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COVID-19 Update: Wild Irish Walks are resuming on 18 August.
Wild Irish Walks is a tour company that offers a choice of one of three amazing tours. There is a tour to the top of Slieve Donard, a coastal tour to the fifth century Dunseverick Castle and Giants Causeway and a mountain hike to Donegal or Sligo.
Tour 1 - Mourne Hike
Hike in the Mourne Mountains which were shaped by ice during the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago, forged by fire and gentled by rain, water and man. You will be led off the tourist trail where you will feel like you are the only people on the hill.
You will travel to the Mournes and walk through an ancient forest gently climbing out onto the hillside where you will traverse along a ridge line giving fantastic views of Slieve Donard and the valley below, before summiting.
Your qualified mountain guide will be able to take you to places off the beaten track where you will see the hills in their unspoiled condition and be free from the hustle and noise of other walkers. You will feel like you own the mountains.
You will be shown the mountain plants and flora and with the experience and knowledge of your guide you will see the wildlife in the sky and under your feet.
The route known by only a few, offers the best views of Slieve Donard and the surrounding area. You will breathe in and enjoy all the Mournes have to offer.
Transport is included to and from your accommodation if located in Belfast or en route. See web site for details availability and booking details.
Tour 2 - Coastal Walk
Your day will start at 7am. You will be picked up and driven to several Game of Thrones sites before arriving at Carrick-a-Rede. This will be followed by the five-mile walk finishing at the Giant’s Causeway. You will round off the experience by travelling the 40 mile coastal route, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you will be wowed by the scenery, wildlife and views.
All this will be accompanied with a qualified mountain leader with over four decades of experience. During the trip he will point out the wildlife, fauna, flora and explain the history of the sites as well as ancient folk lore and stories.
You will arrive at the Carrick-a-Rede bridge where, if you are brave enough and the weather permits, you can cross over the bridge 100 feet above sea level to the small island of Carrick-a-Rede. Your host will explain the history of the area, including how it was formed and tell you about the local folklore along the way.
You will stop for lunch once you have successfully crossed the bridge (or not!) then drive to the start of the five-mile walk along the magnificent cliff top path between Dunseverick Castle and the Giant’s Causeway. Your host will talk about the fauna, flora, wildlife, history and folklore en route and you will see the beautiful sea views and view at close hand the 60 million-year-old basalt columns. You will then visit the UNESCO Giant’s Causeway site where you will have plenty of time to explore the area and walk in the footsteps of the giant Finn McCool.
The trip will culminate with a fantastic drive along the world famous coastal route back to Belfast with time to stop for pictures and sightseeing. The vehicle you will be travelling in will enable you to access parts of the route that are inaccessible to buses and other larger transport.
Tour 3 - Donegal/ Sligo walks
This walk is for guests who will be located in Donegal or the locations listed on the website only. See the website for more info.
You will be picked up from your agreed collection point and driven to Glenveagh National Park area in a private vehicle carrying a maximum of five people giving the trip an exclusive feel.
Pickup can be arranged from one of the following pickup points en route: Castlederg, Ballybofey or Letterkenny. Private trips can be arranged and will include pickups from Enniskillen or any reasonable area on the general route to the park, including Omagh.
All tours will include stories of local folk lore, explanations of the medicinal uses of some of Ireland’s plants, a look at the fauna and flora en route, and the history of the local areas and explanations around the geology of these breathtaking areas.
The trek will take you into the valley containing the mysterious tower of Altan farm. It was part of a sheep farm that is situated at the head of Loch Altan, a lake approximately 3km long and 500 metres wide. It has a chequered history from the 1800s with evictions, theft, purchases, devastation and abandonment.
The trek will continue up the southern shoulder of Aghla More to the summit, where on a good day you will get the best views of Glenveagh National Park and the iconic Errigal Mountain.
Loch Flain, a glacial loch, nestles near the summit of the Aghla More and if you are hardy enough, you can bring your swimming clothes and brave the cold waters.
Your enjoyment and safety is Wild Irish Walks’ priority and you will return invigorated.
£80 per adult with some options and variations. See website for full details at www.wildirishwalks.co.uk Private tours can be booked. See website for prices.
Top Reasons To Visit
- The hikes are fantastic for personal health and wellbeing
- Be guided off the beaten track away from tourist routes
- A personal experience you will remember long after you return home
- Your guide will give you his years of experience and open your eyes to NI’s nature
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