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Ireland

Hiking Ireland’s Coastal Northwest

Program No. 22544RJ
Strap on your walking shoes for an inspiring adventure along Ireland’s northwest coast, a region known for its timeless castles, medieval towns and pristine beauty.

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At a Glance

Discover the ancient and seemingly magical landscapes of Ireland on a hiking adventure through its northwest coastal region. From Letterkenny at the northern tip of the republic down through Yeats Country to Galway and the Aran Islands, experience the country’s natural and cultural variety with experts who interpret its timeless castles, medieval town centers and unrivaled wild beauty.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking 4-9 miles on paths and mountain trails, mixed terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Discover the gentle beauty of Glenveagh National Park, with its meandering paths and flowers such as the beautiful fuchsias and rhododendrons.
  • Experience Galway, an iconic city of Ireland’s northwest, a bustling metropolitan city center with a flourishing culture.
  • Take a ferry to the Aran Islands to explore the unique landscapes and prehistoric stone forts of a place where you can still hear Gaelic being spoken.
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Meals
14 Meals
8 Breakfasts
1 Lunch
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Salt, Vegetarian
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Sep 10, 2025 - Sep 19, 2025
  • Sep 10, 2025 - Sep 19, 2025
  • Aug 15, 2024 - Aug 23, 2024 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • Aug 29, 2024 - Sep 06, 2024 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • Sep 12, 2024 - Sep 20, 2024 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • Sep 19, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • May 14, 2025 - May 23, 2025 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • May 21, 2025 - May 30, 2025 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • Jul 30, 2025 - Aug 08, 2025 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • Aug 27, 2025 - Sep 05, 2025 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
  • Sep 10, 2025 - Sep 19, 2025 (Letterkenny to Shannon)
2 nights
Letterkenny
The Station House Hotel is built on the former grounds of the Old Station House when the Railway System in County Donegal was operating in the 1940s. This family owned hotel is located in the center of Letterkenny town opposite of the Old Town Bridge.
2 nights
Donegal Town
The Central Hotel is located right in the heart of Donegal town, which is a great base for exploring the Northwest region of Ireland.
2 nights
Galway
Ideally located at the edge of Lough Atalia, the Galmont Hotel and Spa overlooks Galway Bay. The hotel is a few minute walk to Galway city center and the main railway and bus stations and just two hours from Dublin and one hour from Knock and Shannon airports.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny
The Station House Hotel is built on the former grounds of the Old Station House when the Railway System in County Donegal was operating in the 1940s. This family owned hotel is located in the center of Letterkenny town opposite of the Old Town Bridge.
2 nights
Donegal Town
The Central Hotel is located right in the heart of Donegal town, which is a great base for exploring the Northwest region of Ireland.
2 nights
Galway
Ideally located at the edge of Lough Atalia, the Galmont Hotel and Spa overlooks Galway Bay. The hotel is a few minute walk to Galway city center and the main railway and bus stations and just two hours from Dublin and one hour from Knock and Shannon airports.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Dillon’s Hotel is nestled in the vibrant heart of Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter steps away from restaurants, pubs, and shops.
2 nights
Donegal Town
The Central Hotel is located right in the heart of Donegal town, which is a great base for exploring the Northwest region of Ireland.
2 nights
Galway
Ideally located at the edge of Lough Atalia, the Galmont Hotel and Spa overlooks Galway Bay. The hotel is a few minute walk to Galway city center and the main railway and bus stations and just two hours from Dublin and one hour from Knock and Shannon airports.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Dillon’s Hotel is nestled in the vibrant heart of Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter steps away from restaurants, pubs, and shops.
2 nights
Donegal Town
The Central Hotel is located right in the heart of Donegal town, which is a great base for exploring the Northwest region of Ireland.
2 nights
Galway
Ideally located at the edge of Lough Atalia, the Galmont Hotel and Spa overlooks Galway Bay. The hotel is a few minute walk to Galway city center and the main railway and bus stations and just two hours from Dublin and one hour from Knock and Shannon airports.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny
The Station House Hotel is built on the former grounds of the Old Station House when the Railway System in County Donegal was operating in the 1940s. This family owned hotel is located in the center of Letterkenny town opposite of the Old Town Bridge.
3 nights
Donegal Town
The Mill Park Hotel is just outside the historic town of Donegal.
2 nights
Galway
The Western Hotel is a family owned and operated boutique hotel in Galway city center.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny
The Station House Hotel is built on the former grounds of the Old Station House when the Railway System in County Donegal was operating in the 1940s. This family owned hotel is located in the center of Letterkenny town opposite of the Old Town Bridge.
3 nights
Donegal Town
The Mill Park Hotel is just outside the historic town of Donegal.
2 nights
Galway
The Western Hotel is a family owned and operated boutique hotel in Galway city center.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny
The Station House Hotel is built on the former grounds of the Old Station House when the Railway System in County Donegal was operating in the 1940s. This family owned hotel is located in the center of Letterkenny town opposite of the Old Town Bridge.
3 nights
Donegal Town
The Mill Park Hotel is just outside the historic town of Donegal.
2 nights
Galway
The Western Hotel is a family owned and operated boutique hotel in Galway city center.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny
The Station House Hotel is built on the former grounds of the Old Station House when the Railway System in County Donegal was operating in the 1940s. This family owned hotel is located in the center of Letterkenny town opposite of the Old Town Bridge.
3 nights
Donegal Town
The Mill Park Hotel is just outside the historic town of Donegal.
2 nights
Galway
The Western Hotel is a family owned and operated boutique hotel in Galway city center.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Letterkenny
The Station House Hotel is built on the former grounds of the Old Station House when the Railway System in County Donegal was operating in the 1940s. This family owned hotel is located in the center of Letterkenny town opposite of the Old Town Bridge.
3 nights
Donegal Town
The Mill Park Hotel is just outside the historic town of Donegal.
2 nights
Galway
The Western Hotel is a family owned and operated boutique hotel in Galway city center.
1 night
Shannon
The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.





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