Ireland | Castles & Coastlines | Adult Only
Traverse unforgettable landscapes of rolling green hills and dramatic seaside scenery on the Emerald Isle of Ireland.
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
How can a country so small have so many different, diverse & dramatic landscapes? This is a question you will find yourself asking about Ireland. From the rolling, soft Wicklow Hills in the East to the dramatic & mountainous coastline of the West; from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, to the awe-inspiring Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland offers delightful scenery, culture, history, warmth & splendor. To really experience Ireland you need to feel it. Feel its land, its rain, its temperate climate & most of all, its soul. This is a country that cannot be rushed, and exploring it on foot is one of the best ways to experience it. This allows you the opportunity to meet the “locals,” come face to face with thousands of years of history, and see what it is that makes Irish people so unique.
- Experience Ireland’s rich history, from hunting lodges to lighthouses.
- Traverse Killarney National Park by horseback, the best way to see Ireland’s beautiful scenery.
- Forage for, and sample, seaweed, Ireland’s newest delicacy.
- Learn the history of Irish whiskey production, and of course, have a few samples.
- With luck, spot some dolphins and whales as they migrate north!
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
A pint of Guinness always tastes better in Ireland, especially at a traditional tavern with live music.
Exploring the tides of Derrynane National Park and its spectacular coastline.
The dramatic cliffs of Brandon bay on Irelands western most point will delight you for years to come.
Shannon, Ireland SNN
Shannon, Ireland SNN
Bunratty / Killarney / Muckross House
For guests arriving into Shannon for a pre-night stay, your guide will collect you from the reception area in the Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast at 9:00am. Others will be met after they arrive at Shannon Airport (please arrive before 10:00am) then Shuttle to Killarney, the heart of County Kerry, where you have a wonderful opportunity to get your bodies moving as you cycle around the middle lake of the famous “Three Lakes of Killarney”. This beautiful cycle route takes you from the famous Muckross House with its glorious gardens, around Muckross Lake, over the beautiful Brickeen Bridge to Dinis Cottage – an old Hunting Lodge dating back to the 1700s. After optional light refreshments here, you continue along a track through the famous Oakwood’s to return to our starting point. You have the option of a visit to Muckross traditional farms where the traditional ways of Bygone farming days are brought to life.
About Killarney’s Brehon Hotel
The Brehon, Killarney is a luxurious hotel of unique grace and elegance set amidst Killarney’s breathtaking landscape, overlooking Killarney National Park. The Brehon & Angsana Spa luxurious accommodation in Killarney is designed with your every requirement in mind. The soaring expanse of Killarney’s dramatic skyline is reflected in each of the spacious rooms at the hotel. Their simple, yet luxurious décor works to highlight the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape while subtle, thoughtful features ensure a restful stay.
Killarney / Derrynane National Park / Ring of Kerry
This morning, a one hour drive takes you to the historic Derrynane National Park, once home to the famous “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell. Enjoying a walk around this beautiful coastline with a glorious beach and (tides permitting) walk to Abbey Island is like stepping into a picture postcard as you see some of the most glorious scenery in this part of Ireland. Before moving on you have the opportunity to enjoy some seaweed foraging on this most glorious coastline where your guide will teach you about this wonderful plant and allow you to sample some of the wonderful foods we create using Ireland’s newest delicacy. Today’s trip will take in sections of the famous Ring of Kerry drive, so by the time you return to Killarney, you will have seen an amazing array of sights.
Killarney / Killarney National Park
Today we get to see the best of Killarney National Park by horseback. A two-hour trek through the park will leave you in awe of Ireland’s most beautiful landscape filled with views of Ireland’s highest mountain and crystal-clear lakes sparkling in the sunlight. Following your trek, you have your afternoon and evening at your leisure to explore Killarney town and enjoy one the many great restaurants for your evening meal.
Killarney / The Dingle Peninsula
Your destination today is The Dingle Peninsula – made famous by the filming of Ryan’s Daughter. The start location for your hike takes you to the end of the land and as far west as it is possible to travel in Ireland. Standing on the Western edge of Europe with the Wild Atlantic crashing against the cliffs gives you the perfect memories to cherish forever. This great hike allows for stunning views of the Seacliff’s and Brandon bay as it sweeps away to the North. With some luck you may spot some Dolphins or migrating Whales as they glide by on route to Summer feeding grounds further north.
Following your hike, you will enjoy a drink in a local tavern before transferring to the vibrant town of Dingle. This port town is home to Irelands leading seafood restaurants along with the best pubs where you can enjoy traditional Irish music.
About Dingle Skellig Hotel
Upon your arrival at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, the friendly staff will welcome you and make you feel right at home. The hotel features stunning views over Dingle Harbor and Dingle Bay and is a place of retreat where mind and body can soak up the ambiance of the surrounding natural areas. The stylish and elegant rooms will leave you fully rested for your adventurous days ahead.
The Dingle Peninsula
This morning you will take a gentle bike ride along the Slea head route which is a world-renowned costal route with jaw dropping views across the Atlantic Ocean and out to the Blasket Islands which sit just offshore. You will complete your cycle at the The Blasket Islands Visitor Centre where you have the opportunity to listen to the Irish language, learn about so many traditions that are typical to this region & get a feeling for life on these islands in days gone by. From here, you will be transferred back to Dingle town for a guided tour of Dingle Distillery. Learn the history of Irish whiskey production from the 6th century monks to present day and of course taste the “Water of Life” or Uisce Beatha as it’s called in Gaelic.
Arrival & Departure
You will be met at Shannon Airport on Day 1 in accordance with your flight arrival time, please arrive before 10:00am. We strongly recommend you arrive a day in advance to be fresh for your day 1 activities. Your guide will have an Austin Adventures signboard and will be waiting for you in the lobby arrivals area. It is a small airport, so your guide will be easy to find. For guests arriving into Shannon for a pre-night stay, your guide will collect you from the reception area in the Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast at 9:00am. After breakfast on Day 6, your guide will transfer you from Dingle to the Shannon Airport, where you will arrive at least three hours prior to your departure time. Please make flights out of Shannon for 1:00 PM or later.
Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 1 to 5 miles along beaches or grassy tracks (which can get muddy).
Biking: Easy to moderately strenuous cycling routes ranging from 10 to 15 miles along quiet country roads or bike paths. Ireland WHB utilizes a fleet of hybrid, flat bar bicycles designed so you can ride faster on longer rides with stability and comfort.
Horseback Riding: Two-hour beginner horseback ride with professional guides who will provide instruction, safety tips, and riding techniques.
From rural villages and breathtaking landscapes to buzzing urban hubs and warm hospitality, Ireland is a country begging to be explored. Experience the untamed west coast of Ireland while journeying around the Dingle Peninsula or venturing into Kerry’s lush vistas. Take in the charming towns, wild landscapes and Victorian mansions on a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile touring route that evokes scenes from Lord of the Rings. Horseback ride among the native oak and yew woods of Killarney National Park while on the lookout for the park’s native red deer. Come discover the exciting country of Ireland with the leaders in adventure travel!
Ireland Walk Hike Bike guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- All activities, ferry crossings, etc.
- All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary. Snacks along the route.
- Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Meals not designated in itinerary.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
After moving to a new neighborhood at age five, Adam took off on his bike in search of new friends in Minnesota. More than thirty years later Adam still enjoys making friends on his bike while cycling around Europe. Adam has lived the life of a nomad, having taught English in China, managed a beach resort in Mexico, and now lives in the Netherlands with his wife since 2011, where they raise their daughter in the continued family tradition getting to know the world on the seat of a bicycle. Adam enjoys playing on local sports teams, adventure travel with the family, and continually learning new things from whichever culture he might be living or traveling in.