The Emerald Isle is known for its varied and delightful hiking and on this trip we aim to sample the best. We'll experience the diverse geography of the island as we hike parts of the Wicklow, Kerry, and Burren Ways, visit Killarney National Park and the Cliffs of Moher, and hike in mountains and along cliff tops. We'll also listen to Irish music and sample Irish cuisine, learn about Irish history, and experience the hospitality for which Ireland is known. Maximum group size: 14
This trip is designed for active women in good physical condition who want to experience Ireland on foot. Previous hiking experience is desirable but not required; more essential is having the required level of fitness. This trip is rated a 3, which means typically hiking about 6 hours a day, although there is one longer day of hiking. Hikes are typically from point to point, so there are limited options to shorten hikes. Preparation for this trip will require aerobic conditioning at least 4 times a week with some preparatory hiking on weekends. Rating: 1 2  4 5
This is primarily a hiking trip and our focus is on experiencing some of the classic trails of Ireland. There will also be some visiting of historic sites and learning about Irish culture and history from our Irish guide, who is a wealth of information about all things Ireland.
On this trip, we will be staying in a mix of hotels, lodges and guesthouses, in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
First AGC trip and it was awesome. Cannot say enough about our wonderful Ireland guide Adele and our AGC guide Kailtlyn they were super at organizing and switching up plans to accommodate the group.
The hiking Ireland trip was by far one of the best vacations/hiking adventures I've ever been on. I would have to give most of the credit to our two amazing guides (Kaitlyn and Adelle), they made the trip such a lovely experience. They were not afraid to change things up when needed and I liked that a lot. The ladies I formed friendships with were another highlight of this trip as well as the most beautiful majestic views and scenery made this the top of my list of best trips....
A local guide who shared lots of information and insights and even tweaked the itinerary to take advantage of nearby options. I've visited several of the cities we visited before, but without hiking and without the local insights. This felt in many ways like a wholly different trip from my prior ones due to the local knowledge and the great group of women. The rolling hikes were truly beautiful and the timing during lambing season was perfect. I also loved how Edel hooked us up with the pubs with good music.
I really liked the way the guides would alter the hike based on weather and the group. Ireland it gorgeous and I felt like we hit many of the top spots. I loved going to the pubs and having time to do some exportation of dingle (went to the falconry). I also liked staying in the same place for multiple nights instead of constantly being on the move. I also really enjoyed the ferry boat ride and the boat right to the gap of Dunloe
Having two outstanding guides that worked seamlessly together, adjusting & improving the travel plans on the fly - remaining calm & professional no matter what happened, making us laugh while educating us on the beauty & history of Ireland. A perfect trip!
Hiking the cliffs of Moher, Gap of Dunloe, first half of hike on Kerry Way. And of course the majority of the women. Great group. Our Irish guide, Edel, was fun, funny and kept us entertained on the bus. Katelyn was supportive and caring.
The scenery and hiking excursions were spectacular. Our guide Edel was a true gem. She found great hiking alternatives when the weather was iffy. Edel sang Irish songs to us, taught us an Irish dance, and gave us fun challenges to add to our experiences such as looking for a special icon at a castle, teaching us to pace our steps on long hikes, and telling us about Irish culture old and new. She kept us engaged on long road trips. She really made the trip enjoyable. Hopefully, Edel will be the guide for AGC in Ireland and many other places for many years to come.