Walking Hiking

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

6-day independent/self-guided walking/hiking vacation of the Antrim Causeway Coast and Rathlin Island.
This walking tour is designed for those of you who simply want to take life very easy, relax and smell the roses

You will stay two nights on 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.

6 Day Tour €509 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€200
Tour Dates 1st March to 31st October
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Guesthouse or B&B
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Antrim Causeway Coastal & Rathlin Island Route – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour



 

Itinerary

DAY 1 / TRAVEL TO BALLYCASTLE

We will supply you with all the travel details required to get from your point of entry into Ireland to your first accommodation in 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.

Overnight Ballycastle

DAY 2 / RATHLIN ISLAND

This Island is a rare place of wild and natural beauty, extraordinary environmental values and social interests. 
You will take the morning ferry from Ballycastle to the island departing at 10 am, crossing time is approximately 45 minutes.

Shaped like a boot the island is 10 km/6 miles long and almost 1.6 km/1 miles 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.
Afternoon ferry back to Ballycastle. 
 

Overnight Ballycastle

DAY 3 / BALLYCASTLE TO 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 amazing place, and if you are brave enough to cross the bridge that spans an 80ft chasm, the experience will be invigorating. But it is optional, so crossing is not compulsory. If you do wish to cross there is a charge for the pleasure! Overnight stay is in Ballintoy.

 

Distance: 14.16 km / 8.9 miles, Ascent: 270 m / 810 ft, Approximate walking time: 4-5 hours. 

Overnight Ballintoy

DAY 4 / BALLINTOY TO THE GIANTS 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 by Benbane Head to the World Heritage Site and Nature Reserve of the Giants Causeway. 

Distance: 17.6 km / 11 miles, Ascent: 430 m / 1290 ft, Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours. 

Overnight Giant's Causeway

DAY 5 / THE 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 very nice 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 a memorable week of hiking in the Antrim Glens and Coastal Path.

Distance: 19 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 80 m / 240 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hrs

Overnight Portstewart 

DAY 6 / DEPART

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, so after breakfast, you will commence your homeward journey.

We will supply you with all the travel details that you will require to get to your next destination.  

Included

  • 5 Nights bed and breakfast
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved and carefully selected family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Maps and all route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation in Ballycastle and back at the end from Portstewart.

Not Included

  • Packed Lunches
  • Evening Meals

Testimonials

  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Carmel
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • 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

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