To hike Ireland's gorgeous landscapes with our beloved Trip Leaders Con Moriarty and Ann Curran is to experience the wild and mystical side of this island in ways not possible on an “ordinary” tour. We'll walk the seascapes of the unspoiled Sheep's Head Peninsula, discover the pilgrim trails of the Dingle Peninsula, boat out to wild islands steeped in early Christian history, and hike into the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry past sparkling lakes and green pastures where sheep graze. We'll hear tales of clans and chieftains, enjoy pub evenings, and meet artists, shepherds, and singers throughout our journey. Come experience days full of magic—and the true spirit of Ireland.
Arrive: Cork, Ireland
Depart: Dingle, Ireland
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
Days 3-5 (3 nights)
Days 6-8 (3 nights)
Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.
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Liadh Ní MuircheartaighView Profile
This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system, depending on the hiking options you choose. You will need to be comfortable hiking 7 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 5 hours a day. You will need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group; however, there are alternative hiking options available most days. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.
"The Spirit of Ireland was fantastic! This is truly a beautiful experience, and Con and Ann are amazing. Thank you for all you do for travelers like us! I wish I had a way to describe this experience to you!"
Bill and Jill F.
"The trip was beyond great, a satisfying mix of hiking, music, and other activities, amid some of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen. It was 8 days of magic."
"Well planned, lots of beautiful walks, and plenty of time to enjoy the countryside. Great evening meals, music, and fun!"
"I was almost overcome by the beauty, history, and culture of Ireland—a magical trip. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime."
"This was a fantastic trip, full of wonderful hiking in a beautiful location, made so much more interesting by our terrific guides, Con Moriarty and Ann Curran. They had a wealth of information about the area, having grown up there, and so much information about the history and lore of Ireland. They also had great knowledge of current happenings and events, the best restaurants and shops and pubs."
San Mateo, CA
"A wonderful trip, with a great mix of hiking and learning."
"The Spirit of Ireland is the only possible way to describe this adventure. From beginning to end you are filled with the beauty and history of a very special place, shared with leaders deeply committed to every facet of Ireland, her culture, and landscapes."
Santa Fe, NM
"Definitely one of the best trips I've taken. Not only is Ireland just spectacularly beautiful, the accommodations were nice, we were well fed, and the hiking excursions were outstanding. The best part was our guides, Con and Ann. I'm spoiled for life. Thank you!"
"A spectacular trip! Ireland is a beautiful country. Hotels were charming and quaint, food was amazing, hikes were fantastic."
Coral Cables, FL
"This was the most wonderful walking tour imaginable. The itinerary and the quality of the guides especially, as well as the accommodations, food, etc., were first rate. Southern Ireland is beautiful, the food was fantastic, the music in Dingle divine!"
"‘Excellent’ doesn't come close to how I would describe the trip. It deserves more. ‘Spectacular’ or ‘The Best Ever,’ or words to that effect!"
"Ireland’s beauty was beyond all my expectations. People always comment on the green of Ireland, but for me it is a very magical place. The views spectacular, the people very friendly, the hikes were challenging and worth the effort. The history of the Irish people touched my soul."
San Diego, CA
"Con and Ann were incredible leaders. Caring, knowledgeable, wonderful. I cannot say enough of how wonderful they were during our trip."
"Sometimes the universe opens up and shares with you wondrous and mystical gifts. That was my experience on the Spirit of Ireland journey. I am grateful."
"The Spirit of Ireland was a magical experience infused with the spirit and passion of Con, whose love for his country and the people in our group was evident at every turn of our journey! Ann was fabulous too, with her sunny smiles and sense of humor. The two are an awesome team!"
Mary Ellen M.
"This trip was an experience one could never get on a 'regular' tour of Ireland. You might see the usual tourist sites, but you would never see or experience what we did with Con."
"With his larger than life-size charm and personality, Con truly is the Pied Piper of Ireland! He is supremely knowledgeable and passionate about his country's culture. Which means hiking with Con is like taking a moveable history class. Thanks to his intimate knowledge of the area (both in terms of the land and its inhabitants) we were able to enjoy a very personal journey filled with wonderful music, fascinating facts and thought-provoking insights."
"Far above excellent. The experience far exceeded my expectations and sent me home with a love for Ireland, Irish history, music, land, and sea! A perfect trip."
Half Moon Bay, CA
"Our guides, Con and Ann, were absolutely wonderful! They exceeded my expectations by a long shot! They both were so professional, attentive to our needs, concerned for our safety, knowledgeable, and entertaining! I appreciated their warmth, wonderful personalities, and enthusiasm for what they do. Simply put, I couldn't be more pleased."
Los Angeles, CA
"This was an extraordinary experience of the west of Ireland, the wild and mystical side of this amazing island."
"Both Con and Ann went out of their way to make the trip one of the most memorable trips for each of us. Both of them are so knowledgeable of the history of the island and made each of us feel welcome. Perfect leaders."
"This trip was absolutely fantastic—especially because of the two guides. The countryside was breathtaking, and the individual destinations were spectacular. And I loved the boat rides!"
"This was an excellent trip! We enjoyed every minute of it! The guides were tremendous...the hiking was terrific...and the people we met are our new friends!"
"Con and Ann embraced us as if we were family. Always concerned about our welfare and safety. I would return just to be with them and the ‘spirit of Ireland.’"
"Ireland is a magical corner of this world and I feel very lucky to have had it so beautifully revealed."
"This was our first trip with Wilderness Travel, but we were with many friends on the trip who have done over 10 of them...and now I see why. Everything was perfect, from hotels to food, to hiking and itinerary—we loved every minute! Wilderness does it right."
Tim and Kacey S.
"Waterfalls everywhere, sometimes seeming to flow backwards when a great gust of wind sent enormous plumes of spray skyward. The wind was strong and the rain was constant with vast sheets of it dancing magically across the mountain sides. The force of the Irish weather combined with the landscape created a feeling of being . . . being in exactly the right place at precisely the right time. You just had to grab the moment with both hands and hold on tight. Imagine the blasts of wind against your body, the sharp peppering of rain on your face, the sloppy sucking sounds your boots make as they land on and pull out of this muddy, mucky, grassy area. Nothing but beauty all around, air so fresh it shocks your lungs, and a heart full to brimming with joy. Do you have that in your mind? If so, you have an inkling of what it felt like to be there."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.