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Western Atlantic Way

Prices from

€1,595.00

Duration

7days


This tour will see you walking on ancient pilgrim and historical trails and returning each night to be rewarded by luxurious accommodation, fine food and a warm welcome. The ancient pilgrim trails at Maumean and Croagh Patrick are inspiring walks, allowing you to reassess and reflect. The Famine trail and the walks on the Renvyle Peninsula will see you leave the beaten track and discover untold beauty in rugged Connemara. You will also take a trip to Inishbofin island where the traditional way of life and easy pace will become apparent as you discover the island.

For your walks you will be transferred each day to and from start and finish points by road or by boat and then you will make your way with the help of maps and detailed route notes.


Details

Duration:

 

7 days (6 nights)

Tour dates 2016:

 

Any day between April and October

Level:

 

Walking on ancient trails, soft ground and rocky pathways. Also includes hills, so moderate fitness required.

Equipment:

 

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

Accommodation:

 

4* hotels and manors/castles.

Meals:

 

All Irish breakfasts and one dinner in Renvyle House on day five, one lunch in Leenane Hotel on day two.

Transfers:

 

Taxi from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Mountain Resort on arrival day.
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.
Transfers by road and by boat to and from the start and finish of each walk.

Miscellaneous:

 

Detailed route notes and maps, ferry return ticket to Inishbofin, Gold Experience package at the Plaza hotel in Westport.

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.

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


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Delphi Mountain Resort

You will be transferred from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your first night’s accommodation at the Delphi Mountain Resort, a stunning four star hotel located in the scenically breathtaking Delphi Valley near Leenane, Co. Galway. The hotel is nestled in the mountains of Mayo where you will arrive to a warm Irish welcome. Enjoy your luxurious surroundings or treat yourself to a relaxing evening at the award-winning spa. 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 speedboat (weather dependent) 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 mountains, bog land and stunning views. You will pass by the Killary Sheep Farm and the terrain includes narrow roads, rocky trail and boggy track. You will follow the track all the way back to Leenane village where lunch will be waiting for you in the Leenane Hotel. From here you will be transferred back to your luxurious accommodation at Delphi Mountain Resort.

Day 3

Maumean

Today you will be transferred to the start of the beautiful Maumean walk after a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Maumean is sometimes referred to as St Patrick's Well or Patrick's Bed and is located at 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 tonight you will stay in Lough Inagh Lodge. The hotel rests on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes, and is surrounded by the impressive Maam Turks and Twelve Bens mountain ranges on all sides. It is a perfect haven for complete rest, relaxation, and romance and offers you all the comforts and pleasures of an elegant, modern hotel in an old-world atmosphere. Lough Inagh is also perfectly placed for you to take advantage of a number of extra outdoor pursuits and activities like hill walking or fly-fishing!!

Day 4

Inishbofin Island

Today you will be picked up from your hotel 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 measures 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. It 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. Your hotel, the Inishbofin House Hotel and Marine Spa is far removed from the daily distractions of the mainland. The hotel is guaranteed to provide a warm welcome with friendly staff, delicious locally sourced produce in their restaurant and a selection of superbly designed bedrooms with spectacular sea views, all in keeping with the island's beautiful setting.

Day 5

Renvyle Peninsula

After spending the morning on the island you will take the midday 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. 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.

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 collected and brought to Westport, where you will stay at the Westport Plaza hotel. The Plaza is an opulent, modern hotel which offers all of the luxuries and facilities that you could want while still run as part of a family business with a personal touch and a long history of hospitality in the west of Ireland. 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. Perfect after a day climbing the pilgrim's mountain!

Day 7

Breakfast and departure


Accommodation

When you choose one of our luxury tours you will be choosing to stay in some of the most unique and sumptuous properties in the west of Ireland. Each one has character, charm, a magnificent setting and excellent standards of service. They are all also renowned for their exquisite food, favouring local produce. All conveniences are provided in these 4* & 5* properties as expected, but they also offer the bonus of a real Irish welcome which is at the heart of each of these specially selected establishments. Restored castles, historic manor houses, contemporary luxury hotels and magnificent mountain lodges are all part of the experience.


Testimonials

"We had a wonderful time in Ireland with you. We would definitely do something similar again and will recommend you to family and friends. Thanks for arranging bright skies too!"

Rob - May 2016

 

"We are back home, alive and happy. We have done everything, went for swim and got sunburn on Inishbofin, climb Croagh Patrick in the rain, wind and fog. We ate really well and drank Guinness. Thank you for everything!

Marie & Julian - June 2017

"Thank you for a wonderful holiday! We thought you all were terrific and we really enjoyed the entire experience. Please pass our compliments on."

Anthony & Johanna - July 2017


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,595.00

4/5* Single

€1,805.00

4/5* Solo

€1,995.00


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.