All information below is from the Wild Atlantic Way tour that was scheduled for April of 2021 and is now postponed to October 16, 2021. The same itinerary is planned as it was for the April tour. However, Ken is still in the process of confirming specific tour stops, hotels, etc., and the final itinerary will be posted as soon as this is completed. The April 2021 itinerary below is provided for informational purposes. Click here to read Ken's blog with a daily report of his 2019 Wild Atlantic Way tour: KEN'S 2019 TOUR BLOG
The Wild Atlantic Way Tour October 16 to 25, 2021 tentative itinerary and 2021 tour application
Ken's 2019 tour included a wonderful group from Butte, Montana visiting the lands of their forebears, the copper mines of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and touring on up the West Coast to Co. Mayo. The group will visit Bantry, Castletownbere, Dunboy Castle, Gougan Barra, Mizen Head Lighthouse, Cliffs of Moher, Galway City, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Achill Island, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin City.
The tour begins and ends at Dublin Airport on Saturday, April 17, 2021 and ending on April 26. The tour includes 3 nights in Bantry, Co. Cork, 1 night in Galway, Co. Galway, 3 nights in Westport, Co. Mayo and 2 nights in Dublin, Co. Dublin. Cost is $2,800 per person. (Sharing a room, Double or Twin) and $3,200 per person. (Single - LIMITED AVAILABILITY). Included: 9 nights Hotels, Breakfast and Dinner, Luxury Coach, Porterage, Meal gratuity. Not Included: Air travel, Lunches, Driver gratuity and Travel Insurance. For more information, see me at a show, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (310) 569-1062.
Comments from previous tour guests
"Going to Ireland on one of Ken O'Malley's tours is a far more moving and captivating experience than any typical trip to the Emerald Isle. As any fan of Ken knows, he embodies everything he sings about--and all of his songs are richly filled with his whole heart and soul. Ireland comes alive on one of Ken's trips as it never could on other tours--for he lives and breathes the land as he gives you his word's-eye-view of all his favorite sights. Seeing Ireland through the eyes of a deeply passionate man who was born and raised there makes all the difference....every town, or road, or church, or graveyard becomes something unforgettably beautiful, painful, boisterous, amusing, sorrowful....all because you live each step of the journey with a man whose very blood is made up of the rivers of his homeland." M.D.
"A Ken O'Malley tour feels like a family affair. not your typical bus caravan from one tourist trap to another. Rather, a return with Ken to the places he loved when he lived here. Hearing, directly from him, the history and his own personal impressions of the sites we visited made for a memorable tour of this beautiful country." L.R. and J.R. (three time tour guests with Ken O'Malley)
"This is my third trip to Ireland. All have been with bands and fans. I have enjoyed this trip with Ken O'Malley the most. It was like touring Ireland with family. We visited sites that the other tours did not. John Costelloe was an excellent local guide as well. I would definitely recommend a trip to Ireland with Ken O'Malley to anyone who is interested in seeing more than just pubs and tourist attractions." A.M.
"We had a fantastic time. Call it 'The Luck of the Irish" if you will. I wanted to connect with our family's Irish roots and sought out a tour that wasn't the usual. We wanted a genuine experience with genuine people, not the large overpowering and out of control generic tours that we found again and again through large and corporate travel agents. Fortunately, going to the internet and finding this small, unique and genuine adventure sounded exactly what I wanted for my daughter and myself to be comfortable and fulfilled. The small, music based experience, appealed to us and the cost and itinerary matched or exceeded any other we could find. We were not disappointed! Ken O'Malley and his friends, are genuine people. Not knowing anyone soon was lost in the welcoming and warm group that met us at the airport in Dublin. We will never forget the Irish hospitality and the fantastic experience and friends we found on this tour." J.N. and L.N. (Chicago)
"This is our third trip to Ireland and second with Ken. Even so, there was so much new to see. The experience was immeasurably richer with Ken's music" S.W.
"Our second trip to Ireland and it was definitively the best yet." J.P., D.P. and G.P.
"We loved the trip. I just wish there was more time! We loved all the stops we made and we loved hearing Ken the most." J.R. and S.R.
"Ken O'Malley's tours of Ireland are different from other tours in that he takes great pride in bringing people to his homeland and making them feel at home. He goes to different places than many of the other tours; one example is Clare Island just off Westport to see one the castles owned by pirate queen Grace O'Malley, whom he proudly claims as an ancestor. Through it all, Ken shares his vast knowledge of Irish history and brings to life the tales told in traditional Irish ballads. His performances while on the tour are at small, intimate locations, and make the entire group feel like family. I would highly recommend any of his tours as you may come a stranger, but will leave as a friend." D.T.