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7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour

Our Most Immersive Northern Ireland Tour Ever

Head north, touring Belfast to Donegal 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 Mayo, Donegal and Northern Ireland’s wild outdoors with the warmth of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Hike the Giant’s Causeway, discover the beaches of Donegal, explore Mayo by bike and cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge. If you’re looking for a 7 day adventure tour in the south of Ireland, check out our 7 Day Vagabond World Tour of Ireland.

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Estimated $ USD 2020 Price: $1,786 (based on $1 = €0.85)
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If the date you want is full please contact us and we will do our best to accomodate you.

A €100 deposit per person is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

All tours are charged in EURO. Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

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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 Doe Castle/ 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
    £18.50
    Self-guided tour of the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
    £9.00
    Cross this scenic rope bridge, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Bushmills Distillery Tour
    £9.00
    Guided walking tour of the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
  • Dunluce Castle
    £5.50
    Self-guided tour of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
  • Boat Trip to Slieve League
    €20.00
    Guided boat trip to 2000ft high sea cliffs.
  • Horse Riding Sligo
    €28.00
    Ride a horse along a scenic Atlantic beach in Sligo
  • Surf Lesson Donegal
    Up to 3: €45; 4+: €35
    Surf lesson on Dunfanaghy beach. 1.5-2 hrs.
  • Sea Kayaking Donegal
    €35.00
    Guided ‘sit on top’ sea kayaking along the Donegal coast. 2 hrs.
  • Bike the Mayo Greenway
    €30.00
    Cycle along the Great Western Greenway.
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While our group was only two, and some of the trip highlights were closed due to Covid or unavailable for a small group, the team at Vagabond and our guide Bébhinn went out of there way to make sure our journey was full of adventure and truly off the beaten path. I would highly r…
Liz Tetzlaff, 8th Nov 2021
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Vagabond is so well coordinated, planned and flexible! We were able to explore and experience many sites almost at our leisure and what a treat our VagaGuide Bébhinn was! This is our second Vagabond tour and we loved every moment!
Product : More beautiful scenery and history with the Magnetic North tour! I love the small hotels we stay in and meet such wonderful people!
lori Walker, 28th Oct 2021

Our Guests Trip Advisor Reviews

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This was my second tour with Vagabond. I did the 8 day Wild Rover tour in 2019 and planned to do this one last year, but of course, had to reschedule. I was a bit apprehensive due to Covid, but I didn't want to wait another year. Traveling solo, I knew I'd be in great hands with Vagabond, but this tour exceeded my expectations by 1000%! Leading up to the tour, the communication and Covid updates from Vagabond were excellent. There were some travel restrictions announced right before my tour, and Rob Rankin, the owner of Vagabond, personally answered my emails, assuring me that all was well. The tour began at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin early on Sunday morning. I was greeted by Rob Rankin, and was so impressed that he took the time to see everyone off. One of the great things about Vagabond is the 4x4 vans they use, which really do go off the beaten path, far from the large tour buses. There was only one other couple on my tour and our guide, Andrew was warm and funny right from the start. I had emailed Emma at Vagabond about my ancestry prior to the tour; my 6th great grandfather, Patrick McSherry was born in Newry in 1725 and I had asked whether we'd be driving through there on our first day. She replied that it wasn't a scheduled stop, but that she would mention it to our guide. Andrew kindly took the time to go into the town and gave me extra time to visit a cathedral, which was coincidentally named St. Patrick's! That was just the start of an amazing week. He went SO far above and beyond on every step of the tour, from booking lunch and dinner every day, to hiking with us and booking activities that we wanted to do. He was funny (I laughed til I cried!), kind and caring, and incredibly knowledgeable on the history of every town and place we visited. His stories and fables kept us entertained, which I loved hearing. He even knew the history of the wells of St. Patrick that we visited. It's hard to say what my favorite part of the tour was...every day was fantastic and a new adventure! The tragic history of Northern Ireland was so interesting. Andrew suggested a great hike at the Giants Causeway, which took us up to cliffs overlooking the ocean. He arranged for us to kayak in Sheepshaven Bay in Dunfanaghy, which was amazing! I loved Donegal and Slieve League. On the last day, we all hiked Croagh Patrick, with beautiful views of Clew Bay. 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! Thanks a MILLION to Vagabond for being the BEST tour company in Ireland AND to Andrew, for the MOST wonderful week in Ireland that I ever could’ve imagined!
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Second Trip- This time to see the Northern Half of Ireland
Three years ago, we did the 7 Day World Tour with our grown children – who said this was the "best vacation ever"! My husband and I enjoyed it so much, we booked Vagabond, this time focusing on the north and again, we were not disappointed. First, let me say that frequent communication was key to overcoming the travel challenges due to COVID. Originally booked for 2020, Vagabond allowed us to rebook, applying our deposit to our 2021 trip. Over the past 18 months, owner Rob sent regular emails with general updates regarding the current situation in Ireland so we always had accurate, and up-to-date information regarding our ability to travel. Back in the office, Emma kept us informed about our specific tour, travel requirements and forms, and COVID testing protocols, etc. She helped us to navigate where and when testing was needed and provided a listing of testing centers within walking distance of our hotels so we could travel into Northern Ireland and back home to the USA without issue. We received an immediate response to every email, answered all of our questions professionally, and was a huge help to us during the pre-trip planning phase. Our tour started on time with Andrew as our guide. Throughout the week, he shared information about the sites, local lore, and historical facts. He told us endless stories and fables as we were travelling through Antrim, Londonderry, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, and Rosscommon, giving us a real sense of true Ireland. His smile, his energy, and his enthusiasm for his job and Vagabond as a company, were never-ending. He treated us like royalty and made sure we were taken care of the entire tour. Andrew worked very hard to make reservations and reconfirm bookings for all our excursions and dinners. During our tour we celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary. Andrew went out of his way and bought us a cake to celebrate and played music while we danced outside the ringfort of Grianan of Aileach. That will be a memory of a lifetime. Some of the other trip highlights were hiking up Croag Patrick and Slieve League, sea kayaking in Inishtown, the Black Cab tour in Belfast, and of course the Giant’s Causeway. The accommodations and the people that run them were equally outstanding. The two that really stood out to us were Londonderry Arms where Churchill stayed and the beautiful Mount Falcon Estate. Whether you are a first timer or going back to Ireland to explore more of what the country has to offer, we highly recommend Vagabond. Sure, you can visit Ireland on your own, but why not “experience” all of Ireland through the guides who live and work there. Vagabond offers something for everyone – adventure tours for active folks and more relaxing tours for those who enjoy taking it all in. You won’t be disappointed!
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This is our second tour with the company, having done a Driftwood tour 3 years ago. This time we wanted to do something slightly more adventurous and booked the Magnetic North Vagabond tour. The Magnetic North tour is pretty off the beaten path but that was the slice of Irish culture we were looking for.
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Couple look at Downpatrick Head sea stack from headland in Mayo
Explore stunning natural scenery in northwestern and Northern Ireland
Horseback riding group on a beach in Ireland
Horse ride along a beach in Sligo
Couple cycling stop with their bikes at scenic spot on Great Western Greenway in Mayo
Bike the Great Western Greenway in Mayo
Scenic Melmore Head beach in Donegal
Explore deserted beaches in remote Donegal
Carrick-a-rede rope bridge panorama including sea
Dare to cross Carrick a Rede rope bridge on the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route
Hiking couple at Slieve League in Donegal
Hike to the summit of Slieve League sea cliffs
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
Visit stunning Dunluce Castle on the Antrim Coast
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

Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Co. Derry

Experience the rustic elegance and authentic Irish charm of the Beech Hill Country House - one of Ireland's finest manor house hotels run by Conor Donnelly and his team. During its 400-year history, Beech Hill played a role in a series of high profile international events, including the Plantation of Ulster, the 1641 Rebellion, the Siege of Derry in 1689 and World War II, during which the hotel grounds hosted one of the largest US Navy accommodation camps in Base One Europe.

"On behalf of our family and all the team at Beech Hill Country House, we would like to welcome you to this wonderful hotel."
The exterior of Beech Hill with a guest horse riding through the gardens
A picnic on the grass in front of Beech Hill with two horses in the background

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

The Nesbitt Arms, Co. Donegal

The Nesbitt Arms Hotel was established in 1838 and has been providing people with a home away from home experience since. Snuggled between the Wild Atlantic Coast line and the Bluestack mountains, Ardara, is a warm, welcoming, friendly & musical village with The Nesbitt Arms at the centre of it. Warm tweeds, traditional music, roaring fires and friendly local staff await you in the Nesbitt Arms where modern comfort is interwoven with historic soul.

Exterior of the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in Ardara, Donegal, Ireland
Bed and soft furnishings in a deluxe room at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in Ardara, Donegal, Ireland

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!

  • Kickstart your tour, exploring an ancient passage tomb on top 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!
  • Walk on the Giant’s Causeway - hear the geological story of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tales of Finn McCool, the legendary Irish giant, who folk tales say formed it.
  • Sea kayak around the Inishowen peninsula or hike across the impressive Horn Head, both in wildest Donegal.
  • A multitude of adventure options: horse-ride on an Irish beach in Sligo or bike the Great Western Greenway trail in Mayo.
  • Stand in awe at the unforgettable views at Slieve League, the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe.

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A couple walking on Maghera beach in Donegal holding hands leaving footprints behind them
Visit a golden Irish strand
Three people sitting on top of a mountain overlooking Slieve league
Stand in awe at the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, 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
Three distant figures cross Carrick a rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland
Dare to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

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: Surfing, National Park & Weaving in Donegal

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

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

Tour vehicle at HOrn Head, Donegal, ireland
Surf or sea kayak the Donegal coast
Group on beach in Ireland
Explore the breathtaking and deserted Donegal coast

DAY 5: Cliffs, Boat Trip & Beach Horseback-Riding

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

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

Slieve League sea cliffs in Donegal
Hike the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League
Two horse-riders cantering on the beach in Ventry
Ride a horse along an Atlantic beach in Sligo

DAY 6: Sea Stacks, Bike Trails, Irish Music & 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 the national parks to the rugged sea.

  • Take a short hike to Downpatrick Head to look down at sea stacks and blowholes.
  • Pass through Ballycroy National Park to bike the Great Western Greenway cycle trail (Tour Option - €30 per person).
  • Dip into the colourful pubs of Westport for great food and traditional Irish music.
  • Meet owls, eagles and other raptors on an optional Irish falconry experience.
  • Your accommodation tonight is at the Wyatt Hotel in Westport.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Couple look down on sea stack at Downpatrick Head, Mayo
Northwest Mayo feels like the edge of the world!
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 before the hike.
  • Lose a sin with every step as you hike up the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. This is part of a famous Irish pilgrimage and the views are breathtaking.
  • Unearth the largest prehistoric roadway 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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