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Island and Coastal Walk

Prices from

€665.00

Duration

7days


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 coast 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 end 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.


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.

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


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


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.


Testimonials

"We met a number of people along the way who were extremely friendly and interesting and because we had no schedule, we could indulge in a pleasant chat without having to worry about missing anything.  It was great to just walk without a heavy pack and to have luggage moved for us."

Alister - July 2017

 

"We can’t imagine having had a better time; your entire team did a first class job. Inishbofin will forever be a magical memory"

Scott - March 2017


Price


B&B

Double/Twin/Triple

€665.00

B&B Single

€785.00

B&B Solo

€1,045.00

3* Hotel

Hotel Double/Hotel Twin/Hotel Triple

€885.00

3* Hotel Single

€1,025.00

3* Hotel Solo

€1,195.00


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.