Day 1 Dublin - Westport
Depart Dublin airport where you’ll travel west along the M4 till you reach the town on Enfield, County Meath and the Johnstown House Hotel and Spa.
Lunch is served by the cosy fire of the Coach House Bar, where the original stone walls have been carefully restored to offer a glimpse into the past of the Georgian Mansion.
Depart for Westport crossing the country from east to west until you arrive in the County Mayo town. Grab a quick refreshment before a walking tour of the town which includes a includes a visit to Matt Molloy’s Pub (Member of the Chieftains, famous Irish Traditional Music band)
Check in to the Mulranny Park Hotel to freshen up before dinner at The Nephin Restaurant. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with spectacular views of Croagh Patrick, the Nephin Restaurant serves world class cuisine in a unique setting.
Finish the evening off with a pint or two in the Waterfront Bar overlooking Clew Bay before drifting to sleep in one of Mulranny’s beautiful rooms.
Day 2 Westport – Leenane
Arise to the stunning and rugged west coast before filling yourself with a good breakfast for the day ahead.
Cycle the great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland which meanders along the old Newport/Mulranny railway line for 18 magnifcent traffic free kilometers. Lunch will be a picnic along the route, served by your guide and history expert.
After a day in the saddle check into Delphi Mountain Resort, Leenane, County Galway.
Delphi is set within 400 acres of magical Connemara forest, just a short drive from Cross Beach, one of the world’s finest surfing beaches and against the stunning backdrop of the Mweelrea and 12 Bens mountain ranges.
You can choose from a list of activities in the Delhpi Centre, from surfing Cross Beach to kayaking the Killary Fjord or taking a leisurely walk through the forests and river valley. Alternatively you could opt to relax and enjoy an Atlantic Seaweed Bath experience.
Dinner at Delhpi is borne out of landscape and seascape the resort occupies, lobsters and mussels are caught fresh every day in Killary fjord, while organic lamb and beef comes from the farms and hills surrounding Delphi and vegetables come from a selection of local growers and suppliers.
Overnight at the Delphi Mountain Resort, Leenane, Co Galway
Day 3 Clare Island – Connemara- Clifden
Depart Delphi for Roonagh Quay and take a ferry to Clare Island. The journey gives you enough time to view and photograph a most spectacular coastline which includes Achill Island, the Nephin mountain range, the islands of Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick and Inishturk.
Once back on dry land enjoy a looped walk on the spectacular Clare Island and Lunch, before heading back on the ferry to the mainland once more.
The afternoon will be spent touring some of the Connemara National Parks 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands with an experienced local walking guide. The sky road will be taken into the village of Clifden for some free time shopping on exploring the picturesque village.
Check in at Foyle’s Hotel Clifden, Connemara´s longest established hotel, owned and managed by the Foyle family for nearly a century.
Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant which is renowned for fine cuisine, especially their seafood and Connemara lamb.
Relax after a long day at the hotel bar Mullarkey’s, where you’ll find the locals exercising their vocal chords during weekly open mic sessions and impromptu gigs.
Day 4 Cnoc Suain – Galway City
After breakfast depart Clifden and head south along the broken shoreline of Connemara to Spiddal (An Spidéal)
Spend the morning enjoying the natural heritage of the West and take a step back in time at Cnoc Suain where lunch will be served on arrival.
Cnoc Suain, Spiddal, Co. Galway – an enchanting pre famine hill village dating back to 1691 and situated in the Gaeltacht, an Irish speaking region of Connemara. The Centre offers one day and half day heritage programmes, based on the cultural, natural and built heritage on Cnoc Suain and Connemara.
Depart for Galway City in the late afternoon where upon arrival the staff at The House Hotel will help you settle in before some free time on the streets of Galway.
Meet back at Martine’s Restaurant and Wine bar www.winebar.ie for some fine wines and superb food.
After dinner entertainment is only a few doors down at the Spanish Arch Bar, located on Quay Street.
Galway is considered by many to be Ireland’s cultural capital where there is always a buzz about the place and music is always in earshot.
Overnight in The House Hotel, Lower Merchants Rd,The Latin Quarter www.thehousehotel.ie