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Celtic Highlights

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  • Incredibly scenic driving on Ireland’s open roads—with the flexibility to stop and explore
  • Discover the Emerald Isle’s mountains, loughs and glens on fantastic walks
  • Drive the famed Ring of Kerry and staying in charming Killarney
  • Visit Dublin’s many attractions, including Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • The chance to visit the Bay of Galway and the Aran Islands by boat
Explore Ireland’s highlights on this superb week-long drive and hike tour. Classic attractions include Dublin, the Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Connemara. Scenic driving combines with some fantastic suggested walks which means you’ll get up close to the Emerald Isle’s natural landscapes. You’ll receive an incredibly warm Gaelic welcome when you stay overnight in hand-picked friendly bed and breakfast accommodation and guesthouses. Experience the best of Ireland’s charming villages and rural life, the iconic cities of Dublin, Kilkenny and Galway, historic relics and a great choice of walks through idyllic countryside—majestic mountains, shimmering loughs and shady glens. Starting in Ireland’s capital city, head south through Wicklow and then westwards to Co Cork, before reaching Kerry then heading up along the east coast to Galway.
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What To Expect

This week-long tour packs in a multitude of Ireland’s top highlights, starting in lively Dublin and ending in Galway City (close to Shannon Airport). This is a whistle-stop tour of Ireland, with the chance to get out on foot and immerse yourself in stunning landscapes. You set the pace each day—whether you want to spend time exploring on foot or with four wheels—the choice is yours!

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Drive & Hike | Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included.

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

Navigation

Most of the route and walks are not way marked however you will be provided with detailed maps and route notes so you will have no problem following the route each day.

Accommodations

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the B&B’s and guesthouses to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you can buy lunch at local shops or stop in a café. Dinner is available in pubs or restaurants close to your accommodation.

Included
  • 7 Nights bed and breakfast accommodation in en suite rooms wherever possible
  • A detailed info pack, guide book, road atlas and route notes
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of any issues
Excluded
  • Travel to/from Dublin
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport
  • Car hire (available as optional extra)
  • Entry fees/boat trips/optional excursions
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Car Hire

When To Go

This trip is available from Mid-March to Mid-October.

Ireland's weather may be changeable but it's not extreme. Summer is sunniest and July and August (high season) are the warmest months. Early in the season (March, April) or late in the season (October) the conditions will be colder and a bit wetter. Some may prefer early or late in the season as the roads and attractions will be quieter and less crowded.

For a nice compromise between weather and crowds, visit in the shoulder seasons of either spring or fall.

Getting to the Start

Dublin Airport is easily accessible from the UK with several low-cost airlines covering the route as well as scheduled international carriers. Irish Ferries also operate from Holyhead to Dublin.

There are multiple carriers that fly between North America and Dublin, including: American Airlines—Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, New York, Austin; Aer Lingus—Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston; Delta—Atlanta; United Airlines- Dallas; Delta—Atlanta, US Airways—Philadelphia, Charlotte,; Air Canada—Toronto.

From the airport there is a good bus service into Dublin city centre.

Galway City is just a 85km drive (1h15 approx.) from Shannon Airport. Alternatively, there is a good bus service from Galway bus station to Shannon Airport (approx. 1h45 mins). See Bus Eireann’s website for timetables.

Shannon Airport: Flights are available between Shannon Airport and Dublin with Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus also fly between Shannon and Bristol, Manchester, London Heathrow and Birmingham, as well as Boston and New York JFK. Ryanair fly to Shannon from Liverpool and London Stansted. Air Transat fly from Toronto and US Airways fly from Philadelphia to Shannon.

A bus service is also available between Dublin/Limerick and Shannon Airport—see http://www.jjkavanagh.ie/

Getting from the End

Your tour finished where it began in Dublin. You can somply use the same information in Getting to the Start in reverse.

General Information

The distances and descents / ascents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necesssary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/ cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Dublin Day 2 Drive Dublin to Kilkenny. Fairy Castle Walk on the Wicklow Way. 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle. Drive to Killarney. Day 4 Drive the Ring of Kerry or Muckross House and Torc Waterfall Walk. Day 5 Slea Head Walk, Dingle Peninsula 10 miles / 16 km Day 6 Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Walk. Drive to Galway. 6 miles / 10 km Day 7 Connemara National Park Walk OR Aran Boat Trip 5 miles / 8 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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