Hidden Ireland North (7 Day Tour)

A seven day hiking tour in Northern Ireland, Donegal, Sligo and Mayo. We visit the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, the hills and coast of Donegal, a sheep herding demonstration, and an exploration of Sligo’s fascination coastal history.

Prices: US$ 3629
EU€ 3279
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 2020
Mon 1 June to Sun 7 June 2020
12 places available
Pick up Dublin Airport
11 am,
Drop off Galway City
12 noon

Duration 7 Days
US$3629
EU€3279
Sun 14 Jun to Sat 20 Jun 2020
11 places available
Wed 5 Aug to Tues 11 Aug 2020
12 places available
Sun 6 Sept to Sat 12 Sept 2020
12 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

HArbourDAY 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 guest house 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. After 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 BALLINTOY

Terrain: well-maintained coast path, beach, cliffs | Elev 600ft. | Walking Distance 8 miles (12.8 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.

Alternative Walk Options: there is a shorter alternative of hiking just five miles. Overnight: Bushmills, County Antrim. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner

Glenveagh National ParkDAY 3: TRAVEL TO DONEGAL, HIKE GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK, VISIT CASTLE GARDENS.

Terrain: lakeside forest path | Elevation gain: 50 feet | Walking Distance 6 miles (9.7 km)

We’re off into the west today to County Donegal: we will be located in the village of Dunfanaghy, in the Gaelic-speaking region of the north western Ireland. Our accommodation is the award-winning Mill Guest House and Restaurant. This area is famous for excellent traditional Irish music and we hope to be able to enjoy hearing some music in the pubs. We will stop at 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.

Horn Head PeninsulaDAY 4: HIKE HORN HEAD COASTAL TRAIL, VISIT POOR HOUSE MUSEUM

Terrain: forest path, beach / dunes, coast path | Elev: 600 ft. | Walking Distance 8 miles (12.9 km)

Setting out on foot from the hotel, our walk today will be at the Horn Head Peninsula. This is one of the northernmost peninsulas of County Donegal. Our walk will commence through pine woods and bring us over high sand dunes interspersed with wild flowers, such as wild mountain thyme and pyramidal orchids. We then come down to a spectacular beach at Tramore before taking a coastal cliff path around by the sea. On our return through Dunfanaghy there will be time to visit the Poor House Museum. We will round off the day nicely with another wonderful four-course dinner at the Mill.

Alternative Walk Options: stroll at your own pace from the guest house into the village of Dunfanaghy then along the beach.

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

Mount Errigal - North of Ireland Hiking TourDAY 5: HIKE AT DUNLEWY LOUGH AND THE POISONED GLEN, TRAVEL TO SLIGO

Terrain: forest / lakeside path, some muddy trails | Elev 300 ft.| Walking Distance 8 miles (12.9 km)

This morning we will head south to County Sligo, but on our way we stop to walk near Dunlewy Lough and the Poisoned Glen, in Donegal. This is a magnificent walk through the hills and forests of Donegal in the shadows of mighty Mount Errigal. Tonight we will stay at Drumcliff in County Sligo. After dinner there will be time to visit the grave of W. B. Yeats at Drumcliff Church.

Alternative Walk Options: if you don’t wish to walk, there is an opportunity to visit the Dunlewy Centre: a community-based culture and arts development centre.

Overnight: Grange in County Sligo. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Westport TownDAY 6: SHEEP DOG DEMO, HIKE AT STREEDAGH, SLIGO, TRAVEL TO GALWAY

Terrain: sand, sand dunes, paths, lanes | Elev 150 ft. | Walking Distance 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 down at the Sligo coast with a local history / archaeological expert.

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

Overnight: Galway Town. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

DAY 7: TOUR ENDS GALWAY CITY

Last breakfast together in Galway.

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