Hoogeveen & Hannah Northern Ireland Self-Drive

Sunday 23rd June – Friday 28th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Overview

Travel throughout Northern Ireland’s hidden heartland, taking in some of our famous historic sites and highlights while at the same time exploring more off-the-beaten-path locations and stunning landscapes. Along the way, you will get under the skin of Ireland, visiting sites associated with the country’s long and complex history from prehistoric times to the recent past. Meeting local people and learnomg about life on Europe’s northern edge, you’ll uncover the natural history of the varied landscape from verdant green pastures to rugged mountains to jaw-dropping coastal scenery.

Highlights

  • Visit the world-famous Giant's Causeway and hike along award-winning Causeway Coast
  • Uncover the history and emotion of the Famine times with a local guiding expert
  • Embark on a challenging trail in the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland's most impressive mountain range

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 23rd June - Arrive into Belfast and Drive to Newcastle

Arriving into Ireland today, you will pick up your rental car in Belfast. The choice is yours whether to spend the afternoon in the Northern Irish capital, or head straight down to Newcastle to your accommodation overlooking the lively village promenade. Stop en route to visit the grave of St. Patrick beside his namesake church overlooking the rolling green fields of County Down.

Overnight: Newcastle | The Avoca Hotel
Room Type: King Room

Day 2 - Monday 24th June - The Mountains of Mourne

Today you should expect quiet slopes, picturesque valleys dotted with lakes and sheep on a backdrop of jagged silhouettes. Your hiking route will intersect with the Mourne Wall, a 22-mile dry-stone wall which required 18 years to build and that traverses the whole range. Your aim is to take in some of the 15 peaks along the wall’s path, absorbing views of lake-filled valleys and the sea beyond. After your hike, stop in for a hot chocolate or a coffee at a local chocolatier to refuel and learn about the makers’ bean to bar mission.

Overnight: Newcastle | The Avoca Hotel
Room Type: King Room
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 12 km / 7 miles | 750 m / 2,461 ft elevation gain

Day 3 - Tuesday 25th June - Walking the Famine Emigrant Trail

Northern Ireland is often known best for its coastlines, but the vast green expanse of the country’s interior is an underrated gem. There’s no better way to encapsulate the region’s combination of natural and cultural significance than by meeting a local guide for a walk along a trail taken by emigrants escaping the famine, set in the beautiful Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your guide will share history and stories of those who walked the trail, and we recommend finishing up at her local pub for a hearty lunch before finishing your drive to the northern coastline.

Overnight: Bushmills | The Causeway Hotel
Room Type: Double Terrace Room
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 10 km / 6 miles | 350 m / 1,148 ft elevation gain

Day 4 - Wednesday 26th June - The Causeway Coastal Route

With your hotel right at the cliffs, wake up this morning on the Causeway Coast in North Antrim, a National Trust-managed coastline of outstanding beauty. Follow the first part of the Causeway Coast Way, a way-marked long-distance trail that follows 33 miles of coastline. This lesser-travelled section of the trail is full of hidden corners, from isolated white sand coves to ruined fortresses and tumbledown cottages. The landscape inspired C.S. Lewis’s Narnia and eagle-eyed Game of Thrones fans will delight in spotting familiar scenes.

Overnight: Bushmills | The Causeway Hotel
Room Type: Double Terrace Room
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 14 km / 9 miles | 350 m / 1,148 ft elevation gain

Day 5 - Thursday 27th June - The Glens of Antrim & Belfast City

Comprising nine glens that radiate from the Antrim plateau to the coast, each of the Glens of Antrim has its own history and mythology dating back millennia. Today’s hike explores the slope below the escarpment of the ‘Queen of the Glens’. Passing along the river gorge to its upper reaches, take in views from the Glen to the coast and the sea beyond. Your drive along the coast which takes you into Belfast is dotted with castle ruins and jaw dropping cliff tops, and your city centre accommodation ensures you can explore Belfast city in the evening to toast the past few days of adventure.

Overnight: Belfast | Ten Square Hotel
Room Type: Classic Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 9 km / 6 miles | 300 m / 984 ft elevation gain

Day 6 - Friday 28th June - Onward to Scotland

Drive to the airport early this morning to drop your rental car off, and get excited for your week ahead of cycling the Hebrides in Scotland!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Night 1 to Night 5
  • Breakfast each morning
  • An expert guided walk along a famine emigration trail
  • A taxi transfer to round out your linear Causeway Coastal section walk
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Your car rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners throughout
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is1,310 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

Pay a 25% deposit

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