From Malin to Mizen—Ireland's Classic Coast to Coast Hike!
Ireland’s legendary “Malin to Mizen" runs the length of the country from Malin Head at the in County Donegal to Mizen Head, thought to be Ireland’s most southerly point. Common routes span some 400 miles, typically making it a real challenge. However, MTS has isolated the most beautiful 70 miles to create an approachable itinerary that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll walk along clifftops and white sand beaches, taking in Ireland’s most iconic sites, including the Giants Causeway, Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal Town, Croagh Patrick, Connemara, the Aran Islands, Galway City, the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle and the Lakes of Killarney. With warm Irish hospitality and a pint waiting for you at the end of each day, you may never want to go home!
11 Days of moderate hiking on trails and country roads, and overland on terrain that is often wet, slippery and uneven.
- Hike the best 70 miles of Ireland’s famous Malin to Mizen Trail--we’re the only North American company to offer the North to South coastal route
- Spend full days among the country’s most iconic sights, jaw-dropping landscapes, and quaint fishing villages
- Our resident guides provide spontaneous opportunities to experience authentic pub life, live traditional Irish music, and a culture of camaraderie
Duration: 12 days Start Location: Dublin, Ireland End Location: Dublin, IrelandDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Dublin, Ireland – Malin Head
Arrive in Dublin, Ireland. Meet your guide, then transfer to Derry. Warm-up hike in Malin Head, climbing rugged hills and past windswept cliffs.
Day 2 : The Giant's Causeway
Today we'll walk along clifftops and beaches to reach the Giant’s Causeway, a dramatic landscape of 40,000 basalt columns projecting into the ocean.
Day 3 : Mount Errigal
We’ll hike to the iconic summit of Mount Errigal, part of Glenveagh National Park, where we’ll have tea in a castle. Transfer to Donegal.
Day 4 : Slieve League Cliffs
Today, we’ll scale the Slieve League, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe! On the way, we’ll visit a famous pilgrimage site.
Day 5 : Queen Meave’s Cairn & W B Yeat’s Grave
We’ll pass W.B. Yeat’s grave, then climb the limestone hill of Knocknarea to reach a legendary 180-foot high cairn!
Day 6 : Croagh Patrick
We’ll follow the path-less-traveled to Croagh Patrick, one of the holiest spots in all of Ireland. Tonight is free to explore Westport.
Day 7 : Killary Harbour & Kylemore Abbey
Today, we'll hike along Ireland’s only fjord and visit the fairytale castle of Kylemore Abbey.
Day 8 : Aran Islands
Our walk takes us to the rocky outcrops of the Aran Islands, home to Dún Aonghusa, one of Europe’s most important archeological sites.
Day 9 : Cliffs of Moher
Walking along the Cliffs of Moher today, we may see humpback whales or basking sharks. We’ll spend the evening in Dingle, a bastion of Irish music!
Day 10 : Slea Head along the Dingle Way
From Ventry Bay, we’ll trace the base of Mount Eagle, then follow the jagged coast around the Slea Head past standing stones and beehive huts.
Day 11 : Beara Peninsula & Dursey Island
Cable car transfer to Dursey Island, where we’ll hike, taking in its incredible seabirds, standing stones and ancient monastery.
Day 12 : Mizen Head – Dublin – Departure
Our hike finishes at Mizen Head today, famous for its wildflowers, marine life, and seabirds. Transfer to Cork City before returning to Dublin for home.
DATES: Best time to go: June, August Departures: Jun 7 - 18, 2015 Aug 9 - 20, 2015
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