Hurst Hiking Group

Heidi Hurst & Group

May 2025

Number of Travellers: 16
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights


Wander the lush green woodlands of Killarney, explore the ancient Kerry Way, feel the thrill of the Burren’s craggy open spaces and walk along the majestic Cliffs of Moher before exploring the remote Connemara region of Galway. This trip offers some of the best hiking in the iconic counties of Kerry, Clare and Galway. Combining coastal beauty with green forests, windswept hills, exposed limestone and cheerful towns and villages, immerse yourself in the hidden corners of Ireland’s central west coast.

Dig into Irish culture, including Irish trad music and the island’s ancient history and taste Ireland’s fresh, local cuisine each night paired with your tipple of choice. Visit a local traditional Irish pub that houses Ireland’s most extensive whiskey selection. Wander through mediaeval castles, walk past thundering waterfalls, and meander down ancient green roads lined with traditional dry-stone walls. Hike along the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher and enjoy a relaxing boat trip across the lovely lakes of Killarney.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, jump in a taxi and travel the short distance to your city centre hotel. Check in may not be available till later today however you are free to leave your bags, freshen up, grab a bite to eat and get out and start exploring the city.

We have some fantastic recommendations for you today whether you wish to visit a local museum, tour some of Dublin’s famous sights, take the iconic Guinness Storehouse Experience or simply grab a coffee to go and take a stroll.

*Please not your Dublin Hotel is on a twin share basis. There is an additional supplement should you prefer a single occupancy room. 

Overnight: Dublin 2 | The Alex Hotel
Room Type: Twin Share
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Killarney National Park

Making your own way across the island, meet your guide in the vibrant town of Killarney. Southwest Ireland has become a foodie hotspot in recent years, and your trip starts with a welcome lunch. Nestled on Killarney’s doorstep is Ireland’s first national park, Killarney National Park. Delight in a short hike through the verdant woodlands and along the lakeshores of Killarney, keeping an eye out for the park’s herd of red deer and taking in the gorgeous views that make this region special. Step back in time to the Middle Ages at an imposing mediaeval castle, idyllically nestled on the shores of Lough Leane.

Overnight: Killarney | Old Weir Lodge
Room Type: Twin
Walk Details: 5 km / 3 miles

Day 3 - Lakes of Killarney & Kerry Way

One of Ireland’s most famous long-distance trails, your hike today winds along a stunningly beautiful portion of the Kerry Way. Starting at Muckross House, a gorgeous 19th-century mansion in the national park, follow the trail past fields of grazing cattle and glittering lakes towards Torc Mountain. Enveloped under a dense green canopy of trees is the stunning Torc Waterfall, one of Killarney’s most iconic gems.
Up the mountain through the magical woodland, enjoy tantalising glimpses of the view through the trees before descending into the valley and along the shores of Muckross Lake along the Old Kenmare Road, an ancient cobbled path from bygone times. The Lakes of Killarney play an integral role in the region and a wonderful way to experience them is on the water.
End the day with a relaxing boat trip across the lakes, gazing over the landscape you covered today on foot.

Overnight: Killarney | The Old Weir Lodge
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 11 km / 7 miles

Day 4 - Along the Kerry Way

Starting in the small coastal village of Glenbeigh in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry, we’ll keep following the popular long-distance trail, the Kerry Way. Winding through a verdant forest under a canopy of leaves, enjoy a relaxing woodland walk along quiet laneways. Breaking out from the trees, enjoy stunning sea views accompanied by fresh Atlantic air. The walk culminates at an elevated point at which point your reward is unobstructed views of the Dingle Peninsula and Inch Beach ahead of you on a backdrop of the ever-impressive Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains. Dip your tows in the water at a local beach for a refreshing end to a lovely day on the Kerry Way.

Overnight: Killarney | Old Weir Lodge
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 11 km / 7 miles

Day 5 - Sheep Dog Demo & Burren Perfumery

A rest from the hiking today and some time well spent exploring some of the cultural highlights of Ireland and her communities while meeting and chatting with some locals.
First stop of the day is a working sheep farm nestled in the heart of the burren. Pay a visit to a local farmer and enjoy a masterclass in sheepdog working with an exhilarating demonstration of his absolutely adorable and keenly intelligent dogs.  Afterward, you’ll visit Poulnabrone Dolmen. Dating back over 5,000 years, this Neolithic portal tomb is one of the most iconic and well-preserved megalithic monuments in Ireland.
We enjoy a well deserved lunch at a local perfumery and tea rooms before a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the manufacturing rooms and herb garden. Meet the makers and producers and kearn how they take their inspiration from the natural world surrounding them.

Overnight: Clare | Hylands Burren Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 - Exploring the Burren

As soon as you set foot on today’s trail, you’ll be immersed in another world where time appears to stand still. The unusual exposed limestone geology of the region was formed millions of years ago when Clare was on the sea floor, leaving behind an impressive lunar landscape. The Burren is riddled with caves and caverns, learn about the rich geological history as you hike. Listen to the birdsong and breathe in the fresh Atlantic air as you trek through this craggy terrain. Upon reaching the summit, your efforts are rewarded with breathtaking views no matter where you look. Afterwards, head down into the quaint village of Ballyvaughan for dinner and a pint in a cosy pub.

Overnight: Clare | Hylands Burren Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles

Day 7 - The Cliffs of Moher

Most visitors to the iconic and jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher only see one short section. But the best way to fully experience the magic of the Cliffs of Moher on foot is to hike the full length of the cliffs. From the Napoleonic tower at Hag’s Head in the south to the cheerful village of Doolin in the north, walk the cliff-side path where emerald fields roll out to one side, and cobalt-blue waters swirl at the base of the cliffs to the west. Falling some 700 feet and winding in and out, the Cliffs of Moher merit their celebrity status. In the evening, visit a pub with Ireland’s biggest whiskey collection – a well-deserved treat, and an amazing chance to taste Ireland’s many types of whiskey.

Overnight: Clare | Hylands Burren Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 11 km / 7 miles

Day 8 - Galway City

In a country known mostly for its rural spaces, Galway is one of Ireland’s most beloved cities. But don’t take it from us – get the local perspective. This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Galway with a cheerful local as he points out the history, culture and architecture of this cheerful and vibrant town.
With a local lunch and time to let loose shopping and browsing the streets of Galway today is the perfect mix of city charm before heading out to the remote Irish speaking region of Galway known as Connemara

Overnight: Clifden | The Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - Diamond Hill

This morning we venture in Connemaras National Park as we 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 out the turrets and towers of Kylemore Abbey, a gothic-style manor set amongst the slopes, where you will enjoy a tour and explore the gardens before dinner and a pint in a traditional pub – with a bit of traditional Irish music if you’re lucky.

Overnight: Connemara | The Ardragh Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 11 km / 7 miles

Day 10 - The Twelve Bens Mountain Range

The sharp quartzite peaks of the Twelve Bens (or in Irish Na Beanna Beola) are an ever-present feature of Connemara. Though part of Connemara National Park, few travellers ever venture into these wild mountains. Today’s hike will take you through the backcountry to summit several of these amazing peaks, enjoying a view of Connemara’s Atlantic edge that few are ever privy to. On the way, keep an eye out for peregrine falcons, wild mountain goats and native red deer.

Overnight: Connemara | The Ardragh Hotel & Restaurant
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 10 km / 6 miles

Day 11 - Galway to Dublin

Saying goodbye to the west coast your guides will take you back to Galway city where you can catch a train back to Dublin.

We can some great restaurants to recommend in Dublin for you for your final night in Ireland

Overnight: Dublin 2 | The Alex Hotel
Room Type: Twin Share
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Depart

Your hotel can help arrange a taxi this morning for you to return to Dublin Airport and your departing flights.

We hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and welcome you back again to our Irish shores some day soon.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 12
  • Most meals as indicated above, Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner while guided
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide/s from Day 2 to Day 12
  • Ground transportation from Day 2 to Day 12
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary with additional activities namely
    – Killarney Boat Tour
    – Whiskey Tasting
    – Tour Kylemore Abbey
    – Galway Walking Tour
    – Sheep Dog Demo
    – Burren Perfumery Tour and lunch
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide/s
Pricing Read More

Please note pricing is based on a twin share basis. There will be an additional supplement should numbers dictate that you are placed in a twin share room without a share.
Prices are quoted in Euro

6 to 9 pax – €4,900 per person
10 to 12 Pax – €4,700 per person
13 to 16 pax – €4,600 per person

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