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Northern Ireland – Guided Walking Tour

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Guided Walking Tour – Northern Ireland: Giants, Saints & Legends Tour

This 8 day guided walking tour will take you from the Irish Lake District of Fermanagh and the Marble Arch Caves Global Geo Park, through the Mid-Ulster heartland of Northern Ireland to Seamus Heaney Country and the Sperrin Mountains. Then travelling further north we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giants Causeway as we explore the majestic Causeway Coast and then travelling south via Belfast to St. Patricks Country on the shores of Strangford Lough. Finally we travel to the Kingdom of Mourne and the fabled Mountains of Mourne where the mountains rise from sea to sky.

 

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour £899 per person sharing
Single Supplement +£175
Tour Dates 2017 Saturday 22nd July to Saturday 29th July

Saturday 19th August to Saturday 26th August

Tour Dates 2018 TBC
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Family Opperated Guest House Accommodation 
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Itinerary

Day 1
Departing Dublin Airport at 1pm we will travel north stopping at the historical site of the Loughcrew Cairns, a 3500 BC neolithic network of burial chambers, on our way to the Irish Lake District of Fermanagh where we will spent the first two nights of our tour.
Day 2 / Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark - Cuilcagh Mountain Trail
Today's walk is a scenic isolated walk meandering along farmland track and along boardwalk over ancient bog lands to a wild plateau trail to the mountain summit at 666m above sea level. On the summit stands an ancient burial cairn dating 2500-500BC and you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the countryside beneath. Walking Distance 14KM (9 miles) Total Assent 550m
Day 3 / Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark & Seamus Heaney Home Place
In the morning we will visit the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, one of the finest show caves in Europe. You will be guided by a local guide through a fascinating natural wonderland of rivers, waterfalls and the beautiful cave formations all around. The caves may be closed during periods of heavy rains. In the afternoon we will travel to Seamus Heaneys Home Place and the life literature and legacy of the Nobel Laureate, but not before visiting the town of Dungannon the ancient captial of Ulster and the Hill of O'Neill.
Day 4 / Carntogher Way
Today's walk takes us to the historic Carntogher Mountain as well as spectacular views of the local countryside, this are is steeped in mythology and archaeological heritage and contains a number of historical monuments visible in the landscape. On the summit is the emigrants cairn, where travellers to the 'new worlds' would have left stones at the place where they last viewed their homelands before departing from the port of Derry for their new life. Distance 10 KM 6 miles Total Assent 300m
Day 5 / The Giants Causeway
Today we travel to the Causeway Coast 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 / Belfast & St Patrick's Country
Today we depart the Causeway Coast for Belfast along the Causeway Coastal Route. In Belfast you will have some free time where you can visit the award winning Titanic centre, take one of the famous black taxi tours of the cities cultural murals or relax and enjoy the cities many shopping opportunities. In the afternoon we will travel to Downpartick and visit the Downpatrick Centre and St. Patrick's grave before finishing with a relaxing walk along the shores of Strangford Lough.
Day 7 / Dundrum Bay & The Mournes
Today you will begin in the seaside village of Dundrum at its 13th century castle and its majestic views of Dundrum Bay & the Mourne Mountains, through the village you will stroll to the shores of Dundrum Bay and to the Murlough National Nature Reserve and its 6000 year old sand dune system. The reserve boasts over 600 species of butterfly. From the reserve you will stroll along the beaches of Dundrum Bay to the seaside town of Newcastle offering spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains. Distance: 12km, Assent 100m
Day 8 / Departure
The tour now comes to an end and we must depart after breakfast to arrive at approx. 12pm in Dublin Airport

Included

  • All accommodation is approved and all rooms will be en-suite
  • All transport to include: Pickup and return to Dublin Airport
  • All transport to and from walks and evenings out
  • Meals to include: 7 Breakfasts, 5 packed lunches
  • Admission to Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
  • Admission to Seamus Heaney Homeplace

Not Included

  • Evening meals
  • Lunch on day 1, 6 and day 8
  • Entry fees to Carrick-A-Reid Rope Bridge, Titanic Centre or Black Taxi Tour

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