The trip begins 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 begin the journey to the Connemara region on the west coast. 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 beautiful, locally-owned lodge with stunning views of the Killary Fjord and enjoy a locally-sourced, home cooked dinner before resting up for tomorrow’s morning run.
Running: No scheduled run Meals: Lunch & dinner (LD) included
DAY 2: RUN THE FJORD (AND KAYAK IT TOO!)
Wake up for a light breakfast and then get ready for our first run! The historically signifiant route (we’ll tell you all about it) will take you along Ireland’s only fjord, passing sheep farms and homestead ruins with views of the beautifully desolate Twelve Bens mountain range the entire way. Finish with lunch back at the lodge and enjoy some downtime before some optional afternoon sea kayaking. That night we’ll dig into another home cooked feast and - weather permitting - kick back around the fire pit.
Running: up to 13 miles; pavement, gravel road & grass path Meals: BLD
DAY 3: SMALL VILLAGE, BIG REPUTATION
After a light breakfast we’ll head out for another morning run along the meandering Erriff River (look for salmon!) before packing up and heading south along the Wild Atlantic Way towards the village of Doolin. That evening we’ll get a dramatic close-up look at the area’s best-known landmark - the Cliffs of Moher! - from the water. Later, spend the evening strolling the small village, and enjoying Doolin’s other big claim to fame - traditional Irish pub music!
Running: up to 10 miles; pavement, dirt road & trail Meals: BLD
DAY 4: RUN THE CLIFFS
It’s time to see Doolin’s most well-known sight by way of a less-common method – running! After breakfast we’ll hit the trail, running along the edge of the world-famous, vertigo-inducing Cliffs of Moher. 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. Take your camera, take your time and expect more than a few jaw-dropping moments! Finish with lunch back at the lodge before hitting the road once more as we head for the Dingle Peninsula, often claimed to be the most beautiful area of the country and our home for the next two nights.
Running: 8 miles; single track trail Meals: BLD included
DAY 5: SEE IT ALL ALONG THE DINGLE WAY
After breakfast we’ll head over to the westernmost point of mainland Ireland to begin our run. This one has just about everything - pavement, trail, off-trail, beaches, history, famous film sites and jaw-dropping views! You’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy lunch, recover and explore the town of Dingle before dinner. Then, don’t stay out too late - tomorrow is a big run!
Running: up to 9 miles; pavement, single track, grass path, beach Meals: BLD included
DAY 6: CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE IN KILLARNEY
After an early breakfast we’ll pack up and take a short drive over to Killarney, where we’ll kick things off with a gentle cruise through some of the area’s sightseeing highlights. Soon the paved paths will turn to forest paths, and those who choose to go the full distance will find themselves finishing out the run with a true taste of Irish mountain running: a big, challenging climb, an equally challenging descent and a stunning reward of a view (and probably a lot of wind!) in between. Help yourself to a cafe lunch at the finish line, then we’ll head down the road to settle into our B&B where you’ll be free to enjoy a nap, explore the town or all of the above before dinner at a local brewery.
Running: Up to 13 miles; pavement, dirt road & trail Meals: BD included (lunch is OYO today)
DAY 7: CASTLE, BOAT, RUN, PUB!
Our final run may be a recovery run, but it’ll be one to remember! After breakfast we’ll grab our gear and catch a boat that will take us from a castle, through the Lower, Middle and Upper Lakes and eventually to the Black Valley with lots of local lore to keep us company during the journey. From there we begin running the gently rolling road through the overwhelmingly beautiful Gap of Dunloe. The run finishes with lunch at a legendary local pub, where we’ll kick back until everyone has finished and had a chance to refuel. From there, it’s time to soak in your final afternoon in Ireland before we all gather for a special farewell dinner.
Running: 7 miles; pavement Meals: BLD included
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Wake up for one last full Irish breakfast before transferring to the Cork airport for departures.