Hiking Ireland North to South: What the Guides Say

April 27, 2018 by mtsobek

Ireland’s legendary “Wild Atlantic Way” runs the length of the country from Ireland’s northernmost point at Malin Head 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, MT Sobek has isolated the most beautiful 70 miles to create an approachable itinerary that you won’t find anywhere else. Learn about the trip first-hand from our wonderful Irish guides, who ensure warm Irish hospitality every step of the way!

Ireland Journey from North to South Guide Georgia MacMillan

I love the North to South trip because it provides a fabulous opportunity to showcase Ireland’s diverse landscape and cultural heritage, and travellers never fail to comment on the changing scenery, from rolling hills and cliff top walks to mountain heather and lakes. It is unique in that travellers on the North to South route get the chance to experience the rich variety of this small island.

Travellers bond together on their journey through Ireland’s geology, archaeology and history – a great opportunity for guests to get to know each other and exchange experiences in Ireland! They meet a variety of people, listening to the changing accents and traditional Irish music en route.

One of my favourites days on this tour is the visit to Killary Fjord and the stunning walk along the old famine route. Though simple, this hike is a chance to connect with the past – and it is both moving and uplifting.

I think one of the coolest places we visit is Dingle’s South Pole Inn. This pub pays tribute to the heroic Tom Crean, a member of both Scott and Shakleton’s Antarctic expeditions. The cheery pub is full of memorabilia from his fantastic adventures – and it is a great place to relax with a pint of Guinness and a plate of hearty food! Another highlight is hiking along the Giant’s Causeway, a wild and unusual geological formation that was created by warring giants according to legend! The views from the hike along the Causeway Coast are some of my favourites.

Here you will connect with the people, the place and the history. It’s amazing to visit World Heritage Sites such as Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher; however as a guide, some of the lesser trodden walks are even more magical, such as the ascent up Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula, or a visit to the clifftop island fort of Dun Aengus.

As for advice for future travellers? Bring gaiters and good, sturdy boots!

Ireland Journey from North to South Guide Ged Dowling

As a guide, I love this trip as it allows me the opportunity to introduce our travellers to the changing landscapes along the west coast of Ireland. The distance from Malin Head to Mizen head is less than 400 miles, however the change in the landscape could be continents apart! There is so much to see in Ireland and the North to South tour showcases the best parts.

I love the diversity of the landscapes throughout this trip, such as the dramatic clifftop walks, rolling countryside and natural and cultural heritage. To be able to show people amazingly unique phenomena such as the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and the Dun Aengus fort, all the while interpreting them through mythological and legendary stories, all combine to make this trip really special. I love sharing our music, culture, archeology, fresh cuisine and ancient heritage with visitors to the Emerald Isle, as well as our stunningly beautiful and constantly changing landscapes!

If I had to choose a favourite day, I’d choose the day we ascend Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry. The walk is quite strenuous, but the spectacular views make it worth the effort.

Another unique highlight is the walking tour of the walls of Derry. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn how the island of Ireland has been shaped through the eyes and experiences of local guides.

Our hikes take us along the less-travelled path with an abundance of history and folklore. Other highlights include enjoying the “Craic agus Ceol” (Irish for “fun and music”) with the locals while sampling some of the freshest local produce, meats and seafood and possibly a drop or two of your favourite tipple!

See the wonders of the “Wild Atlantic Way” for yourself on MT Sobek’s Hiking Ireland North to South.

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