With its lush green landscapes and inviting coastlines, rich history, and friendly people, Ireland attracts more than 11 million visitors each year—more than double its population. Greenlife Tours T/A Ireland Ways offers a unique way to experience “the land of a thousand welcomes” through its hiking and cycling tours. Vice president Tony Flynn explains that the tours allow travelers to see and experience the beauty of his country in a new way.
All nine tours are inn-to-inn style: Travelers walk or cycle to a new accommodation each night and, along the way, explore the true culture of each new Irish town they visit. While participants walk an average of 20–25 kilometers (12–15 miles) a day, the Greenlife staff transports their luggage from site to site.
The company’s most popular hiking tours in Ireland are the Kerry Camino and the Wicklow Way. The Kerry Camino follows the path formerly taken by pilgrims from all over Ireland who walked to Dingle, a port and departure point for Spain for those walking to Santiago de Compostela as part of the St. James pilgrimage.
Wicklow Way is Ireland’s first marked trail. It starts in the picturesque village of Clonegal, passes through charming Irish towns and villages, crosses the Wicklow Mountains, and ends in Dublin. The trail includes forests, mountains, and Glenmalure, the longest glacial valley in the country.
Greenlife’s most popular bike tour is the Achill Island Greenway. This journey takes cyclists along the Great Western Greenway, a former railway line that is now the longest traffic-free, off-road cycling trail in Ireland. On the way to Achill Island, participants enjoy the sights and scenery, including stunning views of the coastline and ocean.
Whether participants prefer to hike or bike, Greenlife provides a tour that meets their needs based on the tour ratings of Easy, Moderate, or Challenging. For groups wanting less walking or cycling each day, the Greenlife staff will customize a trip and add other transportation as needed.
Top photo: The Kerry Camino path
Photos by Greenlife Tours T/A Ireland Ways
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