The Emerald Isle
June 8-15, 2016
$1,800 $1,500 (ask us about the discount & referral options)
Only need an initial deposit of 500 to hold your spot (and spaces are limited to 10)
- 8 days of running and site seeing tours
- 7 nights of accommodations in Bed & Breakfast style homes
- Private transfer from Dublin to starting village & back to Dublin at the end
- 3 Days of running along the scenic and historic Wicklow Way trail
- Local guesthouse stays along the Wicklow Way and Western Way
- Breakfast every morning with meal options catering to dietary needs
- Luggage transfer between running destination stays
- Vehicle support for pickups in case of any tiredness or injury
- Professional trail running guide leading us along the local trails each day
- Private transfer from Wicklow to Bray and onto Galway
- Cliff walks and run along the Bray-Graystones path, lead by local guide
- Tour and tourist time around Galway in western Ireland
- 3 days of running along the beautiful Western Way in the Irish countryside
- Visit to Westport at end of Western Way run with local tours
- Hike up Croagh Patrick mountain
- Boat ride tour around Clew Bay islands
- 1 night and 1 day of site seeing around Dublin
- Freedom to explore the city on your own or join group explorations
- Supper as a group on one evening
- Pre-trip education from certified health coach and nutrition expert
- Pre-trip training from both a personal trainer and a running coach
- Wednesday, June 8th
- Dublin to Clonegal transport: Our group will meet in Dublin where we'll take a private transit down to Clonegal. We can explore around the local village which includes the Huntington Castle grounds. There can be an optional tour around the castle and gardens, pending there schedule and availability. We will also warm up to stretch our legs so we can get on the trails for our first run of the vacation, which will be in the late afternoon.
- Wednesday, June 8th (continued)
- Clonegal to Moyne (20 km): The first day's run includes slow rolling hills, quiet woodlands and remote country roads. We will get amazing views into the local forests, several local stone churches, and a number of large estates and little hamlets. Our stop for the night will be at Moyne. The run will be about 20 km (~12+ miles) with ascent of about 500 meters (~1,600 feet or about 1/3 of a mile).
- Thursday, June 9th
- Moyne to Glenmalure (16 km): We will fuel up in the morning with a complete Irish breakfast. The first part of this run will include grass trails, local forest paths, and will skirt around the base of some of the first of the Wicklow Way mountains. The middle of the day will present an incredible view and descent into the Glenmalure valley. The town is barely more than a few camping sites, hostels, bed and breakfasts and lodges. After some picture breaks and lunch, we'll continue on.
- Thursday, June 9th (continued)
- Glenmalure to Glendalough (14 km): The second part of this day's run may include perhaps the best and most amazing views of the Irish countryside today as we head to the valley and lakes around Glendalough. The area is known for the incredibly beautiful Glendalough Lake and the ancient stone monastery buildings and monuments throughout the town. The total for the day will be about 30 km (~18+ miles) with ascent of about 1,200 meters (~4,000 feet or about 3/4 of a mile).
- Friday, June 10th
- Glendalough to Enniskerry (30km): Today is another ideal day of vistas and scenery. The day will still start with a full and complete local breakfast. Then it's onto the trails with a range of trail types and environments. Some of the highlights include Paddock Hill, White Hill, a memorial to the founder of the Wicklow Way, and the Powerscourt waterfall (the biggest in Ireland). The run will be about 30km (~18+ miles) with ascent of about 850 meters (~2,800 feet or about 1/2 of a mile).
- Saturday, June 11th
- Enniskerry to Bray transport: After another filling and delicious full local breakfast, we'll take our private transport to the edge of Ireland. We'll see views of Dublin city and suburbs as we descend into Bray, which sits on the coast of the Irish Sea. We'll walk and jog along the famous cliff path that goes between the towns of Bray and Graystones. The hike will be about 6 km.
- Saturday, June 11th (continued)
- Bray to Galway transport: After grabbing some lunch, we'll load up and drive across the country to the west coast. The trip only takes a couple hours but goes from the metro feel of Dublin to the lush green back country of Ireland before getting to one of the bigger cities out west: Galway. We will have time to look around the city, the local food and beer, some local stores, and the west coast leading out into the Atlantic Ocean.
- Sunday, June 12th
- Maam Cross along Western Way (30km): This will be our first run on the Western Way trails. The day will still start with a full and complete local breakfast. We'll be blessed with plenty of sights from rivers and lakes to farms and countryside to hills peaks and even looks out towards the Atlantic. The run will be about 30 km (~18+ miles) with ascent of about 1,200 meters (~4,000 feet or about 3/4 of a mile).
- Monday, June 13th
- Western Way trail to Westport (30km): This day will again start with breakfast. Then it's onto the trails with a range of views. We'll be able to see the highlights of our upcoming tours and the sights of Mayo County. As we end the run near Westport, the views of the Croagh Patrick mountain and the islands of Clew Bay will amaze your senses. The run will be about 30km (~18+ miles) with ascent of about 850 meters (~2,800 feet or about 1/2 of a mile).
- Tuesday, June 14th
- Westport tours and return to Dublin: There will be an optional run on this day, but the schedule will be full of additional tours. We will walk and hike up Croagh Patrick, which is a special pilgrimage mountain path and has a chapel on the summit. From the top, we'll be able to see for miles in every direction. After we head back down, then it's onto a boat tour around the islands of Clew Bay. In the evening, we will make the return trip to Dublin.
- Wednesday, June 15th
- We'll start our last day in Dublin with another group breakfast at a local renowned restaurant. The day will provide opportunities to check out some more of the highlights of Dublin: Trinity College, Christchurch Cathedral, St Patricks Cathedral, Jameson, Guinness, the Dublin Castle, or Phoenix park. We'll provide ideas and tourist suggestions for you to visit any of those on your own, or you can join us on a local tour. We'll take an express bus ride out to the Dublin airport to catch our flights home.
Location: Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, and Mayo Counties, Ireland.
Group size and demographic: A max of 10 spots are available. This will be a fit group, anywhere from mid 20s to mid 60s that are experienced runners. We expect a mix of individuals and couples that enjoy travel and exploration. Once you pay the initial deposit, we'll invite you to a Facebook group with additional details and discussions.
More vacation: If anyone would like to extend the time in Ireland before or after the trip, let us know and we will help arrange transportation and lodging.
Not included: flights, additional optional tours, individual snack and meals, alcohol, souvenirs, travel insurance.
Space limited. Passport required. Signed waivers required. Travel Insurance highly recommended. Their may be minor route changes pending weather, trail conditions, and the recommendations from the local experts. Photo credit: Ireland tourism, trail runner, walking tours and WanderFit
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