Forest Hill Walk Club’s Annual Hiking Holiday

Ireland’s Hidden North June 10-19, 2019

Welcome to the Forest Hill Walk Club’s Ireland Hidden North vacation! A magical trip to Ireland especially designed for the Forest Hill Walk Club by ‘Away A Wee Walk.’ All is welcomed.

Stunning Hikes . Breathtaking Views . Ancient Sites . Local Culture

Irish Villages . Historical Information . Fun Activities . And More

We will be travelling in both Rep. of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Powerpoint Presentation on the Ireland Holiday June 10-19 2019

CLICK HERE FOR THE TRIP DETAILS/FULL ITINERARY (PDF).

June 2018 Magical Hiking Holiday Information

An Ireland Holiday, Memories for your Lifetime

In June 2019 and to experience this beautiful Ireland, we are planning our adventure with a maximum of 16 people and not a 50 seater coach, so we can explore areas where coaches and large groups cannot reach. View the FULL ITINERARY above for full details. You will find FAQs listed below.Forest Hill Walk Club Ireland

Eimear Flanagan of Away A Wee Walk will be our trip specialist, planner, and guide for the entire trip. Contact Eimear with any questions www.AwayAWeeWalk.com +44 78 3770 3643 and eimear@awayaweewalk.com.  Together, Cheryl and Eimear will be working on providing an unique getaway including several hikes, several sights and staying in small locals hotels. Did I mention staying at an ancient castle?

This vacation is being created with a small group in mind so we can experience hikes off the beaten path, authentic pubs with real local music and food, ancient sites, family owned hotels that cannot accommodate large groups. Check out these best of the best hikes and sites to see along with Eimear’s history degree and Cheryl’s thirst for reading on all things Irish and before Eire land.

Ireland Hikes

1) Mourne Mountains – the Brandy Pad, a smuggling route

2) Rathlin Island – day of cycling and bird watching

3) Causeway Coast – the amazing Giant’s Causeway UNESCO site and 40,000 hexagon shaped basalt columns

4) Glenveigh National Park

5) Slieve League – highest sea cliffs in Europe

mournes-ireland6) Stretch breaks and small hikes in Irish Cities and Villages

Lonely Planet, biggest travel guide in the world, has announced that Belfast and the Causeway Coast wins the #1 best region to visit in 2018…and we are already booked to go in 2019! Short video and articles here

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/northern-ireland/belfast-the-causeway-coast

Ireland is also the front page top article this day on Lonely Planet highlighting Ireland cities Dublin and Belfast :

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/western-europe/travel-tips-and-articles/ireland-a-tale-of-four-cities/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d2768f59

Irish Sights & Activities

1) Newgrange – world heritage site, and Eimear’s favourite attraction in Ireland.  An ancient burial chamber that allows light in on the winter solstice – older than Stonehenge in England and the pyramids in Egypt.

2) Irish Bread – Traditional bread making in an Irish home

3) Belfast City – Titanic Belfast (*Voted The Best European Attraction in 2016), city tour, Peace Walls and Murals – great history on the troubles from 1969 to early 1990’s.

4) Antrim Coast – Castles, old fishing villages, Carrick A Rede rope bridge

5) Dark Hedges (Game of Thrones)

6) Derry – city walls built in 1600’s.

7) Glencolmcille

8) Hill of Tara

9) Optional Activities – Titanic Belfast, Musical Tour, Guinness Storehouse and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can go on this vacation?

All is welcomed. The seats are open to all and not just for the members of the Forest Hill Walk Club, their family and friends. The Forest Hill Walk Club surely heard about it first.

How many days is the vacation?

10 days, 9 nights

Where will we be hiking in Ireland?

See PDF presentation above for holiday information, hiking details, map and costs.

How long will the hikes be? 

This is going to be a moderate hiking trip which means most hikes will be between 1 to 5 hours (3-8 kms) and we plan on having 5-6 hikes during the 10 days with smaller town walks to stretch our legs and venture through the Irish villages.

How much is this holiday going to cost?

Prices quoted are in Sterling/British Pounds. The price will be 1,915 Sterling or approximately $3,190 Cdn per person based on shared accommodation which includes accommodation, all breakfasts, one lunch, dedicated driver and new bus for transportation, hikes and walks, sights and tours, etc. Single occupancy is available 2,390 or approximately $3,980 Cdn. This is land only so everyone will manage their own flights. This gives everyone the flexibility to come and go from Ireland as they wish as they may wish to stay longer or travel elsewhere.

Add on 1 or 2 nights in Dublin at Staunton on the Green 100 Sterling per night per person sharing approximately $165 Cdn. Single accommodation 180 Sterling per night per person approximately $300 Cdn.

Does this Ireland holiday include airfare?

No. You arrange your own airfare and the dates and times that best work for you. This gives everyone the flexibility and how most travel companies are working these days. Some might want to stay longer.  Others might want to book their airfare using points. MUST BE AT DUBLIN AIRPORT by noon June 10, 2018 for bus pick-up and first Irish site.

Can I invite my friend or spouse?

Yes. Anyone can invite the family and/or friends. This holiday will be on a first come basis. Bookings are managed by Eimear Flanagan of Away A Wee Walk.

Where will we be staying?

All hotels are 3-4 star properties. See above PDF for the names of hotels and websites.

Do I have to share a room?

No. The cost will be adjusted up for the single accommodation (see above PDF for single supplement).

What if I don’t want to pay the single supplement. Will there be an opportunity to share a room?

Yes. If you don’t know someone going there will be opportunities to share with other hikers travelling by themselves. This will come together as the trip is booking up. I will be sending out a questionnaire to the hikers to make this holiday the best it can be.

Is there a washroom on the bus?

No. The bus rides are not all day and there will be plenty of places to stop at including our hikes and sites. On the good side, having a washroom on the bus can be a smelly affair.

Will there be a suggested packing list?

Yes. Plan on it! In order to assure a comfortable trip, the preparation and packing is important. There will also be a reading list too. A MUST: raincoat, rain pants, and ankle supportive hiking boots.

Will this be a fragrance free holiday?

Yes. For everyone’ s comfort. Plan to pack fragrance free products (i.e. shampoo, face and skin creams, etc.)

Should I purchase trip cancellation insurance?

See presentation as to what is covered by Away A Wee Walk. Not all is covered such as if there is something that happens and you cannot travel.

What if I have other questions?

Contact eimear@awayaweewalk.com with any questions or comments. Contact Cheryl Millett at info@cherylmillett.com for questions on the Forest Hill Walk Club.

Those people who are signed-up for this vacation will be put on an email list for ongoing updates.  This page is an introduction only.

Hope you will join us for this unique magical trip in the hidden north of Ireland.  – Cheryl, Walking Warrior