Elsewhere - Wood Family's Ireland Adventure

Carlton & Ford

Sunday 18th August – Sunday 25th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Overview

The journey kicks off with a scenic cycle along the Great Western Greenway, followed by a hike up Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park, offering stunning vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Next, explore and hike the unique terrain of Inishbofin Island. Enjoy a culinary tour of Galway’s vibrant food scene before traveling to Dublin. Spend the following day exploring Dublin’s iconic landmarks and cultural attractions. Experience the excitement of a Florida State University game. The adventure concludes with departure, wrapping up a week of rich experiences and exploration.

Highlights

  • Cycle the Great Western Greenway
  • Hike in Connemara National Park
  • FSU Game in Dublin

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 18th August - Arriving in Ireland

Arriving in Ireland this morning, your private guide will meet you in the arrivals hall of Dublin airport, and after some short introductions, you will all make your way west. If you wish, take the time to walk along the banks of the River Shannon, a waterway that divides the East from the West and eventually empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Hear about the drowned goddess who gave the river its name, visit a monastic monument, and learn about Viking raids. Continue to the vibrant market town of Westport, a bustling regional hub and host to some of Ireland’s most musical pubs. Check in to your hotel before heading into town for some dinner and a bit of music!

Overnight: Westport | Knockranny House Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Twin
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 1 - Guide Details - David Lawless Read More +

Name: David Lawless
Contact Number: +353 86 856 2537
Meeting Place: Dublin Airport | Meeting Time: 09:30

Your guide will meet you in the arrivals hall of Dublin airport. They have your flight number so please don’t worry if you are delayed.

Day 1 - Clonmacnoise Read More +

Activity: Clonmacnoise
| Start Time: 12:30

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at your hotel tonight as it will be a long travel day.

Day 2 - Monday 19th August - Cycle the Great Western Greenway

Part of a project to restore abandoned railway tracks, the Great Western Greenway was refurbished as a car-free cycling track. Together with your guide, pedal past rushing waterfalls, ancient ruins, megalithic tombs, and scenic bridges on a canvas of coastal and mountain views as you learn how this fascinating prophecy came to be true. Enjoy as much of the 42 km Great Western Greenway as you’d like before some exploration of Achill Island, the largest island in the country and one of the filming locations for the movie “The Banshees of Inisherin”.

Overnight: Westport | Knockranny House Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Cycling the Great Western Greenway Read More +

Activity: Cycling the Great Western Greenway
| Start Time: 09:00

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Sage Restaurant. We are happy to make bookings for you in advance.

Day 3 - Tuesday 20th August - Hiking Diamond Hill

Your first day of hiking takes you on a captivating 7km trail through Connemara National Park as you climb a narrow pathway to the top of Diamond Hill, Connemara’s most iconic hilltop. From the summit, enjoy stunning views from the mountains to the Atlantic. To one side, the silhouette of Connemara’s hills and mountains beckon, rugged and wild. On the other side, the sea glistens in the distance. Look just below, and you can point out the turrets and towers of Kylemore Abbey, a gothic-style manor set amongst the slopes. You will stop and explore the abbey on your way to your next accommodation, Cashel House.

Overnight: Cashel | Cashel House Hotel
Room Type: x1 Superior Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Hiking Diamond Hill Read More +

Activity: Hiking Diamond Hill
| Start Time: 09:00

Day 3 - Kylemore Abbey Read More +

Activity: Kylemore Abbey
| Start Time: 12:30

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Cashel House Hotel
Reservation Time: 19:30

Dinner is booked tonight at your accommodation. This is included in your booking.

Day 4 - Wednesday 21st August - Hiking on Inishbofin Island

Today you will explore the ancient mysteries of Connemara with your guide who will bring the landscape, traditions, and mythology of the region alive. Inishbofin is a hauntingly beautiful island where you’ll hear tales of pirates and invasions amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Be sure to taste some of the spectacular local seafood in an idyllic island pub. Back on the mainland this evening, we recommend heading to the nearby town of Roundstone for some dinner.

Overnight: Cashel | Cashel Palace Hotel
Room Type: x1 Superior Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Ferry to Inishbofin Read More +

Activity: Ferry to Inishbofin
| Start Time: 11:30

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend O’Dowd’s in Roundstone.

Day 5 - Thursday 22nd August - Galway Food Tour & Dublin

En route back to Dublin this morning, you’ll stop in the capital of Ireland’s West coast, Galway! Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun, and cosmopolitan. What better way to spend an afternoon here than a delectable food tour? Stop off in the city and tantalise your taste buds with a delightful journey through Galway’s culinary scene. From artisanal cheeses, and craft beers, to handcrafted chocolate, this will be a true feast for the senses. Continue to Dublin where your guide will drop you at your 5-star hotel for some downtime before dinner.

Booking ref for the Shelbourne: 71358847

Overnight: Dublin | The Shelbourne Hotel
Room Type: x1 Twin Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Galway Food Tour Read More +

Activity: Galway Food Tour
| Start Time: 11:00 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Winding Stair or Matt The Thresher. We are happy to make bookings for you in advance.

Day 6 - Friday 23rd August - Exploring Dublin

Dublin, Ireland’s capital has been described as the ‘city with a village feel’ and as you explore its cobbled streets and historical monuments it will be easy to see why. Dublin is best explored on foot or using public transport such as the LUAS, our light rail system. Many of Dublin’s highlights are within walking distance and indeed you will discover it is in the act of wandering from one to another where you will soak up Dublin’s authentic atmosphere.

Overnight: Dublin | The Shelbourne Hotel
Room Type: x1 Twin Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Suggested Stops - Dublin City Read More +

EPIC Museum You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you will discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world.

Kilmainham Gaol For over 100 years Kilmainham Gaol held thousands of men, women and children for crimes that ranged from minor offences to being involved in some of the most momentous events in Irish history.

Dublin Castle Constructed in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland.

National Gallery of Ireland At the corner of Merrion Square West and Clare Street, the recently renovated National Gallery is a treasure trove of permanent and temporary art exhibitions. Highlights include Ireland’s National Portrait Collection, the Yeats Archive and stained glass by Harry Clarke.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral As the largest cathedral and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.

Dublinia See Dublin from a new perspective as you travel back to the heart of the old city at Christchurch. Walk where Vikings walked, find out about Dublin’s rich past and even climb an original Medieval tower.

14 Henrietta Street When you enter 14 Henrietta Street you’ll experience over 300 years of city life in the walls of one address. By connecting to the personal stories of those who called 14 Henrietta Street home, the building’s hidden histories are revealed. See the house, hear its stories and discover the layers of Dublin history within its walls.

The GPO The GPO Museum is an immersive, interactive and engaging experience telling the story of the 1916 Easter Rising and Modern Irish History.

The Jeanie Johnston One million Irish people fled Ireland during the famine. 2,500 took a gruelling voyage on the Jeanie Johnston. Take a journey back in time, get an insight into life on board a Famine ship and hear the stories of the people who made the arduous voyage.

Marsh’s Library Marsh’s Library is a beautifully preserved library of the early Enlightenment. It was built with money provided by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, an academic and book lover with a strong belief in the public utility of education and learning.

Please check the opening hours for the day you will be there. 

Day 6 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend Fish Shop or Nancy Hands.

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Stag’s Head,  Cornucopia (vegan) or Featherblade.

Day 7 - Saturday 24th August - FSU Game

Today promises to be an unforgettable experience as you enjoy the lively football game against the iconic backdrop of the Aviva Stadium, right in Dublin city centre. On your last night in Dublin, we recommend dining in one of the city’s many award winning restaurants.

Overnight: Dublin | The Shelbourne Hotel
Room Type: x1 Twin Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend Bloom Brasserie or Bambino.

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Boeuf & FritesThe Church or Agave.

Day 8 - Sunday 25th August - Depart

This morning, a private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at Dublin airport for your onward flight. We hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we look forward to welcoming you to our shores once again.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs
Pick Up Location: The Shelbourne Hotel | Pick Up Time: 09:30
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin or one of his drivers will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight home.

Trip Details

Important Additional Information Read More
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  • General Ireland Guide General Info - PDF: View Now
  • Eat | See | Stay - Eat Stay See Dublin - PDF: View Now
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Get in Touch


Accommodation

Knockranny House Hotel

Knockranny House Hotel | Westport | Co. Mayo |
F28 X340 | Ireland
Phone: +353 98 28600
Web: knockrannyhousehotel.ie

Cashel House Hotel

Cashel House Hotel | Cashel | Co. Galway |
H91 XE10 | Ireland
Phone: +353 95 31001
Web: cashelhouse.ie/cms

The Shelbourne Hotel

27 St. Stephens Green | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
D02 K224 | Ireland
Phone: +353 1 663 4500
Web: theshelbourne.com


Meet Your Guide

David Lawless

Contact Number: +353 86 856 2537

Music and the outdoors are my big obsessions. I grew up in Dublin but I took every opportunity to get out into the hills. The mountains of Wicklow provided endless options for hiking and biking, leading small groups of friends in the hills since my teens.

I worked in IT for over twenty years before taking a sabbatical in 2011 to go travelling for a year. Upon returning, I quit in 2013 and moved to the west coast for a change – which turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I’ve been working as a guide since 2016, and now live in Sligo, get to cycle its back roads, walk its hills, swim at its beaches, and play music with a bunch of good friends.