New for 2021

Best of The Causeway Coast Guided Trail Holiday

Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,159pp with flights

Flanked by the wild Atlantic Ocean and lush green glens and valleys, the Causeway Coast gives us a taste of the very best of the North Irish coastline. Often cited as the 8th wonder of the world, it’s home to the geological masterpiece of Giant's Causeway, as well as knee-knocking Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, and wildlife rich Rathlin Island. This ruggedly unspoilt coast is full of character, charisma and craic. We’ve handpicked the very best of its walks to introduce you to a wealth of wildlife, wilderness and more. Enjoy being guided on the very best walks the area has to offer, and relax knowing all your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of, you just need to put on your boots and enjoy the journey.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the stories and histories of Belfast with our local guide
  • Explore the towering basalt columns of Giants Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Snap shots of wildlife on beautiful Rathlin island
  • Test your metal on the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge
  • All meals included. Comfortable ensuite accommodation Belfast & Ballycastle
  • Guided walks each day

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in the seaside town of Ballycastle
  • All meals included.
  • Guided walks each day
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Return group transfer to Belfast
  • A return flight from London is included in our “with-flight” price
  • Regional flights are available on request

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Meet at the hotel reception 1830 for a quick introduction to the holiday before dinner. If you’re in Belfast early, take time to visit the Titanic museum, it’s well worth it, and if you’ve the energy after dinner, take a stroll to the famous Crown Bar, and enjoy the craic.

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Our local guide takes us on a discovery of the stories and histories of Belfast this morning, before we head north to the Causeway Coast, with time to explore the mystical “Dark Hedges” on the way. Time to relax at the hotel this afternoon, or join us for a walking tour of charming Ballycastle, our base for the rest of our holiday.

Road through the Dark Hedges tree tunnel at sunset in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom


This has to be one of the best walks in Northern Ireland, and leads from the clifftop ruins of Dunseverick Castle, to the geological wonder and world famous UNESCO site of Giant’s Causeway. Plenty of time to explore as our walk takes us through the towering basalt columns (the tallest is 12m high and there are approx. 40,000 of these impressive hexagonal columns in total). Our transport picks us up from here and takes us on to Dunluce Castle for a short visit, before we head back to Ballycastle.

Please note – entrance to the visitor centre at Giant’s Causeway & Dunluce Castle has not been included in the price, as many of you will be entitled to free or reduced entrance fee if you have National Trust membership.

5.5miles (9km) with 1850ft (570m) of ascent

Giants Causeway, Northern I…


Test your metal on the iconic Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. Swaying 30m above the ocean below, the rope bridge has been the means of crossing to Carrick island for 250 years. If you’re not crossing, you can watch the madness as everyone else crosses, before we head off on today’s walk following the coast back from Dunseverick to Ballintoy.

Please note – the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge crossing is optional, so not included in the pricing. It’s also National Trust property, so will be free or a discounted rate for those of you who are National Trust members – the HF Leader will organise the tickets for those of you wanting to cross.

7 miles (11km) with 1120ft (350m) of ascent

Carrick-a-rede  rope bridge, Causeway Coast


Rathlin Island. The northernmost point of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and home to tens of thousands of seabirds including guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills. Stunning walking today, and plenty of free time this afternoon to visit the RSPB centre, the lighthouse, take a bus tour of the island, or to take the ferry back to Ballycastle and relax at our hotel. 

6 miles (9.5km) with 550ft (170m) of ascent

Heads of Common guillemot (Uria aalge) sitting on a rock against blue background of the North Sea near Scotland. Both bridle…


Breath-taking views from the cliff tops of Fairhead on this wild and ruggedly beautiful walk.  Fantastic views towards Ballycastle and Rathlin Island, and to picturesque Murlough Bay. 

4 miles (6.5km) with 870ft (270m) of ascent

Murlough Bay at the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland


A fantastic finale today, with splendid views from the summit of Carnanmore, looking back on the routes that we’ve walked in our exploration of the Causeway Coast.

5 miles (8km) with 670ft (210m) of ascent

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A morning group transfer takes us back to Belfast today, to the City airport, and afterwards (on request) to Lisburn railway station.  


Causeway Coast Map

The Clayton Hotel, Belfast

The Clayton Hotel, Belfast, is a comfortable 4* hotel, in the perfect location. A short walk from the railway station, and easily reachable from the airport bus route, the Clayton is the ideal base for us to explore the city from.  All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, free wifi, TV, hairdryer etc. There’s a swimming pool at the hotel too.

Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

A cracking seafront location in the heart of charming Ballycastle, the 3* Marine Hotel looks out over the town’s beautiful beach and marina, and gives us the perfect base for our walks exploring the Causeway Coast. All rooms are comfortable ensuites, with tea/coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, and  free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas.

Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
25 Sep - 02 Oct 2021
7 Guided Trail £1,159 Available Trip Notes Book Now
09 Oct - 16 Oct 2021
7 Guided Trail £1,159 Available Trip Notes Book Now
2022
11 Jun - 18 Jun 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,279 Available Trip Notes Book Now
10 Sep - 17 Sep 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,219 Available Trip Notes Book Now
24 Sep - 01 Oct 2022
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2021
25 Sep - 02 Oct 2021
7 Guided Trail £999 Available Trip Notes Book Now
09 Oct - 16 Oct 2021
7 Guided Trail £999 Available Trip Notes Book Now
2022
11 Jun - 18 Jun 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,109 Available Trip Notes Book Now
10 Sep - 17 Sep 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,049 Available Trip Notes Book Now
24 Sep - 01 Oct 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,049 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,159pp with flights

New for 2021

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