UNLOCK IRELAND’S REAL WILD WEST on this mesmerizing 6 day tour that explores the true beauty of Ireland’s west coast and its unique history and vibrant Gaelic culture.
We will take you off the beaten track in search of the wild wests true identity. Unravel its unique culture, history, amazing food and even better take the chance to experience adventure such as cycling on Inis Mor island, hiking to the top of Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, surfing the magical Atlantic waves of Sligo and many more great adventures. The Wild West is an experience not to be missed and one that will live long in your heart.
The itinerary listed below is for the current season.
Given the unpredictable nature of Ireland’s weather, what we do each day might occasionally vary so that you have the best experience possible.
DAY 1: DUBLIN TO GALWAY VIA CLONMACNOISE
Departing from The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 9am. From Dublin’s fair city, we set our compasses due west, making our way through the lush midlands of Ireland in search of the wild Atlantic coastline.
On route to the and the Bohemian capital of Ireland, Galway City, we will take a magical stop to Clonmacnoise, a mid-6th century Early Christian site founded by St. Ciaran. Afterwards, we make our way to Galway where you can explore and wander its bustling streets, sample its famed culinary delights and traditional music scene.
DAY 2: INIS MOR ISLAND TOUR
We jump from mainland Ireland to one of its most renowned island, Inis Mór, meaning big island. It is the largest of three islands that make up the Aran Islands.
Once we arrive on its limestone shores, you can either explore the island by foot, bicycle or jaunting cart, in which you can experience the island’s magnificent landscape of rocky fields, wild Ocean views and incredible monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. Take in a visit to one of the most famous of them, Dún Aonghasa, which is a breath-taking fort that was built on a high cliff some 100 metres above sea level.
That afternoon, we make our way back to mainland Ireland before heading due west to the colourful coastal town of Clifden, where you can sample its famous culinary delights and traditional music nights.
DAY 3: CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK AND KYLEMORE ABBEY
Today’s adventure brings us to Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. We will explore these majestic destinations, full of colourful scenery and wonderful history.
In Connemara National Park, take the opportunity to hike to the top Diamond Hill before we head to Kylemore Abbey for a bite to eat and time to explore its incredible history and unique gardens.
Later that afternoon, we commence our journey northwards passing Killary harbour and secluded picturesque lakes that line our path to the colourful town of Westport.
That evening, we will experience this vibrant towns legendary musical talent and culinary exploits.
DAY 4: NON TRAVEL DAY - WESTPORT
You have the day to either relax, explore or take an adventure in picturesque Westport. It is famous for Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holiest mountain and Clew Bay, which has an island for everyday of the year. The town is rich in historical areas of interest and a great traditional music scene.
DAY 5: WESTPORT TO SLIGO VIA BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK
Departing Westport, we make our along the northern wild and rugged coastline of Mayo before arriving in Sligo, known as the town of abounding in shells.
Take the opportunity to dip your feet into the wild Atlantic Ocean or catch some of the most renowned waves in the world. Whether you stand or not, you will definitely feel refreshed after your experience before sampling some of best culinary delights and famous sights of Sligo.
DAY 6: SLIGO TO DUBLIN
Departing Sligo at 9 AM, we make our way back east to the fair city of Dublin but not before one last little adventure for you. We will take a magical visit to Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a renowned Stone Age monument, that was constructed during the Neolithic period over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), which makes it older than Stonehenge and Great Pyramids of Giza.
Afterwards we make our way to Dublin, where we bid a fond farewell full of happy memories that will last forever. Remember, Ireland is now your second home away from home!
Arriving back to The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 6pm
1. Discover Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
2. Experience the vibrant city of Galway
3. Visit the Gaelic speaking Island of Inis Mor
4. Explore ancient castles and forts
5. Take a tour of the colourful town of Westport
6. Lively traditional music and dance nights