Wolfhound Adventure Tours’ eight-day trip to southern Ireland’s formidable castles features tours of iconic fishing villages, hikes on wind-strewn beaches, and recovery in the country’s coziest neighborhood pubs. But this isn’t just a fireside tour of Ireland's finest drinking establishments. Body-numbing adventures include cycling the Ring of Kerry, horseback riding the Derrynane Strand, hiking Killarney National Park, sea kayaking with seals, and surfing the frigid break off Castlegregory Beach. Count down the New Year in Gaelic in the seaside town of Dingle, a quaint fishing village that's home to nearly 2,000 people and 56-odd pubs, with what else: the finest stout known to Irishmen. Come mentally prepared. The people here know how to party. They like their beer dark, their whiskey strong, and they can cut a mean jig to whatever the hottest local fiddlers are playing. Each night, you’ll find respite at an adorable bed and breakfast. Then, it’s off to visit the fabled Cliffs of Moher. Follow that with a cruise to Inis Mór, the largest of the three limestone Aran Islands. Bike between tiny hamlets as you climb to the 3,000-year-old prehistoric stone fortress Dún Aonghasa, which sits on the brink of a 300-foot-tall cliff. $1,541; Dec. 29 - Jan. 5, 2012.
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