Blend vigorous tramps with insightful cultural visits as you explore Ireland's dramatic west coast. In addition to hikes along the Gap of Dunloe, the Dingle Peninsula, the Aran Isles, and Connemara, you'll discover iconic and lesser known cultural sites and enjoy a tasty pint and Irish hospitality at local pubs.

Starting at: $5,795 Register Interest or Call 833-254-6678
 Hiking through breathtaking landscapes in Ireland  The Gap of Dunloe  Landscape of the fabled Aran Islands  Typical scene of musicians in a pub. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Ring fort, Dingle Peninsula. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Conor Pass, the Dingle Peninsula. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Stone fences along the Dingle Peninsula  Whiskey distillery, Dingle Peninsula. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  The village of Dingle  The 15th-century Ross Castle, outside Killarney  Typical landscape in Ireland. Credit: Ireland Tourism  The 12th-century Kilkenny Castle  Kilkenny street scene. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Sheep dogs working their herd  The Connemara landscape. Credit: Ireland Tourism  Connemara's Kylemore Castle, once an abbey and school   The village of Clifden. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Galway Bay  Street scene in Galway. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau

Hiking the Emerald Isle

11 days from $5,795

Blend vigorous tramps with insightful cultural visits as you explore Ireland's dramatic west coast. In addition to hikes along the Gap of Dunloe, the Dingle Peninsula, the Aran Isles, and Connemara, you'll discover iconic and lesser known cultural sites and enjoy a tasty pint and Irish hospitality at local pubs.

or Call 833-254-6678

Enrichment

All Active Journeys trips feature the Smithsonian hallmark of quality and educational enrichment. By working with MT Sobek, top adventure specialists, you can feel confident in top-notch arrangements and Adventure Guides. Since 1969, MT Sobek has offered small-group adventure travel driven by a love of exploration and sharing special places worldwide with others. In collaboration with their world-class team of knowledgeable travel experts, Smithsonian Journeys offers this new collection of active tours, all of which are exclusive to Smithsonian Journeys. These special journeys provide insider access to fascinating destinations, seen from an engaging and active perspective, with top Adventure Guides and local experts along the way.

Adventure Guides  

Smithsonian Active Journeys Adventure Guides are highly accomplished professionals who know their regions like the back of their hands and are key to the success of every trip. Among this enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly competent team we have naturalists, conservationists, photographers, mountaineers, rafters, and intrepid explorers. While their talents are varied, all share the same qualities of a superb cultural liaison, skilled adventurer, and translator. You will also find that each is a strong leader, cheerleader, problem-solver, and safety nut, plus a fun co-traveler and new-found friend.

Most are locals who live in-country year-round, and others are so in love with the place that it has become their second home. We learn from our guides and are inspired by them every step of the way.

You’ll receive more detailed information about your adventure guide closer to your departure.

Local Experts

Along the way you will meet with local people who are specialists in their area of expertise. Their contributions give additional insight into the culture and traditions, history, and natural world of your destination and provide the opportunity for real immersion.

For example, you may spend time with a paleontologist as you visit caves in Patagonia that have yielded important finds. Learn about wines and cheeses of Tuscany or Provence as you meet with local producers and savor their culinary favorites. Understand life on a sheep farm as the owners describe its wonders and challenges. Meet with a director of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center in Luang Prabang, who explains the importance of arts, crafts, and religious and ritual objects to the Laotian culture. These are just a few of the specialists who will further enhance your journey and provide a deeper understanding of your destination.