Pure Nature – the big tour

Karst landscapes, Boglands, lakes, ocean and island – spending time in nature

From Kerry to the Burren, Connemara, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, the North, the Antrim coast to Dublin – walks and visits to special places: 4 of the 6 National Parks, Aran Island and Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway, Sliabh Liag cliffs in Donegal and much more

Small Group Tour / Date on request / 14 nights / Price on request

Tour Highlights

  • 4 of the 6 National Parks: Killarney, Burren, Connemara, Glenveagh
  • Aran Island Inis Oírr and Cliffs of Moher
  • Deserted Village (Heinrich Böll) on Achill Island
  • Knocknarea with legendary Queen Maeve’s Cairn and burial chamber
  • Sliabh Liag in Donegal: Ireland’s second highest cliffs
    Giant’s Causeway
  • ‘The Gobbins’ Cliff-walk, designed by a railway engineer

Summary

With this tour for a small group you will experience Ireland’s nature and the wild landscapes along its coastline. On purpose we stay away from cities and crowded places. We travel from Kerry in the Southwest with its mountain ranges, through the magic Burren limestone landscape, the boglands and lakes of Connemara. We will visit one of the Aran islands and beautiful Achill Island with a deserted village. We will see two famous cliffs and the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, we will walk up hills and mountains, along the shore, visit sandy beaches in walks of 3 to 4 hour length. To replenish our strength Ireland has many wonderful places offering a wide range of culinary delights along the way.

If a fortnight is too long we also offer a short version of this tour travelling from Sligo to Kerry. And as always – please contact us if this inspires you to have your private bespoke tour.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival
Arrival in Dublin, travel onwards by plane to Kerry Airport or by railway to Killarney, where I will meet and greet you.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Killarney

 

Day 2:  Killarney – Ring of Kerry or National Park – local attractions
Options for this day: Roundtrip on the Ring of Kerry or walking in Killarney National Park with its mountains, lakes and ancient oak trees. We can also visit some places of interest: for example the ruins of Muckross Abbey with its magnificent old yew-tree growing inside the cloister, Killarney cathedral, or Ross Castle right beside a lake, as well as other possibilities which we can arrange at short notice. In the evening we can enjoy a spectacular Irish Show, featuring World Champions of Irish Dance and very talented musicians, a much loved event.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Killarney

 

Day 3: Burren landscape – Poulnabrone Dolmen – Corcomroe Abbey – Chocolate
We will travel through the Burren Region, a very special landscape with its unique and beautiful flora, formed out of limestone karst. Here we can – depending on our choice of itinerary – visit the well-known portal dolmen Poulnabrone as well as the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey ‘Corcomroe’ in the valley of the ‘fertile rock’, go on a short walk and visit a small but exquisite chocolate manufactory.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Kinvara – Oranmore area

 

Day 4: Burren National Park – culinary delights and Burren flora
Today we explore the Burren National Park on a 3 1/2 hr walk up along Mullaghmore. After our excursions we might try some local craft beers with our lunch in the ‘Roadside Tavern’ in Lisdoonvarna and/or visit the well-known ‘Burren Smokehouse’ for a taste of salmon and visit Burren Perfumery with its fragrant herb garden and filmshow about the Burren plants and flowers.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Kinvara – Oranmore area

 

Day 5:  Connemara
Our main event for the day is a walk up Diamond Hill with panoramic views across Connemara boglands and lakes as far as out into the Atlantic, it is located in the Connemara National Park. On our home journey we will travel through South Connemara along Galway Bay, a café or pub overlooking the ocean might entice us for a little rest along the way.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Kinvara – Oranmore area

 

Day 6: Inis Oírr and Cliffs of Moher
Boattrip across from Doolin to Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands. From the boat at sea we will have a perfect view of the famous Cliffs of Moher. In Inis Oírr you can explore many historic sites: a ruined towerhouse, built by the O’Briens; a sunken church ruin in the sanddunes; a shipwreck from the 1960s and much more. The island is 8 km² in size and easy to explore on foot, bicycle hire is also available. You can also sample freshly caught mackerel.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Kinvara – Oranmore area

 

Day 7: Choice of Croagh Patrick – Museum – Westport House – Beach and Murrisk Abbey
It is your choice today – a climb up the holy mountain, Croagh Patrick (762m/2.500ft) which will take around 4 hours or a gentler approach with a stop at the Museum for Country Life, a lovely stroll along a river, a visit to Abbey ruins and a long stretch of beach at Bertragh. A visit to Westport House, once home to a famous family, is another option for today.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Westport area

 

Day 8:  Achill Island
We are heading further West today, out to Achill Island, on a round trip you can enjoy the spectacular landscape of this island. A guided walk will bring us to the ‘deserted village’ as described by German author Heinrich Böll. After sampling some local delicacies for lunch we can relax with a stroll on one of the sandy beaches.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Westport area

 

Day 9: Knocknarea – Strandhill Beach – Glencar Waterfall
We are travelling north today stopping at the hill Knocknarea (320m), which dominates the skyline near Sligo. A 2 hour looped walk will bring us to legendary Queen Maeve’s grave mound with stunning views over the Atlantic. After a lunch and an optional walk on the beach in Strandhill we venture into County Leitrim to visit Glencar waterfall made famous by a poem of William B Yeats. With a bit of luck we might see the sun setting over the Ocean tonight.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Sligo area

 

Day 10:  Donegal – Sliabh Liag – Letterkenny
After a short stop in Donegal Town with the ruins of a famous abbey, a tower house of the O’Donnells and a Craft Village we travel along the coastline, passing through the fishing town of Killybegs, out as far as Sliabh Liag, the second highest cliffs in Ireland, which we will explore on a walk. From here we drive on through a beautiful valley to Ardara, then on to Letterkenny.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Letterkenny area

 

Day 11: Glenveagh and Mount Errigal
We are visiting another National Park today – Glenveagh with its beautiful gardens amidst a wild landscape. You can choose an easy day walking within the National Park on the many walks surrounding the castle or you choose to climb Mount Errigal, with its 751 m the highest peak in Donegal. Fabulous views over the vast boglands of the Northwest will be your reward.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in Letterkenny area

 

Day 12:  Giant’s Causeway – Antrim coast road – Ballygally
Onwards on our journey along the North coast we will stop at the famous Giant’s Causeway and a walk along the basalt colums will be a special treat. From here we travel along the coast of Antrim with its deep valleys and spectacular views over towards Scotland. We might stop for a meal at the Ballycastle Hotel in Ballygally where the ghost of Lady Isabella still resides.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in the larger Ballygally area

 

Day 13: The Gobbins – Antrim Valleys – Glenarm
One of the highlights of our tour is a visit of ‘The Gobbins’, a walkway directly along and above the coast, designed by a railway engineer, opened 1902, then closed for many years, re-opened for visitors since 2015. We will have a guided 2 1/2 hr walk, including a film and exhibition. The other part of today we will spend on a drive and maybe a walk in one ot the valleys of Antrim with a stop at Glenarm Castle with its beautiful gardens.

Overnight B&B or Hotel in the larger Ballygally area

 

Day 14:  Monasterboice – North Dublin coastal walk
On this our last day we make our way to North Dublin, we are passing by Monasterboice, where we will see two important features of an Irish monastery – a round tower and high crosses. Malahide Castle Gardens and Butterfly house will be our afternoon stop and we can end the day with a beach walk.

Overnight B&B or Hotel near Dublin Airport

 

Day 15:  Departure
Transfer to Dublin Airport. Or maybe you wish to extend your visit in Ireland and spend some time in Dublin. We gladly help to plan and arrange your expanded programme. Or if you do not have enough time for this tour please check out the shorter version ‘Pure Nature’ – 7 nights

Services included in the tour price:

  • 2x Overnight stays and breakfast in a Guest House or Hotel in Killarney area
  • 4x Overnight stays and breakfast in a Guest House or Hotel in Kinvara/Oranmore area
  • 2x Overnight stays and breakfast in a Guest House or Hotel in Westport area
  • 1x Overnight stay and breakfast in a Guest House or Hotel in Sligo area
  • 2x Overnight stays and breakfast in a Guest House or Hotel in Letterkenny area
  • 2x Overnight stays and breakfast in a Guest House or Hotel in Ballygally/Larne area
  • 1x Overnight stay and breakfast in a Guest House or Hotel near Dubin Airport
  • Transfer to Dublin Airport on your departure day
  • Private chauffeur and guide throughout your stay
  • Round trip according to your tour programme (Programme subject to change)
  • All travels in a modern Minibus
  • Information materials for your tour
  • Entrance fees:
    • Boat trip Inis Oírr and Cliffs of Moher
    • Guided Walk Achill Island
    • Sliabh Liag
    • Giant’s Causeway
    • The Gobbins
    • Glenveagh National Park Shuttle
    • Malahide Castle Gardens and Butterfly House

Services not included:
Flights, personal expenses, gratuities, food and drinks

Further Information:

Tour date: on request
Minimum number of participants: 4* participants (*Prices for 2 or 3 participants on request)
Maximum number of participants: 7 participants

Tour Prices*:
per person sharing a double/twin room (flights not included)
per person travelling in a group of 4: on request
per person travelling in a group of 5: on request
per person travelling in a group of 6: on request
per person travelling in a group of 7: on request
Single room supplement on request
*definite prices will be confirmed with tour date

Note: Single rooms are rare in Ireland, you will usually get a double room to use for a single booking. For that reason prices for single rooms tend to be quite high.

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Tours with Andrea – why are they unique?

If you prefer to travel in a small group of likeminded people, friends or family, if you are looking for excellent personal service and an easy way to travel while you have the freedom to follow your own interests, I prepared these tours for you.
Together we will explore Ireland, the highlights and the hidden corners. I will introduce you to Ireland’s culture and history and also find you culinary treats and specialities. You will truly discover this beautiful country.

I will personally prepare your travel with you and by the time I meet you at the airport it will be as if we have met before.

Please choose from wonderful tours relating to different themes and a variety of regions. Or contact me about a bespoke individual tour programme.

Insider Tips

You will see hidden places away from mass tourism and you find stops and routes on our itinerary that you will not find on a standard coach tour. I have many contacts all across Ireland to use for any special requests.

I love Ireland

I will show you the genuine Ireland. I live in the country you are visiting. During the Winter time I go and find new ideas and contacts, excellent accommodation and interesting places.

Small Groups

We travel in small groups, meeting local people. We have an abundance of leisure to relax and unwind. We have the time for unplanned detours, should the opportunity arise.

Our Services

We are here

We are at home here, we have the local knowledge and contacts to give you a truly unique experience. If you are not used to driving on the left hand side you will enjoy being chauffeured free of worries. We book your accommodation, events and activities and I am there for you to support you if needed.

Transport

Our vehicle for chauffeured tours is a practically new Volkswagen Transporter for maximum 8 guests, for 2021 we are limiting our guest numbers to 6. Sitting a bit higher than in a limousine you will have a great view and see more of the landscape passing by. For extended tours we have plenty of room for your luggage.

Sustainability and climate change

Environmental awareness is an important part of our travel philosophy. We prioritise partners and businesses who engage themselves in climate protection. The preservation of Ireland's natural habitats and precious historic sites is important to us. To counter CO2 emissions caused by travel we will plant a native Irish tree for each guest on one of our extended tours. Only a small part of Ireland's extensive forests is still existing today, with your help we want to support the natural reforestation of this island. Talk to us to find out more.

Peace of Mind

Andaire is registered with the Irish Tourist board and you will see the white and green logo of the Covid-19-Safety charter on our website which shows you we have been educated in infection control and adhere to strict hygiene measures and are also subject to spot checks. You can find us on the Directory of Covid-19 Compliant Businesses. Our chauffeurs and vehicles are fully licensed and insured.

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