Local Life. Remarkable Landscapes. History. Culture. One Step at a Time.
EXCLUSIVE! Jo Ann Taylor, founder of The Walking Connection, created and hosts this unforgetable experience.
May 18 - 25, 2024 (one space remaining on this date)
June 15 - 22, 2024
8- Days, 7- Nights
per person, double occupancy
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$750 USD Deposit Due With Registration
Some of the walking paths in Ireland are centuries old.
We'll walk those!
There are also new paths. Each is as remarkable as their predecessors, just less traveled. We'll walk those too!
Embark on an extraordinary journey through the enchanting landscapes and fascinating history of
western Ireland. Explore Ireland’s west and southwest coasts, through the picturesque rolling green
countryside to wild seascapes and heather-clad mountains.
Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Killarney and Burren National Parks, uncover the historical treasures of Galway City, venture into the breathtaking landscapes of Connemara, and savor the delights of traditional Irish music and cuisine.
Wherever we go, you will interact with the friendly locals, engage in Irish culture, and discover hidden gems with insider knowledge about the country's folklore, wildlife, and history while you hike.
#1 Your Host & Guided Walks
Jo Ann Taylor, President of The Walking Connection, is your host. She has meticulously curated every facet of this special adventure. She and our resident Irish walking guides are your steadfast companions, tracing your every step.
Our guides are masters of their craft and equally skilled at creating unforgettable experiences for our guests. Their professional interpretive presentations bring Ireland's rich history to life, making each new step you take more memorable than the last.
This is a true Irish WALKING adventure. While you'll appreciate your trusty hiking boots most days, there will be time to squish your feet in the sand and walk the streets of a bustling city center. Your adventure is a blend of activities and adventure, comfort and relaxation, fun challenges, and plenty of time to reflect and take it all in.
*JoAnn Taylor is scheduled to lead this trip, with the understanding that in case of emergency, another leader may be substituted.
Day By Day
Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.
Featured Walks and Hikes & Itinerary Overview
With two professional driver guides, we will provide daily hike options.
Welcome. Meet at Shannon Airport, transfer to Kerry - Overnight in Kerry (Parknasilla)
Clifftop hike on south Kerry coast - Overnight in Kerry (Parknasilla)
Hike The Kerry Way to Killarney National Park - Overnight Clare (The Doolin Inn or Lahinch Coast Hotel)
Hike The Burren National Park, hear traditional music. Evening visit to Cliffs of Moher - Overnight Clare (The Doolin Inn)
Connemara, stop in Galway for historical walking tour - Overnight Connemara (Ballynahinch Castle)
Hike on Inishbofin Island - Overnight Connemara (Ballynahinch Castle)
Hike in Connemara and visit working sheep farm - Overnight Connemara (Ballynahinch Castle)
DAY ONE- WELCOME TO IRELAND
Your group meets in Shannon Airport today. From there, we will set off on a southward journey towards The Kingdom of Kerry. Your home here for the next couple of nights is a family-owned historic hotel overlooking Kenmare Bay. We will enjoy a short hike locally followed by dinner where you and our guides can get to know each other. L,D
DAY TWO- THE KERRY COAST
Heading into the rugged headlands of coastal Kerry our destination is a coastal trail that offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged cliffs. Enjoy picturesque beaches, spot seabirds nesting in the cliffs, and experience the stunning beauty of the surrounding landscape as well as views across to the famous Skellig Islands. B,L,D
DAY THREE- KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK
Today’s hike takes in a beautiful section of The Kerry Way, Ireland’s best known long distance walking trail. The section we enjoy finishes in the beautiful Killarney National Park, we will hike from heather-clad mountain tops through lush green valleys and past flowing waterfalls. From Killarney it’s a drive to our
next destination, in the rural village of Doolin. Settling in for the next couple of days, you have the opportunity to explore the village for dinner on your own this evening. B,L
DAY FOUR- THE BURREN & THE CLIFFS OF MOHER
As we set foot on the trails of The Burren, we'll find ourselves immersed in a captivating landscape of limestone pavements, rocky outcrops, and vast open spaces. The park's unique geological formations create a rugged yet awe-inspiring terrain to explore. Later, we will visit the home of a traditional Irish musician to hear some local tunes before an evening visit to The Cliffs of Moher. B,L,D
DAY FIVE- GALWAY CITY
As we head north along the Wild Atlantic Way, we make a stop in Galway City, where we will enjoy a fascinating walking tour led by a knowledgeable historian. Delve into the city's rich history as we stroll through its charming streets, admiring the blend of ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. Enjoy lunch at one of the city's cozy cafes or traditional pubs, in a city known for its culinary prowess. B,L,D
DAY SIX- INISHBOFIN ISLAND
We head out for an unforgettable day of hiking on Inishbofin, a picturesque island off the coast of County Galway. As you explore the island's trails, we will be immersed in its rich history, dating back centuries. Each step from ancient ruins to old stone walls reveals a glimpse into the island's intriguing
past. Before reaching the island, enjoy a scenic ferry journey, where we will be treated to breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and the possibility of spotting marine wildlife along the way. B,L
DAY SEVEN- CONNEMARA
Today we hike in Connemara National Park, nestled in the stunning Connemara region of Ireland. As we hike, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including expansive boglands, lakes, and the rugged coastline. We take our time, absorbing the natural beauty and immerse ourselves in the tranquility of the surroundings. Enjoy magnificent vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see. Then off to visit a local sheep farmer to watch them herd their sheep using their clever dogs. B,L,D
DAY EIGHT- SLAN ABHAILE
We will leave Connemara this morning and return to Shannon Airport. (PLUS Optional Extension to Dublin!)
We'll help you get ready. Walking Connection Adventure Specialists will help you plan and prepare for an amazing journey. We can make pre and post-stays anywhere in Ireland or Europe, help with ground transportation, and even help with our Free Journey 30-Day Physical Training program to help you maximize your walking Ireland experience.
Four and Five Star accommodations await you. Though the star system of rating hotels is always subjective, our accommodations' warmth and welcoming hospitality make them simply the best of the best. Double occupancy (two beds) is standard, but Kings are available, and single travelers are always welcome. All come with world-class amenities.
Food & Beverage
When you think of Irish cuisine, think traditional with a modern flair. The Kerry Way was also known as the Butter Highway. Breakfast is hearty, lunch could be a picnic or a cafe in a small village, and dinners are chef-prepared masterpieces. Always sumptuous, the only way to go hungry here is to try.
Hosted and Guided Adventure
Professionally, safety-accredited guides bring the Irish countryside and culture to life. They are full-time residents with a passion for sharing their lives and the places where they live. Two professional driver guides will allow us to see and explore Ireland with options to fit the group's interests and abilities.
Equipment and Special Gear
Preparing for your adventure is the key to a successful holiday. Ireland is green for a reason. It rains a lot. Your rain pants and jackets will come in handy. Layers are key to staying warm and dry. Bring sunscreen too! There is usually plenty of that, too. Warm days can be followed by warm evenings sitting by a cozy fireplace. Sturdy boots, preferably waterproof, are a must.
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