8-Day Self-Guided Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast Hike

Explore some of the most beautiful regions on Ireland’s east coast; home to the Giant’s Causeway, the Glens of Antrim & so much more. Experience Irish castles & golden beaches & be sure to walk away with lifelong memories.

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SELF GUIDED TOUR

The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.

€749

“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

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Self-Guided Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast Hike

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.

The nine Glens of Antrim are amongst Ulster’s finest features and are rich in history and tradition.  It is less than a century since the Irish language was widely spoken in this area and it is also the stronghold of Ulster Scots, a broad dialect of English which has much in common with Scottish dialects.  From Slemish, where St. Patrick herded sheep as a young slave, up to the imposing cliffs of Fair Head, the glens offer some magnificent walking routes through a landscape unspoilt by tourism.  It is here that Ireland and Scotland are closest to each other, just 12 miles across the North Channel (also known more poetically as the Sea of Moyle) between Fair Head and the Mull of Kintyre.  Bright days bring inspiring views of Ailsa Craig (‘Paddy’s Milestone’) in the Firth of Clyde and the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura.

The Causeway Coast is best known for the bizarre formations of the Giant’s Causeway, consisting of thousands of hexagonal basalt columns.  However, there are so many other places of interest and natural beauty along this coast, such as the cliffs of Torr Head, Fair Head and Benbane Head, the vanishing lake of Loughareema and the fishermen’s rope-bridge across to Carrickarede Island.  These are just a few of the gems waiting to be discovered by the traveller in this tranquil, unspoilt corner of Ireland.

This independent walking tour of the Antrim Glens & Causeway Coast spends two days on the Moyle Way in the Glens of Antrim and three days along the Causeway Coast.

The Moyle Way:

The Moyle Way is a waymarked 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 waymarked trail follows one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, passing rugged and windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoilt beaches.

Highlights

  • Slemish Mountain
  • Explore Rathlin Island
  • Walk the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Visit Dunseverick Castle ruin
  • Dramatic cliffs
  • Quaint villages

Whats Included?

  • Access to our NEW FREE APP!
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage each walking day.
  • Give you full walking details, easy to read route descriptions and maps of the area.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • 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 – €215.00. Solo Traveller Supplement – €390.00.

Day by Day

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You begin your holiday on the first evening by meeting your B&B host/hostess – where you will be staying for the first 2 nights.

On arrival you will receive you information pack containing all your maps & route notes for your trip.

After a hearty breakfast you are driven by 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 Cushendall

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.  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.

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

“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 Csuseway. From here you will travel by public bus to Bushmills for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 18 kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks, beaches and road walking. Boots recommended

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.  Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks and road walking with some beach walking.  Boots recommended

After a final breakfast and farewell in Portstewart you commence your homeward journey.

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“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

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