Donegal & Tory Island
20 Jun — 28 Jun 2021 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand
• Discover the beautiful views, fascinating landscape and intriguing culture of County Donegal
• Trace the footsteps of St Columba as we take a short voyage to Tory Island, remote but still inhabited
• Explore the impressions this part of Ireland made on artists including Derek Hill, founder of the Primitive painters’ group on Tory Island
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart London Heathrow 1245 on British Airways, arriving Belfast 1410. Transfer to Bay View Hotel, Killybegs, for two nights. Welcome and introduction.
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.
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 primitive painter Derek Hill. Transfer to An Chúirt Gweedore Court Hotel for three nights.
Morning: coastal walks along deserted beaches and rocky coves. Afternoon: Horn Head with dramatic views towards Tory Island and Malin Head – cliff edge and headland walks, seabirds, moorland flowers.
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).
Morning ferry to Tory Island with cruise past island and deserted villages. Afternoon walk and free time. Three nights at Tory Harbour View Hotel.
Morning walk along the west of the island (lighthouse, Derek Hill’s remote hut). Free afternoon.
Cliff walks in search of seabird colonies (including puffins) and free time.
Return ferry to mainland. Transfer to Belfast for 1900 flight, arriving Heathrow 2020.
20 Jun — 28 Jun 2021
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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.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £140.
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, double room for single use supplement £120.