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Global Adventures

Ireland

8 days, 6 races, countless adventures

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Welcome to the Wild Atlantic Way!

This all-inclusive running adventure will show you the beauty of the Irish coast!

Every day we will take you on a trail run through the lush forests and coastal trails of Ireland. These races are designed to challenge you, with the reward of stunning views along the way (Don't worry, we often slow down to take it all in). At the end, you'll earn a medal to celebrate!

The runs are topped off with daily meals and afternoon activities to explore the best of this rich historical countryside.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Medieval activities
  • Whiskey tasting

What's included

  • Hotel stays
  • Transport between activities
  • Daily 7-12K races to see breathtaking sights
  • The cost of all included activities in the itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners (including beer and wine!)

Also, SWAG!

Vacation Races always treats you right, but Global Adventures takes it up a notch.

Apart from the awesome medal you'll get at the end of the week, you'll also get some great high quality gear and souvenirs that you'll cherish for years to come.

Your only tasks?

Choose a trip

Booking is easy with just a refundable $500 deposit!

Book your flight

Check the Nitty Gritty for arrival/departure details.

Get covered!

A COVID-19 vaccination is required and we recommend having travel insurance.

  • start your adventure

Registration opens Dec. 3!

$4,200/ per person

only a $500 deposit due at sign-up!


100% risk-free deposit

Registration Policies & FAQs

Got questions?

 Talk with our team!

Ireland Itinerary

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Adventure Overview

  • Day 1: Dublin - Welcome
  • Day 2: Ballina - Mount Falcon
  • Day 3: Carrowteige
  • Day 4: Achill Island 
  • Day 5: Clare Island 
  • Day 6: Galway
  • Day 7: Cliffs of Moher
  • Day 8: Farewells 

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin

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Today, you'll join Event Director Cherie in Dublin. Then, kick-start the week by meeting your fellow adventurers for an optional bus tour of the historical area before relaxing at a beautiful welcome dinner.


Please arrive in Dublin by 12pm to join us for the bus tour!

  • Check-in, area tour (optional), orientation dinner
  • Dublin Hotel (TBD)
  • Dublin, Ireland

Arrival Details

Arrival: Dublin International

Shuttles: We'll coordinate shuttles to the hotel today!

Check-in: Starts at 5pm


Day 2: Ballina

Baily Lighthouse on the edge of Howth Cliff in Ireland

Good morning to the cliffs of Ireland! Our first race is a marvelous introduction to the lush beauty of coastal Ireland. After getting the salty wind in our hair, we'll stop at Scone and Tea for some local treats and settle in for our stay at Mount Falcon.

In the afternoon, we'll have the opportunity to take part in medieval activities around the estate, including archery and falconry. We'll end the day with dinner and a cultural performance here at Mount Falcon.

Race Details

Howth Cliff Walk

Distance: 5 KM

Elevation Gain: 400 FT


Day 3: Carrowteige

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Wake up your taste buds to a delicious wholesome breakfast before we get on the bus to travel along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way to discover Carrowteige, one of the most spectacular undiscovered coastal trails in Ireland. It’s a feast for the eyes, with golden sandy beaches, rugged cliffs jutting into the Atlantic, and of course lots of friendly sheep. At the finish line on a hidden treasure beach, we’ll enjoy a delicious picnic, using only the best of local products.

On our drive back to town we will stop at Ceide fields. The stone-walled fields, extending over hundreds of hectares, are the oldest known globally, dating back almost 6,000 years. They are covered by a natural blanket bog with its own unique vegetation and wildlife. Where we will also see Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Ireland's most impressive cluster of ancient stone tombs. 

Race Details

Carrowteige

Distance: 12 KM

Elevation Gain: 984 FT


Day 4: Achill Island

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We're on the move today, stopping by several landmarks throughout the day and enjoying time on the rugged mountains and sea cliffs that mark Achill Island. We'll get to explore the coast of Ireland in it's wild beauty and see the port towns nestled into the countryside.

We'll have time on sandy beach of Keem Bay, take an abbey tour in Burrishule, and check into our next stay in Westport. 


Dinner & free time on your own.

  • Keem Bay Beach, Burrishule Abbey 
  • The Mariner Hotel
  • Achill Island - Keem Bay - Westport

Race Details

Deserted Village

Distance: 7 KM

Elevation Gain: 656 FT


Day 5: Clare Island

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We're taking a ferry to Clare Island for today's run! This storied island has a rich history of castles, pirates, and the Spanish Armada. We'll end the run at the island's lighthouse and grab lunch at the Sailor's Bar.

What better way to continue a day by the sea than whiskey tastings and telling tales? After the Island, we'll ferry to Roonagh for an afternoon of storytelling and exploring Croagh Patrick mountain.

You'll have free time in the evening to explore Westport!

Race Details

Lighthouse Run

Distance: 6 KM

Elevation Gain: 900 FT


Day 6: Killary Fjord

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Today we're heading out to the Famine Trail of Ireland's only fjord - Killary Fjord. This race brings us under the shadow of the majestic Mweelrea mountains.

Today's activity will have you yipping for more - we'll experience a sheepdog show and soak up the culture of Irish fishing communities. 

Next, it's off to Galway! One of the most unique areas of Ireland, this area is a true gem of rich history where music spills from pubs, traditional crafts like wool knit sweaters are made, and cobbled streets invite you to lose yourself in this beautiful city!

Dinner & free time on your own.

Race Details

Famine Trail

Distance: 10 KM

Elevation Gain: 950 FT


Day 7: Cliffs of Moher

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Well, we've made it to a true treasure of the Irish Isles. Let's celebrate an incredible adventure by running the Cliffs of Moher, iconic sea cliffs that have inspired travelers, geologists, and artists for generations. This UNESCO Global Geopark is a protected area and haven for puffins, falcons, and other seabirds that call the coast home.

We'll finish the day by returning to Dublin and have a free afternoon to relax, enjoy the city, and reflect on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

In the evening we'll gather together one last time for our Celebratory Dinner and spend our final night with good drinks and lots of laughter!

  • Cliffs of Moher, explore Galway, celebratory dinner
  • Dublin hotel (TBD)
  • Westport - Galway, Ireland

Race Details

Cliffs of Moher

Distance: 10 KM

Elevation Gain: 950 FT


Day 8: Farewells

We'll say our goodbyes in Dublin - but the friendships and memories of this trip will never leave us!

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Shuttles available throughout the day

*Although we try to stick to the schedule above, our itinerary is subject to change based on weather and logistics. We will always try to replace activities with a comparable alternative and will inform participants ahead of time.

Scenes from our scouting trip...

Our inaugural trip will be in May 2022. In the meantime, our intrepid Event Director headed out to scope out the sights and find the very best that Ireland has to offer for your adventure.

Below are a few photos from her trip!

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The Nitty-gritty

Now that you're as excited as we are, let's get down to the gritty details of your adventure.

Pricing

Trip Pricing

$4,200 (double occupancy room)
$5,000 (single occupancy room)


Deposit: 

$500

(refundable until 4 months before trip)

Unique Trip Info: 

Final payment for the 2022 Ireland Global Adventures is due 4 months before your trip. Trips are refundable minus a fee until 90 days before your start date. For more info, check the full registration policy

Travel

Trip Meeting Time: Official check-in is at 5pm on Saturday. We recommend arriving at Dublin Airport by the afternoon on Saturday.

Trip Departure Time: We arrive back in Dublin the day before, so you can book a flight anytime on Saturday (or stay in Ireland and continue your adventure...)


Airport Shuttles: Don't fret - we'll coordinate airport shuttles for arrival and departure days. Just send your flight details to our event director ahead of time!

Packing & Prep

Coverage: Every country may have different requirements for entry that are subject to change. Stay up to date to make sure you have everything you need to travel. You may also consider purchasing travel insurance for this epic trip!


And remember - for group safety, all adventurers must have their COVID-19 vaccination. This will be required for check-in.


Packing List: These are fast-paced adventures. We'll send you a packing list before the trip to help you feel ready to tackle...well, just about anything!


Training: Adventurers of all skill levels can enjoy our running adventures. If you want to train, we recommend working up to back-to-back trail runs with varied elevation gain. Our races are 7-12K (~4-8 miles) in length.

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