Western Ireland is a land of wild, mountainous beauty and must-see cliffsides that stretch along the Atlantic. Join us on a walking tour of Ireland to trek the dramatic paths along the famous Cliffs of Moher and to cross the less-traveled regions of Connemara and Galway Bay. Explore the country’s only fjord, where you’ll discover abandoned settlements that bear testament to a famine-stricken past. On the Burren Way, you’ll hike a stark landscape of limestone, rare plants, and Turlough (disappearing lakes). The cultural heart of Ireland is Galway, where you can raise a pint in an authentic pub and maybe strike up a song with the friendly locals. During your Galway and Connemara walking tours you’ll recharge at historic manors and stylish boutique hotels.
Old Ground Hotel
The Old Ground Hotel is a former manor house dating to the 18th century. Its magnificent ivy-clad exterior retains the splendor of a bygone age, while the interior boasts the conveniences of a modern hotel.
Built in 1820 as the harbormaster’s house, this family-run inn is the town’s oldest building, formerly also a Franciscan monastery and a convent before becoming a boutique guesthouse. Stylish rooms are individually decorated with period furniture and original artwork, while elegant living rooms with fireplaces are perfect to relax in after a day of walking. Breakfast is served in a light- and flower-filled conservatory.
Rosleague Manor Hotel
A meticulously renovated manor house built in the early 1800s, filled with antiques and boasting a superb dining room. Spacious guest rooms are individually decorated plush retreats.
Sheedy's Country House Hotel
Welcome to one of Irelands best-loved small hotels and restaurants! Located next to Irelands only natural spa at the scenic edge of The Burren, Sheedys Country House Hotel was built in the early 1700s and is now a true Irish institution. A 2002 renovation upgraded the hotel with thoroughly modern comfort while retaining its historic charm. The pubs in the center of the village of Lisdoonvarna are just a two-minute walk away—but you will also want to experience the tasty creations of John Sheedy, owner of the hotel and one of Irelands finest chefs!
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Cork
2 Nights From $498
per person, double occupancy
Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Upon arrival at Cork International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary transfer is provided to the Imperial Hotel.
Accommodation: Imperial Hotel
After breakfast the day is yours to explore Cork, a bustling metropolis crisscrossed with bridges, cobblestone squares, and charming alleys. Take time to wander along St. Patrick’s Street, tour the historic Cork City Gaol, stroll the food stalls of the English Market, or browse the galleries of Shandon. This evening relax at your hotel or pop into an authentic pub, where live music plays most nights of the week.
Accommodation: Imperial Hotel
Another free morning in Cork awaits. After an included breakfast, venture out into the city one more time. A Country Walkers representative meets you in your hotel lobby at 2:00 p.m. and transfers you to the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (lunch and dinner are on your own).
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 2 lunches|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Dubhaltach O’Colmain is a guide, a working artist, and musician, and often writes his own music and illustrates stories. Fluent in English, Gaelic, and Greek, he grew up on Great Blasket Island, off of Ireland’s west coast. Dubhaltach enjoys sharing his love of mythology, the sea, and the outdoors with travelers to Ireland.
Born in County Kerry, Murchadh O’Colmain is a tour guide, artist, musician, as well as a skilled multi-instrumentalist with two different bands. He has also completed studies in horticulture amd lives off the grid in a home he built himself where he grows organic vegetables when not exploring the trails of Ireland.
Irishman Pol O’Colmain is a guide, artist, musician, poet, storyteller, folklorist, and teacher. Pol has also restored historic gardens, is fluent in Gaelic, and enjoys scuba diving and swimming daily, year round, in the Atlantic Ocean. Pol is often to be found walking in the hills around his home in rural West Cork, Ireland.
Born in County Louth and fluent in Gaelic, when not guiding walking tours, Marie Cullen is an artist, working mainly in oils and mixed media. She hosted visitors on Great Blasket Island, over a mile off Ireland’s west coast, in a restaurant and guest house for 10 years before moving to County Cork and founding the Working Artist Studios. She also teaches art to children, adults, and people with special needs. Marie has studied various holistic therapies and swims year round in the Atlantic Ocean.
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