Failté Romhat! The west coast of Ireland holds regions steeped in history, with glacial-era geography and thousands of years of human endurance and evolution recorded in the very landscape. Rugged mountains level out into the lunar landscapes of karst and bog, ultimately running right into the Atlantic. This diversity of nature, coupled with the constantly changing weather, Neolithic ruins and pastoral lifestyle breeds a character all its own, and this week will be full of such encounters. In the numerous villages and towns you’ll walk through, and in the real life castles you’ll lay your head to rest at night, one can’t help but feel the true Irish welcome.
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Today, you’ll be met by your guide at Shannon Airport and then driven north to The Burren. We'll have lunch in a converted stone cottage at the Burren Perfumery, the oldest working perfumery in Ireland. Afterwards, explore the Neothilic tombs and interesting flora of Burren National Park and the Slieve Carran Nature Reserve.
This morning, catch the ferry to Inis Meáin, the least visited of the three Aran Islands. Here, you'll discover the area is teeming with wildlife, with over 20 different species of birds making the island their home (including puffins!). This afternoon, you'll visit the island's beloved wool mill, where you can pick up one of those cozy Irish sweaters!
Head into the boggy hills surrounding Errisbeg mountain for a walk filled with wonderful views of sandy turquoise beaches and the 12 Bens Mountain Range. Lunch is at a traditional pub specializing in fresh seafood and this evening we'll unwind from a day of horseback riding and fly fishing with some traditional live music.
After a hearty Irish breakfast, keep an eye out for dolphins and seals as we take the ferry to Inishbofin. Our local friend and archaeologist will take you on a tour of the island, sharing the tales behind the Bronze and Iron Age ruins and the crumbling 16th C Cromwellian fort. Tonight, you'll be joined by a traditional storyteller for cocktails by the fire.
Leave Ballynahinch Castle behind this morning as you set out for a walk along an abandoned shoreline famine route. Witness a sheep herding demonstration this afternoon and then settle in at the epic Ashford Castle estate, your home for the night!
We’d suggest a later departure today, giving you more time to enjoy some morning activities on the Ashford Estate. There are loads of options including archery, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting and horseback riding available. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to the airport where you’ll board your outbound flight.VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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