Donegal has a spectacular coastline, with safe, quiet, sandy beaches hiding amidst its rugged shores. Inland lies a tranquil land rich in heritage and folklore with a wealth of culture and a strong sense of its own identity and uniqueness.
What to Expect
Arrive overnight at your first guesthouse at Ardara. Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. Your guide will meet you there at 18:00 for a Briefing Session followed by dinner with the group at 19:00.
On your first day you will follow the old pilgrimage route at Glencolumbcille, a holy site since the days of St. Columbcille in the 6th century. You will enjoy some wonderful coastal scenery along the way and visit some of the places of historical and archaeological interest that abound in this region. At the end of the hike you return to Ardara for dinner and overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: 12kms. Duration: 4½ hours. Max. Height: 300m. Grass tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.
Today you hike along the famous Slieve League to complete a most impressive hike across these high and spectacular cliffs on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The views are fantastic over Donegal Bay to Benbulben and the mountains of North Mayo. Return to your accommodation in Ardara for dinner and overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: 13kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 750m. Grass tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.
Morning transfer from Ardara to Maghery near Dungloe (¾ hour). Today’s hike takes you to Croaghegly and the low hills inland from Crohy Head. You gain views of Aranmore and other islands, as well as the headlands of the Rosses dotted with lakes. Transfer to Bunbeg/Gweedore for dinner and overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: 15kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 245m. Grass tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.
This is your ‘free day’ to allow you to partake in other activities if you wish – such as cycling, horse riding, canoeing or just laze about with a book! Weather and time permitting, you may arrange a boat trip to Aranmore/Aran Island, an island of ferocious beauty located 5kms. off the Donegal Coast. Return to Bunbeg/Gweedore for dinner and overnight.
There is no guided walk today. You are free to decide your own program once you arrive on the island.
Today, from the village of Dunlewy you climb Errigal, Donegal’s highest and best known peak. If the day is fine, you will have views southwards towards Slieve Snaght and the brooding depths of the Poisoned Glen; while to the North you will look out over a watery plain towards Bloody Foreland and Tory Island beyond. On your descent, you visit the lower peaks of Mackoght (Wee Errigal) and Beaghy. Return to Bunbeg/Gweedore for dinner and overnight.
Walk Details - Distance: 8kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 751m. Stony tracks and open mountain with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.
Your last day’s hike is on the promontory of Horn Head near Dunfanaghy. This spectacular headland offers some fine cliff scenery and views across the wild waters of Sheep Haven to the Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas. Transfer to Letterkenny for your last overnight and farewell evening dinner.
Walk Details – Distance: 15kms. Duration: 4½ hours. Max. Height: 250m. Grassy tracks and open moorland with rocky sections and no tracks. Some road walking. Boots essential.
Departures after breakfast. From Letterkenny there is an excellent bus service to Derry, Donegal, Dublin and to all major towns and airports in Ireland.
- 7 nights bed in room with private shower/ bathroom. Full Irish breakfast each morning.
- Picnic lunch (on hike days only)
- 7 Evening Dinners
- 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday
- Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
What's Not Included
- Any boat trips (e.g. ferry to Great Blasket Island)
- Personal drinks
- Entrance fees to theaters, parks or museums etc
- Medical expenses or gratuities
Ardara - more details will be shared after booking.