Walking Holiday in the Causeway Coastal Route

Start / Finish:
Portstewart / Cushendall

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Availability:
April - October

84 km
Distance
8 days/ 7 nights
Duration
Breakfasts
Meals
Hotels and Country Cottages
Accommodation
from 755€ per person
Price


Distance
84 km

Duration
8 days/ 7 nights

Meals
Breakfasts

Accommodation
Hotels and Country Cottages

Price
from 755€ per person
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If you like adventure, history and surprising landscapes, you’ll love this journey along the Walking Holiday in the Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland.

You will walk along cliffs bordering the sea and you will see nature at its purest; you’ll get to know the famous Glens of Antrim with the magic of their waterfalls and valleys, and you will have the opportunity to visit Rathlin Island by ferry across the Sea of Moyle.

During the route, you will discover the charm of the Giant’s Causeway, a geological wonder declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. You will be struck by more than 40,000 columns of black basalt that emerge from the sea, and about the legend of its creation.

In addition, you can revel in the world’s oldest distillery by trying a Bushmills whisky and walk over the white sandy beaches which you’ll cross, listening to the sound of waves crashing into rocks and observing birds that will fly over you.

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

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Arrival in Portstewart

Today you will arrive in Portstewart to start your walking trip. To access this seaside town, we suggest you take a flight to the city of Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, from where you can take a train to Coleraine. Once there, you have a transfer included that will take you to Portstewart.

This small coastal town in the Irish northwest offers you a pleasant maritime atmosphere and an extensive, easily accessible beach, so you can start your journey along the Causeway Coastal Route in the best way possible.

Overnight: Portstewart

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From Portstewart to Bushmills

On your first day you will see the ruins of Dunluce Castle, located on one of the typical cliffs of Northern Ireland, also known as ' Castle Greyjoy' in the famous “Game of Thrones” series.

You'll start your walk by strolling along the coast and skirting one of Portstewart's traditional golf courses. After passing the small town of Portrush, you will begin to get a little closer to Dunluce Castle, which will surprise you with its grandeur and the great age that it shows.

You'll end the day by moving a little away from the coast, to the town of Bushmills, where you'll find the oldest distillery in the world so that, if you have some free time, you can visit it and taste some of its traditional whiskies.

Length: 19 km

Overnight: Bushmills

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From Bushmills to Ballintoy, along the Giant’s Causeway

Today, you will start your route approaching the coast once again. To start your journey, you must start walking on the same route on which you travelled yesterday at the end of your day. Then you'll take a right turn, heading north, and walk parallel to the River Bush.

You will encounter multiple beaches crossing your path until you have to return to the centre of the island for a few kilometres before making your way to the best stop of your day: The Giant's Causeway.

This geological wonder, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, has more than 40,000 octagonal pillars of volcanic origin that are almost 60 million years old, which, apparently arose from the sea, and whose legend tells that it was a road built by a giant to get to Scotland.

After also passing through the ruins of Dunseverick Castle, you will finish your day in Ballintoy, which in Gaelic means 'the northern village'. This is a small town characterized by its port, its apparitions in “Game of Thrones” and the beauty of its sunsets.

Length: 21 km

Overnight: Ballintoy

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From Ballintoy to Ballycastle, passing over the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Today, before heading to your finishing point, which will be Ballycastle, we recommend passing over the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, suspended in the air more than 30 metres above the sea, where you will enjoy a high-altitude experience and one which will take you to Carrick Island.

Once you've crossed it, you can take a bus from there which will take you to Ballycastle in less than half an hour. Also, if you prefer not to approach and cross over the bridge, and although you will miss one of the best adventures of the trip, you can also take transport to reach your destination for today from Ballintoy.

Length: Free walk

Overnight: Ballycastle

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Walking around Rathlin Island

On your walk today you can visit another island, Rathlin Island, for which we suggest you make an advance reservation, because visitor numbers are usually limited. With less than 150 inhabitants and a fascinating history, it will be an experience of your walking trip that you will not forget.

You will take a ferry on your own to cross the Sea of Moyle and enjoy all the history and legends that the island encompasses, also famous for its magnificent views and its native flora and fauna.

Once there, you will have various route options to get to know the island. One of them is to walk from the port of the island, on a circular route throughout the peninsula to the South Lighthouse and back; the other, take a bus ride, during which you can see the beautiful bird population on the island, especially that of puffins - small birds with orange bills and white chests. The latter appear only between April and July.

Length: 9 km

Overnight: Ballycastle

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Walking through the Glens of Antrim

To start your day, we will take you to Orra Beg, located in the direction of the centre of the island, from where you must start your walk to Ballycastle. And it won't be any old walk, because today you will enjoy the experience of being in the middle of the Glens of Antrim and delight yourself with the feeling of being surrounded by forests and waterfalls.

The Glens of Antrim are more than 60 kilometres of rugged coastline and unspoiled nature that alternate between green fields and blue sea. You will fall in love with the 9 Glens, or valleys, because each of them has its own history and charm. Together, they reflect the legends, stories and mysteries of the island.

You will go forward, in the middle of a native forest, and through the Breen Wood Nature Reserve, whose moors and oaks will take you parallel to the River Glenshesk, which means 'the river that flows through a Glen'. In addition, you will enjoy stunning views of Knocklayd Mountain.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Ballycastle

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From Ballycastle to Cushendall

After breakfast, you have a transfer included from Ballycastle to the starting point of your walk today, in the middle of Glenariff Forest Park. You'll walk through its mountains and, as long as you are not surrounded by the majesty of its trees, you will enjoy the views of the green cliffs with the sea in the background.

Once in Cushendall, your destination for the last night on your trip through this part of Northern Ireland, we suggest taking a walk around the city and not to miss out on a good dinner at a local restaurant.

Length: 15 km

Overnight: Cushendall

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Return from Cushendall

After breakfast, today you end your hiking trip in the Causeway Coastal Route with Santiago Ways.* You have a transfer included from Cushendall to Ballymena. From there, you can take a train to Belfast on your own. We recommend that you check timetables and tickets in advance.

*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the towns along the walk around the Causeway Coastal Route.

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General information

All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.

Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.

Availability

When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

Single rooms

Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

Where am I going to stay?

All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:

Portstewart

Portstewart

Bushmills

Bushmills

Ballintoy

Ballintoy

Ballycastle

Ballycastle

Cushendall

Cushendall

Included Services

checkAccommodation in Hotels and Country Cottages.

checkRooms with private bathroom.

checkMeal plan of your choice.

checkInformative dossier of your Walking Holiday in the Causeway Coastal Route.

checkLuggage transport between stages.

check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

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Additional Services

checkAdditional single room: to consult.

checkExtra nights (breakfast included): to consult.

checkTravel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

checkCancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

In order to resolve the doubts of all pilgrims, here we answer the questions that are most frequently asked when we receive your inquiries.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.

Route

What is the best time of year to travel on this route?

This route is available between the months of April and October.

How do I get to the starting point?

To start this walking holiday in the Causeway Coastal Route, the best option is to get to Belfast Airport, from where you can take a taxi to Antrim Train Station or by train to Belfast Central Station and, from either, take a train to Coleraine. From there, you have a transfer included so that you can get to your accommodation.

When you finish the trip, to return from Cushendall, you will have to take the included transfer from Ballymena and, from there, head back to Belfast Airport by train. It will take about 1 hour or 1 and a half hours.

Remember, we can arrange a private transfer both at the beginning and end of your route. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

Please note that for security reasons, some of the routes are not suitable for solo use.

This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.

When can I start my trail?

You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.

Does this route have an accompanying guide?

All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.

What does the full route itinerary contain?

The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.

You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.

The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.

It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.


Advice

What should I consider to prepare physically?

Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for doing the Camino de Santiago.

Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

Generally, it is recommended to start training for about three months before starting the route.

How far in advance should I make a reservation?

There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season, and in dates of religious interest such as the San Fermin Festivals in Pamplona, from 7th to 14th July, or the Feast of Santiago the Apostle, on July 25th.

Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all of your needs.

What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

For any of the Caminos, we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

How does the baggage transfer between stages work?

Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

Should I take out travel insurance?

To complete any of the routes on the Camino de Santiago, it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


Accommodation

Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

Yes, all rooms you book with Santiago Ways to do the Camino de Santiago have a private bathroom.

Can I sleep alone in a room?

Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each pilgrim.

Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability according to the location.

When will you tell me where I am going to stay?

We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our pilgrims, provided that they are booked well in advance.

The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the Camino with all the documentation related to the trip.

Am I going to share a room with strangers?

No. All the accommodations we book for our pilgrims have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort needed torest properly.

Is the accommodation close to the route that I should follow?

All the accommodations that we book are in the centre of the towns or villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is somewhat far from the centre, most of them are accessible on foot.

When necessary, Santiago Ways could offer a round trip transfer so that the pilgrim can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible and return the next day to the point on the route from where he must continue the Camino.

What type of accommodation do you reserve?

All the accommodation that we book in Santiago Ways offers the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking.

We work with hotels, traditional Galician homes, country cottages, and charming hostels, always a room with a private bathroom.

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Walking Holiday in the Causeway Coastal Route