SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“It was absolutely spectacular. Ireland Walk Hike Bike provided us with maps, directions, and helpful hints for the hikes and fantastic bed and breakfast facilities for the overnight stays.”
– Kevin & Joann, USA, 2016
The Antrim Coast and Glens Hike explores one of the most beautiful sections of Ireland’s east 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.
Rathlin, described as a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered is an L-shaped island, one side is four miles long, the other three and is nowhere more than a mile across. The island is a naturalist’s delight and you can choose between three walks varying from 1.5 miles to 4 miles. Visit the RSPB West Light viewpoint to see the puffins, guillemots and razorbills along with kittiwakes and fulmars, which together make up the largest seabird colony in Europe. Walk the trails to the old Coastguard Look Out to see the East Lighthouse, standing high above the legendary ‘Bruce’s Cave’ at Altacarry Head, which has been flashing a warning to mariners since 1856. Spend some time in the Boathouse Visitor Centre for a dip into Rathlin’s history. Return to Ballycastle by the evening ferry. If the boat trip to Rathlin is not possible due to adverse weather, we recommend a walk to Knocklayd, the highest peak in Co. Antrim, which lies south of Ballycastle. You can either climb to the summit or skirt the mountain on tracks and roads passing through Glentaisie and Glenshesk. Alternatively, you could explore the town of Ballycastle or visit the whisky distillery at Bushmills. Overnight at Ballycastle.
Walk Details: Distance: 4 -7kms. Duration: 1.5 – 3 hours. Max. Height: 100m.Grass tracks and road walking with some beach walking. Boots recommended
Today’s walk takes you along the coastal road from Ballycastle to your evening stop-over at Ballintoy. It is a rolling road with ample vantage points to view the magnificence of the Antrim coastline. As you continue along the route you will come 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. Overnight at Ballintoy.
Walk Details: Distance: 11 kms. Duration: 3 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks and road walking. Boots optional
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. 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 can stay on the path which leads to Portballintrae and your evening 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: 11 kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks and road walking. Boots optional
Your final day’s walk begins on the coastal road to Portrush passing Magheracross viewpoint and Dunluce Castle, perched precariously high on a promontory overlooking the sea. Shortly you come to Whiterocks beach and then a formal pathway at the far side of the beach leads you up around Ramore Head, until you reach Portrush harbour. Your walk continues along Mill Strand (beach) and then, following the Causeway markers, the route continues along the coastline, ending at the promenade in Portstewart. Overnight at Portstewart.
Walk Details: Distance: 18 kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks and road walking with some beach walking. Boots recommended
After a final breakfast and farewell at Bushmills you commence your homeward journey.