Ireland: Burren, Aran & Connemara 8-Day Guided Walk

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the Aran Islands pristine environments cultivate beautiful flora and fauna and are home to all manner of undisturbed nature and wildlife
  • Discover the Burren with its ‘lunar’ in its appearance, a botanist’s paradise as around ¾ of Ire-land’s plant species are found here.
  • Wander through deserted villages, explore monastic sites and spot passing whales and winter-ing birds
  • Indulge in gourmet food, relaxing by a fire to the rhythms of traditional music
Overview
The Burren National Park covers a remarkable 1,500ha of limestone pavement, hazel scrub, woodland, springs and cliffs. Originating from the Irish word “Boireann” meaning rocky place you cannot fail to be impressed by this truly mesmeric landscape.
What to Expect
Day 1

Courtesy Transfer from Galway Bus/Rail Station at 16.00hrs. if required for this holiday. You will be transfered to your first overnight location in Roundstone on the southern shores of Connemara. Islands and sea abound everywhere.

Enjoying your first evening meal together, this is the time for a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. You stay here for two nights.

Day 2

Errisbeg Mountain/Dogs Bay Beach is our route for today, overlooking the famous Roundstone Bog and the musical village of Roundstone. A great days hiking to this “wild” corner of Ireland. Return to Roundstone for Evening Dinner.
Walk Details – Distance: 14kms. Height gain: 350mts. Walking time: 5 hours.
Open mountains, across bogland & sandy beaches….opportunity to swim! Boots essential.

Day 3

From Roundstone, you travel to Rossaveel to catch the Ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. After checking in at your accommodation, where you stay for the next 3 nights, you hike to Dún Dúchathair, a spectacular cliff-top stone fort on the southern (Atlantic) coast of Inishmore. You walk back to your accommodation for our evening meal and overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: 8-10kms. Height gain: 80mts. Walking time: 3-4 hrs. Minor roads, uneven rocky surfaces & rugged cliffs. Boots essential. (Ferry crossing approx. 1 hr).

Day 4

Today’s hike takes you westwards along the spine of Inishmore on tracks and minor roads. You visit the enigmatic rectangular pool known as Poll na bPéist or the Worm Hole, where turbulent waters surge and gurgle noisily at high tide. You 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. Evening meal and overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: 18kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 5-6 hrs. Mainly along minor roads and tracks, with some sections over rough limestone blocks near cliff edges. Boots essential

Day 5

Transferring from Inishmore to Inishmean we enjoy a good days hiking around this glorious island – exploring it to its full potential and enjoying some magnificent scenery along the way. Return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Walk Details - Distance: 15kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 5 hrs. Small roads and pathways, open limestone pavements with no tracks. Coastal & near open cliff top. Boots essential and swimsuit recommended if weather is good!

Day 6

Transferring by ferry from Inishmor, we travel to Doolin – home of Traditional Irish Music, where we spend the next 2 nights. From Doolin we travel to the Cliffs of Moher for a hike along the cliff-tops to Hag’s Head. You walk back to our accommodation for dinner and over night.
Walk Details – Distance: 8kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 2-3 hrs. Level walk along abrupt cliff tops. Boots essential.

Day 7

Today’s hike takes us over the spectacular Gleninagh Mountain exploring 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 Doolin for your farewell dinner.
Walk Details – Distance: 16kms. Height gain: 380mts. Walking time: 5 hrs. Small roads and pathways, open limestone pavements with no tracks. Boots essential.

Day 8

After breakfast you bid farewell to this most beautiful and breathtaking part of Ireland. You offer a courtesy transfer to Ennis Bus/Rail Station for your onward transfer to International Airports, and/or other areas of the country. There is a good bus and train service to all major towns and cities in Ireland from Ennis.
What's Included
  • 7 nights bed in room with private shower/ bathroom. Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only)
  • 7 Evening Dinners
  • 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required
What's Not Included
  • Any boat trips (e.g. ferry to Great Blasket Island)
  • Personal drinks
  • Entrance fees to theaters, parks or museums etc
  • Medical expenses or gratuities
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