The long west coast of Ireland is blessed with islands, peninsulas, seaside villages, and the most stunning sea cliffs in Europe. With our legendary Irish Trip Leaders, we'll explore this stronghold of Irish culture with hikes atop the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, through the moonscapes of the Burren, with its Bronze Age burial sites, along pilgrim trails on Ireland's holy mountain, and in wild Connemara and the fascinating Aran Islands. Meet farmers, musicians, and artists, savor sea-to-table cuisine, hear the lilting sound of the fiddle in local pubs, and enjoy a warm welcome at our historic lodges and island guesthouses.
Arrive: Galway, Ireland
Depart: Galway, 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 3-4 (2 nights)
Recess, Connemara, Ireland
Days 5-8 (4 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
"Once again, Wilderness Travel has exceeded my expectations. The trip blew my heart and mind open with its variety, its delicious food and drink, its exquisite hikes, its comfortable nights, its brilliant guides."
"I would do this again in a flash—spectacular itinerary, well-organized, great hikes."
"Wonderfully planned and executed itinerary. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every minute of this fantastic trip—I didn't want it to end!"
Santa Fe, NM
"One of the most enjoyable and best experiences I've had with Wilderness Travel in 21 trips!"
"There was not one thing that could have made this trip any better."
Grand Blanc, MI
"Thank you for this most wonderful, magical experience. Ann and Con are exemplary in every way: as guides and escorts and interpreters and life-changers—not just making the trip seamless but also binding together all of us fellow travelers. This trip was truly a spectacular, full-immersion Irish experience that leaves me with a much richer understanding of Irish culture, history, religion. and archaeology. I will forever carry in my heart the images of the rocks and sea and mountains and bogs; the remnants of the famine potato beds still etched in the land; the ruins of the churches laid waste by religious intolerance; the haunting melodies of the Irish music we were treated to—music emanating from those ‘thin places,’ as Con calls them, where the ancient past and the present commingle. Every day brought unexpected gifts."
"The trip surpassed all expectations! Ann and Con were superb leaders, modeling compassion, diligence, and humor. Preparation was exceptional and their attention to detail remarkable. Everything appeared seamless and, yet, we know hard work and planning were behind it all. They created a fun, optimistic experience and overall esprit de corps. The hikes were breathtaking and challenging. Thank you for offering this terrific opportunity!"
North Weymouth, MA
"I appreciated the deep knowledge of the area and of the culture that the guides shared with us. We were truly 'off the beaten path' and traveled to areas that I never would be able to organize on my own. Each hike was unique and very interesting as we learned a lot about the historical aspects of the area."
"Our second trip with you to Ireland...it continues to be magic and wonderful."
"This trip by far exceeded my expectations. The guides were such an inspiration and really gave me a sense of their history and culture. I came away with a new understanding of Ireland and I am forever grateful to our guides for making this all come together for us. A trip of a lifetime!"
"The trip operation could not have been smoother, and the lodging and food were great. The freedom that is given to the trip leaders to improvise of the fly is so helpful; on the night we were in Westport, for example, there was an unscheduled Irish music concert at the town hall. Con got everyone tickets and it was a great evening and an unexpected treat. We really couldn't have asked for anything more. Superb!"
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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.