Final Information - Baker Family Irish Adventure

Marken Baker

Wednesday 24th July – Monday 5th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights


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.


  • 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 - Wednesday 24th July - 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 | Brooks Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Classic Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: July 24, 2024 | Airline: Aer Lingus | Flight Number: EI 7112
Arrival Airport: Dublin | Arrival Time: 09:45

Day 1 - Car Rental Pick Up Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise
Booking Reference: 1465760841
Pick Up Location: Dublin Airport Unit 5 Car Hire Returns Area, Eircode K67V5X0 | Pick Up Time: 10:00
Phone: +353 1 844 5848

Reservation details are under Manoj Gopalan, for an Volvo XC 60 or similar with automatic transmission.

When arriving into Terminal 2, please proceed to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Desk in the arrivals hall.

See confirmation information in attachments if required.

Day 1 - Dublin Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Dublin Walking Tour
Guide Name: Tommy or one of his talented team
Start Location: Brooks Hotel Lobby | Start Time: 16:00
Booking Reference: Baker
Phone: +353 (0)87 688 9412

Tommy or one of his talented team will be waiting for you in the lobby of The Brooks Hotel for your walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain jacket if necessary.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Please see attached Dublin Recommended Restaurants list

Day 2 - Thursday 25th July - Explore Dublin City

The day is free today to continue exploring Dublin at your own pace. A visit to any of the four National Museum of Ireland sites is a must for your family, sure to be an engaging dive into the natural & artistic history of the country. We will be sure to recommend a few spots around town for a delicious lunch or stroll – including if you would like to venture to the fringes of the city limits for a short hike along the coast.

Overnight: Dublin | Brooks Hotel
Room Type: 2x Classic Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Friday 26th 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. Your hotel lodge tonight is nestled within the Inagh Valley overlooking the crystal clear lake below the mountains, providing the best of Connemara’s scenery at your doorstep.

Overnight: Connemara | Lough Inagh Lodge
Room Type: 2x Superior Single, and 1x Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Saturday 27th 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 | Lough Inagh Lodge
Room Type: 2x Superior Single, and 1x Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Ferry Details Read More +

Operator: Inishbofin Ferry
Booking Reference: Baker
Contact Number: 095 37228 / 086 171 8829 / 087 366 7185

Outward Journey Departure Port: Cleggan Pier | Outward Journey Departure Time: 11:30
Outward Journey Arrival Port: Inishbofin Island | Outward Journey Arrival Time: 12:00

Return Journey Departure Port: Inishbofin Island | Return Journey Departure Time: 17:00
Return Journey Arrival Port: Cleggan Pier | Return Journey Arrival Time: 17:30

Tickets included in attachments.

Day 4 - Archaeological guided tour of Inishbofin Read More +

Activity: Archaeological guided tour of Inishbofin
Guide: Michael Gibbons
Start Location: Cleggan Pier | Start Time: 11:00
Booking Reference: Baker
Phone: +353 (0)95 21379

Michael will meet you at Cleggan Pier and take the ferry across to the island for your day of exploring.

Day 5 - Sunday 28th 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 | The Hardiman
Room Type: 2 x Classic Twin Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Historical Tour of Galway Read More +

Activity: Historical Tour of Galway
Guide Name: Damien Quinn
Start Location: The Hardiman Hotel Lobby | Start Time: 14:00
Booking Reference: Baker
Phone: 00353 (0) 86 3325178

Meet your guide Damien in the hotel lobby of The Hardiman Hotel for your historical tour of Galway.

Day 6 - Monday 29th 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 for an in-depth look into how their products are made. 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 | Gregans Castle Hotel
Room Type: 1x Superior Twin, and 1x Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Perfumery Private Tour Read More +

Activity: Perfumery Private Tour
Burren Perfumery:
Start Location: Burren Perfumery | Start Time: 14:00
Phone: +353 (0)65 708 9102

Day 7 - Tuesday 30th July - The Iconic Cliffs of Moher

Take a break from The Burren today to get acquainted with Clare’s other highlight and 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. Spend the afternoon exploring the charming village of Doolin before heading back to your eco-retreat in the evening.

Overnight: The Burren | Gregans Castle Hotel
Room Type: 1x Superior Twin, and 1x Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Wednesday 31st July - Exploring Killarney National Park

Head into the southwest 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 | The Lansdowne
Room Type: 2x Little Nest Rooms, 1x Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Thursday 1st August - 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 | The Lansdowne
Room Type: 2x Little Nest Rooms, 1x Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Landing tour of Skellig Micheal Read More +

Activity: Landing tour of Skellig Micheal
Skellig Tours: John or one of his capable team
| Start Time: 08:00
Booking Reference: 254404302673603
Phone: +353 (0)87 689 8431

John will meet you at Derrynane Pier to take you to the island.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time. Please phone John the day prior to ensure your sailing is going ahead at the appointed time as this is a weather dependent activity.

Tickets attached below.

Day 10 - Friday 2nd August - 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 | The Lansdowne
Room Type: 2x Little Nest Rooms, 1x Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Allihies Copper Mines Tour Read More +

Activity: Allihies Copper Mines Tour
Guide Name: Carina
Start Location: Copper Mine Museum, Allihies Village | Start Time: 10:30
Phone: +353 (0)87 646 1627

Carina will meet you at 10.30 at the Copper Mine Museum in Allihies village.

Day 11 - Saturday 3rd August - Foraging in West Cork

Make sure to leave room after breakfast this morning, as your experience of the day involves meeting local foraging experts to share in their craft on the remote southern edge of the Beara Peninsula. After an hour out in the field learning the science and practices of foraging in the woods, reconvene around a campfire together for a cooked lunch of your gathered goods. After lunch, make your way to Cork city where you have the evening free from your central hotel to explore the unofficial southern capital’s night life.

Overnight: Cork City | The Dean
Room Type: 2x Super Twin Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Foraging garden tour and lunch. Read More +

Activity: Foraging garden tour and lunch.
Two Green Shoots: Kloe
Start Location: Two Green Shoots - Toureen House | Start Time: 11:00
Phone: +353 89 708 1099

Meet Kloe for a garden tour and lunch in this beautiful setting. Please use this google maps link for directions.

Tickets included in attachments.

Day 12 - Sunday 4th August - Free Day in Cork City

The day is yours to explore Cork city at your own pace today. There are a range of museums and galleries ranging from fine art to geology, or take part in a food tour of the city to have a local show you around to the favourite foodie hotspots. We will provide our recommendations for the day, as well.

In the late afternoon, make the drive back up to Dublin to your airport-side hotel, ready to go for your morning flight from Dublin Airport. Your rental car is scheduled to be dropped off this evening to save you the hassle in the morning.

Overnight: Dublin Airport | The Radisson Blu Dublin Airport
Room Type: 2x Standard Twin Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Car Return Details Read More +

Your rental car is scheduled to be returned by 6:00pm this evening.

The Enterprise car return location at Dublin Airport is as follows: Dublin Airport Unit 5 Car Hire Returns Area, Dublin Airport, K67V5X0 or via this Google Maps link.

Day 13 - Monday 5th August - Departure

After breakfast, make the quick walk over to Terminal 2 from your hotel 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 12
  • Car rental in an automatic-transmission Intermediate 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
  • A foraging experience & lunch in West Cork
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 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
Important Contact Numbers Read More

If you need to contact us during office hours, 09.00 – 17.30, please phone +35391457898 or email [email protected]
We also operate an out of hours support number for 24 hour support – Out of Hours: +353 868737223.

Important Additional Information Read More
  • Dublin Suggested Restaurants - PDF: View Now
  • Ireland General Information Guide - PDF: View Now
  • Out of Hours/ On Call Contact Information - PDF: View Now
  • Car Hire Information - PDF: View Now
  • Inishbofin Ferry tickets - PDF: View Now
  • Skelligs Boat tour tickets - PDF: View Now
  • Two Green Shoots tickets - PDF: View Now
Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.

Get in Touch


Brooks Hotel

Drury Street | Dublin 1 | Dublin |
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4000

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel

Inagh Valley | Connemara | Galway |
Phone: +353 (0)95 34706

The Hardiman Hotel

Eyre Square | Galway | Galway |
H91 NFD2 | Ireland
Phone: +33 91 64041

Gregans Castle

Gregans Castle Hotel | Ballyvaughan | Co. Clare |
H91 CF60 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)65 707 7005

The Lansdowne Hotel

Main Street | Kenmare | Kerry |
V93 YRC8 | Ireland
Phone: (064) 66 40 200

The Dean Hotel (Cork)

Horgan's Quay, Railway Street | Northern Quarter, Cork City | Cork |
Phone: +353 (0)1 223 4517

Radisson Blu Hotel

Dublin Airport | Dublin | Dublin |
Phone: +353 (0)1 844 6000