West of Ireland Adventure
Ireland, 8 Days From $ 3,450 per adult Themes
A Greenloons exclusive family (or couples and friends) adventure!
The iconic headlands of the Cliffs of Moher and the music-filled pubs of Doolin are a draw for many, but we'll use them as an excuse to plunge further, for you'll be right on the edge of the Burren, a stark, lunar landscape of wild beauty and spectacularly wild Atlantic seascapes.
You'll be touring along a new route called the Wild Atlantic Way - complete with hiking, culinary, kayaking and artistic delights - along the rugged west coastline of Ireland. Colorful small shops and cozy pubs, traditional cottages and houses are just a few of the other attributes of this fully-guided and customizable family trip.
The Irish county of Clare (An Clár) is situated in the mid-west region of Ireland, boasting truly breathtaking scenery and a wonderfully warm, charming and welcoming people. Clare is a magical county, full of surprise and contrast. It combines an Atlantic-pounded coast, and dramatic and unique wind-swept landscapes with artefacts from prehistory through medieval times.
What will really get into your soul is that Clare carries a song in its heart. This is the center for traditional Irish music. From tiny village pubs to large venues, you'll hear the county's musicians not just keeping the legacy of song alive but refining and developing it.
Further, the region of Connemara in County Galway, is known for its wild, rugged and "savage beauty" - (according to Oscar Wilde), its moody landscapes of craggy mountains, tumbling pebble streams, clear rivers and Loughs, windswept blanket bogs, dramatic islands, tranquil coves and picturesque fishing villages.
You'll be guided by very knowledgeable and 100% Irish guides who will help you discover this landscape, engage with the peoples of the Gaelic Aran Islands and of course participate in all the exciting activities the region has to offer!
Flexible date(s). Please Contact Us.
Kayaking & Rafting
Hiking & Trekking
History & Culture
Why Authentic Ecotourism?
Most of the activity providers and accommodations are members of the Burren Ecotourism Network (B.E.N.), which is a network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognized sustainable tourism region ensuring the future economic and social growth and sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage. It seeks to support continued training, mentoring and accreditation in sustainable tourism for its members.
DAY 1 - Arrival and travel to Doolin with optional visit to Bunratty Castle
Upon arrival at Shannon Airport, you will meet with your tour leader amd transfer to the village of Doolin. There, you will have the option of visiting Bunratty Castle and folkpark (not included). Otherwise, you'll check into the Green Hospitality Certifed 4* Doolin Hotel and discover the quaint town of Doolin, which is the center of traditional Irish music in Clare! Later, you will have the option to see the Cliffs of Moher by boat followed by dinner and music at a local pub or at the hotel's renowned restaurant (on your own).
DAY 2 – Explore the GeoPark and take a mountain walk in search of goat's cheese
After a full Irish breakfast, we'll explore the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geo Park followed by lunch at a local Burren Food Trail eatery (on your own). In the afternoon, there will be a guided Burren walk spotlighting the area's geology and botany, and including The Goats Cheese Mountain walk. Your guide will tell you the story of how her ancestors farmed the land and were almost self sufficient. Follow the goat trail to Melissa goat farm and witness how Melissa farms tends to her goats and makes cheese from their milk. Afterwards, you can visit the tea house for some home bread and cheese tasting. (Optional)
DAY 3 – Burren Food Trail - from field to plate
After breakfast, we'll tantalize your senses with artisan foods and signature dishes all along the Burren Food Trail. Including visiting the Burren smokehouse, tasting pure Irish ice cream, sampling the Burren's fine food & wine, and visiting kitchen gardens and farmers markets (on Saturdays). Make sure you sample a taste of the Burren brewery too.
DAY 4 - Sea Kayaking into the wild Burren
After breakfast, you have the option to participate in activities before heading our for a sea kayaking excursion into the wild Burren for some birdwatching as well as geology, nature and history lessons. Packed lunch will be provided during the tour.
DAY 5 - Discovering the Aran Islands
After breakfast, we'll take a ferry to the Aran Islands where we'll explore the ancient Inishmore island by bicycle. You'll enjoy this unique Irish Gaeltacht area, and learn to speak a few words in Gaelic too. We'll take a ferry transfer back to the mainland of Connemara and transfer to a Green Hospitality Certified 4* The Twelve Boutique Hotel, located in the village of Barna, which is known for its conservation efforts and its proximity to Galway City.
DAY 6 - E-Bike Cycling Tour of Connemara
After breakfast, we'll explore the Wild Atlantic Way some more with an electric bike (suitable for all ages and fitness levels). We'll take in the breathtaking land and seascapes of Connemara followed by lunch in a local village en route. Then, we'll continue exploring this rugged and moody landscape, of blanket bogs, many loughs dotted in the landscape, rivers and streams converging with the sea with its distant mountains views. Don't forget to bring your camera. After a day of cycling, you'll have dinner on your own in the area.
DAY 7 – Creative landscape painting workshop
After breakfast or lunch (your choice), you will participate in a landscape painting workshop held by a professional art tutor in the studio. Otherwise, you can go sailing, beach foraging and stand-up paddling, to name a few options. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner at the hotel where there will also be a discussion with the hotel's manager about their sustainability efforts.
DAY 8 - Departure
After breakfast, you'll be transferred back to Shannon Airport for your departing flight and hopefully some wonderful memories of Ireland's west coast.
- Green Hospitality certified and awarded accommodations include:
- 4* Doolin Hotel x 4 nights. Green Hospital Certified
- 4* The Twelve Hotel x 3 nights. Green Hospitality Certified
- Full Irish breakfasts each morning x 7
- Packed lunch on Day 4
- 3 course farewell dinner at The Twelve Hotel on Day 7
- Services of a qualified local lead tour guide throughout the tour. Member Burren Ecotourism Network
- Airport transfers to and from Shannon airport
- Coach Transport throughout the tour
- Return ferry tickets to Aran Islands
- Entrance tickets to Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
- Burren Experience
- Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience (S.T.E.P Certified)
- Burren Food Trail
- Sea Kayaking
- Bicycling on Aran Islands
- Painting workshop
- Electric biking in Connemara
Single Supplement Fee
Single Supplement starting at $300 per person
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Other Necessary Information
- Listed pricing is based on group of 4 adults during the High Season (May through September). Please inquire about alternate season pricing.
- There are discounts of up to 20% depending on the size of your group. Please inquire about special small group pricing.
- Children 3-12 years old charged a discounted price of $2,750 per child.