Emerald Isle Elegance
Introducing Connemara & Mayo
This is all about location, location, location and the coastline of Connemara and Mayo boasts a wealth of undiscovered secrets, far from the maddening crowds. We have designed a multi activity tour to indulge your sensibilities into west of Ireland culture.
You will spend your days exploring ancient landscapes and sacred sites and your evenings nestled into unique Irish accommodation, listening to the dulcet tones of our traditional seanchaí (storyteller) or enjoying a starlight tour of Ireland’s celestial skies in Mayo’s gold tier international dark sky park *.
We’ll introduce you to Ireland’s cuisine with the freshest of local ingredients from Ireland’s finest restaurants and country houses, prepared with gourmet expertise.
This week-long experience features guided walks and cycle tours, visits to historic houses and heritage sites and even a traditional sea-weed bath for complete relaxation of mind and body.
Test tour 31st May 2021
Single Supplement +€270
A 20% deposit will be taken to secure booking
Minimum numbers apply
Stunning Killary Fjord Walk
Cycling quiet roads on the North Mayo Coast
Hiking in Connemara National Park
Stargazing in Mayo International Dark Sky Park
After-dinner storytelling & magic evening
Sheep herding demonstration
Kylemore Abbey, Westport House & Céide Fields
2 x dinners (night 1 & 6)
5 x lunches
Transport (including pick up & drop off at train/ bus stations)
Professional guiding service
Bicycle Hire for relevant days
Storyteller & stargazing tour
Seaweed baths & steam
Entrance fees to all scheduled activities & tours
Travel & personal insurance
Drop off day 7 at Ballina Train Station
Walks and cycle routes will include some inclines
Activities will be at pace suited to group
Typical day will be 3-4 hours activity
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Day 1 - Cultural Connemara & Wild Atlantic Way
Collection from Galway Train Station in time for lunch and a cultural tour of Connemara. The drive along the Wild Atlantic Way will introduce you to tiny coves and fishing villages against a backdrop of iconic mountains – the Twelve Bens.
After time to settle into accommodation, we’ll have a welcome dinner to discuss our plans and activities for the week ahead.
Day 2 - Diamond of Connemara & Kylemore
Later we will visit Connemara National Park to hike the “Diamond Hill” of Connemara, – a glistening quatzite peak and part of the Twelve Bens mountain range.
Day 3 - Fjord Walking, Shepherding & Seaweed
Our day will include a demonstration of traditional sheepdog herding by a local 3rd generation shepherd, upland farmer, and dog trainer.
After all that sea air, you can enjoy a hot seaweed bath to completely relax your mind and body in natural nutrients and minerals.
Day 4 - Croagh Patrick, Westport & Foxford
Along the route, we will stop by the sacred site of Croagh Patrick Ireland’s “Holy Mountain” and explore the rich heritage and archaeology at the edge of the Atlantic. We visit Westport House & Gardens, home of Grace O’Mally “Pirate Queen” of Clew Bay, and Foxford Woollen Mills where we’ll learn about the master craftspeople of Mayo and the techniques that have been passed down through generations.
Day 5 - Cycling Lakelands of Mayo
Day 6 - Sea stacks, Neolithic Fields & Downpatrick Head
Walking in the footsteps of our ancestors, we will visit the most extensive stone age field system in the world, the Céide Fields, which date back 2,000 years before the Egyptian Pyramids. With a 1,000 year old round tower from the Viking era and sea stacks from over 300 million years ago – hiking in this area is literally a step back in time!
This evening we’ll enjoy a delicious meal together, prepared using the finest local produce and vegetables from local organic gardens. Afterwards we will gather round the fireside with a glass of ‘uisce beatha’ (whiskey), for a magical evening of storytelling and maybe a song or two.
Day 7 - Ireland's Salmon Capital, Ballina
We’ll have you at your departure point in town by midday.
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