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Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands
ITB Approved Hotels and Guesthouses with ensuite facilities
This three centre, guided walk covers three very different areas of the west coast of Ireland - the Burren, Aran Islands and Connemara. You will be based in hotels and guesthouses in locations that provide the richest variety of geology, scenery and walking conditions that could be desired. The Burren is a remarkable area of more than 100 square miles of limestone landscape, where a rich variety of plants thrive in the cracks and crevices. Enjoy the birds eye view of the dramatic west coast of Ireland on the short flight to the Aran Islands, where Gaelic is still spoken. Explore the many archealogical sites of the island, including the pre-historic fort Dun Aonghasa. Old pilgrimage sites and boglands rich in flowers are the treats of Connemara.
Tour Highlights: - The renowned karst limestone habitat of the Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Flight over west coast to Aran Islands - 2 nights on Aran islands & Dun Aengus fort
DAY 1 Arrival Transfer from Shannon Airport to hotel in Lisdoonvarna, renowned for traditional Irish music. Dinner and briefing.
DAY 2 Cliffs of Moher Gentle walks by the Atlantic Coast will allow you to explore the countryside while introducing you to Irish walking. Visit the famous Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Lisdoonvarna. Distance 10km/6 miles
DAY 3 The Burren The Burren is a unique internationally-important habitat. You can explore it through a combination of walking on green roads and traversing of the karst limestone pavements, interspersed with rare arctic and alpine flowers. Overnight in Lisdoonvarna. Distance 13km/8 miles Ascent: 275m/900ft
DAY 4 The Aran Islands Short flight over Galway Bay to the Irish-speaking Aran Islands. Walk to the southeast of the island to spectacular cliffs and puffing holes. Carry on to the Iron Age Black Fort (Dun Duchathair). Overnight on the Aran Islands. Distance 14km/8 miles
DAY 5 The Aran Islands - Dun Aengus Visit archaeological sites including the pre-historic fort, Dun Aengus and Poll na bPeist (worm hole), all set in a stony landscape from which a living is laboriously wrenched. Overnight on the Aran Islands. Distance 21km/13 miles
DAY 6 The Western Way You walk on the Western Way (Galway), from the pilgrimage site on the pass of Maumeen, along the slopes of the quartize Maamturk Mountains towards the fjord of Killary Harbour. Overnight in Connemara. Distance 19km/12 miles Ascent: 150m/500ft
DAY 7 The Connemara Coast You explore the vast land - and seascape - clear sea water, bogland rich in flora, stream and lake. If the weather suits, the walk can end on a beach. Overnight in Connemara. Distance 16km/10 miles
What your Guided Walk includes: • 7 nights accommodation based on 2 adults sharing in Irish Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses with ensuite facilities • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts • 6 Packed Lunches • 7 Dinners • Experienced Guide throughout itinerary • Luggage Transfers • Return flight to Aran Islands