Ireland Hike, Bike & Raft
Day 1 Cork
Arrive at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.
Day 2 Dingle
Heading east out of Cork today, visit the Midleton distillery, to learn about the production of whiskey from one of Ireland's most historical producers. Converted from a woolen mill in the 1820s, the Midleton distillery now is one of the largest in Ireland. After a tour to discover more about whiskey, sample the 'Water of Life' or, 'Uisce Beatha' as it is also known. From here, drive past Cork to the west coast of Ireland and the town of Dingle. The rest of the day is free to explore the town.
Day 3 Dingle
Start out the week's activities with a day hiking along the Dingle peninsula. Known locally as "The Way of the Cows", today's hike follows an old drovers path north to south across the peninsula. Walk through ruined famine villages and heather filled fields where, in the right season, it's possible to see all types of wild flowers. Drover's paths were used to take cattle between fields, so the paths are clearly marked, although the terrain underfoot can be unstable and slippery at times. Finish in the village of Annascaul, a picturesque little settlement. There's time to visit the South Pole Inn, a pub set up by the Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean. Return to Dingle for the night.
Day 4 Dingle
Switch to two wheels today, and cycle around the Westernmost point of Ireland, at Slea Head. The jagged landscape juts out into the sea, and the next piece of land that you would hit after leaving would be the USA. Along the route there are various ascents and descents, so good experience of cycling would be a great help on this day's riding. The full day cycling is approximately 40km, so a well deserved rest back in Dingle at the end of the day is welcome.
Day 5 Killarney
Turning inland for the next couple of days, we transfer to Killarney. The 3 Lakes of Killarney are one of the most spectacular attractions in this part of Ireland, and seeing them from the water gives a unique perspective on the landscape of this part of the country. After a safety briefing and introduction to the kayaks, head out on the water. Weaving in between the lakes, you get a view of the verdant countryside of the Lake District amid the quiet surroundings. At the end of the kayaking, there is time to explore the nineteenth century mansion of Muckross house, and the surrounding gardens, before heading to Killarney for the night. Kayaking time: approximately 3hrs Distance traveled by kayak vary.
Day 6 Killarney
The Killarney National Park deserves to be seen more than one way, so we trade the kayaks for two feet today and set off for a hike. With 26,000 acres of open countryside to explore, the routes through the National Park are endless. The park is filled with enchanting landscapes and ancient oak forests. Start hiking at Torc Waterfall, following along an old butter road to Galways Bridge. Return to Killarney for the evening with the option to enjoy a traditional Irish dinner.
Day 7 Cork
Return to Cork and depart at any time.