Discovery Series
8-Day Guided Northern Ireland Walk

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GUIDED TOUR

Expert Guide on tour for the tour duration.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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Comfortable Tour – ideal for beginners.

From €1,180

“Met new friends, learnt local culture from native residents. IWHB could not have planned it better.”

– Gerard, U.K., 2015

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Guided Walk Northern Ireland & Donegal

Northern Ireland remains as one of Ireland’s most untouched landscapes just waiting to be discovered.  This magical place of scenic beauty, varied landscapes, a rich and colourful history which is home to many film scenes from the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Scotland is just “over the water” only 12 miles (19kms) across the North Channel and from Fair Head & Murlough Bay, you can see across to the Mull of Kintyre.  Just off the coast of Northern Ireland lies Rathlin Island, a magnificent place boasting one of the UK’s largest seabird colonies and an upside-down lighthouse, only in Ireland!

On your guided hiking holiday you will discover the famous Giant’s Causeway on what must be Ireland’s premier coastal pathway hike.  Moving west, you will then have the opportunity to visit the famous Walls Of Derry, before moving into Donegal and the outstanding Glenveagh National Park.  Add to that, hikes at Slieve League which Europe’s highest sea cliffs, Glencolmcille and Errigal mountain and you have one of the most breath-taking Guided Hiking Holidays in Ireland.

5-Day options available on request.

Tour Dates

  • Sep 23 – 30

Highlights

  • Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge
  • Glenveagh Castle
  • Slieve League
  • The Giants Causeway
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Errigal Mountain
  • Glencolmcille

Whats Included?

  • 7 nights stay in an en-suite room at our premium hand-picked accommodations.
  • Delicious Irish breakfast each morning.
  • 6 Picnic Lunches (on hike days only).
  • Four sumptuous evening meals in the region’s top restaurants.
  • 6 days hiking with our local, expert guide who will accompany the group for the duration of the holiday.
  • Courtesy transfers to and from each day’s walking locations and all transport as outlines in the itinerary.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €285.00.

Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.

Above pricing does not include single room supplement.

Day by Day

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Arrive to Portstewart and meet your Guide at your first accommodation on the coast where you spend your first 2 nights.  A courtesy transfer will be offered from Coleraine Bus/Train station at 16.00hrs for those that wish to avail of this.  With time to check in before your Welcome Briefing, your Guide will meet you at 18.00 hours, introduce you to your group & brief you on the coming days of your holiday.  You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together & return later to your accommodation for your overnight.

After a delicious breakfast your first walk takes you east to the famous Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge.  From there, you continue following along the coast to reach the fascinating Giant’s Causeway with its unique rock formations.

With time to read about the ancient history that links this place to Scotland & makes it so fascinating, you complete your walk along the coast. At the end of your day, a trip to Bushmills Distillery introduces you to the delights of Irish whiskeys.  Return to your accommodation for an evening at your leisure in Portstewart.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 150mts. Narrow & grassy trails which can be muddy & stony underfoot, beach & sand dune walking, uneven sections, paved roads & some stepping stones.

Leaving the Antrim Coast after breakfast, we travel west to reach the City of Derry.  Here, we enjoy a short walk around the City walls, learning about the history of this region & the influence that has made Northern Ireland so well known throughout the world.  Continuing west from here, you arrive to the magnificent Glenveagh National Park.  This is a beautiful location and a super place to discover on foot.

Arriving to the Visitor Centre at Glenveagh, you walk along a lovely lakeside trail to reach the impressive Glenveagh Castle.  An optional (& highly recommended) tour of the castle can be enjoyed, while taking time to explore the magnificent gardens is a wonderful way to spend some time.  Refreshments can be enjoyed at the lovely tea rooms here, before returning to your minivan. You then continue your drive to the western coast of Donegal, staying in a beautiful area known as Gweedore with the village of Bunbeg close by. You spend your next 2 nights & enjoy your dinner & overnight here.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 5kms at Glenveagh. Highest point: 50mts. Gravel tracks & board walks with some rocky & uneven sections.

 

 

Driving north today, your journey takes you to the impressive Horn Head where you start your walk.  This is a beautiful headland with views across to Tory Island, the Wild Atlantic Way & east towards Malin Head.

Tory Island:  Just beyond Falcarragh, you take your ferry to Tory Island.  Arriving to this very special place, the King of Tory will be happy to greet you and introduce you to the island.  A super walk takes you to the north eastern end of the island where migratory sea birds can be seen in their hundreds.  Before returning to the mainland, you should take the time to discover some of the artistic talents of the islanders with their rich & famous history of painting dating back to the legendary Derek Hill.  Return by ferry back to your minivan & drive back to your accommodation for some free time to discover the delights of Bunbeg & Gweedore.  (Boat journey is approx. 50 mins each way).

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 100mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections. Some exposed cliff edges on the walk.

Travelling inland from your accommodation, you reach the iconic Errigal Mountain – seen from afar all around this north western region of Ireland.  The surrounding landscape around Errigal is a wild, untamed and beautiful landscape with stunning views over “The Poisoned Glen”, Dunlewy and Muckish Mountain.

Following an old track into the hills, you continue inland to reach the beautiful Lough Fee.  Here an ancient castle ruin lends itself to stories of bygone days.  With time to explore this beautiful and tranquil setting, you then return to your minivan by the same route.  Driving south west from here, you then reach the lovely villages of Glenties & Ardara.  You will be staying in either one of these villages for your final 3 nights & will have dinner together tonight.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 300mts. Grassy & boggy tracks with rocky & uneven sections, which can be wet & muddy underfoot.

 

Today – you travel to the south western corner of this northern region of Ireland to reach the beautiful Glencolmcille.  Right on the coast, this is a place apart with a rich monastic history & also an amazing story of survival in rural Ireland.  The community in this part of Ireland are a resilient and dedicated people and a pleasure to meet & chat to.  Just outside Glencolmcille, you will start following an old Pilgrim Route around what is locally known as the Turas.  Here you have an array of ancient monuments to see as you learn about the history of this glorious valley.  Following an old “bog-cutters” track into the hills, you then reach an old signal tower before completing your circuit & returning to your minivan.  After your walk, you continue to the local Folk Village for some light refreshments & an introduction to the history of the area in former times. Enjoy an evening at your leisure in this lovely part of Donegal as you discover your surrounds.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 250mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, open hillside with rocky & uneven sections underfoot.

 

Driving to the southern shores of Donegal and overlooking Donegal Bay you reach the magnificent Slieve League.  This is another of Ireland’s pilgrim mountains & offers a breath-taking hike to really impress you for your final walk.

Starting on a small road, you follow west to reach a little place known as Bunglass.  From here, the stunning views of Slieve League open up before you and a short climb into the hills give amazing seascapes to enthral you.  Descending back to Bunglass, you then follow a super route to reach an old signal tower, offering views south across to Sligo and Benbulben Mountain.  Return to your minivan at the end of your walk. At the end of your walk, you return to your accommodation for your final farewell dinner together. This is a great way to compare stories, reminisce and enjoy some great food before your onward journeys tomorrow.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 400mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails & off-trail walking. Can be wet & boggy underfoot. Exposed cliff edges at times.

After your final Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach Donegal town.  From there, a bus service offers transfers to Dublin Airport or transfer to Sligo to join a train service, or north to Letterkenny & back to Belfast from there.  If you need assistance for your onward journey plans – please do ask at time of booking & we will be delighted to advise.  Your estimated arrival time to Donegal town is approx. 10am.

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