The Wild Atlantic Way – Galway & Donegal

Spanning 9 counties in West Ireland and a distance of 2,500 km, the Wild Atlantic Way offers jaw-dropping scenery, dreamlike landscapes and an untamed spirit for adventure!

Visit bohemian, medieval Galway, the wild Connemara National Park, the heritage city of Westport and historic Donegal in this unique part of the world!

Galway City is one of the liveliest centres on the west coast of Ireland with a thriving cultural scene, inspiring art, craft shops and creativity, plentiful restaurants for food lovers and an array of festivals on offer including the Galway Sessions traditional Irish music festival in June and the internationally renowned Galway Arts Festival in July. Known as the “City of the Tribes” Galway is a gateway to the unique Irish-speaking Gaeltacht, the Connemara and the Burren region and is a joy to explore with its maze of cobbled streets and colourful shop facades.
The Connemara National Park is one of the wildest and most beautiful regions in the whole of Ireland and a drive through this part of the world is well worth it for the spectacular views.

Hailed as the Riviera of the Atlantic Way and one of Ireland’s most photogenic towns, the bustling and colourful streets of Westport are lined with fine Georgian architecture. The nearby coastline is laden with stunning beaches and Clew Bay, with its 365 islands, one for every day of the year. The surrounding seas are home to countless wildlife wonders, from basking sharks to humpback whales.

Situated at the point where the River Eske flows into Donegal bay, lively Donegal town is a bustling centre and popular destination for tourists. Visit the 15th century castle, cruise the spectacular coastline, visit the Heritage Railway Centre or Craft Centre for an insight into the rich history of tweed manufacturing and local culture. With many local shops, restaurants and bars and festivals in the summer, there is much to do in this charming traditional harbour town.

Jo and her team came up with a fantastic itinerary for our choir and planned everything to the last detail. We always felt we were in safe hands and that they were on the end of a phone to help us with anything we needed. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Rosie SayersChairperson for Sing It Loud Community Choir
Brilliant tour, expertly organised. Kindness and compassion. Nothing was too much trouble. Colin, our driver, was a complete gem and so knowledgeable about the isle. Lovely hotel staff where nothing was too much trouble
Felicity CourageChoir Director, Courage Choir
Sound Escapes did a fantastic job on arrangements for our tour . Would thoroughly recommend Jo to any choir looking to travel . All feedback has been positive from everyone who travelled . The extra care at meeting us at the coach and check in to ensure things ran smoothly went above and beyond .
Don OakleyMalmesbury ChoirOxford 2023
You’ve been patient and kind all the way through this, Jo – especially with it being the first international tour I’ve done, and with all the unforeseen changes to the travel arrangements, so thank you to you and the team.
Sarah MonteithChoir DirectorResound ChoirParis 2023
One of the best tours we have ever undertaken – musically, socially and geographically. Would heartily recommend Sound Escapes to any group considering a tour.
Carole Lindsay-DouglasAmici SingersWeston-Super-Mare 2023
From cathedrals and abbeys, churches and stately homes, all steeped in centuries of history, some in Roman Towns others in quintessential English ‘picture postcard’ villages, every choir and musical ensemble should spend a tour exploring the United Kingdom and Ireland. Whatever part of the country you to choose to visit, by working with a knowledgeable team of people who know the regions inside out from both a tourism and musical perspective, you will be guaranteed the richest of touring experiences
Tim KnightBritish composer and Choral Director

In May 2020 we were due to tour the Stirling area in Scotland and due to the current coronavirus pandemic we took the difficult decision to call off the tour. I’d like to give our thanks and praise to Jo and her team for all the planning and preparation she had done to put the itinerary together – she was able to provide us with an excellent range of stunning concert venues, plus some great suggestions for our leisure time, and we look forward to working with her again soon.

Sally ColesSecretary, Cantamici
Fantastic tour in Bonnie Scotland, enjoyed by all who went, singing and non-singing. Brilliant organisation from Jo who really made it all look so easy.
Kate HymansTour organiser for Masterworks Chorale
Care and attention to detail of the highest degree. The planning with Jo Porter was detailed and meticulous, with nothing being missed, and although she was not involved in the accommodation arrangements, she nevertheless checked it out and acted as an intermediary.
Robin SpencerChoir Secretary, Phoenix Choir
As a Chorister, and eventually Head Chorister in our local church choir for eleven years, Jo was talented, dedicated and could always be relied on to work to the utmost of her undoubted abilities. I would expect that she would apply the same attributes to her professional life
P BuckmasterChoral Director