The Burren's also has a wealth of history that dates back over 7,000 years and it's evidence lies in the many fortresses, high crosses, castles and abbeys in the area. While you are in Co. Clare we will take a day out to visit one of the famous Aran Island's, Inishmore, which lies right on the edge of Europe: an island with great peace and tranquility where you will sense the spirits of Celts and Early Christian settlers.
Day 1: Pick-up at Shannon Airport at 1 pm and transfer to your accommodation in Connemara. You can also be picked up in Dublin on the morning of the tour if it is more convenient for you, but it will have to be no later of 9:30 am. After settling in and having some light refreshments we will do a short walk the Connemara National Park. After dinner you will have a briefing on the weeks activities.
Day 2: Our first walk takes us to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens. Kylemore is a most wonderful place - it is here that nature speaks at it's best. The Abbey is the only Irish home of the Benedictine Nuns. Built originally as a Castle (1868) it is one of the best examples of Irish neo-Gothic architecture that you will find. After that we will walk an old trail that takes us along the shores of Kylemore Lough. Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles.
Day 3: Our walk takes us to Killary Harbor, which is a fjord between the Mweelrea Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The fjord reaches 20 kilometers inland and our walk takes us on an old famine road that stretches along part of the fjord. Our return journey takes us on a small country road, past Lough Muck and Lough Fee. Distance: 15 km, 9 miles.
Day 4: The walk starts in the valley of Maam which was made famous by the making of the film 'The Quiet Man' staring Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. The walk takes us through the Maumeen Pass, one of Ireland's pilgrim routes and up to St. Patrick's Church, which is in the heart of the Maumturk Mountains. Distance: 15 km, 9 Miles.
Day 5: Today we leave Connemara for the Burren in Co. Clare; we will take the coast road along by Galway Bay, stopping of for a short while in the seaside village of Spiddal, or in Gaelic "An Spidéal" because here most of the people speak Gaelic/Irish. Our next stop is at the famous Cliffs of Moher, the highest sea cliffs in Europe which rise to a height of just over 200 meters/600 Ft. From the cliffs it is on to our final accommodation just outside of Lisdoonvarna.
Day 6: We will take the ferry from Doolin to the island of Inishmore. Inishmore is the largest of the Aran Islands (7,625 acres) and includes many and churches among its treasures. Most impressive being that of the ancient Bronze Age fort of Dun Aengus. Our walk through the island starts in the village of Kilronan and takes us on some narrow country tracks that date back thousands of years and are surrounded by meandering walls and patchwork fields. Distance: 16 km, 10 miles.
Day 7: Our final day's walk is over the stark limestone landscape of Black Head in the Burren. Whether you are interested in geology, flora, archeology or wildlife this day won't disappoint you. Starting in the village of Fanore our walk follows an old green road that takes us around Black Head and gently up onto Gleninagh Mountain. From here the views over the bay and surrounding countryside are simply beautiful. From here we will join another old Green Road that links us to the Burren Way and back to Finore. Distance: 12.5 km, 8 Miles.
Day 8: Depart From Shannon at 1 pm, or travel back to Dublin with us to arrive at approximately 4 pm.
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