Western Atlantic Way Walking Tour

Western Atlantic Way Walking Tour

PRICES FROM

€1,495.00

DURATION

7 days

DIFFICULTY

PRICES FROM

€1,495.00

DURATION

7 days

Western Atlantic Way Walking Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore part of the Wild Atlantic Way by foot, getting off the main thoroughfares and taking the road less-travelled for a unique walking vacation in Ireland.
  • Follow in the footsteps of those who have walked these paths over hundreds of years and discover their fascinating stories.
  • Experience the unique scenery and lifestyle of a traditional island community existing on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with a boat trip to Inishbofin island.
  • Climb the pilgrim path to the summit of Ireland’s ‘Holy Mountain’, Croagh Patrick, and marvel at the ancient custom of travelling this rocky path barefoot.

Gabriel’s favourite walk:

Reaching the summit of Croagh Patrick is a very rewarding feeling. Finding a small church there always amazes me and the views on a clear day are awesome.

YOUR TOUR IN BRIEF

Tour Essentials:

This is a 7-day (6 night) tour starting any day from April to October.

The tour starts at Delphi Resort in Connemara, Co Galway and finishes in Westport town in neighbouring Co Mayo. 

Your Western Atlantic Way Tour consists of walking on ancient trails, soft ground and rocky pathways; also includes hills, so moderate fitness required.

Equipment and information:

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

Before your arrival, you will need to download our app on which you will have all the details of your tour (routes, accommodation, vouchers, things to see...). 

Hospitality:

4* hotels, manors and castles where a full Irish breakfast is included for you on each morning.

Dinner in Renvyle House Hotel on Day 5

Lunch in the Leenane Hotel on Day 2

Your luggage will be transferred every day to your next accommodation

Extras:

Gold Experience Package at the Westport Plaza Hotel.

Printed route notes + meet & greet - €125 per booking. 

Tour Essentials

This is a 7-day (6 night) tour starting any day from April to October.

The tour starts at Delphi Resort in Connemara, Co Galway and finishes in Westport town in neighbouring Co Mayo. 

Your Western Atlantic Way Tour consists of walking on ancient trails, soft ground and rocky pathways; also includes hills, so moderate fitness required.

Equipment and information

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

Before your arrival, you will need to download our app on which you will have all the details of your tour (routes, accommodation, vouchers, things to see...). 

Hospitality

4* hotels, manors and castles where a full Irish breakfast is included for you on each morning.

Dinner in Renvyle House Hotel on Day 5

Lunch in the Leenane Hotel on Day 2

Your luggage will be transferred every day to your next accommodation

Extras

Gold Experience Package at the Westport Plaza Hotel.

Printed route notes + meet & greet - €125 per booking. 

Further information on getting to/from Ireland can be found here

ITINERARY

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You will be transferred from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your first night’s accommodation at Delphi Resort, situated in the scenically breathtaking Delphi Valley in Connemara. Quiet colours, natural materials and a tranquil atmosphere will greet you at this sensitively designed four-star resort. Wander through their forest trails, where no signs of civilisation can be seen, or treat yourself to a relaxing evening at the award-winning spa. 

So-called because it was built as a famine-relief project during the Great Famine of the 1840s, the greenway along the shores of Killary Fjord brought outlying communities closer together in the nineteenth century. When you hike along the path this morning, you cannot help but sense the history and lives of all those who have walked this way before you. With mountains rising out of the water on either side and few signs of civilisation along the way, this is a true escape and a rare find in the modern world. You will be transferred to the starting point by speedboat (weather dependent) and your walk will finish again in Leenane. Lunch will be waiting for you in the Leenane Hotel before being driven back to the Delphi Resort.

You will be transferred to the starting point of today’s walk in Connemara which follows an ancient pilgrim’s path to Maumean (translated from Gaelic as the ‘pass of the birds’). The summit of Maumean at a height of 320m is marked by a small chapel and other religious features associated with Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick. There is much ritual and myth attached to this site and it will give you a fascinating insight into religious practice in Ireland through the ages. You will then follow the Western Way, a marked walking trail, to the tranquillity of the Inagh Valley where you will stay tonight in Lough Inagh Lodge. This country house hotel rests on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most romantic lake-settings, and is surrounded by the impressive Maamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges. It is a perfect haven for complete relaxation 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 several extra outdoor pursuits and activities like hill walking or fly-fishing!

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to Cleggan pier where you will take the ferry to Inishbofin. Bofin or 'Inis Bo Finne' (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles off Connemara’s coast. The first documented history of the island dates from early Christian times. As you sail around the tower and signal light at the entrance to the island’s harbour, you will see Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. set high above the crashing waves. There are looped walks around the island which you are free to explore and the island is renowned for its traditional music sessions which you can experience in any of the local pubs come evening. 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, a menu of delicious locally-sourced produce and superbly appointed bedrooms with endless sea views, all in keeping with the island's naturally beautiful setting.

After spending the morning on the island, 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 for the extensive views it provides. Reaching the summit of Diamond Hill you will look over the whole peninsula, the islands of the Atlantic to the west and north west and the mountain ranges of Connemara to the south. After your walk we will bring you to your accommodation on the Renvyle Peninsula. Reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, Renvyle is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and white-sand beaches. It is also home to a thriving and close-knit community. Your arrival at Renvyle House Hotel, along a sweeping driveway, brings you to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean once more. An historic country house hotel, it is located on 150 acres, which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the start of today's hike at Murrisk, on the shores of Clew Bay in Co. Mayo. A place of ancient history, Croagh Patrick is Ireland’s sacred mountain, and a rich vein of archaeological heritage. This dazzling quartzite pyramid (764m) has been a holy mountain since before Christian times and even has a small chapel at the very peak. It is a hugely rewarding climb for the endless 360 degree views of coast and land alike and no walking trip in Ireland is complete without it. 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 the luxuries and facilities that you could want. It is 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 soothing thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind. Perfect after a day climbing the pilgrim's mountain!

Depart from Westport on your onward journey

You will be transferred from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your first night’s accommodation at Delphi Resort, situated in the scenically breathtaking Delphi Valley in Connemara. Quiet colours, natural materials and a tranquil atmosphere will greet you at this sensitively designed four-star resort. Wander through their forest trails, where no signs of civilisation can be seen, or treat yourself to a relaxing evening at the award-winning spa. Conor or Gabriel 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.

So-called because it was built as a famine-relief project during the Great Famine of the 1840s, the greenway along the shores of Killary Fjord brought outlying communities closer together in the nineteenth century. When you hike along the path this morning, you cannot help but sense the history and lives of all those who have walked this way before you. With mountains rising out of the water on either side and few signs of civilisation along the way, this is a true escape and a rare find in the modern world. You will be transferred to the starting point by speedboat (weather dependent) and your walk will finish again in Leenane. Lunch will be waiting for you in the Leenane Hotel before being driven back to the Delphi Resort.

You will be transferred to the starting point of today’s walk in Connemara which follows an ancient pilgrim’s path to Maumean (translated from Gaelic as the ‘pass of the birds’). The summit of Maumean at a height of 320m is marked by a small chapel and other religious features associated with Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick. There is much ritual and myth attached to this site and it will give you a fascinating insight into religious practice in Ireland through the ages. You will then follow the Western Way, a marked walking trail, to the tranquillity of the Inagh Valley where you will stay tonight in Lough Inagh Lodge. This country house hotel rests on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most romantic lake-settings, and is surrounded by the impressive Maamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges. It is a perfect haven for complete relaxation 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 several extra outdoor pursuits and activities like hill walking or fly-fishing!

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to Cleggan pier where you will take the ferry to Inishbofin. Bofin or 'Inis Bo Finne' (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles off Connemara’s coast. The first documented history of the island dates from early Christian times. As you sail around the tower and signal light at the entrance to the island’s harbour, you will see Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. set high above the crashing waves. There are looped walks around the island which you are free to explore and the island is renowned for its traditional music sessions which you can experience in any of the local pubs come evening. 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, a menu of delicious locally-sourced produce and superbly appointed bedrooms with endless sea views, all in keeping with the island's naturally beautiful setting.

After spending the morning on the island, 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 for the extensive views it provides. Reaching the summit of Diamond Hill you will look over the whole peninsula, the islands of the Atlantic to the west and north west and the mountain ranges of Connemara to the south. After your walk we will bring you to your accommodation on the Renvyle Peninsula. Reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, Renvyle is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and white-sand beaches. It is also home to a thriving and close-knit community. Your arrival at Renvyle House Hotel, along a sweeping driveway, brings you to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean once more. An historic country house hotel, it is located on 150 acres, which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the start of today's hike at Murrisk, on the shores of Clew Bay in Co. Mayo. A place of ancient history, Croagh Patrick is Ireland’s sacred mountain, and a rich vein of archaeological heritage. This dazzling quartzite pyramid (764m) has been a holy mountain since before Christian times and even has a small chapel at the very peak. It is a hugely rewarding climb for the endless 360 degree views of coast and land alike and no walking trip in Ireland is complete without it. 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 the luxuries and facilities that you could want. It is 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 soothing thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind. Perfect after a day climbing the pilgrim's mountain!

Depart from Westport on your onward journey

ACCOMMODATION

Luxury tour 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.

Luxury tour 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.

TOUR DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION

Room TypeLow SeasonHigh Season 
Double/Twin/Triple€1,495.00€1,595.00Book now
4/5* Single€1,705.00€1,805.00Book now
4/5* Solo€1,995.00€2,095.00Book now
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LOW SEASON: April, May, September & October

HIGH SEASON: June, July & August

GROUP DISCOUNTS

We offer group discounts when a group size of 4+ is booked online, as part of one order. The discounts, outlined below, are automatically applied during the online booking process:

  • 4/5 people = 5% discount
  • 6 to 9 people = 10% discount
  • 10+ people = 15% discount

What's included

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • Dinner in the award-winning restaurant at Renvyle House on Day 5
  • Lunch in Leenane Hotel on Day 2

Transport

  • We will transfer you by road and by boat to and from the start and finish of each walk.
  • Return ferry ticket to Inishbofin Island
  • We will bring you from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Resort on arrival day.

Accommodation

  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* hotels and castles/manors

Extras

  • Gold experience package at the Westport Plaza
  • Entrance ticket for Kylemore Abbey

BIKES

  • Each bicycle is equipped with a bottle cage, small front handlebar bag, bike rack (with option to add pannier bags).
  • Safety – we provide a helmet (various sizes) and a high visibility jacket for our customer’s safety on the road.
  • Spare tube, repair kit with tyre levers, pump and bike lock are all provided.
  • Cyclists are expected to be able to have a general knowledge of the function of bicycles, i.e. how to change gears, how to brake properly, replacing a slipped chain, changing a flat tyre. Please check out this link if you are looking for few tips.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

DIFFICULTY Easy

Represents a low level of activity with maximum 35 kms on the bike or 12 kms by foot per day – 3 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Medium

Represents a medium level of activity with maximum 50 kms on the bike or 15 kms by foot per day – 4 to 5 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Hard

Represents a higher level of activity with maximum 80 kms on the bike or 25 kms by foot per day – 6 to 7 hours physical activity

CUSTOMISE THIS TOUR

You can add extra days or shorten this holiday to suit your needs or schedule.

We are very fortunate to have hundreds of kilometres of magnificent coastal and scenic routes and paths to enjoy. So the options are endless.

We understand that the duration of this tour may not be the ideal amount of time for everyone so if you would like a longer or a shorter version, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will design a custom tour for you to suit your needs.

GETTING TO TOUR START POINT

This tour starts at Delphi Resort in Connemara, Co Galway and finishes in Westport town.

We will bring you from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Resort on arrival day.

You can take a Citylink bus or a Gobus directly from Dublin airport (or from Dublin city centre) to Galway (approx. 3 hours trip).

Visit Irishrail for a daily train timetable from Dublin to Westport or from Westport to Dublin. From Dublin airport you will have to take the Airlink bus to Heuston train station.

You can fly to Knock airport from UK, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Italy:

  • With Ryanair: flight from and to Alicante, Bristol, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Faro, Girona Barcelona, Glasgow Prestwick, Gran Canaria, Kauras, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted, Malaga, Milan Bergamo and Tenerife Sth. 
  • With AerLingus: flight from and to Birmingham, London All Airports and London/Gatwick

Reviews

Rob

24 May 2018

5/5

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!

Marie & Julian

22 Jun 2018

5/5

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!

Anthony & Johanna

11 Jul 2017

5/5

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

ACCOMMODATION

Room TypeLow SeasonHigh Season 
Double/Twin/Triple€1,495.00€1,595.00Book now
4/5* Single€1,705.00€1,805.00Book now
4/5* Solo€1,995.00€2,095.00Book now
Displaying 1-3 of 3 results.

LOW SEASON: April, May, September & October

HIGH SEASON: June, July & August

GROUP DISCOUNTS

We offer group discounts when a group size of 4+ is booked online, as part of one order. The discounts, outlined below, are automatically applied during the online booking process:

  • 4/5 people = 5% discount
  • 6 to 9 people = 10% discount
  • 10+ people = 15% discount

What's included

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • Dinner in the award-winning restaurant at Renvyle House on Day 5
  • Lunch in Leenane Hotel on Day 2

Transport

  • We will transfer you by road and by boat to and from the start and finish of each walk.
  • Return ferry ticket to Inishbofin Island
  • We will bring you from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Resort on arrival day.

Accommodation

  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* hotels and castles/manors

Extras

  • Gold experience package at the Westport Plaza
  • Entrance ticket for Kylemore Abbey

BIKES

  • Each bicycle is equipped with a bottle cage, small front handlebar bag, bike rack (with option to add pannier bags).
  • Safety – we provide a helmet (various sizes) and a high visibility jacket for our customer’s safety on the road.
  • Spare tube, repair kit with tyre levers, pump and bike lock are all provided.
  • Cyclists are expected to be able to have a general knowledge of the function of bicycles, i.e. how to change gears, how to brake properly, replacing a slipped chain, changing a flat tyre. Please check out this link if you are looking for few tips.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

DIFFICULTY Easy

Represents a low level of activity with maximum 35 kms on the bike or 12 kms by foot per day – 3 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Medium

Represents a medium level of activity with maximum 50 kms on the bike or 15 kms by foot per day – 4 to 5 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Hard

Represents a higher level of activity with maximum 80 kms on the bike or 25 kms by foot per day – 6 to 7 hours physical activity

CUSTOMISE THIS TOUR

You can add extra days or shorten this holiday to suit your needs or schedule.

We are very fortunate to have hundreds of kilometres of magnificent coastal and scenic routes and paths to enjoy. So the options are endless.

We understand that the duration of this tour may not be the ideal amount of time for everyone so if you would like a longer or a shorter version, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will design a custom tour for you to suit your needs.

This tour starts at Delphi Resort in Connemara, Co Galway and finishes in Westport town.

We will bring you from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Resort on arrival day.

You can take a Citylink bus or a Gobus directly from Dublin airport (or from Dublin city centre) to Galway (approx. 3 hours trip).

Visit Irishrail for a daily train timetable from Dublin to Westport or from Westport to Dublin. From Dublin airport you will have to take the Airlink bus to Heuston train station.

You can fly to Knock airport from UK, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Italy:

  • With Ryanair: flight from and to Alicante, Bristol, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Faro, Girona Barcelona, Glasgow Prestwick, Gran Canaria, Kauras, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted, Malaga, Milan Bergamo and Tenerife Sth. 
  • With AerLingus: flight from and to Birmingham, London All Airports and London/Gatwick

Reviews

Rob

24 May 2018

5/5

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!

Marie & Julian

22 Jun 2018

5/5

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!

Anthony & Johanna

11 Jul 2017

5/5

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

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 plenty of useful information on our Getting to Ireland page.