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GIANT'S CAUSEWAY & THE NINE GLENS

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Cushendall is a spectacular and increasingly mountainous journey from the airport. Situated at the head of Glen Ballyemon, it's an ideal centre for a walking holiday.

Guided Walking Holidays Giants Causeway and the Nine Glens

Imagine the view from the cliffs overlooking the sea to the Mull of Kintyre. The gentle sea breeze and coconut scent of gorse hangs in the air. Yellow flowers dot the land, picked out by the warm rays of the sun. This is a remote and wonderful place. The hills of Antrim reach from the sea to the skyline. Traditions have remained strong in this land, and the hospitality, food and perhaps a pint of stout or tot of whiskey are all here to be savoured.

The beauty of Northern Ireland’s countryside is impressive and there is lots to explore. We’re within easy reach of the iconic hexagonal basalt pillars of the Giant’s Causeway; Dunluce Castle, perched on rocks above the sea and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, originally built hundreds of years ago by salmon fishermen.

Cushendall, where we’re based for our week, is a short, but spectacular and increasingly mountainous journey from the airport. Situated at the head of Glen Ballyemon, it’s an ideal centre for a walking holiday, extending a warm welcome to all who visit.


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the beauty of Northern Ireland’s countryside on foot.
  • Discover the legendary hexagonal rocks of the Giant’s Causeway.
  • Dunluce Castle, perched on rocks above the sea and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, originally built hundreds of years ago by salmon fishermen.
  • Enjoy ‘free range’ walking – there are not many footpaths in Ireland!
  • Receive great hospitality at our guesthouses in Cushendall.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      En suite accommodation with breakfast
      Dinners in local restaurant
      Airport transfers
      All transport necessary to and from the walks. 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent travel to Belfast. A complimentary transfer bus will operate between Belfast City Airport and Cushendall on the day of arrival and departure. On arrival we may have time for a walk to Layde Church.

  2. Day 2

    This walk passes through the "Hidden Village"of Galoby. There used to be a monk in residence here, but he is recently deceased. The walk climbs to the plateau and crosses rough moorland then along the eastern side of Lough Galboly out to the plateau front and then back the same initial route. About 10 km with 360m ascent and descent.

  3. Day 3

    Today the walk in Glenariff Forest Park starts on the Dungonnell Reservoir road and crosses part of the largest area of blanket bog in Northern Ireland.  In the late 1800s and early 1900s tourists were brought to the top of the glen by narrow gauge railway and transported down to the waterfalls by horse drawn vehicles.  Several waterfalls have no names but the Ess-na-Crub near the refreshment stop at Laragh Lodge can be visited. About 12 km with 380m ascent and 465m descent.

  4. Day 4

    Lurig is the hill that dominates Cushendall. Lurigethan is the escarpment on the face of the hill. Our walk takes in the edge of the undulating plateau-like top with good views into the glen and across the sea to Scotland on a fine day. There is a steep descent from the hill, mostly on grassy slopes, before returning on lanes to Cushendall. About 11 km with 300m ascent and 500m descent.

  5. Day 5

    Carrick-a-Rede and the Giants Causeway. A classic day that will doubtless be the holiday highlight for many. We also plan to visit Ballintoy Village and Harbour on our walk today. Expect to walk about 3hrs in total with about 200m ascent and descent.

  6. Day 6

    A free day. It should be possible to make a day trip to either Belfast or Derry using public transport. This will undoubtedly mean an early start. It should also be possible to visit Rathlin Island.

  7. Day 7

    Fair Head and Murlough Bay. A scenic walk along cliffs and back before descending to the sea at Murlough Bay. About 11 km with 400m ascent and descent.

  8. Day 8

    Departure after breakfast. Transfer will be arranged to operate after breakfast from Cushendall to Belfast City Airport with the intention of arriving at the airport by noon.

Travel Details

  • On arrival day a complimentary transfer bus will operate from Belfast City airport at 4.00pm. On departure a transfer bus will operate to arrive at the airport at 12 noon. Should you wish to join this transfer coach, please let us know. Full details are available in our Holiday Information Sheet (downloadable below).
  • Nearest airports: Belfast City (50 miles) or Belfast International (35 miles).
  • Nearest bus stop: Cushendall (please note that the service is very limited).
  • Nearest port/railway station: Larne (20 miles).
  • Taxis each way between Cushendall and Belfast City airport cost about £50 and between Cushendall and Belfast International airport about £35.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Glendale Bed & Breakfast

Accommodation is in twin and single rooms, all with en-suite facilities for Glendale Guest Houses. This high standard and well-reviewed guesthouse offers a warm and friendly welcome. It is located a 10 minute walk from the centre of town and also close to the sea. Cushendall has all the facilities a walker might require. You will be advised on arrival in Northern Ireland at which guest house you will be accommodated. Accommodation is on a half board basis, with ample breakfasts taken in your guesthouse and dinners taken in Harry's Restaurant. Lunches can be purchased locally and are not included in the holiday charge. Free Wi-Fi is available.


The Meadows

Accommodation is in twin and single rooms, all with en-suite facilities for The Meadows Guest Houses. This high standard and well reviewed guesthouse offers a warm and friendly welcome. It is located a 10 minute walk from the centre of town and also close to the sea. Cushendall has all the facilities a walker might require. You will be advised on arrival in Northern Ireland at which guest house you will be accommodated. Accommodation is on a half board basis, with ample breakfasts taken in your guesthouse and dinners taken in Harry's Restaurant. Lunches can be purchased locally and are not included in the holiday charge. Free Wi-Fi is available.