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    North West Ireland - Donegal & Sligo

    Counties Sligo & Donegal, on the northwest of the Wild Atlantic Way, are one of Ireland secret hidden gems. Remote and off-the-beaten-path, Sligo and Donegal are world-renowned for surfing, recognised as the coolest place on Earth by National Geographic, and a mecca for outdoor adventures.

    Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 194 reviews

    Ancient Neolithic sites
    Renowned surfing
    Coolest Place on Earth

    North West Ireland - Donegal & Sligo holidays

    The rugged and beautiful wildernesses of Sligo and Donegal form a corner of Europe that somehow the rush of the modern world overlooked.

    Sligo and Donegal are perhaps Ireland’s best-kept secret – at least when it comes to the coast! Rugged and remote, Sligo and Donegal are home to a plethora of rolling mountains, towering cliffs, swathes of white sandy beaches, Neolithic monuments, crumbling ruins and tiny villages. From learning how to Donegal tweed is made to winding down the amazing Glengish Pass to visiting the surfing mecca of Ireland or hiking Yeats Country, North West Ireland is a dream come true for those looking to get off the beaten track. Donegal was rated as National Geographic’s Coolest Place on Earth – need we say more?

    Sligo and Donegal are full of myths and stories – hear tales of warrior Queen Maeve, the tragic lovers of Diarmuid and Grainne or the even the mysterious selkies sometimes spotted off the coast. Spot sea birds, basking sharks and dolphins along the northwest coast, and in the evening, catch some traditional Irish music in one of the numerous pubs in Sligo town, a coastal town recognised for its food and musicians!

    Things to see and do in Sligo & Donegal:

    • Hike the Slieve League Cliffs – among Europe’s highest sea cliffs
    • Bike through the Mamore Gap, one of Ireland’s most famed bike routes
    • Explore the eerie and remote Glenveagh National Park and its idyllic Victorian castle
    • Learn how to weave Donegal tweed in Adara
    • Explore Yeats Country by kayak such as Lough Gill and the Atlantic coast of Sligo
    • Explore the plethora of neolithic monuments, as the region is a hotspot for these structures that are older than the pyramids of Giza!
    • Stand at the northernmost point of Ireland at Malin Head, also a Star Wars filming location!

    Our Tours in Donegal and Sligo

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    Wilderness Ireland staff were so helpful from the minute that I enquire do about the trip and throughout the booking process. Nothing too much trouble!
    The trip was so memorable in many ways. Lovely walks,food, accommodation and company.

    John Barrett
    Hiking - The Wicklow Way
    Reviewed on 18/07/2019

    Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 194 reviews

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