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Hiking Ireland North to South: What the Guides Say

By: MT Sobek

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April 27, 2018 | Adventure Experts

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 guide Georgia MacMillan, who ensure warm Irish hospitality every step of the way!

Meet 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!

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