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7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour

Get Active in Northern Ireland & the Northwest

Head north on our most active adventure tour yet!

Spend 7 days on an unforgettable adventure vacation in Ireland. Go cliff hiking, trail biking, horseback-riding and sea kayaking on your way around the rugged countryside of Northern Ireland and the northwest.

You’re about to uncover the wonders of the Giant’s Causeway, the wild beaches of Donegal, the craic in Westport and the fascinating history of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This was the best group tour I have ever taken - anywhere in the world ... Everything about the experience was top notch ... Over the course of the week, we did a little mountain climbing, a good amount of hiking, some sea kayaking, a 30 km cycling excursion, and so much more." Guest Review, June 2023

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A €250 deposit per person is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

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Great first tour experience
We had a great time on the Magnetic Northern Ireland tour. All the hotels were good, including a couple amazing properties. All the restaurants recommended by our guide were excellent. Our guide was great and when weather cancelled a couple activities, he had back up activities that were awesome.

This was our first tour experience and we loved it. The hotels were great. The food recommendations were excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to suggest other activities when needed.
Lauren, 27th Dec 2023
Philip
, our tour guide and driver, made our Ireland experience terrific. He was well versed in historical information of Ireland as well as folklore of different local areas. He was a very good driver too and always reviewed our daily activities and timeframes . My son had a fall and injured his arm which required a visit to the hospital. got him there with minimal disruption to our schedule. As it turned out, the injury was minor and put my family's mind at ease.
Suggestions: We were booked on a 7 day vagabond magnetic north tour. We could have used one "free" day to catch up on rest or have a non scheduled activity day. Also, I didn't feel that enough emphasis was put on the difficulty of navigating some of the trails
Brian McGillicuddy, 11th Dec 2023
Philip is the tour guide you want!
Philip was a great tour guide! He helped make the experience, answering all our questions along the way, giving us fun facts, keeping us occupied and moving! I loved all of the stops and hikes we made along the way. I had been to the north before, but this felt like a trip I've never been on before!

I liked that there was a mix of both hiking and more leisurely activities. This mixture allowed you to take in the stunning beauty of Ireland as well as get to know the area a bit more by visiting museums and other culture sites. I wish we had more time (even just 30 mins to hour) to spend at each stop so I could do more exploring, but on the other hand I loved that we were able to see so much in the 7 days.
Brian Patrick McGillicuddy, 4th Dec 2023

TripAdvisor - 7 Day Magnetic North Tour

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"BEST GROUP TOUR I'VE TAKEN"

Female tour guest in a green forest in Ireland

This was the best group tour I have ever taken - anywhere in the world.

From initial contact to the end of our tour ... everything about the experience was top notch.

There were too many highlights to list them all ... Over the course of the week, we did a little mountain climbing, a good amount of hiking, some sea kayaking, a 30 km cycling excursion, and so much more.

Our guide - Tim - was fantastic. He took us places we never would have found on our own, shared some fascinating history, kept us entertained with his typically Irish ability to tell stories, and educated us on the natural beauty of this magical place.

I hope to be back in beautiful Ireland again, and when I am I’ll most definitely book another Vagabond Tour.

RON, JUNE 2023

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"WHAT AN ADVENTURE!"

Group sea kayaking on a 7 day Northern Ireland adventure tour

We loved everything about our 7 Day Vagabond Magnetic North Tour.

Every day was an adventure—unforgettable hikes, fascinating history and stunning scenery.

We had a great group on our tour and our driver/guide Dave was certainly an asset to the trip. He was so easy going, a great storyteller and always made us feel safe both on the hikes and in the van along those winding Irish roads.

This was our second tour with Vagabond and we look forward to our next adventure with them.

VERIFIED GUEST, SEPTEMBER 2023

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"BLEW US AWAY"

Guests hiking on a 7 day Northern Ireland tour

Our expectations were high ... [Our guide] Andrew blew us away. Really, the whole group was absolutely in love with Andrew, who was full of interesting and educating stories about Ireland and put up with all our shenanigans.

At all times he made sure everyone was safe, well fed and enjoying themselves.

With the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger: we'll be back!

Für unsere deutschen Landsmänn:innen: die Tour ist komplett in englisch. Wenn ihr die Sprache halbwegs gut versteht/sprecht eine klare Empfehlung daran teilzunehmen!

VERIFIED GUEST, SEPTEMBER 2023

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Tour FAQs

Find answers to questions about the 7 Day Vagabond Magnetic North Adventure Tour itinerary.

What Currency Will I Need On Tour?

Euro is the main currency you'll use while touring in the Republic of Ireland.

If your tour visits Northern Ireland, you'll also use Pound sterling (£).

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Which Small Group Tours of Ireland Visit Donegal?

Donegal is one of our favourite places to visit in Ireland. We know you'll love it too!

The following tour itineraries explore Donegal.

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When & Where Do Vagabond/Driftwood Tours Depart From?

All of our tours leave from our pick-up/drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.

Our pick-up times from the Grand Canal Hotel vary by tour:

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Who Guides The Tours?

All of our tours are fully guided by our team of expert driver guides.

We call them VagaGuides.

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What Activities Have Weight Limits?

We always put guest safety first on Vagabond Cultural Adventures.

For this reason, when engaging in kayaking and horseback-riding activities, the following personal weight limits apply:

🐴 Horseback-Riding

Male weight limit: 238lbs / 17 stone / 108kg

Female weight limit: 225lbs / 16 stone / 102kg

🛶 Kayaking

Per person Double Kayak weight limit: 110kg / 17.5 stone / 245lbs

Total Double Kayak weight limit for 2 guests: 190kg / 30 stone / 420lbs

Per person Single Kayak weight limit: 92kg / 14.5 stone / 200lbs.

 

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Are There Any Luggage Restrictions?

Yes, we do operate a limit on luggage.

Owing to the compact nature of our small-group tour vehicles, your luggage limit is one suitcase per person (no bigger than 30” or 75cm along their longest side).

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Which Small-Group Tours Visit Northern Ireland?

We love introducing our guests to the wonderful cities and surprisingly wild coastline of Northern Ireland.

The following four small-group tour itineraries visit Northern Ireland:

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What Day Do Tours Return To Dublin?

To help you plan your return flights, here are the days and times that our tours return to Dublin.

The return point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel

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Where Can I Do Laundry On Tour?

Serviced laundry facilities are available on tours that stay 2 nights in the following towns:

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Do All Hotels Provide Separate Bathrooms?

Yes, all hotel rooms on Vagabond and Driftwood Tours of Ireland are ensuite.

Expect your own separate bathroom with toilet, sink and shower and/or bath.

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Where Is My Luggage Stored On Tour Vehicles?

The answer depends on which tour style you have chosen.

Driftwood vehicles have space for luggage onboard. Vagabond vehicles tow a trailer.

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Which Small Group Tours Visit The Wild Atlantic Way?

The Wild Atlantic Way is one of our favourite routes to tour.

Here are all of the small-group tour itineraries that explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Hotels

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 Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you at the Londonderry Arms Hotel, once owned by none other than Winston Churchill.

Ideally situated midway between Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway, the Londonderry Arms is an ideal base for exploring this beautiful region.

Sit back and relax in front of an open log fire, bask in breathtaking scenery and a unique atmosphere of warmth and comfort.

Londonderry Arms Hotel in Carnlough
Picturesque evening light hits the harbour in Carnlough

Bishops Gate Hotel

Originally built in 1899, Bishop's Gate occupies an historic building in the centre of Derry/Londonderry.

Our lucky Vagabond and Driftwood guests who stay here tend to love the blend of stunning Edwardian architecture with stylish rooms.

Historical Derry/Londonderry is a fully walled city in Northern Ireland.

It is famous for its intact walls, featuring 7 gates; hence the name Bishop's Gate!

Arnolds Hotel

If you’re a beach lover, you’re in for a treat at Arnolds Hotel.

Here on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, you can do as little — or as much — as you like.

Curl up by an open fire, then relax with a drink in the hotel bar.

Alternatively enjoy the many craft shops, bars, cafes and watersport opportunities on your doorstep..

A stunning view of Arnolds hotel and Sheephaven Bay
Exterior facade of Arnolds Hotel at night in Dunfanaghy, Ireland

Gateway Lodge Donegal

Nestled amid the enchanting landscapes of Donegal, the Gateway Lodge Hotel is a beacon of hospitality and tranquility.

The welcoming atmosphere will immediately put you at ease, with a warm Donegal welcome from the moment you arrive.

Comfortable beds and plush furnishings ensure a restful night's sleep, while panoramic windows offer breathtaking views of the lush northwestern greenery that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Gateway Lodge in Donegal with blue sky
Breakfast at Gateway Lodge

Mount Falcon Estate Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Moy Valley, the 4 star Mount Falcon Estate offers 100 acres of magical woodlands to add to the adventure of the day.

If you have time, make sure you experience the hotel's spa and a falconry experience

This Victorian Gothic manor house was originally built as a wedding gift.

It's widely recognised as one of the the most romantic historic hotels in Ireland; perfect if you have an anniversary while on tour.

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

Wyatt Hotel Westport

The Wyatt is a charming hotel located at the heart of Westport town.

Grab a snack in the upmarket brasserie, enjoy live music in a traditional Irish bar or dine in the hotel's award winning restaurant.

We chose the Wyatt as the final night destination for guests on our 7 Day Vagabond Magnetic North Adventure Tour.

Wyatt Hotel Westport
The interior of the bar and restaurant in the Wyatt hotel
Inclusions

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. Please read the Activities & Fitness FAQs for further information.

What's included in your trip
  • Off The Beaten Track Adventure in 4x4 VagaTron Tour Vehicle
  • Services of a Highly-Trained VagaGuide Tour Guide
  • 7 Full Days on Tour
  • 6 Nights' Accommodation
  • 6 Delicious Hot Irish Breakfasts
  • Most Daily activities and Visits (see Optional Extras)
  • Guided Walking Tour of Derry/Londonderry
  • Guided Sheepdog Demo
  • Entrance into Dunluce Castle
  • Entrance into The 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**
    £20.00
    Guided Belfast tour. Recommended. Cash Required (£GBP Sterling).
  • Titanic Experience
    £24.95
    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.
  • Sea Kayaking Donegal**
    €45.00
    Guided sea kayaking along the Donegal coast. 2 hrs. Cash only.
  • Surf Lesson Donegal**
    €50.00
    Surf lesson on Dunfanaghy beach. 2 hrs. Cash required.
  • Glenveagh Castle Tour
    €7.00
    Guided historic tour of Glenveagh Castle Tour in Donegal
  • Glenveagh Bike Rental
    €15.00/€20.00
    Rent regular bikes or e-bikes at scenic Glenveagh National Park
  • Entrance to Donegal Castle
    €5.00
    Self-guided tour of 15th century Donegal Castle.
  • Surfing in Sligo
    €50.00
    Experience an exhilarating surf lesson at Strandhill near Sligo town
  • Horseback-Riding Mayo**
    €35.00
    Ride a horse along a scenic Atlantic beach in Mayo.
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Tour guest poses above sea cliffs in Donegal, Ireland
Be the hero of your Irish adventure!
Tour group hiking Slieve Gullion mountain on an active vacation in Northern Ireland
Hike the mythical Slieve Gullion in Northern Ireland
Two tour guests in scenic landscape in Ireland
Explore the wild outdoors of the northwest
Couple cycling stop with their bikes at scenic spot on Great Western Greenway in Mayo
Bike the Great Western Greenway in Mayo
Tour guest takes photo of sea cliffs in Donegal, Ireland
Take boat tour of sea cliffs in Donegal
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
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7 Day Vagabond Magnetic North Adventure Tour Intro & Highlights

  • Hike the Northern Ireland coastline to the Giant’s Causeway, with sea stacks, chalk cliffs and hidden coves along the way.
  • Choose your adventure activities, such as sea kayaking off remote Donegal
  • Leave your mark on Belfast, as part of a local-led, guided historical tour of Northern Ireland’s capital city.
  • Take a boat trip in the shadow of Slieve League, the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe.
  • Conquer the summit of Slieve Gullion to discover an ancient mountaintop passage tomb and hear ancient myths.
  • Experience the contested histories of Derry/Londonderry — Ireland’s only intact walled city — on a guided walking tour.
  • Taste the real Ireland with overnights in quality independent hotels, located in remote locations and quaint villages.
  • Explore parts of Ireland even Irish people rarely visit! Expect clifftop castle ruin, authentic villages, craft studios and traditional music.
a group of kayakers exploring a sea cave
Hiking couple at Slieve League in Donegal

Day 1: Scenic Hike & Guided Belfast Tour

Begin your Northern Ireland cultural and adventure tour in Dublin, bound for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

It's Day 1, so let's hike! Slieve Gullion mountain features Ireland's highest passage tomb at the summit.

In Belfast, choose from the following activities:

OPTIONAL EXTRAS (Choose A, B, C)

  • A. A highly recommended Black Cab Tour, explaining the history of the Troubles era.
  • B. Or a self-guided visit to the Titanic Centre.
  • C. Alternatively, explore Belfast at your own pace.

Accommodation tonight is at The Londonderry Arms.

The average driving time today is 4 hours.

Female tour guest sitting on top of the summit of Slieve Gullion mountain summit in Ireland
Tour Group visit the Titanic Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Day 2: Giant's Causeway Coastal Hike

Experience one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives: the Causeway Coastal Route.

Hike the stunning Causeway Coast Way to the Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site (Fee Included).

Raise a glass of Irish whiskey at Bushmills, the oldest licensed distillery in the world (Optional Extra).

Travel back in time with a stop at the clifftop ruins of Dunluce Castle (Fee Included).

Accommodation tonight is at The Bishop's Gate Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway wtih a mountain in the background
A lone hiker looks out over a scenic coastal scene of cliffs, moody clouds and big waves

Day 3: Derry/Londonderry & Donegal

Guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry (Fee Included).

A panorama awaits from Grianán of Aileach, a Celtic stone ringfort.

Hike along a scenic lake in Glenveagh National Park with the choice of a self-guided castle tour (Optional Extra). Rent regular bikes or e-bikes to explore Glenveagh (Optional Extra). Minimum numbers apply.

This evening — weather permitting — choose from these options:

OPTIONAL EXTRAS (Choose A or B)

  • A. Sea kayaking (Optional Extra)
  • B. A scenic local hike

Accommodation tonight is at Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy.

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

The exterior of the Glenveagh Castle Gardens with bright red flowers and green plants
The exterior of the Glenveagh Castle Gardens with bright red flowers and green plants
Vagabond Tours group standing at different levels of a stone wall on the interior of Grianán of Aileach fort in Donegal

Day 4: Slieve League Cliffs Boat Trip

Enjoy flexible activity options in of Ireland's most beautiful regions.

  • Take a scenic drive to explore the wild wonderland that is Donegal.
  • Hike or take a boat trip at Slieve League, the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe
  • Enjoy live traditional music in Donegal town, after a great day of adventures.

Accommodation tonight is at Gateway Lodge.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Boat in Donegal Ireland
Take a boat trip in Donegal to the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs
Group on beach in Ireland

Day 5: Farm Tour & Sheepdog Demo

Starting in Donegal, your adventure tour moves into Sligo and Mayo.

  • Explore craft shops in Donegal town or take a self-guided tour of 15th century Donegal Castle (Optional Extra).
  • Watch shepherd and dog working perfectly in tandem during a sheepdog demo (Fee Included).
  • After lunch — weather permitting — choose from a scenic hike or an exhilarating surf lesson (Optional Extra).

Accommodation tonight is at The Mount Falcon Estate & Spa.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Sheepdog crouching while herding five sheep in Ireland
Enjoy a sheepdog demo on a real working Irish sheep farm
Tour Group visits Donegal Castle
A tour group exploring Donegal Castle

Day 6: Horseback-Riding & A Holy Hike

On Day 6, you'll experience northwest Mayo, finishing in Westport, for foodie delights and live Irish music in an array of traditional pubs.

  • Start slowly this morning, exploring the grounds — or the hot tub — at Mount Falcon.
  • Lose a sin with every step as you hike the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. You'll be following an ancient pilgrimage route.
  • Jump onto a trusty steed to explore the Mayo coast on a guided horseback ride (Optional Extra).

Accommodation tonight is at The Wyatt Hotel.

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

A woman taking in the breathtaking scenery at the summit of Croagh Patrick
A woman taking in the breathtaking scenery at the summit of Croagh Patrick
Five horses and five riders in Ireland

Day 7: Iron Age Road Trip

There are still shenanigans to be had on the last day of your Northern Ireland adventure tour...

  • Explore Ireland’s rich rural heritage at the Museum of Country Life; a modern exhibition space amid landscaped gardens.
  • Discover an Iron Age trackway at Corlea. Europe's oldest oak road was constructed nearly 2200 years ago.
  • Disembark your Vagabond tour vehicle back at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin between 5-6pm.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Purple heather flowers in Ireland
Happy tour group in Ireland
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