Giants Causeway and Sandy Beaches of Northern Ireland
Double / Single
£410 / £539
How does this work?
February to November
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
Twenty four miles of some of the best continuous coastal views in Europe are available on foot along the North Ireland Causeway Coast Way, weaving your way past the Giant's Causeway. Given how extraordinarily beautiful it is, it is remarkably underused and relatively unknown.... at the moment. In addition to the stunning hiking, the route is jammed packed with famous sites and attractions from the Dunluce Castle, Bushmills, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, the Giant’s Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage site, a geological wonder to behold of 40,000 honey-combed shaped rocks, some of the best cliff views in Europe, hidden bays and coves, Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge and Rathlin Island. Irish bed and breakfast guest houses. After a day hiking you’ll be able to enjoy a host of local restaurants and authentic Irish pubs to award winning beach property restaurants. These are independent hikes so you can start any day of the year. You walk at your own pace and stop when you want. No waiting for others to catch-up or feel you have to rush ahead. Accommodation is available in Double, Twin or Single en-suite rooms.
Are you ready to treat yourself to a magical, authentic, soul-enriching experience hiking on Ireland’s north coast? Do you want your Irish walking holiday to be full of the things you dream about without any of the hassle of figuring out how? Read on, you are in the right place, you’ll be drinking a pint by the fireside in the pub soon enough, after your day hiking of course.
Stay in hand-picked, authentic Irish bed and breakfast houses. After a day hiking along this breathtaking coast you’ll be able to enjoy a host of local restaurants and pubs to relax and enjoy the famous Irish ‘craic’ (chat). From authentic Irish pubs to award winning beach property restaurants serving up the best in locally produced ingredients, the only difficult part of your walking holiday on Ireland’s north coast will be going home when it’s over.
These are independent hikes so you can start any day of the year. You walk at your own pace and stop when you want. No waiting for others to catch-up or feel you have to rush ahead. Incuded in your tour are 3 nights en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage transfer, trail guide and taxi transfer on the final morning to Coleraine rail station.
The currency of Northern Ireland is Pounds Sterling, so you could combine this with a tour in England, Scotland or Wales (and use the fast flights from Belfast between the destinations, or the ferries between the countries.
YOUR TOUR PACKAGE WILL BE AT THE FIRST ACCOMMODATION UPON ARRIVAL. Explore Britain appreciates the local help of Eimear Flanagan of Away A Wee Walk based in Northern Ireland in planning and assisting us to put this tour together.
Start of Walk: Portstewart. 61 miles northwest of Belfast, near Coleraine.
End of Walk: Ballintoy. 59 miles north of Belfast, near Ballycastle.
ARRIVAL - DAY ONE: Arrive at the beautiful coastal town of Portstewart, make sure to leave plenty of time for an evening stroll of the beautiful Portstewart strand and why not book dinner in the award winning Harry’s Shack. Stay in a hand-picked, authentic Irish Bed and Breakfast. YOUR TOUR PACKAGE WILL BE WAITING HERE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL. Overnight at Portstewart on the Atlantic Coast, Northern Ireland.
WALKING - DAY TWO: Portstewart to The Giants Causeway 13.4 miles. Hike from the Portstewart promenade along the coast side of the golf course arriving at one of two beaches which wrap around the town of Portrush. Depart Portrush by walking along the gorgeous east strand at White Rocks. Just out of sight, over the dunes is the famous Royal Portrush, one of the top golf courses in the world. Taking the path at the end of the beach you emerge onto one of the few road sections of this route. The views remain outstanding. Walk along the road until you come to the majestic 15th Century castle ruins of Dunluce. Make sure you get a photograph with the beach you’ve just walked in the background of the castle. Continue into the coastal village of Portballintrae and take the boardwalk over the river to the tramline, following the path for the Runkerry headland. Your hike ends at the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre. Have a pint in the Nook bar before heading to your nearby accommodation. You visit the famous stones tomorrow. Overnight close to the Giant's Causeway on the Atlantic Coast, Northern Ireland.
WALKING - DAY THREE: Giants Causeway to Ballintoy 10.2 miles. Pack a great lunch and head off for an entirely off road, coastal path of outstanding views. This is the showstopper day which begins with a walk down to the honeycomb shaped rocks of the Giant’s Causeway before continuing on up the Sheppard’s steps and following the high cliffs to Dunseverick. You’ll not miss the wooden bench at Hamilton’s seat. Rest and take in one of the most remote yet utterly astounding cliff views in all of Europe. As you reach Dunseverick harbour you might like the idea of stopping off for a brief swim in the rock pools before heading toward the tiny hamlet of Portbradden which must have one of the best beach views anywhere. White Park Bay stretches out in front of you with views of Rathlin island and mainland Scotland in the distance. The white church on the headland way up ahead is right beside your destination for the day, another charming Irish bed and breakfast, rest up before heading into the village of Ballintoy for the evening. Overnight Ballintoy on the Atlantic Coast, Northern Ireland.
DEPARTURE - DAY FOUR: Depart about Midday for Coleraine rail station (included in tour price). We organise that you can cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge before departure. The taxi will pick your luggage up first and then you from the Rope Bridge car park, and then go to the rail station.
TRAVEL from BELFAST or DUBLIN to COLERAINE: (NOT included in tour price). We are unable to book these in advance - but you can. We will help you locate the correct ticket. Belfast or Dublin and Coleraine are the nearest rail stations. Trains operate hourly. The journey takes 1hr 40 minutes from Belfast. There are trains about every two hours from Dublin to Belfast and the journey takes 1hr 50min. Timetables and fares can be viewed on Translink Northern Ireland Railways
TRAVEL from COLERAINE to PORTSTEWART: (NOT included in tour price). You will require a taxi for this 6 mile journey.
TRAVEL from BALLINTOY to COLERAINE: (included in tour price). On the final morning your luggage will be collected from the B&B and then you at Midday from the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge car park before heading off to Coleraine rail station to meet your requested train time.
TRAVEL from COLERAINE to BELFAST or DUBLIN: (NOT included in tour price). We are unable to book these in advance - but you can. We will help you locate the correct ticket. Coleraine and Belfast (with connections to Dublin) are the nearest rail stations. Trains operate hourly. The journey takes 1hr 30mins.
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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.
Locate the weather forecast on the BBC page http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2639991, it becomes more accurate within 3 days.