FAQs

FAQs

You can contact us with all your questions and let us know which tour you want to book, for how many people and your dates. We reply to you to confirm the availability.

To book a tour with Wild Atlantic Tours, please download the following booking form, Wild Atlantic Tours Booking Form.

Please fill it in with all the required details and send it back to us by email, info@wildatlantictours.com.

Please check our How to Book page for more information:

 

Deposit payments of 30% per person are required to confirm a booking and this payment is non-refundable. The payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard or by direct bank transfer.

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

Cancellations must be made in writing. The deposit payment is non-refundable. The balance of your tour will be deducted one month before the start date of your tour. No refunds are given after balance has been settled. If you cancel the tour within 30 days you will lose the full cost of the tour. No refunds are given for services not used by a trip participant. We strongly recommend that you purchase airfare and tour package insurance with your flight supplier at the time you pay the deposit.

The Irish weather can be changeable and is, often, very localised. This means that you may well have a morning of rain and an afternoon of sunshine - and that the weather may be quite different 10 miles away.

  • Cool days in summer: 10 - 15° C (50 - 60° F).
  • Warm days in summer: 21 - 27° C (70 - 80° F)

It is a good idea to take layers of clothing with you each day and to change whenever the temperature does. As a general rule, always take rain gear with you and remember that the higher you go, the cooler it gets. Traditionally the peak season for visiting Ireland is in July and August, but do not be put off coming earlier or later in the year, as the weather can be just as good if not better. The chances are that over a week or so in Ireland the weather will be varied, with some good and some not so good days, no matter what the time of the year. Another point to remember is that while it does rain in Ireland, it is not as bad as some people make out - it is quite often "soft rain".

Some tour starting points will have a direct bus or train service. You can check the timetables for the national bus service at Bus Eireann or the private company Citylink and the national rail service at Irishrail.

Wild Atlantic Tours can also provide details of taxi services for starting points that need an additional transfer other than bus or rail.

Most tours are active holidays, and require at least moderate fitness levels as per their description. Tours may involve 4 - 6 hours walking, or 3 - 5 hours cycling per day. Checking the suitability of each tour can help you to avoid disappointment. Those unaccustomed to activity are advised to take gentle exercise before the tour to fully enjoy the experience. You need to advise us of any special medical, physical, or health requirements you may have, particularly conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, disabilities, severe allergies etc. and any medication you may be on prior to arrival.

Ireland's climate is mild, frequently damp, highly changeable, with temperatures ranging from 12° to 28° C. We advise that both light and warm clothing is carried, rainwear is essential regardless. Especially for the walking tours, good footwear, i.e. water-proof boots with ankle support are essential. A more detailed list of suggested clothing is enclosed with the tour description once booking has been made.

When you book a self-guided cycling tour we expect you to have a minimum of knowledge regarding cycling. We at least require you will be able to fix a puncture or change a tube when necessary.

All visitors to either the Republic or Northern Ireland require a valid passport, except British nationals. Holders of UK passports not born in Great Britain or Northern Ireland should bring their passport. EU nationals can stay in the Republic of Ireland indefinitely without a visa. Travellers from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand can stay for three months without a visa in the Republic of Ireland and this can usually be extended by making an application to a local Garda station (police) or by going to the Alien Registration Office, Harcourt Street, Dublin (ph: 01-4755555). Nationals of other countries should contact the Irish Embassy for details about visa regulations.

Wils Atlantic Tours does not offer flight booking but can help you to organize transfers from the airports to your first accommodation where your tour starts with us.

The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro written as €. There are 100 cents in €1. Coins come in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2. Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, and €100 (there are €500 notes as well but they are very rare!!). Visa and MasterCard credit cards and debit cards, as well as ATM access cards are widely accepted in the Republic and Northern Ireland and, if you have a personal identification number (PIN) cash withdrawals can be made at ATM machines which can be found in all towns, but possibly not in smaller villages. International money systems, like Cirrus and Plus are linked to ATMs in the Republic. Check with your bank before travelling to find out which ATMs you will be able to use and what charges will be incurred for their use. American Express cards and Diner Club cards are not as readily acceptable.

Electricity is 230V AC in the Republic and 240V AC in Northern Ireland. Plugs are three-pin flat but 2-pin round wall sockets are also found. British electrical appliances will work everywhere. North American appliances require a transformer and a plug adapter. Australian and New Zealand appliances need just a plug adapter.

When it comes to tipping there are no hard and fast rules. Some restaurants often add a 10 - 15% service charge to the bill. If this is added then you do not need to leave a tip. However, 10 - 15% is customary if you do decide to tip. In bars and pub restaurants, tipping is not generally necessary although appreciated.