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    The Hidden West


    Deposit From: €618€618
    Region: North West – Donegal & Sligo
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
    Confirmed: When 2 Travellers Book

    Next Departure: 3rd - 9th May 2025
    Accommodation: Classic

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Louise Kavanagh


      Where cliffs plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, and seabirds swirl in the salty air, join us on a fully-guided hiking trip that explores Donegal and the North West Coast.

      Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in Ireland’s history, culture and hospitality as you traverse beautiful landscapes, visit ancient sites and stay in independent accommodation. A fantastic place to explore on foot, the coastline here encompasses towering cliffs, wailing sea caves and sandy beaches. Further inland, quiet trails wind through old woodland, and dramatic hills offer panoramic views.

      An important region for biodiversity, rare plants cling to rocky outcrops and the shores are busy with fulmars, kittiwakes and puffins. With every detail of your trip thoughtfully taken care of, enjoy discovering the elemental beauty of Ireland’s hidden west.

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      Day by Day
      Itinerary

      Day 1 – Fermanagh Lakelands Read Less

      Day 1

      Fermanagh Lakelands

      Meet your Wilderness guide at the fabulous art spot, the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin this morning before travelling northwest. Crisscross the border of Northern Ireland to arrive at Lough Erne – a jewel in the watery wonderland of Fermanagh Lakelands. Enjoy a boat trip to an ancient monastic island and visit the monastery, a captivating symbol of Ireland’s early Christian heritage and the legacy of the country’s position as ‘the land of saints and scholars’ throughout the Middle Ages. The lakes are also rich in mythology and folklore. The warrior queen Méabh (anglicised to Queen Maeve), various high kings, and even giants are said to have spent time here. After your boat trip, continue to your lovely hotel and settle in before dinner.

      Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

      Day 2 – Exploring Slieve League Read Less

      Day 2

      Exploring Slieve League

      After breakfast, head west to explore the impressive Slieve League Cliffs. Rising dramatically above the crashing waves of the North Atlantic, these towering cliffs climb over 600 metres into the salt-flecked sky. Accompanied by your guide, follow the little-known Pilgrim’s Path, part of an ancient route which ribbons up the mountain to a monastic site, the remains of which can be seen near the top plateau. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the cliffs, listening to the unrelenting power of the ocean’s constant, rhythmic roar. This afternoon, enjoy learning more about the tradition of tweed-making and watching artisans ply their craft on handlooms passed down through generations.

      * The walk this day includes a 500 metre/1,640 feet elevation gain. If you prefer, there is an option to enjoy an alternative experience.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles

      Day 3 – Hiking Benbulben Read Less

      Day 3

      Hiking Benbulben

      Today, enjoy hiking up the dramatic, flat-topped mountain of Benbulben – a defining feature of the Sligo landscape. Inspiring the poetry of W.B. Yeats, this well-known peak is home to many myths and legends and is one of the rare places in Ireland where it is possible to see fairies. From the summit, enjoy stunning views of Donegal Bay, Slieve League and the Blue Stacks Mountains. Enjoy a cliff-top picnic before winding your way down into the patchwork valley and arriving rosy-cheeked and relaxed at your hotel.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 10 km / 6 miles

      Day 4 – The Sligo Way Read Less

      Day 4

      The Sligo Way

      After breakfast, head out to walk a beautiful section of the Sligo Way. Traverse rolling, heather-cloaked hills and pause for a break at a secluded mountain lake – rumoured to be bottomless according to local legend. As you walk, enjoy the peace of this quiet trail, looking out for birds and soaking up the uninterrupted views across the glittering waters of Lough Gill. Weave your way into the tranquillity of Slish Wood, tucked on the southern shores of the lake and through the soft shadows thrown by the old trees. Head out to a cosy pub tonight to listen to traditional Irish music and enjoy a refreshing pint.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles

      Day 5 – Coolera Peninsula Read Less

      Day 5

      Coolera Peninsula

      Just a short drive from the bustling town of Sligo is Strandhill, a bohemian surf town with amazing ocean views and a lively, energetic atmosphere. Popular with surfers, stand-up paddle boarders and sea kayakers, watch the locals catching waves before heading off with your guide to follow a trail that winds through an extensive dune ecosystem to the tip of Coolera Peninsula. Pass the ruins of an early Christian Church (where St Patrick is said to have lost a tooth) and return to Strandhill through a tangy, pine woodland. This evening, settle into your welcoming hotel and enjoy an aperitif before dinner.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 7 km / 4 miles

      Day 6 – Benwee Head & Carrowteige Read Less

      Day 6

      Benwee Head & Carrowteige

      This morning, set out to explore the spectacular An Bhinn Bhuí (Benwee Head) at Carrowteige – a wild, far-flung headland on the north coast of Co. Mayo. Looking out over the rolling Atlantic swell, the coast here is romantically rugged, full of secluded coves, lonely sea stacks and wind-swept clifftops. It is also a place of rich cultural heritage, where traditions are upheld, and the Irish language is still spoken as the vernacular. Chat with your guide about the mythical tale of the Children of Lir – siblings condemned to live as swans and wander the countryside for 900 years.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 11 km / 7 miles

      Day 7 – Downpatrick Head & Departure Read Less

      Day 7

      Downpatrick Head & Departure

      After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the impressive Downpatrick Head. From the wildflower-flecked clifftop, soak up the spectacular views of the lonely sea stack Dún Bríste, the Staggs of Broadhaven islands, and a watch tower from the Napoleonic era. Those visiting during the early summer may be lucky enough to see the puffins that nest here, as well as many other coastal birds. Your guide will drop you at Sligo Train Station before lunch, where the trip will conclude.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

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      Trip Dates & Prices

      All payments taken in local currency EUR

      Trip Dates for 2025AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
      3rd May - 9th May 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now
      7th Jun - 13th Jun 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now
      12th Jul - 18th Jul 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now
      9th Aug - 15th Aug 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now

      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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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast.

      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 on the first, fifth, and final evening of the trip. The other nights of the trip are free for you to dine where you choose.

      Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes. Your guide can provide you with a list of local recommendations and can help you make any necessary reservations.

      Inclusions Read More
      • 6 nights accommodation in cosy guest houses and hotels
      • Most meals as stated in the itinerary
      • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout
      • Pickup and transport throughout the trip
      • 7 days exploring and hiking the wild landscapes of Ireland
      • Entrance and admission fees are as stated in the itinerary
      Grading Read More

      Green Graded 1-3

      Our green-graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and generally over smoother terrain (but usually not paved). 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

      Meet your guide at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery at 11:00 on Day 1 of your trip. At the end of your trip, your guide will drop you off at Sligo Train Station at 12:00, where you can continue your onward journey.

      If you’d like to arrange an extension before or after your trip, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

      Speak to an Expert

      Cathriona O’Donnell

      From Sligo to Galway and beyond, Cathriona lives and breathes the west coast. When not at work, you’ll likely find Cathriona wandering along a quiet beach or through a leafy green forest, or perhaps cooking or reading. As one of our trip experts, when it comes to a vacation in Ireland, there’s no one better to design the holidays of your dreams than Cathriona.

      Ask Cathriona a Question

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Green Graded 1-3

      Our green-graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and generally over smoother terrain (but usually not paved). 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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      Our holidays reviewed
      in your own words

      It was an amazing trip. Great cycling, great food and great people. I can truly say that this trip has improved my cycling. I have gained confidence and skills!

      Karen Alexopoulos
      Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
      Reviewed on 12/08/2019

      Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 1,863 reviews

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