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Ireland North to South Hiking Tour

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, 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. Spend your days exploring Ireland's jaw-dropping landscapes, and your nights enjoying traditional Irish music and lively pub culture!

12 Days

From: $7,995

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, 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. Spend your days exploring Ireland's jaw-dropping landscapes, and your nights enjoying traditional Irish music and lively pub culture!

Hear from Liam Fahy one of our expert guides on Ireland North to South! Join us for a spectacular hike on the Wild Atlantic Way, and explore iconic sights from the Giant's Causeway to the Ring of Kerry, in 2024.

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Highlights


  • Hike the most stunning 70 miles of Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way and summit age-old Croagh Patrick
  • See the rugged Cliffs of Moher and the awe-inspiring basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway
  • Soak up Irish culture and history from our knowledgeable local guides

Ireland North to South Hiking Tour

Start: Dublin, Ireland  End: Dublin, Ireland

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • 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 grab lunch. In the afternoon, join a local guide to take a walk along the walls of Derry and learn first-hand a positive story of Northern Ireland.

    Accommodation: Bishop’s Gate Hotel

    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: Bishop’s Gate Hotel

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 420' elevation gain & 400' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Inishowen Peninsula

    Day 3

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

    Accommodation: Bishop’s Gate Hotel

    Activity: 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 290' elevation gain & 400' 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 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 ago 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

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 930' elevation gain & 660' elevation 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

    Activity: 4-5 hours/5 miles hike with 2,460' elevation gain & 2,460' 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

    Activity: 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking with 120' elevation gain & 120' 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 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

    Activity: 2-3 hours/6 miles hiking with 290' elevation gain & 80' 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, one of the great strongholds 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 Skellig Hotel & Spa-Dingle, Ireland
    Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel

    Activity: 3 hours/4 miles hiking with 145' elevation gain & 740' 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 Skellig Hotel & Spa-Dingle, Ireland
    Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel

    Activity: 5-6 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 3,120' elevation gain & 1,720' 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

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 840' elevation gain & 650' 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

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 780' elevation gain & 1,015' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Adare Village & Transfer to Dublin

    Day 12

    For your last day's hike, head to Knockfeerina in County Limerick. This small summit gives 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. Then transfer to Adare Village, where thatched cottages recently converted into modern boutiques providing the option to grab some last minute souvenirs. Enjoy lunch together one final time before continuing to the airport to say our farewells.

    Activity: 1 hour/3 miles riverside walk with 290' elevation gain & 290' elevation loss

    Transportation: 3.75-hour private van transfer to Dublin

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been operating world-class adventures in Ireland for decades and this is the perfect hike along Ireland's legendary Wild Atlantic Way.

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

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

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2024

Scheduled Dates


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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

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


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

5 to 7 guests from $8,595 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $8,395 per person double occupancy

2025 Pricing

5 to 7 guests from $9,195 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $8,895 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

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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Make Your Own Dates in These Months


Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


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.

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Inclusions

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.

Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Brendan O.

Brendan O.

As an outdoor enthusiast, Brendan had a spoilt upbringing growing up in Killarney where the 22,000-hectare Killarney National Park was literally his very own backyard. He spent his youth out hiking, cycling, and boating in the park. Some years later, he went into ‘exile’ to Cork city for work. He was happy enough in Cork but something was always missing and it was photography that re-awakened Brendan’s love of the great outdoors. It was only then that it dawned on him – “what all these poets were on about.”

Kevin C.

Kevin C.

From his earliest memories, Kevin has been drawn to exploring the remote, the wild and the isolated. Sharing these places with others on foot or bike brings him the greatest joy. The change of seasons, the abundance of nature, the sun, the wind and the rain are his oxygen. Hidden valleys, stone walls and ancient roads race in his blood. A quiet pint, fresh crab claws, a beautiful ballad or a story well told feeds his soul. Kevin has walked, cycled and explored much of Europe’s most amazing backdrops but is always drawn back to the wilds of Ireland.

Liam F.

Liam F.

Liam has loved Ireland's wild places since he was first introduced to them in the scouts as a teenager and has been exploring and enjoying the Irish wilderness ever since then. His first experience of guiding or leading others in the outdoors was as a scout leader where he realized that he enjoyed introducing others to the environment that he knew and loved as much as he enjoyed exploring it himself. Since then, Liam has been leading, guiding and instructing in the great Irish outdoors with youth groups, the Irish Defence Forces and as a wilderness guide.

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

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Transferring from the north to west coast today 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 ago 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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, one of the great strongholds 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For your last day\'s hike, head to Knockfeerina in County Limerick. This small summit gives 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. Then transfer to Adare Village, where thatched cottages recently converted into modern boutiques providing the option to grab some last minute souvenirs. Enjoy lunch together one final time before continuing to the airport to say our farewells.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated 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.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

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

Day 2

3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 420' elevation gain & 400' elevation loss

Day 3

3 hours/5 miles hiking with 290' elevation gain & 400' elevation loss

Day 4

2 hours/3 miles hiking with 930' elevation gain & 660' elevation loss

Day 5

4-5 hours/5 miles hike with 2,460' elevation gain & 2,460' elevation loss

Day 6

3-4 hours/5 miles hiking with 120' elevation gain & 120' elevation loss

Day 7

2-3 hours/6 miles hiking with 290' elevation gain & 80' elevation loss

Day 8

3 hours/4 miles hiking with 145' elevation gain & 740' elevation loss

Day 9

5-6 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 3,120' elevation gain & 1,720' elevation loss

Day 10

5 hours/7 miles hiking with 840' elevation gain & 650' elevation loss

Day 11

3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 780' elevation gain & 1,015' elevation loss

Day 12

1 hour/3 miles riverside walk with 290' elevation gain & 290' elevation loss

Accommodations


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

Westport Plaza Hotel-Westport, Ireland
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.

Park House Hotel-Galway City, Ireland
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.

Dingle Skellig Hotel & Spa-Dingle, Ireland
Dingle Skellig Hotel & Spa-Dingle, Ireland

Situated on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, surrounded by rolling hills and the calm harbor, Dingle Skellig Hotel has offered travelers comfort, warm hospitality, and great service since 1969. After a day on the trail, wind down with a drink at Blaskets Bar or the Cocktail Bar. The Coastguard Restaurant serves locally sourced seafood overlooking the bay and the mountains.

Great Southern Killarney-Killarney, Ireland
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.

Dingle Benners Hotel
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.

Bishop’s Gate Hotel
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 champagne at The Wig bar or tea in the Hervey Library to unwind at the end of the day.

Weather


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

 
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FAQs


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 cuisine like on this trip?

During your hiking trip in Ireland, you will be provided with a variety of hearty and nutritious meals to fuel your adventures. Expect traditional Irish cuisine, such as lamb stews, potato dishes, and fresh seafood. Vegetarians can try Champ (mashed potatoes with onion & scallions), colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage), or vegetarian shepherd's pie. In addition to the hearty meat, fish, and vegetable dishes, Ireland is also known for its delectable cheese and bread. Irish cheese is made from the milk of cows, sheep, or goats and comes in a variety of textures and flavors. Some of the most popular cheese types include Irish cheddar, blue cheese, and local Brie and Gouda.

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.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
What is the best time to hike in Ireland?
The best months to hike in Ireland are typically from May to September when the weather is milder, and the landscapes are lush and vibrant. However, it's important to be prepared for rain and rapidly changing weather conditions regardless of the season. Mountain Travel Sobek's Ireland trip runs from May to September.
Is the Wild Atlantic Way scenic?
Yes. The Wild Atlantic Way is renowned for its breathtaking coastal scenery, featuring rugged cliffs, picturesque beaches, and charming seaside villages. It is perfect for hikers seeking a scenic trail through the landscape with many highlights and convenient stops along the way.
How hard is it to hike the Wild Atlantic Way?
The Wild Atlantic Way stretches along Ireland's scenic west coast and includes rugged terrain, rocky paths, and unpredictable weather. Mountain Travel Sobek's Ireland North to South adventure is rated a moderate Level 3, which means that some training is required to make the most of your adventure, which includes hiking an average of 5 miles per day.
How much time do you recommend for hiking in Ireland?
In our experience the best amount of time for a hiking vacation in Ireland is around two weeks. This ensures that you have enough time to settle in before getting out on the trail, and it enables you to see the main highlights plus the hidden gems. Mountain Travel Sobek's Ireland tour is a perfectly paced 12 days.

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