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8 Days
Availability : Flexible Dates
Shannon, Ireland
Shannon, Ireland
Min Age : 10+

A Greenloons exclusive family (or couples and friends) adventure!   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 artifacts from prehistory through medieval times. 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.

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.  

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.

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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. 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Doolin

Upon arrival at Shannon Airport, you will meet with your tour leader and transfer to the village of Doolin. There, you will have the option of visiting Bunratty Castle and folk park (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 2GeoPark

After a full Irish breakfast, we’ll explore the Burren and Cliffs of Moher GeoPark 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 tend to her goats and make cheese from their milk. Afterward, you can visit the tea house for some home bread and cheese tasting. (Optional)

Day 3Burren Food Trail

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 4Sea Kayak

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 5Aran 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 6E-Bike Cycling

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 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 8Departure

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred back to Shannon Airport for your departing flight and hopefully some wonderful memories of Ireland’s west coast.

Tour Details

Contact us for discounted children’s pricing if your group consists of between 4 people and 7 people or if you want to participate in other activities.

Price Includes

  • Accommodations in Standard Rooms
  • Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Packed Lunch on Day 4
  • 3 Course Farewell Dinner
  • Qualified Local Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Coach Transport
  • Return Ferry Tickets to Aran Islands
  • Entrance Tickets as Indicated
  • Noted Activities

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Optional Tours & Transfers

Optional Activities

  • Extensions to Dublin
  • Extensions to Cork