Ireland:

Donegal Hike


Six nights; five days of moderate hiking on Donegal's coastal paths including Glenveagh National Park and the majestic cliffs of the Slieve League.

“The scenery is gorgeous, the inns are welcoming, and the Irish people exceptionally hospitable. It is a great trip, even if it rains!” – Susan H. & Quincy S.








Itinerary


Start: Donegal airport, 17:00, day one. There are usually two flights daily between Dublin and Donegal, operated by Aer Lingus. Please contact us to make alternate arrangements, if necessary.


Finish: Donegal airport, 09:00, day seven.


Day 1:

Introductions

Arrive at Donegal airport (domestic flights only, operated by Aer Lingus). You will be collected from the airport and transferred a short distance to your waterfront hotel. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only; self guided tours include breakfast only.)
Arnold's Hotel, Dunfanaghy

Day 2:

Horn Head (4-5hr)

Starting from your hotel, today's introduction to the Donegal coast takes you from Tramore Beach to the magnificent heather-topped sea cliffs at Horn Head. You will pass Two Pistols, McSwyne's Gun and Marble Arch. Additional or alternative afternoon options include golfing on the Harry Vardon designed links across the road from your hotel, as well as horse riding, surf lessons, sea kayaking, and angling. BL
Same lodging

Day 3:

Glenveagh National Park (4hr) and Blue Stack Way (optional - 2hr)

Morning transfer 25 minutes to Glebe Gallery, where Derek Hill's portraits are a result of study with Monet and Picasso. Your hike takes you into Glenveagh National Park where you can visit the castle before following the lakeshore and climbing the riverside path past waterfalls to the top of the glen from where you will transfer back to the village of Ardara. If you have extra energy, there is a two hour hike along the Owenea River from Glenties to your comfy inn. For dinner tonight, you can choose between fine dining at your inn or pub options a short walk away. Nancy's Bar is one of the coziest and most popular. BL
Woodhill House, Ardara

Day 4:

Ardara to Carrick (6hr)

This is a spectacular day! Your walk begins with a warm up on paved lanes past Assarancagh Waterfall to Maghery Starnd where the beach is huge and sea caves beckon. You may be surprised at the warmth of the water here, but swimmers must be exceptionally careful to avoid rip currents. Leaving the sand behind, you will climb up through the Granny Pass toward Carrick, and marvel at the expansive moorlands that cap this most spectacular peninsula along the way. BLD
Teelin Bay House, or

Inishduff House, or

Slieve League Lodge; Carrick

Day 5:

Slieve League (3-4hr)

Following breakfast you’ll head directly to the dramatic Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Hike along the ridge top and One Man's Pass, enjoy the phenomenal view and return via the bog tracks to the viewpoint. BL
Same lodging

Day 6:

Malin Beg to Port (4-5hr)

A 15 minute transfer will take you to the start of your walk at the magically situated beach of Malin Beg. Walk to Glencolmcille to visit the folk village and craft shops in "the Glen", and then take the path over the hills and along the wild coast to the abandoned village of Port. Transfer about 90 minutes to your inn. Your guides will bid you farewell this evening following dinner. BLD
Danny Minnie's, or

Caisleain Orr Hotel; Annagry

Day 7:

Farewell

You will be transferred to the Donegal airport this morning (~4km); flights to Dublin usually depart twice daily at approximately 09:55 and 17:50. B





Description




Note about the route:

Moderate, 4-6 hour hikes each day along craggy picturesque coastlines, lush glens, towering sea-cliffs and secluded sandy beaches.






This is debatably Ireland's most beautiful corner. Gorgeous sand beaches interrupt heather-clad sea cliffs, and beautiful pathways carry you between places of outstanding beauty. The quiet beauty of County Donegal is sandwiched between the border with Northern Ireland and the surf-ringed headlands of the open Atlantic. You will hike around Horn Head near the delightful village of Dunfanaghy, and make your way from the Glebe Gallery to the formerly private estate of Glenveagh Castle, through the wild Glenveagh National park, before visiting the musical and pub-peppered town of Ardara. You will hike past waterfalls and beaches from Ardara toward the Slieve League - the highest seacliffs in Europe, near the folk village of Glencolmcille. From there, you will finish with a hike to an abandoned village on an astoundingly beautiful coast. After a heady mix of gentle walks and challenging hikes, the hardest part will be leaving all of the wildly sublime beauty behind.





Maps & Elevations






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Costs

Guided

US 2595 C 2895

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, ground transportation, full-time guide assistance, maps, trail notes, taxes)

Self-Guided

US 2395 C 2695

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential shuttles, emergency support, taxes)

Single Occupancy

US 425 C 475

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.