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Giant Causeway Hiking Tour - 5 Days

Your coastal hikes on our Giant Causeway Hiking Tour will take you along the sandy white beaches, high cliffs, quaint seaside resorts and small fishing villages. Visit the World Heritage Site and Giant's Causeway National Nature Reserve, the ruins of Dunluce, Dunseverick and Kinbane Castles, and if you dare, cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Carrick-a-rede rope bridge on the Giant Causeway Hiking Tour
The daunting Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge to Salmon Island

Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route

With its rugged and windswept cliffs, gorgeous scenery and unspoilt beaches, the Giant Causeway coast 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 Carrick-a-rede island.

 

Giant Causeway Hiking Tour - 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.

  • Flights
  • Travel & Baggage insurance
  • Evening Meals

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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
Gaiters
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

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.

You are strongly advised to obtain insurance cover for personal accidents, cancellation charges, medical expenses, loss of money or baggage, travel and personal liability when taking part in any of our tours. Walking Holiday Ireland or its servants or agents cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to your baggage, or for 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’d like to join and fill in the booking form. Within a few days, you will receive confirmation of your booking. When we receive a deposit of 30% 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 then receive all information on your tour.

Meals – Breakfast is included in your price and packed lunches can be purchased at almost all accommodations. We will have a list of restaurants for you to choose from for your evening and all will be either at your accommodation or within a short walking distance away. Vegetarians (including those that eat fish) will be catered for, but this needs to be acknowledged on your booking form.

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.

No, that’s definitely 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 daily maximum is about 19 °C and the winter mean daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas.Have a look at our Irish weather page here for more detailed information about the weather in the region where you will be walking.

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 the start or the end of your tour. Some of these options can be booked directly on our booking form are please send us an email and we will happily inform you of some of the options available. We will also provide you with information on how to get there and to the starting point of the walk or the airport. Just let us know what you would like and we’ll do our best to help you.

  1. :

    “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. :

    “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 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. :

    “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. :

    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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