Donegal & The Giant's Causeway
5 nights. August 2019 - October 2020. From £569.00.
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Join us amid some of Northwest Ireland's finest scenery, discovering and exploring a land of rivers and loughs, towering mountains and sheltered glens, where the Irish language is still widely spoken and traditional music rings out from the pubs and bars of its ancient villages and towns. Based in the lively town of Letterkenny, you'll discover the astonishing rock formations of the Giant's Causeway, wander historic Donegal town and visit beautiful Glenveagh National Park. You'll also explore the Inishowen Peninsula, a timeless, remote area steeped in heritage and antiquity.
What's IncludedFive nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (upgrade hotel available)
Excursions to Donegal, the Inishowen Peninsula and Glenveagh National Park
A trip to the Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle
Return flights from your chosen airport to Belfast
Comfortable coach travel and transfers
The services of a friendly, knowledgeable Tour Manager
Holiday HighlightsA visit to the Giant's Causeway and Visitor Centre
A guided tour of Glenveagh Castle
A drive along part of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
A tour of the Inishowen Peninsula
Time to explore the market town of Donegal
A trip to the gardens of Glenveagh, Ireland's second largest National Park; home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland and the formerly extinct golden eagle
A visit to the thought-provoking Doagh Isle Famine Village
A trip to Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Belfast, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you'll be able to spend the rest of the day exploring the town of Letterkenny or relaxing in a local pub or cafe.
Day 2Today, head to Donegal, where the town's history is reflected in a Jacobean castle and ancient marketplace, the 'Diamond'. Stroll around the streets and explore under your own steam, or board a waterbus for a different perspective on the town and its surroundings (and resident seal colony) on a 70-minute trip around Donegal Bay (payable locally).
Day 3Today we'll travel, past the pretty, remote town of Carndonagh and across the stunning Inishowen Peninsula, to wild, windswept Malin Head - Ireland's most northerly point. You'll also spend some time at the fascinating Doagh Isle Famine Village, where 19th-century Irish life is recreated, before returning to Letterkenny in the evening.
Day 4This morning, travel to County Antrim's Atlantic coast to visit to the Giant's Causeway. Long associated with legendary Irish hero Finn McCool, its basalt columns, which rise like stepping stones from the sea, were formed after a volcanic eruption 60-million years ago. Take the short minibus trip from the visitor centre to the Causeway, or walk the mile or so along the cliff path to take in the views.
After time for lunch (payable locally), continue to Dunluce Castle. Rising dramatically from the rocks above the sea and separated from the mainland by a deep chasm, the ruins of this medieval stronghold are among the most extensive in Ireland. It's a beautiful, wild and astonishingly atmospheric location, so make sure you have your camera to hand.
Day 5On today's tour you'll take in still another region of outstanding natural beauty as you explore the contrasting scenery of rugged, remote Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle, in its peaceful setting overlooking Lough Veagh. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic castle's square keep and mismatched round turrets, then wander the surrounding gardens at your leisure.
Afterwards, head to the coast, via Mount Errigal and through Dunlewy village to Bunbeg. Here, you'll have the chance to stretch your legs with a stroll along the sandy beach before continuing up and around the Bloody Foreland (named for the red hue of the rocks at sunset), to the little village of Gortahork and finally back to Letterkenny.
Day 6Transfer back to Belfast for your flight home, taking with you some wonderful memories. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Visits to the Giant's CausewayYour visit will include entry to the new visitor centre for the Giant's Causeway. You will also be given a free audio guide to take to the stones.
The Station House Hotel, LetterkennyThis hotel offers a complimentary guided walking tour of Letterkenny during your stay.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
CurrencyAs this holiday is based in Letterkenny, which is in the Republic of Ireland, but includes travel to and from Belfast plus a visit to the Giant's Causeway (both of which are in Northern Ireland), you will need both sterling and euros.
TippingWe are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around £2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around £3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of £1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around £2 for services such as hairdressing.