Our running trip begins with eating! We start with a welcome lunch in Dublin, giving everyone the opportunity to meet each other and discuss everything that we’ve got in store for the coming week. Once everyone is well-fed we will leave the capital, heading across the country to the rugged terrain of the Connemara region in Galway. Those who just flew in may be sleepy, but try to stay awake – it’s a beautiful drive to Leenane, our destination for the night. We’ll stay at a friendly, locally-owned adventure center with comfortable rooms and stunning views of the Killary Fjord, where you can rest up for tomorrow’s morning run.
Running: No scheduled run
Meals: Lunch, dinner (LD)
Rested and acclimatized you’ll wake up for a light breakfast and then get ready for our first run! The route will take you up into the mountains lining Killary Fjord along the route of an annual mountain running event. This is classic Irish mountain running: a boggy, off-trail route that requires sheep-dodging and follows a ridgeline up around a horseshoe valley. Don’t forget to turn around on those steep climbs and soak in the views out across the fjord and across to the mountains of Mayo further north! After the run we will assess the sheep wrangling skills of the group by visiting a local sheep farm and partaking in some seasonal sheep tasks. Afterward we'll embark on a spectacular drive through Connemara, past Galway City and down into the Burren region of County Clare. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and cozying up in the village pub.
Running: 11 mi/18km; 3000ft/1000m gain; off-trail, bog, mountain, road finish
Today the nearby Cliffs of Moher are our destination, but we will be dodging the tourists and taking the lesser-trodden path. A rolling 9 miles will take you along stunning single track right on the edge of the towering cliffs. Enjoy a sense of satisfaction as you pass through the throngs of sightseers at the visitor’s center, knowing that some of the best views are found on quiet spots along the trail, awaiting those who put in the effort to get there. Your cliff run will only be the beginning of today’s challenge: obviously we don’t want to give it all away, but you can expect a boat, more running and an Irish scavenger hunt on an island. A hearty meal and a cosy pub mark the finish line…
Running: ~13 mi/21km; no significant gain; single-track trail and pavement
Our challenge on Day 3 will put us in need of an early morning ferry! We then drive further south into County Kerry: the Kingdom. The beautiful drive will take us to the Dingle peninsula, widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest gems. Upon arrival we'll stretch the legs with a relatively low-key (but view-heavy) run that serves as a warmup for the following day and that hopefully leaves you with enough extra energy for a special post-run challenge! That night, enjoy Dingle Town and get some rest; we've got a big day tomorrow.
Running: 10mi/17km, 1000ft/330m gain; single track, gravel road, some pavement
After breakfast we will start our run on the north side of Dingle’s mountain range and climb up and over the mountain on rugged single track. We will pass through a valley where, legend says, Cu Chulainn fought a battle to rescue Scal, who gives her name to nearby Annascaul Lough and Annascaul village. Our run will end in the village, which was the birthplace of modern day legendary Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean.
Running: 11 miles, 1700ft/520m gain; single track, gravel road, some pavement
It’s just a short drive to Killarney, one of the most well-known stops on the Ring of Kerry and home to a gorgeous national park full of forests, waterfalls and lakes. Once we arrive we'll kick off the run with an easy cruise through some of the area’s sightseeing highlights. Eventually the paved paths will turn to dirt, and you'll soon find yourself finishing out the run with a big, challenging climb, an equally challenging descent and an absolutely stunning reward of a view in between. Once done, the afternoon is all about recovery and relaxation; enjoy a nap, exploring the town or all of the above.
Running: up to 14 mi/23km, 2300ft/700m gain; pavement, dirt path, singletrack trail
The finale: we’ve saved the biggest and best for last! Weather permitting (this day may become Day 6 depending on weather window) we will take on one of Ireland’s iconic routes: an epic traverse along the heart of the Macgillycuddy Reeks. Starting at the Gap of Dunloe, you head up the slopes of Stickeen Mountain (440m). From there you traverse the Eastern Reeks over summits including Cnoc an Bhráca (731m), Cruach Mhór (932m), The Big Gun (939m), Cnoc na Péiste (988m), Maolán Buí (932), Cnoc an Chuillinn (958m), Cnoc na Toinne (845m) and finally to the summit of Carrauntoohil (1,039m), Irelands highest mountain before descending to the finish. This is a point-to-point effort involving some moderate scrambling, exposed sections, possible strong winds and rain. Once committed there is no turning back!
Running: 14 miles, 6000ft/1800m gain; single-track, rocky scrambling (full distance required!)
Wake up for a final Irish breakfast before transferring to the Cork airport for departures.
Running: No scheduled run
PRICING & DETAILS
Saturday, September 1 - Saturday, September 8, 2018
This trip begins with a welcome lunch in Dublin and then a drive to Connemara afterward. Participants are encouraged to arrive in Dublin at least one day before our trip begins and then meet at the lunch. Airport transfers will be provided for those who choose to fly in on the 1st, but please ensure that your flight lands no later than 10am. Those who are already in Dublin will be responsible for getting themselves to our welcome lunch (location to be provided after registration). The trip will finish in Cork on the 8th; we will provide transfers to that airport (ORK) on that day for flights departing no earlier than 12 noon.
An ultra-running background is not required, but strong distance running abilities, some experience in the mountains and a sense of adventure is a must! Participants should arrive prepared to cover the full distance each day.
A $600 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Standard Pricing (through May 1): $3950
Late Pricing (after May 1): $4100
We prioritize unique, family-run accommodation which are often limited in size. Because of this we are unable to offer single rooms for this trip; solo travelers will be placed with a same-sex roommate.
Balances due by May 1, 2018. Registrations after that date must be paid in full. Please refer to the FAQs on our website for our cancellation & refund policy.
- Pre-trip guidance + communication
- Arrival transfer from Dublin airport (DUB) on September 1
- Departure transfer to the Cork airport (ORK) on September 8
- Transportation: clean, comfortable minibuses, fuel, tolls, and professional drivers
- Seven nights in comfortable bed & breakfast style accommodation (double occupancy)
- Six unique organized and supported runs
- All entry fees, boat tickets, etc per the itinerary
- Experienced Rogue Expeditions & Fuego y Agua trip leaders plus a local logistics team
- All meals + snacks from lunch on arrival day until breakfast on departure day
- Endurance Adventure Ireland tech shirt
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Alcohol and beverages other than water (coffee, tea & juices are provided with breakfasts)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal purchases/souvenirs
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 14 runners. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early deposits are recommended!
US citizens will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity left; no visas or vaccinations are required. Participants from other countries should check with their consulate for entry requirements.
Please note that travel insurance is strongly recommended. Although we hope you never need it, we've seen enough to know that it can be a lifesaver in the event of a medical emergency, flight delays that cause you to miss the start of the trip, lost baggage or cancellation on your part (broke your leg two weeks before departure? Insurance could cover the entire cost of your trip!).
Allison Macsas at email@example.com