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ISLAND HOPPING TOUR OF CLEW BAY, COUNTY MAYO

Looking for an adventure? Follow in the footsteps of Mayo’s famous Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Uaille) with our four day, three night stay in Newport Mayo.

Visit her castles, cross the wild Atlantic waves she once patrolled, and enjoy hikes with expert guides overlooking the bay she once ruled. After a day of adventure, feast like royalty in a pub named after her.

Return transport from Westport railway station is included if required. Prices start from €495pps, with a minimum of 8 required for this tour.

Book now for an unforgettable experience.

Detailed Information

Dates: 14/06/2024
Price per person sharing €495
Minimum numbers apply
Step into History with Us! Join us for a 4-day, 3-night adventure in stunning County Mayo,
and follow in the footsteps of the legendary Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Ní
Mháille). Explore her castles, conquer the wild Atlantic waves she once ruled, and enjoy
guided hikes overlooking the bay she once patrolled. Immerse yourself in her legacy and
feast like royalty in a pub named after her. Transport from Westport railway station is included if
required. Price from €495pps. based on minimum group size: 8. Book now and experience
the thrill of a lifetime!
Accommodation 3 nights stay in Hotel Newport

Continental breakfast

Dinner on Sunday night

Transport from Westport railway station is included if required.

Not included

Airport transfers

Travel & personal insurance

Reasonable level of fitness
Walks and cycle routes will include some inclines
Activities will be at a pace suited to group
Typical day will be 3-4 hours activity

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Itinerary

Day 1 Friday 14th June:
If arriving by train, we will arrange collection from Westport railway station and bring you to Hotel Newport (prior arrangement required). Spend the evening exploring Newport’s unique architectural heritage: the town’s buildings have unique stories to tell.

Visit St. Patrick’s Church, home to the beautiful stained-glass window by renowned artist Harry Clarke.

Stretch your legs with a stroll along the Blackoak river and across the railway viaduct that once carried steam trains through Newport on their way to Achill.

Work up an appetite with a walk along the Great Western Greenway, to visit Burrishoole Abbey, the 15th century Dominican Friary, in a beautiful, peaceful location on the shores of Clew Bay.

Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in one of the many pubs in the town.

Day 2 Saturday 15th June:
Your guide will collect you at Hotel Newport and drive along the northern shores of Clew Bay, to Achill Island, where we will take a private tour aboard the purpose-built RIB, for an exhilarating crossing over the short stretch of Atlantic Ocean, to the birthplace of Ireland’s Famous Pirate Queen, Grainne Uaile.

On this unforgettable trip, we will be hugging some of the most incredible coastlines Mayo has to offer.

Soak up the spectacular views back across Achill Island, the Nephin Beg mountains, Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick. Keep an eye out for the enormous Basking Shark or enjoy a pod of dolphins cruising with us on the bow of the boat!

Scan the the islands steep cliffs which are in breeding sites for many sea birds including a small but typically charming Atlantic Puffin colony.

Entering Clare Island harbour you will be greeted by the 16th century Granuaile’s castle. Due to its strategic location the castle was vital in controlling the waters of Clew Bay. and considered to be a fine example of a tower house.

Clare island is rich in history, from megalithic tombs to holy wells. We will walk from the harbour visiting Clare Island Abbey, where you’ll find rare medieval wall and intricate paintings. It is rumoured that Grace O’Malley was baptised, married, and buried here.

Continuing along the 8km Knocknaveena loop walk to get a real sense of island life and enjoy some of the spectacular scenery and have a bit of lunch, before returning back to the harbour to meet our skipper and enjoy the journey back to Achill island.

After a full day of adventure, your guide will return you back to Newport to enjoy your evening.

Day 3 Sunday 16th June:
This morning we will again journey along the coast towards Achill island, visiting some of heritage sites associated with Grainne Uaille.

Once on the island, we will take the magnificent Atlantic drive, towards the start of our walk, appropriately named, Slí Grainne Mhaol /Granuaile Loop walk, taking it’s name from the legendary Pirate Queen, who had another castle in nearby Kildavent. This 7km loop has a total climb of 334 metre, with amazing views across Ashleam Bay over to Clare island and panoramic views of Achill.

After the walk, we will take some time to explore the rest of the island, including some of the locations used in the 2022 film, Banshee of
Inisherin, before heading back to Newport, to enjoy a sumptuous meal of local produce in the aptly named……….. You guessed it! Grainne Uaile pub.

Day 4 Monday 17th June:
This morning, you will get the opportunity to have your photograph taken with Grainne Uaile (Grace O’Malley) and Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco).

We will head over to Westport House, one of the few still privately-owned historic
houses left in Ireland.

Built by the Browne family whose connections to Mayo date back to the 1500s and even relates them to the trail-blazing pirate queen and chieftain, Grace O’Malley.

After Westport House, we head to the O’Malley heartland of Murrisk and its picturesque seaside village. Grace’s family lived and worked along this coast, which lies between Westport and Louisburgh.

The scenery is as epic as the Pirate Queen’s own story. The Croagh Patrick’s slopes overlook the coastline’s myriad of inlets and the bay’s innumerable islands, where Grace O’Malley once ruled the waves.

This will be our final destination before returning you to the railway station or your own transport.

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