Antrim Causeway Coast & Rathlin Island – 6 Days
Antrim Causeway Coast & Rathlin Island – 6 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour
Enjoy 6 days of independent hiking and exploration 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. You will discover a tranquillity and beauty that is unique to Rathlin Island.
Tour Pricing & Dates
|6 Day Tour||€630 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates||1 January to 15 December|
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- 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. The most convenient Irish airports for the Antrim Causeway Coast and Rathlin Island self-guided walking tour are Belfast or 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, costing £12, per person return. We will give you a choice of two walks on the island. Preferred distance will depend on which route you take. Both walks are very interesting and beautiful.
The Island is a rare place of wild and natural beauty with extraordinary environmental values and social interests. Shaped like a boot, the island is 10 Km/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. You will return 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, you will continue along a quiet country road that will take you through the farming countryside of Craignagolman and Ballaghcravey, arriving 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 80ft chasm the experience will be invigorating. The crossing is not compulsory but 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 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 or scenery, flora and fauna. 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 picturesque 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 will enjoy some lovely views over a series of small islands that lie a short distance North of the strand. The two biggest islands the Big Skerries and Little Skerries.
Your hiking trail continues into the town of Portrush, with an opportunity to do a little bit of exploring and maybe some 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 a memorable week of exploring Antrim and Rathlin Island.
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.
- 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
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals