• NEW Ireland: Hiking North to South

    From Malin to Mizen—Ireland's Classic Coast to Coast Hike!

    From Malin to Mizen, this momentous 70-mile hiking journey will take us through picturesque landscapes, and treat us to some of Ireland’s most iconic sites, including the Giant's Causeway, Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal Town, Benbulben Mountain, Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick, Connemara, the Aran Islands, Galway City, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle and the Lakes of Killarney.

    best times to go: June, August

    departures: 2 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $5,795 see detailed pricing

    UK & The Far North

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Also great as a private trip. Call for details

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!

Activities

11 Days of moderate hiking on trails and country roads, and overland on terrain that is often wet, slippery and uneven.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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, Ireland

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    Day 7 : Killary Harbour & Kylemore Abbey

    Today, we'll hike along Ireland’s only fjord and visit the fairytale castle of Kylemore Abbey.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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DATES: Best time to go: June, August Departures: Jun 7 - 18, 2015 Aug 9 - 20, 2015

PRICING:


2015 Prices
$5,795 (5-16 members)
$800 single supplement

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

photo credits: ©MTS Photo File



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