Meeting Place
June 5, 2017
Parkhouse B&B
Bunratty, Ireland

Tour price
$3500 per person
based on double occupancy
$3950 for private room

Ending Date/Place
June 12, 2017
Shannon Airport
Shannon, Ireland

Tour Price Includes
everything except airfare, 2 dinners
1 lunch, beverages, tips

Pre-tour Extension
June 1-4; call for details

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West Coast, Ireland West Coast, Ireland

West Coast Ireland
June 5-12, 2017

West Coast, Ireland

We will be exploring two beautiful areas of Ireland’s West Coast during the first full week of June. First will be the Burren in County Clare, a polished limestone moonscape area of almost 100 square miles that hosts a multitude of wildflowers. Our walks there will always provide views of the beautiful Galway Bay. Central to the Burren is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights-- the Cliffs of Moher. Towering to 660 feet above the wild Atlantic, these cliffs are noted for their abundant birdlife. On a clear day, the views are tremendous both to the Sea and to the hills of the Connemara.

Our home while we are in the Burren is Drumcreehy House in Ballyvaughan, a small fishing village in the quiet corner of Galway Bay. You will find comfort in this lovely country style house with superb views to Galway Bay and the Burren. (

West Coast, IrelandThe very attractive harbor town of Dingle is an excellent base for our discovery of the Dingle Peninsula. This land juts its mountainous finger into the Atlantic and has been host to various tribes and people for almost 6,000 years. The extraordinary number of ring forts, high crosses, and ancient monuments all bear witness to this long history. Our hikes will include spectacular green valley views from Conner Pass,the highest road pass in Ireland, a track beside beautiful Annascaul Lake, and the Ballydavid Head Trek with wonderful cliffs and seascape views—called a photographer’s paradise.

With it panoramic views across Dingle Bay, Greenmount House , a 4 star guesthouse will be our base for exploring the Dingle Peninsula. Our location is only a five minute walk to world famous music, pubs and restaurants. And the breakfasts at Greenmount are legendary!

  West Coast, Ireland
West Coast, Ireland
West Coast, Ireland
West Coast, Ireland
West Coast, Ireland
West Coast, Ireland

Day by Day Overview

Tuesday, June 5 – We meet at your B&B in Bunratty and drive to the Burren Region of County Clare (Drive Time 1.5 hours). We will hike at Slieve Elva, the highest point of the Burren, with great views over Galway Bay. The Burren (“a stoney place”) is a strange, lunar-like region of bare carboniferous limestone which occupies around one hundred square miles of County Clare. Below the surface of the Burren is the most remarkable assemblage of spectacular caves, streams, potholes and “turloughs”(vanishing lakes). After our walk, which takes in wonderful views of Galway Bay, we will make our way to the coastal village of Ballyvaughan (Drive Time 20 mins). We will have dinner together in a local pub in Doolin which also has traditional Irish music. Distance: 4 miles; elevation gain: 300’; Total Drive Time 1 hr 50 mins.

Overnight: Drumcreehy House, Ballyvaughan, County Clare -

Wednesday, June 6 - We will hike at Black Head on the coastal Burren overlooking the sea at a village called Fanore. We will be accompanied by Shane Connolly a well-known local guide. Our first walk is fairly short (2-3 miles) but Shane will have a lot to tell us about the area, so we will be hiking for 3-4 hours. Our afternoon walk is longer at approximately 6 miles: we will follow a beautiful track through the rocky landscape and be rewarded with fine, expansive views of the Burren. The area supports Arctic, alpine and Mediterranean flora side-by-side, and the mild winter temperatures ensure a long growing season. The blue flower of the Spring Gentian, an alpine plant, is the region’s best-loved flower - hopefully we will see them along the way. Dinner will be provided in a local pub. Distance: 9 miles; elevation gain: 600’; Total Drive Time 1 hr 10 mins.

Thursday, June 7 - Today we take a guided hike with Pat Sweeney, a local farmer and guide, from Doolin to Cliffs of Moher. We take the coastal path from Doolin all the way to the Cliffs. Towering 660 feet above the wild Atlantic, these cliffs are noted for abundant birdlife including puffins (between June and early August). We can also hope to see and hear fulmars, guillemots, kittiwakes, and if we're really lucky, peregrine falcons. We will then have time then to visit the Cliffs of Moher Interpretive Centre. Afterwards we can make time to visit the Rock Shop at Liscannor. Distance: 5 miles; Elevation gain 600’; Total Drive Time 1 hour.

Friday, June 8 - Depart Ballyvaughan to drive to the Dingle Peninsula. We will take a ferry across the River Shannon to shorten the journey: look out for dolphins! On arrival, we will hike the coast path out of Dingle Town past the old lighthouse and beside the mouth of the harbour. The views of Dingle harbour are magnificent. We will make our way out across a track to higher points where we can look down on various small coves and beaches. We will then return to Dingle and check in to Greenmount House, Dingle Town. Distance: 4 miles; Elevation gain: 700’; Total Drive Time 3 hours 30 mins. (

Saturday, June 9 - Today is officially a "free day". There will be an option of a morning walk. You're free in the afternoon to explore the town of Dingle.

Sunday, June 10 - We will drive across the highest road pass in Ireland, the Connor Pass to reach the spectacular green valley of Magha na Bo. Our path leads through a beautiful steep-sided valley towards the pass at Beenbo Mountain. We climb gently beside the river and on to open heathland where we can find the elusive sundew and butterwort (insectivorous plants of the bog) and the feathery white flags of the bog cotton. We cross over the pass and follow a track beside beautiful Annascaul Lake (Annascaul - “mountain of the shadows”) to Annascaul village. We can visit the South Pole Inn: once owned by Tom Crean, one of the heroes of the famous Shackleton expedition to the South Pole. Distance: 10 miles; Elevation gain: 1200’; Total Drive Time 1 hour 30 mins

Monday, June 11 - We travel today to the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula to walk at Ballydavid Head, for one of the best walks in Kerry. We climb gently through moorland grass to reach a fine vantage point with expansive views of the surrounding hills, fields, mountains, sea and cliffs. This area could be described as a "photographer's paradise". We will take our time to take pictures, relax, and enjoy the views. On our way back to town we can visit the Blasket Museum - recording the history of the Great Blasket Island, its residents, and their evacuation for good in 1954. Distance 6 miles; Elevation gain 800’; Total Drive Time 1 hour 20 mins.

Tuesday, June 12 - After breakfast we will have and early departure for Shannon Airport to arrive there by 9:30AM. Total Drive Time 2 hrs 50 mins.

Please Note: The above schedule is subject to change due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

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