Thursday 20th July - €895pps

Friday 11th to Thursday 17th August - €895pps

Friday 8th to Thursday 14th September - €795pps

LEVEL:
Moderate walking on backroads, trails and a more rocky ascent on Croagh Patrick.

EQUIPMENT:
Correct rain proof gear and walking boots are essential to bring with you.

ACCOMMODATION:
Mix of B&B and 3* hotel accommodation

MEALS:
All full Irish breakfasts.

TRANSFERS:
Taxi from Maam Cross bus stop to Leenane on arrival day included (Citylink bus has 5 daily buses from Galway to Maam Cross / Galway to Clifden bus line).

All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.
Transfers to and from the start and finish of each walk.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Local guide (english speaking)

Ferry tickets for Inish Bofin

CONTACT POINT:
Your guide will meet you at your first night's accommodation on your arrival.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
$
934
96
-
$
1,675
87
/ Person
Destination:
Ireland
This tour provides you with an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will help you succeed in summiting 3 spectacular peaks in Counties Mayo and Galway. You concentrate on the walks ... moreand enjoying the incredible vistas while we will transfer you and your luggage and organise your accommodation in welcoming, cosy hotels or B&Bs at the end of each day.

Moderate fitness is required as is appropriate walking apparel. The 3 peaks you will climb have been specially chosen and offer truly rewarding views from their summits. Alternative routes will be arranged by your guide should adverse weather conditions occur. This is a wonderful short walking break in a walker's paradise!
DAY 1 - ARRIVE WESTPORT  You arrive today in the historic, colourful town of Westport and settle into your accommodation. We will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following ... moremorning (depending on your arrival time) to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour.

DAY 2 - CROAGH PATRICK 
Today you will be taking on Ireland's 'Holy Mountain' and following in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims who climb what is known locally as 'The Reek' to reach some breathtaking views at the summit, over the bays and islands along the Atlantic Coast. Your guide will tell you about the history of the mountain and the surrounding areas and maybe even reward you with a snack at the summit for achieving your first peak! Following your first day's excursion you will be transferred to your accommodation in the village of Leenane in Co Galway. Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, the village enjoys what is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Ireland. The Leenane Hotel has played host to Kings and Mortals for the last three centuries and like all good things, has improved with age! Originally established as a Coaching Inn, the earliest records show that there has been an establishment in existence here since the 1790's. The hotel also offers the only saltwater seaweed baths in Connemara, very popular with walkers after long hikes and climbs!

DAY 3 - MWEELREA/LEENANE HORSESHOE
Today you will be picked up by your guide and brought to the start of your biggest challenge of the tour - Mweelrea mountain, the highest mountain in the West of Ireland. At 814m, it is the highest mountain in Connaught and is guarded on all sides by craggy slopes giving the impression that it is unconquerable. It is flanked on one side by Killary Harbour and on the other side by Doolough Pass, a glaciated valley. There are no easy ascents of this mighty mountain and your guide will show you how to approach with caution and enjoy the panorama of the mountains, coast and surrounding islands. Please note that this climb is weather dependent and can become treacherous in bad conditions. Should these conditions occur your guide will choose an alternative route in the valley for you to explore today. Once again you will stay in Leenane where you can relax and ease tired muscles after conquering your second peak!

DAY 4 - BEN BAUN, ‘THE WHITE PEAK’
Today you set out with your guide to ascend your third and final peak. Ben Baun, meaning 'the White Peak' is known as the Mont Blanc of Connemara, and is the highest mountain in Co. Galway and the highest peak in the Twelve Bens mountain range. A small range, in the classic West of Ireland style, the Twelve Bens offers excellent hiking over rocky scree and boulders, with fabulous views in all directions. With five valleys cut deep into its sides, there simply is not a large enough mountain footprint to get in the way of your views. You can truly appreciate the indented, irregularly shaped Connemara coastline. Not to mention the innumerable lakes and bog pools that encircle the mountains. Today's walk will see you reach your goal and you can celebrate reaching all three peaks at the summit!! Afterwards you will be brought to your accommodation at Lough Inagh Valley, where you can rest and relax. Later that evening if you are feeling up to it you might like to visit the nearby Lough Inagh Fishing Lodge where you can enjoy a well deserved pint of Guinness to celebrate your achievement!

DAY 5 BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE
You will be transferred to Recess bus stop to catch a bus back to Galway.

DETAILS
DURATION:
5 days (4 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Tuesday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

LEVEL:
Guided walks on 3 significant peaks.

EQUIPMENT:
Correct rain proof gear and walking boots are essential to bring with you.

ACCOMMODATION:
3* hotels or approved B&B’s & guesthouse

MEALS: 
All Irish breakfasts.

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.
Transfers to and from the start and finish of each walk, transfer from your last night's accommodation to Recess bus stop where you can catch a bus back to Galway.

MISCELLANEOUS:
An experienced and knowledgeable guide will be with you on each of the walks.

CONTACT POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Lough Inagh and you will be brought to Recess bus stop.
$
1,287
78
-
$
2,522
63
/ Group
Destination:
Ireland
This tour offers a chance for you and your family to live a magical experience together on a short break in Connemara. Get ready for a break full of fun, adventure and stunning landscapes!... more

If you only have a few days to spend with your family on the west coast of Ireland and you want to experience a very special break in the heart of Connemara, this tour is definitely for you.
DAY 1 ARRIVE LEENANE You will be picked up from Galway City and brought to your accommodation in the little village of Leenane. Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, the ... morevillage has one of the most scenic locations in Ireland. Once you have settled in, we will meet you, either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time), to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour.

DAY 2 FAMINE TRAIL
This morning you will be transferred by taxi to Rosroe, the start of the Famine Trail. The Famine Trail is a two to three hour hike along the shore of Ireland’s only Fjord. The walk features dramatic coastal landscapes, the majestic Mweelrea mountain, bog land and stunning views. You will pass by the Killary Sheep Farm and the terrain includes small road, rocky trail and boggy track. You can choose to stop at the Killary Sheep Farm where you can view sheepdog, sheep shearing and turf cutting demonstrations. Tom, the owner, welcomes visitors of all ages and looks forward to introducing you to sheep and dog demonstrations. Demonstrations are held at 11 am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm Tuesday to Sunday. You will then follow the track all the way back to Leenane village where you can enjoy a well-deserved relaxing evening in the village!

DAY 3 ADVENTURE DAY!
Today is a full day of adventure activity! Following a hearty breakfast we will deliver bicycles to you so that you can cycle (5 kms one way) to the long-established adventure centre on the shores of Killary Harbour where you will go Sea Kayaking on Ireland's only fjord, take on the High Ropes Course and try out the Giant Swing! A tasty homemade lunch will be set up for you on site. After your action-packed, fun-filled day you will return to Leenane village by bike to enjoy all the peace and tranquillity this lovely village has to offer. You will also have the chance to cycle all the way to the Ashleagh Falls if you still have some energy – 5 kms away from Leenane village to finish your day.

DAY 4 DEPARTURE

DETAILS

DURATION:
4 days (3 nights)

TOUR DATES 2016:
This tour starts every Friday (between April and October) . Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

LEVEL:
Gentle

BICYCLE:
Touring bikes and children’s bicycles.

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, water bottles, bicycle repair-kits, locks.

ACCOMMODATION: 
Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses.

MEALS:
Irish breakfasts & one packed lunch on day three.

TRANSFERS:
Transfer to Leenane for the start of your tour from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.
All luggage transfers between accommodations and taxi to start of the walk on day 2.
Taxi from Leenane to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport on departure day.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Detailed route notes and maps and a full day of activity in Killary Adventure Centre

ARRIVAL POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation.

DEPARTURE POINT:
Your taxi will drive you from Leenane back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport
$
58
80
/ Person
$
35
28
/ Child
Destination:
Ireland
The Irish Experience offers you Sea Kayaking Experiences along the visually stunning South East coastline of Ireland. Sea Kayaking is a truly unique and exhilarating way to explore ... morethis magical coastline. The stunning natural area around the Hook Peninsula in Wexford is steeped in history, with a rich heritage and diverse wildlife ready to explore.

Approximately 3 hour experience (Half Day)
Whether you are a complete novice or are well versed at sea kayaking, we have the experience for you. We will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and into your adventure ... morezone!

You may be lucky enough to spot grey seals and harbor seals who occasionally tail our kayaks to see what we are up too. Marine wildlife such as dolphins, basking sharks and an impressive variety of coastal birds are using the same habitat which we explore

Discovering sea caves and arches at these locations is a truly magical experience which you will never forget
Re-energise yourself with a mid-tour hot drink & snack on us!

The Hook Peninsula
This Peninsula is a beautiful outcrop of land off the south east coast with a diverse coastline of magnificent sandy beaches, rugged rocky cliffs and limestone slabs. The peninsula is most famous for being the home of the the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Standing proud at Hook Head it looks magnificent from miles around. But don’t be fooled, this place holds many other secrets too. Stunning sights and the scenes of epic drama in days of old the area is steeped in history and tales of destruction. Today it is one of the most beautiful and truly peaceful areas of coast to visit in Ireland.

Meeting Location :
Just a two minute drive from the picturesque village of Fethard-on-Sea is a tiny harbor used by local fishermen. Fethard harbor is the meeting point for our Sea Kayaking Experiences unless otherwise stated to you prior to booking. Take a left immediately after crossing over the bridge heading towards Baginbun Beach out of Fethard. This is signposted “Fethard Quey”. The harbor is located at the end of this little road.

Meeting Time / Finish Time :
Half Day (Morning) – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Half Day (Afternoon) – 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Full Day (On Request) – 10.00am to 4.00pm

Prices :
Adults – €49.95
Children (Under 12) – €29.95

What to bring and what do we have
Don’t worry, you don’t have to bring very much. We provide pretty much all you need for a great Kayaking experience!

We Provide you with :

Wetsuit

All Safety Gear

Kayaking equipment

Snack

Hot Drink

We recommend you take with you :

Bottle of water

Runners you don’t mind getting wet

Shorts or bathing suit (Please avoid cotton)

Towel

Extra food e.g bar, nuts, flapjack etc (full day)

Sunglasses

Sun cream
$
58
80
/ Person
$
35
28
/ Child
Destination:
Ireland
Enjoy an exciting and memorable river kayaking experience in the South East of Ireland and just 1.5 hours from Dublin city. Few of the locals are even fully aware that some of the ... morebest River Kayaking in Ireland is hidden away in the valleys of Ireland’s Ancient East.
Our rivers are perfect for a half day or full day of touring and are full of exciting yet easy grade 1-3 rapids with some challenging weirs and water slide to negotiate along the way. ... moreThis kayaking experience has a test for everyone which will take you into your adventure zone! The Irish Experience team are qualified instructors and Irish Canoe Union members will make your day on the river a fun filled and unique Experience!

Option 1 – Kayaking the River Barrow
The Barrow is a well-kept secret in Irish tourism. We believe the only true way to experience this magnificent river is by kayak!

Perfect for river kayaking the barrow winds its way through six counties, across changeling but fun rapids, through fantastic forests unspoiled by us humans and down into picturesque villages steeped in history and culture. We will take you on a unique journey full of adventure, wildlife, peace, tranquility and into the villages with wonderful local people and fantastic surroundings.

Meeting Location :
Graiguenamanagh, is a beautiful little town in Kilkenny, only 1.5 hours away from Dublin. It is located on the R705 regional road at the foot of Brandon Hill. This is our ending point and you will meet The Irish Experience team on the Quay (riverside) beside the boat club. From here we will make our way to our starting point upriver to get geared up for the day’s river adventure.

Option 2 – Kayaking the River Slaney
This beautiful river carves its way through Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford, across changeling but fun rapids and slides. There is picturesque scenery at every turn in the river and a variety of wildlife scurrying in the corner of your eye. In midsummer time this river is often too shallow to kayak, but when the river is on point it is a fantastic experience that equals the high standards of the river barrow (above).

Meeting Location :
You will meet The Irish Experience team at the Riverside Park Hotel Enniscorthy. Enniscorthy is a beautiful and ancient little town in County Wexford, only 1.5 hours from Dublin. It is located on the N11 national road at the foot of historic Vinegar Hill. You will meet your team of instructors on the riverbank beside the Hotel. From here you will make your way to the starting point and get geared up for the day’s river adventure.

Starting Times / Finish Times :
Half Day (Morning) : 9.30am to 1.00pm
Half Day (Afternoon) : 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Full Day (On Request) : 10.00am to 4.00pm

Prices :
Adults – €49.95
Children (Under 12) – €29.95

Don’t worry, you don’t have to bring very much. We provide pretty much all you need for a great Kayaking experience!

Water Water everywhere! but not a drop to drink. Bring water and avoid dehydration

We Provide you with :

Wetsuit

All Safety Gear

Kayaking equipment

Snack

Hot Drink

We recommend you take with you :

Bottle of water

Runners you don’t mind getting wet

Shorts or bathing suit (Please avoid cotton)

Towel

Extra food e.g bar, nuts, flapjack etc (full day)

Sunglasses

Sun cream
$
58
80
/ Person
$
35
28
/ Child
Destination:
Ireland
With tranquility and peace being the order of the day for some, The Irish Experience offers you the chance to Experience the beautiful Southern Sunset along the visually stunning coastline ... moreof Hook Head. Sea Kayaking is a truly unique and exhilarating way to explore the coast at the best of times but this guided sunset tour will bring the experience to a completely new level.
The stunning natural area around the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford is very much steeped in history, with a rich heritage and diverse wildlife. All of this framed by what we hope ... moreto be a beautiful and stunning south east sunset.

You may be lucky enough to spot grey seals and harbor seals who occasionally tail our kayaks to see what we are up too. Dolphins, basking sharks and an impressive variety of coastal birds also grace the same habitat that we will carefully explore. Discovering sea caves and arches at these locations is a truly magical experience that you will not forget

Whether you are a complete novice or are well versed at sea kayaking, this experience is for you. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and into your adventure zone!

Night cap provided afterwords to celebrate the amazing experience

LOCATION :
The Hook Peninsula in County Wexford is a beautiful outcrop of land off the south east coast of Ireland with a diverse coastline of magnificent sandy beaches, rugged rocky cliffs and limestone slabs. The peninsula is also home to the the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. This magical Atlantic Ocean location holds many other secrets too which will be shared with you as part of your adventure experience. The area is steeped in history and tales of destruction. Today it is one of the most beautiful and truly peaceful yet wild areas of the Atlantic coast to visit in Ireland.

Starting Times / Finish Times :
Sunset Experience (Evening Tour) : 8.00pm to 10.00pm (May vary depending on time of year)

Meeting Location :
Loftus Hall, Hook Head. What a great place to start our Sunset Kayaking Experience. The most haunted house is Ireland has it’s very own private beach where we will set off from.

Please see “Location Tab” for a map

Prices :
Adults – €39.95
Children (Under 12) – €29.95
Don’t worry, you don’t have to bring very much. We provide pretty much all you need for a great Kayaking experience!

Water
Water everywhere! but not a drop to drink. Bring water and avoid dehydration

We Provide you with :

Wetsuit

All Safety Gear

Kayaking equipment

Snack

Hot Drink

We recommend you take with you :

Bottle of water

Runners you don’t mind getting wet

Shorts or bathing suit (Please avoid cotton)

Towel

Extra food e.g bar, nuts, flapjack etc (full day)
$
94
08
/ Person
$
47
04
/ Child
Destination:
Ireland
Hike to the top of Irelands South East with our spectacular Mountain Explorer Experience, a guided hike of the wonderful Comeragh Mountains including essential skills to prepare you ... morefor real trekking situations to start you on your way or refresh your mountain skills for future hikes.
Feast your eyes upon the most amazing scenery of wild and untouched landscapes, breathe in the crystal clear air and listen to that beautiful sound of silence from your vast surroundings ... moreat over 2500ft.

Standard hikes of the Comeragh Mountains include linear walks and Failte Ireland National Looped trails. However our hikes veer off the beaten track to allow us to experience off trail navigation and engage in mountain skills such as timing, pacing, feature recognition, compass work, and at The Irish Experience we like to add more to your mountain knowledge so we also include other topic areas such as folklore of the area, environmental awareness issues, flora & fauna, geology and much more.

Level :
Moderate or strenuous difficulty levels should be expected for a beginner.

Course Size: 
The group size is a maximum of 1 instructor to 6 students (1:6 ratio)

Your Mountain Explorer Experience Includes:

Full Day Experience

Professional and energetic mountaineering Ireland qualified instructor

Mountain Skills material

Personalized Hiking Tips

Training Equipment e.g. maps and compasses

Hot Drink & Snack at 2500ft above sea level

Views to take your breath away

Special Mid-Season Price : 

Adult : €79.95

Junior : €39.95

Private Group Dates & Rates Available – Contact Us for advanced bookings 

What To Bring
We recommend that you bring the following equipment/gear/provisions:

Basic weather proof clothing e.g. rain jacket/trousers

Suitable walking clothing e.g. a warm fleece

Hat and gloves

A rucksack

Walking boots with ankle support

A digital watch

Water (1 litre approximately)

Food/snacks

*If you are not able to acquire some of the above list, please contact us and we will try to facilitate you.

Meeting time :
Full Day – 10.00am

Location :
Applegreen, Lemybrian, Co Waterford

Pre-Briefing Meet :

While enjoying a morning coffee/Tea we will go over some elements of what the day will entail and what to expect depending on weather conditions. You will then be lead to the starting location which has a secure off road carpark.

Approximate Finish Time :
3.00pm
$
41
16
/ Person
$
23
52
/ Child
Destination:
Ireland
New to SUP? You’ve come to the right place. We will start you off on the right path and will make your SUP experience as easy as possible for you. we’ll go as far as to... more
say that you are almost certainly going to stay dry. Yep, that’s right. Your wet-suit which we will supply is merely a formality! You’ll be on a board that is so stable that all you’ll need to do is enjoy yourself. Those are our primary goals for your first session, that you finish dry, and with a big smile, keen to get out for some more.
The format for a beginner lesson is simple. Starting off on dry land, we familiarise you with the paddling and turning techniques, and that all-important first stand-up. Once we’re ... moreconfident that you’ve got the hang of it, we all get out onto the water, and paddle around for a while in the kneeling position (we call it the ‘safe position’), until you’re comfortable with paddling, turning and generally being on a board. Then we’ll get you up into the stand-up position, and head off for a cruise. The session will normally last about 80-90 minutes all in.

The lesson will take place at the most sheltered, safe piece of water we can find for you. This will be at Baginbun Beach or Cairnivan Beach in Fethard-On-Sea Co Wexford. We decide the location on the day pending weather conditions.

There will be no waves or surf to put you off or make it harder. We guarantee that you will be standing up and paddling in that first session. You may think you have dreadful balance, or are not fit enough to manage it, but the truth is that if you can stand up, you can stand-up paddleboard. We have taught many people over the past year, and have a huge repertoire of tricks and techniques up our sleeve. Rarely have we not been able to get someone up and going on their first session.

Starting Times (Duration 2 hours) :
Beginner SUP (Morning) : 11.30
Beginner SUP (Afternoon) : 15.30

Prices :
Standard – €34.95
Children (Under 12) – €19.95

Don’t worry, you don’t have to bring very much. We provide pretty much all you need for a great SUP experience!

Water everywhere! but not a drop to drink. Bring water and avoid dehydration
We Provide you with :

Wetsuit

Safety Gear

SUP equipment

We recommend you take with you :

Bottle of water

Runners you don’t mind getting wet

Shorts or bathing suit (Please avoid cotton)

Towel

Extra food e.g bar, nuts, flapjack etc

Sunglasses

Sun cream
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