Two summers ago I took my mom on the Wild West Irish Tours Signature Tour, and last summer my mom and I took the Wild Atlantic/Causeway Tour. I particularly enjoyed the Wild Atlantic/Causeway Tour primarily in Donegal, with excursions to Sligo, Derry, and Antrim. I would say that the Causeway Coast tour is a great fit for someone who wants a bit more nature and history, whereas the Signature tour has a very even breakdown of historically oriented and more modern activities.

Three of my favorite experiences on the Causeway Coast Tour were walking on Malin Head, going into a souterrain, and going to N. Ireland. Malin Head is the most northern point of the Republic of Ireland, and absolutely stunning. They used to have a radio tower there that is quite significant in the field of nautical history. If you’re looking for an incredible ocean view, go to Malin Head. (But anywhere on the Wild Atlantic Way is gorgeous.) The excursions to N. Ireland was a great part of the trip as well  I definitely wouldn’t strike out on my own and go to N. Ireland, despite how close it is to Donegal, so I thought combining it in this tour was great. My mom loved the shops in Derry’s craft village area. I loved visiting the Giant’s Causeway, it is a great place for anyone who enjoys folklore or nature, as there is tons of information via the exhibit and audio guide about the legends.

The ultimate moment of this trip, for me, was when a local guide (the same one who took us bogwalking to see neolithic and megalithic tombs which was awesome!) took us to a souterrain. I even got to go in! I found experiences like this to be a hallmark of the two WWITs: Michael/the guides, when they find out you might be really into something/some experience, will try to make it happen (setting them apart from a large tour bus on a tight schedule). A souterrain is an underground dwelling from the late Iron age. Despite my research trips, I have never before been in a souterrain  they are 1. sometimes hard to find and 2. if you do find them, they might be filled in/covered up/on someone else’s property.

I would hold this experience up in a heartbeat as my number one once in a lifetime experience!

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