Discover the real Ireland! Get off-the-beaten path with Go Get Lost®. Take a walk along the windswept coastlines. Dodge sheep as you make your way across the lush green fields. Visit with a shepherd tending his flock. Walk the cobblestone streets of some of the most beautiful towns on the Emerald Isle. Find a local pub, pull up a seat, and order a pint of Guinness. Laugh with strangers. Savor an Irish stew. Listen to some live Irish traditional music. This is how Ireland is meant to be explored.
“Just returned from Ireland, my third trip with Go Get Lost. This experience is so unlike most tours. Steve, Joan and Jeff have a passion for travel and for the places they want you to experience. It’s like traveling with a local who really does know all the best places to walk, shop, eat and be amazed by. There are less pricey tours out there, but you get what you pay for. GGL is well worth every penny. I recommend you grab a group of friends and get goin! Thank you for the best birthday ever. Looking forward to another trip with you!” -Cynda W.
Ireland is a magical place meant to be explored by total immersion, not from the window of a bus. On our Lost in Ireland adventure we’ll take you on the countryside paths and through the cobblestone streets of some of the most beautiful towns on the Emerald Isle. We’ll meet the people, live the culture, walk the spectacular countryside and experience everything about this wonderful land.
We’ll take you to some of the most charming and fascinating areas of Ireland…towns like Dingle, Tralee, Ennis, and Killarney. You’ll walk along windswept coastlines where impossibly green mountains end in surf-pounded rocky cliffs, complete with wheeling seabirds. You’ll stroll along countryside lanes bordered by rock walls and occasional flocks of sheep…and you’ll wander pastel colored villages with pubs aplenty….picture postcard views everywhere you look! And the charm and warmth of the native Irish is legendary. Our adventure spans the wondrous southwest of Ireland, encompassing counties Clare and Kerry. Here the Irish heritage is at its peak, with Irish (not English) being the primary language. Get off the beaten path with us, and you’ll marvel at spectacular views that most tourists never see!
“Just returned from a wonderful Go Get Lost tour in Ireland escorted by Steve and Joan Fafoglia. Fabulous time, fabulous group-simply fabulous!” -Michael B.
Deirdre Harman is your Go Get Lost tour leader for this adventure in Southwest Ireland. She is a QQI Certified Fáilte Ireland Regional Tour Guide and Wild Atlantic Way Champion. She has a wonderful relationship with the locals, because she IS a local! She’ll take you off the beaten path to truly experience Ireland, making Irish landscapes come alive through story, song, and history. This confident and caring Cork girl is a native Irish speaker who enjoys doing what she does best, showcasing Ireland through her Irish eyes! She devotes her time to creating and delivering journey’s you’ll remember with fondness.
Tour Dates & Pricing
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Day 1 - Shannon, Welcome to Ireland!
Most US flights arrive in Shannon or Cork very early in the morning. You can arrange a private transfer, but there are also easy bus/taxi connections (and train connections from Dublin) to your tour starting point, a beautiful 5 star hotel, situated on a private 60 acre estate in the country near the historic Gap of Dunloe. Surrounded by the rolling green hills of County Kerry, you'll have complimentary access to horseback riding on the beautiful grounds of the estate or fishing for salmon and brown trout in the river Laune alongside the hotel. You can even arrange to play a round of golf on a nearby golf course or explore the 12th century ruins of MacThomas castle on the estate!
This evening we'll have an orientation party and then let the estate's chefs prepare a wonderful group "get-acquainted dinner". The Irish are hearty eaters, and here in the southwest you'll find that the rugged countryside reflects the nature of the cuisine! The menus are varied, dominated by whatever is in season. Pork and lamb from the local farms are always popular, and seafood is a local favorite, with fresh fish from the nearby ocean as well as native salmon appearing regularly. Of course the regional favorite is Irish stew, try to sample it at least once during your stay here.
All of the great food, combined with a little jet lag will ensure that you sleep well tonight!
Day 2 - Gap of Dunloe, Killarney and the Lakes
After a hearty traditional Irish breakfast this morning we'll begin our day with an easy morning walk through the picturesque Gap of Dunloe. The path is a gently descending trail through a verdant valley thick with ferns, woodlands and wildflowers. The skyline is dominated by the craggy green peaks of Ireland's tallest mountains, Magillycuddy's Reeks. Lunchtime will find us relaxing alongside one of the beautiful lakes of Killarney National Park as we enjoy our meal. Fully recharged, we'll board boats for an afternoon water tour of the world famous Lakes of Killarney. As stream gives way to lake, and then back to stream, our boatmen guides will wander back and forth across the water pointing out the rich history and important sites of the area. Eventually we'll arrive at Ross Castle, the crumbling lakeside stronghold that was the last conquest of Cromwell in 1652. Here we'll have transport awaiting us to take us to the nearby town of Killarney. Famed for its abundance of pubs, shops, and restaurants, Killarney is the perfect spot to wander, shop, and perhaps dine. Tonight you can choose to stay close to home and dine at the wonderful hotel restaurant, or you can go back to Killarney, only minutes away, to enjoy a pub meal and live Irish music!
Today's walk is rated as EASY. It's about 6 miles, almost all of it on an old country road. The elevation gain is 450 feet, on a fairly gentle grade. There is an even easier option which will reduce the length to a less than 3 miles, with virtually no elevation gain, (downhill all the way). There is an optional walk after the boat ride of perhaps a mile, on a wide, flat path through a mature forest.
Day 3 - Annascaul and Dingle
The mornings light will greet us as we make our westwards towards the picturesque Dingle Peninsula. Rounding Castlemaine Harbour, we'll pass the fabled Inch Strand and find ourselves in the small town of Annascaul. This area holds several of our favorite walks, we'll choose one based on the conditions and our group. Whichever it is rest assured you'll be treated to excellent Irish scenery amidst the hills and glens of the surrounding countryside.
After our walk we'll meander even farther south-westwards and make our way into Dingle, a charming, brightly colored little town nestled alongside the sea at the foot of the mountain slopes. Extraordinary views abound in all directions...undulating hills, bleak gray-green mountains, thick forests and sandy seashores. The town itself is also known for wonderful location, its friendly locals, and its overabundance of pubs...57 by last count! There are charming and unique pubs at every turn...pubs embedded in shoe shops, pubs within old-fashioned hardware stores, and even a pub sitting directly on a bridge! And of course most of them feature regional dishes and local Irish music, too. In recent years Dingle has gained a reputation for its culinary endeavors as well, so this afternoon we'll be taken on a food tour of all the local hotspots! As you wander the town later today, keep your eye out for a good restaurant (or pub) for dinner tonight!
Today's walk is rated EASY to MODERATE.
Day 4 - Dingle and the Lac Adoon Walk
After putting away our hearty Irish breakfast, (you should be getting quite good at this by now) we'll board our coach and settle in for a wonderfully scenic morning drive across the base of the Iveragh Peninsula. . The rugged mountain landscape will soon give way to coastal views, where rocky cliffs meet pounding surf. Finally our road will cut up away from the coast through the Slieve Mish Mountains and onto the northern shore of the Dingle Peninsula. Here we'll begin todays walk, an easy stroll up through the Loch an Duin valley, with the intense emerald green of the landscape contrasting with the gray windswept rocky cliffs. Rounding a bend in the trail you'll suddenly be rewarded with views of one of the most beautiful and secluded Irish mountain lakes you'll have the pleasure to see! At Lake Adoon the sheep and salmon are probably our only companions as we walk around this mountain gem to the myriad waterfalls on the far side. A perfect spot to enjoy our trail lunch and relax in the sun!
Dingle has a wealth of good restaurants, and tonight we'll take you out to one of our favorite local places for some excellent regional specialties.
Today's walk is rated EASY. It's about 3 miles total distance, with only 60 feet of elevation gain. The trail surface is somewhat rough and uneven...expect wet bog, tall grass, and rocky stretches.
Day 5 - The Slea Head Drive and Imeall an Domhain - The Edge of the World Walk
This mornings drive will combine the best of Irish coastal scenery with a wonderful walk and even some cultural stops, and best of all we'll have one of our favorite local guides along with us again to help color in the landscape and history. The Slea Head drive is a panoramic route around the far western end of the Dingle peninsula...we'll stop often for the stunning views of green fields topping grey cliffs that plunge into the surging ocean waves. The rolling landscape is dotted with pastel farmhouses, crisscrossed by stone fences and dotted with sheep...LOTS of sheep! You'll get the eerie impression that the views haven't changed for many centuries, and is likely what the Vikings saw when they waded ashore.
Along our route today we'll have a chance to visit the workshop of one of Irelands most talented pottery makers and native son of this area, Louis Mulcahy. Although Louis chooses to live in one of the more remote spots on the planet, his work is much sought after, having done pieces for almost all the Irish presidents, British prime ministers, several US Presidents, and even the pope! This entire area is rich with historical ruins and ancient archaeological wonders, so as time permits we’ll stop at some of the most fascinating and interesting sites to explore and learn how early peoples lived in this harsh landscape.
All of this sightseeing will work up an appetite, so we'll stop for lunch near the town of Ballydavid, where we can enjoy some of the local specialties as we relax. Ballydavid is famous as the spot where St. Brendan the Navigator departed to sail west to America in a small hide-covered boat...in the year 530! After lunch we'll go a bit further down the coast and begin a truly extraordinary walk, The Edge Of The World walk. So named because of the ancient belief that this part of the coast was the edge of the known world. Our walk will follow the rugged coastline and provide constant views both of the windswept sea and the inland mountains. For thousands of years these trails were walked by all of the people who needed to traverse this coastline...you'll tread in the footsteps of monks, farmers, vikings, villagers, and soldiers of all kinds.
By midafternoon we'll meet our coach and begin the short drive back to Dingle town, where we'll meet the family of another of the area's premier artisans, Sean Daley. Sean was once a master engraver for the Waterford Crystal company before taking his skills to this lovely coastal area to craft exquisite pieces of custom crystal in his own workshop. We'll watch Sean and his sons at work as they demonstrate how world-class crystal pieces are produced.
Tonight we will once again experience the wonderful food scene in Dingle as we take you to yet another of it's wonderful restaurants. Afterwards your guide will ferret out the best Irish music scene to ensure that you’re at the right pub at the right time to enjoy the evening!
Today's walk is rated EASY. It's less than 2 miles, mostly flat terrain with no elevation gain. The trail surface is a simple dirt pathway that winds along the grassy turf at the top of the ocean bluffs.
Day 6 - County Clare, Castles, and Irish Coffee
You'll have some time free in Dingle this morning, but after leaving we have a full schedule as we make our way northeast and into County Clare. Time permitting we'll have a short stop in Tralee, then on to our lunch spot. Next we'll journey a short distance to the south shore of the Shannon river to explore the ruins of a 16th century tower castle, perched on the edge of the marshy shoreline. Just a short distance down the coast we'll find one of the most fascinating museums you'll experience, the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, dedicated to the golden age of transatlantic flight in the 1930's and 40's. Irish Coffee was invented here to warm up the passengers who were waiting for their seaplane to be refueled before starting the long, lonely journey to New York.
By late afternoon we'll arrive at our last night's accommodation, a stylish ivy-clad hotel built in the 18th century right in the center of the winding streets of Ennis. Tonight you'll be free to explore Ennis to find the perfect pub and music combination to celebrate your remarkable day in County Clare.
Day 7 - The Cliffs of Moher
Today will be an amazing morning of hiking in County Clare, with surreal landscapes and amazing views. We'll get away from the crowds and walk along the coastal paths of the famous Cliffs of Moher. You'll marvel at the spectacular precipices, with far-reaching views of the massive crags plunging into the wild Irish sea. Afterwards we'll return to Ennis where you'll have the afternoon free to wander and explore. You'll have time to relax and freshen up before dinner, where we have a fun final evening of Irish food and companionship planned.
Our farewell dinner at the end of a trip is always a special event...lots of stories to recount about the adventures we shared, addresses and photos to exchange, and plans for future trips to discuss...and of course lots of excellent food and beverages to help the process along!
Today's walk along the cliffs is rated EASY. The walk is a little over an hour, with a trail surface of mostly hard packed dirt, Although there are some small ups and downs, there is little to no elevation gain.
Day 8 - Farewell Ireland!
Your Go Get Lost tour ends after breakfast today. Your guide can assist you with arranging a taxi to nearby Shannon airport.
Due to availability at the time of booking, hotels listed may change to similar hotels
Killarney - 5 Star The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens One of the leading 5 star luxury hotels Ireland has to offer, overlooking the famous Gap of Dunloe, set on its own 64 acre estate leading to the ruins of the 12th century castle and River Laune. The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens is one of the finest luxury hotels Ireland has to offer, boasting magnificent 5 star hotel accommodation in Kerry, Ireland, only 5 miles from Killarney town.
Dingle – 3 Star Dingle Benners Hotel With old world charm and elegance the Dingle Benners Hotel is one of the most luxurious Dingle hotels, offering you the best of both worlds - traditional Irish warmth and comfort coupled with the best of modern facilities. Dingle Benners is regarded as one of the best located Kerry hotels, an ideal base for you to tour the magnificent Dingle Peninsula and surrounding areas.
Ennis - 4 Star Old Ground Hotel A beautifully restored 18th century manor house hotel in Ennis town centre, County Clare. This stylish ivy-clad hotel is opposite the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul centrally located on the narrow winding streets of Ennis.
“The trip was even more than I imagined! The small group made it possible to go places other groups could not. The walks were delightful, the scenery breathtaking. Joan and Steve were great hosts, sharing their love of Ireland and giving us the best places to eat, pub, and shop. We never once went to a place that had giant tour buses and hundreds of tourists. Go. Get. Lost.” -Mary Kay
- 7 Nights, Double Occupancy Accommodations at Listed Hotels or similar
- Meals as Specified, 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
- Gap of Dunloe Walk
- Annascaul Walk
- Lac Adoon Walk
- Slea Head Drive and Edge of the World Walk
- Cliffs of Moher Walk
- Boat Trip Through Killarney National Park
- Visits to Lots of Unique Villages and Towns; Ballydavid, Tralee, etc.
- Transportation once the tour has begun. The motorcoaches and vans we use are modern and air conditioned.
- All ferry, coach and taxi transfers as specified in itinerary.
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in itinerary
- Completely escorted by your Go Get Lost tour leader
- All gratuities for meals, local guides, coach drivers, etc. (Does NOT include gratuity for primary local tour leader.)
- A lifetime of unforgettable memories
What´s not Included
- Airfare package
- Arrival and departure transfers. Tour begins at the Dunloe Castle hotel near Killarney on the afternoon of Day 1, and the tour ends in Ennis at the Old Grounds Hotel after breakfast on the morning of day 8. Your tour leader can assist you with transportation to Shannon airport or onward to other destinations in Ireland.
- Visa fees, if applicable
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary (All group meals include water)
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details)
- Single supplement charge
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.