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Ireland North to South Hiking

Tour, Escorted tour

Dublin, Ireland to Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland North to South Hiking
Ireland's legendary "Wild Atlantic Way" runs the length of the country, from the northernmost point at Inishowen Peninsula to Mizen Head in the south. On this epic Ireland hiking tour, traverse the most spectacular 70 miles of the 400-mile route. Walk along dramatic clifftops, taking in Ireland's iconic sites, including the Giant's Causeway, Donegal Town, the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, and the Lakes of Killarney. Spend your days exploring Ireland's jaw-dropping landscapes, and your nights enjoying traditional Irish music and lively pub culture!
  • Hike the most stunning 70 miles of Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way and summit age-old Croagh Patrick
  • See the rugged Cliffs of Moher and the awe-inspiring basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway
  • Soak up Irish culture and history from our knowledgeable local guides

Minimum Age: 18
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
11 Nights Starting At
May 26, 2024 through June 06, 2024
Book by:
May 22, 2024 7:00 PM
Itinerary Overview
Day 2
Reach the Giant's Causeway
Day 3
Hike the Inishowen Peninsula
Day 5
Climb to the Summit of Croagh Patrick
Day 7
Explore the Aran Islands
Day 8
See the Cliffs of Moher
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Accommodations
MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Day: 1, duration: 3
Bishop's Gate Hotel

Located within the historic Cathedral Quarter of Derry City, the Bishop's Gate Hotel was built over 100 years ago and has maintained its traditional Edwardian architecture style. Each guestroom has modern amenities, such as satellite TV, a coffee maker and Wi-Fi, and has elegant accents to keep with the hotel's heritage. Sip on champagne at The Wig bar or tea in the Hervey Library to unwind at the end of the day.

Day: 2, duration: 2
Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa

In a castlelike building on a village road, this family-run hotel is features en suite bathrooms, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. WiFi is complimentary in public areas. There's a restaurant with an airy formal dining room, plus a laid-back bar/lounge serving light meals.

Day: 4, duration: 2
Westport Plaza Hotel

Located close to the town of Westport, the elegant Westport Plaza Hotel features spacious rooms, with a Jacuzzi bath and separate shower in the en suite bathroom. Savor sophisticated European food at the Merlot Restaurant, take a quick break at the Plaza Bar over cocktails, indulge in one of Spa Sula's massages or facials, or unwind in its thermal suite.

Day: 6, duration: 2
Park House Hotel

Sitting in the heart of Galway City right next to Eyre Square, Park House Hotel is a stone's throw away from many attractions. The guest rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable and The Park House is one of Galway's most popular restaurants, offering full Irish breakfasts and scrumptious dinners. An extremely hospitable staff make guests feel right at home.

Day: 8, duration: 2
Dingle Skellig Hotel & Spa

Situated on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, surrounded by rolling hills and the calm harbor, Dingle Skellig Hotel has offered travelers comfort, warm hospitality, and great service since 1969. After a day on the trail, wind down with a drink at Blaskets Bar or the Cocktail Bar. The Coastguard Restaurant serves locally sourced seafood overlooking the bay and the mountains.

Day: 8, duration: 2
Dingle Benners Hotel

This traditional manor house hotel offers airy, classic rooms featuring vintage-style furnishings and en suite bathrooms. Each comes with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Room service is offered.

Day: 10, duration: 2
Great Southern Killarney

Opened in 1854, the Great Southern Killarney retains its elegant Victorian style and old-world charm. The luxurious rooms showcase a full spectrum of plush perks. Surrounded by delightful gardens, it serves locally sourced food at the Garden Room Restaurant, casual food and fine whiskies at The Punchbowl Bar, afternoon tea in the Grand Foyer, and drinks in the Killarney Wine Rooms.

Guides
MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Ruth O'Meara
Ruth is from the Irish Midlands and loves hiking, surfing and cycling along the Irish coast. After years of living abroad and travelling around the world in international sales and teaching roles, she moved to Achill Island to pursue her passions and obtain outdoor education leadership qualifications. Since then, she has been lucky enough to guide visitors along the Irish hills and discover hidden gems along with them. She loves sharing her joy of the outdoors with others.





Brendan O'Connor
As an outdoor enthusiast, Brendan had a spoilt upbringing growing up in Killarney where the 22,000-hectare Killarney National Park was literally his very own backyard. He spent his youth out hiking, cycling, and boating in the park. Some years later, he went into ‘exile’ to Cork city for work. He was happy enough in Cork but something was always missing and it was photography that re-awakened Brendan’s love of the great outdoors. It was only then that it dawned on him – “what all these poets were on about.”





Kevin Cronin
From his earliest memories, Kevin has been drawn to exploring the remote, the wild and the isolated. Sharing these places with others on foot or bike brings him the greatest joy. The change of seasons, the abundance of nature, the sun, the wind and the rain are his oxygen. Hidden valleys, stone walls and ancient roads race in his blood. A quiet pint, fresh crab claws, a beautiful ballad or a story well told feeds his soul. Kevin has walked, cycled and explored much of Europe’s most amazing backdrops but is always drawn back to the wilds of Ireland.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Reason #01

MT Sobek is the only North American company to offer the north to south coastal route along Ireland's legendary Wild Atlantic Way.

Reason #02

We've isolated the most beautiful 70 miles of the route to create an approachable itinerary that you won't find anywhere else.

Reason #03

Our resident guides provide spontaneous opportunities to experience authentic pub life, live traditional Irish music, and a culture of camaraderie.

Activities

Moderate hikes through iconic landscapes, taking in archaeological sites, galleries and craft shops, paired with heartwarming Irish hospitality.

Lodging

From elegant historic hotels with gorgeous grounds to modern city hotels jam-packed with amenities, all featuring warm, welcoming service.

Climate

The climate is actually rather mild, with an average yearly temperature around 50°F. Expect a bit of rain during your trip.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Plan to arrive at the Dublin Airport (DUB) by 8:00AM on Day 1. After customs, you will be met by your guide or an MT Sobek representative and transferred to Derry, where the trip will start.

Is this really a hiking trip?

Yes. Come prepared for actual hiking in the outdoors. This is not a light touring experience.

What is the best type of shoe/boot for this trip?

The perfect footwear for this trip is a medium-weight, waterproof hiking boot.

Do I need hiking poles for this trip?

The terrain is often wet and uneven, so hiking poles will really assist with balance on varying terrain.

What is the cuisine like on this trip?

During your hiking trip in Ireland, you will be provided with a variety of hearty and nutritious meals to fuel your adventures. Expect traditional Irish cuisine, such as lamb stews, potato dishes, and fresh seafood. Vegetarians can try Champ (mashed potatoes with onion & scallions), colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage), or vegetarian shepherd's pie. In addition to the hearty meat, fish, and vegetable dishes, Ireland is also known for its delectable cheese and bread. Irish cheese is made from the milk of cows, sheep, or goats and comes in a variety of textures and flavors. Some of the most popular cheese types include Irish cheddar, blue cheese, and local Brie and Gouda.

Can I skip any of the hikes if I need a rest day?

Yes. We will be staying in some hotels for multiple nights, giving you the opportunity to take a day off to explore the village or simply relax at the hotel.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Day: 1, duration: 3
Bishop's Gate Hotel

Located within the historic Cathedral Quarter of Derry City, the Bishop's Gate Hotel was built over 100 years ago and has maintained its traditional Edwardian architecture style. Each guestroom has modern amenities, such as satellite TV, a coffee maker and Wi-Fi, and has elegant accents to keep with the hotel's heritage. Sip on champagne at The Wig bar or tea in the Hervey Library to unwind at the end of the day.

Day: 2, duration: 2
Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa

In a castlelike building on a village road, this family-run hotel is features en suite bathrooms, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. WiFi is complimentary in public areas. There's a restaurant with an airy formal dining room, plus a laid-back bar/lounge serving light meals.

Day: 4, duration: 2
Westport Plaza Hotel

Located close to the town of Westport, the elegant Westport Plaza Hotel features spacious rooms, with a Jacuzzi bath and separate shower in the en suite bathroom. Savor sophisticated European food at the Merlot Restaurant, take a quick break at the Plaza Bar over cocktails, indulge in one of Spa Sula's massages or facials, or unwind in its thermal suite.

Day: 6, duration: 2
Park House Hotel

Sitting in the heart of Galway City right next to Eyre Square, Park House Hotel is a stone's throw away from many attractions. The guest rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable and The Park House is one of Galway's most popular restaurants, offering full Irish breakfasts and scrumptious dinners. An extremely hospitable staff make guests feel right at home.

Day: 8, duration: 2
Dingle Skellig Hotel & Spa

Situated on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, surrounded by rolling hills and the calm harbor, Dingle Skellig Hotel has offered travelers comfort, warm hospitality, and great service since 1969. After a day on the trail, wind down with a drink at Blaskets Bar or the Cocktail Bar. The Coastguard Restaurant serves locally sourced seafood overlooking the bay and the mountains.

Day: 8, duration: 2
Dingle Benners Hotel

This traditional manor house hotel offers airy, classic rooms featuring vintage-style furnishings and en suite bathrooms. Each comes with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Room service is offered.

Day: 10, duration: 2
Great Southern Killarney

Opened in 1854, the Great Southern Killarney retains its elegant Victorian style and old-world charm. The luxurious rooms showcase a full spectrum of plush perks. Surrounded by delightful gardens, it serves locally sourced food at the Garden Room Restaurant, casual food and fine whiskies at The Punchbowl Bar, afternoon tea in the Grand Foyer, and drinks in the Killarney Wine Rooms.

MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Ruth O'Meara
Ruth is from the Irish Midlands and loves hiking, surfing and cycling along the Irish coast. After years of living abroad and travelling around the world in international sales and teaching roles, she moved to Achill Island to pursue her passions and obtain outdoor education leadership qualifications. Since then, she has been lucky enough to guide visitors along the Irish hills and discover hidden gems along with them. She loves sharing her joy of the outdoors with others.





Brendan O'Connor
As an outdoor enthusiast, Brendan had a spoilt upbringing growing up in Killarney where the 22,000-hectare Killarney National Park was literally his very own backyard. He spent his youth out hiking, cycling, and boating in the park. Some years later, he went into ‘exile’ to Cork city for work. He was happy enough in Cork but something was always missing and it was photography that re-awakened Brendan’s love of the great outdoors. It was only then that it dawned on him – “what all these poets were on about.”





Kevin Cronin
From his earliest memories, Kevin has been drawn to exploring the remote, the wild and the isolated. Sharing these places with others on foot or bike brings him the greatest joy. The change of seasons, the abundance of nature, the sun, the wind and the rain are his oxygen. Hidden valleys, stone walls and ancient roads race in his blood. A quiet pint, fresh crab claws, a beautiful ballad or a story well told feeds his soul. Kevin has walked, cycled and explored much of Europe’s most amazing backdrops but is always drawn back to the wilds of Ireland.





MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
MT Sobek: Ireland North to South Hiking

Reason #01

MT Sobek is the only North American company to offer the north to south coastal route along Ireland's legendary Wild Atlantic Way.

Reason #02

We've isolated the most beautiful 70 miles of the route to create an approachable itinerary that you won't find anywhere else.

Reason #03

Our resident guides provide spontaneous opportunities to experience authentic pub life, live traditional Irish music, and a culture of camaraderie.

Activities

Moderate hikes through iconic landscapes, taking in archaeological sites, galleries and craft shops, paired with heartwarming Irish hospitality.

Lodging

From elegant historic hotels with gorgeous grounds to modern city hotels jam-packed with amenities, all featuring warm, welcoming service.

Climate

The climate is actually rather mild, with an average yearly temperature around 50°F. Expect a bit of rain during your trip.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Plan to arrive at the Dublin Airport (DUB) by 8:00AM on Day 1. After customs, you will be met by your guide or an MT Sobek representative and transferred to Derry, where the trip will start.

Is this really a hiking trip?

Yes. Come prepared for actual hiking in the outdoors. This is not a light touring experience.

What is the best type of shoe/boot for this trip?

The perfect footwear for this trip is a medium-weight, waterproof hiking boot.

Do I need hiking poles for this trip?

The terrain is often wet and uneven, so hiking poles will really assist with balance on varying terrain.

What is the cuisine like on this trip?

During your hiking trip in Ireland, you will be provided with a variety of hearty and nutritious meals to fuel your adventures. Expect traditional Irish cuisine, such as lamb stews, potato dishes, and fresh seafood. Vegetarians can try Champ (mashed potatoes with onion & scallions), colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage), or vegetarian shepherd's pie. In addition to the hearty meat, fish, and vegetable dishes, Ireland is also known for its delectable cheese and bread. Irish cheese is made from the milk of cows, sheep, or goats and comes in a variety of textures and flavors. Some of the most popular cheese types include Irish cheddar, blue cheese, and local Brie and Gouda.

Can I skip any of the hikes if I need a rest day?

Yes. We will be staying in some hotels for multiple nights, giving you the opportunity to take a day off to explore the village or simply relax at the hotel.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
About MT Sobek
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This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.