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Hidden Ireland North (7 Day Tour)

30 Year Anniversary 1994 - 2024A seven day hiking tour in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and Donegal, Sligo and Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. We visit the Giant’s Causeway, Rathlin Island, the hills and coast of Donegal, a sheep herding demonstration, and an exploration of Sligo’s fascination coastal history.

Prices:US$ 4999
US$ 800 Single Supp
Duration: 7 days

2018 Certificate of Excellence

This trip can be taken as:

  • Hidden Ireland – 15 days (days 1-15) [click here]
  • Hidden Ireland North – 6 nights (days 1-7) [see below]
  • Hidden Ireland South – 8 nights (days 8-15) [click here]

Itinerary Information

Hidden Ireland North Tour Details for 2024 and 2025
Weds 19 Jun to Tues 25 Jun 2024
TOUR FULL
Pick up Dublin Airport
11 am,
Drop off Galway City
12 noon

Duration 7 Days
US$4999
US$800 Single Supp
Thurs 19 Jun to Weds 25 Jun 2025
9 Places available

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Tour Highlights

  • 2 nights in Bushmills, County Antrim
  • 2 nights in Dunfanaghy, County Donegal
  • 1 night in Grange, County Sligo
  • 1 night in Galway Town, Co Galway
  • A fabulous walk at the Giant's Causeway
  • The beautiful Antrim Coastal Path
  • High cliffs, mountains and wilderness of Donegal
  • Hiking the wilderness of Glenveagh Nat. Park
  • Stunning coastal scenery
  • Poor House Museum at Dunfanaghy
  • Mountains and rivers of Donegal
  • Lovely Coastal hike in Sligo
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration
  • Irish music in the Galway pubs

Included In Tour

  • Dublin Airport pick-up and Galway City drop-off
  • 6 nights 3-4 star accommodation (en suite)
  • All land transport
  • 5 guided walks
  • Escort of full-time guide
  • Escort of local guides
  • Evening transportation to pubs / music
  • Entrance to Glenveagh National Park
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 packed lunches
  • 4 evening meals

DAY 1: MEET AT DUBLIN AIRPORT, TRAVEL TO ANTRIM VIA HILLSBOROUGH

Terrain: sandy beach | Elevation gain: sea level | Walking Distance 2 miles (3.2 km)

The first part of our journey will take us directly north from Dublin to the coast of County Antrim. We will stop on the way for a visit to Hillsborough the famous and historical village in County Down renowned for its beautiful castle and Georgian houses. For our first two nights we will stay at a lovely hotel with great views of the Antrim Coast. The Antrim Coast is an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you will soon see for yourself how the title was earned. Before dinner there should be time for a short stroll along the Causeway Coast.

Overnight: Bushmills, County Antrim. Meals Included: Dinner.

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge - North of Ireland Hiking TourDAY 2: HIKE THE ANTRIM COAST FROM THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY TO DUNSEVERICK

Terrain: well-maintained coast path, beach, cliffs | Elev 600ft. | Walking Distance 6 miles (9.7 km)

Our walk today will take us along the stunning Antrim coastline, highlighted by the world famous Giants Causeway. The Causeway consists of thousands of hexagonal black basalt columns. Sixty million years ago an undersea explosion resulted in this fascinating geological structure, and it is officially known as one of the great wonders of the Natural World. We break for lunch at the ruin of Dunseverick Castle. The views are spectacular and in fine weather, it is possible to see straight across to the coast of Scotland.

Overnight: Bushmills, County Antrim. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 A VISIT TO RATHLIN ISLAND

Terrain: country lanes, coastal track, rocky shore | Elev 200 ft. | Walking Distance 8 miles (12.9 km)

Today we take the ferry out to Rathlin Island: the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland. Rathlin is only 15 miles from the Scottish coast at the Mull of Kintyre. We take a trip out to the West Lighthouse: famed for its bird life and home to tens of thousands of seabirds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, puffins and razorbills. Later we will walk down to Rue Point for a fine walk beside lakes and down to see the seals at the southern shore. We return later to the mainland and our guest house to relax and enjoy an excellent meal, perhaps with some locally caught seafood.

Overnight: Bushmills, County Antrim. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Horn Head Peninsula

DAY 4: TRAVEL FROM ANTRIM TO DONEGAL.  HIKE ARDS FOREST PARK

Terrain: road, forest, beach / dunes, coast path | Elev: 400 ft. | Walking Distance 8 miles (12.9 km)

Setting out this morning, our walk today will be at the Ards Forest Park peninsula. This is one of the northernmost peninsulas of County Donegal. This is the longest Ards Forest Park trail, visiting a variety of habitats, with interesting flora and fauna.  We switch from level ground at the seashore to more difficult conditions at higher elevations, providing much wonderful hill and coastal scenery.  We will then make our way to our lovely accommodation in the coastal  village of Dunfanaghy

Overnight: Dunfanaghy, County Donegal. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Mount Errigal - North of Ireland Hiking Tour

DAY 5: VISIT GLEBE GALLERY AND HIKE GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK

Terrain: lakeside forest path | Elevation gain: 50 feet | Walking Distance 7 miles (11.2km) Our

We start today with a visit to Glebe Gallery, the former home of artist Derek Hill.  Glebe House is in a beautiful  setting beside a lake.  We will then make our way to  Glenveagh National Park for a walk which begins in the wild country in the mountains and finishes at the beautiful Lough Beagh and Glenveagh Castle gardens.

Walk Options: there is a shorter alternative of hiking just one or two miles.

Overnight: Dunfanaghy, County Donegal. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Westport TownDAY 6: SHEEP DOG DEMONSTRATION, HIKE AT THE FOOT OF BENBULBEN,  SLIGO.

Terrain: good gravel track and lanes | Elev 250 ft. | Walking Distance 3.4 miles

This morning we visit a sheep farm for a wonderful sheep dog demonstration with a family who have farmed the hills for generations.    We will then hike at Gortarowey in the foothills of Benbulben.  Our final journey brings us to Strandhill, a few miles outside Sligo Town.

Alternative walk options: this is a very easy hike, suitable for all.

Overnight: Strandhill, County Sligo. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 7: DRIVE FROM STRANDHILL TO GALWAY.  TOUR ENDS GALWAY CITY

Last breakfast together and then we have a two hour drive to Galway City.  It is very straightforward to take a coach from Galway to Dublin City and / or Airport for your return or onward journey.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Note: The above scheduled itinerary is subject to change for varying reasons. Any changes made by Joyce’s Ireland and / or the tour leaders will be in the interest and safety of all participants.

Note also: Many clients come on a Joyce’s Ireland tour who wish to do very little hiking. Every day there are alternative options such as sight-seeing, relaxing, reading, painting, listening to Irish traditional music, and generally just soaking up the Irish atmosphere. You can opt out of the hiking on any day! All our accommodations are based in scenic locations, so you are very welcome to just remain “home” for the day.

North of Ireland Hiking Tour

Hidden Ireland North – North of Ireland Hiking Tour

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