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8-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
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8-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

By Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 16-65, max of 12 per group
Duration: 8 days
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Live guide: English
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  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Small-group tour with full attention of your knowledgeable and experienced guide.
  • All activities, Bike tours and Hiking Tours
  • All required equipment (bicycle and helmet) outside of your required gear listed.
  • Entry/Admission - Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Sheep's Head Peninsula
  • Entry/Admission - Castletownbere
  • Entry/Admission - Killarney National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Gap of Dunloe
  • Entry/Admission - Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms
  • Entry/Admission - Slea Head Drive
  • Entry/Admission - Dingle Peninsula
  • Entry/Admission - Cliffs of Moher
  • Entry/Admission - Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Atlantic Drive
What's not included
  • Meals and snacks (outside of your breakfast) are not included in your tour price.

Start:
  • Saint Patrick's Quay, St Patrick's Quay, Victorian Quarter, Cork, Ireland
    Travellers will be greeted at the starting point.
End:
  • Dublin, Ireland
    Tour will finish in Dublin.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 69411P2

  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • As well as your normal travelling attire the following essential gear will be required:
  • Walking boots.
  • Comfortable trainers/runners.
  • Comfortable and breathable outdoor clothing, including shorts, swimwear, trekking trousers, fleece and hat.
  • Gaiters & walking poles (personal choice but recommended).
  • Cycling shorts – these are not essential.
  • Good quality waterproof jacket and trousers (preferably breathable).
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Day-pack/rucksack, water bottle.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Medication – ensure that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or special dietary requirements. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can make every effort to accommodate you.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • While there are no restrictions on size of bag or number of bags, we ask you please consider what you pack. Bring the essentials and enough for you to enjoy the trip but do not over pack. As a guide we recommend you keep your baggage to one standard size suitcase and one carry on suitcase.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 69411P2

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  • Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours
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    Joined in July 2017
  • MTtraveler802
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do Cork activity.
    Enjoyable and informative introduction to the city of Cork. Easy bike riding mostly away from traffic. Guide was knowledgeable about the city history. A pleasant and worthwhile addition to a city visit.
    Written 8 September 2023
  • 843kristenw
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Intro to Cork
    Dáibhidh was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and provided lots of interesting insight for us. This is a relatively easy ride for all levels of experience.
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Millisole
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to Cork
    Really enjoyable, informative, and friendly. Provided a great introduction to the city and points of interest. Very knowledgeable on the history of the city. The only downside was lack of clear directions on the parts of the tour when on roads, especially if group includes nervous cyclists.
    Written 29 July 2023
  • alexiamZ6723LM
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    Tour was great. Guide did an awesome job of explaining the history of cork. A couple of hills but all manageable. Highly recommended. Gave me a better appreciation for the city.
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Pegmurf369
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride and interesting route
    Guide was very knowledgeable and we went all over the city. We had a intimate group, which is good with city biking. We toured for about 3 hours.
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Companion797180
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!
    Daibhidh was brilliant! He did an amazing tour and made sure we were all okay! A great tour with lots of interesting facts! We went to the university and the campus was beautiful! A great tour overall!
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Q543FNelaineb
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great bike tour
    We did the cork city bike tour this morning with Daibhi , our guide. Have to say it was a very pleasant and relaxing and informative way to spend the morning. Highly recommend. Enjoyable and a great way to see the sights of cork city and learn about the history.
    Written 21 June 2023
  • frandS4
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Guide
    We very much enjoyed our guided tour of Cork. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We definitely recommend.
    Written 19 June 2023
  • mattr521
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best way to see Cork
    Brilliant tour with James who was so knowledgeable and personable. Really relaxed and entertaining giving us a deep insight to the history of Cork. No challenging cycling, beautiful scenes along the route and a fantastic experience. If you want to know about Cork then James is your man!!
    Written 8 May 2023
  • Christine007
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cork City by Bike
    Highly recommend this tour of the beautiful city of Cork.James is a fun,highly knowledgeable and accomodating guide who combines the colourful history of Cork with some tourist/some hidden gems on this 3 hr bike ride.The bikes are first class and the route very accessible for people of varied biking experience.It would have taken days ..if ever to have learned so much and is certainly much more fun!
    Written 13 April 2023
  • gabriellagiel
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Cycling in Cork City!
    Did the Cork City Cycle Tour with James and Leonard and had an excellent experience! This is a great way to see Cork City if you’re tight on time. This was our first time here and we saw and learned about more of the City than we would have on our own! We passed Cork’s main points of interest and heard the interesting history behind each site, combined with humour and the opportunity to ask questions. The pace of the cycling was very fair - Cork is pretty bike-friendly and there are frequent stops. I am not the most physically “fit” and had no trouble keeping up. Doable for most adults and even children. Overall, if you enjoy cycling, history, and a good time, this is a must-do!
    Written 7 April 2023
  • LeszekW252
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun on a hot day
    There were 7 of us on our bike trip. Our bus from Kinsale was a bit late so we messaged Bryan to say. He walked to the bus station to meet us. Bryan was fun, kind and helpful and very patient and happy to go at our pace. The bike tour was a joy, it is not 3.5 hours of cycling, but cycling interspersed with going into places and looking at things. Bryan was happy to wait while we looked at a small and interesting exhibition at the gallery in Fitzgerald Park. Bryan also made a great recommendation for lunch. It was fun, fun, fun and we thoroughly recommend it.
    Written 23 August 2022
  • MSUTigerShark
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour With James was well worth Doing!
    Our tour guide James was excellent! Great information: We learned a lot about Ireland and Cork in particular.
    Written 19 August 2022
  • CARLOWMARIA
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant tour of Cork city.
    Our guide, James, gave us a fabulous tour of Cork city. He was very knowledgable on the history of Cork with a bit of humour thrown in. The cycling was very gentle and suitable for all ages and abilities. I recommend it completely.
    Written 18 August 2022
  • DArends
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful tour!
    We did the 5 day hiker tour and highly recommend it! James is a great guide, with his knowledge, adaptability and on the fly adjustments mid trip to make sure everyone in the group was ok and enjoying the trip. Yes the 3rd day is challenging but awesome and so worth it- but one should be in good walking shape to fully enjoy the day! All the B&Bs we stayed at were well above any expectations- all were wonderful. We were a bit cramped on time only having 10 days in Ireland - but I highly recommend booking any of his trips to get the most out of whatever time you have. We would happily book a trip again!
    Written 28 July 2022
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LoveTravel822950
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My husband and I took the 8 day Beyond the Glass Explorer Tour, a bicycling and hiking adventure tour in Ireland. The trip took us from Cork City around the southwest coast and ended up in Dublin. The trip was spectacular and i cannot think of a better way to have seen Ireland’s beautiful landscape. James Foley, the owner and guide was so very kind, informative, helpful and accomodating. James kept all of the group safe with the hiking and bicycling activities. We were busy and having a lot of fun. James has tremendous knowledge and provided us excellent history of Ireland. The hotel accommodations were excellent and food we ate at various places was delicious. We really enjoyed this trip and i would definitely recommend it! Thank you Beyond the Glass tours and James Foley for showing us such a wonderful time, and wonderful culture- Anju & Nitin
Written 12 May 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you both on the tour, you both added a ray of light and plenty humour to the tour. It was fantastic to have a great bunch of people on my first multi-day tour since 2019. I hope to see you again in the future. Go raimh maith agat, James
Written 30 May 2022
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Mike A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
James used a wonderful combination of personal experience and local guides to give us a unique look at the amazing west coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. We saw the major attractions like Blarney Castle but were also treated to off-the-path gems like the Gougane Barra Hotel. James’s knowledge of the areas and the activities allowed him to adapt the day’s schedule as weather and/or the participants abilities required. We would HIGHLY recommend James and Beyond The Glass.
Written 17 September 2022
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Robert H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My wife and two children 21 and 18 just got back last week from our 8 day Adventure Tour with James from Beyond the Glass. What a great trip!! The mix of hiking and biking was a fabulous way to see the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Throw in a beautiful boat trip through the lakes of Killarney and a day trip to the Aran isle of Inishmore. All the logistics are taken care of, including excellent accomodations each night. The pace of each hike or bike was moderate and something that everyone in my group was able to sustain. If you have not done a small group tour of Ireland, I could not recommend James and BTG more highly. On foot or bike, it's truly the best way to see Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
Written 26 August 2022
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Geoff G
San Diego, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Simply amazing! You never know what you will get when booking a tour: hotels, people, activities. Traveling with Beyond the Glass was as close to perfect as you can get. I was traveling with my wife and upper teenage kids.

James is not just the guide, he owns the company. His lifelong love of Ireland came clearly through even before the tour started.

Hotels were great, every one of them. James personally knew many of the proprietors, which afforded us some special access along the way.

Activities. I wanted an active, adventurous holiday, and got just that. From the first bike ride, through challenging hikes in rain and shine. We got an excellent taste of many of the core Ireland tour spots and even more off the beaten track ones.

Group. We were a small group, 12 in all. The van is quite comfortable, even when full. The group consisted of people from their late teens and into their 50s. We all got along quite well, which makes for an even better experience.

Bottom line. I am 100% happy with my choice to join the Beyond the Glass tour rather that go it alone. I would not have chosen one of the larger, more sedate tours. My family feels the same way.
Written 14 July 2023
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Hello Geoff, Thank you for this wonderful review. It is great to read that you enjoyed your tour of the Wild Atlantic Way. The few days of rain that we did get, did not dampen your spirits nor did it stop you enjoying the activities. I was looking back on the videos of the tour and it is amazing to see the smiling faces, even while you were hiking in the Irish rain. It was a pleasure to host the four of you on the tour and I enjoyed all our conversations as we travelled. Thank you! James
Written 15 July 2023
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deirdre o'sullivan
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Wonderful 8 day tour around the wild Atlantic Way. Edwina, our driver and guide really knew the ropes and the ways around and also gave great overview of the context of the many places we visited. It was great there were only 12 people on the tour. I was the only Australian with 11 Americans but we all had lots of fun.
The tour included excellent accomodation and 4 star eating options, free time to explore and interesting historical places to visit. The Skelligs Michael boat tour was a personal highlight for me and we were lucky the boat could brave the seas on the day we booked.
The tour also listened to the preferences of the travellers and made and effort to include them.
Highly recommend this Company .
Written 17 July 2023
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Daniel B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My family just experienced the 8 day Ireland tour. What an amazing trip! We saw so many highlights of beautiful Ireland in such a short amount of time. James had the whole trip expertly planned and we were able to kick back and relax knowing he had already thought of everything. No waiting around to check into hotel rooms, avoiding the crowds in areas that were more "touristy," and giving that extra background information to put the location into historical context. I would recommend this trip to anyone and it was worth every penny. Thank you, James!!!!
Written 17 August 2022
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Thank you for the great review. It is good to read that you appreciate the effort that goes into planning and delivering the 8 Day Explorer Tour. It was an ease to guide your group on the tour. You were all well able for the activities and you were all engaged and interested in the whole experience. Go Raimh Maith Agat / Thank you, James
Written 21 August 2022
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Sarah Y
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
James was an awesome tour guide and planned a wonderful trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. The 8 day tour was a good mix of hiking and biking along with visiting castles, abbeys and doing a bit of shopping/site-seeing among the small towns along the coast. He scheduled everything which was a nice change. The large passenger van was very comfortable and spacious. Everything about the trip was enjoyable and seamless from my point of view. I'd highly recommend the 8 day trip or any outing with Beyond the Glass/James!
Written 20 August 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the 8 Day Explorer Tour. It was easy work guiding you all over the 8 days. All the best, James
Written 21 August 2022
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Gale K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
What a fantastic week we had on the 8 day Wild Atlantic Way tour. This was our first group tour and we had a blast. James offered a perfect amount of activity each day and every day was different, beautiful, and exciting. James was a great tour guide and really cared about giving us a meaningful and fun experience. Besides learning a lot from him about the history of Ireland, he was a really fun guy to hang around with during our week. If you want an active, but not hard-core experience in Ireland, this is the trip for you!
Written 4 July 2023
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Hi Gale, I appreciate you taking the time to review Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time in Ireland. All the best for now, James
Written 15 July 2023
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Carol S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
James did a fabulous job. He had just the right amount of hiking or biking each day and he chose beautiful locations. We liked every hotel we stayed in and the food was great. I appreciated that James gave us suggestions of places we could go in the evening by recommending restaurants or pubs with authentic Irish music. Also, James took good care of us. For example, he was very helpful in calling the airlines for us when our luggage was delayed, or ordering an e-bike for me when I was nervous about a particular ride. He always made sure to individualize a hiking path if someone in our group needed an easier route -they were able to do that and meet us at the end. Lastly, James shared great information about Ireland and he was just an all around good, caring, fun guy.
Written 1 July 2023
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Hello Carol, Thank you for the review. It was easy to host you and Art on the tour. You were up for the activities and you were not fazed. Even the cancelled flights and lost luggage didn't stop you from enjoying the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way. Thank you very much, James
Written 15 July 2023
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William M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Truly one of the most enjoyable experiences in our lives. Seeing the beauty of Ireland's western coast from atop a bicycle or from seaside hiking path can't be beat. James was a fantastic guide. He filled us in on the history and geography of all of the areas along the tour route. Accommodations were first rate, the food was delicious, and the people were always warm and welcoming. We didn't want it to end. We have already decided to go back and do it again.
Written 23 August 2022
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Hello Bill, I am delighted that you enjoyed the 8 Day Explorer Tour in 2022. It was a pleasure to welcome you back on my 6 Day Adventurer Tour in 2023. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. All the best, James
Written 3 August 2023
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