Explore Ireland’s hidden treasures along the Wild Atlantic Way on this unique 5-day self-guided tour in North Donegal. A unique Irish experience, this itinerary will inspire you with majestic mountains, beautiful coastlines, astounding sunsets, and picturesque landscapes: if you get lucky, you may even see the Northern Lights.

Highlights

  • Scale the heights of Errigal Mountain
  • Ride the ferry to rustic Gola Island
  • Catch local conversation in Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking area
  • Hike through coastal bogs on the Bloody Foreland

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Bunbeg Bunbeg
Day 2 Gweedore to Dunlewy Dunlewy
Day 3 Dunlewy to Falcarragh Dunfanaghy
Day 4 Dunfanaghy to Horn Head or Bloody Foreland Loop Dunfanaghy
Day 5 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bunbeg

An old shipwreck at sunset in Bunbeg
An old shipwreck at sunset in Bunbeg

Your holiday starts in the village of Bunbeg, right in the heart of the Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking area of Ireland. This lovely place is on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way, and if you are fortunate enough to arrive early in the day, you may be able to take a boat trip out to Gola Island or Tory Island.  

Day 2: Gweedore to Dunlewy

Hiking in Donegal

You will be driven to the start of your walk this morning. Start at Clady Bridge near Gweedore: from there, you will be following a forest path walk on the five-mile journey to Dunlewy. As you approach Dunlewy Lake, you will have magnificent views of Errigal Mountain. After the hike, you'll get a ride back to your hotel in Bunbeg. 

Day 3: Dunlewy to Falcarragh

On the road to Glencolumbkille
On the road to Glencolumbkille

Today, transfer to Dunlewy, where you'll walk along remote back roads to the village of Falcarragh. This ten-mile hike is a beautiful walk along the foothills of Errigal, following part of the old railway line that once ran from Creeslough to Dungloe. At the end of the hike, you'll be close to the coast. A driver will pick you up and take you to Dunfanaghy, where you'll spend the night.

Day 4: Dunfanaghy to Horn Head or Bloody Foreland Loop

Magnificent views from the hiking trail
Magnificent views from the hiking trail

Today you have a choice of walks from Dunfanaghy. If the weather is good, try McSwyne’s Gun Loop on Horn Head, walking from your hotel to Horn Head Bridge and back again—the round-trip hike is about 3.5 miles. Alternatively, hike around Bloody Foreland on a coastal walk through extensive bogs that are harvested for turf. You could either hike there—though at 15 miles away, it would take half the day—or get a ride to the Bloody Foreland area and explore it on foot. You'll get a ride back to Dunfanaghy for your final overnight.

Day 5: Departure

Peace and quiet on a hike in Donegal

The trip comes to a close as you catch a bus from Dunfanaghy to Letterkenny, then transfer to the airport in Dublin. Have a safe trip!