Walking Hiking

Antrim Causeway Coastal Route – 5 Days

Antrim Causeway Coastal Route – 5 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour

A 5-day independent/self-guided walking/hiking tour of the Antrim Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland.

Taking you on a journey through a landscape that is breathtakingly beautiful, and along one of the most dramatic coastlines in Europe.

Exploring quiet country villages and towns, Dunluce Castle;  Giant’s Causeway, rocky shores and golden sandy beaches,  all  just waiting to be discovered.

5 Day Tour €469 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€140
Tour Dates 2017 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 / 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 £5.90 for the pleasure! Distance: 14km /8.75 miles, Ascent: 110 m/ 3330 Ft Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 3 / 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 days 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 amazing 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 4 / 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 charming 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 5 / Depart
Unfortunately all good things come to an end so after breakfast and your farewells you will commence your homeward journey.

Included

  • 4 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 maps
  • 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, during the tour and back at the end of the tour
  • Full backup service, should you require it, while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

Testimonials

  • Once more a big thank you for a gorgeous week with splendid weather (which probably was none of your doing) and your splendid company (which certainly was a lot of your doing).  As if I hadn’t known: Connemara is a very beautiful spot on Gods earth.

    Eberhard Schmid, Germany
  • Many thanks for a well-planned trip. We had a blast. The hiking was fantastic…no rain…accommodating and lovely B&B’s…nice folks along the way…. just beautiful. We enjoyed a new play at the Abbey Theater and saw everything on our list in Dublin! Thanks for all your great instructions and helpful suggestions. I have recommended you to some friends from Arizona going this summer.

    Tricia, Arizona
  • The walk you led was one of the best trips David and I have enjoyed. I have been thinking about why that is so. Ireland itself is beautiful scenery, lovely friendly people. But Ireland is not alone in having those attributes.
    I decided the factor which contributed the most to our enjoyment was the fact that you were able to create a group of friends out of people who just met at the airport. That is very special, and one of the reasons I think Teresa is a very lucky woman (and from your comments,she too is very special).
    So again heartfelt thanks for leading us on a wonderful walk through gorgeous vistas.

    Shirley & David