• discover the hidden heart of donegal

    Behind the photos of stunning scenery, Donegal's hidden heart is waiting to be discovered. To understand this county you have to slow down. You need time to glimpse over stone walls, listen to birds calling from the trees and watch the clouds roll by.

    Time to be still and look for the fleeting glimpse of the wild - a herd of grazing deer, a red fox bounding across the heather,

    a golden eagle soaring in blue skies.

     

    Wild Days Out specialises in walks that uncover this hidden wilderness. We take you on paths only the locals know. Whether you prefer a gentle woodland stroll or long walks through rugged countryside, we'll share the hidden secrets of the Donegal wilds.

    Short strolls

    Small is beautiful

    The joy of Donegal is that you don't need to hike for hours to find a patch of wilderness. It's right on our doorstep, if only you know where to look.

     

    Our strolls are based in the East of the County and are around an hour long, typically a mix of woodland and farm track. They offer an accessible way to escape the busy-ness of the day to day and immerse yourself in the beautiful Irish countryside.

     

    Example walks include: strolling through Drumboe woods in Stranorlar; exploring our heritage around ancient Raphoe; climb to the top of the Steeple Tower at Convoy.

     

    Great for: everyone with a minimum level of fitness; couples, groups, families.

    Half or full-day hikes

    Explore more

    Lift the lid off hidden Donegal with time to get into and savour the wild spaces. These walks offer an immersive experience in a way of life still connected with our Celtic ancestors.

     

    Half day walks are around 3 hours long (including travel time) and offer varied terrain. Typically a mix of woodland walking, traditional farmland, bog tracks and hillside paths. Walks can be modified according to your fitness levels and walking preferences.

     

    Example walks include:

    - Living History - Aghaveagh. Witness how human and wildnerness have ebbed and flowed over hundreds of years on this ancient track through the Finn Valley

    - View from the top - Barnesmore. Enjoy one of the best views in Donegal from this accessible hill climb.

    Weekend escapes

    Immerse yourself

    Donegal is the perfect place to truly get away from it all. With top class accommodation, food and entertainment venues we offer the best mix of getting out into the wild places, with all the home comforts you need to truly relax and refresh.

     

    Join one of our organised weekend escapes, or contact us to tailor your own.  

     

     

    With so many fantastic adventure and accommocation partners, we can help you build your perfect adventure weekend.

     

    We can help you organise: kayaking, stand -up-paddling, sea-stack climbing, fishing, off-road driving, spa treatments, holistic therapies and lots more.

     

     

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    regular weekly walks

    Mystery Hike Night

    Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm

    We meet opposite Andies Superstore in Stranorlar, at 6.30pm. Just bring good walking shoes, water, and wear clothes to suit the weather. You'll be back in Stranolar no later than 9pm. Where will we go? That's the Mystery. :-)

    Summer Strollers

    Tuesday evenings, 7.00pm

    Summer Strollers are on a break now until the Spring!

     

    A summer walking group for beginners, get fitters and visitors. This hour long walk will explore some of the beautiful and accessible places to walk around Ballybofey and Stranorlar

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    Wild Weekend Detox
    395.00
    Our Wild Weekend detox is tailor designed for busy execs and entrepreneurs. Taking you away from the stresses and pressures of your day job, you will have time to reflect, refresh and restore.

    We've partnerned with top Donegal hotel - The Villa Rose Hotel and Spa - to offer a weekend mix of outdoor adventure, spa time, and reflective group work to help you reassess and reset your priorities before you head back to the real world.

    Our next scheduled weekend is Friday 7th February to Sunday 9th February 2020. Contact us for more details.
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    Hidden Donegal - A disappearing world
    20.00
    This 8km walk takes you back through time on a forgotten track that was once a bustling thoroughfair. Through forestry, fields, heather-clad hills and tumbledown houses, we reveal a landscape that is slowly being overtaken by the wild again.
    A fantastic walk for getting away from the busy world, and relaxing back into a slower pace of life.

    This walk is on old farm tracks that can be a little muddy and rough in places. Its suitable for anyone with a good degree of fitness. Full details will be provided on booking, or message me in advance.
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    Hidden Donegal - Stone Walls and Mountain Views
    20.00
    This walk reveals Donegal at its most beautiful. We start in traditional farmland, populated with sheep, stone ditches and working bogland. After a short section through forestry we emerge to one of the most spectacular views in all of Donegal. The expanse of the Bluestack Mountains frame a wild, wide valley. A fantastic walk for photos, and tasting the variety and spice of Donegal life.

    This walk will take 2 to 2.5 hours and is on minor roads/ good track. It is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness. Full details on booking, or message me in advance.

    Photo Credit: Aidy Heaney
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  • happy hikers :-)

    I've been walking with this group since early June- each walk has been around Stranolar, but each one has been different with stunning scenery and gorgeous greenery and great chat and snippets of local history! The weather has been great this summer, but even when it rained the company was always fun and there was always some beautiful view around the corner. You should try it!

    Anne

     

    Thanks very much for a great walk this morning and great company.

    Kevin

    A great evening out! Enjoyed my first walk with a lovely group of people on Wednesday evening and hope to join in again next time! Lots of fun and nice scenery too!

    Collette

     

    Thank you for facilitating a great walk this morning. the scenery was fantastic and the company was also great. enjoyed it so much. thank you.

    Noel

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