You’re about to hike into the land that time forgot. Shrouded by mist and mystery, the North of Ireland is a rugged and hauntingly beautiful place for your next guided hiking adventure. On this journey, you’ll travel over the Causeway Coastal Route for a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, then continue along the very northern edge of Ireland and into County Donegal.
There you’ll hike over rocky, rolling mountain paths, up to dramatic cliffs for unbelievable views, and deep into a country as wild and remote as any storybook. You’ll get to explore the headlands of the north, seeking wildlife, hiking through a land steeped in ancient ruins and lore, and spend each evening in deluxe lodging designed for your comfort. Can you hear the wilds calling? Don’t miss it!
Causeway Coastal Route
Stretching from the busy streets of Belfast all the way to Londonderry, the Causeway Coastal Route hugs the Atlantic coast of Northern Ireland, passing through some of the region’s most spectacular scenery. This glorious coastline is studded with sandy beaches, thrilling cliff-top paths, heather-coasted moors and valleys, and historic ruins. It’s possible to drive the route in a few days, but there’s so much to explore here that you could lose yourself for weeks on end.
The Causeway Coastal Route is named for Northern Ireland’s most famous natural attraction – the Giant’s Causeway. This startling landscape of stunted basalt columns should be top of the list on any Northern Ireland itinerary. According to local myth, the rocks are the remnants of a causeway made by the giant Finn MacCool to allow him to traverse the sea all the way to Scotland to fight his rival, the Scottish giant Benandonner. Legends aside, this beautiful spot is well worth a visit.
However, the Causeway Coastal Route offers so much apart from the Giant’s Causeway. From the heart-stopping cliff walk known as The Gobbins, to the fairytale castle of Glenarm, or the romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle, the Causeway Coastal Route is packed with fascinating sights that will delight history buffs, nature lovers and adventurers alike.
County Donegal takes its name from the town of Donegal, from the Gaelic meaning ‘fort of the foreigners’. This is a wild, rugged land, with windswept cliffs, lush valleys, and some of the best hiking in the north of Ireland. Expect to see beautiful, sandy beaches, wide valleys, shimmering lakes and some truly untamed coastline. This is the place to come to sample some of Ireland’s finest seafood, with a gastronomic scene to rival anywhere on the continent.
Visitors can enjoy the Bluestack Mountains with an abundance of wonderful walking trails, or for something truly remote, head out to the Inishowen Peninsula where (if you’re very lucky) you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Alternatively, the Glenveagh National Park offers sublime scenery, with green, picturesque valleys that wouldn’t look out of place in Middle Earth.
Aside from the lush landscape, breathtaking cliffs and fascinating history, Donegal is known for the warm welcome it offers to visitors. The county’s motto is ‘have love for one another’, and you’ll definitely feel the love every time you walk into a pub or explore a new corner of this wild land.