Northern Ireland walking hiking tour

Northern Ireland

A unique exploration of the Northern reaches of Ireland

A cultural connection of walkers to landscapes and local life.

Fully-Guided Tour

Choose from a selection of departure dates

7 Days - 6 Nights

Connect with culture, history, community and yourself.

Priced from:

$1941USD        

Questions?
Call Us. +1 623.561.0846

$750 USD Deposit Due With Registration

Subject to exchange rate at time of booking

per person, double occupancy

WALKING

The rush of the modern world has seemingly pushed people past the rolling mountains, towering cliffs, swathes of white sand beaches and tiny villages of Northern Ireland and County Donegal. Lucky us! This region of Ireland is as romantically remote as it has been for generations and so far, it has eluded the hoards of "hit and run tourists" that can occasionally overrun small communities in popular destinations like Ireland.

 

Our route takes us from the Giant’s Causeway, along the northern edge of Ireland to the dramatic edge of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs. We'll explore rugged headlands, vast bogs and coastal paths rich in wildlife.​

CONNECTION

The rugged and beautiful wilderness of the Causeway Coastal Route and the iconic Giant’s Causeway,was collectively rated as one of the world’s best regions to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. The northern edge of Ireland to the dramatic mountains and glens of the Donegal, we'll hike across mountain landscapes awash with myths and legends, we’ll taste the freshest of seafood, retiring each evening to comfortable and characterful lodgings.

Northern Ireland Highlights

CREATE CONNECTIONS

 We offer a unique opportunity to explore Northern Ireland on foot. This gives you an up close look at life there and the chance to interact with the locals more genuinely.

A MORE FULL EXPERIENCE

The chance to hike and explore during the day and evening in different locations allows you to really get to know a place. You'll see a new locale each day along the way.

BETTER WALKS, BETTER LIFE

Combine walking and traveling in a rich historical and cultural landscape. Active exploration makes the adventure uniquely yours. 

Your Experience

Level of Activity

 

This is a walking holiday with moderately strenuous hikes over several consecutive days. Daily distances range from 5-8km (~3-5 miles). 

 

Each day usually consists of 3-5 hours of activities, most centered around walking over various terrains. City streets, village cobblestone walkways, well-worn countryside paths with uphill and downhill components. Achieving a specific destination (point A to B) is not usually the goal and alternative transportation or participation level is generally available.

 

Your day pack will include a liter of water, snacks, rain jacket, sunscreen, personal items, and a camera.

Level of Comfort

The inns and hotels we use on this trip are small, charming and locally owned. For the first two nights and the last, you stay in a 4-star hotel in a converted convent in the heart of Aracena.

In Cortelazor, stay in a village house which has been converted to an inn and is furnished with the most wonderfully eclectic art deco furniture and fittings. Expect homely, informal welcome. Your next stay is in a lovely converted watermill on the edge of a busting village.

The last hotel is a small, comfortable but fairly simple hotel in the heart of the village of Alájar run by an Anglo-Spanish couple. Charming hosts, delicious food, and a swimming pool are a unique combination in the area.

July and August tend to be too hot for comfortable walking, and December and January too rainy. Apart from those months, this holiday is enjoyable year round.

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Level of Culture


The Aracena hills are a genuinely untouched corner of Andalucia. It's an area so little known that you see a way of life long forgotten elsewhere. You can expect total peace and quiet in small rural villages with older residents, in particular, sitting out in the evening watching the world go by-- aided by the seemingly endless sweeping of doorsteps. In some of the villages you can still see women come out to wash clothes in the fountain together.

The Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park is one of the best preserved mountain areas in Andalucia, and contains some of the best examples of Mediterranean and chestnut forests. Although cork production is gradually dying out as screw caps gain popularity, the tell-tale stripped bark of cork oaks can still be seen.

Seville is a remarkable city, colorfully beautiful and always lively. Flamenco dresses, fans, horses, lace shawls, castanets, bulls... it's all here. Seville is a place where traditions are maintained with passion.

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Day-By-Day

Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

DAY 1
The Giant's Causeway

Designated as a UNESCO site, the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast have inspired visitors for centuries.

Distance: 3 miles/5km, approx 2hrs.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

From vibrant Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway, explore Lonely Planet’s top 2018 region. Legend has it that a Scottish giant hurled abuses across at the Irish giant, Finn MacCool. To have a proper fight, Finn built a causeway over to Scotland – what we call the Giant’s Causeway. Learn the entire story during today's walk.


Follow the fiercely panoramic clifftop Causeway Coastal Route as it becomes wilder and more alien as we approach this fascinating geological phenomena.

DAY 2
Sailing to Rathlin Island

The quiet shores of Rathlin Island are clouded in myth and mystery. Your guide will share one of the island’s most fascinating tales. It's about a famed Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who was exiled to the island where he watched a spider persevering again and again to build its web.

 

Distance: 9km/ 5.5 miles | approx. 4-5 hours*

​Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

We’ll sail to the island to explore a bird sanctuary that is home to puffins part of the year and we'll visit a stunning clifftop lighthouse to spot other seabirds who live on the island.

 

Our hike finishes across from a tiny but picturesque village better known as the set for Game of Thrones’ Iron Islands. Later today visit the famous Bushmill's Distillery to sample the local whiskey. 

DAY 3
Fjords of the Inishowen Peninsula

The ancient territory of the O'Doherty clan of Co. Donegal is the most northerly part of Ireland. Jutting dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, the Inishowen Peninsula is bordered by the impressive Swilly Fjord and Lough Foyle. This is the undiscovered Ireland, a world apart, a timeless place.

 

Distance: 8km/ 5 miles | approx. 3-4 hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Ireland is perfect for outdoor lovers and shutterbugs. After a ferry across the lough to the Inishowen Peninsula, explore a World War II era lookout tower. Our hike includes a climb up the gradual shoulder of little-visited Crocknasmug Hill for magical coastal views. In the evening, kick back with a local pint and an open fire! 

DAY 4
Star Wars on Malin Head

At the tip of the vast and wild Inishowen Peninsula is Malin Head. Jutting into the restless Atlantic Ocean, it is so other-worldly that scenes from the 2017 Star Wars Episode VIII were filmed here! Malin Head is a wild, windswept landscape peppered with ancient archaeological sites.

 

Distance: 7km/4 miles, approx. 3hrs*​

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Our hike climbs over rocky hills, rugged headlands and along dramatic coastal cliffs. We’ll cross Lough Swilly on a local ferry for great views of one of Ireland’s three glacial fjords and make our way to an adorable Donegal coastal village. 

DAY 5
Glenveagh National Park and Mount Errigal

Here we get the opportunity to explore the gardens before continuing our walk beyond the castle walls, passing abandoned settlements on a winding path through the Derryveagh Mountains. Learn the history of what daily life was like in this desolate wilderness. 

 

Distance: 8km/5 miles, approx. 4hrs

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Glenveagh National Park is a hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland. Overlooked by Mount Errigal, whose glittering quartzite peak dominates the northwest corner of Ireland, our hike follows a path along the lake to the mystical Glenveagh Castle. 

DAY 6
Slieve League Cliffs

Our final hike along the Slieve League Cliffs is possibly the most impressive.

 

After saying goodbye to the windy Slieve League cliffs, enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner. 

 

Distance: 6km/4 miles, approx. 4hrs*

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The cliffs at Slieve League are some of the highest in Europe - three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher in the south. Hike in the footsteps of pilgrims of a time gone by, and follow the ancient Pilgrim’s Path. Impressive from a historic perspective, you’ll also drink in terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains of Sligo and the shimmering Donegal Bay. Meet locals such as tweed-makers still practicing their craft on a traditional handloom.

DAY 7
Depart for Home
OR 
Points Beyond 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, we shall say goodbye to the Wild Atlantic Way coast in Donegal and transfer to County Sligo. Nicknamed “Yeats Country” it was named for WB Yeats, Ireland’s national poet who was greatly inspired by Sligo’s landscapes and natural beauty. Along the way, we will stop at Yeats’ grave, tucked under the shadow of Ben Bulben Mountain, Sligo’s iconic table mountain, before making our way to Sligo town in time to catch regular train connections to Dublin. 

Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland walking hiking tour

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Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland walking hiking tour

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Great! We love talking about Northern Ireland! Give our FAQs below a quick look. You might find answers there. Or email us: info@WalkingConnection.com or call us at +1 (623) 561.0846 to speak with a team member. Either way, we are at your service, so please don't hesitate to reach out!

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

•Exciting itinerary chosen by Walking Connection co-founder, Jo Ann Taylor in partnership with our local team in Ireland •Expert local walking guides •6 nights lodging at boutique hotels/lodges •Daily meals, as indicated in itinerary •Ground and ferry/boat transfers throughout  •Transportation of luggage each day •All activities detailed in itinerary •Detailed Know Before You Go information, including recommended website, reading lists, packing list, and weather forecast

WHAT DOES THE PRICE NOT INCLUDE?

•Local guide gratuities •All international and domestic airfares with tax (not listed in the above inclusions) •Airport transfers at beginning and end of trip •All items of a personal nature, including beverages and shopping •All passport and visa application fees, vaccination and medical consulting fees •All international departure taxes collected at airport of departure •Additional hotel stay pre- or post- scheduled itinerary •Early check-in or late check-out of rooms •Optional tours  •Photographs or phone calls •Discounts/Refunds on any unused portion of the tour •Travel Insurance •Anything that is not expressly stated in the itinerary or on the inclusion list above

WHAT IS THE CANCELATION POLICY?

Should you have to cancel your tour the following terms will apply: •Due to the exclusive and small group nature of this adventure, all cancellations requests will forfeit the initial trip deposit •For cancellations 31-60 days prior to the trip, 70% penalty of the total trip cost •For cancellations and no shows 30 days or less prior to the trip, no refunds •No refunds will be made for any unused portion of the tour

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