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Causeway Coast & Glens of Antrim – Self-Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland – 8 Day
1 - Northern Ireland, Causeway Coastal Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 8 Days | £589
This 8 Day Self-Guided tour takes you at you leisure through the fabled Glens of Antrim to the rugged crevasses of the North Coast of the island of Ireland along the Causeway Coast.
Taking in along the way the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the polygonal columns of layered basalt that makes up the majestic Giant’s Causeway.
Tour Pricing & Dates
8 Day Tour – £589 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£210
Tour Dates – Available all year
Tour Grade – Easy to Difficult
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Cushendall
Your tour begins in the seaside village of Cushendall, also known as the capital of the glens. This charming village is nestled in between the hills of the Glens and the Sea of Moyle. It is here you will spend your first two nights.
Day 2 Glenariff Nature Reserve and Forest Park to Waterfoot
After breakfast a bus will take you to the entrance of Glenariff Forest Park to begin your walking tour in the park. The vast variety of the landscape, woodlands and habitats that are to be found within Glenariff Forest Park provide you with a superb walk through the natural beauty which is to be found here. You will enjoy the tranquillity and admire the spectacular views down the glen; across the sea of Moyle and beyond to the Scottish Mountains. Your day finishes by follow the Glenariff River through the glen to the village of Waterfoot and back to your accommodation in Cushendall. The distance that you will travel will depend on which trail that you take in the park; of which we will give you several options; it will vary somewhere between 15 to 18 Km; approximate walking time of 4-5 hrs
Day 3 Orra Beg to Ballycastle
You will be transferred to the beginning of your walk at Orra Beg; an intersection of the Moyle Way that takes you north to Ballycastle along the Moyle Way. This section of the trail is mixed between forest trails; quiet country roads and open mountains. From Orra Beg the trail takes you along a forest track to reach the open mountain side of Agangarrive Hill. From here you will follow the banks of the Glenshesk River to join the Breen Forest Trail, a Nature Reserve and Woodlands. From here the trail leads you along a quiet country road along the town land of Glenshesk, the most northern of the 9-glens. You will be rewarded with some fantastic views of the Glenshesk River and Coolaveely Forest on your right and Knocklayd Mountain on your left. The final section of the day takes you through Ballycastle Forest and finally into the town of Ballycastle where you will spend the next two nights. Distance: 17.6 km, Ascent: 380 m Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 4 Rathlin Island
We will be giving you the choice of a two walk on the island so distance will depend on which route you take; both very interesting and stunningly beautiful. You will take the 45 minute ferry ride from Ballycastle to Rathlin; cost £12, per person return. The island is a rare place of wild and natural beauty, extraordinary environmental values and social interests. The island is 10Km long and almost 1.6Km wide, Three lighthouses stand as monuments to its wild coastline while over 40 recorded shipwrecks lie in the depths of its underwater cliffs. The island is immersed in flora and fauna and in spring and summer Puffins; Guillemots and Kittiwakes; to mention but a few; nest in their thousands along its steep on-shore cliffs. Returning back to Ballycastle on the evening ferry.
Day 5 Ballycastle to Ballintoy
From your accommodation in Ballycastle you will make your way to Ballintoy on quiet country lanes, through woodland and farming communities of Craignagolman and Ballaghcravey. At the end of the walk near the Game of Thrones featured Ballintoy Harbour, there is the option of crossing the 80ft high world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Distance: 14km, Ascent: 110 m, Approximate walking time 4 hrs
Day 6 Ballintoy to the Giant’s Causeway
Leaving Ballintoy you will pass the golden sandy beaches of White Park Bay, the ruins of Dunseverick Castle and along the cliff path around Benbane Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and nature reserve of The Giant’s Causeway. Once your explorations of the Causeway are finished you will continue on Bushfoot Strand to your overnight accommodation in Portballintra. Distance: 17.6 km, Ascent: 100 m, Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 7 Giant’s Causeway to Portstewart
On your final days walking you will follow the coastal road to Portrush passing along the way Binbane Cove, Dunluce Castle, The Burfoot and The White Rocks and then descending onto Curran Strand. From here you will make your way to the town of Portrush for a little relaxing and maybe an Ice-cream before your final leg of the walk to your accommodation in Portstewart. Distance: 19 km, Ascent: 80 m, Approximate walking time: 5,5 hrs.
Day 8 Departure
At your leisure after your breakfast, your tour comes to an end and it’s time to depart on your onward journey.
✓ 7 nights Bed and full breakfast All accommodation is pre-booked in approved and carefully selected family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
✓ Causeway Coast Maps and waterproof route notes
✓ Luggage transfers while you walk with a small day pack
✓ Maps and All Route Notes
✓ Details of restaurants and places of interest along the way
✓ All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
✓ Full backup service should you require it while on our tour
✓ Ferry to Rathlin Island