Family escape to the Northwest

Regions

Northwest

Starting Point

Knock, Dublin, Belfast

Best time to travel

April - October

Recommended Length

4 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Family Getaway

Activity Level **

3/5

Co. Donegal in the Northwest of Ireland is among the least visited places in Ireland, mostly because of it's location far off the beaten track. You will find unspoiled scenery in this wild area with lonely valleys, a beautiful rugged coastline and fantastic golden sandy beaches. Donegal is a great location for a real family outdoor adventure, allowing for plenty of water-based activities along it's long coastline and fantastic hiking and cycling options in the Glenveagh National Park and the lonely trails. Further, the younger family members will enjoy to discover some of the old castles and estates scattered around the county.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ family surfing lesson on Donegal's beautiful long and sandy beaches
✓ discover the beautiful scenery of the Glenveagh National Park by bike
✓admire Europe's highest sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag by boat and by foot
✓ enjoy family fun on a vintage train ride through the lush gardens of an old estate

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival and transfer - overnight in Donegal
Day 2 - learn how to surf - overnight in Donegal
Day 3 - Oakfield Park - cycling in Glenveagh National Park - overnight in Donegal
Day 4 - Sliabh Liag Boat Tour - climb - overnight in Donegal
Day 5 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRVIVAL
Welcome to Ireland. After your arrival, you will transfer to Co. Donegal, where you can choose to stay in one of the more urban areas or enjoy the unspoiled remoteness of the Donegal countryside. Use the rest of the day to stroll to the small, but busy center of Donegal town or take a drive around the beautiful countryside.
Overnight in Co. Donegal.

DAY 2 - SURFING LESSON
The whole family will take to the waters of the Atlantic ocean this morning as you will be given a surfing instruction on one of Co. Donegal's beautiful long and sandy beaches. Equipped with all that you need, you will be shown some basic moves before testing your skills in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic.
Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the beach or visit the Donegal craft center, where you can learn about traditional Irish arts crafts including weaving, painting or print-making.
Overnight in Co. Donegal.

DAY 3 - CYCLING IN THE GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK - OAKFIELD PARK
The Glenveagh National Park is located in the heart of Co. Donegal, made of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted forests. Your self-guided cycling tour starts at the parks visitor center, where you have the option to follow along several trails taking you along the lake, by the castle or over the mountains surrounding the park.
In the afternoon, a true family adventure is waiting for you as you will visit the beautiful park surrounding Oakfield Estate, where the small vintage steam train will take you through the estate to enjoy the lush green gardens, mature woodlands and abstract sculptures around the park.
Overnight in Co. Donegal.

DAY 4 - HIKE AND BOAT TOUR AROUND SLIABH LIAG CLIFFS
The impressive Sliabh Liag cliffs drop over 600m in to the the Atlantic ocean, making them the highest sea cliffs in Europe! Today, you will get to enjoy the fantastic cliffs from two different ankles - a guided boat tour will take you to where the foot of the cliffs meets the wild Atlantic ocean. Learn about the formation and the geology of the region and enjoy the beautiful vistas from this unique perspective. You can then ascent to the viewing platform in the cliffs, form where you can see all the away to Co. Mayo on a clear day. The platform is the starting point of several walking tours, taking you to the very top of the cliffs or back to Teelin.
Overnight in Co. Donegal.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
You will leave beautiful Donegal behind and make your way back home.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
With its mild climate and its easy access, Ireland is a country that can be visited all year round. The most popular time to travel is between May and September with July and August being by far the busiest months.
Ireland's eastern coast tends to be drier and warmer than the western part, where, especially over the winter months, the conditions can be stormy, cold and wet. Temperatures all over Ireland hardly ever fall below 0 degrees though. From late October to mid March, the days tend to be quite short, so if you are looking at touring, the longer days of the year would be more suitable.
Ireland usually sees the driest and warmest season in May and June, making the time perfect for outdoor activities all across Ireland when the often boggy underground has dried up. While there is a chance of storms due to the hurricane season across the Atlantic, September can bring some lovely late summer weather with mild and sunny days, especially on the east coast.

How to travel
With an annual passenger volume of almost 33 mio in 2019, Dublin airport is by far the busiest airport in Ireland. To compare, Shannon Airport in the west saw around 1,7 mio passengers while Cork airport saw just under 300,000 passengers over the same period.
Dublin serves an extensive network of destinations and airlines, connecting Ireland to mainland Europe and North America. Direct routes are also operated to the UAE and Asia. The best European hubs to connect to Dublin are London Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
In Ireland, the easiest way to get around is by rental car. The bus network is extensive and connections are frequent, but public transport mainly connects the main centers and it can be challenging to travel in rural areas or off the beaten track. The Irish train operates a centralized system through Dublin, so depending where you want to go, the journey might be intricating due to the detour to Dublin.

Travelling with children
The wealth of exciting ancient history, outdoor opportunities and fantastic scenery makes Ireland a great destination to visit with the whole family. The country is not large and a good road network makes it easy and reasonably fast to travel across the country.
Though Ireland would not be considered to be a beach destination by many, Ireland offers some extraordinary long sandy beaches with calm waters, which are perfect for swimming, surfing or watersports. Further, Ireland has some exciting marine wildlife and it is possible in many places to spot seals, dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.
Ireland’s rich cultural and historical heritage includes ancient castles, vibrant cities and fabled creatures. Many sights exploring the mythical world are laid out for kids and offer great entertainment for old and young.
Hotels and B&Bs offer family accommodation with family rooms or separate lodges to house larger family groups. Restaurants nearly always offer a kids menu or will prepare smaller portions. It is always possible to request a cot or high chair for small kids.

What to bring
It is not a myth that it rains a lot in Ireland, so whenever you travel, the most important thing to bring is a waterproof jacket. Umbrellas might be used in urban areas, though rain is often accompanied by strong winds, making the use of umbrellas often challenging.
Comfortable and decent shoes are essential as no matter where you go or what you plan to do, you should prepare to walk quite a bit, also in the cities. If you are planning on hiking, waterproof hiking shoes or boots are advisable as trails are not always well maintained and often lead through boggy and wet terrain.
Even though people tend to be obsessed with the weather, temperatures are moderate and never get extremely low or high. Warm evenings are rare, even at the height of summer, so always prepare for chilly evenings with a warmer jumper, cardigan and jacket.
The sun gets surprisingly strong over the summer months, so sun lotion, a sun hat and sunglasses are recommendable. A small backpack or handbag will be perfect to carry your belongings when out and about.
While people enjoy a casual style in their routine or when outdoors, especially the younger generations love to dress up in the evening, so you should also pack a nice outfit if you plan to hit the town in the evenings.

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Ireland, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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