Donegal Coast Guided Walk
Donegal Coast Guided Walk
The heritage town of Ardara, a centre for the tweed industry, is your base for the first three nights as you explore the beauty of South-West Donegal. You visit Glencolumbcille with its pilgrimage sites and climb the spectacular Slieve League. You then move North to the district of Gweedore for the next four nights.
On your ‘free day’ you will have time to partake in other activities if you wish and we may arrange a boat trip to one of Donegal’s many beautiful islands, weather and time permitting. You then climb Errigal, Donegal’s highest mountain. Your final hike takes you to the cliffs around Horn Head near Dunfanaghy.
Provider: Maurice Whelan
Location (see map below): Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Duration: 5 – 8 Days
Availability: All year round.
Requirements: (See Below).
Restrictions: (See Below).
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What your trip includes:
· 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.
Arrive for 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 hrs. for a Briefing Session followed by dinner with the group at 19.00 hrs.
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.
A short transfer (with your luggage) takes you to the start of your walk just outside Ardara. From there you follow a route over the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, one of the last true wilderness regions of Ireland with picturesque views of lakes, sea and unspoilt countryside to finish in the village of Glenties. Transfer to the region known as 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.
Today is your “free” day when you can enjoy a day of relaxation or enjoy some other activities available in the locality. Weather permitting, your guide may arrange a boat trip to Tory Island, Gola Island or Aranmore Island – each island with it’s own unique beauty & history. Your guide will talk through all practical options so that a group decision can be made. Dinner & overnight near Gweedore.
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. Return to accommodation 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 Bay to the Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas. Transfer back to accommodation for overnight and 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.
Departure after breakfast, transfer to Letterkenny bus station for onward connection to Derry, Donegal, Dublin and to all major towns and airports in Ireland.