The South & West Skellig Michael Experience is the perfect blend of stunning scenery, epic landmarks and thrills galore. Visit the Rock of Cashel steeped in over a 1000 year of history, set foot on our tour highlight the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skellig Michael. Explore the beautiful sights of The Ring of Kerry. Explore Killarney National Park by bike and visit the jaw dropping sights of The Cliffs of Moher. Sail across Galway Bay to the spectacular Aran Islands and visit ancient sites including the prehistoric, clifftop fort Dún Aonghasa. Soak up the atmosphere in Galway – a medieval city that is rich in arts and culture.
We depart from Dublin and travel to the South of Ireland. As we journey to County Cork, we will stop at the wonderful Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel dates back over 1000 years and there we will get to visit its medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle. County Cork, also known as the Rebel County, is the largest county on Ireland. Next stop Cork. People from Cork city will always refer to their city as the REAL capital of Ireland, something that you will be reminded of quite often as you take our guided walking tour of the city. Our final destination is Clonakilty, County Cork, which was awarded the very prestigious title of best town in Europe in 2017!
We depart Clonakilty and drive towards the Beara Peninsula which is the only peninsula in Ireland that is located in two counties. You will now start to understand the true meaning “off the beaten track”. This is rural Ireland at its most beautiful. We will visit a Neolithic Stone Circle dating back to 3000 B.C. We then travel along the Ring of Kerry where our landmark highlights will include Moll’s Gap and Torc Waterfall. Our day continues as we drive to Killarney National Park where we will enjoy an adventurous two-hour cycle. We then leave Killarney and drive to Portmagee where we will spend the night.
There are only a very select few places on this planet that can be described as “out of this world” and Skellig Michael is unquestionably one of these. Today we visit Skellig Michael which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. You will actually visit the Island (weather conditions permitting). The island is naturally rugged, and the 599 steps will lead you up the 700ft climb to its peak. It is home to one of the world’s most treasured bird sanctuaries where you will see all types of wildlife and fauna in its untouched natural habitat. Once we arrive back from the Island we continue our route on the Ring of Kerry towards Dingle where we will spend the night.
Today we leave County Kerry behind and take the ferry to County Clare, home of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. From Skellig to the Cliffs, we are spoiled for natural beauty. The cliffs are spectacular and need to be seen in person to be justly appreciated. We will explore the cliffs by foot on a 3-hour hike with the roaring Wild Atlantic providing the perfect backdrop! There are many secret passages that we will show you that are not on the typical tourist route. We will spend the evening in the most welcoming and colorful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.
From Doolin pier, we sail across Galway Bay to the spectacular Aran Islands. We will take our bikes and cycle around the coastline where we will see many ancient sites along the winding paths. We journey to Rossaveal in County Galway by ferry. From here we will take a short one hour drive to the picturesque market town of Clifden which is nestled between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of Clifden Bay.
No trip to the West of Ireland would be complete without a visit to the City of the Tribes, Galway. Galway is a medieval city that is rich in arts and culture. Its year-round festival calendar is the envy of Europe and in 2020 it will serve as Europe’s Capital of Culture. The city has also seen a culinary renaissance over the last number of years and is now often referred to as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland“. Join us on our food tour where you will enjoy many wonderful tastes of produce from local food producers. Think artisan producers, cheese makers, craft beers projects, artisan chocolatiers and fishmongers and you will get a flavor what to expect. Then it will be time to head back to Dublin
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