Giants Causeway Cliff Path Walking & Coach Tour

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Please note: the hike is a broad but open cliff-top path. The path undulates and is uneven on occasion and it can be wet or muddy underfoot. Solid walking shoes or boots are essential, as is appropriate weather-proof clothing.

The guided cliff top walk at the Giant's Causeway is an all inclusive, full day luxury coach tour from central Belfast which includes a spectacular 5 mile (8k) coastal hike along some of the best cliff views in Europe, a visit to the causeway stones, causeway visitor centre, a Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge crossing and a stunning coastal drive through the glens of Antrim, fishing villages and a final photo stop at Carrickfergus Castle. (Please note the coast walk is a shorter, 4 mile coastal walk, in winter).

As part of a larger coach tour you will depart central Belfast making your way inland directly to the Giant's Causeway, where you will be met by your dedicated walking tour guide. Instead of departing the coach you will be transported further along the coast to Dunseverick Castle ruin (or Portballintrae in winter). The hike is suitable for those of average fitness with an interest in spending some quality time in the outdoors. At just 5 miles the walking tour includes amazing views, time for photographs, points of interest guided commentary, a quality visit to the main Giant's Causeway site and a brief visit to the visitor centre before rejoining the main coach tour. (Walking time including a visit to the stones is three and a half hours in summer and two and a half hours in winter with most tours enjoying ample time of approximately 20 minutes on the causeway stones). It is essential to bring a packed lunch to eat on the coach after your walk.

The tour continues to the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge where your tour ticket includes a guaranteed pass to cross (weather permitted, guided walk provided on rare occasions when the bridge is closed). The bridge is 20 metres across and 30 metres above the sea, connecting the mainland to a small island. 

After your cliff walk to the Giant's Causeway and your exhilarating rope bridge crossing you can rejoin the coach for a relaxing and utterly beautiful coastal drive. The journey includes the beautiful coastal locations of Cushendun, Cushendall, Glenariff and Glenarm as you drive along the world famous Antrim Coast Road. The final stop along the coast is a photo opportunity at the amazing Carrickfergus Castle built in 1177.

Tours run every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday all year round. The tour including the small group cliff walk, guided coach tour from Belfast, access to the causeway visitor centre, rope bridge crossing and coast drive is just £57 per person sharing or £67 for single bookings. (Purchased separately these attractions and tours would cost £79.50!). Minimum age for the cliff hike is 12. It is recommended that those aged between 12 and 16 have experience doing long walks.

Cliff hike places are limited. All tours run. On very rare occasions, if the weather forecast suggests strong winds on the high cliffs, we may alter the walking route slightly.

Please note that the cliff hike option means you will not visit the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery nor see Dunluce Castle ruin. All cliff walkers will need to bring their own light portable lunch to be eaten either on the hike at rest stops or on the coach after the walk.

Giant’s Causeway Tour with Cliff Walk

SUMMER SCHEDULE (March - October)

  • Check in at 9:00am
  • Depart Belfast at 9:15am
  • Brief comfort stop at Giant's Causeway visitor centre
  • Meet your dedicated walking tour guide from 'Away A Wee Walk'.
  • Cliff walkers dropped off at Dunseverick Castle ruin to begin the 5 mile (8km) cliff hike to the Giant’s Causeway (3 hours and 30 mins includes visit to the Stones, approx. 20 minutes and a further short comfort stop back at the visitor centre).
  • Rejoin main coach tour and eat packed lunch.
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (fee included in price).
  • Drive through Cushendall, Waterfoot and Cushendun villages along the glens of Antrim.
  • Stop Carnlough (comfort stop)
  • Carrickfergus Castle (photo opportunity)
  • Return to Belfast at approx 6:30pm

WINTER SCHEDULE (November - February)

  • Leave Irish Tour Tickets approx.9.15am
  • Carrickfergus Castle
  • Carnlough
  • Drive along the famous Antrim coast road including Cushendall, Glenariff and Cushendun villages
  • Coast walkers get dropped off at PORTBALLINTRAE (toilets) where they will meet their walking guide from Away A Wee Walk. Hikers begin the 4 mile (6.5km) coast walk from Portballintrae to the Giant’s Causewaywinter version excludes highly scenic, high cliff views but includes a beautiful beach walk and lovely coast scenery – high cliff path is both too long and too muddy in the winter)
  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery
  • Return to Belfast approx 6.00pm

PLEASE NOTE: ALL TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IRISH TOUR TICKETS WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAYS.

  • Check in at Irish Tour Tickets, 10 Great Victoria Street, Belfast at 9:00am
  • Tour departs at 9:15am
  • Your ticket will let the driver know that you are doing the cliff path walk part of the tour.
  • Drop off at Dunseverick Castle to begin the walking tour
  • Drop off in Belfast City Centre at approx 6:30pm (5.30pm winter schedule)

Warm Clothing
Please come dressed appropriately for not only the season, but also for the activitiy. In our experience hiking shoes or boots are better than trainers. Denim jeans are never a good idea in inclement weather. Layers are best, a base layer with something warm/windproof followed by a waterproof layer. Please dress for any weather. There is no such thing as cold weather, just wrong clothes!

Packed Lunch
You spend a sizeable part of your day out in the stunning Irish landscape. Bring a light and portable lunch which you can either eat at the main view point (Hamilton's Seat) along the cliffs or on your coach drive to the rope bridge.

  • Luxury coach
  • Guided cliff path walking tour
  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge crossing
  • Entrance to Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Centre
  • Lunch
  • Optional shuttle bus from Causeway Stones
  • For cancellation up to 48 hours prior to departure date: 10% administration fee will be imposed
  • For cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date or 'no-show': 100% of the total amount will be charged
  • Tickets for events or attractions are non-refundable
  • Airport, limousine and coach transfer services are non-refundable
  • Please note, on occasion The Carrick-A-Rede Rope bridge may be closed due to inclement weather.

Tours run every day except Mondays & Wednesdays

  • Hikers will miss Dunluce Castle (in summer) and Bushmills Distillery (year round)
  • Lunch will be portable/ eaten on the hike (Hamilton’s seat is a natural area to accommodate this (weather permitting) or on the coach after the hike)
  • Hikers are still able to cross the rope bridge and get between 20 - 30 minutes on the stones (in the event of the Carrick-A-Rede Rope bridge being closed due to weather conditions or for repairs, a £4.00 refund will be issued)
  • Hiking boots strongly recommended, raincoat essential. (avoid jeans)
  • Cost is £57 (includes trip to Causeway) A single supplement is £67 which guarantees the tour will run even if only one person is booked for the walk.
  • If it is VERY windy the tour may be amended (not cancelled) to a shorter walk/alternative route. Very rare occasions the walking tour is cancelled due to the weather (usually once a season) whereby walkers can receive a partial refund to the standard tour rate.
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