Giant’s Causeway with cliff path walk – full day tour from Belfast.

A full day luxury coach tour from Belfast which includes a spectacular 5 mile (8k) cliff path walk, a stunning coastal drive, a visit to Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge and the main Giant’s Causeway site.

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“….This one trip was the quintessence of Ireland! I’ll cherish it for the rest of my life….” Nick B, USA, TripAdvisor April 2016

Beginning with a 9.00 a.m city centre departure the coach visits Carrickfergus Castle (built 1177) for a photo stop and comfort break just outside the city.  The tour then continues with a journey along the Antrim coast which is regularly listed as one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world. With magnificent views of Scotland, fishing villages, castles, cliffs, beaches and traditional Irish towns, you can sit back and relax ahead of your more active afternoon.  The next stop is the opportunity to walk across the famous Carrick A Rede Rope bridge.  The bridge sways in the breeze over a 30m drop across a 20m chasm, the views are amazing.  Rejoining the coach at the rope bridge (a great time for you to eat your picnic) the start point for your walking tour is just a short 5 minute drive away.  Your driver/guide will hand you over to our dedicated walking guide at Dunseverick Castle.

The cliff top walk is 5 spectacular miles of wonderful wild and rugged coastal scenery.  There are breathtaking views throughout, while walking along mainly natural grass paths with the cliffs on your right hand side and rolling Irish countryside on your left.  The cliff tops undulate along the coast gradually getting higher.  There are stone steps, wooden stiles and occasional gravel paths.  The walk passes by the most northern part of Northern Ireland.  The highlight of the hike is the view from Hamilton’s Seat.  The view has been compared by some as ‘better than the cliffs of moher’.  The hike promises to be among the best coastal hikes you will ever do and will ensure a very authentic experience in the Irish landscape.

The final part of the day is your ultimate arrival via the Shepherds Steps at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway.  A fascinating geological wonder, these slowly cooled 40,000 basalt columns look man-made, the honeycomb effect is simply a wonder to behold.

The hike is suitable to those of average fitness with an interest in spending some quality time in the outdoors.  At just 5 miles the walking tour takes between 3 and 3.5 hours which includes plenty of time for photographs, points of interest guided commentary, a quality visit to the Giant’s Causeway site and a comfort break before rejoining the full coach tour at the very end of the day for a shorter 1.25 hr inland drive back to central Belfast by 7.00 p.m.

Tours are available every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from February to November.  The full tour including 3.5 hour guided hike and tour transfer from Belfast is just £49 per person sharing or £59 for single bookings.

Tours for three people or more can be made available on other days of the week by request.  Private group tours can be arranged by request.  The coastal route is part of a longer coastal path which can also be enjoyed as one of our multi-day walking holidays.

Please dress for the adventure in good shoes (hiking boots or hiking shoes are usually better than trainers).  Wear layers that will dry quickly in the event of a rainshower.  Please note that some parts of the path can be muddy on occasion, especially in winter and early spring.  The path undulates but people of average fitness or above are more than capable of this walk.

Itinerary
Check in at 8.45a.m.
Depart Belfast at 9.00a.m.
Carrickfergus Castle (photo stop and comfort break)
Scenic coastal drive along the Causeway Coastal Route
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (small fee payable to National Trust)
Enjoy picnic on coach while waiting on other passengers
Drop off at Dunseverick Castle to begin walking tour of cliffs (smaller group)
Up to 3.5 hour guided walking tour along wild, rugged, cliff top paths to the Giant’s Causeway
Arrive at Giant’s Causeway site
Return coach back to Belfast city centre by approx. 7.00 p.m.
Winter Months (February, March and November)
Please note in the winter months we do not have enough daylight to visit the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge.  Your walking guide will collect you from the front door of the tea room at the rope bridge site. The guide will transport you to the start of the walk.
Departure Point
Please go to the International Youth Hostel at 22 Donegall Road, BELFAST BT12 5JN by 8.45 a.m. on the day of travel.
Register in the ‘McCombs’ office inside the hostel, they will give you a ticket for boarding the McCombs coach parked outside.
Your ticket will let the driver know that you are doing the cliff path walk part of the tour…. but feel free to remind the driver as you depart the rope bridge site.
Things to Bring:
Warm, wind and rain proof clothing
Good hiking boots or shoes… trainers can sometimes be fine, especially in the summer months.
Please avoid wearing denim as it stays wet and cold if the weather is very wet.
Layers are best – base, windproof and then rainproof.
Also bring a picnic, water and some snacks.
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Giant’s Causeway cliff path walk – full day tour

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