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Ireland: Walking the Western Islands

By Maeve Kelly. Boundless Journeys Ireland guide

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Rugged Irish Coast

As a true-blooded Irish woman I love Ireland, but it was a special sense of pride I felt when the new Western Islands trip I designed for Boundless Journeys was named a “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

What is it about the Emerald Isle that calls travelers back time and again, when there are so many wonderful places to explore in the world? The western shores of Ireland are rugged and wild; it’s an off-the-beaten-path area that few really get to explore. From the stark beauty of Achill Island, to the majestic mountains of Connemara, and the ancient stone walls of the Aran Islands, summer breezes whisper stories of pirate queens, epic battles, and mythic Irish heroes. We island-hop from Achill to Clare, and explore the Aran Islands from the largest to the smallest.

Complementing the serene seascapes, we’ll also venture into the hustle and bustle of Westport town, the heart of western Ireland, bursting with color. We will stay with old friends in charming inns each evening; places I have been coming for years. We’ll sample the best of western Ireland cuisine, including fresh seafood and locally sourced produce. After dinner, we have time to explore town in search of spontaneous trad sessions – the best way to experience Irish music and culture!

Do you hear the call to step into Irish time for just awhile? If so, I look forward to showing you her magnificent Western Isles on the Boundless Journeys, Ireland: Walking the Western Islands.

Hope to see you soon,

Maeve Kelly

About Boundless Journeys

Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator, selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE, February 2009; and a “World’s Best” tour operator by Travel + Leisure, August 2009.

With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking in remote regions ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.


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