Iconic landmarks and Irish charms
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.
One of the most popular towns in Ireland's north, with a host of modern facilities, Letterkenny in County Donegal is an ideal base for your short stay. Dominated by the vast cathedral of Saints Eunan and Colomba, the town lies just north of the River Swilly, and a short distance from beautiful Lough Swilly.
Your Tour Base: Letterkenny, County Donegal
Donegal And The Giant's Causeway Tour Itinerary
Fly 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 One: Fly to Ireland
Today, 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 Two: Included Donegal excursion
This 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.
Day Three: Included Giant's Causeway excursion
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.
Today 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 Four: Included Inishowen Peninsula excursion
On 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.
Day Five: Included Glenveagh National Park excursion
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.
Transfer back to Belfast for your flight home, taking with you some wonderful memories.
Day Six: Fly home
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Hotel transfer times
We 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.
Combining hotel transfers
Your 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.
Visits to the Giant's Causeway
This hotel offers a complimentary guided walking tour of Letterkenny during your stay.
The Station House Hotel, Letterkenny
If 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.
Occasionally, 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.
The 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.
As 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.