Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking

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Dates: Mar-Oct - see all dates

Total Days: 10

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI member: $3,699

Non-member: $4,075

2015

REI member: $3,899

Non-member: $4,299

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $1,199

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Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 1–10 Sold out
  • May 8–17
  • May 15–24 Sold out
  • May 29 – Jun 7 Sold out
  • Jun 5–14 Sold out
  • Jun 12–21 Sold out
  • Jun 19–28 Sold out
  • Jun 26 – Jul 5 Sold out
  • Jul 3–12
  • Jul 10–19 Sold out
  • Jul 17–26 Sold out
  • Jul 24 – Aug 2 Sold out
  • Jul 31 – Aug 9 Sold out
  • Aug 7–16
  • Aug 14–23 Sold out
  • Aug 21–30
  • Sep 4–13 Sold out
  • Sep 11–20
  • Sep 18–27 Sold out
  • Sep 25 – Oct 4
  • Oct 2–11

2015

  • Mar 16–25 *
  • Apr 30 – May 9
  • May 14–23
  • May 28 – Jun 6
  • Jun 4–13
  • Jun 11–20
  • Jun 25 – Jul 4
  • Jul 2–11
  • Jul 9–18
  • Jul 16–25
  • Jul 23 – Aug 1
  • Aug 6–15
  • Aug 13–22
  • Aug 20–29
  • Sep 3–12
  • Sep 10–19
  • Sep 17–26
  • Oct 1–10

* St. Patrick's Day in Dublin


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Group Size: 4-16

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Small inns, 9 nights

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Trip Highlights

  • Hike from Dublin to Dingle, seeing the Emerald Isle's best spots
  • Explore the rugged Beara Peninsula and the wonders of Killarney National Park
  • Visit medieval castles, ancient monasteries, and colorful pubs
  • Spend each night at small, cozy inns taking in Gaelic culture

From Dublin to Dingle, REI's Ireland coast-to-coast hiking trip focuses on the Emerald Isle's best-loved places—and some of her best-kept secrets! Our route spans the breadth of Ireland, from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, for a journey of unusual scenic variety and cultural immersion.

Beginning in vibrant Dublin, we traverse spectacular landscapes from the peaks of the Wicklow Mountains to the pasturelands of Tipperary—with interludes at medieval castles, monasteries, and pubs along the way. Seek out Ireland's wilder side in County Cork and experience the rugged grandeur of the Beara Peninsula. Take a coastal hike to megalithic ruins and stone circles. Explore the natural wonders of Killarney National Park on the Iveragh Peninsula. On the Dingle Peninsula, a center of Gaelic culture, enjoy fantastic sea views, invigorating hikes, and colorful pubs where you can hoist a Guinness and toast the "ceól agus craic" (music and merriment).

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Dublin. Travel to Killiney for a seaside hike before dinner.
  • Day 2 - Explore the Wicklow Mountains and the monastic "city" at Glendalough.
  • Day 3 - Discover Kilkenny and take a guided tour of renowned Rock of Cashel.
  • Day 4 - Traverse the Beara Peninsula and the former hermitage of St. Finbarr.
  • Day 5 - Hike one of the most remote and lovely sections of the Beara Way.
  • Day 6 - Explore another of the Beara Way's most idyllic stretches.
  • Day 7 - Hike the Kerry Way through beautiful Killarney National Park.
  • Day 8 - On our way to Dingle, explore coastal footpaths and castle ruins.
  • Day 9 - Experience Dingle town and choose from a variety of exceptional hikes.
  • Day 10 - Our Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking Adventure ends today in Shannon.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Dublin. Travel to Killiney for a seaside hike before dinner.

    Our trip begins today in Dublin, Ireland. Arrive at the Dublin airport this morning by 8:30 a.m. and transfer to our hotel in Killiney for our welcome orientation. For the afternoon, join us for a guided walk as we explore the picturesque Heritage town of Dalkey, Dublin's principle port in medieval times. We'll ramble along scenic byways in this colorful seaside town and climb high atop Killiney Hill for an amazing 360º panoramic view of all of Dublin city, Dublin Bay and the magnificent Wicklow Mountains. Considered one of the finest urban seaside walks in Europe, it is a perfect introduction to the outstanding coastal, cliffside and mountain scenery that awaits you in the days to come. Alternatively, return to Dublin city, a mere 25 minutes away, for your own self-guided tour. The myriad of possibilities includes a historic walking tour, strolling down Grafton Street and visits to the National Museum, Trinity College, Christchurch Cathedral or the Guinness Brewery, to name just a few. Of course you can always choose to while away the afternoon amidst Dalkey's many shops, cafes and pubs or spend time relaxing in our four-star hotel's wonderful spa and leisure center. Dinner included.

    Hiking: 4-6 miles, 2-3 hours. Terrain: Coastal laneways, parkland pathways. (Alternate – city streets in Dublin.)

    Example: Dalkey & Killiney Hill Walk – 4 miles, 880 ft. ascent.

  • Day 2 - Explore the Wicklow Mountains and the monastic "city" at Glendalough.

    Just south of Killiney we head straight into the heart of the spectacular Wicklow Mountains, towering granite massifs that form Ireland's largest upland region. Today's highlights include a visit to one of Ireland's most sacred sites along with an invigorating hike in Wicklow Mountains National Park. We begin with an interpretive tour of the remarkable monastic 'city' at Glendalough, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Much beloved for centuries, Glendalough is one of the finest examples of a medieval Irish monastery and marvelous reminder of a uniquely Irish way of life. Afterwards, our hike takes us along the Wicklow Way and high into the Glenlo Valley to experience firsthand the beauty and solitude that St. Kevin himself sought there, with stunning views of the beautiful lakes of Glendalough far below. Naturally, the legends about St. Kevin are always close at hand in such a rare atmosphere. At the end of the day, we leave behind the austerity of Kevin's hermitage as we return to our deluxe surroundings in Killiney for our second night there. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7-9 miles, 4-6 hours. Terrain: Green roads, hilly trails, and boardwalk.

    Example: Glendalough & The Spinc – 8.1 miles, 1,774 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 45 miles round trip, 1¼ hour.

  • Day 3 - Discover Kilkenny and take a guided tour of renowned Rock of Cashel.

    Leaving Killiney we journey to our next magical destination – Cashel, one of Ireland's most celebrated and beloved Heritage towns. Along the way, our four county odyssey is choc-a-bloc with delightful and amazing diversions. While still in Wicklow, we visit the picturesque village of Avoca and its famous weaving mill, the oldest in Ireland. In Co. Carlow we stop to decipher the massive Browneshill Dolmen, Ireland's largest megalithic tomb. Then we lunch in Kilkenny, Ireland's most medieval city, where the heritage of the once-powerful Earls of Ormonde is still evident, embodied in the likes of the magnificent Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral. Afterward, we drive onwards to Cashel, the day's ultimate objective. We'll discover the Rock of Cashel, possibly the most important heritage site in Ireland, on a guided tour with local experts. You'll have added time to explore this majestic monument to ancient Irish kings and the country's most powerful clergy, followed by a pleasant walk about the town to other significant heritage sights. All meals included.

    Hiking: 2-4 miles, 1-2 hours. Terrain: City streets, paved pathways, gentle grades.

    Example: Cashel History Ramble – 1.5 miles, 80 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 131 miles; 3 hours.

  • Day 4 - Traverse the Beara Peninsula and the former hermitage of St. Finbarr.

    As we continue westward from Cashel to the Beara Peninsula, our passage is punctuated with an equal mixture of fascinating Irish Heritage Sites and awe-inspiring forest walks. We begin the day with a short jaunt to the nearby town of Cahir where we'll explore the magnificent Cahir Castle, perhaps the best-preserved Norman castle complex in Ireland. From this Co. Tipperary stronghold, we venture onwards, skirting Cork City and heading into the dramatic countryside that is West Cork. We stop for lunch and a healthy afternoon hike in Gougane Barra, a remarkable mountain valley that once served as the hermitage of St. Finbarr, Cork's 6th century patron saint. Walking there among towering pines, clear mountain streams and steep heather clad slopes can be both calming and energizing. With Finbarr's Oratory perched on the edge of a glacial lake in the midst of it all, there is definitely a mystical air about this secluded glen. Later we arrive on the Beara Peninsula where a brief stop in the quaint town of Glengarriff offers additional walking opportunities. Finally, we'll continue on to the lively seaport of Castletownbere where we stay for the next two nights. All meals included.

    Hiking: 4-6 miles, 3-4 hours. Terrain: Castle grounds; forest paths and steep mountain trails.

    Example: Gougane Barra Forest Walk – 4.4 miles, 1,267 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 143 miles; 3¼ hours.

  • Day 5 - Hike one of the most remote and lovely sections of the Beara Way.

    These next two days we explore the rugged beauty of the Beara Peninsula, one of Ireland's best-kept secrets! Today, as weather allows, we make our way toward the very end of the peninsula for a variety of headland walks that include some of the most remote stretches of the Beara Way. One route option will take us to the very tip of the mainland and is a prime spot for whale and dolphin watching. Another brings us into the far-flung village of Allihies, the village furthest from Dublin in all of Ireland and a former 19th century copper-mining boomtown. All walks are sure to yield breathtaking views of amazing cliff and coastal scenery, idyllic Irish farmsteads, and a host of historical sites. When storms threaten, we've other Beara walks that are more protected but are still awash in history and grand seascapes. Overnight back in Castletownbere. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7-10 miles, 6-7 hours. Terrain: Waymarked hills and headlands – open hiking over exposed heath land; rolling hills with some steep sections; minimal road walking.

    Example: Garinish Loop and Crow Head – 10.1 miles, 1,708 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 28 miles round trip, 1 hour.

  • Day 6 - Explore another of the Beara Way's most idyllic stretches.

    We start our day with a short drive to one of the finest walks on the Beara Way, a route that features incredible panoramas, ancient stone circles, and old oak woodlands. There we meet a colorful local guide who takes us on a hike through sheep pastures, peat bogs, and green rolling hills, all the while sharing with us tales of growing up and living in such an isolated and traditional outpost. In the afternoon, choose from a variety of additional walks in the award winning nature park at Gleninchaquin, a remote mountain valley dominated by a magnificent waterfall, or in nearby Glanmore Valley. At the end of the day we celebrate the day's activities together over terrific pub grub at an authentic Irish country pub overlooking Kenmare Bay. Our lodgings for the next two nights are just a few minutes away in Kenmare, one of Ireland's most friendly and decorated "Tidy Towns." All meals included.

    Hiking: 4-5 miles, 3-5 hours. Terrain: Waymarked walk over rough, rolling hills; can be boggy. Also, developed trails over a variety of terrain.

    Example: Beara Way to Cloonee Lakes – 2.5 miles, 585 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 32½ miles; 1½ hour.

  • Day 7 - Hike the Kerry Way through beautiful Killarney National Park.

    Today we head through Molls' Gap in the majestic mountains on the Ring of Kerry to Killarney National Park, home to Ireland's largest remaining preserve of native woodlands. There we'll sample parts of the Kerry Way, another of the country's finest long distance walking routes. And since we're blessed with many excellent options, once again we'll choose the most appropriate walk for the day that's in it. One beloved section of the Kerry Way, on the Old Kenmare Road, will lead you through old Oak forest, along centuries-old droving roads, past waterfalls, and into remote mountain valleys with wild and spectacular scenery. Another unique Kerry Way walk leads to the ancient ruins of Muckross Abbey, down tree covered serpentine paths beside the shores of Lough Leane and Muckross Lake, and into secluded and rare Yew woodlands. A further alternative is the ascent of Torc Mountain, a hike that combines Oak woodland, mountain valleys, a majestic waterfall and an unparalleled bird's eye view of the Lakes of Killarney. Needless to say, you'll quickly discover why Killarney has been a Mecca for outdoor pursuits since the Victorian era. We also start early on this day, so upon your return to Kenmare you'll still have time to enjoy the town's many shops and festive atmosphere. All meals included.

    Hiking: 4-8 miles, 4-5 hours. Terrain: Trails, gravel roads, boardwalk and paved paths. Elevation ranges from relatively flat to mountainous.

    Example: Kerry Way on the Old Kenmare Road – 7.3 miles, 1,596 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 35 miles round trip, 1 hour.

  • Day 8 - On our way to Dingle, explore coastal footpaths and castle ruins.

    We complete our Coast-to-Coast journey as we ramble to Dingle, the true gem of County Kerry. The Dingle Peninsula is a treasure trove of ancient history and awe-inspiring panoramas, and the streets of Dingle beckon with a delightful array of unique and wonderful shops, cafes and pubs. But getting there is half the fun, so on our westward journey we typically take the time for a couple of superb walking diversions. One is at Inch Strand, a magnificent three-mile long beach abruptly jutting out into Dingle Bay at the foot of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Another is on the Dingle Way in the parish of Minard, where we can explore the likes of a ruined castle, holy well and storm beach. We arrive in Dingle town in time for lunch, and after checking in to our cozy B&B, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore on your own. Of course we're always thrilled to recommend the best places to eat, shop and play. Want to walk more? There are terrific scenic walks along Dingle Harbour that start right in town. And don't forget that we'll have two nights to enjoy the legendary nightlife in Dingle's many pubs, known round the world for great "Ceól agus craic" – music and merriment. Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

    Hiking: 4-7 miles, 3-5 hours; Terrain varies with some possible steep, exposed trails.

    Example: Inch Beach – 3 miles, 0 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 68 miles; 2 hours.

  • Day 9 - Experience Dingle town and choose from a variety of exceptional hikes.

    The Dingle Peninsula is a geographic outpost, the westernmost part of Ireland, boasting some of the most stunning landscapes found anywhere. It's also a "Gaeltacht" or center of Irish-speaking culture, and a repository of antiquity, including thousands of archeological sites. But the peninsula is so much more than just a sum of its parts, and today we'll show you how it can all add up to fantastic, penultimate day out. Our formula begins with an archeology tour of some of the peninsula's most famous sites including ancient Ogham stones, ring forts, castles and early Christian settlements. We combine that with a series of carefully selected walks designed to showcase Dingle's breathtaking coastal headlands, beaches and mountains, all the while interweaving Dingle's lively history and folklore as we go. At the end of the day we complete the equation with a flourish as we gather at one of our favorite award-winning restaurants in Dingle for our farewell dinner, a fitting conclusion to our adventure. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-6 miles, 3-4 hours. Terrain: Open hiking over exposed headlands; rolling hills with some steep sections.

    Example: Ballydavid Head – 3.3 miles, 792 ft. ascent.

    Drive distance, average time: 38 miles round trip, 1½ hours.

  • Day 10 - Our Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking Adventure ends today in Shannon.

    After breakfast we depart Dingle for the drive to Shannon Airport for your flight home. We arrive at the airport around 10:30 a.m., in time for afternoon flights. Enroute we pass through Tralee, where you can connect with Irish Rail or Bus Éireann should you need transportation back to Dublin or other eastbound destinations in Ireland. Following our stopover at Shannon Airport, as need arises we continue on to our final disembarkation point – the bustling market town of Ennis, the 'capital' of Co. Clare. With a vibrant nightlife, fantastic traditional music scene, festive atmosphere and medieval heritage, this pedestrian friendly town is an ideal location to prolong your stay that extra day, or use as a departure point for further adventures in the west of Ireland. You can rest assured that wherever we say our good-byes, you won't leave without our best wishes and a "Slan abhaile!" ringing in your ears. Breakfast included.

    Drive distance, average time: 110 miles, 2¾ hours.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate. 

Price Includes

Airport group transfer for those arriving in Dublin on the morning of Day 1 (subject to certain timetable), hotel/guesthouse accommodations, all meals as noted in the daily itinerary, transportation to and from each day's hiking, entrance fees to parks and the following sites: Cahir Castle, and Gleninchaquin Park; experienced guide, tour information and luggage transportation.

Not Included

Air transportation to Ireland and any private airport transfers resulting from arrivals/ departures outside of the normal timetable, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, guide gratuities, alcoholic beverages, and other items of a personal nature.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3] and will be enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and likes to hike.  Prior hiking experience is recommended.  The hikes vary from 5-9 miles (4-6 hours) with elevation gains to 2000 feet. Some sections may be steep and rocky. Walking, jogging, hiking and biking to condition are highly recommended.  Try to include some hill hikes as well.

Weather

Weather conditions may vary from day to day.  Rain showers with intermittent sunshine are common.  In some mountainous areas it can be windy and cold even during summer months.  Daytime temperatures usually range from 60° - 75° F, with nighttime temperatures dropping to 55° - 60° F.  Having good waterproof raingear and boots that are strongly water repellant is important as weather is very changeable and some hikes lead through bogs and marshy areas.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

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Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid Passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase (wheels and a handle are fine)
  • Rain cover or 2 large plastic trash bags for your pack
  • Daypack, 2000-2500 cu. in., to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing, lunch
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money belt
City Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants or tights
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants (zip-off legs are a great option)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts, synthetic and cotton
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Casual socks
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Lightweight jacket or sweater
Footwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots, water resistant, lightweight, broken in, aggressive tread and good ankle support
  • Comfortable shoes
Travel Accessories
  • Trekking poles with baskets (strongly advised)
  • 1-quart water bottle(s) or hydration system
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Small plastic lunch box
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit and washcloth
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Insect repellent
Optional Accessories
  • Camera, film / memory cards and spare batteries
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Small flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Travel pillow
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Wind chill can be a significant feature of this trip. Air temperatures are not very cold, but when the wind is constant, you can be robbed of body heat quickly. Wind and rain gear is very important.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • With changes in elevation and terrain on many hikes, the use of trekking poles with baskets is highly recommended.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in and bring moleskin, Second Skin® or Blister Block® for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters (the liner sock should be silk or synthetic).
  • The use of washcloths is not necessarily common in Europe, so hotels and guesthouses oftentimes do not provide them as a bath accessory. You may wish to bring your own in a resealable Ziploc bag.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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    5.0

    Great way to see Ireland for the 1st tim

    By The Other Randy

    from Evansville, Indiana

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        Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

        The guides had encyclopedic knowledge of Irish history and were steeped in modern Irish culture as well. Their comments and talks were very interesting and gave us context and a much better appreciation for all we saw. We appreciated the flexibility in accommodating my wife's unexpected limitations in climbing steep hills. They arranged alternate routes and activities for her. Our evenings were often late...11:00 or later not unusual. But we were enjoying great music and local culture, so it was OK. Bfast was often not till 8:00 and hiking at 9:00, so late nights weren't a problem. Some travelers did not stay up. Either way was OK. Our van broke down, and Tim had prepared for that with a great support network. We were in a new van ASAP.

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • Wanted to hike the countryside, not just visit cities. Covered several different parts of Ireland rather than spending all of our time in one place.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • Seeing the beautiful Irish countryside from the tops of high hills. Personally and directly experiencing the raw, natural beauty of the forests and coastline. Also, Tim and Joe were outstandingly good guides. They both obviously love Ireland, and that made the trip more enjoyable.
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • There were no surprises, except that it never rained! Can't expect that every time. Don't overpack. Two laundry stops make traveling light easy. Go on a diet before you go. The food is delicious and plentiful. Train for steep climbs. The climbs weren't that long, but several were quite steep. Overall, the hiking was pretty easy for anyone able to walk 5 miles on level ground.

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        5.0

        Top notch trip with top notch guide

        By lieibr

        from Port Orchard, WA

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            Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

            Tim again exceeded my expectations with the detail he went to planning the great variety of foods offered, Irish music, and types of pubs at the end of a day of hearty hiking. Our group really "clicked" from the beginning adding too the overall positive experience.
            My husband and I were traveling on after the REI portion ended. Tim even helped me refine my intinerary to get the most out of my Ireland experience!

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • I wanted to go to Ireland and really experience the country in an active way. I like to hike and had experience with REI on two previous trips that also exceeded my expectations. This itinerary appealed to me and had been recommended by a friend on a previous REI trip.
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • I cannot limit the highlights to one. The hikes that Tim selected were all very different in length, elevation, and scenery. We experience the serenity of a moss forest one day and the next the dramatic high cliffs of the coastline.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • If you want an active vacation in Ireland don't hesitate to book this trip!
             
            5.0

            Fantastic!!!!

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            from Arizona

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                Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                This was an absolutely fantastic trip. We had some rainy days but also had some beautiful sunny days - the hiking was really fun, the views were amazing, the food awesome and plentiful. Our guides - Tim and Joe - were the absolute best in every way - they made the trip as enjoyable as it could possibly be!!

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I like REI's adventure trips and wanted to see Ireland
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Reaching the top of Torc Mountain on a beautiful sunny day and enjoying the views while eating our fantastic lunch!!
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Bring your rain gear - coat AND rain pants

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Trip EVER

                By CBru

                from Houston, Tx

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                    This was an amazing trip - I can't say enough good things about it. The views were gorgeous, we ate like kings and we had one of the best travel groups you could have asked for. That being said be prepared that EVERYWHERE you go in Ireland will be uphill, BOTH ways. I can honestly say I was never in fear or being dry or hot on any of our hikes (I'm from Tx, 60 degF is freezing in my opinion!) but on the bright side I know my rain pants, jacket and hiking boots were the best investment of the trip :)

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Recommended by a Friend
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • A girlfriend and I were looking for an amazing trip for our first overseas adventure together.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The spectacular views and the wonderful people made this my best trip yet!
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST! It WILL rain while you are in Ireland so come prepared. Gortex and Mormout products are your best friends on this trip!!!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great trip but would like more hiking!

                    By Maggie from AK

                    from Eagle River, AK

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

                    • Activity Level

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                      Overall, the trip was wonderful. The guides were good, the accomodations were good, the food was great (too much!), the itinerary was good. My only disappointment was in the length and difficulty of the hikes. I definitely overtrained! All the hikes were great, but I would have liked to go further, faster, and maybe higher!

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • We wanted a trip that was active and with a small group, not a big bus with lots of tourists. Also, we wanted to get off the beaten path and see the real Ireland.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The hiking, followed by the food, and the friends made.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • We had terrific weather, but always be prepared for rain! We got lucky and had a wonderful, mostly dry experience, but you never know...!

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Novice's view

                      By toni the plodder

                      from Southern California

                      About Me First-Time Adventurer

                      Pros

                      • Accommodations
                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

                      • Activity Level

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                        Having a female asst. guide was a gift. Anne went out of her way to ensure that all of us enjoyed ourselves and learned about her country. She made the extra efforts by helping us find things we wanted to see and places to purchase gifts that were not on the tirp guide.
                        Having two guides also allowed for two climbs, one for the climbers and one for those who wanted to really see the scenery.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, Top Of My Bucket List
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • Have talked about and dreamed of a trip to Ireland since early childhood. My sisters and I knew it was now or never.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • from the moment we started the trip to the end was a highlight anew. Never knew there were so many shades of GREEN
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • We trained for the distance of the hikes but were unprepared for the weather conditions along with the steepness of the climbs. Footing sometimes very slippery. Poles a must, good rain gear.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        hiking inIreland

                        By Irv the traveler

                        from Detroit, Mi

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides

                        Cons

                        • Activity Level

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                          The majority of people on the trip were prepared, but a few were not and held everyone up until our guides decided to split the group into two, one for the regular hikes and one group for easier an shorter hikes. If our guides had not done this, the trip would have been less enjoyable. Also, having two guides with different personalities (and one male and one female) helped to balance the experience with different knowledge about the area and approaches to activities.

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • Always wanted to see and hike in Ireland
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • Being in smaller, out of the way locations. Hiking away from crowds.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • A number of the hikes are difficult. This is not a walking trip. Be prepared to do strenuous activity. But enjoy the scenery and the group.

                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Enchanted by the Emerald Isle

                          By jimbee

                          from Portland

                          About Me Casual Adventurer

                          Pros

                          • Accommodations
                          • Activity Level
                          • Exceeded Expectations
                          • Food
                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guides
                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                              The fact that Ireland is an English-speaking country is immensely helpful. And people seemed to like talking to the Americans because of our accent. The Irish are so friendly!

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • We had never been to Ireland.
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • Highlights of the trip were the scenery, the "ancient-ness" of everything, the hiking, our companions, the communal dinners and lunches.
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • Bring rain gear. Though our weather was mostly good, on the days it did rain, I began to worry about being warm enough if I got soaked. I did bring a light waterproof shell jacket, but not waterproof pants. Fortunately I had a pair of travel pants that dried quickly when they got wet. Soggy jeans would not have worked. I did not bring gloves either, and thought maybe I should have.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              A True Irish Experience

                              By kwthere

                              from Corralitos, CA

                              About Me Casual Adventurer

                              Site Member

                              Pros

                              • Accommodations
                              • Activity Level
                              • Exceeded Expectations
                              • Food
                              • Group Camaraderie
                              • Guides
                              • Irish History Culture
                              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                              • Quality Equipment Provided
                              • Well Organized Itinerary

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                                  Our guides were knowledgeable about Irish music - a bonus

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • Hiking, Ireland & Itinerary.

                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing!

                                  By Dr Laura

                                  from Portland, OR

                                  About Me Casual Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer

                                  Site Member

                                  Pros

                                  • Accommodations
                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Food
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides
                                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Ireland Coast to Coast Hiking:

                                      The guides Tim and Valerie are amazing - wonderful people and so much knowlegde (even when I double checked the info) to share. Excellent group of fellow hikers with interesting life experiences. One thing that I would like to avoid in the future: MIDGES!

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • First time traveling to Europe. Wanted to be more active and see the country at an 'on the ground' level. Details planned for me and I didn't have to attempt to drive!!
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • So many but a few include: hiking along the coast in Dingle, Paddy and the Peat demo, accordian playing Mark, dancing at the Sailors Bar.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Bring hiking poles (or sticks as I call them)!

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