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7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour

Our Most Immersive Northern Ireland Tour

Head north, tour Belfast to Donegal to Sligo and Mayo via Giant's Causeway. This is our most immersive Northern Ireland adventure vacation yet! Spend 7 days on an unforgettable adventure holiday in Ireland. Explore rugged coastlines and learn about Ireland's fascinating history and culture.

Combine Northern Ireland’s stunning coastline with the wild outdoors of the northwest and the cities of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Hike the Giant’s Causeway, discover the beaches of Donegal by sea kayak and unearth the secrets of Mayo by bike on a converted railway line.

If you’re comparing tours of different regions around Ireland, be sure check out our 6 Day Ancient Ireland Tour.

🤸 This is an active Ireland vacation. If you prefer a stroll around Ireland with gentle cultural activities, browse our Driftwood Journeys of Discovery.

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What's Included

All Vagabond tours are flexible. Your 7 Day Vagabond Magnetic North Adventure is no different.

Unmissable activities are included. Where there are great options, we’ve left the final decision up to you. Feel free to choose your evening meals and lunches. All additional tour options are marked clearly below.

Brexit Notice: Please note all tours travelling into Northern Ireland will continue to run as normal and scheduled. Please contact us with any direct concerns you may have.

What's included in your trip
  • An off the beaten track adventure in 4x4 VagaTron tour vehicle
  • The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide
  • 7 full days on tour
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts
  • Most daily activities and visits (see Tour Options below for extras)
  • Entrance into Donegal Castle
  • A guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry
  • Entrance into the world famous Giant's Causeway

All details of prices and suppliers listed here are correct at time of publication. Our suppliers occasionally increase prices for optional tour activities during the touring season. This is a rare occurence. In the unlikely event of a major price increase, we will do our utmost to update you.

Flexible and optional activities on tour
  • Black Cab Tour
    £15.00
    Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.
  • Titanic Experience
    £21.50
    Self-guided tour of the world's largest Titanic visitor experience
  • Bushmills Whiskey Tasting
    £10.00
    Tasting at the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery
  • Boat Trip at Slieve League Cliffs
    €25.00
    Guided boat trip in the shadow of 2000ft high sea cliffs.
  • Surf Lesson Donegal
    €50.00
    Surf lesson on Dunfanaghy beach. 2 hrs.
  • Sea Kayaking Donegal
    €50.00
    Guided sea kayaking along the Donegal coast. 2 hrs.
  • Bike the Mayo Greenway
    €25.00
    Cycle along the Great Western Greenway. E-bikes also available.
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Everything was brilliant. From navigating the user-friendly website and reading about the different tours, to the ease in booking online and receiving email updates/communication up to the morning of tour departure, everything was effortless. Our tour guide, Bebhinn, was truly exceptional. She looked after everyone in the group, always checking and making sure all was good and that everything was going well throughout. She made sure we had memorable experiences, taking us to amazing places and on great adventures while sharing with us her knowledge of Irish mythology, music, culture, and history.
Product : This tour offers those who do not have more than a week of time to travel a fantastic way to explore Ireland. The itinerary has a good number of activities and stops bu…
Angie, 29th Jul 2022
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They do everything well! I have been on two Vagabond tours and I have recommended them many times! They are knowledgeable, bend over backwards to make sure everything is just right. I wish I could live in Ireland!
Product : There were so many outstanding places we visited. I would never be able to say which place was the best. I always bring home the best memories!
Louise, 21st Jul 2022
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Everything was awesome!
Product : Eammonn was so friendly! I enjoyed the trip immensely
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TripAdvisor - 7 Day Magnetic North Tour

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Vagabond 7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour
"IMMERSE YOURSELF IN IRELAND"

Group sea kayaking on a 7 day Northern Ireland adventure tour

Vagabond is the best way to tour Ireland! I keep coming back because it's a guaranteed good time 🙂

Every day is filled with fun outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and gardens, sweet adorable animals, fascinating culture and history, delicious farm-to-table food, Irish trad music, clean and comfortable hotels.

Highlights for me were hiking the Antrim Coast, exploring the stone ringfort, Grianan of Aileach, and Titanic Belfast.

Our group of Americans, British and Canadian (me) quickly bonded over shared interests and we had a great camaraderie.

BLUE GREEN SURF, JULY 2022

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"AMAZING ITINERARY"

Two guests hiking on a 7 day Northern Ireland tour

This company does a great job...

Fun and knowledgeable staff, small group sizes, itineraries that aren't possible on a large coach bus, and busy, but not too busy, off-the-beaten path experiences.

Both our guides were gifted at "reading the room" and tailoring the days to our group (and the weather).

I highly recommend Vagabond!

KBW10072003, MAY 2022

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"I'LL RETURN FOR TOUR #3"

Group cycling on a 7 day Northern Ireland adventure tour

It's hard to say what my favorite part of the tour was...

Every day was fantastic and a new adventure!

If you’re looking for a small-group tour that’s adventurous, takes you to places no other tour company does, want to have a ton of fun and learn the history and wonderful fables of Ireland, then I can’t recommend Vagabond highly enough.

I will surely return for tour #3.

JANE, SEPT 2021

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Tour group hiking Slieve Gullion mountain on an active vacation in Northern Ireland
Hike the mythical Slieve Gullion trail in Northern Ireland
Couple cycling stop with their bikes at scenic spot on Great Western Greenway in Mayo
Bike the Great Western Greenway in Mayo
A man and a woman on a boat trip underneath the Slieve League cliffs in the sunshine
Hop on a boat trip to Slieve League sea cliffs
Scenic Melmore Head beach in Donegal
Explore deserted beaches in remote Donegal
Titanic mural on a building in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Take a guided Black Cab Tour of Belfast's historic murals in Northern Ireland
Sunlight on Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Trek the stunning Antrim coast to the legendary Giant's Causeway
Dunluce Castle ruins on the Antrim coast
Photo stop at stunning Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland
Accommodation

A hot shower after a mountain hike. A real fire. A pint. We assure you that wherever you stay with us, you’ll love it.

We put great effort into selecting accommodation on Vagabond tours. Your tour will overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations). Receive a heartfelt welcome, often from the hoteliers themselves. No hotel chains here!

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Londonderry Arms, Co. Antrim

A warm welcome awaits you at the Londonderry Arms Hotel which was once owned by Sir Winston Churchill. Ideally situated about midway between Titanic Belfast the The Giant’s Causeway. It is an ideal base for exploring this beautiful region and viewing it’s breath-taking scenery. Sit back and relax in front of the open log fires which contribute to the hotel’s unique atmosphere of warmth and comfort.

"We welcome lovers of good food, whiskey connoisseurs and those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. "
Picturesque evening light hits the harbour in Carnlough
Londonderry Arms Hotel in Carnlough

Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry/Londonderry

Bishop’s Gate Hotel is perfectly positioned within the historic city walls at the heart of Derry/Londonderry’s Cathedral Quarter. Built in 1899, this historic building has been recently converted into a boutique hotel, blending stunning Edwardian architecture and stylish rooms. The personal service pays homage to the rich heritage of the building, while exceeding the contemporary needs and desires of our lucky Vagabond and Driftwood guests who get to stay here.

Arnolds Hotel, Co. Donegal

Directly opposite the beach with stunning views of Horn Head and Sheephaven Bay, Arnolds Hotel, a fourth generation family owned hotel is situated in the lively seaside village of Dunfanaghy on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. At Arnolds you can do as little or as much as you might like – curl up by the open fires and relax with a creamy pint of Guinness or enjoy the many craft shops, bars, cafes.

"From a warm and friendly welcome on arrival, our attentive team will go above and beyond to ensure every element of your stay is an experience you wish to repeat again and again."
A stunning view of Arnolds hotel and Sheephaven Bay
Cosy chairs in front of a fireplace in the living room of Arnolds hotel

Mount Falcon Estate and Hotel, Co. Mayo

Situated in the heart of the Moy Valley on the banks of the River Moy, the 4 star Mount Falcon Estate and Hotel offers 100 acres of magical woodlands. The Estate is perfectly located for exploring The Wild Atlantic Way. Originally constructed as a wedding gift, this Victorian Gothic manor house exudes understated elegance and is widely recognised as the most romantic house in Ireland.

Exterior view of Mount Falcon House and Estate
Interior design of main bedroom in Mount Falcon House

The Wyatt, Co. Mayo

The Wyatt is a charming 3* boutique hotel located in the heart of glorious Westport town boasting a renowned welcoming atmosphere popular with visitors and locals alike. Westport has it all; magnificent landscape, beautiful scenery, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities, blue flag beaches, a world famous mountain, gourmet dining and much much more!

The exterior of the Wyatt Hotel on a sunny day with a waiter walking inside
The interior of the bar and restaurant in the Wyatt hotel
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NORTHERN IRELAND TOUR INTRO & HIGHLIGHTS

Experience the staggering beauty of Donegal, the Antrim Coast, the Giant’s Causeway, and the wealth of history and culture in Northern Ireland’s greatest cities. This is an in-depth north-western and Northern Ireland tour with plenty of adventure activities thrown in for good measure!

  • Explore Irish mythology in an ancient passage tomb at the summit of Slieve Gullion mountain in Armagh on Day 1.
  • Visit Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, the twin cities located at opposite ends of Northern Ireland. Learn their history and meet their warm, friendly people.
  • Drive the breathtaking Causeway Coastal Route. This route through Antrim cuts into the ragged cliffs on the north of Ireland. It’s equally as impressive as Italy’s Amalfi Coast!
  • Join legendary Finn McCool in walking the Giant’s Causeway to discover an incredible geological story at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hike across the impressive Horn Head or take a boat trip to Slieve League, the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, both in wildest Donegal.
  • Bike or hike the Great Western Greenway trail in Mayo for incredibly scenic views across Clew Bay.

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a group of kayakers exploring a sea cave
Slip into a sea kayak to explore the Donegal coast
Hiking couple at Slieve League in Donegal
Hike the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe at Slieve League, Donegal

DAY 1: Guided Belfast Tour & Scenic Hike

Begin your Northern Ireland cultural and adventure tour in Dublin, on our Vagabond 4x4 Mercedes minivan, bound for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

  • Hike Slieve Gullion mountain to Ireland's highest passage tomb.
  • Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on a Black Cab Tour (Tour Option - £15 per person).
  • Drive one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads, the Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Your accommodation and dining for the evening is at the Londonderry Arms.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

A group of Vagabond guests posing in Killarney National Park in front of a Vagabond vehicle
Begin your cultural adventure with Vagabond
Female tour guest sitting on top of the summit of Slieve Gullion mountain summit in Ireland
Hike Slieve Gullion to Ireland's highest passage tomb

Day 2: Northern Ireland Coastal Adventure Tour

On this second day of your Northern Ireland adventure tour, you will follow the Causeway Coastal Route from majestic Antrim to historic Derry/Londonderry.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway wtih a mountain in the background
Trek the stunning Antrim coast to the legendary Giant's Causeway
A lone hiker looks out over a scenic coastal scene of cliffs, moody clouds and big waves
Hike Dunseverick for stunning coastal views all the way to Scotland

DAY 3: Historic Walking Tour of Derry & Donegal

Spend some time in Derry/Londonderry, exploring the city’s famous walls and learning its history before entering the wilds of Donegal.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

A close up picture of a native red deer in Killarney National Park
Watch for wild deer and golden eagles in Glenveagh National Park
Vagabond Tours group standing at different levels of a stone wall on the interior of Grianán of Aileach fort in Donegal
Panoramic 360° vistas from the Celtic stone ringfort, Grianán of Aileach

Day 4: Castles, National Park & Weaving in Donegal

Explore Donegal with flexible activity options in of Ireland's most beautiful regions.

  • Option to visit the dramatic 19th-century castle in Glenveagh National Park.
  • Visit Doe Castle, beautifully located on the shores of Sheephaven Bay.
  • Take a scenic drive and hike to the stunning cliffs at Horn Head.
  • Visit a handweaving studio in the quaint town of Ardara.
  • This evening’s accommodation is at the Abbey Hotel or Central Hotel in Donegal town.

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

Tour vehicle at HOrn Head, Donegal, ireland
Hike Horn Head near Dunfanaghy in Donegal
Group on beach in Ireland
Explore the breathtaking beaches of Donegal

DAY 5: Cliff Hike Or Boat Trip & Mythical Mountain

Starting with wild beaches and sea cliffs in Donegal, the tour moves into Sligo and Mayo.

  • Watch out for rugged sheep as you journey up and over the rugged Granny Pass.
  • Hike or take a boat trip (Tour Option - €25 per person) to admire the towering Slieve League sea cliffs.
  • Hike Knocknarea to the tomb of mythical Queen Maebh.
  • Alternatively, visit Glencar Waterfall to see the inspiration behind the poetry of W.B. Yeats.
  • Accommodation tonight is at Mount Falcon Estate.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

Slieve League sea cliffs in Donegal
Hike the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League
Exterior of Mount Falcon Hotel with landscaped gardens
Your delightful home for the evening is Mount Falcon

DAY 6: Bike Trails, Music, Ponies & Pubs

On the 6th day of your epic North of Ireland adventure, you will move along northwest Mayo, experiencing Ireland’s true wild areas – from national parks to the rugged coast.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Five horses and five riders in Ireland
Ride your trusty steed along the Mayo coast
Couple talking while stopped with mountain bikes in scenic location on Western Greenway
Hike or bike the Great Western Greenway

DAY 7: A Holy Hike & An Iron Age Road

There are still shenanigans to be had on the last day of your Northern Ireland adventure tour as we take the [very] scenic route to Dublin from Mayo via Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

  • Wake up in Westport for a stroll around one of Ireland's most atmospheric towns, soaking in the culture and colour.
  • Lose a sin with every step as you hike the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. You'll be following the ancient route taken by pilgrims and the views are breathtaking.
  • Unearth the largest prehistoric road in Europe at Corlea trackway, over 2100 years old.
  • Disembark your Vagabond tour vehicle back at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin between 5-6pm.
  • High fives all round for your new Vagabond friends!

The average driving time today is 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Bridge over Carrowbeg river in Westport town centre
Wake up in Westport - one of Ireland's most atmospheric towns
Vagabond group hiking Croagh Patrick in Ireland with a scenic view of Clew Bay in the background
Soak up the beautiful vistas from the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick
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All tours are charged in EURO. Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

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