Ireland Tours & Scotland Vacations – Isle Inn Tours

Achill Island & Mayo Escorted Walking Tour

On this tour you will be surrounded by lush glens, magnificant mountains, dramatic coastline and enjoy secluded beaches.

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Tour Dates:52, 3025
Itinerary

Day 1
We offer a courtesy airport transfer from Shannon Airport at 12.00 noon, Knock Airport at 1530 hrs. or Belmullet Bus station at 1700hrs We transfer to our first overnight on the Mullet Peninsula in the townland of Clogher which is nested between the Atlantic Ocean and Blacksod Bay. Surf and sand abound everywhere . Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week’s walks. We are here for three nights.
Day 2
Our morning transfer takes us north to the coast, off the Peninsula, for today’s walk. This is a loop walk with start/finish in the lovely village of Carrowteige. The views across Broadhaven Bay to Erris Head, Belmullet Peninsula and south to Achill and Slievemor are breathtaking. We follow the trail along rugged and stunning cliff tops to BenBwee Head returning via the “Children of Lir” sculpture to the village. Overnight and Evening Dinner.

Walk Details – Distance: 15kms. Duration: 4-5 hours. Max. Height gaub: 75m. Boots essential.

Included:
7 nights bed and breakfast with private bathroom
Full Irish breakfast
Picnic lunch (on walking days only)
7 Evening Dinners
6 days walking with expert Irish Guide
Transport to/from each days walking locations
Luggage transfers when required
Souvenir book, "Ireland - a Travellers' Guide"
Day 3

Today’s walk takes us around the Northern tip of the Belmullet Peninsula and Erris Head. Here we have the reverse views across Broadhaven Bay to Benbee Head and Kid Island. We follow the clifftop coastline to ErrisHead and down the Atlantic Coast side of the Peninsula.. Small coves and rocky inlets dominate this area giving it that wild, ruggade apprearace resulting from the endless pounding of the ocean. A place to reflect and ponder… Overnight and Evening Dinner.

Walk Details – Distance: 14kms. Duration: 5 hours. Height gain: 80m. Boots essential.

Day 4

Traditionally this has been our “free day”, “island day” or “transfer day.” We may have the opportunity, weather and tide permitting to visit Inishglora and its monastic settlement founded by St. Brendan.. Legend also has it this island is the burial place of the “Children of Lir”. Iniskea is also a possibility with its monastery founded in the 6th century by Columcille.
Afternoon transfer to Achill and our accommodation for the rest of the holiday. Evening walk along the secluded valley of Keem and its sandy beach on the Western tip of Achill. Keem Bay is an idyllic spot tucked between the Croaghaun Mountain in the North and spectacular cliffs in the West Overnight and Evening meal in Dooagh.

Transfer time Mullet to Achill: 1 hr. plus stop times.

Evening Walk and Island trips will NOT require hiking boots.

Day 5

After breakfast we walk past an old quartz quarry, walk up to an old Signal Tower that overlooks the island, then onward towards the ‘Deserted Village’ at the foot of the majestic Slievemore Mountain. Three villages of about 80 abandoned stone cottages make up the settlement and are linked by an old pathway on which we will walk to get an insight into life on Achill in the past. After snack lunch in one of the old houses we will return home via Keel, the biggest village on the island with its 3km of sandy beach. Overnight and Evening Dinner Dooagh.
Distance: 12 km / 8 km (pick-up in Keel possible) Height: insignificant Walking Time: 4 hours / 3 hours>

Day 6

Today we will walk up the “Coffin Trail” to a lookout point at the Minaun Heights. The walk will lead us past one of Achill’s children’s cemeteries where in the past un-baptised children were buried. The trail ends at a hill-top viewing point, giving a breathtaking panoramic view of Achill Island. Continuing our walk to the other side of the cliffs, we will be collected and returned to our B&B. Overnight and Evening Dinner in Dooagh.

Distance: 6/8 km Height: 460 m Walking Time: 4/5 hours

Day 7

On today’s walk we will go towards Lough Acorrymore, a lake created by glacial erosion and which today is a water supply for the entire island. North of it lies the corrie lake of Corrynatawy at an unusually low elevation. We will walk down to it and then on to the sandy beach of Annagh Strand which is spectacularly located and usually deserted. After lunch at the beach we will start our way back to our B&B.

Day 8

Departures.

Note: We reserve the right to alter this itinerary due to weather conditions or the walking ability of each group. Any queries please ask at time of booking.
Insurance: Please note that insurance is required on walking tours. Please ask booking agent for details
Double Occupancy: All prices based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms available at a supplement

Not included:

  • Any boat trips
  • Personal drinks
  • Entrance fees to theatres, parks or museums etc. or gratuities.

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