Join us amid some of Northwest Ireland’s finest scenery on our Donegal And The Giant’s Causeway tour, 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.
Donegal and the Giant’s Causeway Tour Highlights
- A visit to the iconic Giant’s Causeway with included entry to the award-winning Visitor Centre
- 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 guided tour of Glenveagh Castle
- A drive along part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
- A tour of the Inishowen Peninsula
- A visit to the thought-provoking Doagh Isle Famine Village
- A trip to Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head
- Five 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
Single supplement applies. Subject to availability.
Day One: Fly to Ireland
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 Two: Included Donegal excursion
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 Three: Included Inishowen Peninsula excursion
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 Giant’s Causeway 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.
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 Five: Included Glenveagh National Park 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.
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 Six: Fly home
Transfer back to Belfast for your flight home, taking with you some wonderful memories.
Donegal and the Giant’s Causeway
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