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Northern Ireland – Guided Walking Tour
1 - Northern Ireland, Causeway Coastal Way, Mourne Way | Guided Walking Tours | 8 Days | £1049
This 8 day guided walking tour will take you from the Irish Lake District of Fermanagh and the Marble Arch Caves Global Geo Park, then North to the walled City of Derry then 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 – £1049 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£315
Tour Dates 2020:
Saturday 30th May to Saturday 6th June
Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th July
Tour Grade – Easy to Moderate
Accommodation – Family Operated Guest House Accommodation
Day 1 Arrival
Departing Dublin Airport at 1pm 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 walk meandering along farmland track and along the boardwalk over ancient bog lands to a wild plateau trail to the mountain summit at 666m above sea level. On the summit stands an ancient burial cairn dating 2500-500BC and you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the countryside beneath. Walking Distance 14KM (9 miles) Total Ascent 550m
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 The Seamus Heaney Home Place & The Giants Causeway
Today we travel to the visit the home town of the Poet Seamus Heaney and the centre dedicated in his honour – The Seamus Heaney Homeplace before travelling north to the Causeway Coast and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway was declared the Ireland’s first World Heritage site in 1986. Some of the 40,000 polygonal basalt columns are over 6ft 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: 10km 6miles; Ascent 80m
Day 5 Carrick ‘O’ Reed & The Gobbins Path
In the morning we will visit the Iconic Carrick ‘o’ Reed rope bridge straddling the 30ft chasm between the rocks and dangling 80ft above the sea and offers magnificent views of the sea and the western isles of Scotland. We will then depart on our journey south along the Causeway Coastal route to Islandmagee and visit the newly refurbished Gobbins Path, a trail that hugs the sea-bed and travels through sea-caves on its dramatic journey along the Northern Irish Coast. Before our overnight in Belfast City. Distance: 6km 3miles; Ascent 150m
Day 6 Belfast & St Patrick’s Country
In the morning 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 Downpatrick and visit the Downpatrick Centre and St. Patrick’s grave before finishing with a relaxing walk along the shores of Murlough Beach.
Day 7 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. The walk will take us along an old smugglers path of the Brandy Pad crossing the impressive 26 mile long Mourne Wall at Hares Gap and again on the saddle of Slieve Donard before our decent along the Glen River into the seaside town of Newcastle 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. 12pm in Dublin Airport
✓ 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 Carrick ‘o’ Reed Rope Bridge
✓ Admission to The Gobbins Path
✓ Admission to Seamus Heaney Homeplace
X Evening Meals
X Lunch on day 1,5, 6 and day 8
X Entry fees to Titanic Centre or Black Taxi Tour