Darling Donegal & Derry
If you haven’t been to this corner of Ireland before or haven’t been for a while - it’s high time to. Some great additions to the touristic trail are now on offer for groups. Discover these two counties with extremely strong ties to one another in the northwest corner of Ireland – Darling Donegal & Derry. Donegal in the Republic and Derry in the North never let a matter of currency come between them; indeed both can boast accolades of ‘coolest place on the planet‘ and ‘UK Capital of Culture’ (Donegal and Derry respectively) as recent achievements. You may find on reflection that the highlight is simply the stunning rural or coastal scenery around every bend of your journey.
• 4 nights Half Board in 3* accommodation
• Return ferry crossing from the UK
• Guided walk of Derry City Walls
• Entry to Seamus Heaney HomePlace
• Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Cruise to Slieve League Cliffs (from Killybegs fishing harbour)
• Time at leisure in the charming hub of Donegal Town
• Visit to Glenveagh National Park with castle tour and shuttle bus in-park transportation
3* Abbey Hotel,Donegal (or similar)
• Lift • Bar
• Tea/coffee facilities
• Free wifi
Upgraded option from £445pp
4* Mill Park, Donegal
Day 1: After your ferry crossing from the UK and drive to the north-west of Ireland arrive at your base for the next four nights and settle into your hotel.
Day 2: Morning at leisure in the bustling Donegal Town, dominated by a stunning Clan Castle and brimming with colourful shop front facades, cafes, bars and restaurants. The town square or rather ‘diamond’ will often have street performers in season, the peaceful pier makes a great place to retreat for some respite, all in all a compact and delightful town to explore in this corner of the north-west. This afternoon head further west to Ireland’s premier fishing port of Killybegs, a great place to indulge in a fish and chip lunch! Set out on an Atlantic Coastal Cruise from this picturesque port to the cliffs of Slieve League, ‘Sliabh Liag’. Noted as Europe’s highest sea cliffs, these towering giants reach over 600m, making County Clare’s Cliffs of Moher seem rather modest (standing at 214m). And, of course there is always the chance to catch some local marine wildlife along the way - dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks to name but a few.
Day 3: Into the neighbouring county of Derry this morning to visit the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a visitor centre dedicated to the life and work of late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, who was a native to these parts. Continue this afternoon to the county’s principal city and Northern Ireland’s second city - Derry London-Derry. Here stroll the 17th century city walls on a guided tour where you’ll get a great perspective of the city’s numerous church steeples. Other highlights to explore freely at your leisure include the Peace Bridge, the Guildhall and the craft village located right in the heart of the city.
Day 4: Today we visit Glenveagh National Park, the second largest National Park in Ireland covering 66 square miles of the Donegal hinterland. Home to the Golden Eagle and the largest herd of red deer in the country, the grounds encompass a 19th century castellated mansion and perfectly manicured landscaped lawns set to the rugged backdrop of granite mountains lowering to the waters of Lough Veagh. Similar to a highland retreat, take time to enjoy the tranquillity of life here making use of the park’s shuttle transportation to get around. The story behind the castle will be revealed on a guided tour. If looking for a lunch stop in the vicinity, we highly recommend Leo’s Tavern for food and laugh’s.
Day 5: Depart hotel after breakfast to commence your onward journey to Ireland’s east coast where you will connect with your return ferry to the UK.