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 Moyle Way:
The Moyle Way is a way-marked route that winds its way between Glenariff and Ballycastle. It takes you through many of the scenic valleys and mountains that lie within the Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Antrim Coast. As well as beautiful scenery the area is full of fascinating geology, wildlife, history and folklore. On its way the route passes through five of the nine famous glens; Glentaise, Glenshesk, Glendun, Glenballyemon and Glenariff.
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.
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You begin your holiday on the first evening by meeting Linda McKay, owner of a B&B in the picturesque village of Broughshane where you will be staying for the first 2 nights.
After a hearty breakfast you will be transferred to Orra Beg, an intersection on the Moyle Way to begin your walking tour. Today you are heading south to Glenariff Forest Park passing Slieveanorra Nature Reserve, which has spectacular views over the glens and plays host to a great variety of birds. From Slieveanorra you carry on over open moorland for Trostan Mountain and on to Glenariff Nature Reserve and Forest Park with its visitor centre, nature trails and famous waterfalls. From here you will be collected and returned to your evening accommodation in Broughshane.
Walk Details: Distance: 11kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 530m. Rocky and muddy mountain and grass tracks. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
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. Duration: 5.5hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky,muddy mountain and grass tracks with some road walking. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
For Today’s walk you will be taken by taxi to Larrybane with its 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 dramatic climax 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.
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 route.
From Ballintoy 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 can stay on the path which leads to Portballintrae and your accommodation. Alternatively there is a shorter route along a pleasant path and through golflinks to end this most splendid of walks.
Overnight at Portballintrae/Bushmillls.
Walk Details: Distance: 15kms. Duration: 5hours. Max. Height: 100m. Grass tracks and open cliff tops with some beach walking. Boots recommended.
After a final breakfast and farewell at Bushmills you commence your homeward journey.