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 cycling
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“The trail descriptions, the suggestions for local transportation, the accommodations were all excellent. I like that the company checks in to see how things are going as I am on my own. They are very helpful and friendly and overall it is a totally grand experience!.”
– Dianne, Canada, 2017
If you are looking to experience one of Ireland’s most legendary destinations then you need to experience a cycling holiday along the Causeway Coast. On this tour you will visit some of Ireland’s best known destinations such as The Legendary Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, The beauty of the Glens and Rathlin Island, whilst also soaking up the ever changing coastal views. Find yourself engulfed in Irish history and folklore, seeing what Irish culture is all about.
*This tour is available between 21/07/2018 – 24/09/2018
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Arrive in historic Derry/Londonderry, the only city in Ireland with its full medieval walls still intact. This vibrant city is rich in culture and history. Walking the walls takes around one hour. It is a great way to explore both old and recent history, as well as offering great views of the city. Derry has many lively bars and restaurants, making it the perfect location for the first night of your Irish Cycling Adventure.
Your cycling tour starts by following the pleasant path along the River Foyle, taking you north and out of the city centre. Soon you will be cycling along quiet country roads, leading you across the border into County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland. Bike through pleasant green pastures with Lough Foyle on one side and the Inishowen hills on the other. Continue north to the pleasant seaside town of Moville, where you stay for the night.
Distance: 38 km
Today your cycling tour brings you to some of the most iconic locations in all of Northern Ireland. You’ll pass Dunluce Castle, impossibly perched on a cliff top. Cycle to Bushmills where you can sample a whiskey from the world’s oldest distillery. Then it’s on to the legendary Giant’s Causeway. Further along the coast, an extra cycle will take you to the vertigo-inducing Carrick-a-Reed Rope Bridge. Your destination for the night is the lovely seaside town of Ballycastle, where the views from the harbour will make you want to sit and relax forever.
Distance: 43 km
Choose between resting, visiting Rathlin Island or a loop cycle to the Dark Hedges. Rathlin Island is a magical place. (Ferry tickets not included.) Life moves at a different pace here. Its two lighthouses are well worth a visit. The west lighthouse perched on the cliff edge is also a seabird observation point. If you are a Game of Thrones fan you will need no introduction to the Dark Hedges. This is one of the most photographed sites in Northern Ireland. A 35 km cycle through the lovely rolling Ulster countryside will bring you to this iconic location.
Distance: 0/10/44 km
Amazing sea views greet you at every turn as you cycle along the north east corner of Ireland. The rolling road takes you past beautiful Fair Head and Torr Head, and into the pretty town of Cushendun. You are now in the heart of the Glens of Antrim. Follow the coast south to your destination in Cushendall. This lovely coastal village is located where Glen Ballyeamon reaches the sea.
Distance: 30 km
A day to explore the beautiful Glens. A leisurely 25 km cycle will allow you to explore Glen Ballyeamonn and Glenariff, “Queen of the Glens”. A longer cycle will take you through the quieter but no less beautiful Glendun and Glenann. Whichever option you choose you can enjoy a great downhill cycle back to the sea, and a final night in Cushendall.
Following breakfast, easy bus connections will bring you to Belfast, or back to Derry, to continue your travels, or to make your way home.