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Giant's Causeway & The Nine Glens

Legendary rocks and a renowned Irish welcome. Here in the north of Ireland, fine views and attractions mix with a laidback culture. Make sure you immerse yourself in both.

  • Northern Ireland

  • 6 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

  • May

    Aug

    Sep

  • Average group size: 10-12

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Grade 5

Trips comprise of day walks with plenty of ups and downs, some steep and rough ground will be encountered at times and walks averaging 7 miles with 650m of ascent / descent. Some holidays will cover longer distances on easier paths, others will be shorter walks but have more demanding ascents and terrain.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 7 miles; Ascent/Descent 650m; Terrain: generally decent paths and tracks with some steeper sections; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the beauty of Northern Ireland’s countryside on foot.
  • Discover the legendary hexagonal rocks of the Giant’s Causeway.
  • Dunseverick 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!

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; Dunseverick Castle, perched on rocks above the sea and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, originally built hundreds of years ago by salmon fishermen.

Your base on this holiday, is a short, but spectacular and increasingly mountainous journey from the airport. It’s an ideal centre for a walking holiday, extending a warm welcome to all who visit.

You might also be interested to know this holiday is combined with our Mountains of Mourne tour; please see Giant's Causeway & the Mountains of Mourne.

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • Flights to / from Belfast International
  • Airport transfers
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede are both free to National Trust Members
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

75206

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Your flight will arrive into Belfast International Airport and you will be transferred to your hotel in Ballycastle. Please note there is only one transfer bus so some patience may be required. Dinner is in the hotel restaurant each evening. 

Transfer Time = 1 hour 15 minutes

Day 2

The Glenariff Forest Park

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

Today the walk in Glenariff Forest Park starts at the entrance to the forest park. 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. Glenariff is widely considered be the most beautiful of the 9 Glens.

Day 3

Carrick-a-Rede & the Giants Causeway

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    240m

Today is a classic day that will doubtless be the holiday highlight for many. We also plan to visit Ballintoy Harbour and Dunseverick Castle on our walk today, visiting two National Trust properties, one of which is a World Heritage Site. 

Day 4

Ballycastle Forest & Knocklayd

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    530m

Knocklayd dominates the area around Ballycastle and provides amazing views from the top.  We start out on the Moyle Way before branching off to the top of Knocklayd (514m) and hopefully fantastic views. The walk is circular from the hotel with no transport necessary.

Day 5

Trostan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    314m

Trostan is the highest peak in Count Antrim at 550m. Our route follows a disused railway line for some of the climb. The railway was used for iron ore mining in the past. We descend on part of the Moyle Way past a lovely waterfall. Expect beautiful views of Lurig and Tievebulliagh to the north as well as Rathlin Island.

Day 6

Fair Head & Murlough Bay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    270/420m

A very scenic walk today, incorporating the cliffs above Fair Head and a descent to the sea at Murlough Bay. 

Day 7

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Your transfer to Belfast International Airport and flight home. Please note we only operate one complementary transfer so some patience may be required.

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Aug 2024 - 9th Aug 2024 (6 Nights)

31st Aug 2024 - 6th Sep 2024 (6 Nights)

17th May 2025 - 23rd May 2025 (6 Nights)

2nd Aug 2025 - 8th Aug 2025 (6 Nights)

30th Aug 2025 - 5th Sep 2025 (6 Nights)

27th Sep 2025 - 3rd Oct 2025 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

We will provide one transfer on the arrival and departure days from and to Belfast Airport. Our holidays can be booked to include flights from London and some regional airports. The transfer will take all passengers from all flights, so there may be some waiting time at the airport for all of the arrivals into Belfast Airport.  We anticipate the transfer will depart the airport at around 16.00. On the return flight, all passengers will take a transfer and due to varying flight times, there may be some delay at the airport before your flight. The flights have been chosen to prevent delay as much as possible. 

Please note Belfast is served by two airports. Belfast International Airport and Belfast George Best (City) Airport. Our transfer will serve Belfast international Airport unless you are specifically advised otherwise.

Taxis each way between the hotel and Belfast International airport cost about £60. We advise you to pre-book a taxi if you are not able to take advantage of our complimentary transfer service.

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads is included.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Marine Hotel

The three star Marine Hotel occupies a prominent seafront location in the heart of the Causeway Coast and Glens on the North Antrim Coast. The hotel overlooks a beautiful golden beach and the picturesque marina in the seaside town of Ballycastle. You will be accommodated in comfortable standard bedrooms which have tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas of the hotel. All meals are taken in the hotel's restaurant which overlooks the sea front.

Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

Trips comprise of day walks with plenty of ups and downs, some steep and rough ground will be encountered at times and walks averaging 7 miles with 650m of ascent / descent. Some holidays will cover longer distances on easier paths, others will be shorter walks but have more demanding ascents and terrain.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 7 miles; Ascent/Descent 650m; Terrain: generally decent paths and tracks with some steeper sections; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

The Antrim coast and glens offer great walking opportunities and it’s difficult to do the area full justice in a week. We’ve put together a walking programme that shows the best of the hills and gives us a chance to enjoy some of the beautiful cliffs and beaches along the coast. An obvious highlight is the cliff walk to the Giant’s Causeway. From many places on the coast, weather permitting, you can clearly see the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland just over ten miles away across the sea.

The terrain on this holiday is rugged with many sea cliffs, however, our walks do not reach any great altitude and there are few sustained climbs. On most walking days we will cover 6-8 miles.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

This holiday can be booked as a flight inclusive package or land only if you wish to arrange your own flights and transfers. We can offer flights from London and regional airports to Belfast International Airport (43 miles from the hotel). 

Belfast City Airport is the next closest to Ballycastle (58 miles) should you wish to book your own flights from other airports. 

All transport, including an airport transfer each way, is included in the cost of the holiday. 

We will provide one transfer on the arrival and departure days to and from Belfast International Airport. The transfer will take all passengers from all flights, so there may be some waiting around at the airport for all of the arrivals into Belfast International Airport. On the return flight, all passengers will take a transfer and due to varying flight times, there may be some delay at the airport before your flight. The flights have been chosen to prevent delay as much as possible. 

Route planning to and from UK regional airports: the AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis, with breakfasts and dinners taken in the Marine Hotel's restaurant, Marconi's Bar & Bistro which overlooks Ballycastle sea front. Lunches can be purchased from the hotel or locally and are not included in the holiday charge. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended walks are covered by the following maps:

OSNI Discoverer Series Sheet 9 Larne
OSNI Discoverer Series Sheet 5 Ballycastle

OSNI Causeway Coast Activity Map - 1:25000

OSNI Glens of Antrim Activity Map - 1:25000

Members of the National Trust should bring membership cards as these can allow reductions in entrance fees at Carrick - A - Rede and the Giants Causeway.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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