Hiking Ireland's Northern Coast

For travel in 2026 - dates to be agreed

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Overview

Embark on a green grade hiking adventure through the scenic wonders of Donegal, featuring the majestic Slieve League cliffs and the serene Glenveagh National Park, before journeying onward to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. This trip begins and concludes in Dublin, with one night in the vibrant city. In addition to invigorating hikes, you’ll enjoy cultural visits to premier destinations and most meals, making this a well-rounded and enriching experience.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to Dublin's fair city

A private transfer will meet you at the airport and take you to your Dublin hotel. In the afternoon, embark on an city walking tour. You’ll explore Dublin’s historic streets, taking in the stunning architecture, visiting famous landmarks, and discovering hidden gems. Along the way, the guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the city’s past and present, giving you a deeper understanding of Dublin’s unique character and charm. This evening get to know your guide and your group over a welcome drink followed by dinner at a popular Dublin restaurant.

Overnight: Dublin | Camden Court Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Donegal and Devinish Island

Today we leave Dublin and transfer to Donegal via the picturesque town of Enniskillen. Upon arrival in Enniskillen, enjoy a traditional pub lunch, indulging in hearty local cuisine and perhaps enjoying a pint of the finest black stuff. After lunch, embark on a scenic boat ride to Devenish Island. The island is home to a historic monastic site dating back to the 6th century, featuring well-preserved ruins such as a round tower, a church, and intricately carved stone crosses. Explore the island’s rich history, stroll through the tranquil surroundings, and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of this unique heritage site before continuing your journey to Donegal.

Overnight: Donegal | Mill Park Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Slieve League and Glencolumbkille

Today we visit the stunning Slieve League cliffs, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at the sheer scale and natural beauty of these dramatic cliffs and the rugged coastline.

From here we will continue our adventure with a hike at Glencolumbkille, a picturesque village nestled in a remote valley. The hike will take you through some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes, with rolling hills, lush greenery, and ancient stone structures dotting the path. Enjoy the fresh air and the sense of tranquility that surrounds you in this unspoiled region.

After the hike, visit the Glencolumbkille Folk Village, an open-air museum that offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life in rural Ireland. Explore the meticulously reconstructed cottages, each representing a different period in Irish history, and learn about the customs, crafts, and daily activities of the local people. The village provides a fascinating insight into Ireland’s rich cultural heritage and allows you to step back in time and experience the simplicity and charm of rural Irish life.

Overnight: Donegal | Mill Park Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Hike Glenveagh National Park

Hike through the breathtaking Glenveagh National Park, a stunning expanse of pristine wilderness featuring rugged mountains, serene lakes, and dense woodlands. As you traverse the park’s well-maintained trails, immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquility of the surroundings, spotting local wildlife and enjoying panoramic views.

After your invigorating hike, visit the historic Glenveagh Castle, nestled within the heart of the park. This 19th-century castellated mansion offers a glimpse into Ireland’s rich history and opulent past. Wander the castle, exploring its beautifully furnished rooms, grand halls, and lush gardens.

Conclude your visit with a delightful break at the castle tearoom. Indulge in a traditional Irish treat of tea and scones, complete with clotted cream and homemade jam. Relax in the charming atmosphere of the tearoom, enjoying the warmth and hospitality as you reflect on the day’s adventures in this picturesque setting

Overnight: Dunfanaghy | Shandon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - Horn Head

Embark on a scenic hike along Horn Head, a rugged peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean near Dunfanaghy in County Donegal. As you traverse the coastal paths, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of towering cliffs, sweeping sandy beaches, and the azure waters below. Keep an eye out for seabirds wheeling overhead and seals basking on the rocks along the shoreline.

After your invigorating hike, enjoy a leisurely afternoon at your own pace.

Overnight: Dunfanaghy | Shandon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Derry City and Dunluce Castle

Embark on a fascinating walking tour along the historic Derry walls, offering panoramic views of Derry/Londonderry and the scenic River Foyle. Explore the well-preserved fortifications dating back to the 17th century, gaining insights into the city’s rich heritage.

Afterward, visit Dunluce Castle, a medieval marvel perched dramatically on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Wander through its ancient ruins and soak in the breathtaking coastal scenery, capturing the essence of Northern Ireland’s history and natural beauty in one memorable day.

Overnight: Causeway Coast | Bayview Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Causeway Coast and Giant's Causeway

Embark on a memorable hike along the Causeway Coast Way, a scenic trail that winds its way along Northern Ireland’s stunning coastline. As you hike, marvel at the dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and rocky coves that characterise this rugged coastline.

One of the highlights of your hike will be a stop at the iconic Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its unique geological formations, consisting of thousands of interlocking basalt columns that extend into the sea. Explore the natural wonder of the Causeway, marveling at the hexagonal pillars and hearing the ancient legends that surround this mystical place.

Overnight: Causeway Coast | Bayview Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Farewell!

Today we will depart Antrim and head back to Dublin for trip finale. We will stop in the historical village of Newry where you will have the chance to explore historic Newry Cathedral and enjoy a serene walk along the picturesque Newry Canal. Check in to your Dublin hotel where you will bid farewell to your guide and rest before your onward journey tomorrow. 

Overnight: Saint Kevin's | Camden Court Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Farewell!

A private transfer will take you to Dublin airport for the end of a memorable trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified (ML / LL, REC3, SPSV) guide at 1:8 guide to client ratio from Day 1 to Day 8
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
  • Gratuities for third party providers (hotels, included meals and experience guides)
  • Private airport transfer on arrival and departure
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
  • Additional services at hotels (eg. laundry, bar)
Pricing Read More

The price for this itinerary is:
  • 6 – 12 pax – €2600 pp sharing
  • 13 – 16 pax – €2500 pp sharing

Get in Touch


Accommodation

Camden Court Hotel

Camden Street Lower | Saint Kevin's | Dublin |
D02 W086 | Ireland
Phone: (01) 475 9666
Web: camdencourthotel.com

Mill Park Hotel

The Mullins | Mullans | Donegal |
F94 HD99 | Ireland
Phone: (074) 972 2880
Web: millparkhotel.com

Shandon Hotel

Marble Hill Strand | Dunfanaghy | Donegal |
Ireland
Phone: (074) 913 6137
Web: shandonhotelspa.com

Bayview Hotel

2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae | Bushmills | Co. Antrim |
BT57 8RZ | Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 (0)28 2073 4100
Web: bayviewhotelni.com