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Hike the inspiring Glens of Antrim and discover the Giant Causeway

Your hikes will take you from the Glens of Antrim to the Giant Causeway. Visit the World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve of the Giant Causeway, the ruins of Dunluce, Dunseverick and Kinbane Castles and if you dare cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

The Moyle Way in the Glens of Antrim

The Glens of Antrim, north of Belfast are genuinely magical and are best discovered on foot walking the Moyle way. One of the best-kept tourism secrets in Northern Ireland it’s a magical place. It offers varied landscapes and the warmest of welcomes. Rich in culture, tradition and history the 9 Glens are the jewels in Ulster's crown.

The Moyle Way runs for 43km through the heart of the world-famous Glens of Antrim a land of geology, wildlife, history, myths and folklore. The Moyle Way is a waymarked route between Glenariff and Ballycastle. This walking route winds through scenics Glens and valleys and mountains that are part of the Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Giant Causeway Coastal route

The Giant Causeway coast with its rugged and windswept cliffs, gorgeous scenery and unspoilt beaches is best known for the hexagonal basalt columns. But there are many exciting and beautiful places to visit while hiking along this coastline, for instance, the cliffs of Torr Head, Fair Head and Benbane Head, the vanishing lake of Loughareema and the fishermen’s rope bridge across to Carrickarede Island.

Giant Causeway Hiking Tour - 5 Days

Self-guided with baggage transfers

  • Rathlin Island
  • Bushmills
  • Belfast


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


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.


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.

Hiking details for Causeway Coast 5-day trek

Walk 1: From Ballycastle to Ballintoy (Carrick-a-rede rope bridge)

Distance: 10.3 km
Duration: 2:45 h
Ascent: 213 m
Descent: 159 m
Highest point: 147 m
Lowest point: 5 m

Walk 2: From Ballintoy to Bushmills (Giant Causeway Visitors Centre)

Distance: 22.6 km
Duration: 6:50 h
Ascent: 354 m
Descent: 394 m
Highest point: 103 m

Walk 3: From Bushmills to Portstewart

Distance: 21.5 km
Duration: 5:35 h
Ascent: 64 m
Descent: 87 m
Highest point: 54 m

There are a lot of places where it would be worthwhile to stay an extra night to explore more in the area. We can also book extra nights for you at your tour's start or end. Some of these options can be booked directly on our booking form. Please email us, and we will happily inform you of some available options.

When you book your holiday with us we will send you a full document with all the necessities, and more! Good hiking boots and clothes that can withstand the odd shower are necessary. We hope to have a document for you to download directly available shortly.

We have listed a few essentials that you will have to bring along and when you make your booking we will send you out a full list of essentials.

Comfortable waterproof walking Boots
Waterproof jacket & over trousers
Waterproof map case
Backpack, lined with plastic bag
Walking poles (It may be possible to provide these locally if requested)
Thick socks / hat / gloves
Water bottle & lunch box
Small torch
First aid
Sunscreen / Insect repellent
Compass / GPS device
and for that special moment, your camera

You will be accommodated in family-run guesthouses (B&Bs) or small family-run hotels, where you will encounter a friendly welcome and homely comfort. All our accommodations are approved by Bord Failte and 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 available on request. If an en-suite room is unavailable, you will be advised beforehand.

You are strongly advised to obtain insurance coverage for personal accidents, cancellation charges, medical expenses, loss of money or baggage, travel and personal liability when participating in any of our tours. Walking Holiday Ireland or its servants or agents cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to your baggage, or any illness or injury while on our tours. We also cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from circumstances beyond our control. 

Pick the tour you want to join and fill out the online booking form. Within a few days, you will receive confirmation of your booking. When we receive a deposit of 15% to secure the booking we will start putting everything together for you. The final payment is due six weeks before the start of the tour, and you will receive all information on your tour no less than 2 weeks before arrival.

No, that’s not the case! The dominant influence on Ireland’s climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitudes. The average annual temperature is about 9 °C. In the middle and east of the country, temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country. For example, the summer means the daily maximum is about 19 °C, and the winter means the daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas. Look at our Irish weather page for more detailed information about the weather in the region where you will be walking.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  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:

    “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

  5. 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!

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