Warm people & wild Atlantic landscapes
The west coast of Ireland is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes and the legendary charm of its people and pubs. Perched at the very western edge of Europe, the rugged scenery has been shaped by the wild Atlantic Ocean. It is a timeless land that is both remote and homely, made so by the lively character of the people who inhabit this region. Our guided walks here explore the islands and highlands on trails that will give you an unforgettable experience, from pilgrimage mountains to clifftop and lakeside walks. Some of the most famous landmarks we visit include the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring Of Kerry, the Burren, Croagh Patrick, Dingle Peninsula and the Aran Islands. Our seasoned guides will unlock local traditions and culture and make sure you’re having fun while exploring these rugged mountains and seascapes.
The west coast is bound by the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic coastal route that stretches along the entire western seaboard of Ireland and offers travellers the opportunity to experience the region’s diverse coastal scenery, from picturesque fishing villages to remote and windswept headlands. It has a rich history, with evidence of ancient settlements dating back thousands of years. We explore historical sites such as ancient stone forts, monastic ruins and castles, all steeped in the region’s history and folklore. And there are just rewards to complement all that exploring: this area is famous for its seafood, including fresh oysters, mussels, and Atlantic salmon. It’s also known for producing high-quality Irish whiskey and legendary pubs and music, so you can warm your bones after a long day’s hiking amongst that wild Atlantic scenery.
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Ireland’s West Coast Islands
- Enjoy an island-hopping adventure on the west coast of Ireland
- Discover Inishboffin, the Aran Islands and Clare
- Experience easy hiking and indulge in tasty local produce
- Climb Croagh Patrick, the cliffs of Moher and the Burren
Mountains of Kerry Hiking
- Explore the rugged Mountains of Kerry in Ireland
- Hike on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula
- Summit an ancient pilgrimage mountain
- Hike the famed Ring of Kerry
- Visit famine-era villages and stone circles
Locations in Ireland
The Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural richness, making it a popular destination for tourists looking to immerse themselves in the stunning landscapes and vibrant traditions of Ireland’s west coast. The largest town on the peninsula is Dingle (or An Daingean in Irish), which is a picturesque fishing port known for its colorful buildings, bustling harbor, and friendly atmosphere.
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The Kerry Way
The Kerry Way is one of Ireland’s most famous long-distance hiking trails, known for its stunning scenery, rugged landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. It is a circular walking route that takes you through the scenic County Kerry in the southwestern part of Ireland.
Mount Brandon is the highest peak on the Dingle Peninsula and the second-highest mountain in Ireland, with an elevation of 952 meters (3,123 feet) above sea level. Its lofty summit offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the Dingle Peninsula, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Blasket Islands.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are a stunning natural wonder located in County Clare. They are one of the most famous and iconic landmarks in Ireland and are renowned for their breathtaking beauty and dramatic coastal scenery. The Cliffs of Moher stretch along the Atlantic Ocean for approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles), running from the village of Doolin in the north to Hags Head in the south. They are situated on the western edge of the Burren region, and rise to an impressive height, with some sections reaching over 214 meters (702 feet) above sea level. This elevation provides visitors with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are a group of three small islands located off the western coast of Ireland, in Galway Bay. They are known for their stunning natural beauty, unique cultural heritage, and the preservation of the Irish language. The Aran Islands consist of three main islands: Inishmore (Inis Mór), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr) – with Inishmore being the largest and most visited of the three. The Aran Islands are characterized by a rugged and windswept terrain, with limestone karst landscapes, stone walls, and a stark beauty that is both unique and captivating. The islands are dotted with prehistoric and Christian-era ruins, such as ancient stone forts, churches, and monastic settlements.
The Burren is a place of natural wonder, scientific interest, and cultural significance. The Burren is a karst landscape, characterized by limestone bedrock that has been eroded and shaped by water over millions of years. The resulting terrain features a vast expanse of limestone pavements, clints (slabs of limestone), grikes (the fissures or gaps between the clints), and limestone hills.
Galway is a lively and culturally rich city located on the west coast of Ireland. It is the capital of County Galway and is known for its vibrant arts scene, historic architecture, bustling streets, and strong sense of Irish identity. Galway is renowned for its cultural vibrancy and has a thriving arts scene and is known for hosting numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, and the Galway Oyster Festival. The city’s streets often come alive with street performers, musicians, and artists.
Inishbofin is a picturesque island located off the western coast of Ireland, specifically in County Galway. It is one of the many beautiful islands scattered along the Wild Atlantic Way and is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant community. nishbofin has a rich history dating back thousands of years. There are archaeological sites, such as ancient ring forts and early Christian monastic ruins, that offer glimpses into the island’s past. The island also played a role in maritime history and was once a base for pirates and smugglers.
Croagh Patrick (“The Reek”) is one of the most iconic and sacred mountains in Ireland. Situated near the town of Westport in County Mayo, it stands prominently on the southern shores of Clew Bay and is visible from many miles away. At 764m, it is one of the tallest peaks in the west of Ireland. Its distinctive conical shape and prominent location make it a recognisable landmark. Croagh Patrick is of immense religious importance in Ireland, and is associated with Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Legend has it that Saint Patrick climbed the mountain in the 5th century and spent 40 days and nights fasting and praying at its summit, during which he banished all the snakes from Ireland. As a result, Croagh Patrick is a place of pilgrimage. Pilgrims traditionally climb Croagh Patrick barefoot, although many now wear appropriate footwear!