Hiking with panoramic views Aaran Islands
Hiking route Ireland's Western Way
Hiking with panoramic views of the Cliffs of Moher
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Ireland's Western Way

Connemara, Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher.

Ireland is a country of contrasts: one day rough and spectacular and then again quite quiet and idyllic. Especially in the West there is one highlight after another. The first one are the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. The route along the escarpment is considered one of the most stunning coastal hikes in the world. After that tranquility follows on the Aran Islands. You will encounter a languorous ambience in Kilronnan, when the sun sets over the sea on the horizon. Onwards along the Great Western Way, which leads you through moor landscapes and along picturesque lakes to the one and only fjord in Connemara.

Walking

Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

More than 120 metres the Cliffs of Moher proturde from the Atlantic. This impressive cliff scenery is the backdrop for your first day of hiking. In the morning a short transfer to Liscannor from where you follow the Cliffs of Moher-Trail, which leads you directly along the cliffs back to Doolin.

approx. 5 hours
12 km
450 m
500 m

In the morning transfer to the ferry pier and crossing to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Stone walls were piled up here as far as the eye can see in order to be able to work the barren ground. The route leads you past a seal colony to the world-famous ruins of Dún Aenghus (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site). When you arrive, the masses of tourists will already have moved on and you can explore this spectacualr site in peace and quiet. After that hike back to Cill Rónáin.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
17 km
230 m
230 m

In the morning you return by ferry to Ross a’ Mhil on the mainland. Here you get picked up and taken to Oughterard, the trailhead of the Great Western Way. The route takes you along the lake ‚Lough Corrib’. At the end of the lake you walk thorugh an amazing moor landscape. Short transfer into the valley of Tiernakill.

approx. 6 hours
21 km
220 m
180 m

One of the highlights of the Great Western Way are the ‚Maumturk Mountains’. The scenery appears nearly alpine, however a glance onto the endless green hills and countless sheep reveals why Connemara is considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Once you have arrived at the Maum Ean-pass, a mystic site awaits. A little chapel, Celtic crosses and a statue of St Patrick turn this into a sacred place. The day ends with a descent to the lake ‚Lough Inagh’.

approx. 4 to 5 hours
16 km
400 m
350 m

Trees are a rare commodity in Ireland, however today’s route soon leads you through several forests. This stage is very varied. You leave the hills of the Maumturk Mountains and the 12 Bens behind you and soon the terrain becomes more level. Your Day Finish is the little coastal village of Leenane, situated in a picturesque location at the end of the Killary fjord.

approx. 5 hours
15 km
170 m
230 m

Transfer to the fishing harbour Rosroe. This is the start of the ‚Famine Trail’, established during the time of  famine in Ireland, in order to facilitate transporting groceries faster inland. Today this narrow trail winds along the coast of the Killary fjord offering spectacular views.

approx. 3 to 4 hours
14 km
130 m
210 m

Tour character

For the hike along the Cliffs of Moher-Trail a head for heights is prerequisite. For all other daily tours up to 20 km a good basic fitness level is required. Surefootedness is an advantage during the descent from Maum Ean-pass.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Apr 7, 2018 - May 4, 2018
Oct 7, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
daily
Season 2
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 16, 2018 - Oct 6, 2018
daily
Season 3
May 5, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
daily
Ireland‘s Western Way 8 days, IR-COWDL-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
569,00
135,00
615,00
135,00
645,00
135,00

Category: country hotels, B&B`s

Season 1
Apr 7, 2018 - May 4, 2018
Oct 7, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Season 2
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 16, 2018 - Oct 6, 2018
Season 3
May 5, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
Doolin
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Leenane
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
50,00
69,00
40,00
59,00
50,00
69,00
40,00
59,00
50,00
69,00
40,00
59,00
Price
Transfer
55,00

Services and infos

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers and ferry crossings according to programme
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Departure

  • Dublin Airport. From there by Citylink-bus (www.citylink.ie) to Galway, duration approx. 2.5 hours. Or from Dublin Heuston by train (irishrail.ie) to Galway, duration approx. 2 hours. From Galway by bus (www.buseireann.ie) to Doolin, duration approx. 2 hours.
  • Organised transfer from Leenane to Westport, € 55 per fare, reservation required, payable in advance. From Westport by train to Dublin Heuston, duration approx. 3.5 hours.

Note

  • Luggage transfer Aran Islands (with ferry crossings luggage needs to be taken autonomously)
Franziska Schwaiger
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Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
5 stars
Carina S. DE | 25.09.2017
Irland-Wanderung
Es war eine super schöne Reise. Der Gepäcktransfer sowie die organisierten Taxifahrten haben super geklappt und überpünktlich ohne Wartezeiten. Die B&B's waren super ausgesucht und die Leute vor Ort super nett und hilfsbereit.
5 stars
Helga Joch DE | 12.07.2017
Irlands Western Way
Wir haben auf unserer Wanderung sehr schöne Gebiete erkundet. Alles war bestens organisiert, Transfers und Unterkünfte waren perfekt.
5 stars
Per Lehmann DK | 09.06.2017
Perfect hiking area
Very varied hikes from spectacular Cliffs of Moher along miles and miles of stonefences on Aran island. Through lush farmland and forrests, through swampland on apx. 5 km of walking planks. Over a mountainpass to high pastures with thousands of sheep and lastly along the beautiful Killary fjord. All documents were there and prebooked transportation on time.

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