Inn highlights: Warm Irish hospitality awaits at the comfortable Bed & Breakfasts and guesthouses of this tour. The settings run the gamut from quaint village stays to dramatic seaside overlooks and all have flower and vegetable gardens lovingly cared for by the owners and innkeepers.
Days 1-3: Muckross House - Killarney National Park
Begin with a visit to Muckross House, perhaps the most stately Victorian home in all of Ireland. Then explore Ireland's largest national park for three days. Hike through an enchanted forest of yew trees to cascading Torc Waterfall and to the mountain pass of Moll's Gap, bike to Ross Castle and through the dramatic Gap of Dunloe, and horseback ride along the shores of Lough Leane. (B/L/D).
Days 4-5: Kerry Way - Skellig Michael
The Mass Path takes us along the sandy beaches of Derrynane Harbour and joins the Kerry Way to walk over Coomakesta Pass with arguably the most beautiful vistas in all of Ireland. The next day depart by boat for a fascinating trip to The Skelligs. Rivaling the Galapagos as a sanctuary for sea birds and 6th century home to Christian monks, Skellig Michael is a World Heritage Site. (B/L/D).
Days 6-7: Dingle Peninsula - Great Blasket Island
Bike Slea Head Loop, discovering its archaeological ruins and many of the peninsula's 500,000 sheep. Ride along cliffs that fall away to the sea and rest at sandy beaches within turquoise-watered coves. A wonderful day of walking is in store on uninhabited Great Blasket Island, former home to Irish poets and writers. (B/L/D).
Days 8-10: Cliffs of Mohrer - Connemara
A trek along the 650-foot high Cliffs of Mohrer takes us to Hags Head. Mam Ean (Pass of the Birds), a place of pilgrimage from early Christian times, is the following day's hiking destination. Follow the Western Way as we discover a small chapel, St. Patrick's Well and the stone Stations of the Cross. Our action-packed week wraps up with sea kayaking in fjord-like Killary Harbour. (B/L/D).
Trip Fees Include: All meals, accommodations, activities as described in the itinerary, bicycles, sea kayaks and instruction, ground transportation, park entrance fees, and the services of a local guide.
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