Causeway Coast, Glens and Belfast – 6 nights

Four hikes, 1 day sightseeing in Belfast and 4 accommodation bases.

The ideal option for anyone wishing to experience the very best of what the Causeway Coastal Route has to offer for the walking enthusiast.  Over six nights enjoy four stunning hikes and a fantastic day and night staying in the city of Belfast.  This option is for anyone who really wants to experience EVERYTHING this fantastic corner of Ireland has to offer.
Arrive at the small village of Portballintrae.  Both the village and nearby Bushmills town have an abundance of superb quality restaurants and charming pubs to choose from, you’ll run out of nights before you run out of new places to eat and drink.

DAY ONE – stay Portballintrae

Arrive into Belfast and pick up hire car, travel to Portballintrae.

DAY TWO – stay Portballintrae

Hike between 10 and 14k (6 – 8.5 miles) of the Causeway Coast Way starting anywhere from Portstewart onwards.  For the longer option will we taxi you to Portstewart promenade (or the strand if you want a longer hike).  Hike 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 (if you prefer a shorter hike, you can start in Portrush). Just out of sight, over the dunes, is the famous Royal Portrush, one of the top golf courses in the world and soon to host both the Irish Open and the Open championships.  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 along, in the background of the castle.   Continue into the coastal village of Portballintrae and back to your hotel.

DAY THREE – stay Ballycastle

You can choose to hike for a distance of up to 20.6k (12.8 miles) OR split this hike in two and walk these two sections over the first two days.  For the longest option depart your hotel on foot and walk around the boardwalk behind the beach in Portballintrae eventually joining up with the tramline before following signs around the Runkerry headland to the causeway visitor centre.  The visitor centre is well worth a visit to learn about the causeway and for a quick cuppa.  Remember to ask for the discounted ‘green’ entrance ticket available to anyone arriving at the site on foot (free to National Trust members).  After your visit to the centre head down to the shore to see the actual site.  The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO world heritage site of 40,000 honey-combed shaped basalt columns that are an utter wonder to behold.  Departing the ‘stones’ via the steep steps return to the cliff tops and leave the crowds behind.  Head along the coast path to enjoy some of the best cliff top views in Europe.  Take another rest at the bench at Hamilton’s Seat and take in an award winning view that is comparable to the famous Cliffs of Moher but much less known.  Continue on around the coast past Port Moon, Dunseverick Castle (ruin) and harbour all the way to 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 (if clear). After walking around the rocks at the far end of the beach you’ll arrive into the very scenic Ballintoy harbour, (the Iron islands for any Game of Thrones fans), follow the little road up to the white church and take the grass path to the left of the church and follow over to Larrybane.  Head down to the Rope Bridge and Carrick-A-Rede to complete this amazing hike.  Hike up to 13 miles either starting at your hotel and walking to the rope bridge or shorten the walk by taxi which is included in the price.  Drive your hire car around to Ballycastle.  Ballycastle is a beautiful Irish coastal town with an abundance of great pubs and restaurants.

DAY FOUR – stay Cushendall

Hike at Murlough Bay and Fairhead just beyond Ballycastle or alternatively visit Rathlin island for walking and bird watching.  Either way enjoy some of the best views on Ireland’s north coast with lots of hidden gems.  The Fairhead and Murlough hike is unbelievably unknown given how popular other local trails are.  Once you see the stunning views you’ll struggle to understand how this walking route remains such a secret.  Drive around the Cushendall at the end of your hike.

DAY FIVE – stay Belfast

Hike in the Queen of the Glens at Glenariffe Forest park and enjoy some of the most beautiful waterfalls all the while staying in a hidden gem of an Irish town, Cushendall.  Drive to Belfast via the ‘slow road’ and stop off for a visit to the Gobbins in the afternoon.

DAY SIX – stay Belfast

Visit Titanic Belfast (awarded the best tourist attraction in the world at the World Travel Awards 2016) and enjoy the best of the sights in Belfast city on the award winning City Sightseeing open top tour. Finish off your walking holiday by enjoying the best Irish walk of all… a pub crawl in the fantastic Cathedral Quarter – recommended route…. The Spaniard, The Cloth Ear, 21 Social, The Dirty Onion, The Duke of York, The John Hewitt, The Dark Horse and The Harp Bar.  Distance between pubs…. 10 – 100 steps!  ENJOY!

DAY SEVEN

 Return hire car and depart Belfast.

Inclusions:

Car Hire
Accommodation in hand-picked and well located hotels and B&B’s.
Taxi pick ups for linear hikes at the coast.
Maps, route descriptions
Suggested pubs and restaurants
Sights to see along the way
Entrance tickets for the Gobbins, Titanic Belfast and either a Belfast City Sightseeing tour ticket or a Black Taxi tour.

Exclusions:

Personal travel insurance
Flights/Ferries/Trains

Book now – £785 per person sharing.

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Causeway Coast and Glens

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