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Ireland Walking Tour

10 days Walking Tours
Explore Ireland from the ground up on a walking tour through the country’s small cities and most dramatic landscapes. From the Cliffs of Moher to the rocky Burren to the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll come face to face with the natural beauty that separates Irish landscapes into a league of their own. And in Galway, Connemara and Cork, you’ll stroll right through history (and hopefully, into a few pubs too).

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • 5 scenic walks

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Ireland today.

Galway 4 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Galway via Shannon

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! After arriving in Shannon, transfer to Galway to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey south of Galway today and get to know the region on a series of guided walks.

• Explore the Burren, a limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

• Pass a fascinating array of stalactites, stalagmites and waterfalls

• Enjoy lunch at a traditional Irish pub

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean

Day 4: Connemara National Park & Kylemore

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to explore more of the surrounding scenery and historic sights today.

• Amble through the stunning lush valleys, majestic mountains and mystical lakes of Connemara National Park

• Enter the palatial Kylemore Abbey, a sprawling estate originally built by Mitchell Henry in 1866 as a gift for his new bride

Day 5: Free day in Galway

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Galway on your own or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Ashford Castle School of Falconry $99*pp Details

Get an up-close look at birds of prey at the oldest established falconry school in Ireland. An experienced instructor will guide you through handling the hawks before letting you walk around the picturesque grounds and woodlands of Ashford Castle. The hawks will follow your path, swooping around as you tour the grounds before landing on your gloved fist. After the walk, enjoy some free time for lunch in the quaint village of Cong.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Optional Excursion - Irish Farmstead Dinner $89*pp Details

Journey away from the city of Galway to the countryside, and discover a different side of Ireland. Feel the tranquility of farm life as you take a tour of the property. Once you’ve walked up an appetite, sit down for a warm farmstead dinner, including wine. After your meal, don’t leave without a helping of homemade dessert.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

County Kerry 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Killarney National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Killarney National Park, Ireland’s first national park which has grown to 25,000 acres of diverse ecological landscapes. 

• Visit the stately Tudor-style Muckross House, donated to the Irish state in 1932 

• Take a guided walking tour through Killarney National Park’s most magnificent landscapes around Muckross Lake

Day 7: The Dingle Peninsula

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way along the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula on a walking tour with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Explore the western tip of Ireland on a guided walk along the Dingle Peninsula

• Enjoy breathtaking views as you wander past secluded harbors and seaside cliffs

• See archaeological sites and ancient ruins dating back to the Mesolithic Period

Day 8: Glengarriff and Garnish Island

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a scenic drive through the Caha Mountains of the Beara Peninsula before setting out for a scenic walk. 

• Arrive in Glengarriff, where you’ll board a boat to Garnish Island

• Take a short walk through the cultivated gardens and catch glimpses of wild seascapes and barren mountains beyond

County Limerick 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Limerick via the Gearagh Loop & Cork

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a guided walk along the Gearagh Loop, following country lanes around the drowned forest and through the remaining woodland. Then, stop in Cork en route to Limerick.

Join your group for a farewell dinner in Limerick this evening.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Dublin.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • 5 scenic walks

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Ireland today.

Galway 4 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Galway via Shannon

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! After arriving in Shannon, transfer to Galway to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey south of Galway today and get to know the region on a series of guided walks.

• Explore the Burren, a limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

• Pass a fascinating array of stalactites, stalagmites and waterfalls

• Enjoy lunch at a traditional Irish pub

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean

Day 4: Connemara National Park & Kylemore

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to explore more of the surrounding scenery and historic sights today.

• Amble through the stunning lush valleys, majestic mountains and mystical lakes of Connemara National Park

• Enter the palatial Kylemore Abbey, a sprawling estate originally built by Mitchell Henry in 1866 as a gift for his new bride

Day 5: Free day in Galway

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Galway on your own or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Ashford Castle School of Falconry $99*pp Details

Get an up-close look at birds of prey at the oldest established falconry school in Ireland. An experienced instructor will guide you through handling the hawks before letting you walk around the picturesque grounds and woodlands of Ashford Castle. The hawks will follow your path, swooping around as you tour the grounds before landing on your gloved fist. After the walk, enjoy some free time for lunch in the quaint village of Cong.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Optional Excursion - Irish Farmstead Dinner $89*pp Details

Journey away from the city of Galway to the countryside, and discover a different side of Ireland. Feel the tranquility of farm life as you take a tour of the property. Once you’ve walked up an appetite, sit down for a warm farmstead dinner, including wine. After your meal, don’t leave without a helping of homemade dessert.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

County Kerry 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Killarney National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Killarney National Park, Ireland’s first national park which has grown to 25,000 acres of diverse ecological landscapes. 

• Visit the stately Tudor-style Muckross House, donated to the Irish state in 1932 

• Take a guided walking tour through Killarney National Park’s most magnificent landscapes around Muckross Lake

Day 7: The Dingle Peninsula

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way along the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula on a walking tour with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Explore the western tip of Ireland on a guided walk along the Dingle Peninsula

• Enjoy breathtaking views as you wander past secluded harbors and seaside cliffs

• See archaeological sites and ancient ruins dating back to the Mesolithic Period

Day 8: Glengarriff and Garnish Island

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a scenic drive through the Caha Mountains of the Beara Peninsula before setting out for a scenic walk. 

• Arrive in Glengarriff, where you’ll board a boat to Garnish Island

• Take a short walk through the cultivated gardens and catch glimpses of wild seascapes and barren mountains beyond

County Limerick 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Limerick via the Gearagh Loop & Cork

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a guided walk along the Gearagh Loop, following country lanes around the drowned forest and through the remaining woodland. Then, stop in Cork en route to Limerick.

Join your group for a farewell dinner in Limerick this evening.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Dublin.

Add Dublin $259 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Ireland's capital is home to some of the leading writers of the English-speaking world, including favorite son James Joyce. The city's long literary tradition extends from the long-gone monasteries that kept Classical traditions alive during the Dark Ages, to the illuminated Book of Kells, the creation of Trinity College, and a bumper crop of writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. But it's not all professorial reserve, as a trip to one of Dublin's lively pubs will remind you.

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel from Limerick to Dublin, then take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• Pass through Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest walled green spaces and site of the presidential residence

• Travel along the banks of the River Liffey and see the legendary Guinness Factory

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

• Stop at Trinity College and view the illuminated Book of Kells

Day 11: Free day in Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Dublin or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt & Glendalough $79*pp Details

County Wicklow is home to some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery in Ireland, as well as two of the country’s most important historic sites. Your first stop is at the picturesque village of Enniskerry, where you’ll visit Powerscourt, an elegant country mansion with the finest formal gardens in the country. Later, continue on to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking crusaders in the 10th century. You’ll also see St. Kevin’s Cross, the remains of the 6th-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by the monks as a place of refuge.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening $99*pp Details

Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this optional may change due to availability.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Galway, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Limerick
  • Dublin, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Ireland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Irish consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Ireland. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind. It is advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Pubs serve up hearty lunches, and the traditional Irish stew, bacon and boiled cabbage are always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black beer known as Guinness is a national institution in its own right.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Shannon (or Dublin on the tour extension). Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. Most of the destinations are easily walkable.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing and Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. Hiking boots are recommended. We also suggest that you bring a collapsible walking stick for the more challenging walks. A change of footwear is also essential. A plastic water bottle is handy for staying hydrated on your walking tours, and a pair of binoculars enhances your enjoyment of the scenery. Insect repellent, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight are also a good idea. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Galway, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Limerick
  • Dublin, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Ireland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Irish consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Ireland. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind. It is advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Pubs serve up hearty lunches, and the traditional Irish stew, bacon and boiled cabbage are always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black beer known as Guinness is a national institution in its own right.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Shannon (or Dublin on the tour extension). Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. Most of the destinations are easily walkable.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing and Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. Hiking boots are recommended. We also suggest that you bring a collapsible walking stick for the more challenging walks. A change of footwear is also essential. A plastic water bottle is handy for staying hydrated on your walking tours, and a pair of binoculars enhances your enjoyment of the scenery. Insect repellent, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight are also a good idea. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Walking in an enchanted land

I had taken two other walking tours with Go Ahead, the Almalfi Coast and Provence. These were very good. But in previous years I noticed the Ireland walking tour received a number of poor reviews. When we noticed that this tour had been extensively revised, we decided to try it. We were quite pleased with the experience and feel it now rates right up there with the other fine walking tours. Walking allows you to get up close and personal with the land and the people that sitting on a bus can never accomplish. My only caution is that in every Go Ahead walking tour there were people who were not physically up to the challenge. One should be conditioned to long hikes on uneven ground and have good quality boots or athletic shoes before signing on to this kind of tour.

 

Dear Scott, Thank you so much for your review! We are so very pleased that you gave this incredible walking tour a chance, and that you feel that the revisions we have made have elevated this tour. We are constantly reviewing and revising our tours based on traveler feedback, and are thrilled that to see those efforts improve on tour experience. Thank you again for your positive review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 24, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Tour director Matthew made every day interesting. We did many extra things not listed on the original itinerary. Liked Ghuagan Barra Forrest Park and the Hurling demonstration! I loved the whole tour. The Irish countryside is beautiful and varied.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lovely Tour

This was a lovely tour start to finish. Enjoyed very much the walking aspect of it and the beautiful country side. I am of Irish descent so it was important to see where my people came from and I was so touched to finally do so. Our tour director Matthew, was very good at reading the group and provided experiences outside the itinerary that all ages could enjoy. He even put his granny and mom on the bus phone for all of us to meet which was really fun. John, was an excellent bus driver. We booked another Go AHead tour less then a week after our return.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Coastal Ireland

If you like being around the water and like to walk this is a great tour. My favorite part was the Cliffs of Mohr and the coastal drive.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lovely Experience

In particular, the extra guides at Burren and Killarney were fabulous. Very well managed experience...

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Ireland

In 2005 I attempted a self-drive tour of Ireland. It was close to a disaster From the very beginning of this walking tour with our director, Isabella, sharing her great love of this country, I came to know Ireland far more intimately than ever before. Architecture, history, poetry, topography, flora and fauna (aka sheep and cows, well maybe some deer too), beaches, hills, castles, churches, music and skilled craftspeople were all part of what we encountered. Ireland is a beautiful country with so much to offer the senses and a walking tour is the way to appreciate all there is to enjoy. Thanks to Edwin, our intrepid, courageous and skilled driver, too.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing!

Ireland was amazing! GoAhead made this trip (which was my first) so easy. I was able to get a wonderful vacation packed with history, culture, local colour and fantastic landscapes without any worries. GoAhead took care of it all! We had one optional excursion that was cancelled but there was a replacement waiting without a hitch! Our tour guide, Isabella, was just a joy! We repeatedly heard from the local people what a great guide we had, but we already knew that! Our driver took great care with our safety and well being and made sure we were all safely and timely to our destinations. He was very professional and so sweet! I can't wait to pick out my next destination! Thanks GoAhead and Ireland!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 14

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Stone walls, green grass

Emma was one of our best tour directors ever. She played us a song about stone walls and the grass is green, which perfectly describes Ireland. We hiked national parks and coastlines, enjoying the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle, and ended the trip with the cultural and literary delights of Dublin. And you haven't tasted Guinness until you've had a pint perfectly drawn at a local pub, while watching hurling, and chatting with the warm and friendly Irish.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: UT

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Exciting Way to see Ireland

Walking the landscape of Ireland is a magnificent way to see the country. I was prepared for more difficult walks so I would say that this tour is one to try if you are wondering what a walking tour is like. We had several people in their 70s in the group and everyone did just fine. I especially liked the coastline walks and the gardens. Our tour director, Alli, did everything to make our experience the best.Local guides were also very good.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Falling Short

I have no regrets with the tour or the involved personnel. The shortcomings that concern me were with the travel to and from destinations. It seems airports, like many highways, have signs that only make sense to people who already know what to do and how and where to go. There was insufficient time in the schedule to get from area to area and through security. This was particularly true at Heathrow, which is an airport designed by fools. I would not have minded a longer lay-over if it meant avoiding actually running from place to pace to get to a gate that is closing. The personnel who schedule flights should not do it while seated at a desk. They must go to the involved airport and see what is the reality.

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