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Causeway Coast 5 Days / Self-Guided Hiking Tour

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast with our 5-day self-guided hiking tour. Our Causeway Coast Trek takes you on an incredible journey from Ballycastle to Portstewart, with stunning scenery along the way, including highlights such as Ballintoy, Dunluce Castle, Dunseverick, and the legendary Giant's Causeway.

This inn-to-inn walking tour allows you to immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings, with baggage transfers taken care of so you can focus on the experience. You'll stay in friendly bed and breakfast accommodation each night, with delicious local food to fuel your adventure.

This is the ultimate way to explore the Causeway Coast, including a visit to the world-famous Bushmills Distillery. Take in the incredible sights and sounds of this unique landscape and make unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. 

What to expect on our Hiking adventure along the Causeway Coast:

Hikers on the cliffs of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Hikers on the cliffs of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Our 5-day Causeway Coast Trek includes comfortable B&B accommodations, ensuring you have a cosy place to rest each night. Hassle-free baggage transfers mean you can hike with ease, focusing on the stunning landscapes rather than your luggage. Detailed route descriptions and maps are provided, making navigation simple and worry-free. Additionally, our friendly staff is available by phone for any assistance you may need along the way.

Discover the Magic of Ireland’s Causeway Coast

Join us on this incredible journey through one of Ireland’s most captivating regions. From the dramatic cliffs and unique rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway to the charming coastal towns and sweeping ocean views, the Causeway Coast Trek promises an adventure filled with unforgettable memories. Whether you’re an avid hiker or simply looking for a unique way to experience Ireland’s natural beauty, this 5-day trek from Ballycastle to Portstewart is the perfect choice.

Don't wait. Book now and experience the magic of the Causeway Coast for yourself!

 

Causeway Coast Trek 5-days

Self-guided with baggage transfers

Options:
  • Rathlin Island
  • Bushmills
  • Belfast

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

After arriving in Belfast International or City Airport you will make your way to Ballycastle via public transport. We can also book a taxi/private transfer upon request.

Day 2

Walk from Ballycastle to Ballintoy

From your B&B in Ballycastle you will walk out of the town and follow quiet country roads, and forest tracks make your way to Carrick-a-rede, and it’s rope bridge before ending in Ballintoy.
The bridge spans an 80-foot deep gorge that renders Carrick-a-Rede island; a must do for every visitor and gives a fitting exciting culmination to an easy day’s walk. Overnight at Ballintoy.

Walk 14 km. | 4 hours. | Max. Height: 120m. | Grass & Forest tracks and some road walking.

Day 3

Walk from Ballintoy to the Giant Causeway and Bushmills

We walk back to the Carrick-a-rede car park to continue along the best coastal walk in Ireland by far! With its diverse geology and spectacular views across to Scotland and walks along cliffs and white sandy beaches, the Giant Causeway coastal route is truly in a class of its own! Not far from Ballintoy Harbour you come to the beautiful beach of White Park Bay and Portbraddan, with Ireland’s tiniest church. Next is Dunseverick Castle leading to the cliff-top path and on to the Giant’s Causeway.
Overnight at Portballintrae/Bushmills.

Walk 18 km | 5 hours | Max. Height: 120m. | Grass tracks, beach and road walking.
(Some parts of this walk are tidal so please take note of high tide – See walking route notes)

Day 4

Hike from Portballintrae to Portstewart

On your final walk in Northern Ireland, you follow the coastal road to Portrush via Magheracross viewpoint and Dunluce Castle. Shortly after the castle, you continue on to Whiterocks beach, and a path leads around Ramore Head and Portrush Harbour. Following the last part of the waymarked way and along Mill Strand you continue along the coastline ending in Portstewart. Overnight at Portstewart.

Walk 18 km. | 5 hours | Max. Height: 120m. | Walking along; roads, beach and grassy tracks.

Day 5

Departure

Time to go home or spend some extra day in Belfast? After breakfast and farewell at Portstewart, you commence your homeward journey.

What’s included in our Walking holidays?

  • Carefully selected family-run and welcoming  B&B accommodation.
  • Comfortable en-suite bedrooms.*
  • A full Irish breakfast to keep your engines running.
  • Complimentary luggage transfers.
  • Detailed maps and route notes so you never get lost.
  • Local advice on places to visit and where to eat.**
  • Full pre-departure info to allow you to prepare for your walking holiday.
  • Waterproof map case to keep your documents dry.
  • Extra night(s) accommodation booked on request.
  • Need information on local transport options? We’re happy to assist!
  • 24/7 local emergency contact.

What’s not included?

  • Your flights 
  • Travel and baggage insurance
  • Lunches / Evening meals

* Unless already booked out in which case we’ll try to secure a private bathroom.



** You will have the opportunity to purchase picnic lunches and evening meals each day. If you are staying in a remote location, the B&B owner will prepare a tasty surprise for you upon request.

Accommodation

During your self-guided walking holiday in Ireland, you will be accommodated in local family-run guesthouses (B&Bs) or small family-run hotels, where you will encounter a friendly welcome and homely comfort. All our accommodation is approved by Bord Failte – the Irish Tourist Board or the Northern Ireland Tourism Board and are at least 3 stars. Rooms are twin, double or triple en-suite and single rooms are also available on request.

Need anything else?

At Walking Holiday Ireland we pride ourselves in providing a unique experience where we look after all the details of your trip. This allows you to completely immerse yourself in the Irish landscape and culture.

Please do not hesitate to contacts us should you have any additional requirements or needs and we will endeavour to provide these to our best ability.

  1. Walking Holiday Ireland:

    Dear Cliff,

    We are already a few days at home and look back on a wonderful time in N. Ireland. The 500 + stunning photos have been downloaded (perhaps one of the reasons for our slow walking pace). All B&Bs were excellent, good beds, nice breakfast, quiet location and very friendly and helpful hosts. It was very special to really meet no one on the Moyle Way to the crossing of the B?? towards Ballycastle forest. We have had 2 wonderful meals in the Anzac restaurant in Ballycastle after two wonderful days walking. The combination of your descriptions and the maps worked perfectly. Also, only praise for the B&Bs in Cushendall and Portstewart they were super cosy. The last walk to Portstewart was also brilliant. It was dry but very windy. Yesterday was a magnificent walk with great views and surroundings. Again, it was a great experience for us, the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone, including yourself, made a great impression on us.

    Thank you!

  2. Walking Holiday Ireland:

    “Beautiful walking holiday”

    Beautiful walking routes through the beautiful nature of Northern Ireland. Arriving every day in, except for 1, neat and clean B&Bs and being welcomed by all very friendly and helpful people. Very hospitable and beautiful country.

    C DAHMEN – Netherlands – travel period April 2018

  3. Walking Holiday Ireland:

    “walking holiday in breathtaking surroundings”

    The trip was very nice. Positive points are that you can make beautiful walks in this area. Too bad that the difference per day was so great. Where one day you walk along breathtaking cliffs, the other day you walk for a large part along/over the road. The difference in distance is also 20 km max, 13 km minimum quite large.

    M MOLEN – Netherlands – travel period April 2019

  4. Walking Holiday Ireland:

    “Nice walking holiday”

    A great way to fully unwind. Beautiful nature, nice people. Everything perfectly arranged by TUI/Kras NL.

    C ROOZEN – Netherlands – travel period August 2018

  5. Walking Holiday Ireland:

    “Beautiful nature”

    Super nice you come to places where less than 10 people walk by in a day, and the population is very friendly and helpful.

    H DE WEERD – Netherlands – travel period August 2018

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