The Wild Atlantic Way South: Your journey begins in Dublin and ends in the bohemian city of Galway. The adventure starts with a visit to the Rock of Cashel, once home to the King of Munster. Then the tour heads on to Kenmare. From there, the tour takes in the most scenic coastal drive in all of Ireland with fantastic adventures and culture along the way. Hike along the world famous Cliffs Of Moher, enjoying the spectacular views and kayak the deep blue waters where wild dolphins await. Embrace your inner-adventurer as you experience one of the most stunning and naturally striking places of Ireland.
Jump aboard and meet your fellow adventurers for the next seven days. Once your charming and knowledgeable guide introduces themselves and gets everyone settled, the tour heads south-west to the wonderful town of Kenmare, in the county of Kerry, passing through spectacular countryside throughout the midlands. To break up the journey, go back in time to the 12th century with a visit the world-famous 'Rock Of Cashel', once the home of the King of Munster. On arrival in Kenmare you'll have time to stretch and relax in one of the most loved towns in Ireland. Lots of great restaurants and brilliant music in the traditional pubs will keep you entertained!
Highlight of the day: Visit the 12th century Rock Of Cashel
Overnight: Kenmare Village
Restaurant Suggestion: Mulcahy's Garlic Restaurant
After a delicious breakfast, take a scenic drive to Castletownbare, a fishing village which looks like it's stuck in time on Ireland's secret Peninsula of Beara. This was the home of the last great Irish Chieftain, O'Sullivan Beara. From there, take a ferry to Bare island, a small inhabited island about 20 minutes boat ride from the mainland. This is a magical little island where time stands still and stress doesn't exist. You will take a spectacular bike ride through the island, taking another ferry back to the mainland. After a stop in the capital of the Beara peninsula, Glengarriff, we return to the lovely Kenmare for more 'fun and frollicks'!
Highlight of the day: Cycle across Bare Island
Restaurant Suggestion: The Mews Restaurant
In the morning, travel along the world famous Ring of Kerry and stop at the port in Portmagee. From there, take a ferry to Skellig Michael, one of Ireland's holiest places and one of only two UNESCO World heritage sites in Ireland. Here, you will find a most unusual monastery built in stone beehive huts. Centuries ago, monks were cut off from the mainland and spent their time creating manuscripts and praying. If the weather doesn't permit the ferry the tour will head into Killarney National Park - a large and lush national park filled with stunning scenery. Hike through one of the most beautiful valleys in the country at the Gap of Dunloe and take a boat ride through the calm lakes of Killarney. Tonight, stay in the vibrant town of Dingle.
Highlight of the day: Visit Skellig Michael - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight: Dingle Town
Restaurant Suggestion: Walkers Bar & Restaurant
This morning, you get to do what everyone on the planet has on their bucket list, you'll swim or kayak with Fungi, the adorable dolphin who came to Dingle harbour years ago with a school of dolphins but never left. Then take a cycle around scenic Slea Head and stop at the many historical sites along the way. After that, you'll need to warm up a little and no better place than the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, where you'll be shown the secrets of whiskey making and you'll have the chance to sample a few tipples before you leave. Tonight stay again in Dingle, enjoy the last night in this wonderful town. Make sure to check out Dick Macks Pub before you leave, it's a real experience!
Highlight of the day: Cycle around Slea Head
Overnight: Dingle Town
Restaurant Suggestion: The Chart House Restaurant
Say goodbye to beautiful Dingle, but it's upwards and onwards literally as the tour heads north along the Wild Atlantic Way, for a short but interesting ferry ride from Tarbert, crossing the mouth of Ireland's longest river, the river Shannon. Further along the coast, there's a stop at Kilkea where you will have the opportunity to try the new land/sea adventure activity called 'coasteering'. You will be taken along the base of the sea cliffs there and you can climb along the edge and jump into the sea lagoons dotted along the way - fantastic fun and a real Wild Atlantic Way experience! Tonight's stay is in the village of Lahinch, Ireland's surf capital.
Highlight of the day: Coasteering in Kilkea
Overnight : Lahinch Village
Restaurant Suggestion: Vaughan Lodge Seafood Restaurant
After a hearty breakfast, hit the waves and get some surf lessons on Ireland's most famous surf beach at Lahinch. After riding the waves, travel a short distance north to Ireland's most iconic landmark, the Cliffs Of Moher. Thousands of visitors flock to these high cliffs every year. Take a hike along the cliffs before heading to the accommodation to freshen up. To finish this jam packed day of adventure the tour goes to the charming Doolin village to a traditional night of Irish music and 'craic'.
Highlight of the day: Surfing on Lahinch beach
Restaurant Suggestion: Magann’s Pub
This morning the tour visits one of Ireland's iconic tombs, the dolmen at Poulnabrone which sits in the heart of the Burren, one of Ireland's National Parks. This dolmen is a burial site and most likely, the last resting place of a local Chieftain or Druid. It is also an opportunity for a great photo! Your guide will take you on a hike through the Burren and explain about the flora and fauna exclusive to this area of Ireland. Then, on to one of the highlights of the tour! You will have the opportunity to kayak along the base of the Cliffs of Moher (obviously weather permitting). If this is not to your fancy or the weather won't allow it, take a hike along the top of the cliffs which provides spectacular views. The Cliffs of Moher are a sight that will stay with you long after we have left. They are the most visited natural attraction in Ireland! Stay in Clifden tonight.
Highlight of the day: Hike through the Burren
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The tour doesn't neglect the historic importance of the Wild Atlantic Way and you will visit many areas of historical significance including Megalithic tombs, Abbeys, and Castles. There is also a visit to the spectacular Skellig Michael, an ancient monastic settlement that is simply breathtaking.
All guides are highly trained and are knowledgeable in many areas including history, geography, folklore and Irish culture. They will also immerse you in the local community and make your trip exciting and fun. Working closely with local adventure providers and guesthouses, there is always a warm welcome and a truly unique experience.