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.
Upcoming Tour Dates
Tours on hold pending COVI19 status updates
Price per person
Colection day 1 at Galway Train Station
Reasonable level of fitness
Day 1 - Cultural Connemara & Wild Atlantic Way
Day 2 - Diamond of Connemara & Kylemore
After a sumptuous breakfast, we will begin exploring the region with a visit to Kylemore Abbey - the jewel of Connemara. Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits as you saunter around the Victorian Walled Gardens and Estate.
Day 3 - Fjord Walking, Shepherding & Seaweed
Today we will hike along Ireland’s only true fjord, forming the border between Galway and Mayo, this area boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland. This poignant and beautiful walk weaves Irish history in a tranquil and remote setting as we journey past deserted stone cottages and quaint fishing harbour where fresh water meets the salty air of the Alantic ocean.
Day 4 - Croagh Patrick, Westport & Foxford
Day 5 - Cycling Lakelands of Mayo
Today we switch to two wheels to discover a tapestry of quiet country lanes, rolling hills in between the lakelands of North Mayo. The bicycle is an ideal way to explore this beautiful landscape, enjoying the views of the iconic Nephin mountain as you cycle along the shores of Lough Conn at your own pace. Later we will visit a traditional pub in Lahardane - a tiny village with a Titanic reputation, due to its connection with the ill-fated liner.
Day 6 - Sea stacks, Neolithic Fields & Downpatrick Head
The North Mayo coastline epitomises the beauty of Ireland. A combination of natural and human history, the picturesque landscape is full of heritage monuments, mythology and folklore.
Day 7 - Ireland's Salmon Capital, Ballina
It's time to bid farewell to the Wild Atlantic Way but not before we take a leisurely morning to enjoy the cultural surroundings of the market town of Ballina on the banks of the River Moy (Ireland's Salmon capital).
"..Stopping often, watching closely,
Robert Lloyd Praeger