Ireland, appropriately known as the Emerald Isle, is a country steeped in history and rugged vistas. We'll encounter these vistas firsthand as we hike to high cliffs, remote islands, coastal areas, and the lunar landscape of the Burren. We'll learn about Ireland's turbulent past, including the Great Famine, and the centuries of conflict between the British and Irish. We'll visit sites including Caherconnell Fort, Bunratty Castle, and the famous Kylemore Abbey. This trip offers a mix of hiking and culture, and of course, plenty of opportunities to enjoy some local Irish music! Maximum group size: 14
|June 11 to June 19, 2023|
|$3945.00 - FULL|
|June 09 to June 17, 2024|
|$4250.00 - Available|
This trip is designed for active women in good physical condition who want to combine walking, hiking and sightseeing with immersion in the rich history and culture of Ireland. This trip is rated a 2 with one option for a longer hike. Preparation for this trip will require about 40 minutes of brisk walking 4 times a week (on hills if possible), or some type of aerobic conditioning 3 times a week. Rating: 13 4 5.
We will combine hiking throughout the trip with visiting some of the many historic and cultural sights, ranging from castles to remote islands. Our Irish guide is a wealth of information about all things Ireland and we will leave with a deeper knowledge of this country and its people.
Our nights will be spent in high quality lodges and/or guesthouses 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.
Fantastic guides, wonderful travel companions and beautiful places to explore.
This trip was a good mix of hiking and site seeing. I liked that we spent the majority of our time in rural areas and small towns. Our Irish guide contributed much to the overall experience.
Outstanding guides and travel companions, exploring a beautiful country I'd never been to before, learning the history and culture of Ireland. Edel, the Irish guide was delightful. Please make sure she is part of future AGC Ireland trips.
This trip was absolutely wonderful in almost every way, and a huge part of the credit goes to our two outstanding guides, Kaitlyn and Edel (sp?). Their ease with each other and with all the participants created such a friendly, close feeling amongst the group that began early and lasted throughout the trip. They were upbeat, completely competant to deal with any situation that arose, and just a joy to be around. I've been on many AGC trips in which guides obviously worked well together and enjoyed each other's company, but this team were on the same page and so compatible, a skyrocket team!--they pulled us all together in every way. We felt we were in great hands without being coddled or micro-managed.
I really enjoyed the potato famine walk, and the hike up to the Cliffs of Mohr. I also loved the sheep dog demonstration at Fort Caherconell. The food at the Doolin Inn was excellent!
Edel, our Irish guide, was delightful! She sang, told stories and had endless energy! Our weather cooperated beautifully, and we had great hikes, great tours of castles and other ruins, and great food and fun. As with each AGC tour I've been on, the other women on the tour were excellent company! I also really liked the pace of this level 2 trip compared to the most recent level 3 trip I had taken. I felt like I had an hour or more in the evening to reflect and decompress and we always had time in the morning for breakfast and general preparation for the day. It was helpful that twice we stayed in one hotel for 3 nights which also makes for a calmer approach to things. And Ireland is absolutely gorgeous! Incredible natural beauty!
A wonderful and entertaining Irish guide that made me forget I was a tourist and the chance to meet and talk with local people. At the end of the day, I always called going back to our small and quaint Inns "going home". They truly had the feel of home. The food was over-the-top delicious!
Both guides were awesome! People were so friendly
Unique landscape with a guide that took routes with hidden gems. Historical information provided gave insight to the meaning of the various sights for both past and present.
The guides are what made the trip exceptional. All the stories, songs, side trips etc.
Cliffs of Mohr, monastery, hotel K
The itinerary, the beautiful scenery, the hiking, wonderful Irish people, the fantastic group of women on the trip