2020 Wild Atlantic Way 11 DAY TOUR 
A Wild, Rugged & Liberating Journey!

Day 1 – Fáilte go hÉireann
Welcome to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin or in
Gaelic, Dubhlinn referring to the black pool that lies
beneath the grounds of Dublin Castle. The original
castle was built during the medieval period, which
forms a significant part of the city’s chequered
history from its establishment by the Vikings at the
end of the 9th century, through the splendor of
the Georgian period and on to the conflicts of the
War of Independence and the Civil War. Dublin
today is a welcoming intimate city that blends its
modern outlook with its colourful past.
Overnight: Dublin (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 2 – Sligo/Donegal Region
Depart for the West of Ireland from where you will
join the Wild Atlantic Way route in the North West
region. Travel to Sligo also known as Yeats Country
as the scenery inspired many of the great works of
W.B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize winning Irish writer.
At Parkes Castle you can depart for a cruise on
Lough Gill (an inspiration for some of Yeat’s
poetry) on the Rose of Innisfree tourboat where
the captain will regale you with some of Yeats
poems.
Sligo is also famed for its beaches and Surfing at
places such as Strandhill and Mullaghmore or you
could always indulge yourself by taking a
rejuvenating traditional seaweed bath. These
therapeutic baths are available at award-winning
Voya Seaweed Baths at Strandhill, and the
Edwardian Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths at
Enniscrone.
Overnight: Sligo/Donegal (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 3 – Sligo/Donegal Region
Today discover the magnificent cliffs at Slieve
League (in Gaelic: Sliabh Liag) that are amongst the
highest sea cliffs in Europe and the huge
panoramas presented to you from these cliffs can
look different in every segment. Travelling from
Sligo via Donegal town and Killybegs, the home of
Ireland’s largest fishing fleet, continue to the
village of Carrick. From the nearby Slieve League
visitor centre you can walk to the Cliffs face or take
the shuttle bus. Or if you want to get closer still,
why not take a cruise in the small open Nuala Star
boat from Teelin Harbour.
Near Sligo town on the road to Donegal is
Drumcliffe Churchyard where W.B. Yeats is buried
as requested “under bare Benbulben’s head”.
Make the easy climb to the top of Knocknarea
mountain to view Queen Maebh’s Cairn. She was
the legendary chieftan Queen of Connemara and
from the mountain top enjoy the vista over Sligo
Bay and the mountains and lakes of this beautiful
county.
Overnight: Sligo/Donegal (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 4 – Mayo
Journey further west towards and stop off to
explore the Céide Fields at Ballycastle. This is the
largest Stone Age monument and the oldest
known field systems in the world, set in a vast
prehistoric landscape of bog, dramatic cliffs and
coastline. Displays, walking tours and AV shows tell
the story of the everyday lives of a farming people,
their organized society, their highly developed
spiritual beliefs. Continue via picturesque Newport
town famous for both its fresh water fishing and
Sea angling. The town is now situated in the heart
of the 42km Great Western Greenway (opened in
2011), the longest off-road walking and cycling
trail in Ireland.
Overnight: Mayo/Connemara (Bed & Full
Breakfast)

Day 5 – Mayo
Today take time out to explore the island of Achill,
cross the road bridge to experience many outdoor
activities from hillwalking to fishing and angling,
from golf, painting or horse-riding to surfing,
windsurfing or scuba diving. Why not tour the
island to absorb the magnificent scenery on the
island’s Atlantic drive that provides a spectacular
journey with breath-taking views and see the
Deserted Village abandoned in the early 20th
century for an unknown reason. Achill also offers
the opportunity to cycle the spectacular Greenway
route that stretches from Achill Island to Westport
town. Discover the small charming Heritage town
of Westport that is much loved by the Irish and
tourists alike. It has delightful Georgian
streetscapes and stone bridges over the
Carrowbeg River and is home to Matt Molloys pub
famed for its music and owned by the flute player from
the world famous Chieftans trad Irish band.
On the edge of the town you can visit Westport House and
Country Park where there are activities for all the
family. The impressive stately home itself was
originally built by Richard Cassels, the German
architect, in the 1730s, on the site of the original
Ó’Máille Castle, home of the pirate queen Grace O
’Malley.
Overnight: Mayo/Connemara (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 6 – Galway
Travel South via Leenane to see the unspoilt
beauty of Connemara, a place of contrasts,
colours, and wilderness that stretches from the
bogs and lakes of the Gaelic speaking South
Connemara, to the mountain vistas of the Twelve
Bens in North and West Connemara. Stop off just
outside Leenane and take a spectacular cruise
along Ireland’s only fjord aboard Killary Cruises’
“The Connemara Lady “, travelling along the 16 km
long inlet with a depth of up to 45m.
Continue to Clifden, the largest town in
Connemara and stop off at Kylemore Abbey, set in
a dramatic landscape.
Originally built as a private home in 1868,
it became home to the Irish order of
Benedictine nuns who still live there
today. Explore the visitor centre, part of
the house and the beautifully restored
Victorian walled garden. Nearby Creggan
Village you could enjoy a walk on the
unique tidal island of Omey which is
accessible on foot or even by car two
hours before low water & high water
(check tides beforehand on sailing.ie).
South of Clifden in Ballyconneely the
spectacular Connemara Championship
Golf Club will test the ardent golfer on its
links course overlooking the Atlantic
Ocean. Drop into the nearby family run
Connemara Smokehouse where you can
find a range of award winning wild,
organic, and farmed, smoked salmon &
seafood. You could continue to the fishing
village of Roundstone to sample some
locally caught Lobster or crab. While there
check out Ireland’s foremost Bodhran
maker, Malachy Kearns, at Roundstones
Musical instruments and learn about the
art of creating this unique traditional Irish
instrument.
If you are looking for entertainment near
Galway City, Trad on the Prom show runs
three times weekly during the summer
months, one of Ireland's best known
music, song and dance experiences
celebrating the passion of Ireland's past
with a contemporary production.
Overnight: Galway (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 7 – Clare

This morning take to the streets of the
City of the Tribes, Galway, one of the
most popular and lively
cities in Ireland. From the centuries old
Claddagh area to the pedestrianized
streets of pubs and restaurants and the
seafront Promenade of Salthill, Galway
has so much to offer the visitor. It hosts a
myriad of festivals and events every
summer such as the Galway Arts festival
and the famous Galway Races. Then
travel to County Clare and along the Black
Head coastal route and discover the
unique lunar-like landscape of the Burren.
The Burren, is a Karst limestone region of
approximately 300 sq. km, which consists
of imposing majestic mountains, and
tranquil valleys with gently meandering
streams. On route why not stop at the
Cafe Linnalla where they serve fresh
handmade Ice Cream with milk and cream
from their shorthorn cows on their family
farm. Continue to the world famous Cliffs
of Moher. Then journey off the beaten
track along Loop Head Drive on LoopHead peninsula to see the views from the Loop
Head lighthouse where nearby the 19th Century
light keepers house now offers modern
accommodation. If you like Dolphins then don’t
miss the opportunity to take a boat trip with
Dolphin Discovery Kilrush who have a 98% success
rate on locating dolphins on their trips.
Overnight: Clare (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 8 – Kerry
Take the 20 minute Shannon Car ferry ride from
Killimer to Tarbert and cross one of Europe’s
longest and deepest estuaries.
Twenty kilometres east of Tarbert along the
Shannon estuary is the unique visitor attraction,
Foynes Flying Boat Museum. From 1939 to 1945
Foynes was the centre of the aviation world for air
traffic between the United States and Europe and
the museum recalls this era with a comprehensive
range of exhibits and graphic illustrations. The
museum features the original
Terminal Building including the
authentic 1940's cinema; the Radio and Weather
Rooms, complete with transmitters, receivers and
Morse code equipment. Irish Coffee was invented
in Foynes. Chef Joe Sheridan made the first one in
1942 to warm up some damp and miserable
passengers. Since then Irish Coffee has become
one the most popular welcoming drinks in the
world. Continue to Tralee and check out the new
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre which is an activity
and nature based visitor experience beside the
Tralee Bay Nature Reserve. Visitors are introduced
to the fresh and saltwater habitats through AV
shows and interactive displays. Guided nature boat
tours are available through the wetland reed and
willow canals spotting wildfoul, wildlife and
wetland habitat while the 20 m high viewing tower
provides a panoramic view of the bay. Head west
to the stunningly beautiful Dingle Peninsula, a
Gaelic speaking area and where you will find some
of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland and is also
famous for its Celtic, pre-Christian monuments and
Christian churches. The road around the Peninsula
is truly spectacular. It passes through a chain of
Mountains, called Slieve Mish. At Inch beach, take
a stroll along the strand bordered by dunes and
made famous by David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s
daughter”. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing
town and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping
or simply savouring the atmosphere of a typical
country Irish town with its plentiful charming pubs,
narrow streets and busy harbour. From Dingle,
drive around the coast to Slea Head. Here the blue
of the marine landscape surrounds the Blaskets
Islands, deserted since 1953. The Blasket Centre
celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the
unique literary achievements of the island writers
and their native language, culture and tradition.
Near Ballyferriter on Slea Head, why not try your
hand at throwing pottery at the workshop of the
famous pottery maker Louis Mulcahy. Visitors can
throw a bowl and learn the basics of pottery
making and ceramic techniques. Tours of the
factory are also available, next to retail centre.
Overnight: Kerry (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 9 – Kerry
Travelling along the Ring of Kerry stop off at
Valentia Island where you can visit the Skellig
Experience, a heritage centre dedicated to life on
the Skellig islands. The Skellig Islands are found
12km off the coast of Kerry. The larger Island, Skellig
Michael, an UNESCO World Heritage site, was a
monastic site occupied from the 6th until the 12th
century. Boat trips to see Skellig Michael depart from
the nearby harbour. For a unique chocolate
experience stop off at Balinskelligs to visit the family
run Skelligs Chocolate factory on the edge of the
Atlantic. Continue to Waterville, home to superb
golf courses and excellent sea trout and salmon
angling. Further on the Ring of Kerry route, you
will find Derrynane House, which was the home of
Catholic emancipator Daniel O'Connell (1775-
1847). An impressive speaker, he was Ireland's first
Catholic MP. O'Connell was born into a very old,
wealthy Irish family who had made their fortune
through smuggling and trading. Ironically, these
illegal gains enabled Daniel O'Connell to pursue a
career in law and politics. The charming house has
been carefully restored and includes many unique
pieces of furniture, silverware and possessions.
The 120 hectares of parkland around the house
form part of the Derrynane National Park and are
worth a visit. Kenmare is the next stop, an
attractive town associated with the Lace industry
in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Overnight: Kerry (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 9 – Cork ‘Alternative’ (or Kerry)
Depart for Cork and travel along the scenic tunnels
route to Glengarriff where the road leads you
through a number of rock tunnels as you travel by
the Caha Mountains on the Beara peninsula. You
will encounter stunning views of Bantry Bay before
arriving in Glengarriff. The Gardens of Ilnacullin
(Garinish Island) are well worth a visit. It
is a unique Island that plays host to a
multitude of plant variations, and the
blanket of summer colouring which
covers the Island and creates a rainbow
of colour. The Island has a wonderful
history and its unusual micro climate
allows a range of exotic subtropical plant
species to flourish. There are a number of
walks and interesting buildings on the
Island. On route to the Island you will
enjoy the magnificent views of the bay
and also pass Seal Island with its colony of
harbour seals. The Harbour Queen Ferries
provides a regular service from
Glengarriff Pier to the Gardens of
Ilnacullin on Garinish Island. Continue to
Cork via Clonakilty and Skibbereen
Overnight: Cork (Bed & Full Breakfast)

Day 10 – Dublin
This morning visit the famous Victorian
English market in Cork City centre which
is a covered market for fish, fruit & veg,
breads and cheese and much more. The
origins of the market can be traced back
to James 1st in 1610, but the present
building dates from 1786. Before
departing Cork why not Ring the world
famous Shandon Bells in the tower of St
Annes Church.  Depart for Dublin.
Continue via Ireland’s Golden Vale region
in Cork and Tipperary where much of the
country’s cattle heard is reared on the
fertile land to produce Ireland’s high
quality Beef and Dairy products. Stop in
Cashel town to visit the famous Rock of
Cashel. One of the most photographed
sites in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel towers
over the town from its perch on a 200-
foot high outcrop of limestone. Once the
seat of the Kings of Munster. St. Patrick
visited the rock in 450, while Brian Boru
was crowned the first high King of Ireland
here in the tenth century. Continue to
Dublin for the last evening of your tour.
Option Irish House Party or Merry
Ploughboys Overnight: Dublin (Bed & Full
Breakfast)

Day 11 – Depart Dublin
Slán Abhaile. Transfer to Dublin Airport
for your flight.

Highlights:
 Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
 Viking Dublin
 Lough Gill Cruise, Sligo
 Seaweed Baths, Sligo
 Slieve League, Donegal
 Queen Maebh’s Cairn, Sligo
 Céide Fields, Mayo
 Achill Island, Mayo
 Westport House & Country Park, Mayo
 Killary Cruise, Galway
 Kylemore Abbey, Galway
 Bodhrán making, Galway
 ‘Trad on the Prom’, Galway
 The Burren, Clare
 Cliffs of Moher, Clare
 Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Limerick
 Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Kerry
 Dingle Peninsula, Kerry
 Ring of Kerry, Kerry
 English Market, Cork
 Shandon Bells, Cork
 Rock of Cashel, Tipperary
 Merry Ploughboys Pub, Dublin

Services Include:
 10 nights at 3 & 4 Star
Hotels, B&Bs & Castle/Manor House
Hotels with full Irish breakfast each morning
 Service charges & taxes at 9% (VAT)
 Heritage Island Touring Guide & Explorer
CouponService Charges & taxes at exiting rates
Example Hotels (or Similar):
 Dublin – 3* Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel
 Sligo – 4* Clarion Hotel
 Mayo/Connemara – 3* Bed & Breakfast
 Galway – 3* Salthill Hotel
 Clare – 3* Temple Gate Hotel
 Kerry/Cork – 3* Bed & Breakfast
 Dublin – 4* Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel
5* DLX Hotels (or Similar):
 Dublin – Merrion Hotel
 Donegal – Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel
 Mayo/Connemara – Ballynahinch Castle
 Galway – Glenlo Abbey
 Clare – Dromoland Castle
 Kerry – Sheen Falls Lodge
 Dublin – Merrion Hotel

Services Not Included:
 Transportation

 

  Low season   mid season High season
  01Jan - 31Mar   April & Oct May - Sep
  01Nov - 31Dec      
DOUBLE $1399   $1479 $1629
SINGLE $2299   $2399 $2559