April 21 to April 30, 2018

Status FULL
Cost $2840 per person, double room. Single supplement $410
Travel Dates April 21-30, 2018
Description The dramatic & mountainous Wild Atlantic Way coastline on the West of Ireland is one of the most magnificent coastlines in Europe. The mountains literally “fall” into the Atlantic Ocean & give rise to wonderful places offering you more than the average country in scenery, culture, history, warmth & splendour. Connemara in the middle of this fascinating West Coast is an imposing landscape of lakes, moorland and rugged mountains. It has some of the most extensive areas of blanket bog in Europe and is home to many heathland and bogland plants. The two main mountain groups – the Twelve Bens of Connemara and the Maamturk Mountains – are separated by the deep valley in which Lough Inagh lies. One of the most typical Connemara scenes is to see the jagged peaks glistening with quartz reflected in the still waters of a bogland pool. Lying off the coast of Connemara is the beautiful Inishbofin Island (the island of the White Cow). Steeped in history, and with evidence of life dating as far back as 4,000 years before Christ, this island community are eager to show you the traditional land & history they are so lucky to be a part of. Enjoying an overnight visit to “Bofin” is an experience, add to that a day trip to the even less known Inishshark and you have an amazing insight into a way of life that is fast disappearing. From there, continue to the prized Achill Island – Ireland’s largest island and first inhabited over 5,000 years ago. It is now accessible by a bridge completed in 2008 to join it to the mainland. Its magnificent blue flag sandy beaches, sea cliffs, open mountain tops and raised peat bogs together with the warm hospitality of the “locals” bring visitors back again and again for holidays. The island has a wealth of archaeological remains with a very strong historical and cultural heritage which goes with West Coast Island life. Achill has a thriving local craft-making tradition with Irish music playing a big part in the islands entertainment. Irish is still being spoken in many of the villages and townlands.
  • This price includes 9 overnights with bed & breakfast accommodation in all houses.
  • Picnic lunches for 7 days (days 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)
  • Evening dinners for 7 nights (days 1 2 4 6 7 8 9)
  • Ferry to and from Inishbofin Island (day 4)
  • Local Irish Guide with the group (days 4 5 6 7 8)
Not Included
  • Lunch days 2, 10; Dinner days 3 5 10
  • Entrance fees to theatres, parks, museums, gratuities, personal drinks, medical expenses.
  • Transportation to/from US to Galway (airfare)
  • Ferry to/from Inishbofin Island to Inishark Island (ferry is very weather dependent) (day 5)
  • Trip insurance which is highly recommended.
Payment Policy A deposit of $500 is due with the application forms to register for the trip.
Must have at least 10 registered by December 1, 2017 for the trip to go.
The Balance of $2340 is due no later than December 1, 2017
Cancellation Policy $500 is due with registration.  If registrant cancels prior to December 1, 2017, all except the $100 ADK registration fee is refundable. ($400 refunded)

Full payment of the trip must be made by December 1, 2017 ($2340 final payment + $500 deposit)

After Dec 1, 2017,  refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, then all but the $100 ADK registration fee is refundable.

If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded.

What to Bring  A list will be sent at a later date.
Trip Insurance ADK recommends that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.



Daily Itinerary

Day One: April 21st 

Arrive to Galway City & meet your Guide & transport. (Meeting Place: meet in the centre of Galway City at the Meyrick Hotel on Eyre Square at 3pm. It is right beside the train & bus station.  People can walk to it very easily & have a cup of tea or coffee (or a “pint”) while waiting.)

Transfer from Galway to the lovely, colourful town of Clifden in the heart of Connemara & on the shores of the Wild Atlantic. If time & energy allow, you may wish to do a trip around the famous Sky Road which can be enjoyed by bike, on foot or by minibus as a gentle introduction to this wonderful place. Dinner & overnight in Clifden. Driving time from Galway to Clifden is approx. 1 hour. Optional trip around the Sky Road. Rating: easy

Dinner included

Day Two: April 22nd

Your first walk takes you to the impressive Connemara National Park – with a fascinating Visitor Centre that gives wonderful information on this amazing region. Climbing to the top of Diamond Mountain, you will enjoy spectacular views across Connemara & beyond. Return to Clifden for dinner & overnight. Driving Time: approx. 30 mins each way. Walk Details: Approx Distance: 6.2 miles. Max. elevation gain 1450 feet. Board Walks & tracks. Can be wet underfoot – boots recommended. Rating: moderate

Breakfast, dinner included: lunch on your own

Day Three: April 23rd 

A wonderful drive takes you to the shores of Killary Harbour – an idyllic location steeped in history & offering a beautiful walk along the shores of Ireland’s only fjord. You will also have the opportunity to stop & enjoy visiting an old famine village before continuing along the fjord to reach the pretty village of Leenane at the eastern end of the fjord. On your return to Clifden, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Kylemore Abbey set in a breath-taking part of Connemara and with a fascinating history to get absorbed in. Overnight in Clifden & an evening at your leisure to discover more of the many good eating places around this lively town. Driving Time: approx. 45 mins each way. Walk Details: Approx Distance: 10.6 miles. Max. Height: 500. Muddy and grassy tracks, some road walking, can be wet underfoot – boots essential. Rating: strenuous

Breakfast and lunch included; Dinner on your own

Day Four: April 24th 

Transfer from Clifden to the village of Cleggan where you will take a boat across to the beautiful Inishbofin Island. Here, enjoy a Guided Walk of the island with a local guide who will enthrall you with local history, flora, fauna & bird life. Enjoy your dinner & overnight on this beautiful island – all the more tranquil in the evening. Driving Time: approx. 40 mins. Ferry Crossing: approx. 40 mins. Walk Details: Approx Distance: 8.7 miles. Max. Height: 350 feet. Muddy and grassy tracks, some road walking, rocky & uneven underfoot conditions – boots essential.  Rating: moderate

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Day Five: April 25th 

Your second day on Inishbofin takes you on a private transfer by small boat to the wonderful neighboring island of Inishshark. This is a glorious island, no longer inhabited and again, your Guide will immerse you into the fascinating history of this wonderful place. These 2 island days will completely slow you down & give you the experience of time standing still as you unwind, relax & possibly never want to move from here….!!!! Return to Inishbofin for your overnight. Boat Crossing: approx. 20 mins each way. Walk Details: Approx Distance: 5.6 miles. Max. Height: 350 feet. Some road walking, open moorland with uneven underfoot conditions – boots essential.  Rating: moderate

Breakfast, lunch included; Dinner on your own

Day Six: April 26th 

Leaving these islands behind, you transfer back to the mainland & transfer north to the lively town of Westport. Here – you will be welcomed by fantastic views of “The Reek” or better known as Croagh Patrick. Following part of an ancient Pilgrim Trail – your Guide will then take you along a route that then intersects the main “tourist” route as it takes you to the shoulder of this famous mountain, with an option for those who wish to climb to the top. Descending to the village of Murrisk, you then transfer on to Achill Island for your dinner & overnight. Ferry Crossing: approx. 40 mins. Driving Time: approx. 1 hour to walk location & 1 hour after walk. Walk Details: Approx Distance: 7.5 miles. Max. Height: 2500 feet. Open rocky mountain and moorland, grass and mud tracks – boots essential. Great care is needed on the rocky sections, especially on your descent. Rating: strenuous

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Day Seven: April 27th 

Enjoying a wonderful walk around the heart of Achill Island, under the shadows of Slievemore, you will enjoy wonderful coastal views. Your Guide will then take you on to the “deserted village” you will be inspired by this fascinating place & a way of life that has disappeared from most places now. Return to your accommodation on Achill for dinner & overnight. Driving Time: approx. 15 mins each way. Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 8.7 miles. Max. Height: 750 feet. Muddy and grassy tracks, open hillsides, some road walking, can be wet underfoot – boots essential. Rating: moderate

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Day Eight: April 28th 

Your walk today is again on Achill at the western headland of this island. With amazing coastal views & the impressive Wild Atlantic Way crashing below you, you will have a breath-taking walk along sea cliffs & bogland. At the end of your hike, you will have the opportunity to dip into the Wild Atlantic at one of the many fabulous beaches that Achill boasts. Dinner & overnight in Achill. Driving Time: approx. 15 mins each way. Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 7.5 miles. Max. Height: 825 feet. Muddy and grassy tracks, some road walking, rough underfoot conditions that can be wet – boots essential.  Rating: moderate

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Day Nine: April 29th

Leaving Achill behind you, you will be transferred from your accommodation to the start of your final walk, following a lovely route into the heart of an amazing wilderness in the foothills of Nephin Beg. This is one of our most untouched areas in Ireland & is now protected as a Wilderness Region for our future generations. At the end of your walk, you will be transferred back to Galway City for your final dinner & overnight. From here, there is an excellent bus/rail service connecting with Dublin or Shannon for your onward journeys & flights home. Driving Time: approx. 1.5 hours to start of walk & 2 hours after walk to Galway. Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 11.8miles. Max. Height: 1150 feet. Muddy and grassy tracks, some road walking, can be wet underfoot – boots essential. Rating: strenuous.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included.

Day Ten: April 30th

Departures. Breakfast included

Registration Procedure Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or snail mail) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S, Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay
Trip Leader Jon Bowen
1626 Gunbarrel Rd, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
315 628-8749