Castles | Cliffs | Guided Trail Runs | Irish Pubs | Wellness Workshops | Natural Running Clinics | Charming Hotels
While Ireland isn’t that far from North America, this magical land can feel a world away. Our friends at Trail Running Ireland advised us on where to find the Emerald Isle’s hidden trail-running gems, which is where we’ll take you on this seven-day adventure. From the rolling, heather-covered hills of the Wicklow Mountains to soaring Cliffs of Moher to Killarney’s majestic waterfalls, this retreat immerses you in Irish running culture, history and beauty.
Soon after you arrive in Dublin, we leave the city far behind in our private charter motorcoach and escape to Glendalough, steeped in history, evident through every turn at the charming inns, cozy pubs and castle ruins dating back millennia. Our daily runs, which vary in length from one to 3+ hours, take us along boardwalks, over rolling hills, along serene lakeshores and along breathtaking clifftops. Each day offers up something different: a lively lunch at an historic Irish pub, live traditional music, hearty meals and scenic drives through the Irish countryside.
And of course, to balance out all fun and adventure, we’ve also left time free for shopping, quiet contemplation or a relaxing spa treatment. Let this country’s warm hospitality, natural beauty and tonifying salty air fill your heart and invigorate your spirit. As with any retreat we offer, you never know what spontaneous moments may take place; once our Irish running guide, upon encountering a hiker who happened to be from her same home town, broke out into “sean nós” (traditional Irish song) in acknowledgement of their kinship.
You’re in for a special treat when you run with us on the Emerald Isle’s most stunning and famous trails like The Wicklow Way, Valley of Glendalough, Cliffs of Moher and Killarney National Park. Even if you’re new to trail running or don’t usually run consecutive days in a row, you’ll surprise yourself with how you feel when you employ the mindful running techniques offered by your retreat leader.
This fully guided running retreat will take you through Ireland’s most stunning natural landscapes, fascinating historic sites and off-the-beaten path trails and hidden gems that only our locally based guides know about. Freed from the burden of having to think about navigating, planning meals or taking care of others, you are able to focus fully on your self and your well-being.
This Retreat is Level II
This retreat is rated Level II. This means it’s suitable for you if:
You’re comfortable running/hiking six days in a row. Our shortest run is 30 minutes, but most are around 3 to 4 hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
You must be able run at least 8 miles on the road.
You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections. These trails feature a variety of surfaces, not all of which are easy to run on, but your retreat leader will provide tips and techniques for navigating the terrain and pacing yourself in this hilly environment.
You're OK with some exposure to cliffs or other high terrain
You’re game for running in the rain (don’t worry about what to wear; we provide you with a comprehensive packing list).
You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes.
Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/
Mindful Running Workshops
Focus on efficiency: Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain. Then put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.
Trail Running in Ireland
Located in the Northern Atlantic, Ireland's vast landscape is characterized by agricultural lowlands, hills, lakes and bogs surrounded by coastal mountains. Known as the Emerald Isle for its lush vegetation, this is a diverse island of extraordinary natural beauty and has a deep artistic and historical heritage.
The weather in Ireland is mild and ideal for trail running, as the country typically avoids the extreme temperature fluctuations. In September, the temperatures are typically between 48 and 55 degrees. We undoubtedly will encounter wind and some rain, however. For this reason, we recommend carrying a light wind/rain shell jacket on every run.
We spend most of our time at sea level, so elevation is not a factor in this retreat. A couple of our runs do take us into the "mountains" though these are low mountains that take us no more than a few hundred feet above sea level.
The trails we're running are well-established, and some have been in use for millennia. The trail surfaces include dirt road, wide dirt pathways, singletrack trail and boardwalks (to traverse the shoe-sucking mud bogs!).
6 Nights in Charming Irish Hotels
Traditional Irish Pub Meals
In recent years, typical Irish food has experienced a bit of a renaissance, predominantly because of a renewed interest in fresh, local ingredients. With verdant green hills and pastures, there’s a huge opportunity for locally grown produce as well as some of the best beef, pork, and lamb in the world. There’s also some amazing seafood to be eaten, and not just fish and chips. Irish dishes include more than just meat, potatoes, and cabbage. We've sought out some of the coziest, renowned Irish pubs along our travel route for lunches and dinners that don't just satiate but also immerse us in the culture and history that make Irish pubs so cherished the world over.
60-Minute Massage at the Spa at Muckross
This award-winning, Gothic-inspired spa is a world with unrivalled levels of tranquility and relaxation. Designed to reflect the unique nature of our surroundings, nothing has been spared in the luxurious layout of contemporary monastic elegance. Here, you can come and unwind while our large team of specially-trained therapists pamper you from head to toe with an extensive list of exclusive treatments. Then, simply lose yourself for an hour or two of utter indulgence across our Vitality Suite, thermal area, herbal sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. By the time you leave your Killarney spa break, you’ll feel utterly revived.
Enhance your retreat package with a spa massage and time to relax in the spa area one afternoon after a run. Massages will be scheduled for day 5 or 6 of the itinerary, as time allows.
Transformational Travel Journal
Begin your mindful travel experience before leaving home with the Transformational Travel Journal
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