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Eire Mountain climbing and Cultural Adventures

Be aware: This tour is presently totally booked. Nevertheless when you’d wish to be added to the wait checklist – please e-mail me at [email protected].

To actually expertise Eire – you might want to really feel it – really feel its land, its rain, its temperate local weather, and most of all – its soul. This can be a nation that can not be rushed and exploring it on foot is among the greatest methods to expertise it. This enables you the chance to satisfy the locals, come head to head with 1000’s of years of historical past, and see what it’s that makes Irish folks so distinctive.

I’ve partnered with information extraordinaire, Rachel Nolan of Rachel’s Irish Adventures, to place collectively an Ottsworld tour that might deliver Nation Mayo’s landscapes, climbing, native tradition, and distinctive touches collectively in an unbelievable custom-made tour.

Ireland tour county mayo hiking
Ottsworld Eire Tour – A singular option to see Eire!

Overview and Map

Be aware: This tour is presently totally booked. Nevertheless when you’d wish to be added to the wait checklist – please e-mail me at [email protected].

Dates: April 20 – 27, 2024

Value: €2,780* (€450 single complement)
This can be a small group tour – solely 7 folks + me! The house will replenish quick so enroll rapidly.

*All costs shall be charged within the Euro – some USD worth fluctuations might happen by the point of your closing fee – nevertheless you’ll be able to pay in full at any time and lock within the worth.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Eire tour. That is an unique custom-made Ottsworld tour within the firm of me as your host, accompanied by our skilled native Irish information – Rachel. Our small group of seven folks will get to go to a few of Eire’s best-kept secrets and techniques, hike on distant trails, keep in boutique lodging, meet locals, expertise distinctive Irish tradition, and benefit from the lush inexperienced of the Eire panorama within the spring.

I may even provide images instruction for these of you who’re involved in enhancing your images (cellphone or digital camera). As well as, I shall be taking images of the whole tour and every visitor will get a obtain of all photographs I take. So when you don’t wish to take photos – I’ll do it for you!

The journey will discover all the fantastic thing about County Mayo’s stretch of shoreline alongside the Wild Atlantic Manner and its islands. What’s that – you haven’t heard of County Mayo? That’s precisely why I selected it! It’s a hidden gem away from the closely traveled websites in Eire.

county Mayo Map
County Mayo is in darkish inexperienced

Whereas most individuals head to the Ring of Kerry or the Cliffs of Moher, we’ll have the attractive shoreline of County Mayo all to ourselves.

The way to E book This Tour

Be aware: This tour is presently totally booked. Nevertheless when you’d wish to be added to the wait checklist – please e-mail me at [email protected].

I’d like to speak to you first to reply any of your questions previous to your reserving. Subsequently observe these steps to ebook:

  1. Ship me an e-mail at [email protected] letting me learn about your curiosity. We are going to arrange a name to debate any questions you will have. This shall be on a primary come first serve foundation – there are solely 7 spots accessible on this tour.
  2. I’ll ship you a fee hyperlink to Rachel’s web site the place you’ll be able to ebook your deposit and safe your spot for this practice tour. A 500€ nonrefundable deposit is required to safe a spot.
  3. Remaining fee is due January 21, 2024 (90 Days previous to April 20, 2024)

Cancellation Coverage and Payment

  • In case you cancel greater than 90 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose the deposit quantity.
  • In case you cancel between 89 – 42 days earlier than beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 50% of the vacation price
  • In case you cancel lower than 42 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 100% of the vacation price

I extremely suggest that you just get journey insurance coverage to cowl any dangers of cancellation. I usually use Allianz Journey Insurance coverage for my very own travels and it is vitally fairly priced.

Day by day Itinerary

The itinerary is one-of-a-kind and is full of included experiences corresponding to a number of ‘spa’ experiences, visits to sheep farms, entrance to historical websites, lamb cuddling, cooking expertise, falconry, whiskey tasting, and the possibility to satisfy a number of locals. As well as, we’ve got included loads of hikes, walks, and even some biking!

Be aware: The journey begins in Ballina and ends in Westport. You can be accountable for your personal transportation to the beginning and from the end, nevertheless, there’s a common prepare and buses which might be straightforward to take from Dublin with a number of departures occasions throughout any given day.

Day 1 – April 20 – Arrival in Ballina Eire

Your vacation kicks off within the charming city of Ballina in County Mayo the place your information will meet you on arrival and switch you to the resort. Settle into your room and take within the magnificent view over the River Moy and Belleek Woods, go to a museum, and luxuriate in a river stroll.

Take pleasure in a day baking expertise in Marjorie’s Kitchen, hosted by Rachel’s mom in her kitchen. Marjorie is the writer of 4 cookery books and loves nothing greater than to share her ardour within the kitchen, adopted by savoring the fruits of your labor over a sizzling cuppa tea.

Marjorie Ballina
Marjorie’s house baking class – Picture by Susan Portnoy

We are going to get pleasure from a welcome dinner for the group to get to know each other. After dinner if in case you have any power left, we’ll hit the city and go to Pat Rouse’s bar, Ballina’s oldest family-owned pub the place a conventional Irish music session and singsong will go on late into the night time. It’s possible you’ll even get the possibility to drag your personal pint of Guinness.

Day 1 Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Sligo Coast – Following the traces of the Historical Queen Maeve of Connacht

After a refreshing sleep and a scrumptious breakfast. It’s off to hit the paths of Mayo and get our boots soiled for the primary time. Immediately we’ll hike the fantastic Knocknarea hill and add a stone to the 1000’s adorning the imposing grave or cairn of Maeve, the good warrior queen, which overlooks Strandhill.

Distance: 7.5km | Elevation achieve 404m | 2-3 hours

Knocknara hike
Queen Maeve’s Hike

It’s time to get pleasure from an natural, fair-trade espresso on the excellent Shells Café which overlooks the strand, having fun with one among their delicious selfmade treats. With time to loosen up and discover this quaint location.

Go to Aughris Head Seaside bar – a conventional thatch roof pub and luxuriate in a warming Irish espresso.

Take pleasure in a very distinctive native expertise and unwind with a seaweed tub in Enniscrone. Seaweed baths are literally a centuries-old observe in Eire. Relationship again to the twelfth century, monks harvested seaweed from the coastlines and gave it to the poor as a nourishing meals. We’ll get pleasure from a soak on the 100-plus-year-old Kilcullen’s Tub Home perched proper on the coast the place they harvest their seaweed.

Take pleasure in a hearty dinner in Ballina and conventional Irish music at Lilly’s Bar.

Day 2 Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Conventional Irish Trades & Treats

Begin the morning assembly and dealing with birds of prey. The Birds of Prey Expertise is a singular alternative to satisfy and deal with a wide range of Birds on the Mount Falcon Aviary.  Get an enchanting perception into the lives of those magnificent creatures and get the possibility to carry and admire them shut up; it’s a really visceral and satisfying expertise!

Ireland Falconry

Tour the Foxford Woollen Mills and be taught the historical past of the mill in addition to how necessary it’s to the close by village. Have an opportunity to buy any wool mementos. Take pleasure in lunch on the Woolen Mills Cafe.

Head again to Ballina and get fitted for bikes at Rachel’s bike shed. We’ll cycle to the Monasteries of the Moy, and discover the Belleek woods, and Rosserk Abbey. There shall be numerous events to cease off and take photos and be taught concerning the historical past and traditions of the area…just like the Fairy Path!

For anybody who doesn’t wish to cycle in the present day, another choice is to relax out and luxuriate in a soothing remedy in an award-winning spa (at your personal price).

This night you will have an actual deal with earlier than dinner. A whiskey appreciation masterclass, your whisky skilled will take you thru a collection of Irish Whiskey and educate you on this world-famous spirit and its origins. Style the totally different whiskeys and ask any questions you will have. Following the masterclass, we’ll have dinner at Quay West.

Day 3 Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: North Mayo coast (The Ceide Coast)

Depart Ballina with a scenic drive to the coast the place we’ll take a simple strolling route alongside the coast to a hidden seaside. We’ll additionally make a cease on the iconic Downpatrick Head the place your information will deliver this place to life with details and folklore about time passed by.

Downpatrick Head
Downpatrick Head

Now it’s time to reward you on your morning’s journey with some scrumptious lunch and home-baked treats at Mary’s Cottage Kitchen. The proper place to cease for some tasty house cooking is located within the coastal village of Ballycastle. Mary’s Cottage Kitchen was constructed within the early 1800s and maintains many conventional options such because the stone wall exterior, open loft, uncovered beams, flag flooring, and an excellent open fireplace.

Subsequent, it’s time to go to the attractive Ceide Fields which is the oldest, most in depth Stone Age monument on the planet, which lies beneath our ft! Consisting of megalithic tombs, fields, and homes, the relics are softly lined by a pure blanket bathroom, which itself is a marvel with its distinctive wildlife. Put together to be blown away on the viewing platform on the fringe of the 110-metre cliff shut by.

Tonight we keep on the luxurious Ceide Glamping Pods. Every of the 6 Glamping Pods comes with a surprising coastal view. And the very best half is that we are going to have the whole space to ourselves. We’ll get pleasure from dinner within the widespread space whereas we benefit from the sound of the waves crashing on the coast.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Off the Crushed Path

After a refreshing sleep and a scrumptious breakfast. It’s off to hit one of the crucial gorgeous trails in County Mayo. This area of the Wild Atlantic Manner has a number of the most dramatic coastlines to be discovered anyplace in Eire. The hike we’ll get pleasure from in the present day was described in Lonely Planet as “The best sustained coastal stroll in western Eire, with a profusion of precipitous cliffs, crags, caves, chasms and islands alongside the distant North Mayo coast”.

County May hiking
County Mayo Cliff Hike

Distance: 7km | Elevation achieve: 300m | 2-3 hours 

After the difficult hike reward your self with a conventional heat whiskey and lunch at Connoly’s Pub and luxuriate in assembly some locals at this tiny, distant institution.

Drive to Ballycroy Nationwide Park. Situated on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo, the park covers an unlimited 15,000 hectares of uninhabited and unspoiled wilderness, dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain vary. To the west of the mountains is the Owenduff Lavatory, one of many final intact energetic blanket bathroom techniques in Western Europe. If time permits we’ll do a brief stroll there.

Drive to Achill Island, the biggest of the Irish isles but it solely has 2500 inhabitants. Right here we’ll keep on the secluded Bervie B&B. The magical beachside home was as soon as a coast guard station, and since 1932 has been the final word escape for the numerous visitors who’ve stayed right here. It’s a low, tucked-in form of place with slightly wicket gate giving direct entry to the seaside. There’s an other-worldliness concerning the Bervie that may be very uncommon nowadays.

In spite of everything of that climbing – get pleasure from some sizzling & chilly Atlantic remedy! Heat up within the cute beachside saunas after which cool off with a refreshing dip within the Atlantic Ocean…and repeat. Dinner at Bervie B&B.

Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Achill Island & Clew Bay

After having fun with the very best breakfast on Achill Island, we’ll drive to Keem Seaside which is honored as the most effective seashores on the planet. From there we’ll hike as much as Eire’s highest sea cliffs (it’s steep – however quick)!

Subsequent, we’ll go to the Abandoned Village at Slievemore which consists of some 80 – 100 stone cottages positioned alongside a mile-long stretch of street on the southern slopes of Slievemore Mountain. Settlement on this space dates from a minimum of early Medieval occasions and we’ll get to stroll by way of the village on a simple street stroll.

Keem Beach Achill Island
Keem Seaside

After lunch on the island, we’ll drive in the direction of the village of Westport. We are able to have a ‘select your personal journey’ afternoon with a number of stops to select from relying on curiosity, climate, time, and many others)

Keep within the standard city of Westport tonight the place we’ll get pleasure from dinner, stay music, and iconic pubs.

Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Killary Fjord & South Mayo

Morning drive alongside Clew Bay and cease on the iconic Croagh Patrick to get pleasure from views of the notorious peak that 1000’s pilgrimage to the highest of.

Lunch outdoor if climate permits. For animal lovers, we get to go to an iconic Eire sheep farm. The Killary Sheep Farm in Connemara is a conventional working mountain farm with approx 200 ewes and lambs roaming freely within the mountain overlooking Killary Fjord, on the Wild Atlantic Manner. Right here we’ll get to see a sheepdog demonstration, be taught concerning the farm, and even get to cuddle some spring lambs!

We’ll head again to Westport the place you’ll get time to do some closing memento purchasing and luxuriate in extra of the colourful city. We’ll have our goodbye dinner (how did it go so quick?!) in Westport that night the place we are able to share our favourite Eire reminiscences and experience our new friendships.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: April 27 – Departure Day

After breakfast, you’ll be able to catch the prepare again to Dublin, or possibly you’ll resolve to stay round and luxuriate in extra of Eire’s west coast!

Practice to Dublin (direct):

  • 07:15 – 10:27
  • 09:45 – 13:04
  • 13:10 – 16:29
  • 18:20 – 21:36

(Occasions is perhaps barely totally different in 2024)

Bus to Galway:

  • 06:18
  • 09:19
  • 12:27
  • 15:19
  • 18:19

(Approx. 2 hours)

What’s Included

  • 7 nights keep in an en-suite room at our premium hand-picked lodging.
  • Scrumptious Full Irish breakfast every morning, and three Dinners.
  • 7 days of actions with an skilled Irish information who will accompany the group in the course of the vacation
  • All experiences as outlined within the itinerary; Whiskey Tasting, Foxford woolen mills, baking class, Seaweed tub, Ceide Fields, sheepdog demonstration, Sauna Achill Island, and bike rental.
  • Courtesy transfers to and from every day’s strolling areas and all transport as outlined within the itinerary.
  • Fundamental images instruction in the course of the journey.
  • Entry to a full gallery of photographs (shot by me!) of the whole journey, which you should use for private functions.

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights to/from Eire
  • Transportation to Ballina and departure from Westport
  • Journey Insurance coverage
  • Some dinners and lunches
  • Private drinks
  • Medical prices
  • Gratuities

Our Superior Native Information

When you will have the best information, it may possibly ‘make’ a whole journey! Rachel is the final word out of doors information. She’s an unbelievable athlete and such a beautiful advocate of her house area in County Mayo. Certainly one of my favourite issues about staying in Ballina is that it’s the city she grew up in (and nonetheless lives there) and with that comes unbelievable native connections. In truth, we can have a particular cooking class from her mom. It doesn’t get far more native than that! Plus, Rachel ensures that we all know everybody on the town introducing us to the bartenders once we go right into a pub, restaurant homeowners, and even the native man who smokes fish.


What makes this tour ‘Ottsworld’? This isn’t your common tour…it’s an Ottsworld tour. I have to confess – that I’m kind of a journey snob. I don’t love to do the ‘anticipated’ or see the standard sights; I like to hunt out the weird, and fewer traveled. I’ve labored collectively very intently with Rachel to place collectively a tour that impresses even me! It has all of my favourite parts in it: climbing, native journey, booze, hands-on native experiences, and images. Sure – all of this in solely 8 days! Right here’s what previous visitors needed to say under.

“Positively a ten! I actually loved the truth that the tour was a ‘white glove supply’ experience- every thing was so meticulously deliberate so we didn’t have to fret about transportation, meals, what we’re doing for the day, or if we’re attempting to an excessive amount of or not sufficient. I went again to reread the outline of the tour (revealed in Might) after we returned house and couldn’t imagine that we hit EVERY. SINGLE. ITEM. AS. PLANNED.”

“It was good for me, a bit difficult however that’s what I like. The primary day was essentially the most stunning, second essentially the most difficult, third very fascinating with the steps by way of the woods.”

“Positively met expectations and likewise uncovered me to issues I’m certain I might not have thought-about if I used to be planning a visit.”

“Meals was AWESOME – manner higher than anticipated. Appreciated doing issues I might not have achieved by myself.”

“Thanks on your endurance in serving to us seize superb reminiscences! The one factor I knew earlier than your class was the rule of thirds, and now I’ve an excellent basis of information to construct upon – no extra level and shoot! Instagram be careful!”

Who Ought to Take into account This Tour?

  • Individuals who wish to discover lesser-known locations, and be adventurous and energetic.
  • People who find themselves versatile.  Try to be keen to exhibit flexibility, as itineraries could change attributable to climate, and it helps if in case you have a ‘keen to attempt new issues’ angle.
  • Individuals who don’t thoughts getting moist or having fun with the thrill of inclement climate.
  • Individuals who really feel snug climbing 3 to five miles in uneven terrain.


You probably have any questions – please be happy to contact me at [email protected]. I’m joyful to reply something concerning the journey!

Ireland Hiking and Cultural Adventure with Ottsworld

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