Walking Tour of Ireland - walk on ancient paths

The most popular way to walk in Ireland is to travel with a group on an escorted walking tour of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry or Galway, and Connemara or choose Keery and Cork.

Group Size for our Irish walking tours:
  • Your Guided walking tours Ireland group is small with 6 - 14 people from all over the world and are fully inclusive, giving you super breakfasts each day, glorious picnics each walking day & superb dinners each evening.
Each walking day we hike 8-13 miles and the maximum height is 2000 feet. The routes are relatively free of traffic. The terrain varies by region, from easy to more difficult. You need only walk as far as you want each day.

When is the best time to walk in Ireland? April through October are best. We offer very few walks at other times of the year.

1 boot Irish Walking Tour This grading is given to our and offers walking in varied terrain, sometimes in wet underfoot conditions, suitable for people capable of walking up to 16KMs (10 Miles) daily. During each day of walking you will encounter uphill and downhill sections with the maximum height of 600 meters being our"cut-off'.
Offaly2 boot Grading This grading offers hiking, sometimes across open mountain and bogland (wet conditions). The terrain is varied and each day will have uphill and downhill hiking- some of which may be steep. The maximum height we reach on any of these holidays is 950 meters but during a day- your accumulative height gain may exceed this figure. This type of holiday is suitable for people in a good state of fitness and capable of walking up to 2OKMs (12 Miles) a day.

Guided walking in ireland


What's Included in our Guided Walking Tours of Ireland:

    • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast.
    • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
    • Picnic lunch (on hike days only).
    • 4 Evening Dinners.
    • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day. Choice of 1 or 2 boot walks each day.
    • 2 Guides accompanying your holiday.
    • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
    • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
    • Not Included: Personal drinks | entrance fees to theatres | parks or museums etc. | medical expenses or gratuities.

Not Included: Any boat trips (e.g. Skellig Michael), personal drinks, entrance fees to theatres, parks or museums etc. medical expenses or gratuities.

DATES

Mar 31 – Apr 7
Apr 15 – 22
Jun 10 – 17
Jul 15 – 22
Aug 12 – 19
Sep 16 – 23
Oct 14 – 21

Mar 25 – Apr 1
Apr 22 – 29
May 13 – 20
Jul 1 – 8
Sep 2 – 9
Oct 7 – 14


Mar 18 – 25
Apr 29 – May 6
Jun 24 – Jul 1
Jul 8 – 15
Aug 19 – 26
Sep 9 – 16

Apr 8 – 15
May 20 – 27
Jun 17 – 24
Jul 29 – Aug 5
Aug 26 – Sep 2
Sep 30 – Oct 7

May 6 – 13
Jun 3 – 10
Aug 5 – 12
Sep 23 – 30

Apr 1 – 8
May 27 – Jun 3
Jul 22 – 29

Accommodations: During your vacation, you will be staying in guesthouses, B&B’s or occasionally small hotels. Some of these family homes have been converted into guesthouses, some are purpose built, while others are adapted after children leave home. We have carefully selected all accommodations for a variety of reasons; sometimes for their location or the people themselves, or perhaps their food.

Monaghan

Arrival Details:

 

It is a tremendous benefit if you let us know how, when and where you plan to arrive into Ireland before you start your holiday with us.  We are happy to advise the best way to get to the starting point of your holiday, the most convenient airport & how to make any necessary connections.  We are also happy to arrange a transfer for you if you require and keep your travel as cost effective as possible for you. If we do not hear from you within two weeks of the start date of the tour, we will assume that you will make your own way to the first night’s accommodation.  Your guide will meet you at 18.00 hrs. for a briefing session followed by dinner with the group at 19.00 hrs.


One Week Escorted Ireland Walking Tour

All dates shown are the starting dates in Ireland. Flights leave the US the day prior.
There is NO additional supplement or those willing to share a two-bedded room with someone of the same sex. However, if you wish to have your own room, a single supplement applies.
Children: Not suitable for children under 16

Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 6PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time Please Email Us For Information

Per person USD
Ireland Walking Tour $2,417
Single Supplement $481


ITINERARIES: Our walking tours of Ireland are limited to a max of 14 persons.

Galway, Burren Connemara, Aran Islands

Galway walking tourDay 1 Galway Your holiday begins in the cultural city of Galway – a city that thrives both on a fascinating and historical past & a traditional & proudly Irish present. Your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours inthe centre of Galway, and then a courtesy transfer by minivan takes you to your holiday start location on the southern shores of Connemara. From here, your Guide will introduce you to your group & brief you on the coming days of your holiday. You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together & return later to your accommodation for your overnight. If you wish to make your own way to your first accommodation in Connemara ahead of time – you are most welcome & your Guide will meet you there. Should you wish to explore Galway in more detail & spend an extra night or two there before (or after) your holiday – we will be happy to book accommodation for you.

Day 2 Connemara Your first walk is a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Connemara and the contrasts of bogland & beach that makes this part of Ireland so enthralling. After your full Irish breakfast and with your picnic lunch in your backpack, you have a choice of 2 walks:

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 100mts. Beach & sand dune walking, grassy trails with some rocky & uneven sections, paved roads & some stepping stones. Opportunity to swim………!!

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads disappear to grassy tracks & then open hillside with rocky & uneven sections, some boggy & wet underfoot conditions with some steep climbs up & down. Paved footpaths & beach towards the end.

Day 3 Connemara Driving a short distance, you reach the little village of Letterfrack and Connemara National Park. Here, you will have time to enjoy the Visitor Centre, where you may wish to learn more about the formation of this fascinating landscape & its early settlers. From here the then have a choice of walks:-

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 150mts. Gravel tracks & board walks with some rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 445mts. Gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, stepping stones, board walks & boggy underfoot conditions. Steps up and down

Cliffs of MoherDay 4 Aran Islands Today you transfer to Galway Bay & reach the largest of the Aran Islands and Inishmore where you will spend your next 2 nights. Taking a small ferry from Galway, your crossing takes approx. 1 hour. On reaching the island, you drop off your luggage at your accommodation & then continue on to have a wonderful walk around the south eastern region of the island. Learning some of the rich history of these islands, you will also have time to visit an old fortress before returning to your accommodation for your dinner & overnight.

1 & 2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 100mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbily underfoot.

Day 5 Today you will have the opportunity to discover Inish Mor in all its glory. Leaving your accommodation, and overlooking the southern shores of the island, you reach the centre of Inishmor at Kilmurvey. Today you have a choice of the following walks: 1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 150mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbily underfoot. Exposed cliff edges with no protection. 2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 19kms. Highest point: 150mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, limestone slabs which can be wobbily underfoot. Exposed cliff edges with no protection.

Day 6 Burren Leaving the island this morning, you return to the mainland and drive south, around Galway Bay to reach the Burren. This is a completely different & contrasting landscape to Connemara & also boasts one of the most diverse arrays of flowers that any keen botanist would wish to find. Your choice of walks is as follows:

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 250mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, open hillside with rocky & uneven limestone slabs to traverse.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 320mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, grassy trails, open hillside with rocky & uneven limestone slabs to traverse.

Day 7 Cliffs of Moher When visiting Doolin – one of the most talked about “must-do’s” is to visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. These impressive cliffs form a protective barrier from the Wild Atlantic Way to the rich & fertile land at the southern end of the Burren region. Standing proudly above the ocean their towering dominance is a spectacle that can best be appreciated on foot. Your choice of walks is as follows:-

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 7kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Exposed cliff edges throughout the walk.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 15kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Exposed cliff edges throughout the walk.

Day 8 Home fter your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Ennis. From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland. Your estimated arrival time to Ennis is approx. 10.30am. Please note that Ennis is approx. 20 mins (drive time) from Shannon Airport.

 

Dingle Peninsula and Killarney

Our Tour of the Dingle Peninsula begins in the Slieve Mish mountains once home to a mythological Celtic princess. Here you will enjoy panoramic views of Tralee Bay before arriving in the bustling cosmopolitan, seaside town of Dingle. Gaily painted houses lead to a busy harbour where artisan cafes and craft shops vie with traditional pubs humming to the sound of Irish music and song.

In sharp contrast, the weather-sculpted lands beyond Dingle on the famous Slea Head seem to have regressed in time, isolated by mountain and ocean. This is particularly true of the ancient pilgrim route that winds through stone-clad fields and fuchsia-rich lanes from Ventry Beach to the majestic summit of the holy mountain - Mount Brandon.

Dingle Walking TourDay 1 Killarney You arrive to Killarney for your first 2 overnights & settle into your accommodation just outside the town.  Your Guide will meet you at 17.00 hours, introduce you to your group & brief you on the coming days of your holiday.  You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together & return later to your accommodation for your overnight.

Day 2 Rosss Castle and Muckross House - Ross Castle – an ancient Gaelic Chieftains home dating back to the 15th century.   From there, a glorious boat journey through the Three Lakes of Killarney brings you to an old “Hunting Lodge” known as Lord Brandon’s Cottage.  From there, you have a choice of 2 walks.

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Max. Height: 150m. Forestry tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot.  Stepping stones over streams & paved footpaths.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms. Max. Height: 300m. Forestry tracks with rocky & uneven sections, Stepping stones, board walks & boggy underfoot.  Paved footpaths towards Muckross house. 

Walking in KerryDay 3 Derrynane & Abbey Island Leaving the town of Killarney this morning, you travel west to reach one of the most glorious views of this region – overlooking the western tip of the Ring of Kerry Peninsula.  Passing through the lovely colourful village of Sneem, for a choice of walks.

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Max. Height: 180m. Beach, sand-dunes, paved roads, narrow forestry tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot.  Steps up & down & open hillside with NO tracks.  Opportunity to swim today!

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 20kms. Max. Height: 550m. Mountain tracks with rocky & uneven sections, off trail walking in open hillside with high growth & bogland – uneven & wet at times underfoot. Some paved roads.

Day 4 Skellig Michael - Did you see Star Wars? Your base in Caherciveen offers you several choices for today – the most impressive for those who wish to avail of the opportunity – being a trip to the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Skellig Islands.  This is an impressive 6th Century Monastic Settlement in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean which still looks almost the same as when the monks left it approx 1,200 years ago.  This trip is very weather dependent and must be booked in advance.  For those of you who prefer to stay on dry land there are two choices of walks.

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Max. Height: 240m. Paved roads, gravel trail, open hillside with rocky sections, narrow & overgrown trail which can be wet underfoot.  Steps up & down.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 690m. Mountain tracks with rocky & uneven sections, off trail walking in open hillside with high growth & bogland – uneven & wet at times underfoot. Some paved roads.

Day 5 Leaving the Ring of Kerry today, you travel by minivan to the Dingle Peninsula – north of the “Ring”.  Following inland to the centre of the peninsula, you reach one of our historical inland promontory forts and have a choice of the following walks:

Following across country, a gradual ascent takes you to the lower hills of the Slieve Mish Mountains to enjoy glorious views south over the Ring of Kerry & north across the Dingle Peninsula to North Kerry & the Shannon Estuary.  With a wealth of fascinating history, this region is a delight to walk.

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 540m. Paved roads, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot.  Some steep climbs up & down.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 590m. Paved roads, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot.  Some steep climbs up & down.

Day 6 Slead Head Today – a treat is in store as you walk around the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula on possible the most impressive walk of your holiday.  Your choice of walks is as follows:

Just outside Dingle town, you reach the beautiful Ventry Beach.  From here, you follow along the coast to reach the tip of Slea Head.  This is a very ancient route, once used by Pilgrims who came here in their hundreds, and the early beehive huts show the dominance of such people.  Reaching the very tip of the peninsula, you then continue to the Blasket Interpretative Centre & have time for some light refreshment.

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 11kms. Max. Height: 250m. Paved roads, beach walking, overgrown & rocky trails which can be wet underfoot.  Some steep climbs up & down.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 520m. Paved roads, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot.  Some steep climbs up & down.

Day 7 Dingle Driving to the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula, todays routes take you to those parts that only walkers discover and you are well rewarded with beautiful and peaceful views all around you.

1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 400m.  Grassy trails, which have rocky & uneven sections, open hillside – sometimes boggy & wet underfoot.  Uneven ground, gravel trails & some paved roads.  Some gradual climbs up & down.

2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Max. Height: 960m. Paved roads, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot.  Narrow rocky trails & sections with no trails. Some steep climbs up & down.

Day 8 Home After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Tralee.  For those that need earlier transfers – a public bus service is also available back to Tralee.  From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated arrival time to Tralee is approx. 10am.

Guided Kerry & West Cork Walk – Ring of Kerry, Beara & Sheep’s Head

This walking vacation combines the best of the Ring of Kerry and the West Cork – two spectacular regions we offer and now in one amazing week.

Each day you will be offered 2 levels of walks with 2 guides accompanying your holiday.

So many know & have heard of the Ring of Kerry with it’s wonderful scenery & magnificent beauty.  This holiday introduces you to that stunning landscape & also brings you to some parts of that south west corner of Ireland that we believe are just as impressive, if not more so, than the Ring of Kerry.   If you enjoy coastal scenery – then this is the trip for you.

The Wild Atlantic Ocean has formed Ireland into the land as we know it today, ravaged by its storms & pounding waves, or on calm days enjoying the therapeutic lapping of its warm waters along our coastal shores and glorious sandy beaches.  One of the best places to see how this Ocean has transformed this land into a myriad of inlets, with amazing rock formations, hidden coves & ancient harbours is the beautiful South West region of Ireland.  On this holiday, we take you to the more peaceful and unchanged corners of southwest Ireland offering a variety of terrain, all with beautiful views.

 

Walking for singlesTraveling alone?
Some people do not take an active vacation because they find themselves in the position of having to travel alone. What they usually don't know is that many active people travel alone. Our walkers may be tired at the end of the day but they will never be alone. The people in your group share your sense of adventure and exploration - they are as interested in meeting you, as you are interested in meeting them. Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 6PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time Please Email Us For Information