Northern Ireland – 8 Days – Guided Walking Tour

8 Day Guided Walking Tour of Northern Ireland

This 8-day guided walking tour of Northern Ireland will take you to the Irish Lake District of Fermanagh, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geo Park, through the Mid-Ulster heartland of Northern Ireland to Seamus Heaney Country and the Sperrin Mountains.

Travelling further north, we will then visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giants Causeway as we explore the majestic Causeway Coast and then travelling south via Belfast to St. Patrick’s Country on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Finally, we will travel to the Kingdom of Mourne and the fabled Mountains of Mourne where the mountains rise from sea to sky.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €1,122 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€350

Tour Dates:
Saturday, 5 June to Saturday, 12 June 2021
Saturday, 17 July to Saturday, 24 July 2021

Saturday, 4 June to Saturday, 11 June 2022                                Saturday, 16 July to Saturday, 23 July 2022

Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate

Accommodation: Family Operated Guesthouse Accommodation

Included / Excluded

Departing Dublin Airport at 1 pm, we will travel north, stopping at the historical site of the Loughcrew Cairns (a 3500 BC neolithic network of burial chambers) on our way to the Irish Lake District of Fermanagh, where we will spend the first two nights of our tour.

Today's guided walk is a scenic isolated walk meandering along farmland tracks and a boardwalk over ancient bog lands to a wild plateau trail and onto the mountain summit at 666 m above sea level. On the summit stands an ancient burial cairn dating 2500-500 BC. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the countryside beneath.

Distance: 14 km/9 miles, Ascent: 550 m/1804 ft.

In the morning we will visit the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, one of the finest show caves in Europe. You will be guided by a local guide through a fascinating natural wonderland of rivers, waterfalls and the beautiful cave formations. The caves may be closed during periods of heavy rains.

In the afternoon we will travel to the City of Londonderry in the North-West, where you will have a guided walking tour of the Walled City before resting for the night.

Today we will travel to Bellaghy and visit the Seamus Heaney Homeplace Centre in the morning and in the afternoon we travel to the Causeway Coast and the world famous Giant’s Causeway.

The Causeway was declared Ireland’s first World Heritage site in 1986. Some of the 40,000 polygonal basalt columns are over 6 ft tall, neatly standing side-by-side. The formation is over 55 million years old. Our walk takes us along the beautiful shore to the astonishing Causeway where we will explore the landmark. The area is home to over 200 varieties of plant species and birds such as the Chough and Peregrine Falcon.

Distance: 10 km/6 miles, Ascent: 80 m/262 ft

Today we start the day in Ballintoy where you will have the opportunity, if you dare, to cross the Carrick-A-Reed Rope Bridge. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below.

Mid-morning we will travel south along the Causeway Coastal Route to Island Magee and the iconic Gobbins Cliff Path where we will take you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face, across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves of the North Channel, traversing hidden Tunnels under the Irish Sea, up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers.

Distance: 5 km/3 miles, Ascent: 250 m/820 ft

Today we begin in Belfast. You will have some free time where you can visit the award winning Titanic centre, take one of the famous black taxi tours of the city's cultural murals, visit the Ulster Museum or relax and enjoy the city's many shopping opportunities.

In the afternoon we will travel to Downpatrick and visit the Downpatrick Centre and St. Patrick's grave before finishing with a relaxing walk along the shores of Murlough Beach.

Distance: 5 km/3 miles, Ascent: 50 m/164 ft

We will begin our guided tour today in the seaside village of Dundrum with its 13th century castle and majestic views of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains before a short drive to our walk in the Mourne Mountains. Our Walk will follow the old smugglers path of the Brandy Pad to the famous Mourne Wall at the saddle of Slieve Donard before our descent along the Glen river to the sea-side town of Newcastle.

Distance: 12 km/7miles, Ascent: 550 m/1804 ft

The guided tour of Northern Ireland now comes to an end and we must depart after breakfast to arrive at approximately 12 pm to Dublin Airport.

A few words from our customers...

I recently returned to Ireland from Australia for a 3 month visit, I wanted to see Northern Ireland and its beautiful scenery, I love walking and so thought I would combine both, I booked with Footfalls but had never done a walking holiday before, it was the highlight of my visit home, it was an amazing tour with a great group of people and I enjoyed it very much, the tour was organised perfectly from the walks, locations, dinners and B&Bs, I have made many friends from this tour and it was a great personal goal, thanks to Christopher, Philip and his team, will plan to do more with Footfalls Walking Tours and see more of my beautiful homeland.
Pauline
Australia
Although lucky to have traveled extensively, I have never experienced either a group tour nor a hiking tour. I was invited to experience Northern Ireland with a group of women, also a first. Footfalls owners Christopher and Teresa are delightful, knowledgeable, patient, kind, and funny -- the bus, accommodations, restaurants and interactions with a large group went far and above what I could have anticipated. I recommend Footfalls for whatever kind of activity you would choose. They are flexible and take great pride in their business.
Deborah
Spain