Wild Atlantic Way (South) Guided Walk
Wild Atlantic Way (South) Guided Walk
We invite you on a journey of discovery along the Wild Atlantic Way South – be inspired as many artists have by the captivating Connemara village of Roundstone, beautifully set overlooking the Atlantic ocean at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain. Be amazed at the karst limestone landscape of the Burren National Park and the wild beauty of the Cliffs of Moher.
Listen to the pounding waves as they crash on the rocks at Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula or the soft lilt of the Gaelic language that is still spoken there. Be one with nature on Torc Mountain in Killarney National Park where wild boar once roamed freely and is now home to the largest herd of native Red Deer in Ireland.
Provider: Maurice Whelan.
Location (see map below): Co. Galway & Co. Clare, Ireland
Duration: 5 – 8 Days
Availability: All year round.
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What your trip includes:
· 7 nights bed in room with private shower/ bathroom. Full Irish breakfast each morning.
· Picnic lunch (on hike days only)
· 7 Evening Dinners
· 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday
· Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
Meet in Galway’s “Hotel Meyrick” on Eyre Square at 2pm (14.00hrs). Leaving this bustling & fascinating city behind us, we then travel west through Connemara to the idyllic hamlet of Roundstone – a tiny fishing village on the shores of this beautiful land. Staying for 2 nights in Roundstone we enjoy our first evening meal together and a “Briefing Session” with your guide.
Our first hike takes us to Errisbeg, a lovely mountain overlooking Dogs Bay. This hike typifies so much of Ireland – with dramatic mountain scenery overlooking perfect sandy beaches – tempting you into the cool Atlantic waters for a refreshing swim! With views east over Connemara bogland & west over island studded ocean – today is just the start of your immersion into the best of Ireland’s west coast. Walk Details: Distance – 11.5kms (7 miles) | Highest Point on walk – 299mts (981ft) Aprx elevation gain – 385mts (1263ft) | Aprx Duration of walk – 5.5 hoursDescription of terrain: Small roads, rough tracks, grassy sheep trails and open mountain with rocky and marshy sections and NO tracks. Beach walking also on both firm and soft sand, sand dunes & coastline. Boots essential.
Driving south we move from the softer landscape of Connemara to the fascinating stone landscape of the Burren. Just across Galway Bay from Connemara – you will marvel at how different these 2 regions are. A hike around Abbey Hill gives a tremendous introduction to this dramatic “moonscape” and its hidden wealth of history & archaeology. We continue on to the lovely village of Ballyvaughan to stay in a typical Irish home for our next before 2 nights. Walk Details: Distance – 7kms (4.5 miles) | Highest Point on walk – 240mts (787ft) Aprx elevation gain – 265mts (870ft) | Aprx Duration of walk – 3 hours Description of terrain:Small roads, gravel tracks & rough, rocky mountain with no tracks at all. Boots essential.
Today’s hike takes us to the NW corner of this incredible limestone wilderness known as the Burren. A wonderful hike gives us a real image of times gone by, contrasting farming methods and ancient dwellings. To look at this place from the road gives the impression of a barren land, yet exploring it on foot shows the wealth of diverse growth in every crevasse as you pick your way through flowering plants from the Arctic, the Mediterranean and the Alps. Black Head is a wonderful part of the Burren and a terrific hike around this mountain shows the Burren at its best. On a clear day the views are spectacular – north over Connemara, west over the Aran Islands, south to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher & east over farmland. Return to our accommodation and those with energy can enjoy a night of music in the famous Doolin after dinner. Walk Details:Distance – 14kms (9 miles) | Highest Point on walk – 317mts (1040ft) Aprx elevation gain – 440mts (1444ft) | Aprx Duration of walk – 6 hoursDescription of terrain: Small roads, gravel tracks & loose stony open mountain with no tracks. Some grassy sections in between stones can be soft & boggy. Boots essential.
Leaving this amazing Burren landscape behind us, we travel south to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. A visit to this part of Ireland would not be complete without seeing these dramatic cliffs – a sheer face of rock standing strong against the power of the Atlantic Ocean with wonderful views over the Aran Islands. During the summer the bird life here is alive with the sound of fulmars, kittiwakes, puffins & guillemots all battling for a tiny cliff ledge to lay their eggs & rear their young. From the Cliffs of Moher we then continue our journey along the coast to arrive in Killarney – famous for its picturesque Three Lakes. Enjoying a short walk to stretch our legs after our day of travel, we check into our accommodation where we enjoy our next 3 nights. Walk Details: Distance – 9.6kms (6 miles) | Highest Point on walk – 212mts (700ft) Aprx elevation gain – 250mts (820ft) | Aprx Duration of walk – 3 hoursDescription of terrain: Small roads, grassy tracks & exposed cliff edge. Boots essential
From our base in Killarney we travel north west to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula passing the glorious Inch Beach along the way – made famous by the filming of Ryan’s Daughter. We continue to Slea Head at the tip of this peninsula and enjoy a wonderful walk around this headland with views across the Blasket Islands. This is absolutely a place apart and once again you will marvel at how the landscape has changed so dramatically from the “moonscape” you left behind yesterday. Finishing right at the tip of the peninsula – we then continue by minibus to visit some of the best known early Christian sites on this peninsula. At the end of our day “back west” we will then continue to Tralee for a wonderful night at “the dogs”. One of our most popular sports in rural Ireland is greyhound racing and this will give you an opportunity to join the “locals” for some fun and enjoyment. Return to our accommodation in Killarney later on. Walk Details: Distance – 9kms (5.5 miles) | Highest Point on walk – 230mts (755ft) Aprx elevation gain – 350mts (1150ft) | Aprx Duration of walk – 4 hours Description of terrain: Small roads, gravel & grassy tracks. Crossing of streams & some rocky sections of track. Boots essential
Our final hike is in Killarney National Park as we hike up the impressive Torc mountain. With views across the famous 3 lakes of Killarney, a chance to spot some of our native red deer and a sense of total peace on as you look down on civilisation – this is a glorious hike to finish with. If time allows at the end of our day – a visit to the well known and loved Muckross House may be possible. Overnight in Killarney. Walk Details: Distance – 8kms (4.5 miles) | Highest Point on walk – 535mts (1755ft) Aprx elevation gain – 585mts (1925ft) | Aprx Duration of walk – 3 hours Description of terrain: Small roads, gravel tracks & paved mountain paths. Boots essential
Departure after breakfast from Killarney where an excellent train and bus service is available to take you on your onward journey. Alternatively – why not stay on and enjoy this fabulous place – Car Hire is available from nearby Kerry Airport and/or Killarney town. This is where we end our journey together and bid you farewell – until the next time.