Day 1 Arrival in Cushendall
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Cushendall.
Day 2 Cushendall to Glenariff Forest Park10.5 Miles / 17 Km 4-6 Hrs 1380ft / 420 Metres
Today, you will follow the Glenariff River up the valley to the Forest Park of the same name. You will then follow a delightful nature trail with views across the Sea of Moyle to England and Scotland.
Day 3 Orra Beg - Glenariff Forest Park8.5 Miles / 14 Km 4-6 Hrs 1250ft / 380 Metres
In the morning you will be driven to a forest track below Orra Beg. Continue along paths and tracks across open moorland and through quiet forests before climbing once over the shoulder of Trostan and then down into Glenariff once again.
Day 4 Orra Beg - Ballycastle12 Miles / 19 Km 5-7 Hrs 1120ft / 340 Metres
Returning to Orra Beg, you now follow the trail in the opposite direction, north towards Ballycastle. You follow the Glenshesk River downhill past the grave of McQuillan – an ancient Irish clan leader – before climbing steeply uphill to Breen Forest. Follow the trails downhill to your guesthouse next to the sea.
Day 5 Murlough Bay to Ballycastle9.5 Miles / 15 Km 6-8 Hrs 1410ft / 430 Metres
Complementary transfer to Murlough Bay in the morning. Enjoy stunning views over the Moyle Sea to nearby Scotland as you follow a cliff-top path around Fair Head. Continue along the beach back to Ballycastle.
Day 6 Rathlin Island6 or 15.5 Miles / 10 or 25 Km 3-6 Hrs 590 or 1800ft / 180 or 550 Metres
Take the short ferry trip to Rathlin Island in the morning. We recommend a trip to the West Lighthouse to visit the large seabird colony. Why not take a bus there and walk back? This will leave you plenty of time for a great little hike to the South Lighthouse in the afternoon.
Day 7 Ballycastle - Ballintoy8.5 Miles / 14 Km 4-6 Hrs 1180ft / 360 Metres
After passing through a farmyard, you follow a lovely forest trail that eventually leads onto an old boreen with stunning views towards Rathlin Island. Before descending into Ballintoy, be sure to test your mettle on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge – a highlight of the walking tour!
Day 8 Ballintoy - Bushmills (Giant's Causeway)12.5 Miles / 20 Km 5-7 Hrs 1310ft / 400 Metres
You will walk for a long time before you find another cliff-top walk as breathtaking as this sensational trek along the Causeway coastline. There are many delights on this walk from Ballintoy Harbour to White Park Beach and, of course, the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 9 Bushmills (Giant's Causeway) - Portstewart10.5 Miles / 17 Km 4-6 Hrs 820ft / 250 Metres
Shortly after leaving Portballintrae, the impressive ruins of Dunluce Castle suddenly appear and a stop for a closer inspection is well worthwhile. Follow the coastal path around the town of Portrush and then continue past beautiful links golf courses next to the sea until you reach Portstewart.
Day 10 Departure from Portstewart
There are regular bus services departing Portstewart. We will be happy to provide you with further details upon request.
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