A cultural connection of walkers to landscapes and local life.
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7 Days - 6 Nights
Connect with culture, history, community and yourself.
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$750 USD Deposit Due With Registration
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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