Antrim Causeway Coastal Route: 5-Days Self-Guided Walking Tour

Antrim Causeway Walking Tour 5 Days

Walk in the Footsteps of Giants on Our 5-Day Causeway Coast Self-Guided Walking Tour

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.

Delving deep into authentic local culture and history, our tour with visit the atmospheric Dunluce Castle and UNESCO World Heritage SIte, the Giant’s Causeway. Rocky shores and golden sandy beaches — all waiting to be discovered.

Prices / Dates

Price:  £569 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +£200

Solo Traveller Supplement: +£60

Tour Dates: 1 April to 30 October

Tour Grade: Easy

Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B

Included / Excluded

Day 1 - Travel to Ballycastle

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. On day 1, you will stay overnight in Ballycastle.

Day 2 - Ballycastle to Ballintoy

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 charming area is worth some exploration before you leave for Ballintoy.
After leaving the town of Ballycastle, you will follow a country road to Clare Woods. A short forest trail will lead you through the farming communities of Craignagolman and Ballaghcravey. You will then arrive at the world-famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This amazing place features a historic rope bridge that spans an 80 ft chasm. If you want to brave a walk across the bridge, tickets can be purchased at the site from the National Trust.

We will stay overnight in Ballintoy.

Distance: 14 km / 8.75 miles, Ascent: 233 m / 699 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hrs

Overnight Ballintoy

Day 3 - Ballintoy to the Giant's Causeway

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 Benbane Head to the World Heritage Site and Nature Reserve of the Giants Causeway.

An overnight stay at Giant's Causeway.

Distance: 17.6 km / 11 miles, Ascent: 977 m / 2931 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hrs

Day 4 - Giant's Causeway to Portstewart

Your final day of walking in Antrim takes you along the coastal road to the famous seaside town of Portrush. Our routes offers views of Binbane Cove, Dunluce Castle, The Burnfoot and The White Rocks, before making a short descent down to Curran Strand. From here you can look out to a series of small islands that lie a short distance north of the strand. The biggest of these are the Big Skerries and Little Skerries. Then it’s into the town of Portrush itself, with a chance to do a little exploring and shopping before starting the final leg of your journey. We head on into Portstewart following a beautiful section of the trail that makes for a perfect finish to what hopefully will have been an exciting week of exploring the Antrim Causeway Coast.

Our last overnight stay is in Portstewart.

Distance: 19 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 778 m / 2334 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hrs

Overnight Portstewart

Day 5 - Depart

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, so, after a revitalising breakfast and a round of farewells, you will commence your homeward journey.

A few words from our customers...

Thank you Footfalls Walking Holidays for a fantastic 6 days walking the Causeway Coast. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the walks particularly the section from Carrick-a-rede rope bridge to the Giants Causeway. I appreciate all of the thought and work that went into preparing my week of walking
Amazing, unforgettable experience: My husband and I took the Antrim self-guided walking tour - the experience was nothing short of amazing - Accommodations were in comfortable, clean, and friendly bed and breakfasts along the way, and the best restaurants each evening. We always felt comfortable and well cared for, and we look forward to our next Footfalls Walking Tour experience!
Joe & Rebecca