Explore a unique Irish landscape on this 5 Day Walking Trip Cliffs & Islands. Starting in the stunning rocky Kaarst landscape called the Burren. Stunning hikes up to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park. Great sea trips across the sea to the remote ancient civilisation and wildlife on Inishmore.
Inishmore is the largest of the the Aran Islands. From the Aran Islands this 5 Day Walking Trip Burren & Aran Islands ends in Galway City. The trip includes beautiful hotel stays, guided walks, fine food and bars. This wonderful trip provides walking hikes in stunning landscapes alongside a lot of time to relax and enjoy this trip.
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Welcome to Ireland! On arrival you will be greeted by Carroll’s Tours for a personal Meet and Greet. The transfer time from Shannon/Dublin to Doolin will depend on which airport you arrived at. Your journey begins in the small village of Doolin, the gateway to the Aran islands, Cliffs of Moher, and it is set in the very heart of the Burren.
Doolin is a renowned center of Irish traditional music. Check-in to your Hotel in Doolin, freshen up, settle in and head out to explore this beautiful village. Relax and browse in Doolan’s many cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries and craftshops. This first day is all about relaxing and taking it easy, enjoy the food and drink.
You will be taken by transfer to Burren Green Road Marker right beside Fanore Beach. This trail takes you up on to Black Head Mountain. First great viewing point is the stunning Iron Age “The Black Fort”. The walk takes you on the Burrens amazing limestone pavements, crevices reveal stunning plants, everything is enclosed by ancient stone walls.
Head up over stunning Gleninagh Mountain, in the very heart of the Burren National Park. The park is covered in limestone, hazel trees, sparse woodland, small disappearing rives and springs, and stunning cliffs. You will enjoy a beautiful packed lunch out in this wonderful empty landscape.
As you head down pass Sliabh Elva you will join the Burren Way back towards Doolin, for pickup and drop off at Hotel. For dinner and entertainment Gus O’Connor’s famous music bar is great place to spend the evening.
After an early start, you take the spectacular Cliff Walk from Doolin up along the cliffside to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliff walk has exceptional stunning views. The Cliffs are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. The views, from the cliff top have enthralled millions of visitors over the years. Today you spend the morning exploring these wonderous walls of stone.
From Doolin harbour you take the ferry over to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. A short transfer to your Hotel for the evening. The Aran Islands are an extension of the Burren landscape. Inishmore is approx 12 miles long and contains a broad expanse of stone walled fields, deserted villages, ancient monastic ruins, stunning ancient stone forts.
Amongst the wildlfe to be seen is the stunning red peaked Sea Crow The Chough, sea birds of a multitude of varieties and the odd passing whales and dolphins. You can hire bikes or opt to take an afternoon off, head to the beach and try Stand Up Boarding or just chill in the many craft shops or bars. Relax and soak up this really special place.
After a first night on Inishmore you will awake to the sound of the sea and the smell of a gorgeous Irish Breakfast. Pack up and head out for a wonderful walk on the islands tiny narrow paths. The island of Inis Mór (Means Big Island) its myriad bewildering small paths and walkingroads afford a truly safe walking experience.
Ancient Christian churches and settlements, towering cliffs, the main days destination is the awe inspiring huge iron age fort of Dun Aonghasa. This majestic Iron Age Fort is set right on the edge of the highest cliffs on the island.
The fort is easily the one of the most magnificent ancient monuments in Europe. The huge walls of Dun Aonghasa are set in three massive semi circles.
On this high perch enjoy a packed lunch amidst this stirring scenery. On Inishmore you will hear the local people speaking Gailege, the language is as old as the forts. Apart from the scenery, there are beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, this is truly the edge of the World.
Enjoy a great evening in the lively bars and a fine meal in the choice of its wonderfuly restaurants. Make sure you have a drink in the iconic Tigh Joe Watty (Tigh = House in Irish).
Early start and hearty breakfast as you head to Galway City. Enjoy the journey, stunning sea views and really special landscape as you say farewell to Aran Islands. On arrival back on the mainland, you will be transfered to beautiful Galway City. Galway is a compact medieval seaport and has links back to sea faring for centuries, it was the Normans who built it in the late 12th Century.
Galway up to the 16th century was its own City State and traded extensively and exclusively with Spain. The great explorer Christopher Columbus spent time in Galway. The city was controlled by 12 merchant famillies, which gives Galway its nickname the “City of the Tribes “.
Today, Galway is renowned for its stunning University, arty scene, music, theatre, food, beer and it is a city of many many festivals. Galway is currently the prestigious European City of Culture. Along with the bustling pubs like the The Garavan, An Pucan and Taylors, it offers wonderful street entertainments. This evening and night is all about spending some time browsing the medieval town walls in Eyre Square and the beautiful Spanish Arch area.
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