The West of Ireland

The Wild Atlantic, amazing landscapes and city of culture, Galway.

The Wild Atlantic and amazing landscapes – Aran Island and Lighthouse, the bogs and lakes of Connemara, the famous Cliffs of Moher at sunset, Galway City.

Small Group Tour / Date on request / 1075 km/668 miles covered / Price  from €1,250 pp / 7 nights

Tour Highlights

  • Connemara und Boat trip on Lough Corrib
  • Cliffs of Moher at night
  • Culture City Galway
  • Loop Head Lighthouse
  • Trip to Aran Island

Summary

Ireland, or Eire, the ‘Green Isle’ in the Atlantic Ocean on the Western edge of Europe, is inviting you: with its temperate climate, green fields, hills and valleys, with its vast and lonely moorlands and its incredibly varied coastal landscapes.

This travel programme in a small group (7 persons max) will offer you a variety of impressions and experiences, while we are only changing our accommodation once: Excursions into the remote areas of Connemara as well as the bizarre stony landscape of the Burren; visits to well known historic sites like Clonmacnoise, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head Lighthouse, and the culture city of Galway. We will also travel on water: across the sea to visit the Aran Islands and a boat trip on the Ireland’s largest lake  – Lough Corrib.

Along the way I will offer you an in-depth view into culture, history and daily life in Ireland, while you can relax and enjoy your trip. Within a small group – after consulting with all participants – I can look after special requests along the way.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Oranmore  215 km

On your arrival in Dublin I will personally welcome you. Our journey then will lead us across the country towards the West. On route we will stop at one of the most famous monastic sites of Ireland, Clonmacnoise, founded in the 6th Century. On this site on the banks of the majestic river Shannon we will walk among the ruins of buildings from the 10th to the 13th century, see High Crosses with their intricate celtic stone art as well as interesting round towers. We will continue our journey across the Shannon westward and stay overnight in Oranmore, a small town located on Galway Bay with cosy pubs and a choice of restaurants.

Overnight stay and breakfast in Armorica Boutique Guest House in Oranmore or similar

 

Day 2:  Southern Connemara and Galway  139 km

Today our journey will bring us into the boglands and along the deeply curved coastline of South Connemara. You can look forward to seeing isolated landscapes, the wild Atlantic, boglands, lakes and sheep. We will drive to the tip of one of the many peninsulas reaching into Galway Bay and enjoy the view across the bay over to the hills of the Burren. In the afternoon we will have a guided walk through Galway City, listening to the rich history and viewing many of its attractions. You will have plenty of time for your own explorations in this lively city with its street music, pubs and small shops. We will return to Oranmore which is just 11 km from Galway city centre, you could go out again at night and visit some music pubs or an Irish Dance Show in Galway city.

Overnight stay and breakfast in Armorica Boutique Guest House in Oranmore or similar

 

Day 3:  Lough Corrib Boat Trip – Cong – Mayo  168 km

Leaving Oranmore for the day, we will travel northwards to the town of Cong, which is located in between two major lakes. You can view the ruins of Cong Abbey, another historic site, with a large yew tree alley, or a modern church with beautiful stained glass windows. The town and adjacent woods invite a leisurely walk. The area was one of the locations of the famous movie ‘The Quiet Man’ with Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne. A small museum is housed in a traditional thatched cottage. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes for refreshments.
In the afternoon we will join a river cruise on the largest Irish lake, Lough Corrib, and stop at one of the over 300 islands, Inchagoill. The name translates as ‘Island of the pious strangers’. To this day the old ruined church and a graveyard offer an air of peace and tranquility. From the lake we will also catch a glimpse of Ashford Castle in the distance. Once owned by the Guinness family, it nowadays funtions as a luxury hotel.

Overnight stay and breakfast in Armorica Boutique Guest House in Oranmore or similar

 

Day 4:  Northern Connemara – Kylemore Abbey  191km

Today we will explore Northern Connemara: we drive along mountains, lakes and boglands and visit Kylemore Abbey, which was built as a grandios Victorian residence. In the early 20th century a Benedictine Order acquired it as their convent and ran a boarding school for girls here for many years.
Today it is one of the most popular visitor attractions. It offers walks along beautiful lakes, a large walled garden, an exquisite small church, and the convent itself. An exhibition detailing its interesting history can be viewed here. For the afternoon you can look forward to a meandering drive along minor roads: through remote valleys, along dark lakes and coastline of the fjord at Killary Harbour.

Overnight stay and breakfast in Armorica Boutique Guest House in Oranmore or similar

 

Day 5:  Burren inland  120 km

Change of scenery – after Connemara’s moorlands, mountains and lakes we will drive southward into the Karst landscape of the Burren, we will stop at the small Hazel Mountain Chocolate factory, where chocolate is manufactured from cocoa beans to the finished products. Travelling on we will go on a very special walk across the bare limestone pavements. Even though these bare areas are very exposed to the elements, we find an amazingly rich variety of alpine, arctic and mediterranean flowers and plants – a botanist’s paradise. We will then find our way to the Burren Perfumery well known for their natural perfumes, soaps, and cremes. There you can watch the splendour of the flora and fauna as photographed throughout the year, presented in a slideshow and also visit their lovely little cafe. Before we reach Ennistymon for our overnight, we will view a ringfort and the famous Poulnabrone Dolmen.
In the evening a special treat might awaits, if the Weather God treats us well: we will visit the world famous Cliffs of Moher and, weather permitting, experiencing a sunset at the Atlantic Edge of Ireland.

Overnight stay and breakfast in 4* Falls Hotel in Ennistymon or similar

 

Day 6:  Inis Oírr  30 km

Island Day: departing from Doolin we will take a modern small ferry boat over to the smallest of the three Aran Islands, Inis Oírr. We can explore the island on foot, by bicycle or horse cart and explore a sunken ruined church, a tower house at the centre of an older ringfort, a shipwreck and much more… Typical for the Aran islands are the many miles of stone walls, built up by generations to shelter animals and fields. On the journey back to the mainland we will see the Cliffs of Moher from their most spectacular side: upwards from the Atlantic. They stretch over 8 km up to a height of over 200 meters.

Overnight Stay and Breakfast in 4* Falls Hotel in Ennistymon or similar

 

Day 7:  Loop Head Lighthouse – ‘Cliffs of Nowhere’ – Kilkee  146 km

For today – out last day’s outing – we will travel along the Wild Atlantic Way to reach the Lighthouse at Loop Head, the most southwesterly point of County Clare, near the mouth of the river Shannon. We will visit the lighthouse, which was erected there in the 17th Century. From the top you can enjoy a view stretching out across thousands of miles of Atlantic Ocean. After a short walkabout we travel on to the small town of Kilkee with its sandy beach to reach a walkway along the coast. You will see cliff formations, natural amphitheatres, swimming pools and coves. Other than at the Cliffs of Moher here we will get close to the wildness of the elements and the rugged rocks.

Overnight stay and breakfast in 4* Falls Hotel in Ennistymon or similar

 

Day 8:  Limerick – Dublin  66 km

Today we will say our goodbyes: after one hour’s travel to Limerick you can take a coach directly to Dublin Airport. Or maybe you wish to extend your visit in Ireland and spend time in Limerick, Galway or Dublin. We are happy to help you plan and arrange your expanded programme, please contact us.

 

Services included in the tour price:

  • 4x Overnight stays and breakfast in Armorica Boutique Guest House in Oranmore or similar
  • 3x Overnight stays and breakfast in 4* Falls Hotel in Ennistymon or similar
  • Transfer from Ennistymon to the bus station in Limerick 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:
    • Clonmacnoise site und exhibition
    • Lough Corrib Cruise to Inchagoill island
    • Kylemore Abbey
    • Boat trip to Inis Oírr and Cliffs of Moher
    • Loop Head Leuchtturm

Services not included:
Flights, personal expenses, gratuities, food and drinks Return journeys are organised individually.
We are happy to support you with booking bus or train tickets (Booking fee per person € 10)

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 7: ca € 1.250
per person travelling in a group of 6: ca € 1.350
per person travelling in a group of 5: ca € 1.500
per person travelling in a group of 4: ca € 1.750
Single room supplement ca € 180
*definite prices will be confirmed with tour date

Notice: 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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