Epic Escapes Hiking Tours

Letterkenny, Ireland

Experience hosted by Dessie

4.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

We will start in our driveway located walking distance to most of these hikes.
All social distancing rules will apply. We will gear up accordingly to the weather and make sure everyone has everything they will need. All hikes will approximately take 2-3 hours from start to finish.

Walking up the mountains of Knockalla you will experience breathtaking views of the sea and rolling hills. Once we get to the top of the mountain Lauren will take your photo to have as a memory of the hike. You can opt to have 3 photos taken of yourself on the hike. The walk down is moderately steep but very safe as well.

You will not leave feeling disappointed. This hike has outstanding points of natural beauty. We are both very excited to show you what we get to see every day.

After the hike, you will have a choice to eat lunch on our outdoor patio or be given a takeaway. Either option is up to you. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we can no longer have anyone inside of the house. All meals are prepared for you by a professional chef.

If you see any dates that are not listed feel free to message us and we will do our best to make the date available.
Other things to note
In some cases the hike will be all up hill to start this might not be the best experience for smaller children.
We will start in our driveway located walking distance to most of these hikes.
All social distancing rules will apply. We will gear up accordingly to the weather and make sure everyone has everything they will need. All hikes will approximately take 2-3 hours from start to finish.

Walking up the mountains of Knockalla you will experience breathtaking views of the sea and rolling hills. Once we get to the top of the mountain…

What's included

  • Food
    Sandwiches, salad, and dessert. We can cater to all types of dietary requi...
  • Drinks
    Bottled and Natural Spring Water, Soft Drinks, Tea or Coffee
  • Equipment
    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are no longer allowed to provide any gear...

Meet your Host, Dessie

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 13 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Dessie and Lauren are both very passionate about the Great Outdoors. Dessie is local to the area, and Lauren is a US native who has emigrated to Ireland about two and a half years ago. Dessie, apart from traveling the world, has lived in Glenvar most of his life. Exploring the mountains and caves in the area is a passion, as well as being a lover of the great outdoors and all things nature, he is a keen gardener and has a great interest in fishing and water sports. Lauren is also at home in the wild and loves exploring the hills of Donegal. Lauren is a professional photographer and loves to shoot the local landscape.
Dessie and Lauren are both very passionate about the Great Outdoors. Dessie is local to the area, and Lauren is a US native who has emigrated to Ireland about two and a half years ago. Dessie, apart from traveling the world, has lived in Glenvar most of his life. Exploring the mountains and caves in the area is a passion, as well as being a lover of the great outdoors and all things nature, he is a keen gardener and has a great interest in fishing and water sports. Lauren is also at home in the…
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Where you'll be

You will see views over Ballymastoker Bay and the Fanad peninsula. On clear days you can see the northern most tip of Ireland (Malin Head).

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

Lisa
June 2021
An absolutely incredible experience! Dessie and Lauren were wonderful! The hike was so memorable and the food superb! It was just an outstanding experience from before we landed in Ireland to the minute we had to say goodbye. I can't recommend this enough!
EricTristan
September 2020
We had a fantastic day with Dessie. We were fortunate with the weather and Dessie was a great host. Dessie has a great knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area, very was entertaining. Dessie was very considerate and made the hike a wonderful experience. Will definitely return again if nothing else for the delicious lunch provided by Dessie’s fair hand.
Cameron
January 2020
This is an absolute must when visiting the surrounding area...not only are the hike and food surreal, but also Dessie and Lauren are beyond generous, kindhearted, and adventurous. This is something I would reccomend to everyone, and something I will plan on doing again when I return.
Irene
September 2019
Amazing experience! I would repeat it hundred times! Starting with how stunning the experience and the walk was. And how good I was treated by Dessie. Wonderful morning. Thankyou very much!
Kate
September 2019
Dessie was a great guide though some stunning hills with 360 vistas. He was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with and an awesome cook. We had a delicious meal looking out his front window. Was a very nice day.
Niralee
September 2019
There are not enough words to describe what an incredible experience this was. And for so many reasons! Firstly I have to compliment Dessie and Lauren. These are two of the most kindred spirits-ever. They were so kind, warm and made us feel like we were just part of their little family. Lauren and Dessie are incredible person who had a lasting impression on our group and made us want to better people. Truly an inspirational couple. The experience itself was nothing sort of magical. Originally we wanted to hike along the sea arches but the weather wasn’t favorable for that so we hiked to the big lakes instead. I wasn’t as pumped about it at first but the experience was life changing. The mountain is covered with thick heather and moss that’s so sponge like that it feels like you’re walking on a bounce castle. We were astonished. The beautiful scenery was only highlighted by Dessie and Lauren’s energy and passion for the mountain. Sure you might be able to hike and climb on your own, but you wont really be experiencing Letterkenny’s lovely landscape without these two at your side. Also Dessie is a GREAT cook. The meals were the perfect end to the day. Lauren took such incredible pictures for us as well. Can’t thank them enough, can’t say enough good things about this experience, and can’t stress how much we truly recommend this experience.

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Activity advisory

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We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, experts in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 14 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

A warm jacket

Comfortable weather proof hiking footwear