Wild Atlantic Way (South West) – Guided Walking Tour – 8 Days
Guided Walking Tour – The Wild Atlantic Way (South-West)
Irelands world-famous Wild Atlantic Way driving route covers 2,500km along the west coast of Ireland from Donegal to Cork.
Footfalls offer an eight-day walking vacation along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. This popular walking tour takes you through three spectacular counties along the south-west and west of Ireland, Cork, Kerry and Clare.
Officially the Wild Atlantic Way starts in the town of Kinsale but we decided to start our guided walking tour a little farther east, in the historic town of Cobh, County Cork. Between 1848 and 1950, over 6 million adults and children departed from Cobh Harbour in search of a better life in America. It was also from Cobh that the ill-fated Titanic made its last port of call in April 1912.
From here, our walking journey along the Wild Atlantic Way takes us through Kinsale and on to the unspoilt Sheepshead Peninsula, where you will enjoy some of the finest scenery in the south-west of Ireland.
Our next adventure takes us onto the magnificent Beara Peninsula where you will have a chance to visit historic stone circles and ring forts.
Our walking tour then takes us to the famous Skellig Michael. This remote island was the chosen destination for a small group of monks who made this their hermitage sometime between the sixth and eighth century. PLEASE NOTE, this part of the trip is weather permitting.
As our tour comes to an end, we will spend our second last day exploring The Dingle Peninsula, officially recognised as the stronghold of Irish language and culture.
The final day on our Wild Atlantic Guided Walking Tour takes us into County Clare and the Burren region. Here we will visit the famous Cliffs of Moher and Poulnabrone dolmen which dates to the period between 4200 BC and 2900 BC.
Tour Pricing & Dates
|8 Day Tour||€1,125 per person sharing
Saturday to Saturday
|Tour Dates 2017
Tour Dates 2017
|Saturday 13th May to Saturday 20th May 2017
Saturday 26th August to Saturday 2nd September 2017Saturday 12th May to Saturday 19th May
Sunday 23rd September to unday 30th September
|Accommodation||Family Operated Guesthouses|
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- Day 1 / Pickup in Dublin
- Our tour starts from Dublin Airport at 10 am. You will be met by our Footfalls tour guide and transported by bus to the village of Cobh in the south of County Cork. It was from Cobh that many hundreds of thousands of Irish men and women embarked on their journey to America.
- Day 2 / The History of Cobh
- In the morning we will take a short walk around the village of Cobh before meeting our guide Michael Martin for a historical walk along the Titanic Trail. We will hear all about the ill-fated Titanic and the colourful history of Cobh. In the afternoon we will take an easy 4 km walk in Tracton Woods, a short distance west of Cobh. Here we will have an opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of this area before travelling on to the town of Bantry where we will stay overnight.
- Day 3 / Sheep's Head Peninsula
- The Sheep’s Head is a peaceful and unspoilt peninsula which boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. The first part of the day sees us taking a scenic drive to the very tip of the peninsula, stopping many times as we travel for photos and for the sheer enjoyment of admiring the stunning views. You are never far from the Atlantic Ocean in this part of the world and our walk for today is on a loop around the end of the peninsula. Get into the holiday mood with a relaxing day of fresh sea air and picture postcard views over the Atlantic sea. Distance 6 Km, Ascent 210 m. In the afternoon we will drive the northern side of the Peninsula and finish our day on the Beara Peninsula in the small village of Allihies where we will stay overnight.
- Day 4 / Beara Peninsula
- Today’s trail takes us to the most south westerly point of the Beara peninsula, Dursey Sound. Here we will walk the sea cliffs to Garnish pier and strand. Distance 4 km, 200 m ascent. In the afternoon, the road leads us from the Beara Peninsula in the direction of Kenmare. We will stop off in Castletownbere where we will visit the 3,000-year-old Derreenataggart Stone Circle. In the colourful town of Kenmare, we will have some time to wander and explore the local craft shops before travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way to Waterville for the night.
- Day 5 / Skellig Michael or Valentia Island
- Today our journey, weather permitting, takes us from Portmagee on a 12 km boat ride to the famous Skellig Michael. Skellig Michael was the chosen destination for a small group of monks who withdrew from civilisation to this remote and inaccessible place. Sometime between the sixth and eighth centuries, a monastery was founded on this craggy rock. Skellig Michael, along with the neighbouring Little Skellig, is internationally renowned as one of the most important sites for breeding seabirds in Ireland. Film crews from the Star Wars Movie, The Force Awakens, reconstructed the 6th-century monastic site from the island of Skellig Michael on the rocky headland of Ceann Sibéal, further north as part of their movie set in 2016. Please note, the cost of the ferry trip to and from the island is €50 per person, This is not included in the tour price. Alternatively, we can take a trip to visit Valentia Island to see the Tetrapod imprints which are thought to date from Devonian times – somewhere between 350 and 370 million years ago. This site is of international significance as it represents the important transition of life from water to land. We will travel to Killorglin where we will stay overnight.
- Day 6 / Dingle Peninsula
- The Dingle Peninsula ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ (National Geographic) was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. Our walk takes us onto Inch Beach, that was used in the making of Ryan’s Daughter. This is a very relaxing and easy walk. Distance: 8 km. In the afternoon we will visit some of the famous sites that dot the peninsula, including Minard Castle, the Great Blasket Centre, An Riasc (an early Christian centre) and more. We will stay overnight in the bustling town of Tralee.
- Day 7 / Cliffs of Moher
- Our next stop is at the famous Cliffs of Moher. This is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions and is the highest sea cliffs in Europe that rise to a height of just over 200m / 600ft. Here we will enjoy a 2-hour walk to the cliffs including a trip to the visitors centre and Ó Brian’s Tower. Distance, 7 km, Ascent 80 m. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Poulnabrone Tomb and do a short walk on the limestone pavements of the Burren landscape. We will stay overnight in The Burren, County Clare.
- Day 8 / Depart
- After another hearty Irish breakfast, we will depart for Dublin, arriving at Dublin Airport at approximately 1 pm.
- All accommodation is approved and all rooms are en-suite.
- Meals to include: 7 breakfasts and 6 packed lunches.
- All transport to include pickup and return to Dublin Airport.
- All transport to and from walks and evenings out.
- Guided historical tour of Cobh.
- Evening meals
- Lunch on day 1 and day 8
- Ferry for Skellig Michael