The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Walking the West Country

Butterfield & Robinson
800-678-1147, 416-864-1354
5$3,525tourist hotels
Country Walkers
10$2,250tourist hotels
Hidden Ireland Tours
32$2,150tourist hotels
75$1,880-$2,080tourist hotels
Wilderness Travel
800-368-2794, 510-558-2488
4$2,395-$2,895tourist hotels

The Route: Rambling for seven to ten days along the windswept coasts and green meadows of Dingle Bay, Connemara, and the Aran Islands, followed by nightly pub-crawling and stays in centuries-old country inns.

When to go: March to October

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Travel advisory: If you take a taxi, sit in front with the driver. He'll be offended by your standoffishness if you ride big-city style.

High/low points:

  • Eating fresh mussels steamed in water and whiskey while listening to your guide play the fiddle at the local pub.
  • The notorious "Irish traffic jam" — hundreds of sheep blocking your path.

Copyright 1998, Outside magazine

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