Explorer Series 8-Day Guided Burren, Aran & Connemara Walk

Cultural & Theme Tours, Your holiday begins in the cultural city of Galway – a city that thrives both on a fascinating and historical past & a traditional & proudly Irish present.  Your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours in the centre of Galway, and then a courtesy transfer by minivan takes you to your holiday start location on the southern shores of Connemara.  From here, your Guide will introduce you to your group & brief you on the coming days of your holiday.  You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together & return later to your accommodation for your overnight.  If you wish to make your own way to your first accommodation in Connemara ahead of time – you are most welcome & your Guide will meet you there.  Should you wish to explore Galway in more detail & spend an extra night or two there before (or after) your holiday – we will be happy to book accommodation for you. to After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Ennis.  From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated arrival time to Ennis is approx. 10.30am.  Please note that Ennis is approx. 20 mins (drive time) from Shannon Airport.

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Three amazing locations in the heart of Ireland’s West Coast await you on this Guided Hiking Holiday Burren, Aran & Connemara and all on the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way.  The Burren & Connemara regions face each other across Galway Bay, with the glorious Aran Islands strategically placed in between.  Connemara is well known for its glistening bogs, beautiful mountains and sparkling lakes.Connemara National Park is home to the impressive Diamond Hill and only “around the corner” from the glorious Kylemore Abbey and Irelands only fjord Killary Harbour.  The Burren, with its amazing limestone pavements is like a “lunar landscape” with a wealth of ancient archaeological sights – Poulnabrone Dolmen being one of the most famous.  In between these two iconic lands you have the historical Aran Islands with their promontory forts and ancient ruins.
Day 1: Your holiday begins in the cultural city of Galway – a city that thrives both on a fascinating and historical past & a traditional & proudly Irish present.  Your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours in the centre of Galway, and then a courtesy transfer by minivan takes you to your holiday start location on the southern shores of Connemara. Day 2: Connemara Walk - Your first walk is a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Connemara and the contrasts of bogland & beach that makes this part of Ireland so enthralling.  After your full Irish breakfast and with your picnic lunch in your backpack your walk will begin. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. Day 3: Connemara National Park - Driving a short distance, you reach the little village of Letterfrack and Connemara National Park.  Here, you will have time to enjoy the Visitor Centre, where you may wish to learn more about the formation of this fascinating landscape & its early settlers. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms.Day 4: Inishmore Arrival - Today you transfer to Galway Bay & reach the largest of the Aran Islands and Inishmore where you will spend your next 2 nights.  Taking a small ferry from Galway, your crossing takes approx. 1 hour.   Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms.Day 5: Inishmore Hike - Today you will have the opportunity to discover Inish Mor in all its glory.  Leaving your accommodation, and overlooking the southern shores of the island, you reach the centre of Inishmor at Kilmurvey. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 19kms. Day 6: Ballyvaughan Hike - Leaving the island this morning, you return to the mainland and drive south, around Galway Bay to reach the Burren.  This is a completely different & contrasting landscape to Connemara & also boasts one of the most diverse arrays of flowers that any keen botanist would wish to find. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. Day 7: Cliffs of Moher - Walking from your accommodation in Doolin, you walk south to reach the foothills of the Cliffs of Moher.  Climbing gradually, you can see the lower levels and layering of rock formations that continue to climb to their 300mt wall of beauty.  Reaching the Visitor Centre you may wish to learn more on the formation of the cliffs, or just enjoy some light refreshments there. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 15kms. Day 8: Departure - After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Ennis.  From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated arrival time to Ennis is approx. 10.30am.  Please note that Ennis is approx. 20 mins (drive time) from Shannon Airport.

What’s included

  • 7 nights stay in an en-suite room at our premium hand-picked accommodations.
  • Delicious Irish breakfast each morning.
  • 6 Picnic Lunches (on hike days only).
  • Four sumptuous evening meals in the region’s top restaurants.
  • 6 days hiking with our local, expert guide who will accompany the group for the duration of the holiday
  • Boat trip to/from Inishmor
  • Courtesy transfers to and from each day’s walking locations and all transport as outlines in the itinerary.

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks
  • Medical expenses
  • Single Room Supplement – €285.00.

Itinerary

Day 1: Your holiday begins in the cultural city of Galway – a city that thrives both on a fascinating and historical past & a traditional & proudly Irish present.  Your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours in the centre of Galway, and then a courtesy transfer by minivan takes you to your holiday start location on the southern shores of Connemara. 
Day 2: Connemara Walk - Your first walk is a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Connemara and the contrasts of bogland & beach that makes this part of Ireland so enthralling.  After your full Irish breakfast and with your picnic lunch in your backpack your walk will begin. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. 
Day 3: Connemara National Park - Driving a short distance, you reach the little village of Letterfrack and Connemara National Park.  Here, you will have time to enjoy the Visitor Centre, where you may wish to learn more about the formation of this fascinating landscape & its early settlers. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms.
Day 4: Inishmore Arrival - Today you transfer to Galway Bay & reach the largest of the Aran Islands and Inishmore where you will spend your next 2 nights.  Taking a small ferry from Galway, your crossing takes approx. 1 hour.   Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms.
Day 5: Inishmore Hike - Today you will have the opportunity to discover Inish Mor in all its glory.  Leaving your accommodation, and overlooking the southern shores of the island, you reach the centre of Inishmor at Kilmurvey. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 19kms. 
Day 6: Ballyvaughan Hike - Leaving the island this morning, you return to the mainland and drive south, around Galway Bay to reach the Burren.  This is a completely different & contrasting landscape to Connemara & also boasts one of the most diverse arrays of flowers that any keen botanist would wish to find. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. 
Day 7: Cliffs of Moher - Walking from your accommodation in Doolin, you walk south to reach the foothills of the Cliffs of Moher.  Climbing gradually, you can see the lower levels and layering of rock formations that continue to climb to their 300mt wall of beauty.  Reaching the Visitor Centre you may wish to learn more on the formation of the cliffs, or just enjoy some light refreshments there. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 15kms. 
Day 8: Departure - After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Ennis.  From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated arrival time to Ennis is approx. 10.30am.  Please note that Ennis is approx. 20 mins (drive time) from Shannon Airport.
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