On this drive you will explore Ireland’s beautiful far West – starting in Dublin City heading West to Ireland’s Cultural Capitol – Galway City and out to Inishmore largest of the Aran Islands. Spectacular boat journey out into the Atlantic. Hire bikes and head up to majestic cliff top forts and watch the sun go down in a magical unforgettable way. This is where ice-age landscapes meet west-coast warmth, and music is a way of life. Its a place for clifftop walks, island-gazing, sunsets and traditional pubs … and soul-stirring views: rainbows in the ocean spray. From the crystal waters of the deep Atlantic to the “savage beauty” of much-loved Connemara, this is the Wild Atlantic Way. Connemara means “inlets of the sea” in Irish, and here water and land merge in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and sea-swept blanket bogs.
Head out across Connemara as you hug Galway Bay through tiny colourful village where Irish is still spoken. Across a landscape like no other tiny fields enclosed by ancient timeless stone walls. Never far from the sea, park car and take the ride of your life on Ferry to Inish More. You check In, hire a bike, take a lunch and then head up the length of this wonderful Island with Connemara to your right and the rising ground to your left. Up you go to majestic hilltop fort – Dun Aengus atop a wall of cliffs. Head on up north to the village of Kilmurvey and head back to Kilronan and Dinner. As sun sets head out again on short ride back up to Dun Aengus and catch the last rays of the Western Sun – what a sight. Enjoy a long evening of music in the many traditional Irish bars.
Head back to port of Rossaveal and then drive north through Connemara/ Stop to walk along the fjord at Killiary harbour or indeed take the catamaran cruise through Ireland’s only fjord. Take a hike up Diamond hill for an awesome view. Take in a short stop at the fantastic fortress on a rocky outcrop Bunowen Castle – ancient home of the warlike O’Flaherty Clan. Rest a while in Kylemore Abbey before a breathtaking drive to Delphi Resort.
From there travel through the beautiful but tragic Dough Lough Valley through beautiful awesome scenery. Onto Westport to see Croagh Patrick, otherwise known as Ireland’s ‘Holy Mountain’ upon which St. Patrick spent 40 days fasting. The area around Croagh Patrick is rich in archaeological remains which provide an interesting insight into life in times past. Westport House is located west of the Shannon and is one of Irelands’ most historic homes open to the public. Continue along the route to Mulranny, and on to Achill sound, then drive over the bridge onto Achill island itself. The drive across the island is very dramatic and wild, with a mix of great ocean views and mountain passes.
Onwards to Keem beach, a lovely Blue star beach, ideal place for a swim on a hot summers day. Drive back to Westport for the evening and enjoy this wonderful town, voted best town in Ireland in 2012.
On your last day you take the journey back to Dublin, stopping in Kilbeggan Distillery for Tour and Lunch. Arriving back in Dublin city early afternoon. An afternoon of relaxation and a wonderful meal in Pichet Restaurant and onto a night of music in the Temple Bar area. It always is sad to say farewell and the hope is always to see you again!