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Guided Walking Tour Glens of Antrim and Causeway Coast

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Do you dare to make your way across the Carrick a rede coastal walk

The Glens of Antrim and the Causeway Coast are increasingly famous as a walking destination. The North coast of Northern Ireland offers a fantastic walking area of natural beauty. Combined with its rich history and welcoming people makes for an outstanding walking tour.

Since our self-guided walking tours have long been very popular and we now offer Guided Walking Tours in this region.

This tour starts in the east in Cushendall in the hear of the Glens of Antrim. After discovering the amazing waterfalls and forests of Glenariff Forest Park, we continue the journey north along the Moyle Way to Ballycastle.

Rathlin Island and it’s famous Puffin colony awaits, we may even see some sunbathing seals on the island’s beaches. Your tour continues westward to Carrick-a-rede bridge and Ballintoy harbour a well-known backdrop from the HBO series Game of Thrones.

The Giant Causeway is next on tour and, we take a day to discover this fantastic coastline and the town of Bushmills. Here we will also get a chance to sample the famous Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Finally, this guided tour takes us to Portstewart with its sandy beaches and famous links golf courses. We can look back on a fantastic week where new sites and newly made friends stay in our memory for a very long time to come! Check out our page with frequently asked questions here.

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Day 1

Arrival in Cushendall

A private bus service is available leaving Belfast city centre at 2 pm and then at 3 pm from Belfast International Airport. Or make your way to the quaint seaside village of Cushendall where our host will welcome. Dinner with the group and overnight in Cushendall. (For Public Transport in Northern Ireland check: http://translink.co.uk)

Day 2

Hike from Glenariff Forest Park to Cushendall

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you are brought to Glenariff Forest Park where you will make a 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.

Day 3

Hike on the Moyle Way; Orra Beg to Ballycastle

You 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. Dinner with the group.Walk 19 km | 5,5 hours |height difference 350m | forestry roads and quiet country roads, parts can be wet underfoot.

Day 4

Rathlin Island

From 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.

Day 5

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. Dinner with the group and overnight at Ballintoy.Walk 14 km. | 4 hours. | Max. Height: 120m. | Grass & Forest tracks and some road walking.

Day 6

Walk from Ballintoy to the Giant Causeway and Bushmills

Starting at the Carrick-a-rede car park our walk today continues along the best coastal walk in Ireland! 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

Day 7

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 way marked way and along Mill Strand you continue along the coastline ending in Portstewart. Final group dinner and overnight at Portstewart.Walk 18 km. | 5 hours | Max. Height: 120m. | Walking along; roads, beach and grassy tracks.

Day 8


After breakfast and farewell in Portstewart, you commence your homeward journey. A private bus will bring guests to Belfast City via Belfast International Airport.

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.
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    Did you enjoy your holiday? Please let us know and inform fellow travellers of your experiences below!

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    Beautiful hiking experience and nice accommodations

    Ilse Claessens – Belgium

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    8-day hike trip Glens&Causeway
    With my daughter.
    Very nice scenery. We took some ‘off road\off route’ options to avoid walking next to traffic.
    The ‘glitches’ in the program were nicely and adequately solved by Cliff and the very friendly B&B owners.

    Koos Klein – Netherlands

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