Self-Guided West Donegal Hike

Self-Guided West Donegal Hike

Self-Guided West Donegal Hike

Trip Details:

Operator:   Ireland Walk Hike Bike
Price From: 515 EUR
Ideal Age Range: Suitable for Children (under 15), High School (15 to 18), 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 5 days

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About this program

Travel through the beautiful mountains, valleys, and lakes of Donegal. Along the coast, you’ll find stunning, uncrowded sandy beaches.

Indulge in the rich heritage, culture, friendly, warm people, and folklore as you explore the ruggedly beautiful landscapes.


Day 1: Ardara

Arrive to Donegal town & from there, transfer by bus to the lovely village of Ardara. Collect your Detailed Information Pack & enjoy this lovely & lively village, well known for its tweed making & also its music. From Dublin Airport there is a direct bus service to Donegal town & from there, a local bus service to Ardara.

Day 2: Ardara to Kilcar

Today you will be leaving Ardara to walk to Kilcar & from there transfer to your accommodation in Carrick. This walk follows along the magnificent Glengesh Pass an amazing V-shaped valley with some of the most spectacular scenery you could wish to see. Continuing over bogland & through forestry, you then descend to the village of Kilcar with wonderful views over Donegal Bay. Kilcar is famous for its woolen & tweed industry & your walk finishes just across from one of the factory shops here where you can get a welcome cup of tea or coffee as well as an opportunity to see their beautiful range of clothing. From here you can ring for your taxi to bring you on to your accommodation for the next 2 nights in Carrick. Your luggage will already be here.

Day 3: Carrick / Kilcar to Glencolmcille

Starting from your accommodation in Carrick – or if you wish – you can start from Kilcar – you follow a lovely coastal track out of the village & around Derrylahan hill to continue on to Crockunna. From there you parallel with the road to Glencolmcille with fabulous views as you get closer to this wonderful corner of Ireland. Descending into Glencolmcille village – you can then ring for your taxi back to Carrick for your 2nd night. Overnight in Carrick.

Day 4: Glencolmcille to Ardara

Today you will be dropped back to Glencolmcille where you start walking a beautiful and very remote route back to the village of Ardara. With glorious views across Glen Head and Donegal bay, you then descend to Port & walk through this beautiful valley before ascending Crockuna & then walking beside the Owenwee River you continue through another magnificent valley to finish close to Ardara.

Day 5: Departure

From Ardara, you can avail of the daily bus service back to Donegal town – leaving at 08.15hrs & taking approx. 30 mins. Once in Donegal town, you can connect by bus with most major towns & cities in Ireland or take advantage of the direct bus route to Dublin Airport.

Country Fast Facts


Official Language(s)English, Irish Gaelic
Capital:Republic of Ireland: DublinNorthern Ireland: Belfast
Population6,378,000 (2011)
Major Airport(s):Dublin Airport (DUB), Belfast International Airport (BFS), Cork Airport (ORK), Shannon Airport (SNN)
Economic Driver(s):Alcoholic Beverages, Tourism, Energy

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