Northern Ireland, Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal Adventure

7 DAY/6 NIGHT HIKING ADVENTURE
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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.​

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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.

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Itinerary

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.

Giant's Causeway - Ireland

The Giant's Causeway

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.

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

Day 1 – Belfast

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Sailing To Rathlin Island

The quiet shores of Rathlin Islands 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.

 

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. 

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 2

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Ireland's, 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.

 

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! 

 

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3

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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.

 

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. 

Distance: 7km/4 miles, approx. 3hrs*

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

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Glenveagh National Park & Mount Errigal

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. 

 

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

 

Day 5

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Slieve League Cliffs

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

 

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.

 

 

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

 

Day 6

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Depart for Home or Points Beyond

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. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7

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