Day 1 - Roundstone
We offer a Courtesy Transfer from Galway Bus/Rail Station at 16.00hrs if required for this holiday. You will be transferred to your first overnight location in Roundstone on the southern shores of Connemara. Islands and sea abound everywhere. Enjoying our first evening meal together, this is the time for a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. You stay here for three nights.
Day 2 - Errisbeg Mountain / Dogs Bay Beach
Errisbeg Mountain/Dogs Bay Beach is our route for today, overlooking the famous Roundstone Bog and the musical village of Roundstone. A great day's hiking to this “wild” corner of Ireland. Return to Roundstone for Evening Dinner. Walk Details – Distance: 14kms. Height gain: 350mts. Walking time: 5 hours. Open mountains, across bogland & sandy beaches….opportunity to swim! Boots essential.
Day 3 - Inagh Valley
Introducing you to more of the Connemara landscape, today we take you to the hills near the Inagh Valley. The landscape of Connemara is dominated by two mountain ranges – the Maamturks & the more famous Twelve Bens. Depending on the weather, your Guide will take you for a glorious hike with amazing views across Lough Inagh & Connemara. At the end of your walk, you transfer back to Roundstone for your dinner & overnight. Walk Details – Distance: 10-12kms. Height gain: 480mts. Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Minor roads, tracks, uneven rocky & boggy surfaces & open mountain. Boots essential.
Day 4 - Dún Dúchathair
From Roundstone, we travel to Rossaveel to catch the Ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. After checking in at our accommodation, where we stay for the next 2 nights, we hike to Dún Dúchathair, a spectacular cliff-top stone fort on the southern (Atlantic) coast of Inishmore. We walk back to our accommodation for our evening meal and overnight. Walk Details – Distance: 8-10kms. Height gain: 80mts. Walking time: 3-4 hrs. Minor roads, uneven rocky surfaces & rugged cliffs. Boots essential. (Ferry crossing approx. 1 hr).
Day 5 - Dún Aonghusa
Today’s hike takes us westwards along the spine of Inishmore on tracks and minor roads. We visit the enigmatic rectangular pool known as Poll na bPéist or the Worm Hole, where turbulent waters surge and gurgle noisily at high tide. We then continue along the cliff-top to Dún Aonghusa, Ireland’s most famous stone fort. From here we return to Kilronan along the north coast, visiting the beach at Port Mhuirbhigh and the early church of Teampall Chiaráin. Evening meal and overnight. Walk Details – Distance: 18kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 5-6 hrs. Mainly along minor roads and tracks, with some sections over rough limestone blocks near cliff edges. Boots essential.
Day 6 - Cliffs of Moher
After a relaxing morning with time to savor the peaceful atmosphere of Inishmor early in the day, you then travel to Doolin by ferry from Inishmor. On arrival, one of the highlights of this trip is a spectacular walk along the Cliffs of Moher to Hag’s Head. We then transfer to Ballyvaughan for dinner and overnight. Walk Details – Distance: 8kms. Height gain: 180mts. Walking time: 2-3 hrs. Level walk along abrupt cliff tops. Boots essential.
Day 7 - Gleninagh Mountain
Today’s hike takes us over the spectacular Gleninagh Mountain exploring some stone forts, before descending to Black Head. There are wonderful views across Galway Bay to Connemara’s Maamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges and across to the Aran Islands. Transfer back to our accommodation in Ballyvaughan for our farewell dinner. Walk Details – Distance: 16kms. Height gain: 380mts. Walking time: 5 hrs. Small roads and pathways, open limestone pavements with no tracks. Boots essential.
Day 8 - Departure
After breakfast, you bid farewell to this most beautiful and breath-taking part of Ireland. We offer a courtesy transfer to Galway Bus/Rail Station for your onward transfer to International Airports, and/or other areas of the country. There is a good bus and train service to all major towns and cities in Ireland from Galway.