Walking Hiking

Causeway Coastal Route & Rathlin Island – Self-Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland – 6 Day

  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Causeway Coastal Route

A breathtakingly beautiful coastal walk exploring the rocky shores of the North Coast of the island of Ireland and Rathlin Island. This tour includes the RSPB bird sanctuary of Rathlin Island and the Causeway Coastal Route where you will explore breath-taking views as you meander through winding country villages and towns. 

The undoubted highlight of this tour is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Giant’s Causeway.


Tour Pricing & Dates

6 Day Tour £429 per person sharing
Single Supplement +£150
Tour Dates  Available all year
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Guesthouse (en suite)




Causeway Coastal Route - Day 1 / Ballycastle
This tour begins in the rural coastal town of Ballycastle on the North-East tip of the island of Ireland. You will arrive in Ballycastle at your leisure. The closest airports are Belfast, City of Derry and Dublin airports.
Causeway Coastal Route - Day 2 / Rathlin Island
We will be giving you the choice of a two walk on the island so distance will depend on which route you take; both very interesting and stunningly beautiful. You will take the 45 minute ferry ride from Ballycastle to Rathlin; cost £12, per person return. The island is a rare place of wild and natural beauty, extraordinary environmental values and social interests. The island is 10Km long and almost 1.6Km wide. Three lighthouses stand as monuments to its wild coastline while over 40 recorded shipwrecks lie in the depths of its underwater cliffs. The island is immersed in flora and fauna and in spring and summer Puffins; Guillemots and Kittiwakes; to mention but a few; nest in their thousands along its steep on-shore cliffs. Returning back to Ballycastle on the evening ferry.
Causeway Coastal Route - Day 3 / Ballycastle to Ballintoy
From your accommodation in Ballycastle you will make your way to Ballintoy on quiet country lanes, through woodland and farming communities of Craignagolman and Ballaghcravey. At the end of the walk near the Game of Thrones featured Ballintoy Harbour, there is the option of crossing the 80ft high world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Distance: 14km, Ascent: 110 m, Approximate walking time 4 hrs.
Causeway Coastal Route - Day 4 / Ballintoy to the Giant's Causeway
Leaving Ballintoy you will pass the golden sandy beaches of White Park Bay, the ruins of Dunseverick Castle and along the cliff path around Benbane Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and nature reserve of The Giant’s Causeway. Once your explorations of the Causeway are finished you will continue on Bushfoot Strand to your overnight accommodation in Portballintra. Distance: 17.6 km, Ascent: 100 m, Approximate walking time: 5 hrs.
Causeway Coastal Route - Day 5 / The Giant's Causeway to Portstewart
On your final days walking you will follow the coastal road to Portrush passing along the way Binbane Cove, Dunluce Castle, The Burfoot and The White Rocks and then descending onto Curran Strand. From here you will make your way to the town of Portrush for a little relaxing and maybe an Ice-cream before your final leg of the walk to your accommodation in Portstewart. Distance: 19 km, Ascent: 80 m, Approximate walking time: 5,5 hrs.
Causeway Coastal Route - Day 6 / Departure
At your leisure after your breakfast, your tour comes to an end and it's time to depart on your onward journey.


  • 5 nights B&B and full breakfast All accommodation is pre-booked in approved and carefully selected family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • All Maps and waterproof route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation, during the tour and back at the end of the tour
  • Full backup service should you require it while on our tour

Not Included

  • Ferry to Rathlin Island


  • Once more a big thank you for a gorgeous week with splendid weather (which probably was none of your doing) and your splendid company (which certainly was a lot of your doing).  As if I hadn’t known: Connemara is a very beautiful spot on Gods earth.

    Eberhard Schmid, Germany
  • Many thanks for a well-planned trip. We had a blast. The hiking was fantastic…no rain…accommodating and lovely B&B’s…nice folks along the way…. just beautiful. We enjoyed a new play at the Abbey Theater and saw everything on our list in Dublin! Thanks for all your great instructions and helpful suggestions. I have recommended you to some friends from Arizona going this summer.

    Tricia, Arizona
  • The walk you led was one of the best trips David and I have enjoyed. I have been thinking about why that is so. Ireland itself is beautiful scenery, lovely friendly people. But Ireland is not alone in having those attributes.
    I decided the factor which contributed the most to our enjoyment was the fact that you were able to create a group of friends out of people who just met at the airport. That is very special, and one of the reasons I think Teresa is a very lucky woman (and from your comments,she too is very special).
    So again heartfelt thanks for leading us on a wonderful walk through gorgeous vistas.

    Shirley & David