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    Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

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    Next Trip(s): 12th Mar | 23rd Apr Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip created by Louise Kavanagh
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    Region: Northern Ireland – Giants Causeway & Belfast
    Trip Type: Hiking
    Comfort: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
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    The rugged and beautiful wilderness of Northern Ireland and County Donegal is a corner of Europe that the rush of the modern world  has overlooked.

    Our route takes us along the Causeway Coastal Route and the iconic Giant’s Causeway, collectively rated world’s best region to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, along the northern edge of Ireland to the dramatic mountains and glens of the Donegal, finishing at Slieve League, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

    After exploring the wild Causeway Coast and Giant’s Causeway, we head into National Geographic’s Coolest Place on Earth, County Donegal. With its rolling mountains, soaring cliffs, white sand beaches, infinite bogs and timeless villages, Donegal is as romantically remote today as ever before. We’ll explore coastal headlands rich in wildlife, hike through remote hills awash with myths and legends, and retire to comfortable, characterful lodgings each evening.

    Trip Highlights

    • Hike iconic Irish landscapes including UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giant's Causeway, Slieve League Cliffs & Glenveagh National Park
    • Walk Ireland's most northernly peninsula and Star Wars filming location, Malin Head, where mountains meet sea.
    • Hike through Donegal, voted National Geographic's Coolest Place on Earth in 2017
    • Island hopping to Rathlin Island, in search of myths and puffins

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – The Giant's Causeway & Causeway Coastal Route 

    Meeting in Dublin or Belfast, you’ll explore a region once named as the coolest place on earth by Lonely Planet. Follow the fiercely panoramic clifftop of the Causeway Coastal Route as it gets wilder and more alien upon approaching the the Giant’s Causeway, a fascinating geological phenomena. Folklore claims that the Giant’s Causeway was formed by two rival giants who hurled rocks at each other across the sea, while science attributes this place to a long-ago volcano. Designated as a UNESCO site, the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast have inspired visitors for centuries. (L,D)

    Distance 3 miles/5km, approx 2hrs.

    Day 2 – Rathlin Island, Home to Puffins

    Many tales of myth and mystery surround Rathlin Island, with the legend of Robert the Bruce perhaps the most famous. In 1306, the Scottish King was driven from Scotland by Edward I of England and took refuge on Rathlin Island where he watched a spider persevering again and again to bridge a gap with its web. Eventually it succeeded. Taking heart from the spider’s efforts, he returned to Scotland and eventually regained his crown. Sailing to this rugged little island today, our hiking loop takes in the bird sanctuary, home to an adorable resident puffin colony in season, the stunning island coast and sea stacks, and the lovely west lighthouse. (B,L,D)

    Distance 5 miles/8 km, approx 4hrs.

    Day 3 – Inishowen Peninsula

    The ancient territory (The Land of the O’ Doherty’s), of Co. Donegal is the most northerly part of Ireland. Its northern shore is on the restless Atlantic Ocean with Lough Swilly forming its western boundary and Lough Foyle to the east. This is the undiscovered Ireland, a world apart, a timeless place. Our day starts with a ferry across the lovely Lough Foyle for beautiful panoramas to the start point of our hike, a World War II-era look out tower. A gradual climb takes us to the shoulder of Crocknasmug Hill for magical coastal views. (B,L,D)

    Distance 5 miles/8km, approx 3hrs.

    Day 4 – Malin Head - Ireland's Northernmost point

    Today, we head into rugged County Donegal to hike Malin Head peninsula, Ireland’s northernmost point. A region nicknamed the “Forgotten County,” Donegal is a wild and windswept landscape peppered with ancient archaeological remains – a landscape perfect for hiking. Used as a filming location for the 2017 Star Wars film, Malin Head is as beautiful as it is desolate. Our day’s hike follows this stoney headland past historic towers and dramatic coastal cliffs. (B,L,D)

    Distance 4 miles/7km, approx 3hrs.

    Day 5 - Glenveagh National Park

    Glenveagh National Park is a hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland. Wander along the quiet shores of the lake to the mystical Glenveagh Castle, idyllically set amongst the mountains. Here we get the opportunity to explore the carefully-maintained gardens amidst the wild Glenveagh hills before continuing our walk beyond the castle walls, passing abandoned settlements on a winding path through the Derryveagh Mountains.  (B,L,D)

    Distance: 5 miles/8km, approx. 4hrs

    Day 6 – The Towering Slieve League Cliffs

    Our final hike along the Slieve League Cliffs is possibly our most impressive. Among the highest sea cliffs in Europe, hike in the footsteps of pilgrims of yesteryears by following the ancient and little-known Pilgrim’s Path to the clifftops. 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. In a quaint Donegal village, rub shoulders with the locals at a traditional pub and meet local craftsmen such as tweed-makers still practising their craft on a traditional handloom. After saying goodbye to the windy Slieve League cliffs, enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

    Distance 4 miles/6km, approx 4hrs.

    Day 7 – Yeats Country & Departure 

    This morning, we leave Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way coast to transfer to County Sligo. Called “Yeats Country” after Ireland’s national poet W.B. Yeats for whom the region was his muse, Sligo’s landscapes are found in many of Yeats’ poems. To pay homage to this great creative genius, visit Yeats’ grave tucked under the shadow of Sligo’s iconic table mountain, Ben Bulben. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Sligo town for a wee wander around its adorable streets and riverside before saying goodbye at Sligo Train Station. (B)

    *This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. 

    Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

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    Trip Dates & Prices

    Trip Dates for 2022 Availability Status Price Book
    12th Mar - 18th Mar 2022 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED €1,825 Book Now
    23rd Apr - 29th Apr 2022 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED €1,825
    14th May - 20th May 2022 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED €1,825
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    6th Aug - 12th Aug 2022 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED €1,825
    27th Aug - 2nd Sep 2022 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED €1,825 Book Now
    10th Sep - 16th Sep 2022 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,825 Book Now

    What's Included

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    This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast. Whether you’re looking for the liveliness of a traditional Irish music session or the sound of the crashing waves, all the accommodations we use on the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal Hiking Trip play an exciting part in your journey through the northern part of the Emerald Isle!

    We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of €250 but this is subject to availability.

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    Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided every night.

    All meals are included in the price of this trip with the exception of dinner on day 5. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
    • All meals during the trip with the exception of 1 night (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout
    • Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting in Belfast and finishing in Sligo
    • 6 days of hiking along the dramatic coastline and landscapes of Northern Ireland and Donegal
    • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary, incl. boat trips
    Travel Read More

    For 2022 trips, you will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at the Lanyon Place Train Station in Belfast at 12 pm.

    For all 2021 trips, you will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at the Yellow Statue in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport at 11 am on Day 1 of your trip.

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    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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    Louise Kavanagh

    From scuba diving to motorbikes to hiking, Louise is no stranger to adventure! Born and raised in County Sligo, Louise has a love for Ireland’s West Coast – particularly the northwest. Joining the Wilderness Ireland team in 2017 as an Adventure Consultant, Louise is one of the team’s expert trip designers -ready to help you explore Ireland’s wild places! When not at work, Louise can usually be found underwater exploring Ireland’s unique coastlines or else zipping through the countryside on her motorbike!

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Grades 1-3

    Our hiking trips range from very straightforward low-level hikes to trips that include more challenging itineraries which will take you to a new mountain top each day.

    Our green graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and are generally over smoother (but usually not paved) terrain. We include more cultural stops along the way and walk at a leisurely pace.

    Often our green graded trips include hikes in flatter coastal areas or in valleys, and will last around 2-4 hours each day. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

    Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascents, over generally good terrain?

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 38 review(s) of Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal


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    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


    Sydney B. Bennion

    Reviewed on 20/09/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 11/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 3

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    Arthur Glasfeld

    Reviewed on 03/08/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: US
    Trip Date: 24/07/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

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    For this particular trip, I’d recommend it to family groups like ours - with mixed hiking experience. Only the final hike had any real challenge to it (and then, not too severe), but the scenery and varied views provided a big pay off for modest effort. Also, I haven’t mentioned it earlier, but the limited group size is a big selling point. I am confident we’ll do other trips with you all, either in Ireland or Scotland. I don’t imagine we’ll be looking at any one else’s!


    Patrick Donohoe

    Reviewed on 02/08/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 24/07/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Very enjoyable, plenty of pinting .

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