The Antrim Glens and Causeway Coastal Walking Tours are unforgettable journeys through some of the country’s most stunning natural wonders. Northern Ireland is a land of enchanting landscapes and captivating history, offering a myriad of experiences for the discerning traveller.
These self-guided and tailor-made walking holidays in Northern Ireland are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the hidden wonders of the Emerald Isle’s natural beauty.
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Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting allure of the 9 Glens of Antrim, each more stunning than the last. Immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere as you meander through lush green valleys and cascading waterfalls, feeling the magic of Ireland come alive with every step along the Moyle Way.
But the wonders don’t stop there. The tour takes you on a journey along the world-famous Causeway Coastal Route, offering breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Visit Rathlin Island, Ballintoy Harbour, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and Dunluce Castle.
Whether you are an experienced hiker or a leisurely walker, these self-guided walking tours are tailored to meet your needs, ensuring a memorable and rewarding experience for everyone. So lace up your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to explore the wonders of Ireland on foot.
The Majestic Nine Glens of Antrim
Cushendun, located on the eastern coast, is known for its picturesque coastal scenery and the enchanting caves of Cushendun. Ballycastle, the largest town in the Glens, is a bustling seaside resort with a beautiful beach and a famous annual fair called the Ould Lammas Fair.
Further north, the Antrim Glens become more rugged and remote. The Glenaan Glen is a hidden gem, with its remote location and stunning views. The famous Glendun Viaduct is a must-see for railway enthusiasts.
Glenballyeamon, Glenarm’s sister Glen, is a tranquil haven with rolling hills and forests, perfect for hiking and exploring nature. Glenlough, the smallest and quietest glen, offers peaceful seclusion and stunning views of the Antrim coast.
The Glens of Antrim are also known for their rich history and heritage. The area is dotted with ancient ruins, including the ruins of Ossian’s Grave and Loughareema, also known as the Vanishing Lake.
Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, history, or simply breathtaking scenery, the Glens of Antrim have something to offer everyone. The charm and natural beauty of these glens make them a must-visit destination in Northern Ireland.
The Moyle Way: A 26-Mile-Long Trek Through Northern Ireland’s Antrim Glens
Discover the captivating beauty of Northern Ireland through the Moyle Way, a 26-mile long-distance walking route that takes you through tranquil forests, open moorlands, and rugged coastal cliffs.
Starting from the picturesque town of Ballycastle, the trail winds through the heart of the Glens of Antrim, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and distant Scottish Isles.
The Moyle Way is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Traverse the serene Ballypatrick Forest, home to diverse flora and fauna, and ascend the striking Altarichard Rock for breathtaking views of the landscape.
Towards the end of the trail, the towering Fair Head cliffs await, offering a thrilling climax to your trek.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker seeking a new challenge or a casual walker looking for a peaceful escape, the Moyle Way caters to all. The trail is well-marked, and with the option to walk shorter sections, it’s accessible for all fitness levels. Imagine the sense of accomplishment as you complete this rewarding trek, taking in the stunning views and immersing yourself in the tranquil charm of Northern Ireland.
Prepare for an unforgettable journey along the Moyle Way. Pack your sturdy walking boots, dress in layers for the changeable weather, and bring along a map, compass, water, and snacks. Embark on this adventure and experience the natural beauty of Northern Ireland like never before.
What is Rathlin Island Famous For?
This enchanting island, located just six miles off the coast, is a haven of tranquillity and natural splendour. With its rugged cliffs, sweeping bays, and rich wildlife, Rathlin Island offers a unique and captivating escape.
Rathlin Island is a paradise for nature lovers. Home to Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony, the island offers unparalleled birdwatching opportunities, with puffins, guillemots, and razorbills among the species you can spot. Explore the island’s walking trails, visit the historic lighthouse, or simply soak in the breathtaking views of the Antrim coast and the Scottish Isles.
On Rathlin Island, you can experience this tranquillity. Whether you’re exploring the island’s natural wonders, learning about its rich history, or simply enjoying the stunning sea views, Rathlin Island promises a memorable and rejuvenating experience.
Take the ferry from Ballycastle, bring your binoculars for birdwatching, and prepare to explore the island’s trails. Embark on this adventure and discover the unique charm of Rathlin Island.
Northern Ireland Walking Tours: The Best Way to Experience Antrim Glens and Causeway Coastal Route
Walking Holiday Ireland Walking tours offer an immersive way to explore the Antrim Glens and along the Causeway Coast Way on the north Coast of Northern Ireland. Our Self-guided Walking Tours provide an immersive experience at your own pace and schedule to discover the region’s history, geology, and folklore, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of these natural wonders.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, there’s a walking tour to suit your fitness level and interests. From leisurely rambles through picturesque villages to challenging hikes across rugged terrain, the options are as varied as the landscapes themselves.
Discovering the Cliffs of Torr Head, Fair Head, and Benbane Head
One of the highlights of the Giant’s Causeway Coast is the stunning cliffs of Torr Head, Fair Head, and Benbane Head. These rugged and windswept cliffs offer spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and are popular for photographers. From these vantage points, you can also spot the Scottish coast on a clear day.
Crossing the Fishermen’s Rope Bridge to Carrickarede Island
For an exhilarating experience, head to Carrickarede Island and cross the fishermen’s rope bridge. The bridge spans 20 meters and hangs 30 meters above the sea, providing stunning coastline views. The bridge has a fascinating history and has been used by fishermen for over 350 years. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but the views are worth it.
Unwinding on the Unspoilt Beaches
The Giant’s Causeway Coast is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Northern Ireland. White Park Bay is a long, sandy beach with crystal clear water, perfect for a relaxing swim. Whiterocks Beach is another popular destination known for its picturesque rock formations and shallow waters. These beaches offer an excellent opportunity to relax and soak up the breathtaking scenery.
Top 12 Highlights of the Antrim and Causeway Walking Holidays
- Moyle Way: This 26-mile long-distance walking route takes you through tranquil forests, open moorlands, and rugged coastal cliffs, offering an immersive experience of Northern Ireland’s diverse landscapes.
- Cushendall: Nestled in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Cushendall is a charming village that serves as an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside.
- Glenariff Forest Park: Known as the ‘Queen of the Glens’, Glenariff Forest Park is renowned for its breathtaking waterfalls, panoramic views, and serene walking trails.
- Glens of Antrim: This series of nine valleys radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast, each offering a unique charm and character, from lush green pastures to dramatic cliffs and waterfalls.
- Ballycastle: The starting point of the Moyle Way, Ballycastle is a picturesque coastal town known for its marina and the iconic Bonamargy Friary.
- Dunluce and Dunseverick Castles: These historic castles, perched on the edge of the Antrim coast, offer a glimpse into Northern Ireland’s rich history and provide stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
- Portrush and Portstewart: These vibrant seaside towns are known for their beautiful sandy beaches, bustling harbours, and a range of outdoor activities, from surfing to golfing.
- Bushmills: Home to the world’s oldest licensed distillery, Bushmills is a must-visit for whiskey enthusiasts. The town is also a short distance from the Giant’s Causeway Coast, making it a convenient stop on your walking holiday.
- Giant’s Causeway: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is a geological marvel consisting of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from an ancient volcanic eruption.
- Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: This thrilling 20-meter-long bridge, suspended 30 meters above the sea, offers unparalleled views of Rathlin Island and Scotland’s distant shores.
- Ballintoy Harbour: A picturesque harbour nestled amidst rugged cliffs and secluded bays, Ballintoy Harbour is a peaceful retreat and a popular filming location for the ‘Game of Thrones’ series.
Why should you book a Walking Tour with Us?
- Because we offer an unparalleled hiking experience in Ireland, our self-guided hiking tours are designed to provide the ultimate hiking adventure. From carefully selected accommodation with en-suite bedrooms to a full Irish breakfast to start off your day of hiking, we ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout your journey.
- Our complimentary luggage transfers make your hiking experience hassle-free, and our detailed maps and route notes guarantee you never get lost.
- We provide local advice on places to visit and where to eat, ensuring that you have a truly immersive and authentic Irish experience.
- We also offer complete pre-departure information to help you prepare for your walking holiday and provide a waterproof map case to keep your documents dry. If you wish to extend your hiking experience, we can quickly book an extra night(s) of accommodation for you.
- And if you need information on local transport options, our team is more than happy to assist. With a 24/7 local emergency contact, you can know that we are always here for you.
The Antrim Glens and Causeway Coastal Walking Tours offer an unparalleled opportunity to experience Ireland’s stunning landscapes and rich history. Whether you’re marvelling at the Giant’s Causeway, crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, or exploring the charming Antrim Glens, you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.