Heart of Ireland Adventure

About the Experience

You can imagine the rich, endless green. The wild, majestic vistas. The cold, black Guinness in a quiet seaside pub. You can feel the rushing wind. And yet, when you arrive, Ireland gives you so much more.

It’s easy to see why stories of faeries and leprechauns and magical rainbows once sprang from this place. To understand how this little island has produced such heartbreaking poetry, and music so tender the heart swells. When surrounded by such fierce, relentless beauty, such rich ancient history, how can you not feel inspired?

You run your hands over the astonishing wet stone of an ancient Sheela na Gig. You sink your feet into the same wet stretch of sand that inspired the words of W.B. Yeats. You climb upon a horse, and gallop over boglands, the sea birds calling to you. You explore the ghostly island of Inishkea with a local, their brogue dancing in your head along with the crash of the coming waves.

You kayak past Pagan relics, and listen to your heart pound as you skirt along breathtaking sea cliffs. This is the true heart of Ireland. This is its pulse. And this is why anyone who ever visits, leaves feeling as if they have been let in on a sacred secret. When you speak to others who have been, you will share the same smile of knowing. And you will both daydream of your return.

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Heart of Ireland Adventure

About the Experience

You can imagine the rich, endless green. The wild, majestic vistas. The cold, black Guinness in a quiet seaside pub. You can feel the rushing wind. And yet, when you arrive, Ireland gives you so much more.

It’s easy to see why stories of faeries and leprechauns and magical rainbows once sprang from this place. To understand how this little island has produced such heartbreaking poetry, and music so tender the heart swells. When surrounded by such fierce, relentless beauty, such rich ancient history, how can you not feel inspired?

You run your hands over the astonishing wet stone of an ancient Sheela na Gig. You sink your feet into the same wet stretch of sand that inspired the words of W.B. Yeats. You climb upon a horse, and gallop over boglands, the sea birds calling to you. You explore the ghostly island of Inishkea with a local, their brogue dancing in your head along with the crash of the coming waves.

You kayak past Pagan relics, and listen to your heart pound as you skirt along breathtaking sea cliffs. This is the true heart of Ireland. This is its pulse. And this is why anyone who ever visits, leaves feeling as if they have been let in on a sacred secret. When you speak to others who have been, you will share the same smile of knowing. And you will both daydream of your return.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Arrive in Dublin City by mid morning and meet your Wild Women guide who will whisk you away to Donegal. In the afternoon you’ll take a boat journey to the mysterious ancient figures on deserted White Island, including a Sheela na Gig, Christian remnants of ancient fertility goddesses.

DAY 2: DONEGAL

After breakfast you’ll spend the morning hiking Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League on the Wild Atlantic Way and taking in majestic views of the wild Atlantic Ocean. Weather permitting, enjoy a boat trip beneath the cliffs, keeping an eye out for whales, basking sharks and seals. On the way back you’ll stop at infamous Nancy’s Bar for a pint.

DAY 3: NORTH SLIGO

In the morning you’ll adventure in North Sligo, visiting the mythical Gleniff Horseshoe in the shadows of Benbulben and tour Lissadell House, the home of Constance Markievicz, famous politician, revolutionary nationalist and suffragette. Later you’ll enjoy a beach horse ride with a maritime archaeologist for an introduction to the ancient landscape that will be home for the next two nights.

DAY 4: LOUGH GILL & STRANDHILL

Try your hand at cycling the countryside and kayaking Lough Gill shoreline. You will cycle the back roads of Sligo, past ancient forests and holy wells with a pagan past, to Lough Gill where you will kayak in the landscape that inspired the poet WB Yeats. Afterwards, you’ll climb Knocknarea to the burial cairn of mythical warrior queen Meabh before sitting down to dinner in the seaside town of Strandhill.

DAY 5: ENNISCRONE & NORTH MAYO

Spend the morning learning how to stand up paddle board near the seaside town of Enniscrone with the option of a seaweed bath in authentic Edwardian bathhouses. In the late afternoon you will walk the cliffs of Downpatrick Head and admire incredible blowholes and sea stacks in Ireland’s most remote region.

DAY 6: DESERTED ISLANDS

If weather allows, spend the whole day exploring deserted islands! You’ll take a private boat charter to the deserted islands of Inishkea with a former resident, catching lunch of fresh mackerel on the way which we will clean, fillet and grill on the empty sand beach beside the ruined village. On the island you will explore deserted villages, early Christian relics, holy wells, sand dunes, and bird colonies. Note: the alternative activity in the event of inclement weather will be a visit Clare Island where you will also have the opportunity to fish and explore the island.

DAY 7: ACHILL ISLAND

Spend the morning enjoying a surf lesson on Keel Beach at our hotel’s back door. After a well earned lunch, hike to a deserted famine-era village under the beautiful mountain of Slievemore before a final night celebratory dinner at the hotel.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

After breakfast your guides will transfer you to Galway City, say good-byes, and onward trains to Dublin are available.

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