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    Hiking

    The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    103 reviews


    Deposit From: €649€649
    Region: Northern Ireland – Giants Causeway & Belfast
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
    Confirmed: When 2 Travellers Book

    Next Departure: 22nd - 28th Jun 2024
    Accommodation: Classic

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Louise Kavanagh


      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 and 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 one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel destinations, 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.

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      Itinerary

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

      Day 1

      The Giant's Causeway & Causeway Coastal Route

      Meeting in vibrant Belfast, you’ll explore one of Ireland’s most iconic regions. Following the fiercely panoramic clifftop of the Causeway Coastal Route, the scenery gets wilder and more alien upon approaching the Giant’s Causeway, a fascinating geological phenomenon. 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.

      Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 5 km / 3 miles | Approx: 2 hrs

      Day 2 – Rathlin Island Read Less

      Day 2

      Rathlin Island

      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, unparalleled views of the stunning island coast and jagged sea stacks, and the lovely west lighthouse.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles | Approx: 4 hrs

      Day 3 – Inishowen Peninsula Read Less

      Day 3

      Inishowen Peninsula

      The ancient territory of the O’Doherty clan of Co. Donegal is among the most remote regions 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 parcel of undiscovered Ireland is perfect for outdoor lovers and budding photographers. After a ferry across the lough to the Inishowen Peninsula, explore a World War II-era lookout tower and climb 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.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles | Approx: 3.5 hrs

      Day 4 – Malin Head - Ireland's Northernmost point Read Less

      Day 4

      Malin Head - Ireland's Northernmost point

      At the tip of the vast and wild Inishowen Peninsula is Malin Head, the northernmost point of Ireland. Jutting into the restless Atlantic Ocean, it is so other-worldly that scenes from 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, across rugged headlands, and along dramatic coastal cliffs.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 7 km / 4 miles | Approx: 3 hrs

      Day 5 – Glenveagh National Park Read Less

      Day 5

      Glenveagh National Park

      Glenveagh National Park is a hauntingly beautiful wilderness of craggy mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland, dominated by Mount Errigal’s glittering quartzite peak. Here, we’ll wander the cultivated castle gardens set in this romantic landscape before continuing our walk along a winding path through the Derryveagh Mountains. Passing abandoned settlements and forlorn ruins, learn the history of what life was once like in this desolate wilderness.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles | Approx: 4 hrs

      Day 6 – The Towering Slieve League Cliffs Read Less

      Day 6

      The Towering Slieve League Cliffs

      The final hike is also one of the most impressive. The Slieve League Cliffs are some of Europe’s highest cliffs – three times taller than the Cliffs of Moher. Our hike takes us on the little-travelled Pilgrim’s Path, a route used for Christian pilgrimages for centuries. You’ll get the chance to do something few visitors get to do: stand atop the edge of the Slieve League Cliffs. There are terrific views of the cliffs, the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains of Sligo and Donegal Bay. Later, meet local tweed-makers still practising their craft on a traditional handloom passed down for generations, before we head into town together to enjoy a delicious farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

      * The walk this day includes a 500 metre/1,640 feet elevation gain. There is an option to sit out and enjoy an alternative experience.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles | Approx: 4 hrs

      Day 7 – Yeats Country & Departure Read Less

      Day 7

      Yeats Country & Departure

      This morning, we say goodbye to the Wild Atlantic Way coast in Donegal, and transfer to Co. Sligo, or “Yeats Country,” so nicknamed since Ireland’s national poet W.B. Yeats drew great inspiration from Sligo’s landscapes and natural beauty. Along the way, we’ll stop at Yeats’ grave, tucked under the shadow of Sligo’s iconic mountain Ben Bulben, before making our way to Sligo town.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

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      The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

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      Trip Dates & Prices

      All payments taken in local currency EUR

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      22nd Jun - 28th Jun 20241 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,520Book Now
      6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024 Women only departure3 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,520Book Now
      20th Jul - 26th Jul 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED €2,520
      3rd Aug - 9th Aug 20242 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,520Book Now
      24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED €2,520
      14th Sep - 20th Sep 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED €2,520
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      12th Apr - 18th Apr 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,520Book Now
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      Make This Trip Private

      Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your preferred departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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      The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      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.

      Single Rooms

      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of €400 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals Read More

      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 as marked on the daily itinerary. 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 as noted (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
      Grading Read More

      Green Graded 1-3

      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?

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at the Lanyon Place Train Station in Belfast at 12.00. You will be returned to Sligo MacDiarmada Railway Station by 12.00 on the final day of your trip

      Speak to an Expert

      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. Louise is one of the team’s expert trip designers – she is 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 Graded 1-3

      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?

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.89 out of 5 based on 103 review(s) of Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

       

      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      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.

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      Lauren Wong

      Reviewed on 12/06/2024

      Age: 40 - 50
      Trip Date: 11/05/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      An excellent experience when you want the focus to be on connecting with the land on foot.

      RC

      Rusa Chiu

      Reviewed on 27/05/2024

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 11/05/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I would recommend without hesitation to anyone who wants to do a walking trip in Ireland to check out Wilderness Ireland. I might also suggest that they ask specific questions about the accommodations. Overall, I had a very good experience, a very fine introduction to Ireland thanks to the care and thought and experience you have invested in designing and putting together this itinerary. Thank you!

      JT

      Jill Thorner

      Reviewed on 23/05/2024

      Age: 60 - 70
      Trip Date: 11/05/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Trip was great. Had some people that treated it as their own private tour. Guide handled things very well.

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