Walking Hiking

Donegal & Antrim

Guided Walking Tour – Donegal & Antrim

On this 8 day tour we will take you along the North Ulster Coast from the Irish Traditional hub of Donegal Town and the mighty cliffs of Slieve League to the majestic Glenariff Park and the fabled Cushendall.

The undoubted highlight of this tour is the world famous basalt columns that make up the UNSECO World Heritage Site of the Giants Causeway and the beautifully rugged Causeway coast.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour £939 per person sharing
Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday
Single Supplement +£210
Tour Dates 2017 Sunday 3rd to Sunday 10th September
Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th October
Tour Dates 2018  Sunday 14th to Sunday 21st July  
Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th September
Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st October
Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse (en suite)
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Overnight Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
We will depart Dublin Airport at 1pm, and then drive North-West through spectacular countryside. We will stop several times along the way to exploring some of the quaint towns and villages on the route. Our home for 2 nights will be Donegal Town, protected by the proud O’Donnell Castle. Built in the 1400s by the first Red Hugh and his wife Lady Nuala the castle is an excellent induction into this regions tradition, strong heritage, and abundance of culture.
Day 2 / The Wild Wilderness of Slieve League
Our first walk takes us on a drive further west to the sea cliffs of Slieve League, covered in heather the sight is always colourful, always changing, and always spectacular. Our walk takes us North-West along the eastern side of the mountain; offering views of rolling mountains, patch worked fields, and gentle streams on one side and the sea cliffs with the backdrop of the wild Atlantic Ocean on the other side. Distance: 14 km, Ascent: 425 m
Day 3 / Castle & Lake Walk
We depart Donegal Town today and drive to the small village of Dunfanaghy, situated right on the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way we stop to visit Glenveagh National Park with its remote and mysterious Glenveagh Castle. Directly situated in the Derryveagh Mountains, Glenveagh will immediately conjure up thoughts of gothic literature and a sense of freedom in the midst of this true and impressionable remote wilderness. After visiting the castle and gardens we walk deep into the glen along Loch Gleann. We will pass ruins of settlements abandoned before and during the Great Famine and through native oak woodlands. Distance: 13 km, Ascent: 90 m
Day 4 / McSwyne’s Gun Loop Trail
Our walk starts outside the beautiful seaside village of Dunfanaghy, located on the shores of Sheephaven Bay, entrance to the spectacular Horn Head Peninsula. The trail takes us through magnificent sand dunes which are part of a designated Special Area of Conservation due to the rare grasses, wildlife habitats, and seabird colonies in the area. We continue across part of Tramore Beach, a golden sandy beach that stretches over 2k and is very rarely visited by tourists. We then loop around through lush farm land, dotted with ruined dwellings and stone walls, finishing up back in Dunfanaghy. Distance: 12km, Ascent: 50m
Day 5 / Giant’s Causeway
Today we depart Dunfanaghy for Northern Ireland’s county Antrim and the world famous Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway was declared the Ireland’s first World Heritage site in 1986. Some of the 40,000 polygonal basalt columns are over 6ft tall, neatly standing side-by-side, the formation is over 55 million years old. Our walk takes us along the beautiful shore to the astonishing Causeway where we will explore the landmark. The area is home to over 200 varieties of plant species and birds such as the Chough and Peregrine Falcon. Distance: 10km; Ascent 80m.
Day 6 / Coves and Cliffs
We start today’s varied walk at Dunseverick Castle working our way along a rocky section of the cliff walk into an area of beautiful quaint coves, some of which have been used during the filming of HBOs “Game of Thrones”. These coves vary in geology and protect mass of wild flowers. We will pass Ireland’s smallest church, St. Goban’s on the way to walk upon a golden sand beach. Our cliff walk will end at the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Distance: 11 km, Ascent 120 m
Day 7 / Glenariff Forest Park "Queen of the Glens"
Our final stop of the tour is in Cushendall to visit Glenariff, queen of the Nine Glens of Antrim. This is the most spectacular trail in the glens with fantastic views of the Glen, broad-leaf woodlands, the Irish Sea, and the Scottish Mountains across the sea. On our arrival to the park we will take some time to visit the natural history museum before our exploratory walk around the Glen. Distance 10 km, Ascent: 150 m
Day 8 / Departure
The tour now comes to an end and we must depart after breakfast to arrive at approx. 1pm in Dublin Airport

Included

  • All accommodation is approved and all rooms will be en-suite
  • Meals to include: 7 Breakfasts, 6 packed lunches
  • All transport to include: Pickup and return to Dublin Airport
  • All transport to and from walks and evenings out

Not Included

  • Evening meals
  • Lunch on day 1 and day 8
  • Entry fees to Carrick-A-Reid Rope Bridge

Testimonials

  • Once more a big thank you for a gorgeous week with splendid weather (which probably was none of your doing) and your splendid company (which certainly was a lot of your doing).  As if I hadn’t known: Connemara is a very beautiful spot on Gods earth.

    Eberhard Schmid, Germany
  • Many thanks for a well-planned trip. We had a blast. The hiking was fantastic…no rain…accommodating and lovely B&B’s…nice folks along the way…. just beautiful. We enjoyed a new play at the Abbey Theater and saw everything on our list in Dublin! Thanks for all your great instructions and helpful suggestions. I have recommended you to some friends from Arizona going this summer.

    Tricia, Arizona
  • The walk you led was one of the best trips David and I have enjoyed. I have been thinking about why that is so. Ireland itself is beautiful scenery, lovely friendly people. But Ireland is not alone in having those attributes.
    I decided the factor which contributed the most to our enjoyment was the fact that you were able to create a group of friends out of people who just met at the airport. That is very special, and one of the reasons I think Teresa is a very lucky woman (and from your comments,she too is very special).
    So again heartfelt thanks for leading us on a wonderful walk through gorgeous vistas.

    Shirley & David