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 with Lets Go Walking

Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday
in Northern Ireland

Portrush to Ballycastle
4 days walking and 5 nights

A 26 mile section of the Causeway Coast Way walking trail, 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 be walked in the other direction from Ballycastle to Portrush.

This Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday 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 a selection of 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. We try to get your bags delivered by 4pm, but this may be delayed due to road conditions.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays.
Our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm during our walking season (March to September) to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

All our walking holidays are self-guided and you must be a confident map reader and able to navigate from a compass bearing.  The weather in the UK and Ireland can change quickly effecting visibility and underfoot conditions. It is important to carry a selection of clothing with you on your hike each day to cope with changing weather conditions. If you are not confident of completing any days walk, do not set out.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to September 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.
Please wait for the confirmation of your holiday before making final travel plans just in case your holiday is not available for your requested date.

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
Giants Causeway
Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Rathlin Island
coastal walking
seals and wildlife
This walk connects with:
Glens of Antrim/Moyle Way

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

Optional Day in Belfast

Day 1: Arrive at Portrush

To start your walking holiday on The Causeway Coast Way walking trail you make your own way to Portrush, Northern Ireland (Ulster) for your first night’s accommodation. 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. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on The Causeway Coast Way.

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

Optional Day in Portrush 

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

Day 2: Portrush to Giant’s Causeway/Bushmills    8 miles    easy

Walking out of Portrush, take time to visit Dunluce Castle. The present castles dates back to the 16th century but the site may have been used by the Normans in the 12th century. We take a short detour inland to Bushmills for a visit to its famous Whiskey Distillery. If you wish you can take a restored tramway from Bushmills to the Giant’s Causeway, return to the Causeway Coast Way to walk to the Giant’s Causeway, the highlight of any walking holiday in Ireland.

Optional day at the Giants Causeway

Day 3: Giant’s Causeway/Bushmills to Ballintoy       10 miles   easy
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 . The hiking trail passes the hamlet of Portbraddan, the site of Ireland’s smallest Church, and the ruined Dunseverick Castle. The walking trail crosses White Park Bay before reaching Ballintoy.

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 4: Ballintoy to Ballycastle      8 miles   easy

Walking on from Ballintoy the trail passes Larry Bane Bay and soon reaches another highlight of the Causeway Coast Way hiking tour, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, strung between the cliffs 30 meters above the sea to allow fishermen to reach their fishing nets. This rope bridge is off-route and therefore optional. Hiking on to Kenbane Head the white cliffs of Rathlin Island come into view. Ballycastle has a fine selections of bars and restaurants, it also has a fine beach and pretty little harbour.

Day 5: Day trip to Rathlin Island    2-14 miles   easy

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

Optional Day in Ballycastle 

Optional Day in Belfast

Day 8: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time in the area.
You can extend your holiday by continuing on the Glens of Antrim Moyle Way.
We can transfer you to your car or station.

Please note the following events in the area:
The Giants Causeway trail run will take place Saturday 13th Apr 2024.  This will affect your enjoyment of the area.
The North West 200 Bike Race takes place 7th to 11th May 2024.
The Giants Causeway Sportif cycle race usually takes place the middle of June. The date has not yet been announced.
The Northern Ireland AirShow usually takes place the second weekend in September. The dates have not yet been announced.
This affects the availability of accommodation in the entire area and our ability to deliver your luggage. 
Therefore when booking your walking holiday on Causeway Coast Way we suggest you avoid this area around these dates.

Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday
from Portrush to Ballycastle
(west to east)
in Northern Ireland
6 day itinerary

4 days walking and 5 nights

Suggested Itinerary
Optional Day:optional extra day in Belfast
Day 1:arrive Portrush
Optional Day:optional extra day in Portrush
Day 2:Portrush to Bushmills
via Giants Causeway
8 miles
Optional Dayoptional extra day at Giants Causeway
Day 3:Bushmills to Ballintoy10 miles
Optional Day:optional extra day in Ballintoy
Day 4:Ballintoy to Ballycastle
via Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (optional)
8 miles
Day 5:day trip to Rathlin Island2-14 mileage to suit
Optional Day:optional extra day in Ballycastle
Day 6:depart Ballycastle
Optional Day:optional extra day in Belfast
Prices per person for Causeway Coast Way
6 day itinerary 5 nights
Double or Twin
Single Occupancy
travelling with others

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £64.00 per person
depending on location

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Causeway Coast Way

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Atlantic Hotel


please ask

Magherabour Hotel


please ask

Royal Court Hotel


please ask

Grays Hotel



Causeway Hotel


please ask

Marine Hotel



What’s included
in your Causeway Coast Way 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 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 Walking Holiday in UK

  • day trip ticket to Rathlin Island
  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance
  • entrance to Giants Causeway (National Trust)

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.

Our telephone Lines are open 7 days a week.

UK +44 (0)1837 880075
or +44 (0)207 193 1252

March to September 9am to 9pm
October to February 9am to 5pm
US +1 (646) 233-1541
New York 5 hours behind UK time:
March to September 4am to 4pm EST
October to February 4am to 12noon EST
AUS +61 (02) 8006 0182
Sydney 10 hours ahead of UK time:
 March to September 7pm to 7am EADT
October to February 7pm to 3am EADT
CAN +1 (647) 4786251
Toronto 5 hours behind UK time:
March to September 4am to 4pm EST
October to February 4am to 12noon EST

Causeway Coast Way Walking Holiday:
How to get there

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

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.