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Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way

10 days |  13 days with County Kerry & Dublin extension
10 days |  13 days with County Kerry & Dublin extension
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Rugged natural beauty awaits along Ireland’s western shores.

The western coast of Ireland is home to some of the Emerald Isle’s most astounding scenery. After exploring historic Belfast, set out to discover the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to the Cliffs of Moher. Between the breathtaking views of stunning seascapes and green landscapes, you’ll step off the beaten path to get a feel for Ireland’s quieter side in its small towns and villages on this small group Adventure Tour.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 tasting
  • 9 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Belfast
  • Derry
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Slieve League cliffs
  • Glencar Waterfall
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Belfast today.

County Antrim2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Belfast
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! Settle in, then gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Learn about Belfast’s role in the conflict known as “the Troubles” during today’s walking tour.

  • Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall, where you’ll meet your local guide
  • Learn about the city’s history and your guide’s experience growing up during the Troubles
  • Listen to expert commentary from your guide as you stop at sites in downtown Belfast connected to the Catholic-Protestant conflict

Enjoy a free afternoon in County Antrim or add an excursion.

Giant's Causeway Cliff Walk

From $135 per person

County Donegal2 nights
Day 4: Donegal via Derry & Glenveagh National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Northern Ireland and cross into the Republic of Ireland, where you’ll travel through the dramatic scenery along a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Stop in Derry, where you’ll learn about the city's history on a tour with a local guide
  • See the well-preserved 17th-century city walls and learn about the history of the conflicts that took place between the Protestant and Catholic populations
  • Visit Glenveagh National Park and set off on an easy, scenic walk along Lough Veagh with your Tour Director
  • Enter Glenveagh Castle and admire the park’s waterfalls, lakes, and mountains
  • Continue through the beautiful Irish countryside to County Donegal

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 5: Slieve League
Included meal: Breakfast

Head west to see the highest cliffs in Europe today.

  • Pay a visit to the Slieve League Cultural Centre
  • Continue on to the Slieve League cliffs for incredible panoramic views from nearly 2,000 feet above sea level
  • Opt to join your guide on a walk along the cliffs
  • Meet up with a teacher at a local college in the village of Glencolumbkille for an Irish language lesson
  • Enter a local weaving shop in Donegal to see a demonstration and learn about the famous Donegal tweed
County Mayo2 nights
Day 6: County Mayo via Glencar & Sligo
Included meals: Breakfast, Liquor tasting, Dinner

Journey south along the Wild Atlantic Way and through the landscapes immortalized by the poetry of William Butler Yeats.

  • Visit Glencar Waterfall, which is mentioned in W. B. Yeats’ poem titled The Stolen Child
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Sligo
  • Stop to try a cup of Irish coffee
  • Join an archaeologist local guide at the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, which is home to tombs that are among the most important prehistoric monuments in Europe
  • Arrive in the village of Westport in County Mayo

Sit down to an included dinner with your group this evening.

Day 7: Achill Island
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Achill Island for a guided tour of the idyllic destination along the Wild Atlantic Way with your Tour Director.

  • Pass by many blanket bogs en route to the charming village of Dooagh
  • Walk through the landscapes surrounding Keem Bay and visit Keem Beach
  • Cross the Michael Davitt Bridge on your way back to Westport

Enjoy a free afternoon in County Mayo or add an excursion.

Glen Keen Farm & Dinner

From $205 per person

County Clare2 nights
Day 8: County Clare via Connemara National Park & Galway
Included meal: Breakfast

Venture down the coast to County Clare, making several scenic stops en route.

  • Visit the charming village of Leenane
  • Spot Ireland’s only fjord in Killary Harbor, then soak in views of the Maumturk mountain range en route to Connemara National Park
  • Enter Kylemore Abbey and take time to explore its Victorian walled garden
  • Drive through the picture-perfect landscapes of Connemara, stopping at the Inagh Valley and Maam Cross
  • Arrive in Galway, where you’ll follow your Tour Director on a guided walking tour
  • Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, the Druid Theatre Company, and the broad expanse of Eyre Square
  • View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch
  • Continue on to your hotel in County Clare
Day 9: The Cliffs of Moher
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Join a local guide for a scenic walk along the Cliffs of Moher.

  • Set off on a trail along the mesmerizing coastline of the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean
  • Soak in the views from Hag's Head, the southernmost point of the cliffs
  • Enjoy free time at the visitor’s center

Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore County Clare on your own.

This evening, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Shannon airport for your flight home or continue on to County Kerry.

Extension to County Kerry & Dublin
When you picture Ireland, you’re probably thinking of County Kerry, home to some of the country’s most iconic spots. Continue your trip south along the Wild Atlantic Way to County Kerry and enjoy guided tours of Killarney National Park, then delve into history in neighboring county Limerick.
County Kerry2 nights
Day 10: County Kerry via Killarney
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Travel to Killarney to enjoy free time to shop and eat lunch. Then, enjoy a tasting of local ice cream before settling in to your hotel in County Kerry.

Day 11: Free day in County Kerry
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day exploring County Kerry on your own or add an excursion.

Dingle Peninsula Walk & Whiskey Tasting

From $135 per person

Dublin1 night
Day 12: Killarney National Park & transfer to Dublin
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Head to Killarney National Park, Ireland’s first national park, which has grown to 25,000 acres of diverse ecological landscapes.

  • Take a guided walking tour through Killarney National Park’s most magnificent landscapes around Muckross Lake
  • Walk along Muckross Peninsula, which separates Muckross Lake from Lough Leane
  • Try to spot the red squirrels, red deer, lush ferns, and green moss throughout Reenadinna Wood
  • Stop at the 200-year-old Dinis Cottage and stroll along a short path that leads to the Meeting of the Waters, where Killarney’s Upper Lake flows down to join the lower loughs
  • Visit the stately Tudor-style Muckross House, donated to the Irish state in 1932

Continue on to Dublin and enjoy a farewell dinner as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    Wild Atlantic Way
    5/23/24 by 4th-time traveler Donald

    Can’t imagine a better choice of Irish destinations or tour guides. My hat is off to Liam for adding so much context and meaning to this wonderful tour. Fantastic all around!

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    Ireland walking tour of the Wild West Atlantic Way
    5/11/24 by 1st-time traveler Judy

    My husband and I enjoyed every single day of our trip. It was exactly what we had in mind. Seeing the beautiful countryside and learning some history. Every day was different and full of scenery, whether touring the towns, visiting the Abby's, finding a good place to eat, viewing the Atlantic Ocean ...

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    Wild Atlantic Way
    5/11/24 by 1st-time traveler Nfn

    This was my first time using the company, but it won't be my last. They took care of everything from start to finish, making for a very enjoyable trip. The tour director was super knowledgeable and the bus operator felt like family. I've never done a group guided tour in the past but will certainly ...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/24/24

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Stormont Hotel
    Stormont Hotel

    This charming hotel is located in lush East Belfast. Guests enjoy the restaurant, beautifully decorated rooms, and stylish cocktail bar. Nearby you'll...

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    Sandhouse Hotel
    Sandhouse Hotel

    This sophisticated hotel is located in the coastal village of Rossnowlagh. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find Rossnowlagh Be...

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    The Castlecourt Hotel
    The Castlecourt Hotel

    This family-owned hotel is located in the Wild Atlantic Way town of Westport. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, outdoor rock hot tub, and live music night...

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    Temple Gate Hotel
    Temple Gate Hotel

    This cozy hotel is located in Ennis Town. Guests enjoy live music, an on-site coffee house, and the charming pub. Nearby, you’ll find the Clare Museum...

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    Randles Hotel Killarney
    Randles Hotel Killarney

    This luxurious hotel is located in Killarney. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness room, and sauna. Nearby you'll find Muckross Abbey, Killarney Brew...

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    Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport
    Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport

    This deluxe hotel is located a few minutes away from the Dublin Airport, Guests enjoy the coffee bar, fitness center, and on-site restaurant. Nearby y...

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    Flights

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