SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
4 nights stay, 3 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
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This West Donegal Hike shows you a breath-taking land! Filled with beautiful mountains, lakes and valleys surrounded by the Wild Atlantic Way. Its coastline offers beautiful safe, sandy beaches that are never crowded. The sea offers a kaleidoscope of colours as it rolls onto the land. This West Donegal Hike brings you over a land that is rich in heritage and folklore. In return it contains a wealth of culture and a people that are so eager to have you discover their land, their friendliness is infectious.
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Arrive to Donegal town & from there, transfer by bus to the lovely village of Ardara. Collect your Detailed Information Pack & enjoy this lovely & lively village, well known for its tweed making & also its music. From Dublin Airport there is a direct bus service to Donegal town & from there, a local bus service to Ardara.
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Today you will be leaving Ardara to walk to Kilcar & from there transfer to your accommodation in Carrick. This walk follows along the magnificent Glengesh Pass an amazing V-shaped valley with some of the most spectacular scenery you could wish to see. Continuing over bogland & through forestry you then descend to the village of Kilcar with wonderful views over Donegal Bay. Kilcar is famous for its woollen & tweed industry & your walk finishes just across from one of the factory shops here where you can get a welcome cup of tea or coffee as well as an opportunity to see their beautiful range of clothing. From here you can ring for your taxi to bring you on to your accommodation for the next 2 nights in Carrick. Your luggage will already be here.
Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Duration: 5-6 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Road walking, grass and muddy tracks, bogland & rocky paths. Can be very wet underfoot. 75% road walking today but boots are essential for the section off road.
Starting from your accommodation in Carrick – or if you wish – you can start from Kilcar – you follow a lovely coastal track out of the village & around Derrylahan hill to continue on to Crockunna. From there you parallel with the road to Glencolmcille with fabulous views as you get closer to this wonderful corner of Ireland. Descending into Glencolmcille village – you can then ring for your taxi back to Carrick for your 2nd night. Overnight in Carrick.
Walk Details: Distance: 15kms with optional extra 5kms. Duration: 5-6 hours. Max. Height: 220m. Road & track walking, also grass tracks – rocky and muddy in places, open hillside & bogland. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Today you will be dropped back to Glencolmcille where you start walking a beautiful and very remote route back to the village of Ardara. With glorious views across Glen Head and Donegal bay, you then descend to Port & walk through this beautiful valley before ascending Crockuna & then walking beside the Owenwee River you continue through another magnificent valley to finish close to Ardara.
Walk Details: Distance: 20kms with additional 5kms at end if you wish. Duration: 6-7 hours. Max. Height: 320m. Road & track walking, some grassy & boggy tracks – rocky and muddy in places. Open hillside & bogland. Can be wet and muddy underfoot – boots essential.
From Ardara, you can avail of the daily bus service back to Donegal town – leaving at 08.15hrs & taking approx. 30 mins. Once in Donegal town, you can connect by bus with most major towns & cities in Ireland or take advantage of the direct bus route to Dublin Airport.