Causeway Coast Way walking holiday in Northern Ireland with Lets Go Walking

A 26 mile coastal section of the Ulster Way in Northern Ireland between Portrush and Ballycastle, including the world famous Giant’s Causeway and Carrick a Rede rope bridge. This route can be walked in either direction.

Walking holiday on Causeway Coast Way in Northern Ireland with Let's Go Walking

Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday
in Northern Ireland

Ballycastle to Portrush
4 days walking and 5 nights

This is a 26 mile self-guided Causeway Coast Way walking holiday, part of The Ulster Way around Northern Ireland, situated in the sheltered waters of the North Channel between Northern Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.
This magnificent self guided walking holiday combines many varied habitats, a fascinating mixture of seaside towns, small harbours, tidal beaches and rolling hills.
The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope-bridge and a day trip to Rathlin Island are among the many highlights.

The route can also be walked in the opposite direction from Portrush to Ballycastle.

This walking holiday on the Causeway Coast Way connects with the Glens of Antrim at Ballycastle for a longer walking holiday.

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.

The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.

We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.

Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday
Suggested Tour Duration:

5 nights, 4 days walking
Total Distance:

26-40 miles
Min/max daily distance:
8/14 miles
Average Daily Distance:
9 miles
Grading:
easy
Features:
Giants Causeway
Rathlin Island
coastal walking
seals and wildlife
This walk connects with:
Glens of Antrim/Moyle Way

Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday
Ballycastle to Portrush
Day by Day Itinerary

Optional Day in Belfast

Causeway Coast Way walking holiday in Northern Ireland with Lets Go Walking

Day 1: Arrive at Ballycastle

To start your walking holiday on The Causeway Coast Way and Gaint’s Causeway walking trail you make your own way to Ballycastle, Northern Ireland (Ulster) for your first night’s accommodation. Ballycastle is well connected to Belfast by bus. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary as well as ferry or plane travel from UK. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on The  Causeway Coast Way.  At Ballycastle the Causeway Coast Way connects with the Glens of Antrim Moyle Way.

Optional Day in Ballycastle 

Day 2: Day trip to Rathlin Island          2-14 miles   easy, mileage to suit

Any visit to the Causeway Coast of Ireland should include a trip to this special island. Rathlin Island is only 6 miles north of Ballycastle and the ferry takes between 20 and 45 minutes. Rathlin Island is an L shaped island seven miles long famous for its seabird colony and rare flora. There are plenty of walking trails as well as a bar and a cafe and is the only offshore inhabited island in Northern Ireland. Cost of ferry not included in price of holiday. You return to Ballycastle for your overnight stay.

Causeway Coast Way walking holiday in Northern Ireland with Lets Go Walking

Causeway Coast Way walking holiday in Northern Ireland with Lets Go Walking

Day 3:  Ballycastle to Ballintoy      8 miles   easy     
Walking on from Ballycastle you start your walk on The Causeway Coast Way via Kenbane Head with the white cliffs of Rathlin Island in view.  The trail soon reaches another highlight of the Causeway Coast Way hiking tour, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (off-route and therefore optional), strung between the cliffs 30 meters above the sea to allow fishermen to reach their fishing nets.  The route then passes Larry Bane Bay before reaching Ballintoy and your overnight stop.

Day 4:  Ballintoy to Giant’s Causeway/Bushmills  10 miles   easy

Walking on from Ballintoy the walking trail crosses White Park Bay. The hiking trail passes the hamlet of Portbraddan, the site of Ireland’s smallest Church, and the ruined Dunseverick Castle. As you are walking on the cliff tops of the Causeway Coast Way you have a superb view of the Giant’s Causeway far below. In good visibility Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre can be seen, as well as the islands of Islay and Jura .You may wish you can take a restored tramway from the Giant’s Causeway to Bushmills. The Giant’s Causeway is the highlight of any walking holiday in Ireland.

Causeway Coast Way walking holiday in Northern Ireland with Lets Go Walking

Optional day at the Giants Causeway

Causeway Coast Way walking holiday in Northern Ireland with Lets Go Walking

Day 5:  Giant’s Causeway/Bushmills to Portrush     8 miles    easy

Walking on from Gaints Causeway/Bushmills you may wish to take a short detour for a visit to famous Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. The hiking trail passes Dunluce Castle. The present castle dates back to the 16th century but the site may have been used by the Normans in the 12th century. The seaside town of Portrush is soon reached with it fine beaches, harbour and good selection of resturants and shops. Portrush is well connected to Belfast by train and bus. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary as well as ferry or plane travel from UK.

Optional day at Portrush

Optional Day in Belfast

Day 6: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time in the area.
We can transfer you to your car or station.

Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday
6 day itinerary
Ballycastle to Portrush
(east to west)

4 days walking and 5 nights

Suggested Itinerary:      
Day 1: Arrive Ballycastle
Optional Day: in Ballycastle
Day 2: Day Trip to Rathlin Island         2-14 miles
Day 3: Ballycastle  to Ballintoy             8 miles
Day 4: Ballintoy to Gaint’s Causeway  10 miles
Optional Day: at Giants Causeway
Day 5:  Giants Causeway to Portrush  8 miles
Optional Day: at Portrush
Day 6: Depart after breakfast

£490pp
dbl/twin

£635pp
single occ

£715pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Causeway Coast Way

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Portrush
Atlantic Hotel

double/twin
£35.00

single
please ask

Magherabour Hotel

£33.00

please ask

Royal Court Hotel

£42.00

please ask

Causeway
Smugglers Inn

double/twin
£20.00

single
£35.00

Causeway Hotel

£65.00

£90.00

Ballycastle
Marine Hotel

double/twin
£90.00

single
please ask

What’s included
in your Causeway Coast Way and Glens of Antrim Walking Holiday in UK

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries

Optional Extras
for your Causeway Coast Way and Glens of Antrim Walking Holiday in UK

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks

What’s not included
in your Causeway Coast Way and Glens of Antrim Walking Holiday in UK

  • day trip ticket to Rathlin Island
  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Causeway Coast Way and Glens of Antrim Walking Holiday:
How to get there

  • By Plane to Belfast or Londonderry where we can arrange transfer to Portrush or Cushendall
  • By Sea to Belfast or Larne
  • By Car to Portrush or Cushendall where parking is available
  • By Train / Bus to Portrush or Cushendall

We have Coastal Walking Holidays in the UK in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.

This is one of our categories of walking holidays.