Unlock the west of Ireland's varied and beautiful landscape with this Wild Atlantic Way coastal tour. Our journey along the Atlantic Edge of Ireland will explore some of the most remote and wildest places in the country taking in spectacular cliff walks, pristine beaches and dramatic sea stacks.
The town of Sligo is our starting point, known as the Surf Coast, and from this vibrant town we will spend the week hiking along the Wild Atlantic Way to finish up in the city of Galway. Along the way we will get to know the origins Ireland's famous myths and legends whilst visiting iconic heritage sites of this ancient landscape.
From Sligo this seven day walking tour continues to the rarely explored North Mayo coastline, Achill Island, Ireland's largest offshore island, and Ballycroy/Wild Nephin National Park. Our journey will wander south along Clew Bay where it is said there is an island for every day of the year! From the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way you'll enjoy Ireland's Big Sky country and a true sense of Ireland's wild side.
Each evening we will relax in luxurious accommodation and sample some of Mayo's Finest food from land and sea. With it's location on the Wild Atlantic Way, we have some of the finest, freshest seafood (crab, lobster, mussels, oysters, wild salmon) in the world. Our world famous, sea-spray mountain lamb, is a taste sensation. Add to this our fresh, organically grown local produce, local cheeses, artisan breads and a locally brewed craft beer, you certainly won't go hungry.
This morning after a hearty breakfast, we head out to the Dartry mountains and the inspiration for many of William Butler Yeats' poetry. We will take a brief visit to his final resting place before we head up to the hike the iconic mountain of Ben Bulben - Ireland's table mountain! In the afternoon we visit the fine Country House and Gardens of Lissaddel to learn about another heroic Irish woman, Countess Constance Markievicz, and her connection with this region.
Leaving Sligo, we head west along the Wild Atlantic Way, stopping en route to walk along the pristine beaches of the Surf Coast and on to the historic town of Ballina, County Mayo. The town spans the banks of the River Moy, and is officially designated Ireland's salmon capital. Ballina is a cultural hotspot teaming with museums, traditional streetscapes, gothic cathedral and home to Belleek Castle containing 16th century armoury and the Marshall Doran collection. After a fine lunch today we will head to Enniscoe Country Estate and Heritage centre where you can investigate your family tree or enjoy the country estate and gardens.
This morning we will have time for a short walk around the Westport House and Gardens, ancestral home to Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen, before leaving for our final journey together into the city of Galway for your onward journey.
Our guides are a quirky bunch! Each has a special interest to add a little sparkle to your visit - from Mountain Leaders and Dark Sky Rangers to Magicians and Storytellers. We have a diverse group of experienced, sociable guides with a shared passion for natural heritage and exploring the cultural landscape.View Profile
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