- Discover beautiful landscapes as you partake in some of the best hiking and biking in Ireland.
- Escape the crowds at lesser visited sections of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
- Explore stunning coastlines and voyage across the waves to Ireland’s unique Islands.
- Indulge in Irish hospitality, cuisine and culture. Visit Dingle, Galway and Westport.
- Witness the history and culture of this ancient land come to life as it is interrupted by your local guide.
- Travel along breathtakingly beautiful drives in a comfortable mini bus with on board commentary.
Get in touch with an amazing part of a unique country as you explore the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork in the South to Achill in the Northwest. Enjoy daily guided hikes, cycles and boat trips.
ITINERARY & MAP
- Day 1 - The 8 day tour begins in Cork City from where we visit the world famous Blarney Castle. Here you will explore the Castle its wonderful grounds and gardens as well kiss the Blarney Stone. The tour then travels to West Cork where we have lunch at a local café. The activity on day one is a hike on the magical Sheep’s Head. Sheep’s head is a peninsula located between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay and it is a place of outstanding beauty. The hike is a perfect opener for the adventures ahead. On the first night the tour stays in a hotel located in scenic West Cork.
- Day 2 - On the second day the tour begins 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 revealing awesome views around each corner. Lunch is in the small fishing village of Castletownbere. After lunch we drive along a scenic route to the heritage town of Kenmare. Here you will have time to explore this heritage town and visit an ancient stone circle. We continue our journey through Moll’s gap and Ladies’ view to Killarney. This is one of the most spectacular drives in Ireland. The second night the tour stays in Killarney.
- Day 3 – The third day of the tour is a real gem. There is minimal time spent in the tour bus. There is both a fantastic boat trip through the lakes of Killarney and a cycle through the Gap of Dunloe. On the boat trip there is magnificent wildlife to be seen. You may spot the native Red Deer and the recently reintroduced White-tailed Eagles. The cycle through the Gap of Dunloe is one to remember. At the start of the cycle there is a 15-minute walk to the ‘Head of the Gap’ and after that it is pure joy as you cycle down through the spectacularly formed glaciated valley. The last section of the cycle is through the wonderful woodlands of Killarney National Park. On the third night the tour again stays in Killarney. The 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.
- Day 4 - On the morning of day four, the tour begins with a hike in the heart of Muckross National Park. Here you will walk around the park visiting Muckross Abbey and the grounds and gardens of Muckross House. The tour then travels west from Killarney to the salty fresh-air playground of Inch Beach. Here you can take a life affirming plunge in the Atlantic Ocean or try your hand at Ireland’s national sport ‘Hurling’. From here, there is a breathtaking drive around the wild and beautiful Slea Head. We stop on Slea head for a hike on Ireland's western edge. This is a scenic hike along the rugged Atlantic coastline. The tour stays in Dingle on the fourth night. Dingle was once a quiet fishing village. Today it is a vibrant town with much to offer, boasting excellent restaurants and lively bars with live traditional music.
- Day 5 - In the morning the tour travels north and crosses the Shannon Estuary by ferry into County Clare. Here the tour hikes from Liscannor along an awe-inspiring path perched high above the sea. On the hike fantastic views open up out to sea towards the Aran Islands. This is an amazing and lesser traveled way to reach 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. The tour then moves on to the Burren, a spectacular lunar like karst limestone landscape and a World Heritage Site, before marching on to Galway, the City of the Tribes. The tour stays in Galway on the fifth night. You are sure to enjoy your night here in Galway, European City of Culture 2020.
- Day 6 - On day 6 the tour travels from Galway into Connemara where we take a boat and travel across the waves a short distance to visit Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. On Inis Mór the tour slows down to the pace of Island life. We cycle on quiet country roads passing field after field enclosed by dry stone walls creating a masterful tapestry for the eyes to feast on. The tour then visits the fabulous Iron Age ring fort of Dun Aengus, perched on the edge of a 300-foot high cliff. The majority of day 6 is spent exploring Inis Mór. On returning to the mainland, we travel slowly through scenic Connemara, a place of fantastic colours, wilderness and warm welcomes. On the sixth night the tour stays in a Connemara hotel. We use hotels in Roundstone and Clifden.
- Day 7 - On day seven the tour explores the magic of Connemara. The day begins with a hike in Connemara National Park. This is an excellent hike and from the summit there are breathtaking views of the landscape below. The landscape is a mixture of blanket bogs, countless lakes, sandy beaches and mountain ranges. After lunch the tour visits Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden followed by a drive along the spectacular Killary Fjord. In the evening the tour enters County Mayo and travels along the banks of Doo Lough. Here we will take a breather and perhaps remember the unfortunate famine victims who walked the same route over 170 years hence. From Doo Lough the tour continues north to meet Clew Bay and Westport, where the tour spends the night.
- Day 8 - The adventure continues on the final day of the tour. In the morning the tour travels the short distance from Westport to Newport. In Newport the tour takes to the bikes for a cycle along Ireland’s original Greenway cycle path. The route travels from Newport through Mulranny to Achill Island. This 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.
- All Beyond the Glass Adventure Tour guides are qualified, knowledgeable, experienced and friendly, giving you the ultimate adventure holiday experience. Contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
- The price of this 8 Day tour includes your accommodation and transport for the duration of the tour, entrance to all sites and the guided activities on each day of the tour.
Saint Patrick's Quay, Victorian Quarter, Cork City.
Additional Costs: Dinners, snacks and drinks
Single Supplement: €315
DEPARTURE DATEScheduled departure dates
22 - 29 June, 20 - 27 July & 24 - 31 August 2020