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Explore Wildest Connemara - Guided Tour

Prices from

€795.00

Duration

7days


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 lived 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. 


Details

Duration:

 

7 days (6 nights)

Tour dates 2017:

 

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

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

Friday 8th to Thursday 14th September - €795pps STILL FEW PLACES AVAILABLE

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.

Further info on getting to/from Ireland and your tour start point can be found here


Itinerary

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, your 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


Accommodation

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.

When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either hotels or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. The 3* hotels that have been selected are all comfortable, well-appointed properties which also boast their own character and style. You may find yourself in a historic manor house hotel, one with a modern twist or get a 'room with a view' overlooking a shimmering lake or a golden beach.

However they all share the same high standards of hospitality and service and will guarantee you a warm welcome, good food and a relaxing experience after your day on the road.


Price


9 June 2018

B&B/3*hotels

Twin/Double/Triple

€795.00

Single

€975.00

14 July 2018

B&B/3*hotels

Twin/Double/Triple

€895.00

Single

€1,075.00

11 August 2018

B&B/3*hotels

Twin/Double/Triple

€895.00

Single

€1,075.00

8 September 2018

B&B/3*hotels

Twin/Double/Triple

€795.00

Single

€975.00


Terms and conditions

To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment. The balance payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.

If your tour start date is within 30 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.

We do not organise travel to/from Ireland. However there is some useful information on our “Getting To Ireland” page.