Walking Hiking

Antrim Causeway Coast & Rathlin Island – 6 Days

  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim
  • Causeway Coast Antrim

Antrim Causeway Coast & Rathlin Island – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour

A 6-day independent/self-guided walking/hiking vacation of the Antrim Causeway Coast and Rathlin Island.

This walking vacation of the Causeway Coast also takes you to the famous Rathlin Island, where you will experience a world away from the hustle and bustle of the modern day world.  On this self-guided walking tour of Antrim, You can let your mind wander and discover a tranquillity and beauty that is unique to Rathlin Island.

Walking the Causeway Coast, you will encounter quiet country villages and towns, Dunluce Castle;  Giant’s Causeway, rocky shores and golden sandy beaches,  all just waiting to be discovered.

Tour Pricing & Dates

6 Day Tour €589 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€175
Tour Dates 1 January to 15 December
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Guesthouse
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Itinerary

Day 1 / 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. Your best airport to come into is Belfast of Dublin, we will supply you with all the travel details required to get to Ballycastle.
Day 2 / Rathlin Island
You will take the 45-minute ferry ride from Ballycastle to Rathlin; cost £12, per person return. We will be giving you the choice of a two walk on the island, so distance will depend on which route you take; both very interesting and beautiful. The Island is a rare place of wild and natural beauty, extraordinary environmental values and social interests. Shaped like a boot the island is 10Km/6 miles long and almost 1.6Km/1 mile wide Three lighthouses stand as monuments to its wild coastline while over 40 recorded shipwrecks lie in the depths of its underwater cliffs. The island is immersed in flora and fauna and in spring and summer Puffins; Guillemots and Kittiwakes; to mention but a few; nest in their thousands along its steep on-shore cliffs; a naturalist must. Returning back to Ballycastle on the evening ferry.
Day 3 / 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 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 that will take you through the farming community of Craignagolman and Ballaghcravey; down to the world famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This is an amassing place and if you are brave enough to cross the bridge that spans an 80ft chasm the experience will be invigorating; but it is an option, so crossing is not compulsory. If you do wish to cross there is a charge of £7 for the pleasure! Distance: 14km /8.75 miles, Ascent: 110 m/ 3330 Ft Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 4 / Ballintoy to the Giant's Causeway
Like we said in our introductory this is probably one of the best coastal walks in Europe; if not in the world. The day offers you an awe-inspiring array or scenery; flora and fauna; a combination of which you will find hard to beat in a day's walk; anywhere. The trail from Ballintoy passes along the golden sandy beach of White Park Bay; past the ruins of Dunseverick Castles 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. Check out the website on the Causeway http://www.giantscausewayofficialguide.com/geology.htm# When you are finished exploring this incredible place your trail continues along Bushfoot Strand to the pictures town of Portballintra for your overnight stay. Distance: 17.6 km/11 miles, Ascent: 100 m/300 ft Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 5 / Giant's Causeway to Portstewart
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 lovely views over a series of small islands that lie a short distance north of the strand. The two biggest being The Skerries; Big Skerries and Little Skerries. Then it’s into the town of Portrush and a chance to do a little exploring and maybe some shopping before starting the final leg of your gurney into Portstewart. This is a beautiful section of the trail and a perfect finish to what hopefully will have being a perfect week. Distance: 19 km/12 miles, Ascent: 80 m/240 ft Approximate walking time: 5,5 hrs
Day 6 / Depart
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end so after breakfast and your farewells you will commence your homeward journey.

Included

  • 5 nights bed and breakfast
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved and carefully selected family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Causeway Coast Maps and waterproof route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with just a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation, during the tour and at the end of the tour
  • Full back up service, should you require it, while on your tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

Testimonials

  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

    Nicole
  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

    Adam
  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

    Erin
  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.

    Radha
  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael