8-Day Guided Donegal Coast Walk

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GUIDED TOUR

Our expert Guides will ensure you and your group see all the best hiking places in Ireland.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

Participants require a good level of fitness and be capable of walking up to 20km/ 12 mi a day.

€1,295 PPS

“Our walking experience in Donegal with Linda exceeded our expectations – all good!”

– Michael, Australia, 2010

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The Donegal Coast guided walk introduces safe, quiet sandy beaches amidst its rugged shores which surround a tranquil land rich in heritage & folklore. Malin Head, the northernmost point of all Ireland lies in Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Donegal is one of the 9 counties of the Province of Ulster, yet is governed by the Republic of Ireland.
Your first three nights are based in Ardara, the centre of the tweed industry. From here you will visit Glencolmcille, with its picturesque sites, and clime spectacular Slieve League. You then move north to the Gweedore area for the next 4 nights.
You may wish to partake in other activities on your “free day”, or we may arrange a boat trip to one of Donegal’s many islands, weather permitting. Next you climb Errigal, Donegals toughest mountain with a final hike to the cliffs around Horn Head near Dunfanaghy.

5-Day options available on request.

Tour Dates

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  • May 6th – 13th
  • June 3rd – 10th
  • July 1st – 8th
  • July 15th – 22nd*
  • Aug 26th – Sep 2nd
  • Sep 23rd – 30th

Highlights

  • Walk in the Shadow of the Bluestack Mts
  • Visit Slieve League
  • Climb Errigal Mountain

Whats Included?

  • Expert, Experienced, Local Guide for the duration of the tour
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only).
  • 7 Evening Dinners.
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €250.00.
  • Not Included: Any boat trips (eg. ferry to Skellig Islands) | personal drinks | entrance fees to theatres | parks or museums etc. | medical expenses or gratuities.

Day by Day

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Arrive for overnight at your first guesthouse at Ardara. Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week’s hikes.

Your guide will meet you there at 18.00 hrs. for a Briefing Session followed by dinner with the group at 19.00 hrs.

On your first day you will follow the old pilgrimage route at Glencolumbcille, a holy site since the days of St. Columbcille in the 6th century. You will enjoy some wonderful coastal scenery along the way and visit some of the places of historical and archaeological interest that abound in this region. At the end of the hike you return to Ardara for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 12kms. Duration: 4½ hours. Max. Height: 300m. Grass tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.

Today you hike along the famous Slieve League to complete a most impressive hike across these high and spectacular cliffs on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The views are fantastic over Donegal Bay to Benbulben and the mountains of North Mayo. Return to your accommodation in Ardara for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 13kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 750m. Grass tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.

A short transfer (with your luggage) takes you to the start of your walk just outside Ardara. From there you follow a route over the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, one of the last true wilderness regions of Ireland with picturesque views of lakes, sea and unspoilt countryside to finish in the village of Glenties. Transfer to the region known as Gweedore for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 15kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 245m. Grass tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.

Today is your “free” day when you can enjoy a day of relaxation or enjoy some other activities available in the locality. Weather permitting, your guide may arrange a boat trip to Tory Island, Gola Island or Aranmore Island – each island with it’s own unique beauty & history.  Your guide will talk through all practical options so that a group decision can be made.  Dinner & overnight near Gweedore.

Today, from the village of Dunlewy you climb Errigal, Donegal’s highest and best known peak. If the day is fine, you will have views southwards towards Slieve Snaght and the brooding depths of the Poisoned Glen, while to the North you will look out over a watery plain towards Bloody Foreland and Tory Island beyond. Return to accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 8kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 751m. Stony tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.

Your last day’s hike is on the promontory of Horn Head near Dunfanaghy. This spectacular headland offers some fine cliff scenery and views across the wild waters of Sheep Haven Bay to the Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas. Transfer back to accommodation for overnight and evening dinner.

Walk Details – Distance: 15kms. Duration: 4½ hours. Max. Height: 250m. Grassy tracks and open moorland with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.

Departure after breakfast, transfer to Letterkenny bus station for onward connection to Derry, Donegal, Dublin and to all major towns and airports in Ireland.

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