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Step out onto one of nature’s most iconic sites as you explore a wonderful corner of Ireland.

Discover some of Northwest Ireland's finest scenery - a land of stunning coasts, rivers and loughs, towering mountains and sheltered glens. Based in the lively town of Letterkenny, you'll join a group of friendly solo travellers and visit the astonishing rock formations visit County Antrim’s astonishing UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, wander historic Donegal town and visit beautiful Glenveagh National Park and its castle. A day on the Inishowen Peninsula, a timeless, remote area steeped in heritage and antiquity, completes a magical break.

What does this price include?

  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Station House Hotel in Letterkenny
  • Excursions to Donegal, the Inishowen Peninsula and Glenveagh National Park
  • A trip to the Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle
  • Entry to the fascinating Doagh Isle Famine Village
  • A visit to a bar in Letterkenny
  • A Welcome Drink on your first evening
  • Return flights to Belfast
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers
  • The services of a friendly, knowledgeable tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Following your flight to Belfast, meet your tour manager, and board the coach for the transfer to Letterkenny.

    This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome drink and get-together with your tour manager and fellow guests, before settling down for your first evening meal.

  • Today you head to Donegal town. Centred on its ancient marketplace, the Diamond, Donegal has a rich history reflected its imposing Jacobean castle, which sits above the River Eske. The 70-minute waterbus trip (payable locally) around Donegal Bay offers another scenic perspective on this attractive town – especially on fine days. See the seal colony on Seal Island, the Bluestack Mountains and the many islands dotted around the bay. Back on shore you'll find no shortage of pubs and restaurants where you can grab a spot of lunch.

    Return to the hotel for a chance to freshen up and relax before dinner. Afterwards, you'll have the chance to head to one of the bars in Letterkenny, where you should be able to enjoy some traditional live Irish music and spend an evening relaxing in the company of your tour manager and your new friends.

  • Today’s fascinating excursion takes you to the remote Inishowen Peninsula, a typically northern Irish landscape that includes Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head (familiar to listeners of the Shipping Forecast everywhere). Bordered by the waters of Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly, and the pristine beaches of the Atlantic coast, its towering mountains rising from a landscape dotted with ancient Celtic crosses and crumbling churches, Inishowen is a scenic delight.

    Your day includes a visit to the Doagh Isle Famine Village, an outdoor museum where the sights, sounds and stories of Irish life, from the famine of the 1840s to the present day, are recreated. The attraction is built around original thatched houses that were inhabited until 1983.

    From here, you’ll travel through the beautiful, timeless landscape, and on through the remote peninsula town of Carndonagh, to wild, windswept Malin, to enjoy the stupendous views, which stretch to the distant west of Scotland on clear days.

  • The highlight of the whole tour for many will be today’s excursion to the breathtaking Giant’s Causeway. Long associated with legendary Irish hero Finn McCool, this astonishing collection of closely packed basalt columns, which rise like stepping stones from the Atlantic to the wild, windswept cliffs above, was formed after a volcanic eruption 60-million years ago.

    Your visit will include entry to the Visitor Centre, where you'll receive a free audio-guide to take to the stones, and have the chance to explore the exhibits in the active interpretation area. Take the short minibus trip from the visitor centre to the Causeway (small charge, payable locally), or walk the mile or so along the cliff path to take in the breathtaking views and sea air.

    Photo opportunities abound at your next stop, Dunluce Castle. One of the most extensive medieval castle ruins in Northern Ireland, Dunluce rises dramatically from a sheer rocky precipice that looms 100ft above the waves. Separated from the mainland by a deep chasm crossed only by a narrow bridge, this precarious fortification occupied a position of great strategic importance, and remains a wild, beautiful and astonishingly atmospheric place.

  • Today you'll head to Glenveagh National Park. This remote area of outstanding natural beauty is home to herds of wild deer, and a sanctuary for the endangered golden eagle and many other species of wildlife. By contrast to most of the rugged landscape, Glenveagh Castle, which overlooks the peaceful waters of Lough Veagh, comes as something of a surprise. A guided tour of the castle's keep and mismatched towers offers a real glimpse into a lifestyle of an earlier age, and you'll also have time to explore the spectacular gardens.

    Your route back to Letterkenny takes you back to the coast, via Mount Errigal and through Dunlewy village to Bunbeg. Here (weather permitting) you may like a 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 village of Dunfanaghy.

  • Bid farewell to Donegal, today, and return to Belfast airport to catch your flight home.

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Station House Hotel, Letterkenny

The welcoming Station House Hotel in Letterkenny stands on the banks of the tranquil River Swilly, overlooking Oldtown Bridge, within walking distance of the centre of this lively town.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This hotel offers a complimentary guided walking tour of Letterkenny during your stay.
  • 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.
  • We 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.
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