Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 45 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 1.5 miles, periods of standing; paved streets, gravel paths, uneven grassy areas; some uneven floors and 2 short flights of stairs (25 steps total) at castle. Extent of walking and other activities during independent exploration according to personal choice.
In the hotel, the full Irish breakfast buffet offers choices such as a variety of eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, tomatoes, baked beans, cereals, toast, and pastries, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Boarding the motorcoach, we’ll drive a short distance to Glenveagh National Park. One of six national parks in Ireland, Glenveagh covers nearly 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of unspoiled wilderness, glens, forests, lakes, estate grounds, and a castle with ornate gardens in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. The park’s many different habitats support a great variety of plant and animal life. The castle is a Victorian construction built between 1867 and 1873 by a wealthy land speculator, John Adair, who was hated by the local people for his eviction of tenants. Adair intended to develop it into a hunting estate but died before his plans could be implemented. His widow carried out major improvements to the castle over the next several decades. Glenveagh changed hands a number of times until the final owners gave it to the nation to become a national park. We’ll explore the castle and park with a local expert during our field trip. After our field trip, we’ll drive on to the village of Croithlí (Crolly).
At a popular pub in Crolly, we’ll have a traditional plated pub lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. This is one of Ireland's most famous pubs, home of world-renowned singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Enya and the Clannad band.
We’ll ride on through an area known as the Rosses on our way back to Gweedore. The landscape is so rocky that people could thrive primarily along the coast. We’ll make a few leisurely stops to take in some of the spectacular scenery of the North West coast, and learn more about Gweedore as a Gaeltacht from commentary by our Group Leader aboard the motorcoach.
Hotel plated meal.