Walking Hiking

Wild Atlantic Way (South West) – Guided Walking Tour – 8 Days

  • Guided Walking Holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • Guided Walking Holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • Guided Walking Holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • Guided Walking Holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • Guided Walking Holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • Guided Walking Holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • Kerry Way
  • Burren Way
  • Burren Way

Guided Walking Tour – The Wild Atlantic Way (South-West)

Ireland’s world-famous Wild Atlantic Way.

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 town of Glengariff  where we will visit Garnish Island and the Glengariff Nature Reserve.

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 of 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 €1,203 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€350
 

Tour Dates 2020

 

Saturday, 9th of May to Saturday 16th May 2020
Saturday, 19th September to Saturday 26th September 2020
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Family Operated Small Hotels
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Day 1 / Pickup in Dublin

Our tour starts at Dublin Airport at 1 pm. 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.

Overnight in Cobh

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 enchanted gem.

Overnight in Cobh

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 in Glengariff.

Overnight in Glengariff

Day 4 / Garnish Island & Glengarriff Nature Reserve

In the morning we will take a short boat ride to Garnish Island, world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning plants life which are rare in this climate.

The afternoon is spent in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve. We will explore places like Lady Bantry’s Lookout from where we will have Panoramic views over the village of Glengariff, out to Garnish and Whiddy Island and across Bantry Bay. We will walk through an area known as the Big Meadow. The unique feature of this part of the walk is that it is through an area of old grassland that has not been fertilised of tilled in living memory. The Big Meadow is home to wildflowers, anthills, oak trees and meandering streams. 

Distance: 8 km, Ascent 195 m.

Overnight in Glengariff 

Day 5 / Killarney National Park
Our journey along the Wild Atlantic Way will now take us inland to visit Killarney National Park. En route we will make a short stop in the colourful town of Kenmare. Situated  in the heart of Kenmare Bay, this picturesque town's unique charm and inherent beauty has earned it the title of Kerry’s first Heritage Town.  
Our onward journey takes us into Killarney National Park where we will do a leisurely walk around Muckross Lake. This is a stunning low-level walk that takes in some wonderful views of the Lakes of Killarney and the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range.

Distance 9 km, Ascent 220 m 

Overnight in Tralee

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 to 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.

Overnight in 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.

Overnight in the Burren 

Day 8 / Depart

After another hearty Irish breakfast, we will depart for Dublin, arriving at Dublin Airport between 1 and 2 pm.

Included

  • 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.
  • Boat trip to and from Garnish Island

Not Included

  • Evening meals
  • Lunch on day 1 and day 8

Testimonials

  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Carmel
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

    Nicole
  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

    Adam
  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

    Erin
  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.

    Radha

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