7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour

Immerse yourself in our most active and off the beaten track tour. Adventure your way across northwestern and Northern Ireland.

Spend 2 nights in Donegal. Explore 2 National Parks. Bike the Great Western Greenway. Hike the Causeway Coast and Slieve League sea cliffs. Experience culture and history on guided tours of Belfast and Derry.

🥇 We won Best Adventure Experience TWICE at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards; 2017 and 2015

€1,699.00* Per Person Sharing.
Single Supplement EURO €230
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Estimated $ USD 2019 Price: $1,976 (based on $1 = €0.86)

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Mix adventure activities with culture and history
Go off-road in our legendary 4×4 tour vehicles
Hike, bike, kayak and explore castles & villages
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.

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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 City
  • Entrance into the world famous Giant's Causeway

For your information - below are a list of options you can choose while on tour.

Lots of flexible options while on tour!
  • Black Cab Tour
    £10.00
    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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7 Day Magnetic North Adventure
We had a great, personalised tour of Northern Ireland and of Ireland. Our guide, Andrew Duggan, brought us to great places on the tour, and was able to change the tour when needed to meet the desires of the group. We explored beautiful areas, and received a deeper appreciation of the Troubles.
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Second Trip- This time to see the Northern Half of Ireland
One of the risks you take when booking a small group tour for a second time is not having the adventure live up to your original experience and expectations. Our family had a tremendous time on our first trip with Vagabond a couple of years ago and Adan, our guide, was a huge part of that excellent experience. So I was concerned that this trip would simply not be able to live up to expectations. Thankfully, we had a fantastic trip that was a different experience altogether .
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7 Day Magnetic North Tour
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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Photos
Couple look at Downpatrick Head sea stack from headland in Mayo
Explore stunning natural scenery in northwestern and Northern Ireland
Three Vagabond tour guests gallop on horseback along 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 Hotel, Co. Mayo

The Wyatt is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of glorious Westport town boasting a renowned welcoming atmosphere popular with visitors and locals alike. Everything is on your doorstep when you are staying here such as shopping, restaurants, cycle paths, beaches, pubs and historic sites.

"Welcome to our home, in the heart of Westport"
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
Itinerary
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MAGNETIC NORTH TOUR INTRO & HIGHLIGHTS

Experience wild and 'Cool' Donegal on this indepth North / NorthWest and Northern Ireland tour.

  • Blow off the cobwebs with a hike of Slieve Guillion on Day 1.
  • Visit Belfast before heading up the Causeway Coastal Route to the Giants Causeway.
  • From Derry to Donegal with options for kayaking or scenic drives to Horn Head.
  • Try horse-riding on an Irish beach.
  • Stand in awe at the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, Slieve Liag, Donegal

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Day 1 - The famous Causeway Coastal Route

Begin your cultural adventure from the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin at 8.20am.

  • Hike Slieve Gullion to Ireland's highest passage tomb.
  • Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on an optional Black Cab Tour.
  • Cameras at the ready! You're about to begin one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Your accommodation and dining for the evening is at the Londonderry Arms. You’re in good company - this quaint former coach house once played host to none other than Winston Churchill himself.

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 - Dunseverick Coastal Hike & Giants Causeway

It’s an early start today for a short (but sweet) hike.

  • Dare to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, suspended high above the waves.
  • Next up is the challenging but scenic Dunseverick coastal hike. Hikers from all over the world come to experience this steep, often muddy trail, culminating in your arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Giant's Causeway.
  • Raise a glass at Bushmills, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.
  • Your accommodation and dining tonight is at the Georgian-era Beech Hill Country House Hotel.

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 - Tour Derry's Walls

Leaving the walled city behind us we head northward to Donegal.

  • Guided walking tour of Ireland’s walled city, Derry.
  • Look behind you! Panoramic 360° vistas await you at the beautifully preserved Celtic stone ringfort at Grianán of Aileach.
  • After lunch we head to the pristine wilderness of Glenveagh National Park. Watch for wild deer and golden eagles in Glenveagh National Park.
  • This evening’s accommodation, the locally owned Arnold’s Hotel of Dunfanaghy.

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 - Donegal day to design

Today is yours to design. Flexible activities abound in one of Ireland’s most remote and beautiful regions.

Your guide can organise one of the following:

  • Surf the breathtaking Dunfanaghy beach, right in front of your hotel.
  • Glide along Donegal’s coast with a ‘sit on top’ sea kayaking session.
  • Scenic drive and hike to the stunning cliffs of Horn Head.
  • Have Donegal’s magnificent beaches all to yourself
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Doe Castle on the shores of Sheephaven Bay.
  • Traditional Irish music and crafts in the quaint town of Ardara.

This evening’s accommodation is at the family-owned Nesbitt Arms in Ardara.

The average driving time today is 1 hour 30 minutes.

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 - Donegal Sea Cliffs

Sea cliffs, steep hikes and a welcome spa.

  • Get up close and personal with the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League.
  • Ride a horse along a stunning Atlantic beach in Sligo.
  • Hike Knocknarea to the tomb of Queen Maebh.

Accommodation tonight is at the luxurious Mount Falcon Estate.

The average driving time today is 3 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 - Cycle a Greenway

Ease yourself into the day with a heavenly breakfast spread at Mount Falcon.

  • Ramble the wilds of windswept northwest Mayo. It feels like the edge of the world!
  • Hike or bike the Great Western Greenway to lively Westport.
  • Experience the vast, unspoilt wilderness of Ballycroy National Park.
  • Make sure you take a stroll around the famously fun Westport this evening. You’ll have a broad array of options for eating, shopping, music and craic.
  • Your accommodation tonight is at the centrally located Wyatt Hotel in the colourful town of Westport.

The average driving time today is 1 hour 30 minutes.

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 - Croagh Patrick & Prehistoric History

Before we say goodbye, there’s still time for some of Ireland’s highlights.

  • Wake up in Westport - one of Ireland's most atmospheric towns.
  • Soak up one of Ireland's most beautiful vistas on a hike up the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick.
  • Unearth the largest prehistoric roadway in Europe at Corlea trackway, over 2100 years old.
  • You’ll disembark your Drifter back at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin between 5-6pm. Farewell hugs all round for your new 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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