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Donegal & Tory Island

21 Jun — 29 Jun 2020 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand,

MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Stansted 1205 on Loganair, arriving Derry 1330. Transfer to Bay View Hotel, Killybegs for two nights. Welcome and introduction.

Day

2

Morning: through beautiful coastal scenery to high sea-cliffs of Slieve League (views and seabirds). Afternoon in Glencolmcille: folk village museum, Stone Age megaliths associated with St Columba.

Day

3

Morning: Blue Stack Mountains and Colmcille Heritage Centre (saint’s birthplace, chapel, holy well). Afternoon: Gaeltacht region (where Gaelic is still the first language): Glebe House, home and gallery of Primitve painter Derek Hill. Transfer to An Chúirt Gweedore Court Hotel for three nights.

Day

4

Morning: coastal walks along deserted beaches and rocky coves. Afternoon: Horn Head with dramatic views to Tory Island and Malin Head – cliff edge and headland walks, seabirds, moorland flowers.

Day

5

Glenveagh National Park with walk along nature trail beside lough and onto moorland (spotting red-throated divers, golden eagles, orchids, bog plants). Visitor Centre with excellent displays on landlords and evictions, ecology and geology. Afternoon: 19th century Glenveagh Castle and gardens (neo-Gothic architecture complete with ramparts, turrets, round tower).

Day

6

Morning ferry to Tory Island with cruise past island and deserted villages. Afternoon: walk along the west of the island – lighthouse, Derek Hill’s remote hut. Three nights at Tory Harbour View Hotel.

Day

7

Cliff walks in search of seabird colonies (including puffins).

Day

8

Further walks on Tory Island and free time to wander.

Day

9

Return ferry to mainland. Transfer to Derry airport for 1730 departure, arriving 1855.

Tour Dates

21 Jun — 29 Jun 2020

Days

9

Cost

£2195

Tour Code

DNTI-20

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FITNESS/

PRACTICALITIES

This tour will move at a relaxed pace with a mixture of cultural visits and longer walks taking in the best of the landscape and natural history. Participants should be comfortable both with heights and walking over sometimes rugged and uneven terrain. Longer walks will be between two and three hours. Please note that all visits on Tory Island will be made on foot.

Cost of £2195 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six lunches (four packed), dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £120.

Own flight reduction: £160.

 
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