The Antrim Coast and Glens Hike explores one of the most beautiful sections of Ireland’s east coast. Boasting the fabulous Glens of Antrim, the Giant’s Causeway, fantastic castles & beautiful beaches – to say nothing of a wonderful distillery – it is a place that is a pleasure to discover. We are delighted to re-introduce our hike holidays in this region with our refreshed Route Notes & research to give you 2 wonderful holidays to choose from at amazing introductory prices……
The Moyle Way:
The Moyle Way is a way-marked route that winds its way between Glenariff and Ballycastle. It takes you through many of the scenic valleys and mountains that lie within the Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Antrim Coast. As well as beautiful scenery the area is full of fascinating geology, wildlife, history and folklore. On its way the route passes through five of the nine famous glens; Glentaise, Glenshesk, Glendun, Glenballyemon and Glenariff.
The Causeway Coast Way:
This way-marked trail follows one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, passing rugged and windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoilt beaches.
Day 1: Arrival in Broughshane or Larne - You begin your holiday on the first evening in either in Larne or Broughshane – depending on accommodation availability.
On arrival you will receive you information pack containing all your maps & route notes for your trip.
Day 2: Hike Shillanvoghy Valley - After a hearty breakfast you will be transferred to Ballyboley Forest. From here you will travel west in the shadow of Slemish Mountain. On arrival to the end of your hike you will be transferred back to Broughshane/ Larne for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5hours. Max. Height: 400m. Rocky, muddy mountain and grass tracks with some road walking. Can be wet underfoot – boots
Day 3: Ballyboley to Glenarm - Today you will travel back to Ballyboley Forest to start your walk. You will hike North, with the route starting with a gentle climb as we contour around Agnews Hill, continuing along to the Sallagh Braes. From here you will follow the Ulster Way north along a beautiful ridgeline, until you descend into the quaint village of Glenarmm, where you will be collected & transferred to your accommodation in Cushendall.
Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Duration: 6hours. Max. Height: 400m. Rocky, muddy mountain and grass tracks with some road walking. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Day 4: Orra Beg to Ballycastle - Today you return to Orra Beg and head north for Ballycastle. Continuing on the Moyle Way, the route is divided into three sections. The first part of the walk takes you along a forest track then follows the banks of the Glenshesk River, ending up back on a forest track as it leads you through the Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve and Wood. The next section follows the country road along Glenshesk offering views of the Glenshesk River, Knocklayd Mountain and Coolaveely Wood.
The final part of today’s walk takes you into Ballycastle Forest where you descend along a good forest path into Ballycastle. There are magnificent panoramic views of Rathlin Island and the forest is also home to an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Overnight at Ballycastle.
Walk Details: Distance: 17kms. Duration: 5.5hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky,muddy mountain and grass tracks with some road walking. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Day 5: Fair Head Loop - This hike takes you around the magnificent coastal route of Murlough and Fair Head. The path hugs the coast with dramatic cliff drops. If it is a misty day with poor visibility there are several looped walks from the car park at Fair Head Farm that can be enjoyed instead. Overnight in Ballycastle.
Walk Details: Distance: 8kms. Duration: 4 hours. Gravel tracks, with some road walking, with some sections that can be rocky & uneven. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Day 6: Larybane to Gaint's Causeway - “Before you lies one of the finest walks that an ordinary pedestrian can experience anywhere in the wide world” – Ulster Rambles by Peter Wright The best coastal walk in Ireland – bar none! Varied geology, views across to Scotland, cliff and beach walks, the Giant’s Causeway and Ireland’s smallest church are all to be found on today’s route.
Beginning at Larrybane visitor centre and the world-famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The bridge spans an 80-foot-deep chasm that renders Carrick-a-Rede island, a must do for every visitor and gives a fitting beginning to an exhilarating day’s walk. From here it is only a short distance by the coastal path to the little village of Ballintoy. The little harbour at the foot of the cliffs is well worth a visit.
From Ballintoy harbour you very soon come to the beautiful strand of White Park Bay, then on to Portbraddan, with Ireland’s tiniest church measuring only 12ft by 6.5ft. Continuing on you come to the ruins of Dunseverick Castle and then along the cliff-top path round Benbane Head and on to the Giant’s Csuseway. From here you will travel by public bus to Bushmills for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 18 kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks, beaches and road walking. Boots recommended
Day 7: Portballintrae to Portstewart - Your final day’s walk begins on the coastal road to Portrush passing Magheracross viewpoint and Dunluce Castle, perched precariously high on a promontory overlooking the sea. Shortly you come to Whiterocks beach and then a formal pathway at the far side of the beach leads you up around Ramore Head, until you reach Portrush harbour. Your walk continues along Mill Strand (beach) and then, following the Causeway markers, the route continues along the coastline, ending at the promenade in Portstewart. Overnight at Portstewart.
Walk Details: Distance: 18 kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks and road walking with some beach walking. Boots recommended
Day 8: Departure - After a final breakfast and farewell in Portstewart you commence your homeward journey.
Single Room Supplement – €250.00. Solo Traveller Supplement – €315.00.