This 5-day self-guided walking tour of the Antrim Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland takes you on a journey through a landscape that is breathtakingly beautiful and along one of the most dramatic coastlines in Europe.
Prices / Dates
Price: €495 per person sharing
Single Supplement: +€200
Tour Dates: 1 March to 31 October
Tour Grade: Easy
Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B
Included / Excluded
Your walking tour of the Causeway Coast begins in the small rural seaside town of Ballycastle, situated on the most north-easterly tip of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Belfast or Dublin airports are the most convenient starting points for this self-guided walking tour of Antrim's Causeway Coast. We will supply you with all the travel details required to get to Ballycastle.
Ballycastle is the northern gateway to the Glens of Antrim and dates back to sometime around 1565 when a son of Sorley Boy McDonnell; the first Earl of Antrim built a castle in the centre of the old part of the town. Unfortunately, nothing of this castle remains today but this area is worth a walk around before you leave for Ballintoy.
After leaving the town of Ballycastle, you will follow a country road to Clare Woods. Following a short forest trail that links you with a very quiet country road, you will continue through the farming community of Craignagolman and Ballaghcravey and arrive at the world-famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This is an amazing place and if you are brave enough to cross the bridge that spans an 80 ft chasm, the experience will be invigorating but is not compulsory. If you do wish to cross, there is a charge for the pleasure!
Distance: 14 km / 8.75 miles, Ascent: 233 m / 699 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hrs
Like we said in our introduction, this is probably one of the best coastal walks in Europe, if not in the world! The day offers you a unique and awe-inspiring array of scenery, flora and fauna. The trail from Ballintoy passes along the golden sandy beach of White Park Bay, past the ruins of Dunseverick Castle and along a cliff-top path that takes you around by Benbane Head to the World Heritage Site and Nature Reserve of the Giants Causeway.
Distance: 17.6 km / 11 miles, Ascent: 977 m / 2931 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hrs
Overnight Giant's Causeway
Your final days walking tour of Antrim takes you along the coastal road to Portrush, overlooking Binbane Cove, Dunluce Castle, The Burnfoot and The White Rocks, before making the short descent down to Curran Strand. From here you have some charming views over a series of small islands that lie a short distance north of the strand. The two biggest being the Big Skerries and Little Skerries. Then it’s into the town of Portrush with a chance to do a little exploring and shopping before starting the final leg of your journey into Portstewart. This is a beautiful section of the trail and a perfect finish to what hopefully will have been an exciting week of exploring the Antrim Causeway Coast.
Distance: 19 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 778 m / 2334 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hrs
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end so, after breakfast and your farewells, you will commence your homeward journey.