8-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

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8-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The tour travels along the Wild Atlantic way as far as Westport in County Mayo. During the tour travellers will be immersed in the Irish landscape, where they will hike, cycle and experience Ireland’s rugged beauty. On each day of the tour there is a guided hike or cycle in a spectacular location. The tour visits the signature discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way route.

BEYOND THE GLASS ADVENTURE TOURS specialise in small group adventure tours on Ireland’s WILD ATLANTIC WAY.  Taking you off the beaten track to experience adventure, culture and history all while being immersed in Ireland’s stunning natural landscape – the ultimate adventure travel experience.

Tour departs from a central Cork city location. 
* Duration: 8 days
* Starts: Cork, Ireland
* Trip Category: Outdoor Activities >> 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours




The tour travels along the Wild Atlantic way as far as Westport in County Mayo. During the tour travellers will be immersed in the Irish landscape, where they will hike, cycle and experience Ireland’s rugged beauty. On each day of the tour there is a guided hike or cycle in a spectacular location. The tour visits the signature discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way route.

BEYOND THE GLASS ADVENTURE TOURS specialise in small group adventure tours on Ireland’s WILD ATLANTIC WAY.  Taking you off the beaten track to experience adventure, culture and history all while being immersed in Ireland’s stunning natural landscape – the ultimate adventure travel experience.

Tour departs from a central Cork city location. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Begin in Cork city, visit Blarney Castle & Gardens, a scenic drive followed by lunch and a wonderful hike in West Cork.

Stop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Monacnapa, Blarney, Cork T23 Y598 Ireland
Begin in Cork City and visit the world-famous Blarney Castle. Explore the castle’s wonderful grounds and gardens and kiss the Blarney Stone.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sheep’s Head Peninsula, Bantry Ireland
Travel to West Cork for lunch in a local café. The activity on day one is a hike on the magical Sheep’s Head peninsula, which is a place of outstanding beauty. The hike is a perfect opener for the adventures ahead. Tonight’s accommodation is in West Cork Hotel.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a West Cork Hotel / B&B.

Day 2: A Cycle on the Beara Peninsula followed by a spectacular drive to Killarney. En route the tour visits Kenmare.

Stop At: Castletownbere, Cametringane, Castletown-Bearhaven, Co. Cork, Ireland
Wake in the heart of West Cork. Today’s activity is a cycle on the quiet roads on the western tip of the Beara peninsula. The roads here wind slowly along Ireland’s coastal edge, gently rising and falling to reveal awesome views around each corner.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Moll’s Gap, 3 Kenmare Innovation Centre N 71 Road, Killarney Ireland
Lunch is in the small fishing village of Castletownbere. After lunch, drive along a scenic route to Kenmare. Explore this heritage town and visit an ancient stone circle. Continue on what is one of the most spectacular drives in Ireland, through Moll’s Gap and Ladies’ view to Killarney. Tonight’s accommodation is in Killarney.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast is included
Accommodation included: Overnight in Killarney.

Day 3: Boat trip on the lakes of Killarney followed by a Cycle in Killarney National Park.

Stop At: Killarney National Park Cork Road, Killarney Ireland
Today is a real gem with minimal time spent in the tour bus. Firstly, there is a boat trip through the lakes of Killarney followed by a cycle through the Gap of Dunloe. On the boat trip there is magnificent wildlife to be seen. Watch out for native Red Deer and the recently reintroduced White-tailed Eagles.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Gap of Dunloe National School Gap of Dunloe National School Gap of Dunloe National School Off the R562 Road To Killorglin Killarney National Park, Killarney V93 YN52 Ireland
Coffee at Lord Brandon’s Cottage is followed by a 15-minute walk to the ‘Head of the Gap’. Then it is pure joy on a cycle through a spectacularly formed glaciated valley. The cycle through the Gap of Dunloe will certainly be one you’ll remember. The final section of the cycle is through the wonderful woodlands of Killarney National Park. Tonight’s accommodation is in Killarney. Killarney town is set on the edge of Killarney National Park, which is a perfect place for a stroll. The town has great eating options and excellent Irish bars.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Killarney.

Day 4: A walk through Killarney National Park, a visit to Inch Beach and a Hike on the Dingle Peninsula.

Stop At: Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Muckross House & Gardens The Killarney National Park, Killarney V93 EW28 Ireland
Begin with a hike in the heart of Muckross National Park. Stroll around the park visiting Muckross Abbey and the gardens of Muckross House.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Inch Beach, Inch Ireland
Then travel west from Killarney to the salty fresh-air playground of Inch Beach. Here take a life-affirming plunge in the Atlantic Ocean or play Ireland’s national sport ‘Hurling’.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Slea Head Drive, Ireland
After lunch, travel on the wild and beautiful Slea Head Drive. Here we stop for a hike along the rugged Atlantic coastline.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
Tonight’s accommodation is in Dingle. Dingle was once a quiet fishing village. Today it is a vibrant town with much to offer, boasting excellent restaurants and bars with live traditional music
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Dingle.

Day 5: Scenic drive, ferry crossing, a hike to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and a visit to the Burren.

Stop At: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North, Liscannor Ireland
In the morning, travel north and cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry into County Clare. Hike along an awe-inspiring path perched high above the sea. On the hike there are fantastic views out to sea towards the Aran Islands. This is a lesser travelled path to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. After a visit to the Cliffs of Moher interpretive Centre, the tour travels the short distance to Doolin for lunch.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: The Burren House Farm County Clare, Ireland Ireland
We then visit the Burren, a spectacular lunar-like karst limestone landscape and a World Heritage Site. Tonight’s accommodation is in a boutique County Clare Hotel.
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast is Included.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Clare

Day 6: Drive through Connemara, visit Inis Mor and Dun Aengus.

Stop At: Inishmore, Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, Western Ireland
From Doolin, take a boat across the waves to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. On Inis Mór we slow down to the pace of Island life. Travel on quiet country roads, passing field after field enclosed by dry stone walls, creating a masterful tapestry for the eyes to feast on. Visit the fabulous Iron Age ring fort of Dun Aengus, perched on the edge of a 300-foot high cliff. From Dun Aengus, hike along the Atlantic’s edge through fields, rocky beaches, and green roads.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Connemara, Connemara, County Galway, Western Ireland
After a day exploring Inis Mór, return via boat to Connemara in County Galway. Here we travel slowly through scenic Connemara, a place of fantastic colours, wilderness, and warm welcomes. Tonight’s accommodation is in a Connemara hotel.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast is included
Accommodation included: Overnight in Connemara Hotel.

Day 7: Explore Connemara National Park, 3 hour hike, Kylemore abbey and Doo lough.

Stop At: Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Connemara National Park Connemara National Park Connemara, Co Galway Near the village of Letterfrack, Galway Ireland
Explore the magic of Connemara, beginning with a hike in Connemara National Park. This is an excellent hike to the top of Diamond Hill, from the summit of which are breathtakingly beautiful views of the landscape below. The landscape is a mixture of blanket bogs, countless lakes, and sandy beaches.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara On the N59 between Clifden and Westport, Kylemore Ireland
After lunch, visit Kylemore Abbey & the Victorian Walled Garden.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Killary Fjord, Leenane Ireland
In the early evening, drive along the spectacular Killary Fjord before we enter County Mayo.

Stop At: Doo Lough Valley, Galway Ireland
Travel along the banks of Doo Lough where we will take a breather and perhaps remember the unfortunate famine victims who walked the same route over 170 years before.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: National Famine Monument, Murrisk Ireland
From Doo Lough we continue north to meet Clew Bay. Tonight’s accommodation is in Westport.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast is included
Accommodation included: Overnight in Westport.

Day 8: Cycle on the Great Western Greenway to Achill Island.

Stop At: Atlantic Drive, Achill Sound, Achill Island Ireland
Travel the short distance from Westport to Newport, where the adventure continues on the final day. In Newport we again take our bikes for a cycle along Ireland’s original Greenway cycle path. The route travels through Mulranny to Achill Island. It is a fantastic cycle and a great activity to complete the adventure tour. After the Cycle there is lunch in a local Newport Café. The tour returns to Dublin.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast is included.
No accommodation included on this day.