Walking Hiking

Northern Ireland – Guided Walking Tour – 8 Days

  • Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland
  • Guided walking tour Northern Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland

Guided Walking Tour – 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.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour € 1122 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€350
Tour Dates 2021 Saturday, 5th June to Saturday 12th June 2021
Saturday, 17th July to Saturday 24th July 2021
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Family Operated Guest House Accommodation 
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Northern Ireland-Guided Walking Tour


Itinerary

Day 1 / Pickup at Airport

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.

Day 2 / Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark - Cuilcagh Mountain Trail

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

Day 3 / Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark & The Walled City

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.

Day 4 / Seamus Heaney Home Place & The Giants Causeway

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

Day 5 / Carrick-A-Reed Rope Bridge, & The Gobbins Cliff Walk

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

Day 6 / Belfast & St Patrick's Country

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

Day 7 / Dundrum Bay & The Mournes

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

Day 8 / Departure

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.

Included

  • All accommodation is approved and all rooms will be en-suite
  • All transport to include: Pickup and return to Dublin Airport
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Meals to include: 7 Breakfasts, 4 packed lunches
  • Admission to Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
  • Admission to Seamus Heaney Homeplace
  • City Walking Tour of Derry
  • Entry to Carrick 'O' Reed Rope Bridge
  • Entry to Gobbins Path Tour

Not Included

  • Evening meals
  • Lunch on day 1, 5, 6 and day 8
  • Entry fees to Titanic Centre or Black Taxi Tour

Testimonials

  • Thank you both Teresa & Christopher for a fun, adventurous, spectacular week,
    You have a fantastic business, long may it last and I am already looking forward to our next adventure
    Anne D x

    Western Way Connemara
  • Christopher and Teresa…Thank you soooo much for a superb week and your hospitality.
    Jyoti Thapa

    Western Way Connemara
  • Hi Christopher,

    On behalf of Mary & Myself, I want to thank you for our wonderful trip. We loved every minute of it, even the wet bits.

    The B&B’s that you work with are second to none and in every place we stayed we were made to feel welcome and at home at all times. In each place, they even refrigerated our wine and provided us with wine glasses in order to enjoy our pre-dinner drinks. I would like to give a particular shout out to Donnach in The Castle B&B in Ballintoy. He told us that we were his first “Footfall” visitors so our feedback on his B&B is that it is excellent.

    Your notes and attention to detail on your trail instructions are excellent but just to note for yourself, the red trail down the side of the cliffs to the Giants Causeway is locked and not currently in use. Not sure whether the explanation is Covid related or a safety issue.

    Many thanks

    Marion

    Antrim Causeway Coastal & Rathlin Island Route – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
  • Hi Christopher,

    Thank you again for a wonderful day yesterday.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and very much appreciated the lovely relaxed pace and all the stories and information and the fun. Thanks to Teresa also for taking us to Avondale and to the grandchildren for their patience. Truly a memorable experience.
    Terence and Eleanor
    A Day Walk on Trooperstown & the Vale of Clara
  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Carmel
    Wild Atlantic Way South West

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