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Ireland - The Emerald Isle Escape - Walking Holiday

Region: Europe // Dates: 02 - 19 September 2019
Ireland - The Emerald Isle Escape Walking Holiday

Stunning coastlines, historic towns and local hospitality frame our 18 day Irish escape. Take in the north, west and southwest of Ireland’s dramatic coastal regions. We begin our tour in Dublin, a powerful introduction to the history, culture and legendary Irish hospitality. Crossing into Northern Island, we enjoy The Gobbins cliff path, take in views from Slemish mountain then settle into Ballycastle for three nights. This is our base for dramatic coastal walks along the Antrim coast. One of our day walks starts with the Carrick-a-Rede suspension bridge, visits a tiny church at Portbradden and follows a cliff top path to the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage site. Towards the west we walk the city walls of Derry and take a lakeshore walk to the castle in the magnificent Glenveagh National Park. Travelling to Donegal we follow an old pilgrims’ route to Slieve League and One Man’s Pass. After a traditional seaweed bath at Kilcullen’s Bath house, a tour Belleek Castle ends with our evening meal in the castle dining room. On the Wild Atlantic Way we climb Knocknarea, take a dramatic hike along the remote North Mayo coast and Clare Island near Westport. Continuing south to Connemara, we enjoy beach and hill walks while based in a small fishing village. After open hillside walks on the Dingle Peninsula, we cruise to the uninhabited Blasket Islands to discover island walks and abundant wildlife. Our final night is spent in the foodie town of Dingle, home of lively Irish music in the southwest.

Overview

Stunning coastlines, historic towns and local hospitality frame our 18 day Irish escape. Take in the north, west and southwest of Ireland’s dramatic coastal regions. We begin our tour in Dublin, a powerful introduction to the history, culture and legendary Irish hospitality. Crossing into Northern Island, we enjoy The Gobbins cliff path, take in views from Slemish mountain then settle into Ballycastle for three nights. This is our base for dramatic coastal walks along the Antrim coast. One of our day walks starts with the Carrick-a-Rede suspension bridge, visits a tiny church at Portbradden and follows a cliff top path to the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage site. Towards the west we walk the city walls of Derry and take a lakeshore walk to the castle in the magnificent Glenveagh National Park. Travelling to Donegal we follow an old pilgrims’ route to Slieve League and One Man’s Pass. After a traditional seaweed bath at Kilcullen’s Bath house, a tour Belleek Castle ends with our evening meal in the castle dining room. On the Wild Atlantic Way we climb Knocknarea, take a dramatic hike along the remote North Mayo coast and Clare Island near Westport. Continuing south to Connemara, we enjoy beach and hill walks while based in a small fishing village. After open hillside walks on the Dingle Peninsula, we cruise to the uninhabited Blasket Islands to discover island walks and abundant wildlife. Our final night is spent in the foodie town of Dingle, home of lively Irish music in the southwest.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Soak up Irish culture in bustling cities & country towns
  • Experience The Gobbins cliff path north of Belfast
  • Take a dramatic day walk along the Antrim Coast to the Giants Causeway
  • Visit Glenveagh Castle & National Park
  • Climb Knocknarea then relax with a seaweed bath
  • Explore the crags of the North Mayo coast
  • Visit the Ceide Fields Visitor Centre & take a whiskey appreciation course in Ballina 
  • Hike the hills near Westport & visit legendary Clare Island
  • Climb Diamond Hill in Connemara NP & visit the Cliffs of Moher in Doolin
  • Explore the Dingle Peninsula & walk on the Blasket Islands

Details

Details:

02 - 19 September 2019 (17 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Dublin)
Advanced Early Bird: A$8,400 until 22/02/2019
Early Bird: A$8,600 until 03/05/2019
Regular: A$8,900
Single Supplement: A$1,180
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Gourmet, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 8-12km per walking day with some challenging sections. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Joe O'Donnell

    Joe O’Donnell, has lived in the west of Ireland for most of his life, and knows the mountains and trails in this region like the back of his hand. He has spent his life walking mountains all around Ireland and he has also walked extensively outside of Ireland. After 35 years of teaching geography, Joe recently retired. He takes great pride in sharing his unique insight into the landscape of Ireland, its mountains, forests, bogs, beaches, cliffs, sand dunes, lakes and rivers. Joe also has a keen interest of human habitation in Ireland dating back thousands of years. While hill-walking is his favourite past-time, Joe also has a keen interest in current affairs, politics and sport.

  • Pip Berwick

    Working in the travel industry for over 18 years has given Pip Berwick a passion for discovering new places and experiences. Having worked with interNATIONAL PARKtours as a Coordinator for the last few years, she is excited to get out from behind the desk and explore Ireland with you. Ireland is a country she has travelled to many times, and she is looking forward to sharing the beautiful countryside and friendly people with you.

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