8-Day Guided Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara Hike

8-Day Guided Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara Hike

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Guided

Expert Guide on tour offering guidance and local knowledge.
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Grading

Moderate
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Duration

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
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8-Day Guided Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara Hike

Our Burren Aran islands Connemara Hike offers three fascinating regions in one amazing holiday. The Burren is almost “lunar” in appearance as limestone pavements cover the landscape, hiding an array of flowers that are not found anywhere else in Ireland. The Aran Islands are a cultural joy, keeping so many Irish traditions alive, including the language, music & song. Add to that an incredible number of ancient monuments, some of which you will see as you hike around the largest of these islands. Connemara is mountainous, a wilderness with bogland and lakes everywhere you turn with a beauty that inspires as you hike this land. This is a superb holiday with such an array of experiences you will want more time to absorb it all fully.

 

Single Supplement costs for 8 Day Guided Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara Hike €295.

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Highlights

The quaint fishing village of Roundstone with traditional fishing boats moored in the bay.

Gaze across the Wild Atlantic Ocean from atop the amazing Cliffs of Moher

Explore the impressive Connemara National Park

Immerse yourself in thousands of years of history at the ancient cliff top fortress, Dún Aonghasa

What's Included?

Ensuite room in select accommodations with breakfast
Expert local guide
6 fantastic hikes
Evening meals & lunches as per itinerary
Transport as per itinerary
Dedicated holiday specialist to help with planning

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive to Galway
Arrive to Galway City. Meet your guide & transfer to Roundstone where your holiday begins. Meet your other group members (max 8 people) and enjoy an sumptuous evening meal together (3 overnights here).
Meals: Dinner (D)
Day 2 - Roundstone
Your first hike takes you up a wonderful hill that overlooks the magnificent Roundstone Bog & Dogs Bay. Overlooking the western coast of Connemara, the landscape opens up before you dotted with inland lakes & islands along the coast.
Meals: Breakfast (B) & Lunch (L)
Total Distance: 10.5kms | Total Ascent: 332m | Total Descent: 324m | Max Elevations: 281m
Day 3 - Killary
Starting with a 45 min drive you reach the impressive Killary Harbour. From here, you hike along an old Famine Road as you hear the history of this amazing place. From wealthy princess to smuggling and poaching – this region has a wonderful array of stories. After your hike, you will have the opportunity to visit Connemara National Park where you can enjoy another hike on Diamond Hill and learn more about the flora and fauna of the region.
Meals: L & D
Total Distance: 6.2kms & 7.6km | Total Ascent: 185m & 400m | Total Descent: 183m & 395 | Max Elevations: 105m & 442m
Day 4 - Inis Mor - The Black Fort
Driving to a nearby harbour, you take a ferry to Inis Mor – the largest of the Aran Islands (1½ hrs travel time). Upon reaching the island you will make a brif stop at your overnight accommodation before beginning your hike. Today you explore the SE of the island as you step back in history hiking to a wonderful promontory fort. Enjoy this unique "Lunar" landscape with limestone pavements under your feet. (2 overnights on Inis Mor).
Meals: B, L & D
Total Distance: 6.2kms | Total Ascent: 97m | Total Descent: 183m | Max Elevations: 49m
Day 5 - Dún Aonghasa the Ancient Ring Fort
Today you have a full day to explore all the wonders of Inis Mor and you will soon discover why the Aran Islands are so important as a bastion of Irish culture & tradition. Visit the impressive Poll na bPeist tidal pool (or Serpents Lair) before reaching one of the most impressive places in Ireland – Dún Aonghasa the ancient ring fort. With ruined churches, castles and the chance to watch the local seals basking in the sun, something you will never forget.
Meals: B & L
Total Distance: 17.2kms | Total Ascent: 239m | Total Descent: 235m | Max Elevations: 95m
Day 6 - The Burren
Leaving Inis Mor on the morning ferry, you re-join your minivan & drive south to reach the Burren region. Here, a short hike introduces you to this amazing landscape as you hike across the limestone plateau’s, always on the look out for flowers & archaeology. Visit the beautiful ruins of Corcomroe Abbey before continuing your journey to the home of Irish music – Doolin – for your next 2 overnights. A night of tapping feet & clapping hands awaits those with the energy to visit he local pubs that are world famous for their traditional Irish music.
Meals: B & L
Total Distance: 6.6kms | Total Ascent: 240m | Total Descent: 239m | Max Elevations: 229m
Day 7 - Cliffs of Moher
Your holiday concludes with an amazing hike along the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Starting from your accommodation, you follow south to reach Hags Head, enjoying some of the most impressive coastal scenery imaginable. Sea birds circle overhead and dive below to enthral and add to the beauty all around. Enjoy your final night together with delicious food and good music, the perfect end to a memorable week in Ireland.
Meals: B, L & D
Total Distance: 12.4kms | Total Ascent: 951m | Total Descent: 902m | Max Elevations: 179m
Day 8 - Depart from Galway
After breakfast, your Guide will drive you back to Galway to finish your holiday there. From here, you can avail of the excellent bus & train service links to all major towns, cities, airports & ferryports in Ireland.
PLEASE NOTE: Should you wish to return from Shannon Airport – there is a regular bus service from Doolin to Ennis from where you can then link to Shannon Airport.
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Grading

Moderate hikes each day – A reasonable level of fitness is required with the ability to handle elevations changes during each hike.

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