Wild Atlantic Way

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Trip code: 
TDO
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Coastal Walks
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Explore Burren, The Aran Islands and Connemara on the West coast of Ireland. 

The Burren and Connemara face each other across Galway Bay, with the glorious Aran Islands strategically placed in between. It is hard to imagine two more contrasting landscapes. ‘Burren’ is derived from the Irish word boireann meaning ‘place of stone’, and the name could not be more apt. There is no part of Ireland where rock so obviously dominates the landscape as it does in the Northwest corner of County Clare. By contrast - Connemara is an imposing landscape of lakes, moorland and rugged mountains. This trip is not to be missed if you love wildflowers. The flora of the Burren region accommodates 75% of all Ireland's wildflowers. This region is world famous for its botany.

Highlights

  • Imposing Connemara landscape
  • Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands
  • Spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • Roundstone Bog
  • Fantastic views from Gleninagh Mountain

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 6 days hiking
  • Maximum altitude 952m, average altitude 300m 
  • Moderate walks; good level of fitness recommended
  • All transport by private minibus and boat

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (please see accommodation section)
  • Transport to/from each day’s walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
  • Ferry to Aran Islands

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Terrain:

The terrain and type of path will vary from minor roads and tracks to uneven surfaces and on occasion bogland.

Day by day breakdown
Day 214.0km/8.7miles
Day 312.0km/7.5miles
Day 410.0km/6.0miles
Day 518.0km/11.2miles
Day 68.0km/5.0miles
Day 716.0km/10.0miles

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Shannon; transfer to Roundstone

    Those on the group flight to Shannon will be transferred to Roundstone on the southern shores of Connemara. Islands and sea abound everywhere. Enjoying our first evening meal together, this is the time for a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. We stay here for three nights. 

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Coastal walk overlooking the famous Roundstone Bog

    We start with a great day hiking to this “wild” corner of Ireland. Errisbeg Mountain/Dogs Bay Beach is our route for today, overlooking the famous Roundstone Bog and the musical village of Roundstone. We return to Roundstone for our evening dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Discover more of the Connemara; walk in the hills near the Inagh Valley

    Introducing us to more of the Connemara landscape, today we head to the hills near the Inagh Valley.  The landscape of Connemara is dominated by two mountain ranges – the Maamturks & the more famous Twelve Bens.  Depending on the weather, our guide will take us for a glorious hike with amazing views across Lough Inagh & Connemara.  At the end of our walk, we transfer back to Roundstone, choose one of the local pubs for your evening meal.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Catch a ferry to Inis Mor; afternoon hike to Dún Dúchathair

    From Roundstone, we travel to Rossaveel to catch the Ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. After checking in at our accommodation you have the option to rest and relax for the afternoon or if you would like you can join the guide for a short hike to Dún Dúchathair, a spectacular cliff-top stone fort on the southern (Atlantic) coast of Inis Mor. This evening we dine at one of the local pubs.

    (Ferry crossing approx. 1 hr).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hike westwards along the spine of Inis Mor; return to Kilronan along the North Coast

    Today’s hike takes us westwards along the spine of Inis Mor on tracks and minor roads. We visit the enigmatic rectangular pool known as Poll na bPéist or the Worm Hole, where turbulent waters surge and gurgle noisily at high tide. We then continue along the cliff-top to Dún Aonghusa, Ireland’s most famous stone fort. From here we return to Kilronan along the north coast, visiting the beach at Port Mhuirbhigh and the early church of Teampall Chiaráin. We return for our evening meal and overnight.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Relaxing morning in Inis Mor. Travel to Doolin by ferry; on arrival walk along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher to Hag’s Head

    After a relaxing morning with time to savour the peaceful atmosphere of Inis Mor early in the day, we travel to Doolin by ferry.  On arrival, one of the highlights of this trip is a spectacular walk along the Cliffs of Moher to Hag’s Head. We then transfer to Ballyvaughan for dinner and overnight.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Hike over the Gleninagh Mountain, before descending to Black Head. Wonderful views across Galway Bay and surrounding scenery

    Today’s hike takes us over the spectacular Gleninagh Mountain with time to explore some stone forts, before descending to Black Head. There are wonderful views across Galway Bay to Connemara’s Maamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges and across to the Aran Islands. Transfer back to our accommodation in Ballyvaughan for our farewell dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Depart Ballyvaughan; fly to London.

    After breakfast, our guide will accompany the group to the Airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Essential Info

Visas

Ireland

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

Ireland

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included, each morning you will be able to enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast. 

Picnic lunches are provided on the hiking days. These will typically consist of a sandwich, with fruit and a chocolate bar or cereal bar. 

In the evenings we will dine either at the hotel or in local restaurants. Dinner will be a 3 course meal. PLease note, dinner is not included on our last night in Roundstone. Please note, dinner is not included on Day 3 in Roundstone. 

Weather

The climate on the West Coast of Ireland is mild due to its location and the influence of the Gulf Stream. The weather, however, is temperamental and proves quite hard to predict, therefore it is important to be prepared for all weather. The warmer months tend to be the summer months, July and August, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Temperatures rarely fall below 0 during the year. The wettest months tend to be from October through to March. April is often the driest month. Rain can be expected at any time of the year. 

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)

The Wild Atlantic Way stretches 2600km starting in Derry, Northern Ireland, it hugs the west coast of Ireland all the way down to Kinsale. During your 8 days, you will complete various sections of the route in and around Burren, The Aran Islands and Connemara. We start in Roundstone and finish in Ballyvaughan. Along the way, we embark on some spectacular cliff top walks, discover secluded beaches, cross bogland and visit charming Irish villages. The terrain and type of path will vary from minor roads and tracks to uneven surfaces and on occasion bogland, therefore, walking boots are essential. The walks are not technically difficult however you will need to cover distances of up to 18km so a good level of fitness is required. This trip is an easier moderate trip so is ideal for those looking who have enjoyed a leisurely trip but want something a little more demanding. 

Please note that Ireland can be a bit ‘damp’ both underfoot and overhead, with some liquid sunshine! Irish weather is unpredictable and the nature of hikes can change quickly and dramatically because of the weather. This is one of the many pleasant aspects of hiking in Ireland. With this in mind, the itinerary may have to be altered at short notice.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & Guesthouse

During our week in Ireland, we stay in two 3-star hotels and 1 guesthouse. In Roundstone the hotel looks out over Roundstone harbour; this is the perfect opportunity to try the seafood here on offer caught daily by the local fisherman. In Inis Mor, we stay in a small guest house, with views over Kilronan pier, where you will be looked after well by the hosts. Lastly, we visit the Burren where we stay in a very comfortable hotel located in the heart of it. All the accommodation has been chosen to provide a comfortable base after returning from a day of exploring. All rooms are en suite.

Single accommodation is available on request; please speak to your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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