Ireland:

Antrim Glens & Coast Walk


Six nights; seven days with Ireland’s most famous storyteller – Willie Drennan of the Ulster Folk Orchestra. Easy walking with lots of cultural insight.

“Everything about the trip was first class – especially the warm, gracious, and skillful guides!” – Jean G








Itinerary


Start: Belfast International Airport, 14:00 day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Belfast, noon, day seven. See www.aircoach.ie for economical transfers between Dublin and Belfast.


Day 1:

Introductions

Meet 14:00 in Belfast. Afternoon tour of historic Belfast: Belfast Castle/Cave Hill, Titanic Quarter, Cathedral Quarter, University Area/Botanic Gardens/Ulster Museum. D
Tara Lodge, Belfast

Day 2:

Walk on Down coastal path. Finish with transfer to Broughshane. Stop at Slemish Mountain enroute. BLD
Marlagh Lodge, Ballymena

Day 3:

Glens of Antrim. Following the Antrim coast, you will turn inland to wander through the forested Glenariff Glen, which is famous for its beautiful gardens and fairy lore. The highlight is the enormous waterfall at the bottom of the shady glen. From Glenariff, cross the moorland to Glenaan where you'll find Ossian's Grave, just before reaching Antrim's coast at the picturesque village of Cushendall. Finish with a walk along the shore to the medieval ruins of Layde Church and its burial ground. Glenarm Castle--forest walks,walled garden, coastal path. BL
Same lodging

Day 4:

Today’s highlights include Glenarrif, the Cushendall coastal path to Layde Church ruins at Cushendun, a quaint beachfront village. Finish with a transfer to Bushmills, where you will stay next to the most famous Irish distillery. BLD
Bushmills Inn, Bushmills

Day 5:

Carrick-a-Rede, Giant's Causeway, Portbalintrae, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle. Following the North Antrim coast, you will visit the rope bridge at Carrickarede, which sways back and forth 100 feet above the sea, over to a wee island used by salmon fishermen! Afterwards you can recover your wits making your way from Ballintoy Harbour along the beautiful beach of Whitepark Bay to the tiny hamlet of Port Braddon, near the fantastic Giant's Causeway. You can explore the marvel of the causeway, with its unique rock formation. Finn McCool, who was trying to get over to Scotland, built this centuries ago. Modern scientists, however, challenge this belief. Walking paths lead from the causeway up to cliffs, where you will have splendid views. At day’s end, you will have time to investigate dinner options near the Bushmills Distillery. BL
Same lodging

Day 6:

Walk around the walls of Londonderry, where Willie will give you a detailed appreciation of “the troubles." Afterwards, hike through Gortin Glen, where peace reigns perennially! BLD
Same lodging; or

Clanabogan Country House, Omagh

Day 7:

Morning walk through the Ulster American Folk Park. Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share. Transfer back to Belfast after lunch. BL





Description




Note about the route:

Moderate walks on easy terrain, including footpaths, beaches, and quiet roads, with some hills. Water resistant footwear can be important. The warmth of Irish hospitality will charm and amaze you.






Ireland's quiet green hills are laced pathways that take you from one enchanted place to another, through shady glens, wee villages, timeless moorlands, peat bogs, rugged cliffs, mountains, and along miles of white sandy beaches. The legendary little people and massive giants are rarely seen these days but Irish villagers, including musicians, provide smiles that will light up your day with delightful frequency. Starting in Belfast, you will first follow the coastal trail, and explore the highlights of the city before embarking on a short drive to County Antrim’s hilly north. You will stop to visit Slemish Mountain, where St. Patrick slaved over his sheep, before visiting the magnificent waterfalls in Glenariff, the most impressive of the Nine Glens. Following the Antrim Coast, you will visit several picturesque hamlets with fine views across to Scotland, as close as twelve miles away! The Giant’s Causeway, the Carrickarede Rope Bridge, the oldest distillery in the world at Bushmills, and the mystical ruins of Dunluce Castle all contribute to this exceptionally rich experience. On day seven, you will walk the fascinating walls of Londonderry, then visit the Ulster-American Folk park before returning to Belfast, pleasantly tired, and amazed that such an enchanting part of the world has remained so untouched by tourism. This is an exceptional opportunity, whose memories you’ll cherish for a long time!





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

Continue your tour of Ireland with our Donegal Hiking Tour.

Join one of our Ireland Cycling tours.

Explore nearby Scotland or Wales.





Costs

Guided

US 2995 C 3445

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps, taxes)

Self-Guided

N/A

Not available for this tour.

Single Occupancy

US 815 C 935

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.