This fabulous Self Guided Walking Holiday in Northern Ireland (including baggage transfers) follows a waymarked walking route along the Moyle Way in the Glens of Antrim and the dramatic Giant Causeway coastline from Cushendall via Ballycastle to Portstewart.
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Giant Causeway & Glens of Antrim Hiking Tour
Your hikes will take you across the Glens, forests, sandy white beaches, high cliffs, quaint seaside resorts and small fishing villages. Visit the World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve of the Giant’s Causeway, the ruins of Dunluce, Dunseverick and Kinbane Castles and if you dare cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Hiking 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 Ulsters 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 journey passes through a great variety of scenery and reaches its high point near the summit of Trostan. Highlights include views of Rathlin and the Scottish Islands, Breen Oakwood, unspoilt blanket bog, standing stones, cairns and Glenariff Forest Park.
Hike or bike on Rathlin Island
Visiting Rathlin Island just six miles north of Ballycastle is a must for all outdoor and nature lovers. It is no wonder that it is so popular with birdwatchers, geologists and anyone with a love of wild and rugged landscapes. The island is ideal for both walking and cycling (rent a bike on the Island) and enjoys puffins, guillemots and razorbills that make the cliffs and sea stacks their nesting sites from early spring to summer.
Hiking the 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.
Glens of Antrim and Causeway Coast Walking Holiday Itineraries:
Arrival in CushendallMake your way to the quaint seaside village of Cushendall where our host will welcome you at your first accommodation. Whenever you arrive earlier in the day, there are several looped walks in and around Cushendall village to enjoy and stretch the legs. Overnight in Cushendall. (For Public Transport in Northern Ireland check: http://translink.co.uk)
Hike from Glenariff Forest Park to CushendallAfter a hearty Irish breakfast, we bring you to Glenariff Forest Park where you will be able to choose from various circular walks through ancient forests and past breathtaking waterfalls before hiking out of the Glen back to the coast and your B&B in Cushendall. Overnight in Cushendall. Walk: 15 km | 4 hours | climb: 172m | descent: 344m | max elevation: 280m. | Forestry/grass tracks and minor roads.
Hike on the Moyle Way; Orra Beg to BallycastleYou will be transferred to the start of your walk on the Moyle Way near Agangarrive and Orra Beg from where you will follow the waymarked Moyle Way to Ballycastle; this outstanding hike combines woodlands, Glens and fantastic views of the coast. Overnight in Ballycastle where your baggage awaits in your B&B. Walk 19 km | 5,5 hours |height difference 350m | forestry roads and quiet country roads, parts can be wet underfoot.
Rathlin IslandFrom your B&B it is a short walk to the Ferry which will take you to Rathlin Island (Tickets are not included and need to be pre-booked, weather-dependent). The island with its colonies of seabirds (puffins, guillemots and razorbills along with kittiwakes and fulmars) is L-shaped and offers a variety of walks. You can also rent a bike if you prefer to visit the RSPB lighthouse and see the puffins up close. Returning to your B&B in Ballycastle for the night. Walk 4-8 km. | 2–3 hours | Max. height: 100m. | Roads, beach and grassy tracks.
Walk from Ballycastle to BallintoyFrom 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.
Walk from Ballintoy to the Giant Causeway and BushmillsWe 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)
Hike from Portballintrae to PortstewartOn 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.
DepartureAfter 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.
- Travel & Baggage insurance
- Evening Meals
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