Timeworn paths invite you into a world of splendour and captivating legends in the Emerald Isle. Walking is the perfect way to appreciate Ireland’s landscape, make quirky discoveries, and experience warm hospitality that is famous the world over. Ireland is a small country but boasts a diverse landscape: mountain peaks and valleys, verdant farmland, bogs and forests, and of course a spectacular coastline. It is rich in history — from iron age forts, through mediaeval monasteries to remnants of the early industrial age. This tour picks some of the highlights and weaves them into a programme that will give you a rich encounter with this special country.
Enjoy Ireland’s lively capital city, Dublin, before strapping on your boots and heading into the Wicklow Mountains for an invigorating walk that in part follows in the footsteps of mediaeval pilgrims. Change gear for a gentle stroll along the Royal Canal. Apart from the glorious, linear cordon of unspoilt countryside the route provides, you will find significant examples of late-eighteenth century industrial archaeology to admire along the way.
On Ireland’s spectacular west coast visit parts of the appropriately-named Wild Atlantic Way. Topping Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park will provide a bird’s eye view of the coastline. Or go higher up Croagh Patrick, where a modern church is the destination for contemporary pilgrims recognising St Patrick’s place in Irish history and culture. Go out on the Atlantic Ocean to the Aran Islands. You may want to swap walking for cycling on Inis Mór, to explore prehistoric and historic monuments set among spectacular scenery.
The Cliffs of Moher should be on the must-see list for every visitor to Ireland. It’s easy to see why this area was made a UNESCO global geopark and special protection area, and a walk along the top is breath-taking. Walk through the Burren, a moonscape of limestone with plants clinging tenaciously to the unforgiving landscape. In Kerry enjoy spectacular views from the Old Butter Road, built to assist peasant farmers taking their produce to market. After a final walk on the remote and less-visited Beara Peninsula, stay in Cork and learn about one of the world’s largest mass emigrations — a movement of people that changed the world as well as Ireland.
This tour isn’t all about walking. You will be able to enjoy Ireland’s scenery from a bus window, explore attractive villages, and of course check out lively pubs for traditional Irish music and excellent food and drink.
TOUR DATES Sunday 2 September – Wednesday 19 September 2018
YOUR TOUR MANAGER Lindsay Cumberpatch is the tour manager for this tour to Ireland, and will be accompanied by his wife Lynley.
A passionate traveller and walker, Lindsay has trekked in Nepal, Bhutan, Patagonia and Tanzania, and has travelled in the United States, Pacific, Morocco and Middle East. He loves photographing and documenting his New Zealand and overseas adventures. Lindsay heads one of the longest-established philanthropic trusts in the Waikato, having previously been a parish minister and university chaplain, and run Hamilton Methodist Social Services. Lindsay is excited at the prospect of leading the 2018 walking tour to Ireland with Calder & Lawson Tours.
- The services of a Calder & Lawson tour manager
- Economy class airfares
- 1 night’s accommodation in Dubai northbound, including transfers and a half-day city tour
- 13 nights accommodation in Ireland
- 1 night’s accommodation in Dubai southbound
- Breakfast daily, and other meals as specified in the itinerary
- National driver/guide in Ireland
- Local guides on walking days
- Luggage transfers between accommodation on walk
- All group transfers
- Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
- All tips for local guides
- Pre-tour material
TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person NZD$10,959
Single supplement (limited availability) NZD$ 1,350
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.
GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 16
VARIATIONS IN TRAVEL We can make arrangements for any travel you would like to do before or after this tour, or book business class seats for the flights. Please contact us.