Kylemore Abbey, Republic of IrelandCliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, The Burren, Europe are one of Ireland's top touristic attractions.Poulnabrone dolmen is a portal tomb, located in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland.Two Wildland Trekking guests hiking in IrelandKillary Harbour fjord in northern Connemara, in western Ireland on a sunny day.Homemade Corned Beef and Cabbage with Carrots and PotatoesHiking trail and stone steps in lush Ireland landscapePanoramic of Dún Aonghasa the largest prehistoric stone fort on Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland.Classical thatched Irish cottage with green grass upon a blue sky. The photo was taken in Inis MorLandscape and Coast Connemara in Ireland

Hiking Ireland: Burren, Connemara, and the Aran Islands


Trip Highlights

  • Iconic Hikes of Western Ireland
  • Exploring the Aran Islands
  • Fjords of Ireland
  • Limestone Cliffs
  • Exquisite Regional Cuisine
  • Charming Traditional Accommodations
  • Ancient Celtic Historical Sites
  • Irish Cities of Dublin, Doolin, and Galway
  • Connemara National Park


Join us on this Irish trekking tour to Burren, Connemara, and the Aran Islands! Ireland is an incredible hiking destination with stunning North Atlantic seascapes, Celtic forts, rugged limestone massifs, roaming livestock, and world class trails.

Together, we’ll experience jaw-dropping views, awe inspiring historical sites, and delicious Irish cuisine as we trek around this island with dramatic cliff sides, rugged coastlines, emerald green hills, and cozy Irish pubs.

Each night we’ll stay in quaint Irish towns in boutique accommodations, allowing us to sample the delicious cuisine of the region. If pub fare and Guinness is what you fancy, then this trip is right up your alley! With a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll have an insider’s experience of the wilds of Ireland. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to experience the best of Ireland!

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Trip Type: Inn-Based Hiking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 3-12 Guests
Trip Length: 9 Days
Distance: 65 MI / 104 KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip involves hiking with a light day pack (8-12 lbs) from 3-5 hours a day. There is no technical difficulty involved with easy to medium paths and tracks. This trek is accessible to the beginner hiker in good shape.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 11 miles

Backpack Weight:

Up to 12 lbs


Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2,230

Heights Exposure:

Minimal Exposure

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 3-5 hours
  • Maintaining balance on well maintained paths and tracks
  • Sustained hiking on variable terrain with no significant exposure
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this West Coast of Ireland Trek a solitude 3. You can expect several hours of solitude at a time.

Minimum of 3 Guests

We require a minimum of 3 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 65-60 days before the departure date.

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 3 people: rate x 2
  • 4-5 people: rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 people: rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 people: standard rate
  • 13+ people: contact us for availability and pricing

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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Day 1

Welcome to Éire, the emerald green land of Ireland! On this hiking tour of Ireland you’ll fly into the international airport in Dublin where you’ll make your way into the city. We’ll meet at our first accommodation of the trip in the vibrant, capital city of Dublin. Upon your arrival at the hotel in the city center, you will meet your guide and the rest of the group. We’ll gather for our orientation meeting before heading to a typical Irish pub. Slàinte! Or cheers as they say in Gaelic.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 mi (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 410 ft (125 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 263 ft (80 m)

This morning starts with a nearly four-hour transfer to Leenane in the heart of Connemara, with a coastline of tiny inlets, coves, bays, and fishing villages. We’ll check in at our lovely hotel for the next two nights and enjoy a nice lunch in Leenane. Leenane translates to “the valley at the head of sea.” It is situated right at the head of the Killary Fjord and today’s hike takes us along arguably the most beautiful and largest fjord to Killary Harbour. We hike past small churhes until we reach a path that brings us to the incredible Aasleagh Falls along the Erriff River. We continue past Irish homesteads that sit at the base of Gen Gorm Mountain. After a short side hike to the fishing pier at Killary Harbor, we’ll make our way back to our accommodations for a well-deserved meal!


Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 mi (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1624 ft (495 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1624 ft (495 m)

This morning starts with a transfer to Kylemore Abbey, a famous castle with its rich history and picturesque setting situated on the Atlantic Way. We’ll have a roughly 1.5 hour tour of the grounds before transferring over to Letterfrack and our trailhead for today’s hike. Diamond Hill is one of the most famed hikes of the Connemara region with its spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills and coastline. We’ll enjoy some solitude along the Bog Bridge trail on our way to the summit. The view from the summit might be the most breathtaking in all of Galway!

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage:  10 mi (16 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 295 ft (90 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 295 ft (90 m)
  • Boat Time: 2 hours

This morning finds us with a road trip along the Sky Road of Clifton. This 10-mile road is rumored to be one of the most beautiful drives in Ireland. We’ll take our time and enjoy the views. In the late morning, we will reach the pier where we’ll board a boat for the island of Inishbofin. This small fisherman’s island is one of the last land masses west of the European continent before the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. On this trek we might just luck out and see seals in the bay just north of the island as well as long-haired sheep. Residents of this small island depend on peat as a fuel source to heat their homes. You’ll have the option for a cold plunge on what is one of the most picturesque beaches in the region. We’ll take the last ferry out for the day back to our hotel in Clifden and enjoy a wonderful Irish dinner.



Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage:  7-10 mi (11-16 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft (60 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 800 ft (40 m)
  • Boat Time: 2h 45 min.

Today marks the transition into the land of the legendary Connemara with its beautiful coastline. This morning starts with a journey to Roundstone: a small fishing port known for its Bodhran factory, a drum used in traditional Celtic music. We stop for a short hike (about 1.5 hours) to the rocky summit of Errisbeg.  We will then ferry to the largest of the three Aran Islands: the island of Inishmore. Inishmore is known for its strong traditional Irish culture and language. Upon our arrival, we’ll cross the north coast to the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa. We may have another opportunity to find seals today. We’ll stay on the island in our cozy lodge at the edge of the sea.



Day 6

  • Hiking Mileage: 11 mi (18 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 640 ft (195 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 640 ft (195 m)
  • Boat Time: 45 min.

Today starts with a short transfer to Kilmurvey Beach, the start of our hike. We’ll be exploring historical archeological sites and churches along our hike. Today’s efforts culminate in the Eeragh Lighthouse viewpoint. We’ll head back to Kilmurvey Beach and the Inishmore harbor. From here we’ll catch a boat to Rossaveel then onward to Galway for dinner and merriment!


Day 7

  • Hiking Mileage: 9 mi (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2230 ft (680 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2083 ft (265 m)

This morning finds us exploring the vibrant city and historic trading port of Galway. With a population approaching 80,000, Galway has much to offer in the way of traditional jewelry, old pubs, knit sweaters, and bog-oak carvings. After our outing in town, we’ll transfer to the famed Cliffs of Moher, where we’ll catch a glimpse of the Aran Islands, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins Mountain ranges, and the vast expanse of ocean. The Cliffs of Moher are recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark and are described as, “glacially-smoothed karst limestone hills with dramatic sea cliffs that tower over the majestic Atlantic coast.” After an incredible day, we’ll find our accommodations in Doolin, the capital of traditional Irish music, and dine in a cozy, quaint pub.

Day 8

  • Hiking Mileage: 9 mi (14 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1345 ft (410 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1772 ft (540 m)

Today holds a special hike: Burren land. Made up of towering limestone and dotted with wildflowers and spectacular Lapiazs. Lapiazs, or limestone pavement, is a phenomenon of exposed limestone resembling a paved surface and is a sight to behold! Our hike takes us along small country lanes and paths across vast plateaus. The Burren range is one of the less visited but no less spectacular ranges of Western Ireland. We then take our private transfer back to Dublin, about a 3 hours drive.

Day 9

After a typical Irish breakfast and your last fried tomato, we’ll say our goodbyes. Thank you for choosing Wildland!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding, changing boat schedules, and more. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.


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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation throughout trip via private transfer
  • All meals from Dinner Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Dublin, Ireland
  • Airport Transfers to and from Dublin airport on first and last day of trek (Please see Dublin Express or Aircoach for more transportation info. Private taxi is also available for around 25-35€)
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Trekking Poles & Day Pack
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (see recommendations) should have ankle support as terrain can be uneven.
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, Wi-Fi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/laundry/spa or sauna)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Guide gratuities are optional and at the discretion of each customer. A suggested guideline is to reward outstanding service with a tip of 5-10% of the total trip cost. Please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. Local currency is preferred, or USD is also appreciated.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What To Expect

Irish cuisine is the result of a mixing of culture over hundreds of years from British to continental European influence. Given its proximity to the sea, chowders and sea food are a popular fair in this region. Notable dishes include Irish stew, Coddle with soda bread, bacon and cabbage, and Colcannon. Given that grass in Ireland grows 10 months out of the year, there is no need to shelter grazing cattle, which yields incredible dairy products! These include milk, butter, curds, and cheese- notably Dubliner with its texture not unlike Parmesan. You can also find Boxty, a potato pancake dish, or Shepherd’s pie with its mix of mashed potato, vegetables, and minced beef or lamb. For those with a love of ale you can find Guinness, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Beamish stout, Smithwick’s red ale, Irish Coffee with whiskey, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Paddy Whiskey, Bushmills Whiskey, and various forms of meads and ciders. In short, Irish food and drink will be a pleasant addition to your trekking adventure!

Lunches on this trip will consist of picnic lunches of various cold cuts/sandwiches, and vegetables. Wildland will provide cutlery and plates/bowls for this portion of our trip.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

Gear We Provide

We provide the following:

  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency Communication Device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide at the The Grafton Hotel on the first day of the trip before heading out for the welcome dinner. Please plan for your flight to arrive no later than 3pm on Day 1.

Pre and post airport transfers are the responsibility of the guest. Guest’s can take a taxi to the hotel in Dublin from the Airport for approximately 25-35€, the Dublin Express or Aircoach.

For those who wish to arrive a day early, we recommend The Grafton Hotel for enjoying Dublin. We will meet our guides at 5pm in the lobby of our hotel in Dublin.

Our Ireland communications team will be in contact via email approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate and confirm your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you may have.

Travel To/From, Ireland


For this Irish Trekking adventure, you will need to fly in and out of the Dublin International Airport located in Dublin, the largest city in Ireland. Flights should arrive no later than 3 pm or earlier on Day 1. Please see Dublin Express or Aircoach for more info about getting from the airport to Dublin. Taxi’s area also available for approximately 25-35€. If you’d prefer to get in a day or two early, we recommend The Grafton Hotel for enjoying Dublin.

Flights to and from the Dublin airport are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Dublin from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, New Jersey, Boston and Philadelphia.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.


Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism, and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)

Trip Insurance

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical insurance is required on this trip as a condition of partnership terms with our European vendors (field evacuation and repatriation minimum coverage is a combined $200,000 USD).

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation, or medical insurance we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected]
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

Weather In Ireland

Ireland’s weather is mild, humid, and influenced by the abundant rainfall and lack of temperature extremes. Due to Ireland’s location downwind from the Norwegian and Labrador sea, it is afforded milder winters than that of other locations of similar latitudes. Prevailing winds come out of the southwest breaking on the high mountains of the rugged west coast, therefore rainfall is more concentrated in western Ireland. Given its geographical location, Ireland experiences cooler summers and warmer winters compared to its neighbors. Rainfall in western Ireland can be up to 50 inches (1,200 mm) a year, which is comparable to a lot of northern states in the USA.

The coldest months of the year are January and February with average temperatures between 39-44 ° Fahrenheit (4-7 °C). July and August are the warmest months with averages between 57-61 °F (17-18 °C). 



Grafton Hotel in Dublin, Ireland


Grafton Hotel in Dublin, Ireland

2 Nights

This modern, art deco styled hotel located off of Grafton street in Dublin is centrally located to many attractions in the city center. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Grafton Street, the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College you’ll find plenty to do and see. The Grafton is made up of 128 modern, spacious, and generously decorated rooms and is an excellent setting to experience the magic of Dublin!

Delphi Lodge in Connemara, Ireland


Delphi Lodge in Connemara, Ireland

1 Night

Delphi lodge is located in the wilderness of Connemara and South Mayo, on the banks of the Bundorragha River. Here you’ll find a hotel, hostel, restaurant and bar, spa and yoga studio, and outdoor activity center nestled into a beautiful setting.

Rosleague Manor Hotel in Ireland


Rosleague Manor Hotel in Ireland

2 Nights

This Manor House in Clifden is steeped in old-world country charm with a unique layout and design. In these charming rooms you’ll find carefully maintained original antique furnishings, each with their own unique stories. From the windows of this charming hotel you’ll catch glimpses of forest and ocean.

Tigh Fitz Hotel in Ireland


Tigh Fitz Hotel in Ireland

1 Night

Located on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, Tigh Fitz is a charming refuge in a breathtaking setting. Here you’ll find beaches, areas of archeological and historical remains, and the famous tall cliffs of Aran.

Leonardo Hotel Galway, Ireland


Leonardo Hotel Galway, Ireland

1 Night

Sporting a contemporary bar and a newly refurbished interior, The Leonardo presents a cozy and charming accommodation in the hustle and bustle of Galway bay. You’ll find the Medieval City Wall and Spanish Arch a brief two minutes walk from the hotel.

Hotel Doolin in Ireland


Hotel Doolin in Ireland

1 Night

Located in the picturesque town of Doolin, Hotel Doolin offers a charming, contemporary setting to rest your head. Here you’ll find a live concert venue nestled into the hotel’s interior courtyard.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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