Ireland: Part I

The Burren Way
60 miles, on the west coast of ireland
september 4-september 11, 2022
Suitable for new hikers and the more experienced

Contact: Shawn@shawnrichardsonglobal.com

 

western bluffs ireland.jpg
burren ireland.jpg

Description:

The west coast of Ireland sits on the Atlantic and is a beautiful and wild region, with few large towns, and an economy and reputation built on agriculture, tourism and hospitality. The Burren Way is an ideal way to explore the area of County Clare and is named after a particular region of limestone scenery which the route traverses.

 

Our trip starts in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. You may like to arrive a few days prior to our trip to explore this vibrant city, full of history, great architecture, excellent bars, and of course the Guinness brewery. 

 

From Dublin we are transported to Lisscanor on the west coast, a journey of around 160 miles across the center of Ireland.

 

The Burren Way starts at Lahinch, though many choose to start at Lisscanor which offers a shorter first day. The initial section is along the coastline and culminates in crossing the famous and spectacular Cliffs of Moher to arrive at the town of Doolin, renowned as a center of traditional Irish music. The trail continues north on hills above the ocean to Fanore and onward to Ballyvaughan. Here we turn southwards and head inland to cross the limestone heartland of the Burren to Carran and ending in the village of Corofin.

 

Accommodation in this part of Ireland is sparse, and so we will stay two nights in Doolin and two nights in Ennis, with transits to and from the start and finish of our hiking on those days. We will be staying in hotels and inns providing bed and breakfast, and in each of the towns we stay there will be a range of dinner options available.

Itinerary:

September 5

Meet in Dublin

We’ll have a group meeting and a group dinner the evening before we begin our walk.

Group dinner included (except alcohol).

                                    

September 5

We transfer by van to Lisscanor. Afternoon and evening free to explore the area.

September 6

Hike from Lahinch to Doolin   17.5 miles

Hike from Liscannor to Doolin   12.5 miles

You get to choose your starting point and distance today. Accommodations in Doolin.            

September 7

Hike from Doolin to Fanore. Accommodations in Doolin (we return to Doolin by van)

9.5 miles

Group dinner.

                                    

September 8

Hike from Fanore to Ballyvaughan. Accommodations in Ballyvaughan.       

8 miles.

                                    

September 9

Hike from Ballyvaughan to Carran. Transit and accommodations in Ennis.

16 miles.

                                    

September 10

Hike from Carran to Corofin. Transit and accommodations in Ennis.

9.5 miles.

Group dinner.

 

September 11

Part I Concludes.  

Departure and transit to Dublin (Part I only clients) or Belfast for those doing both hikes) 

Price:

$4500 per person

  • Add $1500 for single supplement

Initial deposit due February 5, 2022 ($1500)

Balance due May 30, 2022

Deposits and payments are non-refundable, for any reason.  

 

Trip Insurance and medical insurance is recommended and available at 

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance

https://www.travelguard.com/travel-insurance/benefits/cancel-for-any-reason

https://www.worldtrips.com/blog/Posts/6-best-travel-medical-insurance-providers?gclid=Cj0KCQiA5aWOBhDMARIsAIXLlkdOlxb027WKwF6NaRvoQldJ0fZTKQjkWq-REpqS2twpgGqUcQo_7k0aAum8EALw_wcB

Additional Information:

Our goal is to create new walking enthusiasts who, by the end of the trip, will have the skills and comfort required to trek/ travel independently.

 

We will have 2 zoom sessions before the trip to review physical preparation and suggested gear and equipment.

 

Travelers must be fully vaccinated and boosted (with proof) for COVID-19

 

dublin.jpg

ireland: part ii

45 miles, on the northern coast of Northern Ireland
September 11-18, 2022
Suitable for new hikers and the more experienced

email: Shawn@shawnrichardsonglobal.com

 

nothern ireland 2.jpg
nothern ireland.jpg

Description:

For Part II of the itinerary, we cross the border between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, to explore the northern coast of Northern Ireland. Our route is the most spectacular section of the 600-mile-long Ulster Way, traversing the beautiful coast of Antrim, famous for the Giants Causeway, and recently used as the set location for Game of Thrones.

 

We assemble in Belfast and have the next day as free time to explore the city which has redeveloped and recovered dramatically in recent years from its checkered history. The year 2021 marked the centenary of the partition of Ireland and the creation of Northern Ireland, and there is no better place than Belfast to explore and understand some of the historical and cultural aspects of the Troubles. Belfast was also the site of the construction of the Titanic, and there is a world class museum in the docklands area of the city which tells the story of the fated ship. You can use this day as you wish to see what the city has to offer.

 

After our day exploring Belfast, we transit to the start of our hike at Torr Head at the northeastern tip of the country, and the closest point to the Scottish mainland, which can be seen on a clear day across the North Channel of the Irish Sea. Our first day of hiking along the green and rugged coast brings us to the town of Ballycastle. The following day we are able to explore Rathlin Island which is a 45-minute boat ride from Ballycastle.  Rathlin is a nature reserve with spectacular seabird colonies on its cliffs. The viewpoints can be reached either by bus, or on foot, or a combination of the two. You will have the freedom to choose how to spend your day exploring the island.  

 

After another night in Ballycastle we resume the Ulster Way and continue to walk westwards along the dramatic coastline for three more days, passing landmarks such as Dunluce Castle, the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede (don’t worry - not part of the route, just an optional detour!) and the majestic landscape of Giants Causeway. According to legend the causeway marks the start of a path built by the giant Finn MacCool between Ireland and Scotland to avoid getting his feet wet when crossing between the two. After passing the world class golf courses of Portrush the hike ends in the small town of Portstewart.

Itinerary:

September 11

Meet in Belfast

Group dinner in Belfast

September 12

Free day in Belfast 

Organized City Tour

 

September 13

Early morning van transfer from Belfast to Torr Head.

Hike from Torr Head to Ballycastle. Accommodations in Ballycastle. 

12.5 miles.

September 14

Ferry to Rathlin Island for hiking.  You can hike a variety of distances around the island and explore
the nature reserve. Accommodations in Ballycastle.

8-20 miles.

September 15

Hike from Ballycastle to Ballintoy. Transit and accommodations in Ballycastle. 

8.5 miles.

 

September 16

Hike from Ballintoy to Giants Causeway. Accommodations in Bushmills.

11 miles.

Group dinner with local guest for discussion about the perspective and experience

 

September 17

Hike from Giants Causeway to Portstewart. Accommodations in Portstewart.

13 miles.

Group dinner with local guest for discussion about the perspective and experience.

 

September 18

Part II concludes.  Departure and transit to Dublin.

Price:

$4500 per person

  • Add $1500 for single supplement   

Initial deposit due February 5, 2022 ($1500)

Balance due May 30, 2022

Deposits and payments are non-refundable, for any reason.  

 

Trip Insurance and medical insurance is available at 

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance

https://www.travelguard.com/travel-insurance/benefits/cancel-for-any-reason

https://www.worldtrips.com/blog/Posts/6-best-travel-medical-insurance-providers?gclid=Cj0KCQiA5aWOBhDMARIsAIXLlkdOlxb027WKwF6NaRvoQldJ0fZTKQjkWq-REpqS2twpgGqUcQo_7k0aAum8EALw_wcB

Additional Information:

Our goal is to create new walking enthusiasts who, by the end of the trip, will have the skills and comfort required to trek/ travel independently.

 

We will have 2 zoom sessions before the trip to review physical preparation and suggested gear and equipment.

 

Travelers must be fully vaccinated and boosted (with proof) for COVID-19

 

raithen island.JPG

The Cotswold way

102 miles, from Bath to Chipping Campden
June 22-July 1, 2022
Suitable for new hikers and the more experienced

Contact: Shawn@shawnrichardsonglobal.com

 

IMG_0600.jpg
FullSizeRender.jpg

Description:

We will be hiking the Cotswold Way, a well-established trail through the beautiful heart of western England. The route runs for 102 miles from Bath to Chipping Campden, mainly in the county of Gloucestershire. The Cotswolds is recognized and protected as an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Cotswold Way has, since 2007, been one of several National Trails in the UK.

 

Our route begins in the city of Bath, an ancient Roman city and spa. Set on the River Avon it is a World Heritage site and widely recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, with its Georgian architecture and famous buildings such as the Royal Crescent, the Pump Room, Bath Abbey, and Pulteney Weir and Bridge.

 

After climbing out of Bath and entering the countryside, the first two days of the walk are very rural and relatively long as we head northwards through a handful of small villages. During the second day we ascend onto the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills before descending to the small town of Wotton-under-Edge. We continue along the escarpment, skirting the town of Stroud, and on to Painswick, known as the “Queen of the Cotswolds”. A long rural stretch follows along the wonderfully named Birdlip Edge before we reach the edge of the town of Cheltenham, famous for its Regency architecture and its renowned horse racing festival. Beyond Cheltenham we walk our final three days through beautiful Cotswold villages such as Stanton and Broadway, before reaching our destination at Chipping Campden.

 

Most day’s walking ranges between 12-16 miles, with a shorter day 4. Day 8 is the shortest day of approximately 6 miles, affording the opportunity to explore beautiful Broadway at the start of the day and Chipping Campden at the end. The walking is strenuous in places with a few sharp ascents to be climbed, but well within the scope of hikers with average fitness.

 

Our accommodation will be varied, reflecting the range of towns and villages on the route - some small privately run bed and breakfast houses, some pubs with rooms, some hotels. Hearty breakfast will always be provided at the start of the day and packed or picnic lunches. We will have three group dinners together in Bath, Cheltenham and Chipping Campden, and on the other evenings you will be free to find your own dinner in local pubs and restaurants. Daylight hours extend late into the day during June with sunset between 9.30-10pm, so this is the ideal time to enjoy pub beer gardens in the evening.

 

We will arrange for luggage to be transported from location to location so you will only need to hike with a day pack containing the bare necessities such as waterproof pants and jacket (sadly essential, even in the English summer!).  We will provide a suggested packing list.

 

Our trip ends with overnight accommodation in Chipping Campden. From there you are free to transfer or travel onwards on the morning of July 1st. Chipping Campden is within easy range of attractions such as Oxford or Stratford-on-Avon, home of Shakespeare, as well as other beautiful Cotswolds towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford and Bourton-on-Water. London is easily within reach within two hours by car or train, as is Heathrow Airport. 

Itinerary:

June 22

Meet in Bath 

We’ll have a group meeting and a group dinner the evening before we begin our walk. 

Group dinner included (except alcohol).

June 23

Hike from Bath to Tomarton. Accommodations in Tomarton. 

16 miles

June 24

Hike from Tomarton to Wotton Under Edge. Accommodations in Wotton Under Edge.

16 miles

June 25

Hike from Wotton Under Edge to Middleyard. Accommodations in Middleyard or nearby villages.

13.5 miles

 

June 26

Hike from Middleyard to Painswick. Accommodations in Painswick.

9.5 miles

 

June 27

Hike from Painswick to Dowdeswell. Accommodations in Cheltenham, with van transport to hotel.

16.5 miles

Group dinner included (except alcohol).

 

June 28

Hike from Dowdeswell to Winchcombe. Accommodations in Dowdeswell.

12.5 miles

June 29

Hike from Winchcombe to Broadway. Accommodations in Broadway.

14 miles

June 30

Hike from Broadway to Chipping Campden. 

6 miles

Group dinner included (except alcohol).

 

July 1

Departure

Price:

$4975 per person

  • Add $1800 for single supplement

Initial deposit due November 5, 2021 ($1500)

Balance due February 1, 2022

Deposits and payments are non-refundable, for any reason.  Trip Insurance and medical insurance is recommended and available at 

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance

https://www.travelguard.com/travel-insurance/benefits/cancel-for-any-reason

https://www.worldtrips.com/blog/Posts/6-best-travel-medical-insurance-providers?gclid=Cj0KCQiA5aWOBhDMARIsAIXLlkdOlxb027WKwF6NaRvoQldJ0fZTKQjkWq-REpqS2twpgGqUcQo_7k0aAum8EALw_wcB

Additional Information:

Our goal is to create new walking enthusiasts who, by the end of the trip, will have the skills and comfort to trek/ travel independently.

 

We will have 2 zoom sessions before the trip to review physical preparation and suggested gear and equipment.

 

Travelers must be fully vaccinated and boosted (with proof) for COVID-19

 

IMG_0602.jpg