8-Day Guided Antrim Coast and Glens Walk

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GUIDED TOUR

Our expert Guides will ensure you and your group see all the best hiking places in Ireland.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

Participants require a good level of fitness and be capable of walking up to 20km/ 12 mi a day.

From €1,295 PPS

“Met new friends, learnt local culture from native residents. IWHB could not have planned it better.”

– Gerard, U.K., 2015

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Broughshane is your base for three nights as you explore the beauty of the Glens of Antrim and the surrounding hills.  Moving further north, your next four nights will be just outside the market town of Ballycastle on the north coast of Antrim, famous for its Oul’ Lammas Fair.  From Ballycastle you explore the area around Fair Head, the north-easternmost tip of Ireland.  On your ‘easy day’, if you wish and weather permitting, we may arrange an optional day trip by boat to Rathlin Island.  You then walk along the Causeway Coast and visit the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.  Your final day’s walk takes you inland from Ballycastle over Knocklayd to Glendun.

5-Day options available on request.

Tour Dates

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  • Aug 5th – 12th TOUR FULL
  • Sept 9th – 16th 

Highlights

  • Experience the Giant’s Causeway
  • Walk across Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Visit Rathlin Island

Whats Included?

  • Expert, Experienced, Local Guide for the duration of the tour
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only).
  • 7 Evening Dinners.
  • 5/6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €250.00.
  • Not Included: Any boat trips (eg. ferry to Skellig Islands) | personal drinks | entrance fees to theatres | parks or museums etc. | medical expenses or gratuities.

Day by Day

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Your Guide will meet you at your first accommodation in Broughshane. where you stay for your next three nights.  A Briefing Session and evening meal together with your Guide will fill you in about the coming week’s walks.

Your first walk takes you along the Ulster Way where you will have excellent views over the North Channel towards Galloway and Kintyre. You walk along the Sallagh Braes and continue across Scawt Hill to Glenarm.  This has to be one of the finest walks in Northern Ireland. History is all around you with wonderful panoramic views.  Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. 

Walk DetailsDistance:  18kms.  Duration: 6 hours.  Max. Height: 420m.  Rough and rugged terrain with no tracks. Can be wet underfoot, some road walking.  Boots essential.

For today’s walk we transfer you to Glenariff Forest Park, the Queen of the Antrim Glens, where you will do a circular walk taking in its famous waterfall. Leaving the park, you join the Ulster Way for a loop walk on the plateau between the Glens of Glenariff and Glencloy.   Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 16kms.  Duration: 5/6 hours.  Max. Height: 300m. Grass tracks and rough mountain with no tracks, and some road walking.  Rocky terrain and which can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

From Broughshane you continue north along the coastline of the Antrim Glens to do a walk via Fair Head and Murlough Bay. This is a spectacular walk from where you get your first views of Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre across the narrow channel to Scotland. Continue to Ballycastle (your accommodation for the next four nights) for dinner and overnight. 

Walk Details – Distance: 14kms.  Duration: 4.5 hours.  Max. Height: 400m.  Grass tracks and some rough cliff walks, with and without tracks. This is a circular walk.  Boots  essential.

In Ballycastle, enjoy an ‘easier day’ – weather permitting, we may arrange to take the ferry (45 mins.) across to historic Rathlin Island with its many lighthouses, world famous bird sanctuary and its coastline surrounded by the treacherous waters of the North Irish Sea. Here you and your group can choose to cycle or walk around the island.  A circular walk will show you the Southern Lighthouse and the treacherous waters of the Corrie Vreckan!!  A cycle will take us a little further afield to discover more of this wonderful place.  You return by ferry to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast you visit the spectacular Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge. You then travel west to start your walk which weaves along the famed cliffs of the Causeway Coast, passing the sands of White Park Bay and the ruins of Dunseverick Castle.  Finally, you descend to explore the magical realm of the Giant’s Causeway.  If you are a Game of Thrones fan today is the day you will see many familiar sights! Transfer back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 16kms.  Duration: 6 hours.  Max. Height: 150m.  This is a lovely cliff path walk. Some beach also and a little rocky terrain, grassy tracks.  Boots essential.

Your final day’s walking takes to the Moyle Way from the south west of Ballycastle, over Knocklayd Mountain, via Breen Wood Nature Reserve to finish in Glendun. This is challenging end to an exciting weeks walking!  Transfer back to your accommodation for overnight and final dinner. 

Walk Details – Distance: 18kms.  Duration: 6 hours.  Max. Height: 520m.  Grass, forest and rocky tracks, and a little road walking – boots recommended.

After breakfast, a courtesy transfer returns you to Belfast Central Bus & Rail Station for your onward journey. There are excellent connections from here to Dublin and Belfast Airports. A bus to Dublin takes 2 hrs. approx.

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