Walking Hiking

Northern Ireland – Guided Walking Tour – 8 Days

  • Causeway Coast Antrim

Guided Walking Tour – Northern Ireland

This 8-day guided walking tour will take you from the Irish Lake District of Fermanagh and the Marble Arch Caves Global Geo Park, through the Mid-Ulster heartland of Northern Ireland to Seamus Heaney Country and the Sperrin Mountains. Then travelling further north we will 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. Patricks Country on the shores of Strangford Lough. Finally, we 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 € 1 049 per person sharing

Saturday to Saturday

Single

Supplement

+€ 245
Tour Dates 2018 Saturday 23rd June to Saturday 30th June 2018

Saturday 21st July to Saturday 28th July 2018

Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Family Operated Guest House Accommodation 
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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 walk is a scenic isolated walk meandering along farmland track and along a boardwalk over ancient bog lands to a wild plateau trail to 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. Walking Distance 14 km (9 miles), Total ascent 550 m.
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 all around. The caves may be closed during periods of heavy rains. In the afternoon we will travel to the City of L'Derry in the North-West, where you will have a walking tour of the Walled City before resting for the night.
Day 4 / Carntogher Way & Seamus Heaney Home Place
Today's walk takes us to the historic Carntogher Mountain as well as spectacular views of the local countryside, this area is steeped in mythology and archaeological heritage and contains a number of historical monuments visible in the landscape. On the summit is the emigrant's cairn, where travellers to the 'new worlds' would have left stones at the place where they last viewed their homelands before departing from the port of Derry for their new life. In the afternoon we will travel to Bellaghy and visit the Seamus Heaney Homeplace Centre Distance 10 KM 6 miles Total Ascent 300m
Day 5 / The Giants Causeway
Today 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, Ascent 80 m.
Day 6 / Belfast & St Patrick's Country
Today we depart the Causeway Coast for Belfast along the Causeway Coastal Route. 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 cities cultural murals or relax and enjoy the cities many shopping opportunities. In the afternoon we will travel to Downpartick and visit the Downpatrick Centre and St. Patrick's grave before finishing with a relaxing walk along the shores of Murlough Beach.
Day 7 / Dundrum Bay & The Mournes
Today we will begin in the seaside village of Dundrum with its 13th century castle and majestic views of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains; before travelling to the start of our walk through the centre of the Mourne Mountains. Distance: 12km 7miles, Ascent 550m
Day 8 / Departure
The tour now comes to an end and we must depart after breakfast to arrive at approx. 12 pm in 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 and evenings out
  • Meals to include: 7 Breakfasts, 5 packed lunches
  • Admission to Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
  • Admission to Seamus Heaney Homeplace

Not Included

  • Evening meals
  • Lunch on day 1, 6 and day 8
  • Entry fees to Carrick-A-Reid Rope Bridge, Titanic Centre or Black Taxi Tour

Testimonials

  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

    Nicole
  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

    Adam
  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

    Erin
  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.

    Radha
  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael