Ireland North to South Hiking

Warm Hospitality on the Wild Atlantic Way

 

Ireland's legendary "Wild Atlantic Way" runs the length of the country, from the northernmost point at Inishowen Peninsula to Mizen Head in the south. On this epic Ireland hiking tour, traverse the most spectacular 70 miles of the 400-mile route. Walk along dramatic clifftops and white-sand beaches, taking in Ireland's iconic sites, including the Giant's Causeway, Donegal Town, the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, and the Lakes of Killarney. With warm Irish hospitality, resident guides and a pint waiting at the end of each day, you may never want to go home!

  • Hike the most stunning 65 miles of Ireland's famous 400-mile Wild Atlantic Way

  • Witness Lonely Planet's top 2018 destination-the Giant's Causeway, with its awe-inspiring cliffs

  • Spend days exploring Ireland's jaw-dropping landscapes, quaint fishing villages, and vibrant pub culture

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Arrive:

Dublin, Ireland

Depart:

Dublin, Ireland

Price: from $6,995

Duration:

12 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

5-16 Guests

Min Age:

18 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

This trip is perfect for people who enjoy and are capable of 5 - 10 miles of hiking per day, over a period of several hours. There are days that are hilly, and you\'ll even climb a mountain. The terrain is varied, with time spent walking on beaches, footpaths, through fields and grassy meadows, and it is often wet underfoot.
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  • Arrive in Dublin & Transfer to Derry

    Day 1

    After arrival at Dublin airport in Ireland, meet your MT Sobek guide for a transfer to Derry - the United Kingdom's "City of Culture" in 2013. Check into the hotel, and then head out on a short walk to blow away the cobwebs. This evening, join a local guide to take a walk along the walls of Derry and learn first-hand a positive story of Northern Ireland.

    Accommodation: Everglades Hotel

    Overlooking the River Foyle, this elegant hotel boasts bright, warmly decorated rooms that feature en suite bathrooms, TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffeemaking equipment. There's an airy grill restaurant and a library bar, plus a guest lounge.

    Accommodation: Bishop’s Gate Hotel

    Located within the historic Cathedral Quarter of Derry City, the Bishop's Gate Hotel was built over 100 years ago and has maintained its traditional Edwardian architecture style. Each guestroom has modern amenities, such as satellite TV, a coffee maker and Wi-Fi, and has elegant accents to keep with the hotel's heritage. Sip on champagne at The Wig bar or tea in the Hervey Library to unwind at the end of the day.

    Activity: 1-2 hours/1 mile city walk with 300' elevation loss

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach the Giant's Causeway

    Day 2

    Today walk along clifftops and stretches of white-sand beaches to reach the Giant's Causeway, a dramatic landscape of steep cliffs and 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that project into the ocean. Rated Lonely Planet's top 2018 destination, the Giant's Causeway has for centuries inspired artists and stirred scientific debate. According to legend, a Scottish giant began hurling abuse across the English Channel at the Irish warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhaill. So the two giants could have a fist fight, Fionn built a causeway of these imposing columns all the way to Scotland.

    Accommodation: Everglades Hotel

    Overlooking the River Foyle, this elegant hotel boasts bright, warmly decorated rooms that feature en suite bathrooms, TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffeemaking equipment. There's an airy grill restaurant and a library bar, plus a guest lounge.

    Accommodation: Bishop’s Gate Hotel

    Located within the historic Cathedral Quarter of Derry City, the Bishop's Gate Hotel was built over 100 years ago and has maintained its traditional Edwardian architecture style. Each guestroom has modern amenities, such as satellite TV, a coffee maker and Wi-Fi, and has elegant accents to keep with the hotel's heritage. Sip on champagne at The Wig bar or tea in the Hervey Library to unwind at the end of the day.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 656' elevation gain & 738' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Inishowen Peninsula

    Day 3

    Explore the most northerly point of our journey and of Ireland, the Inishowen Peninsula. This wild and windswept headland, peppered in ancient archaeological remains, is perfect for blowing away the cobwebs. Our walk takes us across rugged hills, overlooking dramatic coastal cliffs and hidden coves, providing us with views across the north coast of Inishowen, Northern Ireland and, on a fine day, even Scotland.

    Accommodation: Everglades Hotel

    Overlooking the River Foyle, this elegant hotel boasts bright, warmly decorated rooms that feature en suite bathrooms, TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffeemaking equipment. There's an airy grill restaurant and a library bar, plus a guest lounge.

    Accommodation: Bishop’s Gate Hotel

    Located within the historic Cathedral Quarter of Derry City, the Bishop's Gate Hotel was built over 100 years ago and has maintained its traditional Edwardian architecture style. Each guestroom has modern amenities, such as satellite TV, a coffee maker and Wi-Fi, and has elegant accents to keep with the hotel's heritage. Sip on champagne at The Wig bar or tea in the Hervey Library to unwind at the end of the day.

    Activity: 3 hours/ 5 miles hiking with 820' elevation gain & 800' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Knocknarea and Queen Maeve's Grave

    Day 4

    Transferring from the north to west coast today we stop to climb the uniquely shaped Knocknarea, a little mountain perched on the shores of Sligo Bay. The hill is crowned by a 180-foot high cairn built over a millennium in honor of a Celtic heroine, Queen Maeve. Lunch is in Strandhill, the surf village that sits between Knocknarea and the perfect Atlantic waves that break here year round.

    Accommodation: Westport Plaza Hotel-Westport, Ireland

    Located close to the town of Westport, the elegant Westport Plaza Hotel features spacious rooms, with a Jacuzzi bath and separate shower in the en suite bathroom. Savor sophisticated European food at the Merlot Restaurant, take a quick break at the Plaza Bar over cocktails, indulge in one of Spa Sula's massages or facials, or unwind in its thermal suite.

    Activity: 2 hours/2 miles hiking with 985' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to the Summit of Croagh Patrick

    Day 5

    Croagh Patrick is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland - the tradition of pilgrimage to its summit stretches back over 5,000 years. Thousands of devout Catholics climb the heather-covered hills and rough-stone paths to the small chapel at the summit every year, some barefoot. Climb to the summit today and take in the magnificent views of the northwestern Wild Atlantic Way along Clew Bay and its 365 islands. This evening, take time to explore the town of Westport on your own.

    Accommodation: Westport Plaza Hotel-Westport, Ireland

    Located close to the town of Westport, the elegant Westport Plaza Hotel features spacious rooms, with a Jacuzzi bath and separate shower in the en suite bathroom. Savor sophisticated European food at the Merlot Restaurant, take a quick break at the Plaza Bar over cocktails, indulge in one of Spa Sula's massages or facials, or unwind in its thermal suite.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/4 miles loop hike with 2,457' elevation gain & 985' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Discover Killary Harbor & Kylemore Abbey

    Day 6

    Today hike along the edge of one of Ireland's three fjords, visit the fairytale castle of Kylemore Abbey, and take in the rugged mountain scenery, with steep, craggy peaks framing the harbor on each side. This part of Ireland was particularly affected by the Great Famine of 1845-49; stone ruins across the landscape speak of the hardship of that era. Pass by a ruined village which was abandoned during that time, and a relief road dating back to 1846 which was constructed by locals in return for food rations.

    Accommodation: Park House Hotel-Galway City, Ireland

    Sitting in the heart of Galway City right next to Eyre Square, Park House Hotel is a stone's throw away from many attractions. The guest rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable and The Park House is one of Galway's most popular restaurants, offering full Irish breakfasts and scrumptious dinners. An extremely hospitable staff make guests feel right at home.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/9 miles hiking with 485' elevation gain & 787' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Aran Islands

    Day 7

    Renowned the world over, the three isolated rocky outcrops of the Aran Islands once held a position of great trading power in ancient Ireland. Today they are renowned the world over as the bastion of traditional language, culture and music. Inis Mor is the largest island, home to one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe: Dun Aonghusa (Dun Aengus), a semi-circular stone fort perched dramatically on top of a 328-foot drop into the sea. Walk to this spectacular location to take in magnificent vistas of Galway Bay, Connemara, and Black Head in the Burren.

    Accommodation: Park House Hotel-Galway City, Ireland

    Sitting in the heart of Galway City right next to Eyre Square, Park House Hotel is a stone's throw away from many attractions. The guest rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable and The Park House is one of Galway's most popular restaurants, offering full Irish breakfasts and scrumptious dinners. An extremely hospitable staff make guests feel right at home.

    Activity: 2-3 hours/6 miles hiking with 387' elevation gain & 505' elevation loss

    Transportation: 40-minute ferry ride, 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • See the Cliffs of Moher

    Day 8

    The staggering 700'-high Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the largest colonies of nesting seabirds on mainland Ireland. Walking along the coastal trail, look out for humpback whales or basking sharks, and if the conditions are right, surfers playing in some of the world's largest surfable waves. Spend this evening in the quirky little village of Dingle, arguably one of the strongest bastions of traditional Irish music. In the evening, join the locals in one of the pubs to experience some real craic agus ceoil (fun and music).

    Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel

    This traditional manor house hotel offers airy, classic rooms featuring vintage-style furnishings and en suite bathrooms. Each comes with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Room service is offered.

    Activity: 3 hours/4 miles hiking with 725' elevation gain & 446' elevation loss

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at Mount Brandon

    Day 9

    One of the highest mountains in Ireland is named after St. Brendan (Breanainn) the Navigator, who, according to legend, had a vision of a promised land while seated at its summit. He and his monks consequently set sail for that land and disembarked in 535 AD (over 900 years before Columbus) on American soil. Though there's no way to prove it, there are many that believe the Irish discovered America! Today we will follow the Dingle Way along a spectacular trail that crosses a saddle to the north of the peak and descends into the fishing village of Brandon.

    Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel

    This traditional manor house hotel offers airy, classic rooms featuring vintage-style furnishings and en suite bathrooms. Each comes with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Room service is offered.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/9 miles hiking with 3,120' elevation gain & 1,968' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Walk Around Slea Head Along the Dingle Way

    Day 10

    Today the trail begins on the sand at Ventry Bay, then continues along the bottom of Mount Eagle, following the jagged Wild Atlantic Way around the spectacular Slea Head. Some of the finest archaeological sites in Ireland can be encountered on the Dingle Way, such as standing stones and beehive huts - dry-stone, dome-shaped buildings dating from circa 2000 B.C. At the end of the hike, have some time to peruse the art galleries and craft shops in Dingle before transferring to Killarney.

    Accommodation: Great Southern Killarney-Killarney, Ireland

    Opened in 1854, the Great Southern Killarney retains its elegant Victorian style and old-world charm. The luxurious rooms showcase a full spectrum of plush perks. Surrounded by delightful gardens, it serves locally sourced food at the Garden Room Restaurant, casual food and fine whiskies at The Punchbowl Bar, afternoon tea in the Grand Foyer, and drinks in the Killarney Wine Rooms.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,214' elevation gain & 932' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Lakes of Killarney & Torc Mountain

    Day 11

    Today hike along a stunning stretch of the Iveragh Peninsula, or the Ring of Kerry, above the spectacular Lakes of Killarney. This is a windswept landscape broken only by the ruins of stone cottages and crumbling ancient monuments. The trail meanders between the mountains of Killarney National Park climbing up past Torc Waterfall to Torc Mountain. On a good day, the panoramic views of today's walk could claim to be the best in Ireland.

    Accommodation: Great Southern Killarney-Killarney, Ireland

    Opened in 1854, the Great Southern Killarney retains its elegant Victorian style and old-world charm. The luxurious rooms showcase a full spectrum of plush perks. Surrounded by delightful gardens, it serves locally sourced food at the Garden Room Restaurant, casual food and fine whiskies at The Punchbowl Bar, afternoon tea in the Grand Foyer, and drinks in the Killarney Wine Rooms.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,398' elevation gain & 1,638' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Adare Village & Transfer to Dublin

    Day 12

    Transfer to Adare Village for a leisurely riverside walk. There's the option to grab some last minute purchases in this beautiful village lined with thatched cottages recently converted into modern boutiques. Enjoy lunch together one final time before continuing to the airport to say our farewells.

    Activity: 1 hour/ 2 miles riverside walk with 300' elevation loss

    Transportation: 3.75-hour private van transfer to Dublin

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Ireland North to South Hiking Tour

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek is the only North American company to offer the north to south coastal route along Ireland's legendary Wild Atlantic Way.

Reason #02

We've isolated the most beautiful 70 miles of the route to create an approachable itinerary that you won't find anywhere else.

Reason #03

Our resident guides provide spontaneous opportunities to experience authentic pub life, live traditional Irish music, and a culture of camaraderie.

Meet your guides

Paul Quinn

Paul Quinn

Paul has been exploring Ireland's wild places for over 30 years, and is greatly appreciative of the opportunity to channel his love for the outdoors as a working mountain guide. He is deeply passionate about the people and culture of Ireland, and finding adventure in the Emerald Isle. His guests describe him as knowledgeable, caring, attentive, and energetic. When he's not guiding, Paul loves adventure racing. 

Activities

Moderate hikes and scenic drives through Ireland's iconic landscapes, taking in archaeological sites, art galleries and craft shops, paired with heartwarming Irish hospitality.

Lodging

From elegant historic hotels with gorgeous grounds to modern city hotels jam-packed with amenities, all featuring warm, welcoming service.

Climate

The climate is actually rather mild, with an average yearly temperature around 50°F. Expect a bit of rain during your trip.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Plan to arrive at the Dublin Airport (DUB) by 8:00AM on Day 1. After customs, you will be met by your guide or an MT Sobek representative and transferred to Derry, where the trip will start.

Is this really a hiking trip?

Yes. Come prepared for actual hiking in the outdoors. This is not a light touring experience.

What is the best type of shoe/boot for this trip?

The perfect footwear for this trip is a medium-weight, waterproof hiking boot.

Do I need hiking poles for this trip?

The terrain is often wet and uneven, so hiking poles will really assist with balance on varying terrain.

What is the food like on this trip?

The food on this trip is outstanding. There are ample fresh vegetables and plenty of fish, and other meats. The bread and cheese is also delicious.

Can I skip any of the hikes if I need a rest day?

Yes. We will be staying in some hotels for multiple nights, giving you the opportunity to take a day off to explore the village or simply relax at the hotel.

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2022

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Aug 14 - 25, 2022
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2023

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • May 07 - 18, 2023
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Jun 25 - Jul 06, 2023
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Aug 13 - 24, 2023
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 10 - 21, 2023
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Private Trip Pricing:

2022 Pricing

5 guests from $7,195 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $6,995 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $6,795 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

6 to 7 guests from $7,595 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $7,295 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.