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Wild Atlantic Way - South West
3 - Ireland | Guided Walking Tours | 8 Days | £1099
This 8 day tour explores the dynamic south-west coast of Ireland. From the portal seaside town of Cobh, Co. Cork, where the ill-fated Titanic took on board the last of its passengers, to the Limestone pavements of the karst landscape of the Burren, Co. Clare.
Along your journey you will be transported to the Cliffs of Moher, the peninsulas of Dingle, Beara & Sheepshead as well as the island of Dursey Sound and the option of travelling 12 km to sea to the UNESCO world heritage site of Skellig Michael.
Tour Pricing & Dates
8 Day Tour – £1099 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£280
Tour Dates 2019:
Saturday 11th May to Saturday 18th May
Sunday 22nd September to Sunday 29th September 2019
Tour Dates 2020:
Tour Grade – Easy
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Overnight Cobh, County Cork
Departing Dublin Airport at 10 am. We will make our journey south to the seaport town of Cobh, Co. Cork. It was from Cobh that many Irish last witnessed Ireland on their journeys to Ellis Island and Sydney Harbours.Day 2 Tracton Woods, Cobh
In the morning after a short walk around Cobh we will, with our guide Micheal Martin, explore the vast Naval history of Cobh travelling along the Titanic trail with stories of the ill-fated titanic and German U-boat sunken ship RMS Lusitania. In the afternoon we will do an easy 4 km walk in Tracton Woods a short distance west of Cobh exploring the flora and fauna of this area, before travelling on to the town of Bantry.
Day 3 Sheep’s Head & Beara Peninsula
Today we will travel the peaceful unspoilt peninsula of The Sheep’s Head, witnessing some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Ireland. The first part of the day sees us taking a scenic drive to the very tip of the peninsula, providing many photo opportunities. You are never far from the Atlantic Ocean in this part of the world and our walk for today is on a loop around the end of the peninsula where you will have some wonderful coastal views. Distance 10 Km, Ascent 250 m. In the afternoon we will travel to the Beara Peninsula and the small village of Allihies.
Day 4 Beara Peninsula & Kenmare
Today we will explore the Beara Peninsula firstly travelling to the island of Dursey Sound. Here we will walk the sea cliffs to Garnish pier and Strand. Distance 4 km, 200 m ascent. In the afternoon the road leads us from the Beara Peninsula in the direction of Kenmare. On our way we will stop off in Castletownbere where we will visit the 3,000 year old, Derreenataggart Stone Circle. Along the way we will stop off in the colourful town of Kenmare, where you will have time to wander and explore the local craft shops, before travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way to Waterville for the night.
Day 5 Skellig Michael
Today our journey, weather permitting, takes us from Portmagee on a 12 km boat ride to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael. Skellig Michael was the chosen destination for a small group of monks who withdrew from civilisation to this remote and inaccessible place. Sometime between the sixth and eight centuries, a monastery was founded on this precipitous rock. Skellig Michael, along with the neighbouring Little Skellig, is internationally renowned as one of the most important sites for breeding seabirds in Ireland. Please note, the cost of the ferry trip to and from the island is €50 per person, this is not included in the tour cost.
Day 6 Dingle Peninsula
Today we travel to the Dingle Peninsula, voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor, and as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by National Geographic. Our walk today is a very relaxing easy walk on Inch Beach used in the making of the Hollwood movie Ryan’s Daughter. Distance 8km In the afternoon we will visit some of the famous sites that dot the peninsula, like Minard Castle, the Great Blasket Centre, An Riasc (an early Christian centre) and more.
Day 7 Cliffs of Moher & The Burren
Today our first stop is the famous Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, the highest sea cliffs in Europe that rise to a height of just over 200m/600ft. Here we will do a 2 hour walk to the cliffs, explore the visitors centre and Ó Brian’s Tower. Distance, 7 k Ascent 80 m. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Poulnabrone Tomb and do a short walk on the lime stone pavements of the Burren Landscape.
Day 8 Departure
After breakfast we will depart for Dublin, arriving at Dublin Airport at approximately 1 pm.
✓ All accommodation is en-suite in approved Guesthouses.
✓ Meals to include: 7 Breakfasts, 6 packed lunches
✓ All transport to include: Pickup and return to Dublin Airport & All transport to and from walks and evenings out (for options from other airports/cities please contact us directly)
✓ Guided historical tour of Cobh
X Evening meals
X Lunch on day 1 and day 8
X Ferry for Skellig Michael