Discover Ireland’s spectacular rugged Wild Atlantic Way with your local guide Rachel.
The coastal cliff trails will take your breath away. You will explore some of Ireland’s hidden golden beaches, deserted abbeys and castles and run up historic mountains. As well as running in stunning landscapes, this tour is all about immersing yourself into Irish culture. Rachel will invite you into her home, you’ll meet her Mam Marjorie and bake Irish scones together, pull your own pint of Guinness in the local pub and enjoy our traditional music and stories.
Suitable for: Singles, couples and groups of all ages.
Min Group size: 6
Dates this year:
We are running this tour on one date in 2018. To book simply use our booking form.
Price: €1,195 per person sharing (If you come alone, you will be sharing a room with another person of the same sex)
Single Supp: €150
Your local guide Rachel will be waiting for you at the bus station in Ballina
You will be transported to your luxury hotel to settle in before we take a trip to the local pub to listen to traditional music and savour your first pint of Guinness
It’s then back to the hotel for dinner where we will discuss the adventures for the coming days.
Height gain: 400 metres
Terrain: Bog, beach, country roads, single track
Wake up your taste buds to a delicious wholesome breakfast before we get on the bus to travel along north Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way to discover Carrowteige, one
of the most spectacular undiscovered coastal trails in Ireland. It’s a feast for the eyes, with golden sandy beaches, rugged cliffs jutting into the Atlantic, and of course lots of friendly sheep.
At the finish line on a hidden treasure beach, we’ll enjoy a delicious picnic, all prepared by Rachel’s Mam, Marjorie, using only the best of local products. On the beautiful coastal route back, we’ll stop off in Mary's cottage for tea and homemade scones before we explore Downpatrick Head and the sea stack of Dun Briste.
We’ll step back in time and visit the local abbeys and historical coastal village of
Killala where General Humbert and his French army landed in 1798. After a magical day out, you’ll have time to relax back in your hotel’s Jacuzzi before
we meet for dinner which will be a specially selected menu with local specialties.
Height gain: 350 metres
Terrain: Beach, boardwalk, country path, trail
Today, we are off to explore Sligo’s surf coast and cultural delights. After a short
drive, we’ll start off with a coached strength and conditioning beach warm up session before going to Knocknarea. This is a short but intense run up to discover Queen Maeves grave, which is one of Ireland’s largest cairns dating back to 3000BCE.
The views from the top at 307 metres over Sligo, Donegal and North Mayo are just exquisite. On the coastal drive back, we’ll stop off at Augrim beach for a stroll, dip in the sea, a shot of local Gin and an artisan picnic.
To top it off, you can enjoy an Irish coffee or pint of Guinness in the Beach Bar while looking out onto Benbullen mountain and the rugged surf coast of Sligo.
Height gain: 1200 metres
Terrain: Bog, beach, single track, rocky, mucky
Get ready to be awestruck as we visit Ireland’s largest island. Start off with a visit to the musical bridge for a warm up along the Nephin drive route to Achill island. Discover Europe's highest cliffs and most stunning beaches. Trial one is 14km and takes you on a historical journey of the old famine trail.
Starting at the beach, we’ll run past the crashing waves and follow the sheep path to meander around the cliffs edge to take in the stunning panoramic views. The second trail will take you to discover Europe's highest cliffs, a watch out tower from world war one and the reward of looking over to Clare Island and the rugged coastline of Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.
Today’s picnic from Marjorie’s kitchen will include homemade brown bread,
smoked salmon and to finish off, a shot of local whiskey.
After a big Irish breakfast, you are set up for the day! This is a free day, Rachel will give you a choose of local activities such as fishing, cookery class in Marjorie’s
kitchen, Whiskey Appreciation Session or surfing lesson.
You can also take the day to relax back, enjoy a spa treatment, seaweed bath or visit the local museums, abbeys and castles. There will also be bikes to rent and you can enjoy a self-guided tour along Ballina’s Greenway to visit the Connacht Whiskey Company, Belleek castle, Rosserk and Moyne Abbey. Rachel will give you recommendations on a selection of local restaurants where you can go to eat at your own leisure.
After breakfast, Rachel will take you on a run through Ireland’s largest urban woodland, Belleek woods. This is a mixed woodland with conifer trees such as Norway spruce, Scots pine silver fir, beech, oak and ash. There are many historical features such a hermitage, ice house and a wall built during the famine in Ireland (1845) as a relief scheme. Belleek woods is a habitat for animals such as badgers, foxes, rabbits, the red squirrel as well as the kingfisher, cormorant and otter which can be seen along the riverbank.
For the afternoon, you will have the several options of activities to choose from or you can just relax back and enjoy the friendly Ballina atmosphere.
Every Saturday, there’s a local 5km park run in Ballina and this is your chance to take on the locals and perhaps get your PB for this distance. The atmosphere is relaxed and you can enjoy a tea and cake after and have a chat with the local athletes. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure with an extra option of participating in Rachel’s Whiskey Appreciation Session where you will learn about the craft of Irish Whiskey. Rachel’s promises that you will leave knowing what style of whiskey you like and why. It’s a fun, laid back atmosphere and there will also be light finger food served. We’ll enjoy the final dinner all together and share stories of the great week spent together
After Marjorie’s delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to Ballina bus station
where you will be directly transferred to Dublin airport.