Antrim Coast and Glens

A self-guided walking holiday in Northern Ireland, following the Moyle Way and Causeway Coast Path from Broughshane to Portballintrae.

From the green and leafy Antrim Glens, interwoven with waterfalls and scented with wild garlic, the Moyle Way seeks the sea and finds the craggy Causeway Coast, home to Giant's Causeway. With forest paths, boardwalks, quiet roads and coastal trails in the mix, the Antrim Coast and Glens is a diverse and challenging route.

The walk begins on the Moyle Way and soaks in views across the glens from the summit of Slieveanorra. Past Trostan Mountain, it crosses open moorland to the national nature reserve at Glenariff Forest Park. This is a circular section of the walk, where timber walkways lead through the river gorges to singing waterfalls, accompanied by a variety of flowering plants. It leads back to Broughshane for your night's rest.

Next, the Moyle Way heads north along forest track to Altahullin Gorge, across Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve, past Knocklayd Mountain and through Coolaveely Wood. Having toured five of the nine Glens of Antrim, the day's walk concludes in Ballycastle, where the long, sandy beach offers views across to Scotland.

A coastline of beaches, sea-carved rock, and greenery threaded with wildflowers draws you on from Ballycastle. The ruin of Kinbane Castle crouches above the shoreline on the way and the coil of rocky wilderness that is Carrick-a-Rede Island stands from the blue ocean waters, separated from the shore by a chasm 80ft deep. Only its famous rope bridge grants access.

The tiny harbour of Ballintoy is next on the route, down at the bottom of the cliffs. A grass track winds from here toward the silk strand at White Park Bay. Over sandy beach and chalk boulders, the walk makes its way to Portbraddon, home to the tiniest church in Ireland, and sinks under the arch at Gid Point. The crumbling ruin of Dunseverick Castle adorns the rocks before the cliff-top path around Benbane Head.

Giant's Causeway itself waits beyond. The basalt prisms march down like stepping stones into the sea, almost otherworldly to look at. All 40,000 interlocked columns compose a World Heritage Site often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.

Following the former Causeway tram track, the walk departs the causeway over Bush River and ambles down into the small seaside village of Portballintrae, where whitewashed houses look out over the slate blue waters of the bay: a pretty end to your walking holiday.

  • Exploring the famous waterfall trail of Glenariff up stone-cut steps and along timber walkways.
  • Touring five of the nine Glens of Antrim, known both for their beauty and the host of magical stories surrounding them.
  • Standing amongst the phenomenal shapes at Giant's Causeway.

Antrim Coast and Glens

Following the Moyle Way and Causeway Coast Path from Broughshane to Portballintrae.
Total Distance 31 miles (50 km)
Start and Finish Broughshane to Portballintrae
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Antrim Coast and Glens - Glenariff Waterfall
Antrim Coast and Glens - Giants Causeway
Antrim Coast and Glens - White Park Bay
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ACG1 4 nights, 3 days walking £510 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£35 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Antrim Coast and Glens Extended

Total Distance 47 miles (75.5 km)
Start and Finish Broughshane to Portballintrae
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

Use this longer itinerary to ease the long stretch between Ballycastle and Portballintrae and slot two further treats into your Antrim Coast and Glens walking holiday: a day of exploration out on wild, rugged Rathlin Island, and a final day's walking that leads from Portballintrae all the way on to Portstewart.

Rathlin Island is the nest of puffins, guillemots and razorbills, to name just three of the species that roost here as part of the largest colony of seabirds in Europe. An extra night spent at Ballycastle provides the time to take a boat trip out to the island, which bursts into colour through spring and summer. There are three walks here to choose from, each offering staggering views and varied terrain.

From Portballintrae, the end of our five-day walk, the extended route heads past Dunluce Castle and Magheracross viewpoint. It slips down and follows Whiterocks Beach, bordering Portrush nature reserve and harbour. Past the harbour bridge, the walk meanders along Mill Strand Beach and up past Ringaree Point to reach its final stop, Portstewart. The town is best known for its sandy beaches and crescent-shaped promenade, and makes a gentle seaside end for this beautiful Irish walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spying wild seabirds on quiet Rathlin Island.
  • Visiting Dunluce and Kinbane castles, both rising from coastal headlands with vast ocean views as their backdrops.
  • Climbing to Magheracross viewpoint and taking in glorious views of the coastal cliffs, the layered stone worn into organic curves and arches.
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Antrim Coast and Glens - Glens of Antrim
Antrim Coast and Glens - Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Antrim Coast and Glens - White Park bay
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ACGE1 7 nights, 6 days walking £810 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£35 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.