Immerse yourself in the stunning wild landscape and culture of the Wild West of Ireland. Meet the fun-loving and warm-hearted local people. Leave the motor-coaches in the dust and experience life like a local with a small group of travelers on a tour you’ll never forget!

The Signature Tour

Explore the hidden mystical, magical, and spiritual places nestled in the beautiful Provinces of the “Land of Heart’s desire.” We will bring you amongst local artists, writers, poets, musicians, storytellers, and the ordinary folk, who work and mind this sacred landscape. On the Wild West Irish Tour,  you will have access to the “hearth” – places that no tour bus could ever fit or find. We roam the country roads and towns of the Wild West – Northwest of Ireland, embracing the wild rivers and ever turbulent shores of the incredible Wild Atlantic Coastline of Ireland. This is a transforming, deeply immersive experience which is intimate, personal and even spiritual. (And of course, loads of fun and diversion with the locals!) You will take a beautiful and soothing boat ride to the Lake Isle of Innisfree of W.B. Yeats lore… an adventurous excursion to an deserted offshore island which has the remains of a 6th century monastery…a walk in the magical “faerie glen” beneath the Queen’s tomb…

Sample Itinerary

This is just an example. Be prepared to go “off book” as we take advantage of rare opportunities, special local events, and work with the weather to maximize every opportunity to make sure your experience is once-in-a-lifetime.


Day 1. Your arrival.

You will arrive in Dublin International Airport and we will be waiting for you with our comfortable mini-coach. We’ll help you with your luggage and exchanging money and grab a bite to eat before setting off for a scenic drive across the beautiful lakelands and Midlands to the west coast of Ireland.

We arrive at your cozy and comfortable Irish Bed & Breakfast in the most stunning and wild landscape in Ireland. You can get settled and take in your breathtaking surroundings. Coffee and tea are waiting for you, weary traveler. We’ll acquaint you with your new envionment and take you to places only the local folks have names for and cannot be found anywhere on Google. Today runs at a very relaxed paced because you’ll probably be tired from the flight.

As evening draws near we will seek out a cozy pub nearby for our first pint of Guinness (if you wish), or a cup of tea and a delicious dinner. If there is a traditional Irish music in earshot, we will get you to it!

Day 2

Breakfast is served and off we go to see more of the very local hidden places. We will begin your day by exploring the hidden and fascinating places on the Maugherow Peninsula. We will ramble down small roads that lead to incredible vistas and catch our first true glimpse of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline. We will meet some of the local folks along the way and you will begin to get the “feel” of this little known paradise. Onward we go to explore a hidden ancient beach full of fossils from millions of years ago. Our travelers have described this serene place as “feeling like we are on another planet.” We will explore a mythical Promontory Fort (a place of an eerie legend) and climb up past “famine house” ruins. From this obscure peninsula, we can see across Sligo Bay to County Mayo and all the way up to Donegal Mountains. We will take you to Streedagh Beach which was the scene of three Spanish Armada shipwrecks in 1588. The ruins of the church where the Spanish sought refuge from the English Garrison stand nearby and you will get a sense of what happened during this historical watershed event.

Day 3

We enjoy another home-cooked “Irish Fry” and head out toward Strandhill Beach. We take the hike up Knocknarea Mountain to Queen Maeve’s Cairn, (one of National Geographic Travelers Top 10 Historical sites) and take in this spellbinding vista! Once we have explored this mystical landscape, we will visit a stunning hidden “fairy glen.” We will pop in for a light lunch at a seaside cafe walk along Strandhill Beach (which has some of the best surfing in Europe). Enjoy a soothing “Celtic Seaweed Bath” and Spa treatment if you like. If the tide is low, head out to wondrous Coney Island, (another National Geographic Traveler activity) where we go for a walk around ancient sites such as the legendary St. Patrick’s Wishing Chair. There is one pub and one family living on this island and you will meet them! We visit a traditional Irish cottage and we will have an old fashioned music session for you. Then we poke our heads in various pubs and cafes to experience the craic.” In the evening we take in an Irish Music and dance show at the local heritage hall.

Day 4

It’s megalithic! We visit the spectacular “thin place” known as Carrowmore Tombs. You will meet with local storyteller and author of “Myths and Legends,” Michael Roberts. Michael will provide an exclusive and unbelievable journey back to ancient Ireland. These prehistoric places pre-date the Pyramids and the scenery surrounding them is just startling. From here we venture to a gorgeous and sacred Holy Well, where celebrations and ritual have taken place for thousands of years. Our storyteller, who was raised nearby, will fascinate you with his stories and indeed his own experience living near such a wondrous place. Imagine yourself riding a horse on a beach, near a castle, or even up an enchanted mountain valley! You always have the option of simply taking a beautiful solitary stroll along the beach of Moneygold.

Day 5

Taking a boat ride from Rosses Point to the mystical Isle of Innismurray** is one of the pearls of a Wild West Irish Tour. We pack a lunch and head out to this long abandoned sacred island. Innismurray is an uninhabited island situated 7 km off the coast of County Sligo. It covers 228 acres and, most likely, our small group will be the only people on the island. We will explore the remains of an early Irish monastic settlement which was founded here in the 6th century. People lived on this island until 1948, and they left behind the homes their families struggled to survive in for centuries. Part of the day’s activities could involve some fishing for those so inclined. The boat ride out to the island and back is absolutely a once in a life time experience. Our boatman will get us home safely and we will head off to his brother’s pub and restaurant for a delicious dinner and a pint or two. We finish the day taking in the Rosses Point beaches and visit Lissadell Beach. **The trip to Innismurray is subject to weather conditions.

Day 6

Donegal Day! We begin the day by visiting the spectacular Mullaghmore Peninsula. You will be keeping your camera busy with photos of Classiebawn Castle with mighty Benbulben Mountain in the background.We visit the busy seaside town of Bundoran and look out across Donegal Bay toward the highest sea cliffs in Europe: Slieve League. Within an hour you have the choice of walking up to the top of Slieve League, or going for a picnic at the viewing area below. Either way, you will be in awe of these cliffs. Glencomcille is just up the road and chances are the main language you hear spoken will be Irish Gaelic. Take in some of the old fashioned shops here and perhaps take in the wee beach in a hidden cove near the town. We can make a stop to see Kathleen, who makes Aran Sweaters in her home! We also visit the famous Belleek China factory. We stop for dinner in either Killybegs or Donegal Town before heading back to our warm comfortable cottage by the sea.

Day 7

W.B. Yeats called Sligo the “Land of Heart’s Desire” and we venture out to Yeats Country where we visit some of the enchanting places of his myth and legend, including Dooney Rock, Inishfree, Creevlea Abbey, Dromahair, County Leitrim, Lough Gill, Parkes Castle, Tobernalt Holy Well, Glencar Lough and Waterfall, and other secret places that have no name. We take a cruise on the lovely Rose of Innisfree, and will be serenaded by the boatman with stories and poems associated with all the gorgeous places we will experience. We have a full day in store for you and we turn north to the Dartry Mountain range, where we will take you to a secret and hidden valley. Chances are we will be the only souls there, with the exception of the many sheep and herdsman. We have had the experience to observe and even assist as the border collies help move the sheep from field to field. Ancient “famine house” ruins are found here, and we walk into these sacred places with reverence.

Day 8

Dublin’s Fair City Day! We say beannacht agus ádh mór (goodbye and good luck) to our friends on the Maugherow Peninsula and skip across the heart of Ireland to Dublin City to check into your comfortable hotel for your last full day in Ireland. This will give you ample time and opportunity to do a little shopping and to see this beautiful historic city. You can choose to visit extraordinary places like Dublin Castle, Trinity College–where you see the Book of Kells, Kilmainham Gaol which is famous for the Easter Rising of 1916, the Dublin Zoo, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Brewery, Stephens Green, Grafton Street (for great shopping, pubs and some of the best street musicians in the world), Phoenix Park, the National Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History. There is always great “craic” in the lively Temple Bar area and then walk across the Half Penny Bridge to famous O’Connell Street for more Irish culture, history and shopping. The nightlife is mighty with traditional Irish music and your last night in Ireland will be one to remember!

Day 9

After this whirlwind of fun and adventure, it will be time to say our goodbyes. You will have just spent 8 of the most memorable days in your life. We can say this because this is what our guests tell us time and time again. Our Signature Tour is about depth and a personal and transforming experience. You will likely be saying Slan to your new lifelong friends. We bring you back to Dublin airport in plenty of time for your flight home.

Optional Activities: Irish Cooking class, horseback riding on a beach, mountain climb, hill bike riding, walking, golfing, surfing, and spa treatments. *Some of these activities will have an additional cost.

Where else?

There is nothing like an Irish pub with traditional music session and we know where the best sessions are! Our friends locally know the best places and you may find yourself in someones home sitting in on Irish music and some laughs!

We cannot possibly name and describe all the hidden places and gems that we unearth for you.We want our secrets to be shared with you on your Wild West Irish Tour. We could spend two days alone on the Maugherow peninsula exploring the “Punch Bowl” (a geological stunner), Serpents Head Beach, Golden Stand and the thick forests nearby. We visit Sligo Town for a good bit of shopping and some fun and diversion. We tour Sligo Abbey and the local museums. We visit Coney Island, Drumcliffe, Dromahair, County Leitrim, Trinity Island Castle in Roscommon, Lough Key, Creevykeel Court Tomb, Carrowkeel and the Caves of Keash, a donkey rescue, Curlew Castle, Michael Quirke Woodcarver, (and storyteller) the Coleman Heritage Centre in Gurteen, Ballintrillick and many more wonderful places.

This tour includes:

  • 9 days of touring and sightseeing, limited to 6 – 8 travelers. Don’t delay!
  • 8 nights in a B&B or guesthouse-style accomodation
  • 2 boat cruise excursions and visits to two or more islands
  • Touring in a comfortable mini-coach with your experienced tour guides
  • 6+ historical sites and activities recognized by National Geographic Traveler Top 10 – sites, admission included
  • Daily Irish breakfast
  • Priceless memories and experiences

Please note: trip price does not include airfare.

Go Clare-Galway-Connemara Experience

Experience the lush green hills of Clare and its majestic cliffs and and islands, to the rugged and stunning beauty of the Connemara mountains, to the Irish speaking towns of County Galway, to the gorgeous lakes, castles, monastery ruins, and early settlements of this ancient Irish Province of Munster in the Wild West of Ireland. You will find yourself discovering the hidden Ireland and its music and folklore as well as taking in the great iconic places you have always heard about. There are at least two boat excursions out to sacred islands; one on the River Shannon and the other on Lough Corrib.

Sample Itinerary

This is just an example. Be prepared to go “off book” as we take advantage of rare opportunities, special local events, and work with the weather to maximize every opportunity to make sure your experience is once-in-a-lifetime.


Day 1

Meet Wild West Irish Tours at Shannon Airport, County Clare. We take in the beauty of the rolling hills of the heart of County Clare in our comfortable mini-bus, as we make our way to our very comfortable B & B in County Galway. We visit an incredible Irish castle along the way, and enjoy lunch on the shores of Galway Bay. Our destination is a quaint village alongside the breathtaking vista of Lough Corrib. You settle in your B & B, then we take in the local flavour of the area and then head out for dinner and some traditional Irish music.

Day 2

The day starts with a lovely full Irish breakfast at your B & B as we prepare for a full day of adventure in the gorgeous mountains of Connemara! We travel alongside Lough Inagh and on the way, you experience the trails, mountains and woodlands of Connemara State Park. We pass through lovely towns such as Leenane (where the movie “The Field” was filmed) as we head way out west to the magnificent “Sky Road.” Here we get off the beaten trail and explore castle ruins, sacred hidden holy wells and “famine ruins.” If time permits, we take a tour of a majestic castle near the banks of the Corrib. We return home to the B & B, where you have plenty of time to stroll around the village, have dinner and perhaps some more Irish music.

Day 3

We have an early start and head to the “Gaeltacht” for a exhilarating sea journey to one of the Aran Islands, off the Wild West Atlantic Coast! Here you can either explore on your own (on a bicycle if you wish) or have one of the local guides give you an incredible tour of this magical island! We have lunch and mix in with the locals for a pint or two at one of the terrific pubs. We sail home to port and make our way back home for the evening.

Day 4

We head north to the Galway-Mayo border for a little fun and diversion up in a lovely village called Cong. Much of the movie “The Quiet Man” was filmed here, and you have a chance to see the film locations if you wish (including “The Quiet Man Bridge”). We visit Ashford Castle, and explore a monastery ruin and megalithic tomb site before lunch by the riverside. From here, we take in the enchanted Doonbeg Valley of County Mayo and visit some of the hidden gems and towns of this dramatic landscape in the Wild West of Ireland.

Day 5

We say “Slan” to our wonderful hosts at our B & B and make our way to the brilliant town of Ennis in County Clare! Here is your chance to do a little shopping in one of Ireland’s best towns. You can visit the County Clare Museum, which is absolutely fantastic. You can walk down to the legendary Ennis Abbey for a great tour provided by one of the guides there. This is your day to explore the town independently and enjoy the cafes, pubs, and restaurants along the River Fergus. Some of the best Irish traditional music can be experienced in Ennis and the nightlife is always unique and special. Our B & B is located in the Ennis area, at a location which also brings us close to the mystical Wild West Coast Road of County Clare.

Day 6

We head straight back into time and visit a privately-owned Castle, where we have a chance to explore from top to bottom this famed 15th Century Irish Tower Castle. Within a short walk of the castle, we take the Archaeology/History Trail where we will discover ancient sites, tombs, a 12th Century church ruin, a round tower (which was partially destroyed by Cromwell) a holy well and High Cross! We enjoy a cuppa tea and a bite to eat before heading out to our next adventure…Craggaunowen Pre-Historic Park! As if this isn’t enough, we also visit some of the hidden places of East Clare (including the stomping grounds of Brian Boru) near Lough Derg!

Day 7

We have a special, well off-the-beaten-trail tour of the magical and enchanting Burren of County Clare! We walk through the beautiful Burren landscape, which is steeped in history. It is a treasure trove of old churches, monasteries and pre-Christian forts and tombs. Located along the gorgeous Galway Bay, the Burren itself is famous for its limestone rock landscape and beautiful walking trails. Much if it is now a national park. There is also the Burren Perfumery to explore, as well as a chance to walk in the footsteps of Irish author and poet, John O’Donohue (author of Anam Cara – a Book of Celtic Wisdom).

Day 8

We visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher! We not only take in the Cliffs, which have an incredible museum nearby, but also have the option to experience the mighty Cliffs of Moher by sea! We head to Doolin and take a cruise and look up at the cliffs after having looked all the way down! We take a scenic drive down to Loop Head and enjoy a final dinner together in a restaurant by the sea.Gem

Day 9

We bring you to Shannon Airport for your journey home.

This tour includes:

  • 9 days of touring and sightseeing, limited to 6 – 8 travelers. Don’t delay!
  • 8 nights in 3 to 4 star B&B accomodation
  • Boat trip to the Aran Islands
  • Boat trip to the Cliffs of Moher
  • Touring in a comfortable mini-coach with your experienced tour guides
  • Admission to heritage sites and museums
  • Daily Irish breakfast
  • Priceless memories and experiences

Please note: trip price does not include airfare.

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Wild Atlantic Way Causeway Coast Adventure

Our newest offering could be considered both a quiet retreat and an exhilarating adventure! Why? You will stay at a gorgeous farmhouse nestled on the shore of the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal. This farmhouse B & B was awarded “Farmhouse B & B of the Year” for 2016 by the world-renowned Georgina Campbell. A one minute walk takes you to the a secluded beach. Local storytellers and historians will guide you among the old ruins, sacred sites, holy wells, castles, and Ring-Forts of these untouched and seldom seen places of Ireland. You will also be within a short drive or ferry ride to the “LegenDerry” Walled City of Derry. No visit would be complete without visiting the incredible “Giant’s Causeway” along the Causeway Coast.

Sample Itinerary

This is just an example. Be prepared to go “off book” as we take advantage of rare opportunities, special local events, and work with the weather to maximize every opportunity to make sure your experience is once-in-a-lifetime.

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Day 1

We give you a warm _Céad míle fáilte_ (100 thousand welcomes) in Dublin at the airport or your hotel if you have arrived early for your Wild West Irish Tour. We whisk you away in our very comfortable 8-passenger mini-bus and set our compass to the Northwest enroute to the Inishowen Peninsula. Our route takes us through scenic Counties Monaghan, Tyrone and Derry. We take in the beautiful landscape of the North of Ireland and make several stops including a visit to the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh, which explores the historical link between Ireland and America, focusing particularly on the lifestyle and experiences of those immigrants who sailed from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. It won’t be long before we pass through Derry City and cross the River Foyle, where we arrive at our splendid and homey Guest House by the sea. Once you are settled in, you are free to take a walk on the beach or the country roads of the Inishowen Peninsula. In the evening, we head out to a nearby village for dinner and take in the lovely Irish hospitality.

Day 2

By morning you realize that for the next several days, you will be living on an active, working farm, complete with sheep and other animals. You have a delicious Irish breakfast and prepare for the day’s adventure which starts with a visit to An Grianan na Aileach, a massive ring fort on the summit of Grianan Hill which has been the “Sentinel of Inishowen” for 3000 years, guarding the narrow approaches caused by rivers Foyle & Swilly. We head north to experience the mystical Manmore Gap where the panoramic views are nothing short of majestic. We know where to find the hidden treasures, including an incredible castle ruin along the coast. We continue our journey to the Isle of Doagh where we explore places not even found on Google! The Doagh Famine Village is not to be missed and we take a tour through this museum. We see where the spirit takes us from here as our choices of incredible hidden gems are endless. We make our way for home and prepare for another lovely dinner in a local village, followed by some traditional irish music to top off a fabulous day.

Day 3

We begin the day with an introduction to the local storyteller who is now in his 80s. He will enchant and charm you with his stories, while he leads us to places that are not on our itinerary! We make our way to the most northern point of Ireland, the Malin Head Peninsula, where we cross over the Trawbreaga Bridge and take in the sensational landscape around the Chapel of Lagg. We visit a sacred Megalithic Stone Circle and places where we can find remains of 6th Century monastic ruins, High Crosses with inscribed Celtic Art, Holy Wells and places our local friend leader brings us to. We can still find the old thatched cottages in Inishowen and with each of them comes many lively stories. We visit the Inishowen Maritime Museum in the village of Greencastle, where we look across the River Foyle toward Derry City and the Causeway Coast beyond!

Day 4

The Causeway Coast journey! Today we cross the River Foyle at Greencastle and make landfall at Magilligan’s Point, Northern Ireland.The Antrim Coast is one of the most spectacular places in the world. On a clear day we can look across to see Scotland as we visit the towns of Portstewart and Portrush on our way to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. We can spend as much time as you like here taking in one of Nature’s miracles. Not far down the road we have a visit to Dunluce Castle in store for you. Ever cross on a rope bridge? You will have your chance at the breathtaking Carrick on Rede Rope Bridge! The Bushmills Distillery is well within our range for those interested in a taste of Irish whiskey. As a major bonus to the fans of “Game of Thrones,” we can easily find ourselves at locations used for that HBO series!

Day 5

We make our way back across the River Foyle, this time via a lovely scenic drive along the river toward the villages of Moville and Muff, and then we cross into the ancient city of Derry. Derry is the only completely walled city remaining in the Island of Ireland. The walls, which were built in the 1600s and are approximately 1.5 km in circumference, form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street plan to this day. We take in the museums, cafes, historical sites, and have a unbelievable walking tour with a local guide, who gives you an account of the history of Derry from the last several centuries.

 Day 6

This is the day to explore places in Counties Derry and Antrim that we may have missed or not had the time to experience on previous days. This tour is always spontaneous and flexible and we will undoubtedly have places of interest that you would like to see and experience. You also have an opportunity to walk the walled City of Derry independently and seek shopping and places that interest you. There are museums, murals and tours which give you an insight to the “troubles” from a local guide’s perspective. Your options are many and you certainly will have no trouble finding places to visit in what was the “City of Culture 2013″ in the United Kingdom.

Day 7

Our last day to explore the beauty of the hills and mountains of Donegal, and set our course somewhat south to explore the superb Glenveagh National Park. Glenveagh is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. We tour Glenveagh Castle, which is a 19th century castellated mansion and was built between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat. You also have a chance to wander through Glenveagh Gardens which is one of Ireland’s foremost gardens, imaginatively designed and supporting a rich variety of rare and tender plants. We conclude our Donegal adventure with horseback riding on the pristine beaches of Dunfanaghy. Then, homeward to our Guesthouse for our final evening to include dinner, some Irish music, and the “craic” in Inishowen.

Day 8

We are on the road to Dublin as we begin the journey early enough to allow time for you to experience Dublin’s Fair City. We have a lovely hotel that is close to both the city centre and the airport. We take you into the city centre and orient you to the best local attractions in Dublin. There is the Guinness Factory, the National History Museum, Stephen’s Green, Kilmainham Gaol, the lively Temple Bar Quarter, Grafton Street and endless opportunities to do last minute souvenir shopping!  We have a final dinner at our Dublin hotel and raise a glass to our wonderful adventures together.

Day 9

We bring you to Dublin airport and wish you a heartfelt _Slán abhaile_ (safe home).

This tour includes:

– 9 days of touring and sightseeing limited to 6-8 travelers
– 8 nights in 3 to 4 star B&B accomodation
– Touring in a comfortable mini-coach with your experienced tour guides
– Admission to heritage sites and museums
– Daily Irish breakfast
– Priceless memories and experiences
 This tour includes:
– 9 days of touring and sightseeing limited to 6-8 travelers
– 8 nights in 3 to 4 star B&B accommodation
– Touring in a comfortable mini-coach with your experienced tour guides
– Admission to heritage sites and museums
– Daily Irish breakfast
– Priceless memories and experiences

Your accommodation – the Georgina Campbell “Irish Farmhouse of the Year”.