The Connemara Experience - 7 Days

7 Days Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

Connemara is, for many, the very best of what Ireland has to offer, all in one place. The people, pubs, restaurants and, of course, some of the most spectacular scenery. This 7 day soft adventure tour includes all accommodation, breakfasts, etc., and, of course, all activities, such as sea kayaking, trout fishing and horse riding. All of this with some of the best tour guides in the business. Surely a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Itinerary

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Dublin to Roundstone

Once you depart from Dublin city, your tour will travel across the country to the wild west where you will begin your adventure. After a short stop along the way, you will arrive in the bohemian city of Galway. This city is one of Extreme Ireland's favorite places and holds a fascinating mix of buskers, craft stalls and street performers to entertain you while you are there. Afterwards you will travel to the village of Roundstone. Once you check into your accommodation and freshen up, Extreme Ireland will get you on a bike and take in some fresh sea air and beautiful views of the surrounding area. On your return, you will visit the world famous Bodhran factory. A bodhran is an ancient Irish drum and you can see this age old, handcrafted instrument being made with skillful hands.

Highlight of the day:  Bike Ride around Roundstone

Overnight :  Roundstone

Restaurant Suggestion:  Vaughan's Restaurant

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Inishbofin Island

After your breakfast, you'll strap your hiking boots on and you will travel to Inishbofin Island from Cleggan. The drive there is spectacular and the boat ride to the island is even better. After some lunch upon arrival, your group will begin their hike around the island and view its many birds, wild flowers and seal colonies along the route. The island is 5 miles off the Galway coast and is home to many white sandy beaches and coves. Maybe we'll take a dip along the way, if it takes our fancy. 

Highlight of the day:  Inishbofin Island walk

Overnight:  Roundstone

Restaurant Suggestion: The Bogbean Cafe

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Connemara National Park

The Connemara Pony is known worldwide as a breed that is hardy, handsome and strong like the landscape they were born into. You'll be brought on a pony trek through Connemara's beautiful countryside. In the afternoon you will be taken to a real working mountain sheep farm. After a tour of the farm, the farmer will give you a sheep dog demonstration. Watch the skill of the farmer, as well as the sheep dog as he rounds the flock up in a matter of minutes. The farmer will then teach you the ancient art of turf cutting. Turf is a natural fuel source cut from the ground and then dried. 

Highlight of the day:  Mountain Sheep Farm Visit

Overnight :  Leenane Village

Restaurant Suggestion : Blackberry Cafe

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Hike Mount Mweelrea

This morning, you will begin your assent of the highest mountain in Connemara called 'Mweelrea'. Once you have made the summit, at a height of 814 meters, you will have the best view of Killary Harbour and of the entire Connemara National Park. It is truly a spectacular sight from the top and one that you'll never forget (unless it's cloudy, of course!). After all your hard work today, there is only one way to unwind and relax and that's with Leenane's world famous Connemara seaweed baths. A seaweed bath is hot seawater over fresh seaweed harvested from the bay.  This has all sorts of health benefits not the least of which being its best for those who want to detox, de-stress and re-fresh!

Highlight of the day:  Hike up Mt Mweelrea– Connemara’s Highest Mountain

Overnight:  Leenane Village

Restaurant Suggestion:  Hamiltons Bar

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Kylemore Abbey

You will have been looking at Killary Harbour for the last day or so and now it's time to get in! You will kayak along the deepest water inlet in Europe, where U-boats used to hide during World War II. Killary harbour is also one of only two fjords in Ireland, which holds a huge mussel farm industry. Afterwards we will visit Kylemore Abbey, a romantic castle built by Mitchell Henry for his wife in 1867. It sits among a beautiful mountainous landscape on the edge of lake Pollacapaill and presents a fairytale sight.

Renvyle is one of those hidden gems in Connemara, its beach in particular, where your group will dine tonight. A camp fire and beach BBQ will be set up and you can relax on the beach, listen to the waves crash and gaze at the stars to finish a jam packed day of adventure and culture!

Highlight of the day:  Kayak along Killary Fjord

Overnight :  Leenane Village

Restaurant Suggestion:  Blackberry Cafe

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The Inagh Valley Walk - Connemara

Today, your group will be taking a walk through the Maumturk Mountains. The walk is called the Maunméan walk and it is spectacular. You will walk through a gap in the mountain range and down to the Inagh Valley, where you will find Inagh Lodge, a wonderful oasis where you can have some lunch or a pint after your walk. You will stay in Leenane again tonight.

Highlight of the day:  The Inagh Valley Walk

Overnight:  Leenane

Restaurant Suggestion:  Leenane Hotel

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Tullamore Dew & Return to Dublin

Sadly, the tour must leave their beloved Connemara and head back to the capital. On the way back, Extreme Ireland will have one more surprise up their sleeve. The Irish are world famous for their whiskey making. Whiskey was born in Ireland and Tullamore Dew is one of Ireland's many world famous brands. Before your group returns to Dublin, you will visit their newly refurbished Visitors Center, where you can learn all about the secrets of whiskey making. You will arrive back in Dublin and sadly, it will be time for goodbyes. You will leave Ireland with newly formed friendships and memories that will surely last a lifetime!

Highlight of the day:  Tullamore Whiskey Experience

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Extreme Ireland (EI) Travel Group are experts in travel in Ireland and beyond, offering both local and international tours and experiences. The group operates across six brands including Irish Day Tours, EI Travel Coach Hire, Extreme Ireland Adventures, Irish Whiskey Museum, The Riddler Restaurant, and the Tourist Office Dublin.

EI Travel Group attribute their success and exceptional growth to their focus on customer care and service along with offering great tours to Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. If international travel is more your style, EI Travel Group also offer tours to countries such as Norway, Slovenia, Romania and Spain.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed day tour, multi-day adventure, walking, cycling, or mountaineering EI Travel Group have the tour that suits you.

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A man pulls the goatskin tightly around a circular piece of wood as he works to get the right amount of tension. What is he crafting? A Bodhran ( 'Bouraun'), an ancient Irish drum that has hand-painted Celtic symbols on its surface.

On Extreme Ireland’s Connemara Experience, you will go to the Bodhran factory to see this process first-hand. Following this traditional and ancient practice, the tour will fill your time with a variety of culturally insightful experiences as well as striking landscape that will leave you in awe. You will kayak in Killary Harbour and try a hand at trout fishing. Venture into the Connemara countryside on horseback experiencing the surreal landscape in a relaxing and adventurous way. This trip will surely leave you with images of Ireland’s gorgeous landscape engrained in your heart.

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