Welcome to The Erin Way
, an adventurous road trip in Ireland intended for the unusual traveler who routinely makes a point of avoiding the usual.
The beauty of Ireland is haunting. Have you ever heard the saying, “You don’t know to know?” That’s the thing about Ireland, you can’t imagine the beauty until you have seen it...and part of that jaw-dropping beauty is underscored by the fact that the Irish have left it alone...just let it be. Once you have been to Ireland and seen for yourself this phenomenon, the combination of some of the most incredible beauty in the world and it’s almost complete preservation, you may leave it and go home but no matter how dusty your photo albums become, you will not be able to get Ireland out of your mind.
Who Should Go?
The Erin Way is an exhilarating road trip for adventurers of all kinds including:
Couples looking for a romantic getaway, spirited women’s groups, hikers, bikers and likers of gardens...photographers, poets, painters, musicians and lovers of 18th, 19th and 20th century architecture, literature and history.
Where Is The Erin Way?
If you want to see the greatly preserved Ireland, go west. The Erin Way is a 10 day road trip beginning and ending in the west of Ireland at the Shannon airport and covers Gougane Barra, the Beara Peninsula, the Gap of Dunloe, the Dingle Peninsula and Connemara. Our goal in creating the Erin Way is to avoid areas where the tour buses go and eliminate crowds and tourist sites while seeking out the most beautiful areas in Ireland.
What Will I See On The Erin Way?
For the most part, The Erin Way hugs the coastal area of the Atlantic Ocean and you will see in this region some of the most spectacular shoreline and dramatic peninsulas the world has to offer. We try to stay in or at least visit most of the quaint seaport villages here which often have beautiful harbors and bustling wharfs perfect for boat spotting. If you are drawn to water scapes, you will find yourself surrounded by ocean, lakes, bubbling streams and waterfalls. Some of the most spectacular beaches we have ever seen anywhere are located on The Erin Way and, yet, tend to be isolated and pristine. If you desire, you can take a cruise up the Killary, Ireland’s stunning fjord or spend exhilarating days out on the Dingle Peninsula, once voted by the National Geographic Photographers as the most beautiful place in the world.
Many visitors are surprised to learn that much of this region also contains majestic mountains that seem to change color on a minute-by-minute basis and absolutely lush deep-pitched valleys intertwined by narrow, winding lanes. On the route, also, are beautiful manor homes and castle hotels with sweeping grounds, lively wee villages with fascinating and intact Old World architecture, thatched roof cottages ringed by riotous gardens, ruins visited by St.Patrick himself, and an Abbey built in the deep-country over 800 years ago and still active today. Also included are several sites associated with the 1916 Uprising that most people, even those who have been to Ireland frequently, have never seen.
You will drive the Joyce country’s mystical mountainous roads through luxuriant, green valleys dotted with white cottages and fuzzy sheep with pencil-thin legs, and be so reminded of what life must have been like one hundred years ago that you yourself might be moved to stop by the wayside and start writing poetry. You will have the opportunity to partake in the craic (activity and conversation in the pubs) and great traditional Irish music, which if you are lucky may include fiddles, guitars, harmonicas, concertinas, the bodhrans (Irish drums), tin whistles, harps and even bagpipes, depending on the time of year. If you are a golfer, it is easy to modify your journey and take an afternoon or two off to enjoy some of the most famous and breathtaking links courses in the world.
But, we have to warn you about something: If you can’t sit on a rock and be all alone on the shore of an untouched, sapphire-shaded mountain lake where the only sound you hear is coming from your own breathing and the only connection you have to humanity is the refection of yourself in lake water as clear as Perrier, don’t read on. If you don’t dare follow an unmarked twin-rutted path that twists up a steep mountain side and disappears into the mist or if you aren’t thunderstruck at the sight of seeing 3 or 4 waterfalls at the same time without moving your head, this road is not for you. If you don’t have the energy to pull the car over fast and hard with gravel flying, frantically grab your camera, and dozens of times each day bolt out of the front seat like a gazelle being chased by a lion, don’t bother going on. And, if losing track of time makes you nervous and fidgety and you can’t imagine yourself alone in a 600 year old graveyard in the wet-black darkness of midnight because you neglected to notice the sun going down, don’t read on and whatever you do, don’t follow The Erin Way.
Ireland On My Mind