Northern Ireland Causeway

Best of The Causeway Coast Guided Trail Holiday

Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 2

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 PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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.


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…

Explore the spectacular beach and its rock formations at White Park Bay before following the Causeway Coastal Path past Ballintoy harbour to the viewing point at the Carrick a Rede bridge. Time to enjoy the dramatic scenery before heading for Ballintoy village for a well deserved cuppa or something stronger.

6 miles (9.5km) with 850 feet (260m) 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…

Breathtaking 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

Home to Northern Ireland’s most impressive waterfalls, we’ll follow the forest trails that showcase the best of the park before joining a section of Moyle Way from Lara Lodge, to finish in the pretty Glenariff/Watertop Village. On our route home we’ll make a stop to discover the stories and histories of Loughareema/The Vanishing Lake.

7.5miles (12km) with 425feet (130m) of ascent and 1120feet (345m) of descent 

Glenarif Country Park, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Glenariff is on of the Nine Glens of Antrim and known as the Queen o…

A morning group transfer takes us back to Belfast today, to the City airport, and afterwards (on request) to Great Victoria Street 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 need 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 a hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • 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.

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10 Sep - 17 Sep 2022

7 nights

Guided Trail

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24 Sep - 01 Oct 2022

7 nights

Guided Trail

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Date (Start - End) Itinerary Single Room Double Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book

10 Sep - 17 Sep 2022

7 nights

Guided Trail

Single Fully Booked
Double Fully Booked
Fully Booked Fully Booked Trip Notes

24 Sep - 01 Oct 2022

7 nights

Guided Trail

Single Fully Booked
Double Fully Booked
Fully Booked Fully Booked Trip Notes

Important Information

Single room: From £280 (complete holiday)

Important Information

Did you book to share?

If so, you will be allocated a same-gender twin sharing room. Please note that if (at ten weeks prior to the start of the holiday) a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room will be allocated to you with the resulting single room supplement applicable. Any additional charge for the single supplement will be confirmed at the point of final payment. Bookings are accepted on this understanding.

7 nights
Guided Trails
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