Please note that most listed run distances can be shortened or lengthened - all abilities accommodated! - and that itinerary is subject to minor adjustments due to weather, logistical considerations, etc.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL + GO WEST
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 (& 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
DAY 3 | SMALL VILLAGE, BIG REPUTATION
After a light breakfast we’ll head out for another morning run 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 claim to fame - the Cliffs of Moher! - from the water. Later, spend the evening strolling the small village, enjoying dinner and cozying up in the pub.
Running: up to 10 miles; pavement & trail
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 the long run!
Running: up to 13 miles; pavement, single track, grass path, beach
Meals: BLD included
DAY 6 | THE LONG RUN
Long run day! 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 dirt, and those who 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 an absolutely 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 16 miles; pavement & 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. 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: 6.5 miles; pavement
Meals: BLD included
DAY 8 | DEPARTURE
Wake up for one last Irish breakfast before transferring to the Cork airport for departures.
Running: No scheduled run
Meals: B included
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to changes due to weather or other logistical considerations**
PRICING & DETAILS
DATES: Sunday, August 18- Sunday, August 25, 2019
All levels welcome! Daily run maximums are listed on the itinerary and there are no minimums nor time restrictions (and if you want more mileage, we can make it happen).
A $600 deposit secures your spot. Registrations after May 18 will be due in full.
Early price (through May 18): $3845
Standard price (after May 18): $3995
Private room upgrade (4 available): $550
We prioritize unique, family-run accommodation which are often limited in size. Because of this we have just 4 private rooms available; solo travelers will otherwise be placed with a same-sex roommate.
Balances due by May 18, 2019. Please refer to the FAQs on our website for our cancellation & refund policy.
Pre-trip guidance + communication
Arrival transfer from Dublin airport (DUB) on August 18
Departure transfer to the Cork airport (ORK) on August 25
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 (flex distances)
Cliffs of Moher cruise, final run boat transport, sea kayaking and entry fees for other planned activities (weather dependent!)
Experienced Rogue Expeditions trip leaders & and local logistics team
All breakfasts, all dinners and all but one lunch from lunch on arrival day until breakfast on departure day
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COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Alcohol and beverages other than water (coffee, tea & juices are provided with breakfasts)
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!
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 us at lunch to ensure that flight delays do not cause you to miss the start of the trip (plus, you’ll want to see Dublin!). Airport transfers will be provided for those who choose to fly in on the 18th, but please ensure that your flight lands no later than 10am.
The trip will finish in Cork on August 25; we will provide transfers to that airport (ORK) on that day and are also happy to get you to the bus/train station or a hotel if needed. Please ensure that your flight/bus/train departs no earlier than 12 noon.
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!).
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