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Failte go Eireann! (Welcome to Ireland!) Hike little-used trails through some of the most secluded reaches of western Ireland weaving across rugged bogs, island cliffs, and immaculate beaches. Explore cultural heritage sites from prehistoric times through to the recent past. Discover the natural history and expansive views of this wild and remote region. Celebrate your successful hikes by knocking back a pint of world-famous Guinness. Slainte!

  • Visit three fascinating islands, each with a unique terrain and culture to explore

  • Experience two of Ireland's most magical regions: the Burren and Connemara

  • Discover the country's varied flora and fauna, including its marine wildlife

  • Arrive: Shannon, Ireland
  • Depart: Shannon, Ireland
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 6-8 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 10 Years Old

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  • Day01

    Explore Burren National Park

    Begin this exciting west coast adventure in the rugged region of the Burren National Park - an exposed limestone landscape that is one of Ireland's most fascinating geological sites. Hike the sweeping, rock-strewn Mullaghmore Hill, the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's world-building while writing his epic saga, The Lord of the Rings.

    • Accommodation: Doolin Inn
    • Activity: 2 hours/3.5 miles hiking
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day02

    Hike Inis Meain

    Kick off the day venturing to the least-visited of the Aran Islands, Inis Meain, which remains a true ambassador of Irish language and traditions. Find yourself captivated not only by the raw landscape of the island and its ancient architecture, but also by its close-knit Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking communities. Hike along silent, winding roads and narrow trails weaving across the remote island, then enjoy a sunset hike of one of Ireland's most iconic sites, the stunning Cliffs of Moher.

    • Accommodation: Doolin Inn
    • Activity: 4-5 hours/ 8 miles hiking
    • Transportation: 1-hour ferry ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day03

    Explore the Wilds of Connemara

    From the far-flung village of Roundstone, head for the hills to the wild and forgotten peak of Errisbeg. Squelching into the boggy terrain, meet the friendly locals - herds of hearty sheep and their lambs - who dot these hills. Climb this often-overlooked hill for its stunning views over the white sands of Dog's Bay to one side, and the layers of Connemara mountains stretching into the distance on the other.

    • Accommodation: Clifden Coach House
    • Activity: 2-3 hours/4 miles hiking
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day04

    Be Charmed by Inisbofin Island

    Discover small and quaint Inisbofin Island and enjoy some of Connemara's most pristine scenery. Follow a winding coastal path to enjoy jaw-dropping Atlantic views past blow-holes and sea arches and enjoy glimpses of playful seals, sea birds and even occasional puffins. View the island's Dun More cliffs, iron age promontory fort ruins, and postcard-perfect beaches; then relax with a pint of Guinness, Ireland's favorite beer, before heading back to the mainland.

    • Accommodation: Clifden Coach House
    • Activity: 5 hours/10 miles hiking
    • Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer, 30-minute ferry ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day05

    Discover Killary Fjord

    Take in the gentle shores of Killary Fjord, one of just three fjords in Ireland. Enjoy a hike through this secluded landscape, drinking in views of white sand beaches and remote islands buzzing with swooping sea birds. Learn about The Famine - a dark part of Ireland's past - at a famine-era abandoned village where stories of people who lived here are brought to life by your guide. Afterward, meet with a local oyster farmer to learn about a livelihood deeply connected with the local ecology and taste his delicious produce.

    • Accommodation: Westport Plaza Hotel
    • Activity: 3-4 hours/8 miles hiking
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day06

    Take in the View from Clare Island

    Follow in the footsteps of a 16th Century Gaelic Pirate Queen as you visit Clare Island, guardian of Clew Bay, the former stronghold of Granuaile (Grace O' Malley). Surrounded by the pristine waters of the North Atlantic, this mountainous island enthralls with its dramatic sea cliffs, home to a great array of birds and wildlife. Take in the island lighthouse, set against a breathtaking background, hike along the slopes of Knockmore, and glimpse the clear unconstrained view back to the mainland.

    • Accommodation: Westport Plaza Hotel
    • Activity: 4 hours/7 miles hiking
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer, 30-minute ferry ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day07

    Depart Shannon

    After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for homeward bound flights.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Our resident guides provide local knowledge and experience to personalize your adventure, much like visiting a friend abroad.

Reason #02

MT Sobek has been operating trips in Ireland for decades, so you can rest assured our Ireland trips are expertly designed.

Reason #03

Our deep roots in Ireland provide us with access to authentic, local experiences not commonly accessible to tourists.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Moderate hikes and scenic drives through Ireland's iconic landscapes, taking in geological sites and islands, paired with heartwarming Irish hospitality.

  • Lodging

    Charming and boutique hotels featuring warm local hospitality

  • Climate

    The climate is actually rather mild, with an average yearly temperature around 50°F. Expect a bit of rain during your trip.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    An MT Sobek representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

  • What is the best type of shoe/boot for this trip?

    The perfect footwear for this trip is a medium-weight, waterproof hiking boot.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Flexible Dates

We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.

2020 2021
$3,995 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $500 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinners on Days 2 - 6
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 and departing outside of Day 7
  • Optional travel protection

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