Donkey Walking Adventure

Together with your donkey companion discover the incredible beauty of Wicklow.

This 7 night walking tour package offers you a unique experience where together with one of our friendly donkeys you can walk a looped circuit and explore the Irish countryside. Wandering along quiet country roads and forest paths you travel from village to village and overnight at a selection of welcoming Bed and Breakfasts and Country Hotels. With a pannier on his back, your donkey can carry 15 kilos and cover approx 10 to 15km a day.

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Your Walking Holiday Companion

Before heading off we will give you lots of instruction on how to catch, groom, feed and care for you donkey.

We also allow ample time for you to get to know the new member of your group before you take to the road. We set you off armed with maps, a detailed itinerary and abundant information on local history and culture.

Our donkeys are well traveled and like being with people on the road. Even if you have no experience with these animals it won’t take long before you get to know your traveling companion very well. Treats of carrots or juicy apples work wonders. Your donkey will lend a certain rhythm to your holiday which will give you plenty of time to enjoy Wicklow’s beautiful scenery. While you feast on the visual delights your long eared friend may on occasion choose to simply feast on them! As your first day goes by you will notice how much your donkey appreciates being valued.

Your donkey walking holiday will bring you in close contact with the locals of the villages you stay in. Donkeys are a wondrous conversation starter and tend to open doors wherever they go.

Clissmann Horse Caravans Palm the donkey grazing

Discover the Wicklow Mountains

Your first and last evenings will be spent in the village of Rathdrum.

You will overnight at Jacob’s Well Guesthouse in the centre of the village, while your donkey rests at our farm.  Your well-trained donkey companion will escort you to the famous “Meetings of the Waters” and the village of Avoca, overnighting for two nights at Ashton House, charmingly situated on the banks where the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers meet. There’s time to explore the countryside around Avoca, the Motte Stone and the Avoca Mines.

Then you continue to Ballinaclash and the glacial valley of Glenmalure at the foot of Lugnaquilla Mountain and Croghanmoira, overnighting at the Glenmalure Lodge Hotel. A trek across The Military Road in the shadow of Mullacor will bring you to the village of Laragh and the Monastic City of Glendalough, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Two nights at the famous landmark Lynham’s Hotel will give you plenty of time to follow the pilgrim’s trail to Glendalough, enjoy a drive in a horse drawn carriage and walk in the mountains. Grassy fields and fresh streams will keep your intrepid donkey companion happy. Heading home, passing Tropperstown hill you will have wonderful views of the Vale of Clara and the countryside around Ballard and Ballylug before winding downhill back to our farm at Cronybyrne together with your donkey walking companion.

Hear from some happy holidaymakers

We are back home and missing Lily so much. We hope she is well and happy (and you humans too, of course) and the weather is not yet too wintery. Many of my friends who saw the (about 500) photos adored the donkey, the sunshine and the obvious happiness in them. I recommended your farm and tour and sowed the idea of donkey hiking in many brains

Thanks for a memorable time, our donkey Palm was very sweet!

It was a truly wonderful holiday! We particularly want to say thank you very much all your helpful support team.

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