Cycling and Walking tours in Ireland

Western Atlantic Way Walking Tour

Prices from

€1,595.00

Duration

7days

Difficulty
2

WALKING 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.

 

Full route notes and an Ordnance Survey Ireland map of the area are also provided and explained to you.

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

Transfers and travel:

 

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

 

We will transfer you by road and by boat to and from the start and finish of each walk.

 

Ferry return tickets to Inishbofin.

 

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

Activities:

 

Gold Experience Package at the Westport Plaza Hotel.

     

 


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 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.

Day 2

Famine Trail

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.

Day 3

Maumean

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!

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 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.

Day 5

Renvyle Peninsula

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.

Day 6

Croagh Patrick and Westport

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!

Day 7

Depart

Depart from Westport on your onward journey


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 2018

 

"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 2018

"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*

Room Type

Price

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.