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Connemara, Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher

€710 per person

Join us along one of the most astounding self-guided hiking trails in the world along the lush green coastline of Ireland. Hike along the daring Cliffs of Moher to the serene Aran islands. Paint the whole picture of Ireland with all its contrasts finishing the tour along the Great Western Way to the Fjord of Killary Harbour.  

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 overnight stays in local pensions and inns including breakfast; Luggage transfer; Transfers and ferry crossings according to program; Carefully elaborated route description; Detailed travel and tour documents; Service hotline
  • What is not included
    Luggage transfer Aran Islands (with ferry crossings luggage needs to be taken autonomously)
  • Best period
    mid-April, May, June, July, August, September, mid-October
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Doolin
Arrival on own arrangements to the starting point of the week-long hike in Ireland.
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Day 2: Cliffs of Moher (5hrs, 12km, +450m/-500m)
This independent walking tour begins with the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, over 120 meters above the west coast of Ireland.  A short organized transfer will take you to the starting point of today’s hike. Your first hiking day follows the Cliffs of Moher Trail along the coastline from the outskirts of Liscannor and back to Doolin. This is a truly unforgettable start of an exciting week in Ireland.
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Day 3: Aran Islands (5hrs, 17km, +225m/-225m)
An organized transfer will take you to the port where you catch the Ferry to Inis Mor, the biggest of the Aran Islands. Today’s self-guided walk leads you past an infamous seal colony to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dún Aenghus. We have timed today’s walk so that by the time you reach the attraction site, the biggest part of the daily tourist flow will have already left. The endpoint of today’s independent hiking route is Cill Rónáin. 
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Day 4: Oughterard - Maam's Cross (5hrs, 21km, +220m/-180m)
You are off to an early start, as you take the first ferry back to the mainland, to Ross a’ Mhil. An organized transfer will take you to Oughterard where you will find the starting point of the Great Western Way. You will be walking along Lough Corrib and contemplate a typical Connemara landscape at the end of the lake. You will gaze upon lush green hills, sparkling rivers and emblematic swampland as you advance towards the end of the trail where you will be picked up and taken to the Tiernakill valley where your next accommodation awaits. 
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Day 5: Maam's Cross - Lough Inagh (5hrs, 16km, +395m/-345m)
You start your hiking day with a short organized transfer to the starting point in the valley of Tiernakill. Today’s independent walking route will take you to the Maumturk Mountains. Ascend to Maum Ean pass for some spectacular views of Connemara from above. Those hills are said to be blessed by St. Patrik as we walked this trail hundreds of years ago. Nowadays, a small chapel, a celtic cemetery and a statue of St. Patrik mark this sacred site and commemorate his presence in the area. From there you begin your descent back to the valley and toward the 12 Bens and Lough Inagh.
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Day 6: Lough Inagh - Leenane (5hrs, 15km, +165m/-225m)
Today’s self-guided walk takes you through a rather unusual for Ireland forest setting. You bid the hills of Maumturk mountains and the 12 bens farewell in exchange for the moory forests towards Killary Harbour. The highlight of today’s hike is Fjord Leenane which you will encounter at the end of the trail. 
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Day 7: The Famine Trail (5hrs, 14km, +125m/-210m)
After a healthy breakfast, you will be transferred to the harbour of Rosroe. Today you will follow the Famine walking trail. This path was built to provide people in the interior of Connemara and Mayo with food supplies. Today you can enjoy a scenic walk along the coast of the fjord of Killary Harbour. Along the way, you can make a short break at a sheep farm where you can watch a curious sheepdog training demonstration. 
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Day 8: Departure
Onward travels.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
710 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 220 Euro;
Solo traveler supplement: 295 Euro (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between mid-April and mid-October. You must not have vertigo when walking the Cliffs of Moher coastal trail. For the other legs you need to be in a good shape for hikes up to 20km. Surefootedness is needed for the descend from Maum Ean Pass. Arrival by plane to Dublin or Shannon. From Dublin airport with the Citylink busses either direct to Galway or to Dublin Heuston and by train to Galway. From here with the bus to Doolin (www.citylink.ie). Organised transfer for the departure from Leenane to Westport: EUR55.-per ride. Reservation absolutely needed, payable on the spot. From Westport in 3.5 hours with the train to Dublin Heuston.

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