Donegal & the Wild Atlantic Way 2024

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4 Days / 3 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : April - October
Start: Belfast, Northern Ireland
End: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Donegal & the Wild Atlantic Way: 1 nt Donegal, 2 nt Letterkenny

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

This small corner of Ireland will mesmerise you with its intensity.

Here, in the land shaped by nature, the wave-lashed cliffs astonish with their height, the Atlantic Ocean intimidates with its power, and people greet you with the warmest of welcomes.

Find out what makes Donegal so special as you travel through the striking landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way, visit vibrant villages, and try local food bursting with flavour.

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS / MAX 14 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

County Donegal – This part of Ireland will spellbind you with striking coastal views, rugged mountain tops, and rich Irish heritage.

Wild Atlantic Way – Get ready to be blown away by the wild beauty and unique experiences waiting for you on this epic coastal route.

Slieve League Cliffs – Gaze upon the second-highest sea cliffs in Ireland, three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher. 

Mamore Gap – Coast along this spectacular winding road and be on the look out for the magnetic hill along the way. 

Malin Head – Explore the northern-most point of Ireland and get your camera ready for pictures of this rugged headland that appeared in Star Wars.

Grianan of Aileach – This peculiar hilltop stone fort dates back to 1700 BC and has some breathtaking views. 

Mussenden Temple – The ruins of this 18th-century mansion belonged to an eccentric Bishop and was originally built as a library.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Belfast  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 09:15 (tour departs at 09:30) – Belfast Pick-Up, Donegall Square West, Belfast, BT16JH

Drop off Location & Time

Belfast
6:00pm

Price Includes

  • 3 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Irish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 3 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Belfast - Titanic Quarter - Hillsborough Castle & Gardens - Donegal

  • Walk around the gorgeous gardens at Hillsborough Castle, one of the official royal residences
  • Explore the culture, food, and music of Donegal

Good morning Belfast! Our tour starts with either a visit to the Titanic Museum in the well-known Titanic Quarter, or you can hop on the bus early and enjoy a scenice drive around the city of Belfast. Who knows what you’ll see, maybe Stormont Estate, Queen’s University, or some amazing political murals. 

After a bit of culture, we leave Belfast and travel to Hillsborough Castle and its stunning gardens. Here, you get to discover ornamental grounds, tranquil woodlands, and charming glens that have been a joy to the Royal Family and thousands of visitors. If you fancy, you can choose to explore the beautiful state rooms of the castle and find out more about its fascinating history (tickets subject to availability) and even grab a bite to eat for lunch. 

Next, heading for the border past Lower Lough Erne, the landscape will get more rugged as you cross into the beat bogs and Hills of County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.

You will stay overnight in the town of Donegal, a popular foodie destination lined with cosy pubs filled with traditional music.

Day 2Donegal - Slieve League - Ardara - Glenveagh National Park - Letterkenny

  • Head along the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the longest-defined coastal routes in the world
  • Gaze upon the Slieve League Cliffs, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe

Today you wrap yourself in wilderness as you journey along the wild Atlantic coast.

First are the Slieve League Cliffs that tumble down 600 metres to the unrestrained ocean. These impressive crags are among the highest in Europe and are steeped in legends.

The landscape continues to get wilder as you travel through the sparsely populated Irish-speaking communities. Taking a break from the coastal delights, the route takes you through a striking mountain pass at Glengesh to the picturesque village of Ardara for lunch.

Then, you continue to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and stop at locations graced with magnificent views of the rugged coast and islands, before travelling through the impressive Glenveagh National Park.

In the early evening, you arrive in Letterkenny, a vibrant town full of history and great traditional bars, where you spend two nights. (B)

Day 3Letterkenny - Fort Dunree - Mamore Gap - Carndonagh - Malin Head - Letterkenny

  • Reach the northern-most point of Ireland at the rugged Malin Head
  • Drive along Mamore Gap, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland

Leaving Letterkenny the next morning, you head into the Inishowen Peninsula and straight for Fort Dunree. This strategic clifftop fort is now also home to a military museum.

From here you travel along Mamore Gap, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. Spend some time discovering the treasures found along the route, including a holy well devoted to St Eigne.

Next up, you make your way to the lovely little town of Carndonagh for lunch. This market town boasts loads of pubs and restaurants, not to mention it’s the site of the ancient Donagh Cross or St Patrick’s Cross.

After you’ve filled your belly, it’s time to make your way up to Malin Head. With its wild and rugged coastline, this northern-most point of Ireland feels out of this world, so no wonder it was used as a filming location for Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi.

After a quick comfort break, your adventure continues to Grianan of Aileach. This peculiar hilltop fort dates back to 1700 BC and has some breathtaking views. You then head back to Letterkenny for the night. (B)

Day 4Letterkenny - Mussenden Temple - Portstewart - Old Bushmills Distillery - Belfast

  • Discover the striking beauty and iconic location of Mussenden Temple
  • Sip whiskey at the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery

Today you travel back into Northern Ireland to admire the beauty of Mussenden Temple perched right on a cliff’s edge. This 18th-century temple was originally built to house the eccentric Earl Bishop’s library and is now one of the most photographed places in Ireland and a Game of Thrones location.

Our next stop is at the seaside town of Portstewart for a well-deserved lunch break where you have free time to explore. But no trip to Ireland is complete without a bit of whiskey, so you head off next for Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery to try their smooth and fruity creation.

With this delicious whiskey warming your insides, it’s time to head back to Belfast. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Wednesday $1,250 $1,560
2024: June to September – Wednesday  $1,290 $1,600
2024: October  – Wednesday $1,250 $1,560

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Wednesday $1,270 $1,570
2024: June to September – Wednesday  $1,310 $1,610
2024: October – Wednesday $1,270 $1,570

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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