Donegal – Walking Short Break

Donegal Walking Short Break

Donegal, Dún na nGall, Gaelic for the fort of the foreigners, most likely got its name from the invasion of the Danes in the 850s.
The county is one of the largest counties in Ireland to have retained its native Irish language, with over 30,000 still speaking Gaelic in their everyday lives.  The countryside is moulded for the walking enthusiast and the pace of life is somewhat slower than you will find anywhere else in the country.

Almost anywhere in Donegal, you will still find small traditional family-run pubs where the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and where traditional music is in abundance, all to be enjoyed over a pint of your favourite tipple.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €375 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€100

Tour Dates 2024:
Dates available on request

Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate

Accommodation: Guest-house

Group Option:

For a group of 6 or over, alternative dates can be arranged subject to availability. For further information please contact us.

Included / Excluded

Day 1 - Dublin to Donegal Town

Our guided group leaves the east coast at 12.00 noon for Donegal. We will stop many times on route to explore some of the towns that we pass through. Driving time from Dublin to Donegal Town is approximately 3 hours and 45 min, depending on traffic and road conditions. After arriving at our accommodation and booking into our rooms we will go for a short guided walk to explore the town.

Day 2 - The Wild Wilderness of Slieve League

Our guided walk today takes us on a drive further west to the spectacular sea cliffs of Slieve League, the highest and one of the finest marine sea cliffs in Europe.

The name Slieve League is derived from the Gaelic Sliabh Liag, which literally means Stone Mountain. Despite its name, the mountain is covered in a blanket of peat and heather. Our walk takes us North West along the eastern side of the mountain offering views to our right of a wonderful wilderness over a picturesque landscape made up of rolling mountains, a patchwork of green fields, gentle streams and rivers. To our left, we will have impressive views across the sea cliffs onto the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Distance: 14 km/8.75 miles, Ascent: 425 m/1275 ft.

Day 3 - Depart

After a hearty breakfast, we will depart for Dublin, leaving Donegal Town at 10 am.

A few words from our customers...

3rd trip back with Footfalls for us and this time we brought another couple that was interested in going. Great walks/light hikes despite a couple of days of that "light Irish mist". Chris has such a wonderful way with folks and a dry sense of humor that keeps you guessing - a delightful guide. There were 12 on the tour from US and Canada with a mix of singles and couples. As with our previous tours, the group really jelled, and we had many laughs on the trail and over dinner. We will be going back again next year for yet another chance to see a different part of that wonderful country.
Fred & Erin
If you have any doubts about booking a walking tour with Footfalls, Christopher and Theresa, don’t! It was a great week with a wonderful guide (Christopher) who handled everything with such grace, knowledge and care. We went to quiet spots untouched by the tourist crowd as well as busy places that were wonderful to see, but the schedule was planned so that we were there at less crowded times. Our accommodations were all comfortable, clean and provided us with delicious food. You can see that Footfalls has fostered great relationships with businesses along the way and I wouldn’t have any qualms booking with them again.