Tony's Adventure Guide
An Irish Walking
At An Irish Walking Experience, we
offer the opportunity to live out your dream vacation in the unique and
legendary West of Ireland. Immerse yourself in the magnificent landscape
and panoramic views, including the rolling limestone hills and stunning
plateaus of the Burren Region; the remote villages and offshore islands
of Connemara and Galway Bay. Our guides are well versed on the
Ireland of yesterday and today - its politics, history, flora, fauna and
Our choice of accommodation reflects the
nature of our groups - small family run Inns and Hotels located in some
of the most beautiful and tranquil spots in the world. A place where you
can truly relax and unwind the let your spirit be at ease.
All our accommodations specialise in
great food expecting to cater for your special dietary needs.
Restaurants cater for the cosmopolitan nature of our groups while adding
a true Irish flavour.
This three centre,
guided walk covers three very different areas of the west coast of
Ireland - the Burren, Aran Islands and East Clare. You will be based in
hotels and guesthouses in locations that provide the richest variety of
geology, scenery and walking conditions that could be desired.
Burren is a remarkable area of more than 100 square miles of limestone
landscape, where a rich variety of plants thrive in the cracks and
crevices. Enjoy the birds eye view of the dramatic west coast of Ireland
on the short flight to the Aran Islands, where Gaelic is still spoken.
Explore the many archaeological sites of
the island, including the pre-historic Fort Dun Aonghasa. Old pilgrimage
sites and boglands rich in flowers are the treats of East Clare.
DAY 1 - FAILTE
Arrival in Shannon Airport and transfer to your
booked guesthouse or hotel, overnight in Lisdoonvarna area.
DAY 2 - THE BURREN
The Burren is a unique internationally important
habitat. You can explore it through a combination of walking on green
roads and traversing of the karst limestone pavements, interspersed with
rare arctic and alpine flowers. Overnight in Lisdoonvarna. Distance 8
miles/13km. Ascent 900ft/275m.
DAY 3 - THE ARAN ISLANDS / DUN
Ferry Trip to the Irish-speaking Aran Islands.
Visit archaeological sites including the pre-historic fort, Dun Aengus,
and Poll na bPeist (worm hole), all set in a stony landscape from which
a living was laboriously wrenched. Overnight on the island. Distance: up
to 13miles/21km. Ascent: little or none.
DAY 4 - THE ARAN ISLANDS
Walk to the southeast of the island to spectacular
cliffs and puffing holes. Carry on to the Iron Age Black Fort (Dun
Duchathair). Overnight on the Island. Distance: up to 8 miles/13km:
Ascent little or none.
DAY 5 - GALWAY CITY
After a short flight to the mainland we will visit
Eyre Square, Galway Irish Crystal Centre and Shopping Incursion to
Galway City. Historical Walking Tour of Galway City. Overnight in Galway
City and experience the culture and music of the west.
DAY 6 - INIS CEALTRA TREK
We will transfer from Galway City to Mid-Clare.
Today's trek brings you up over the hills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains
with fascinating views over the majestic Lough Derg and River Shannon.
Along the track you will be passing old farm ruins and miles of
stonewalls and your guide will tell you about Ireland's most significant
incident in history: About 150 years ago many farms and villages were
left because of the Famine.
DAY 7 - BINOR TREK
Morning Boat Trip to the Monastic site of Holy
Island. We will then leave for an easy trek into the surrounding
peaceful forests of the Slieve Aughty Mountains. For the lunch break we
will be back at the An Sibin Riding Trekking Centre. In the afternoon
your guide will bring you through the rural farming land in County
Galway and the huge area of heather and bog land using the old tracks of
the historical Sarsfield Trek.
Departure Day. Optional Transfer to Shannon