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WALKING TOUR - EMERALD - 15 DAY
€2599.00

 

PRICE:  €2599

 

DURATION:  15 Days

 

DATES 2018  -  21 May  |  18 June  |  16 July  |  6 Aug  |  3 Sept

 

DEPARTURE TIME: 08:00am

 

PICK-UP LOCATION:  Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street -  MAP

 

GROUP SIZE :  Small - 16 Max

 

ROOMS : Priced per person sharing  -  Single Supplement €560

 

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HIGHLIGHTS:  

• Visit the 6th century Glendalough Monastic Site
• Hike along the world famous Cliffs of Moher
• Visit the 14th century Donegal Castle
• Walk the karst landscape of the Burren National Park
• Visit Ireland’s romantic Kylemore Abbey
• Hike the famous ‘Famine Walk’ along Killary Fjord

 

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WHAT'S INCLUDED: 

•  15 full days of pure adventure
•  The best and friendliest guides in the business
•  All your tour transport for 15 days
•  14 hearty Irish breakfasts
•  Glendalough Monastic Site
•  The Gap of Dunloe & boat ride
•  The Tarbert Ferry
•  St Brigid’s Well
•  The Cliffs Of Moher
•  The Burren
•  Kylemore Abbey House & Gardens
•  The Famine Walk at Killary Fjord
•  The Country Life Museum
•  WB Yeats Grave
•  Donegal Castle
•  Glenveagh National Park
•  Glenveagh Castle
•  Dunluce Castle
•  The Giants Causeway – UNESCO World Heritage Site
•  Belfast City tour 
 
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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

•  Lunches, evening meals, drinks
•  Travel insurance
•  Kayak with Fungi the dolphin in Dingle – Optional  €45
 
Welcome to our all Ireland Emerald Tour! Get ready to enjoy our 15-day walking tour with the best and friendliest guides in the business that will take care of your every need. You will travel through the east, west, south west, and northern regions of Ireland and explore mountains, picturesque villages, cliffs and rugged untouched beaches.
 
Some highlights of your fascinating tour include the UNESCO World Heritage listed site - the Giants Causeway; the Slieve League cliffs which are the highest sea cliffs in Europe; Slea Head Drive, a gorgeous scenic route; the famous Cliffs of Moher with its unmatched views and Killary Harbour where you will walk in the footsteps of those who suffered during the great Irish potato famine.
 
See historical castles and learn about Irish legends. These are only a sample of the sights you will see throughout this journey of a lifetime. Each traveller takes away an enriching and unique experience. 

Day 1:   Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough

After leaving Dublin, you will travel through the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains to our first stop at Glendalough ancient monastic site about 1hr fron Dublin. Glendalough and it's surrounding mountains is a magic place and perfect for our first walk which will be about three hours around the valley, you will come back to relax at our comfortable guest house. 

 

Highlight of the day:  6th century Glendalough Monastic Site

Overnight:  Laragh Village - Wicklow

Restaurant Suggestion:  The Wicklow Heather Restaurant

 

 

 

Day 2:   Dingle Village & South Pole Inn

Today we will travel to the south west of Ireland to the county of Kerry.  En route we will stop in the cute Irish village of Adare before we head directly for Dingle.  We will drive through Annascaul Village and make a stop for a quick refreshment in the South Pole Inn. This pub was owned by the great Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean.  From there, you can take the cliff walk into Dingle Village. 

 

Highlight of the day:  Cliff walk into Dingle

Overnight:  Dingle Town

Restaurant Suggestion: An Canteen

 

 

Day 3:   Mount Brandon & Connors Pass

Today we walk up Mount Brandon. First we will travel through the famous Conor Pass with marvellous views of the Dingle Peninsula and Mt Brandon. The summit is 1000m and should take no longer than 4 hours. After our great adventure, we will head back to Dingle and you will have the option to see, swim or kayak with Fungi, a wild dolphin that calls Dingle his home.

 

Highlight of the day:  Climbing up Mt Brandon

Overnight:  Dingle Town

Restaurant Suggestion: Walkers Bar & Restaurant

 

 

Day 4:  Slea Head & The Blasket Islands

Slea Head lies ahead of us today. National Geographic has put this peninsula in the top 10 routes in the world.  Well we would put it in the top 3! We will stroll through the gorgeous fuchsia lined roads of Slea Head and follow the cliffs around to our view point of Great Blasket Island. There are more megalithic relics on this peninsula than on the rest of the island; it is an archaeologist’s dream. 

 

Highlight of the day:  Hike Slea Head

Overnight:  Dingle Town

Restaurant Suggestion:  The Chart House

 

 

Day 5:   Killarney & The Gap Of Dunloe

Today you will experience one of the most beautiful walks you will find in all of Ireland through The Gap of Dunloe. The 'Gap' stretches through the highest mountain range in Ireland called the MacGuillicuddy Reeks. From there a river boat will take you for an hour long boat ride through the lakes of Killarney finishing at Ross Castle a short walk from Killarney village.  

 

Highlight of the day:  The Gap of Dunloe & the lakes of Killarney

Overnight:  Killarney

Restaurant Suggestion:  Bricin Restaurant

 

 

Day 6:   Cliffs Of Moher Walk

We now make our way up the west coast and cross the River Shannon by ferry at Tarbert. Living on the edge is fantastic but at the Cliffs Of Moher, it is advisable to stay away from the 214m high cliff edges. There is a wall which divides the walking path from the dangerous cliff edges. This is one of the most stunning locations in Ireland. The cliffs are simply majestic to see and the ocean crashing onto the coastline below only adds to the rugged beauty of this location. This walk is truly amazing! 

 

Highlight of the day:  Cliffs Of Moher

Overnight:  Lahinch

Restaurant Suggestion:  The Cornerstone

 

 

Day 7:  The Burren & Galway City

This morning we will walk through the karst limestone region of the Burren that covers 250 square miles. Because limestone is one of the most permeable rocks, there are many subterranean caverns in the area.  You can walk these pavements and feel like you are walking on the moon! After leaving Doolin early in the morning, we will follow the coast all the way to Galway where you will have a few hours to spend for some shopping or enjoy the many sights this wonderful city has to offer.

 

Highlight of the day:  Walk through The Burren

Overnight: Clifden

Restaurant Suggestion: Ardagh Restaurant

Day 8:   Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

We will have a few options today but one we love is a walk up Benbaun and on down to Kylemore Abbey. As we ascend this mountain, you will have unrestricted views of the lakes of Connemara.  This walk is four hours and takes you to stunning Kylemore Abbey.  You will then go on a guided tour of Kylemore Abbey, which is seen as one of the most romantic places in all of Ireland.  Kylemore Abbey is truly impressive.

 

Highlight of the day: Visit Kylemore Abbey

Overnight: Clifden

Restaurant Suggestion: Guy’s Bar & Snug Restaurant

 

 

Day 9:   Connemara & Killary Fjord

After breakfast, your tour guide will provide walk options.  The 'famine’ walk runs along the shores of Killary Harbour. You will be walking on an old famine road that was built by the starving Irish during the great famine between 1845-1849. On the route, you will clearly see the ruins of famine villages. This walk takes you on a journey through the history of Ireland during the time of the famine. This walk finishes at the harbour.

 

Highlight of the day:  Hike the famous famine walk

Overnight:  Clifden

Restaurant Suggestion: Guys Bar & Snug

 
 
 

Day 10:   Sligo & Amazing Beach Walks

We visit the Country Life Museum where you will learn all about life in rural Ireland about 150 years ago.  Then, we will take a  relaxing stroll along a secluded beach at Mullagmore. As we travel further north, we will make a stop at the grave of WB Yeats, which lays at the foot of Ben Bulben, a spectacular rock formation and WB Yeats’ final resting place.  We will then travel through Sligo and stop in Donegal for a walk around the town, which includes entry into Donegal Castle.  

 

Highlight of the day:  Walk along Mullagmore Beach

Overnight: Donegal

Restaurant Suggestion: The Harbour Restaurant

 

 

Day 11:   Donegal & The Slieve League Cliffs

This morning, we will head to the highest sea cliffs in Europe at Slieve League.  This is a truly a magnificent sight.  Because of the cliffs location and height, winds can get very strong so your guide will make a call as to whether it's safe to walk along the top.  If it's not, we have a fantastic alternative at Glen Colm Kill, which will give you spectacular sights of the cliffs from below.

 

Highlight of the day: Slieve League Cliffs

Overnight: Donegal

Restaurant Suggestion: The Village Tavern

 

 

Day 12:   Glenveagh National Park

We will travel to Ireland's most northerly national park: the Glenveagh National Park.  It is a wonderful place that is even a breeding ground for wild eagles. If you're lucky enough, you might catch a glimpse of one!  After a wonderful hike through the national park, we will give you a guided tour of Glenveagh Castle.  

 

Highlight of the day:  Hike through Glenveagh National Park

Overnight:  Donegal

Restaurant Suggestion:  Manhattan Steakhouse

 

 

Day 13:   Derry & Dunluce Castle

Today, we enter into Northern Ireland for the first time on our tour. We will first visit the ancient fort at Grianan Of Aileach before visiting a city which dominates the north-western landscape of Ireland - the City of Derry. Meander through the bustling streets of the only completely walled city in the United Kingdom and listen to the echoes of 1450 years of history.  We will travel along one of the most northerly roads in Ireland and stop at Dunluce Castle.

 

Highlight of the day: Walk along Derry City Walls

Overnight:  Ballintoy

Restaurant Suggestion: The Fullerton Arms

 

 

Day 14:   The Giants Causeway & Coastal Walk

Get ready to experience the Giant’s Causeway today! You will walk from the harbour at Ballintoy, made famous by the ‘Game Of Thrones’ and hug the coast all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Causeway. Many ships have floundered below these towering cliffs, but none as tragic as that of Girona, a ship of the Spanish Armada. 

 

Highlight of the day:  The Giant’s Causeway Coastal Walk

Overnight:  Ballintoy

Restaurant Suggestion:  The Fullerton Tavern

 

 

Day 15:   Belfast City & Return to Dublin

This is the day everyone dreads for the whole trip, it’s the day our adventure ends and we return to Dublin. However there is still plenty to see! We will stop in Belfast city and do a tour around the centre. It is fascinating to learn about the history of the conflict.  We then complete our journey back to Dublin and we hope you enjoyed touring with us, experiencing the best of Ireland’s gems and landscapes! 

 

Highlight of the day: Belfast City

End of Services:  Thank You!

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