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Ireland: Walking the West Country

Rife with lush landscapes harboring “40 Shades of Green,” Ireland has long been a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts.

  • 10 Days
  • 19 Reviews Recommended by 19 of 19 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 4 - 8 mi
  • Daily Walking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Walking
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Ireland Walking Tours, Walking Tours to Ireland with VBT

Discover why as we walk through some of the Emerald Isle’s most splendid scenery, from the shimmering lochs, lakes, of Killarney National Park to the soaring peaks of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks to the sandy shores of Derrynane Bay. Along the way, we stay in charming inns and guesthouses, and delight in the warmth and wit of the famously friendly locals we’ll mingle with in lively pubs and charming restaurants. Join VBT for an unforgettable, in-depth look at Ireland’s legendary beauty and storied culture!

Cultural Highlights

  • Marvel at the lush meadows, forested mountains and glittering lakes of Killarney National Park
  • Explore the Gap of Dunloe, a stunning glacial valley, on foot or via a horse-drawn jaunting cart
  • Walk a stretch of the scenic Kerry Way, Ireland's most famous walking trail
  • Savor tea and scones—and spirited conversation—with a Killarney family in their home
  • Mingle with charming locals while listening to traditional Irish music in festive village pubs
  • Enjoy time at leisure to discover picturesque Kinsale, the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”

What to Expect

This tour features a combination of paved roads and easy terrain, mixed with moderate hills, moorland and uneven footpaths, ideal for enthusiastic beginners to experienced walkers. Due to Ireland’s climate, the footpaths can often be wet and muddy. Our VBT minibus support is available at specified meeting points for those who need assistance. Both morning and afternoon walk options are available most days. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk. Our tour leaders often use this time in the van for our morning route review, so we can enjoy a more leisurely morning at breakfast.

What’s Included:

Walking Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in historical 4-star hotels and one country villa
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • 8 nights in 4-star Irish hotels, one country villa and guesthouses
  • 15 meals – 8 Irish breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Cork – 2 nights for only $245 • Post-trip: Dublin – 2 nights for only $445

Both Vacation Options Include

  • Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
  • On-tour vehicle support
  • FREE use of our custom VBT walking poles
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Cork

Depart the U.S. for Ireland. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Cork / Transfer to downtown Cork

Upon arrival at Cork's airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign and will make arrangements for your transfer via taxi or van to our Cork hotel (transfer time is approximately 20 minutes, depending on traffic).

VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations about what to see and do in Cork. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax or explore the city on your own.

DAY 3: Guests meet in Cork / Transfer to Killarney

VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast on your own, meet one of your VBT Trip Leaders at Cork's Imperial Hotel at 9:00 am (Address: South Mall, Cork, Republic of Ireland; Tel: +353 [0] 21 427 4040). To reach the hotel, you can take a taxi from Cork airport into the city (approximately 20 euros/$26.00 USD), or travel on Bus Eireann, which provides frequent and direct coach service between Cork Airport, Cork City Center and Cork Bus Station (approximately 5 euros/$7 USD; travel time is approximately 25 minutes, depending on traffic; for more details go to www.buseireann.ie). If your arrival in Cork is scheduled for later than 9:00 am or if you are delayed, you must transfer at your own expense (approximately 180 euros/$235.00 USD for a taxi; travel time approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic) to our hotel in Killarney. Please contact our Cork hotel to advise them of any delays or changes, and the hotel staff will pass the message along to our VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet one of your VBT Trip Leaders in the hotel lobby at 9:00 am.

Once we've gathered, there will be a short introductory meeting, followed by a transfer via private bus from Cork to Killarney, a journey of approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic. Our first destination is Killarney National Park. Ensure you are prepared for a day of walking, as the bus will continue with our luggage to our hotel after leaving us at the park entrance. Here we meet our second VBT Trip Leader and see stunning vistas of the Killarney Lakes and their impressive mountain backdrop. We walk through a lush meadow, along a river and through the woodlands to reach the lakeshore. Across the waters, we'll admire the tree-smothered slopes of Tomies Wood, stretching upwards towards the peaks of the Shehy and Tomies mountains. We continue along the shoreline through a delightful woodland glade until we come across the magnificent manor, Muckross House.

After an included lunch in the manor's Garden Restaurant, we have the choice of enjoying a stroll through magnificent displays of ornamental shrubs, flower beds, and wide expanses of manicured lawns, or continuing with a walk around Muckross Lake. This walk takes us through ancient woodlands, over Brickeen Bridge, and across Dinish Island to the Meeting of the Waters and the Old Weir Bridge. All the while, we are surrounded by wonderful views, small lakeside beaches and rocky coves.

We then meet our bus and drive to our hotel in Killarney—our home for the next three nights—collecting non-walkers at Muckross House on the way.

After some free time to settle in, we'll get to know our fellow travelers and Trip Leaders better during a welcome reception and dinner this evening.

DAY 4: Discover the Gap of Dunloe

After breakfast, we transfer to Kate Kearney's Cottage, the site where the legendary 19th-century beauty made and sold an illicit brew “very fierce and wild, requiring not less than seven times its own quantity of water to tame and subdue it.” Now a popular shop and pub, it's also the starting point for today's walk, which takes us up a steady paved incline and through a spectacular glacial valley, known as the Gap of Dunloe. Our trail parallels a mountain stream over rugged terrain lined with massive boulders, until we reach the pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks—Ireland's tallest mountain range, at 3,414 feet—and the Purple Mountains. Then we descend into the Black Valley. Throughout our journey, we'll have a horse-drawn jaunting cart at the ready for those who want a break.

A lakeside picnic awaits us at Lord Brandon's Cottage. From here, we board open boats and cruise to Ross Castle, a 15th-century tower house, as our boatmen regale us with tales of Napolean, King Brian Boru and others who've passed this way.

This evening, shuttle into Killarney for dinner on your own. You'll also have the opportunity to mingle with locals over a pint of Guinness in one of Killarney's lively pubs.

DAY 5: Glenbeigh and the Kerry Way

Today's walk brings us to the northern part of the Kerry Peninsula. After a short drive, our bus will leave us at the trailhead—a quiet, paved country road circling Seefin Mountain. As we walk, enjoy spectacular views over Lough Caragh. At the end of the road, you have the option of rejoining the minibus and meeting the group in Glenbeigh, or walking to Glenbeigh up the mountain on a footpath through Windy Gap. This path is part of the Kerry Way, a 135-mile walking route over old droving paths and coach roads.

Upon reaching Glenbeigh, enjoy free time for lunch on your own in this quaint town.

After lunch, you have two options: You can shuttle two miles to Rossbehy Creek and take a short walk along White Strand, a beautiful sandy beach on a small peninsula stretching into Dingle Bay. Or you can walk along the banks of River Behy and follow the Kerry Way through the sloped woods of Curra Hill, then shuttle down to Rossbehy Beach.

Tonight, before an included dinner, we meet Denis Kissane, a local friend who will give a nostalgic presentation on his childhood in “The Old Bohareen.”

DAY 6: Walk through the Killarney National Park into Killarney and Ross Castle / Visit the home of Denis Kissane

After breakfast, pack your luggage, as we depart Killarney today for Kenmare. First, though, we take a very short drive to Castle Ross Hotel, for a walk in Killarney's beautiful parklands. You can stop at Killarney Cathedral, then venture into town for shopping, or join our Trip Leaders for a walk around Ross Island. More of a peninsula than an island, Ross Island is heavily wooded with a network of paths leading to attractive viewpoints overlooking Lough Leane. Also visible are remains of former copper mines, some dating back 4,000 years to the prehistoric Bronze Age, and others from the 19th century.

After free time for lunch in Killarney, we visit our newfound friend, Denis Kissane, who has invited us to see both his childhood home (featured in his talk yesterday evening), and his current home, where he will entertain us over tea or coffee and freshly-made scones. Afterward, we continue to Kenmare.

Tonight is free for you to explore the town, a four-minute walk away along a footpath directly opposite the hotel. Dinner is on your own.

DAY 7: Gleninchaquin Park

After a leisurely start to our morning, we explore Kenmare Market, where vendors sell everything from cheese and soda bread to antique tools. Afterward we shuttle 15 miles to Gleninchaquin Park, located at the end of a beautiful valley. Here we meet the park's custodians, Peggy and Donal Corkery, whose ancestors have lived in the valley for more than 130 years. Then choose from a variety of walks, from gentle farm or river strolls to a more challenging walk above a 448-foot waterfall (well worth the effort for the amazing views!). Make sure you visit the Heritage Site to see the reconstructed 19th-century cottage that was typical in this area.

After leaving the park, we drive to a nearby pier overlooking Kenmare Bay to enjoy a special lunch of freshly-prepared Irish salmon.

This afternoon, we shuttle back to Kenmare, where you'll have free time to experience this pretty town on your own. Choose from among Kenmare's many pubs or restaurants for dinner on your own this evening.

DAY 8: Kerry Way to Caherdaniel and Derrynane Bay

Today the scenery is spectacular as we walk along the southwestern section of the Kerry Way, with views of tiny islands, towering cliffs, and some of the finest beaches in Europe.

For those who would like a slightly more challenging option, our morning trailhead begins along a single-track road. We follow this path along another section of the Kerry Way, known to the locals as the Old Butter Road. This leads us along farm tracks and then into open moorland. There is a slight incline before we drop down into Caherdaniel, where we're met with one of the best views in Ireland, overlooking Derrynane Bay.

Once in Caherdaniel, a pretty coastal village on the bay's shores, we transfer by bus to Derrynane House. The ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, one of Ireland's leading historical figures, Derrynane House today is a public museum.

If you'd prefer the easier option, you may shuttle directly to Derrynane Bay and enjoy a lovely walk with one of our Trip Leaders across to Abbey Island. Here we'll view the remains of a tenth-century abbey and a local cemetery.

We all meet for an included lunch in the café at Derrynane House, followed by a tour of the museum. Derrynane House is furnished with a variety of items belonging to Daniel O'Connell, including the dueling pistol he used to kill rival John D'Esterre in 1815, the black glove he wore in remembrance of that day and the fabulous gold chariot he rode through Dublin to greet jubilant crowds upon his release from prison. A video presentation outlines the life and times of the man known as the Great Liberator.

You'll also have time at leisure here to explore the gardens behind the house, walk around the Derrynane Dunes nature trail, or simply relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, with more than a mile of golden sand. We'll regroup at the Keatings Bar, a cozy pub located in a small room in a private house. After an included drink, we shuttle back to Kenmare.

This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner in our hotel and bid goodbye to our VBT Leaders.

DAY 9: Walking Tour Ends / Transfer to Kinsale

VBT No-Air Package guests: Our tour finishes at the hotel after breakfast. The hotel will help you book a taxi, at your own expense, to either Killarney railway station (approximately 60 euros/$90 USD; travel time approximately 50 minutes), Cork Airport (approximately 150 euros/$225 USD; travel time approximately 2 hours), or Shannon Airport (approximately 250 euros/$375 USD; travel time approximately 3 hours).

VBT Air Package and Post-Trip Extension guests: Transfer by private motorcoach to the medieval town of Kinsale. It has an abundance of traditional bars and restaurants, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries and a pretty harbor area.

Once you arrive in Kinsale settle in and have lunch, before meeting a local guide andenjoy a walking tour explaining the colorful story of Kinsale down the ages from Medieval walled town to the sinking of the Lusitania. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this quaint town on your own. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations about what to see and do in Kinsale.

Kinsale has been seasoned liberally by Norman, Spanish and English influences since medieval times, but nowadays most of the seasoning takes place in the numerous fine restaurants that make this the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland.” Kinsale is also a yachting center (hence its reputation for great seafood!).

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the Cork airport for your return flight.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, full breakfast at the hotel may not be available, in which case a cold tray can be delivered to your room. Please check with the front desk to verify the times when breakfast is served and to arrange for your cold tray, if necessary.

**VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

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Accommodations

The Trident Hotel

The Trident Hotel is a 4-star hotel perched on the harbor front and just a very short walk from the center of pretty Kinsale. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.
Free WiFi Included

The Schoolhouse Hotel

Unique, intimate and ideally located within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College, the National Museum, Grafton Street and other city attractions, this 4-star hotel exudes a warm, friendly atmosphere and is a hidden gem close to the center of the city. While here, perhaps you’ll indulge in a pampering treatment at the spa. Savor a choice of French and Irish specialties at the hotel restaurant. And relax amid luxurious appointments in one of 31 guest rooms, each named for a famous Irish writer.
Free WiFi Included

Loch Lein Country House

Our gateway to the Ring of Kerry is the charming Loch Lein Country House, a 4-star lodging in the village of Fossa with views of the Macgillicuddy Reeks and Killarney’s Lower Lake (Lough Lein). Our hosts, Paul and Annette Corridan, go out of their way to make us feel welcome with superb food and a true family atmosphere. Enjoy the view from your spacious room with private bath and fine furnishings, or relax in the lounge or beautiful gardens. Golfers can avail themselves of four nearby golf courses. Fishing and horse riding are available, too.
Free WiFi Included

The Imperial Hotel

This is one of Cork’s most exclusive properties. Historic architecture merges with contemporary design to create a magical environment. The Imperial Hotel has been serving Cork since 1813, when the Cork Committee of Merchants commissioned architect Sir Thomas Deane to design and build The Commercial Rooms. In 1816, the merchants requested Deane to extend the original building along Pembroke Street to serve as a hotel and coach-yard. The Imperial Hotel, originally the place where merchants met to discuss business, remains the most popular business and social center in the city today.
Free WiFi Included

Brook Lane Hotel

The Brook Lane Hotel is a very friendly boutique hotel, just a four-minute walk outside the pretty town of Kenmare. It has a bar and bistro in addition to a restaurant.
Free WiFi Included
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  • Fabulous Trip

    I took the VBT Walking Tour of Ireland with my two sisters and my daughter. We had a fabulous trip. The VBT group has the tour down to a science, from our air travel, to accommodations, meals, transportation, activities, etc. It was just wonderful every step of the way. There were plenty of planned activities, but still there was enough time to explore the quaint little towns and do some shopping and exploring on your own. The leaders were exceptional. They were both funny, knowledgeable, professional and friendly. They made the trip great. I really can't think of anything worthy of complaint. I will definitely take more VBT excursions.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 28, 2014
    Posted by: Evalou
    From: Salt Lake City
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Love the walking tour! Great scenery!

    I loved the walking tour. We've been on some great biking tours but this was a chance to really get to talk to some new friends. It was a much needed, stress free vacation. Our trip leaders were fun, knowledgeable and always helpful. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to get outdoors, see some sights and meet great new people.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 11, 2014
    Posted by: JimVT84
    From: Prince Frederick, MD, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fabulous Tour

    I have never taken a tour before. I could not have asked for a better trip. The tour leaders were the greatest, as were the hotels and food. Good job VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 10, 2014
    Posted by: Pricey
    From: Oregon
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour is amazing.

    "Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!" --William Butler Yeats The walking trip in the west country of Ireland is a fabulous adventure. Hiking among the ancient mountains, pastures, cliffs, and crags was beautiful. Because our guides were so very knowledgeable about the area, the history, and the culture, the trip was educational. The activity level was just right, well defined as easy to moderate, due to the different choices available. The accommodations were excellent. We were well cared for and extremely well fed, with delicious, fresh, and abundant meals. Our experiences were balanced between natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural opportunities. As Yeats implored, we were so wonderfully taken out of our ordinary existences in order to explore some of the best parts of Ireland.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 23, 2014
    Posted by: rab53
    From: Ohio, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Insane how great it was!

    Once again VBT delivered more than it promised. Every connection, every detail and every day ran without a hitch. The walking was perfect. Beautiful countryside, with history and just enough time on our feet. The guides were superb. The meals belied the myth of bland Irish food. Each inn and innkeeper made us feel welcome. We took our first trip with VBT in 1995, a bike tour in Vermont. We took 5 more bike trips with VBT after that. This is our first (not last!) walking tour. Each time, VBT delivered superb service and value. We look at every option and keep coming back to VBT. I always say "It was better than the brochure!".

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2014
    Posted by: DRKeith
    From: Genoa, NV, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • We can't quit talking about this trip!

    This was our first VBT tour and it definitely exceeded our expectations on all counts. VBT took care of every last detail. Our tour guides, Katrin and Eileen, were very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Ireland. They shared a wealth of information and provided recommendations in each town that we visited on things to see and do, as well as places to eat. They also stressed safety on our daily walks through the beautiful countyside. The accommodations on this tour were first rate. Many of them were quaint inns and guest houses which really gave you feel for the Irish culture. We did the pre-tour in Cork and the post-tour in Dublin. It was exciting to explore and discover these two cities on our own. We found the people very friendly and helpful. I can't say enough about how much we loved this tour. The beautiful countryside we saw in our daily walks, the delicious food, the lovely accommodations and the wonderful people travelling in our group. All of this made for an experience that we will never forget!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 06, 2013
    Posted by: bb82
    From: Red Bluff, CA 96080, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wonderful time...worth the money

    I came away from this tour with a much better appreciation of Ireland. The country is absolutely beautiful. the people are extremely friendly and helpful, and I was surprised at the excellent cuisine. During times when my traveling companions and I were exploring on our own, if we looked a little lost, people would come up and ask if we needed help finding something. The food, especially pub food, was delicious. Because our tour leaders were so knowledgeable, we learned a great deal about Irish history and culture. This is the type of vacation I enjoy the most: getting to know the country and its people. Due to an unanticipated knee surgery prior to the trip, I had some limited mobility. However, because of shorter or easier optional walking tours that were available each day, I was able to participate. I appreciated having walking options, and I cannot wait to return and take advantage of the longer and a bit more challenging walks.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 17, 2013
    Posted by: mg2002
    From: Sacramento, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great value

    We loved our trip to Ireland with VBT. Every detail was carefully planned. The days were well paced. The mix of activities was well designed between active, cultural, group and time to explore on our own. Our leaders, Katrin and Padraig were the best. They were organized, knowledgable, and a lot of fun. They sang to us on the bus at the end of long days - priceless. We tried our hand at Hurling, a national sport of Ireland. The countryside is truly gorgeous and the Irish are beyond friendly. Add to that great accommodations, terrific food, and a wonderful group of fellow travelers - the trip exceeded our expectations on all levels.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 21, 2013
    Posted by: Mary78
    From: White Bear Lake, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Exceeded my expectations

    The beauty of Ireland exceeded my expectations. I now understand why it is called "The Emerald Isle." Our expert guides enhanced the experience with their knowledge of history, culture, and local information. The hiking was perfectly suited to my ability and took us through stunning areas with water falls, grazing sheep, rushing rivers, ancient castles, and stone walls. All of the hotels and inns provided excellent service and wonderful meals. I am inspired to return to Ireland

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 27, 2013
    Posted by: Andrea41
    From: New York, NY
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What a wonderful adventure to experience Ireland with VBT!

    Our VBT trip to Ireland was an exceptional experience. Our group of 18 was so enthusiastic about any adventure that was offered. One member of our group brought his fiddle! And yes, a couple of nights he played in the pub! VBT gave us a "birds eye" view of Ireland. In a few days, we walked/hiked lovely countryside, visited local families, ate excellent food and stayed at local, authentic hotels and guest houses. It was truly a trip of a lifetime!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 20, 2013
    Posted by: Travel1717
    From: High Point, NC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour was fabulous

    Everything about this trip was wonderful, the scenery, the food, the lodgings and the tour guides. One got a real sense of Ireland. The tour guides presented so much information about the history, the biodiversity, and the music. They made the trip very enjoyable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 15, 2013
    Posted by: Jenifer
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • THIS TOUR IS VERY SCENIC AND HAS GREAT ACCOMMONDATIONS.

    Our two tour guides were excellent, very knowledgeable, worked very well together, friendly and outgoing.The hotel accommondations were excellent the scenery was spectacular and the hiking was great.Enjoyed walking around Cork and attending an Irish traditonal music and dance concert on our pre-trip to Cork. Would be willing to pay extra for a direct flight to our destination, a lot less hassle then connecting flights.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2012
    Posted by: Jack13
    From: Barnegat Township, NJ 08005, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Walking In the Rain And Loving It.

    This tour was very well organized. The places we stayed were wonderful. Our guides were the best. Our buses were always there to greet us. One special day when we walked the trail we had the option of riding the jaunting cart if we wanted to take a rest. Ireland is a beautiful country. The green everyone talks about is true. Of course, the frequent rains help and it also waters the colorful,ubiquitous flowers and many different shrubs and trees. Our routes were well planned and took us through the gorgeous countryside. We saw waterfalls, thatch huts, sheep close enough to touch, a working farm and enjoyed tea and scones in a farmers home.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 03, 2012
    Posted by: Margy
    From: St Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Lovely walks, wonderful people

    This was our first VBT experience, and we were a little anxious that we might not be able to keep up. We found we didn't have a problem keeping up, but we were pleased nonetheless to find that there were options for alternate (less strenuous) walks when the mood struck us. The tour guides were delightful, informative and flexible. The food--both the included meals and in the restaurants that we found on our own--was terrific! A great way to experience the west of Ireland!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 22, 2012
    Posted by: ChrisCA
    From: Oakland, CA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The tour guides were VERY knowledgable

    This tour was first-rate. Lovely accommodations, very tasty food and the guides were outstanding - even the van driver was a wonderful personality. The walking routes were lovely and it was so nice to be outdoors and not crammed into a tour bus for 8 hours a day.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: Oregonjean
    From: Ashland, OR 97520, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This is the only way to see Ireland!

    You can see Ireland through literature, from great satirists like Jonathan Swift to celebrated novelist James Joyce, but the Ireland seen by way of foot paths beholds every hue of green, and if you weren't Irish before you came, you left as one, taking with you a new admiration for the simple life and leaving behind your heart, which you knew you would have to go back to rescue. What made Ireland: Walking the West Country the best VBT experience ever, though, were our guides - Sabrina and Katrin. "Erin go Braugh!"

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Leslie
    From: Atlanta, GA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour is just what I'd hoped it would be!

    Having never been to Ireland before I had an expectation of what a trip there should be like. The VBT tour met all my expectations and more. The blend of hikes, cultural stops, meals and restaurants, and local interaction was perfect. The guides were very knowledgeable, highly organized and efficient, and a lot of fun too. I would recommend the trip to anyone wishing to experience the West Country of Ireland.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Trish
    From: Petersburg, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Ireland is truly the Emerald Isle!

    Lovely countryside to trek in. Good Irish history from our leaders.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: susie45
    From: Waco, Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Gorgeous scenery

    We experienced and enjoyed the initial offering of this tour. Of course, the directors have since made minor adjustments and improvements. We'd have liked a tad more serious walking in this most beautiful terrain, but the schedule was best for the clients on that particular tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Pete
    From: Ridgefield, CT
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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