Baker Family Irish Adventure

Marken Baker

Sunday 30th June – Tuesday 9th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Overview

Travel along Ireland’s western coasts taking in some of our famous historic sites and highlights while at the same time exploring more off-the-beaten-path locations and stunning landscapes.  Along the way, you will get under the skin of Ireland, visiting sites associated with the country’s long and complex history from prehistoric times to the recent past.  Meeting local people and learning about life on Europe’s western edge, you’ll uncover the natural history of the varied landscape from verdant green pastures to wild mountain scenery.

Highlights

  • Meet local historians and archaeologists to hear Ireland's unique tales and legends
  • Explore three of Ireland's most beautiful national parks
  • Make a visit to the remote Skellig Islands to walk among the ancient monastic huts and puffin colonies
  • Get behind the scenes at a locally sourced perfumery with the masters

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 30th June - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, pick up your rental car and head into the buzzing capital city to your central 4-star hotel. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Overnight: Dublin
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Monday 1st July - Exploring Killarney National Park

Head into the Irish countryside today as you traverse the length of country to ‘The Kingdom” of County Kerry. Get properly introduced to the southwest by exploring the jewel in the kingdom’s crown: Killarney National Park. We will provide trail suggestions for both a short leg stretch loop by a lakeside Castle, or a more ambitious hike up one of the park’s small mountains capped off with a visit to an 18th century Victorian manor house.

Overnight: Kenmare
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Tuesday 2nd July - Skellig Michael Landing Tour

The Skelligs are two jagged rock pinnacles rising above battering Atlantic waves. It was on the UNESCO site Skellig Michael that the monks of yesteryears once lived and prayed in stone beehive huts which still cling to the island’s rocky slopes. Today your skipper will transport you out for a 3 hour landing on the big island, where you can follow in the footsteps of these 7th-century Irish monks to their dramatic island retreat. The small Skellig is equally renowned as a home to 27,000 pairs of gannets, the second-largest colony in the world. The islands have famously been used as a filming location for the 2015 and 2017 Star Wars movies.

Overnight: Kenmare
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Wednesday 3rd July - The Copper Mines of the Beara Peninsula

Too often overlooked by visitors, the Beara Peninsula is a hidden paradise. At each turn, there is a new view to marvel upon, with panoramas over the hidden valleys, rocky slopes, sheep-dotted hills and far away lakes. Meet a guide and member of the local historical society as they lead you through the history and impact of the peninsula’s prominent copper mine. She is quite a character and wonderful storyteller as she brings to life the sounds and sights of the contemporary Industrial Age workers living within this stunning landscape. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore our recommended sights along the coasts of the peninsula.

Overnight: Kenmare
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Thursday 4th July - The Iconic Cliffs of Moher

Leaving Kerry behind this morning, make your way into the neighbouring County Clare to get acquainted with Ireland’s most-famous cliffs, the Cliffs of Moher. Enjoying a walk along the dramatic cliff edge on a background of coastal panoramas, away from the crowds of the visitor centre and offering the best views of the seabird colonies who call the cliffs home. Your hotel tonight is an eco-lodge hidden away in the forests of The Burren National Park, guaranteeing a safe haven of peace and tranquility to properly take in the surrounding lush landscape.

Overnight: The Burren
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Friday 5th July - The Burren National Park & Perfumery Visit

The Burren’s rocky alien landscape is said to be the inspiration for Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s world-famous Lord of the Rings trilogy – and today as you explore this other-worldly region. Start with a morning hike in one of the park’s many meandering trails, before heading in for lunch to a hidden perfumery down a quiet country laneway. Meet the masters behind the craft of infusing the local flora for a private tour of the perfumery and for a hands-on demonstration.

Overnight: The Burren
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Saturday 6th July - Galway City & Military History Tour

Galway is the unofficial capital of Ireland’s west. Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun and cosmopolitan. A local military historian will meet you at the city’s main square to guide you through the bustling alleys sharing Galway City’s important roles in the clash of the French, Spanish, Russian and British Empires from 1700 to 1922, including in Ireland’s revolution for independence. The afternoon is yours to explore the buzzing city centre at your own pace, with your hotel being centrally located right off the main square.

Overnight: Galway City
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Sunday 7th July - Connemara's Killary Fjord

Spend the day feasting your eyes upon the breathtaking shores of one of Ireland’s only three fjords before heading to the expanses of Connemara. Once described as “a savage beauty” by author Oscar Wilde, explore the wild, windswept region. Take a short hike along the shores of the fjord and stop for lunch at an award-winning food truck famous for their mussels sourced straight from the fjord. Cap of your time in Ireland in style with a stay in a castle hotel with a plethora of walking trails and views of the Twelve Bens mountain range at their doorstep.

Overnight: Connemara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Monday 8th July - Inishbofin Island Archaeology Tour

This morning, grab a ferry to explore the ancient mysteries of Connemara’s remote Inishbofin Island with a local archeologist who will bring the landscape, traditions and mythology of the region alive. Your guide is a member of Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland with over thirty years experience, with stories of surveys and excavations all over Ireland’s west coast. Be sure to taste some of the spectacular local seafood in an idyllic island pub, before heading back to the mainland to enjoy as much leisure time as possible in your castle hotel.

Overnight: Connemara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Tuesday 9th July - Departure

After breakfast, make your way to your departure airport to drop off your car and begin your onward journey. We hope you have enjoyed your adventure around Ireland with us, and cannot wait to welcome you back to our friendly shores.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • Car rental in a compact SUV with full insurance cover
  • Breakfast each morning
  • A historical walking tour of Dublin city on Day 1
  • Landing tour of Skellig Michael
  • Locally guided tour of the copper mines of the Beara Peninsula
  • Private tour and demonstration with a perfumery in The Burren
  • A military history tour of Galway city
  • An archaeology tour of Inishbofin island in Connemara
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for local guided experiences
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is4,260 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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