SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
4 nights stay, 3 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Came with daughter. Staff and hosts were so thoughtful, caring and informative. Weather was perfect.”
– Elizabeth, USA, 2016
The Antrim Coast & Glens Hike explores one of the most beautiful sections of Ireland’s northern coast. Boasting the fabulous Glens of Antrim, the Giant’s Causeway, fantastic castles & beautiful beaches – to say nothing of a wonderful distillery – it is a place that is a pleasure to discover. We are delighted to re-introduce our HIKE holidays in this region with our refreshed Route Notes & research to give you 2 wonderful holidays to choose from at amazing introductory prices……
The Causeway Coast Way:
This way-marked trail follows one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, passing rugged and windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoilt beaches.
If you would like a longer hiking holiday you should check out our 8-Day Self-Guided Antrim Coast and Glen Hike
If you would like a longer hiking holiday with a Game of Thrones theme you should check out our 8-Day Self-Guided Westeros Way Hike
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You begin your holiday on the first evening in the wonderful village of Cushendall.
Today you return to Orra Beg and head north for Ballycastle. Continuing on the Moyle Way, the route is divided into three sections. The first part of the walk takes you along a forest track then follows the banks of the Glenshesk River, ending up back on a forest track as it leads you through the Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve and Wood. The next section follows the country road along Glenshesk offering views of the Glenshesk River, Knocklayd Mountain and Coolaveely Wood.
The final part of today’s walk takes you into Ballycastle Forest where you descend along a good forest path into Ballycastle. There are magnificent panoramic views of Rathlin Island and the forest is also home to an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Overnight at Ballycastle.
Walk Details: Distance: 17kms. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky,muddy mountain and grass tracks with some road walking. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
This hike takes you around the magnificent coastal route of Murlough and Fair Head. The path hugs the coast with dramatic cliff drops. If it is a misty day with poor visibility there are several looped walks from the car park at Fair Head Farm that can be enjoyed instead. Overnight in Ballycastle.
Walk Details: Distance: 8kms. Gravel tracks, with some road walking, with some sections that can be rocky & uneven. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
“Before you lies one of the finest walks that an ordinary pedestrian can experience anywhere in the wide world” – Ulster Rambles by Peter Wright
The best coastal walk in Ireland – bar none! Varied geology, views across to Scotland, cliff and beach walks, the Giant’s Causeway and Ireland’s smallest church are all to be found on today’s route.
Beginning at Larrybane visitor centre and the world-famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The bridge spans an 80-foot-deep chasm that renders Carrick-a-Rede island, a must do for every visitor and gives a fitting beginning to an exhilarating day’s walk. From here it is only a short distance by the coastal path to the little village of Ballintoy. The little harbour at the foot of the cliffs is well worth a visit.
From Ballintoy harbour you very soon come to the beautiful strand of White Park Bay, then on to Portbraddan, with Ireland’s tiniest church measuring only 12ft by 6.5ft. Continuing on you come to the ruins of Dunseverick Castle and then along the cliff-top path round Benbane Head and on to the Giant’s Causeway. From here you will travel by public bus to Bushmills for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 18 kms. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks, beaches and road walking. Boots recommended
After a final breakfast and farewell at Bushmills you commence your homeward journey.