Mott Family Irish Adventure

Monday 19th May – Thursday 29th May 2025

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights


Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring the island of Ireland’s famous and of the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and political interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 19th May - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into your boutique 4 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat. 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 | The Davenport
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Tuesday 20th May - Irish Dancing & Belfast

Meet your guide this morning and after some short introductions you’re off on your first adventure! The 1700s and 1800s saw the introduction of Dance Masters who travelled throughout Ireland to teach the centuries-old Irish dancing steps to the masses. Throughout rural communities, locals loved to socialise by dancing at the crossroads after a long day of gathering potatoes or saving hay. Today you’ll head to Downpatrick, the burial place of St. Patrick, and learn the origin and evolution of Irish dance, the shoes and costumes before trying it out for yourself! You’ll have a go at everything from the steps from traditional Sean Nós (old style Irish dance) to the iconic steps of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Afterwards, head to the crossroads at the historic Down Cathedral which overlooks the Mourne Mountains, spotting some historic attractions along the way. Make your way to Belfast this afternoon for some free time before dinner.

Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Wednesday 21st May - The Causeway Coastal Route

Today you will follow the stunning causeway coastal route out of Belfast along the northernmost coast to Portrush, Co Antrim. The Causeway Coastal Route is possibly one of the world’s greatest road trips, featuring castles, temples, cliff top walks, caves, Game of Thrones filming sites, remote islands and its most famous attraction, The Giant’s Causeway. En route you will visit the Gobbins Cliff Path, which is a spectacular cliff walk that offers breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. As you embark on the cliff walk, you would be able to witness the sheer natural beauty of the area, including stunning waterfalls, diverse birdlife, and rugged cliffs. The grande finale is at the spectacular Giant’s Causeway – octagonal columns of rocks created by feuding giants or volcanic activity – myth or science, you decide! Your guesthouse tonight offers breathtaking views as it overlooks the stunning Atlantic Ocean

Overnight: Portrush | Blackrock House B&B
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Thursday 22nd May - Traditional Sheep Farm

You’ll have some free time this morning to relax – enjoy a walk around the town or kick back with a book overlooking the sea. This afternoon you’ll make your way to a traditional working sheep farm in one of the most idyllic areas of the North Coast. Meet a local family who have been living in the area and farming sheep and cattle for over 70 years. Step into the farming world, learning about a sheepdog’s relationship with the shepherd and sheep and admire the speed, agility and intelligence involved with gathering the flock. You may get lucky enough to meet a brand new baby lamb! Enjoy a relaxed dinner this evening back in town.

Overnight: Portrush | Blackrock House B&B
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Friday 23rd May - Derry City & Donegal

Derry City is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. Built in the 17th century, the walls, approximately 1.5km in circumference, form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade with which to view the layout of the original town. Your private tour guide will incorporate the tragic events of Jan 30th 1972 when a peaceful protest turned violent leading to the killing of 14 unarmed men and boys along with the injury of many other in an event known as Bloody Sunday. Take a step off Derry’s 400-year-old City Walls and step inside the delightfully Dickensian Craft Village – the Jewel inside Derry’s crown. The reconstructed 18th Century streets meets a 19th century square, packed with an inviting mix of artisan shops, home to local crafters, restaurants and coffee shops – the perfect lunch/ afternoon tea activity! Afterwards, make your way to your 5 star castle hotel in Donegal.

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Saturday 24th May - Hiking The Slieve League Cliffs

The Slieve League Cliffs are some of Europe’s highest cliffs – three times taller than the Cliffs of Moher. Today you’ll take to the little-travelled Pilgrim’s Path, a route used for Christian pilgrimages for centuries. You’ll get the chance to do something few visitors get to do: stand atop the edge of the Slieve League Cliffs. There are terrific views of the cliffs, the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains of Sligo and Donegal Bay. Later, meet local tweed-makers still practising their craft on a traditional handloom passed down for generations, before you head into town together to enjoy a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Sunday 25th May - Foraging The North West Shores

From Donegal, head south into Sligo, last resting place of W.B Yeats. Sligo is blessed with some stunning coastline and this morning you will explore Streedagh, with it’s miles long sandy beaches on the north Sligo coast. At low tide it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the rock pools and coves that flank the beach and you will be joined by local foraging expert and author Prannie Rhatigan who knows these shores inside and out. Prannie is a world renowned expert on seaweed and her insight into the natural heritage of the Irish coast is unparalleled.  Keep an eye out from sand-feeding seabirds that flock along this stretch of coastline. This part of Ireland is dominated by the mighty Benbulben Mountain and an afternoon walk in its mighty shadows is a must before moving on to Westport.

Overnight: Westport | Knockranny House
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Monday 26th May - Westport & Achill Island

Nestled against the picturesque backdrop of Clew Bay and embraced by the rolling hills of County Mayo, Westport stands as a charming gem along the Wild Atlantic Way. This vibrant town seamlessly blends tradition with modernity, boasting colourful Georgian architecture with a lively atmosphere fuelled by its traditional pubs, artisanal shops, and a bustling market square. Spend some time this morning exploring the town at leisure before you and your guide leave the world behind as you head off to Achill Island for a day of exploration. Achill is the largest island in the country and encompasses dramatic land and seascapes which have provided inspiration for artists and writers for many years. There are many looped walks on the island and you can chat with your guide which one suits you best. Hike to the soothing melody of crashing waves before grabbing lunch at a local, cosy pub.

Overnight: Westport | Knockranny House
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Tuesday 27th May - The Burren

Heading further south this morning, as soon as you set foot on today’s trail you’ll be immersed in another world where time appears to stand still. You’ll set off for the Mullaghmore Loop Walk in The Burren. Its unique, striated limestone landscape was shaped by ancient seas and is famous for its Mediterranean and alpine wildflowers. The region is steeped in history as well, with over 2,500 historical monuments to be explored. You’ll have lunch at a local tearoom followed by a visit to the adjoining Burren Perfumery where only natural and organic ingredients are used in production. It’s the oldest working perfumery in Ireland! Afterward, it’s a short drive to your hotel, Gregan’s Castle, a former retreat for poets and authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. You’ll be back in time for a cool pint of Guinness by the fire before dinner at its award-winning restaurant.

Overnight: The Burren | Gregans Castle
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Wednesday 28th May - Inis Mor & The Cliffs of Moher

It’s hard to resist the allure of one of the many islands that dot the Irish coastline and today you will take to the water and ferry to The Aran Islands. The history of these islands goes back millennia and today Gaelic is still the daily spoken language of the inhabitants. The Aran islands seem to defy their size by all they have to offer: breathtaking scenery, medieval castles, cliffs and prehistoric forts are all to be found on this little group of islands. Inis Mór, the largest of the three islands, is your destination today. The sheltered side of the island has many little beaches and coves, a resident colony of seals and the tiny village of Kilronan. The wilder side has huge limestone cliffs facing the open Atlantic, an ancient fort crumbling over the cliff edge and scores of ancient relics from the Christian and pre-christian era. On the return ferry, admire one of Ireland’s most impressive natural sites, the Cliffs of Moher.

Overnight: The Burren | Gregans Castle
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Thursday 29th May - Depart

This morning, your guide will drop you to the airport in time for your flight home. We hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and look forward to welcoming you to our shores once again.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 11
  • Breakfast each morning, 9 lunch
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 2 to Day 11
  • Ground transportation from Day 2 to Day 11
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
  • Private Irish Dancing Experience
  • Entry to Gobbins Cliff Path
  • Entry to The Giants Causeway
  • Private Sheepdog & Sheep-sheering Experience
  • Private Walking Tour of Derry City
  • Private Foraging Experience
  • Ferry to Inis Mor (return ferry under Cliffs of Moher)
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main guide or driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is6,047 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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