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    Hiking

    The Northern Coast

    2 reviews


    Deposit From: €618€618
    Region: Northern Ireland – Giants Causeway & Belfast
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
    Confirmed: When 2 Travellers Book

    Next Departure: 3rd - 9th May 2025
    Accommodation: Classic

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Louise Kavanagh


      The allure of the Causeway Coast is hard to resist. It is a place of sweeping cliffs, towering castles, ancient sites, and wild geology. To one side, swirling Atlantic waves crash against the bottom of the cliffs, and in the other direction, pretty emerald hills roll out to the horizon.

      On a fully guided hiking trip, explore the untamed beauty of Ireland’s Northern Coast. Sculpted and scoured during the last Ice Age – with large regions designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the landscape here is a spectacular medley of vast ocean views, peaceful green glens, salt-stung sea cliffs and golden, sandy coves.

      Accompanied by an expert guide, spend time hiking in the Mourne Mountains and ribboning your way along the majestic Causeway Coast. A region rich in human history and unique geology, enjoy visiting the Giant’s Causeway and spotting a fascinating mix of flora and fauna. Accompanied by your guide, they will interpret the landscape of Northern Ireland, share local history and folklore such as that of the giant Fionn MacCool, and bring you to some of the region’s best eateries.

      Join us to discover the enchanting nature of Ireland’s coastline, where meadow cranes’ bill blooms across salty headlands and austere granite tors crown shattered mountain peaks.

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      Day by Day
      Itinerary

      Day 1 – The Mourne Mountains Read Less

      Day 1

      The Mourne Mountains

      Today, meet your Wilderness guide and fellow travellers in Belfast before leaving the city and heading south into the majestic Mourne Mountains. The highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, it’s the perfect place to begin your adventure. After a lovely lunch, set out for an afternoon hike, which offers beautiful views across Co. Down and the Irish Sea. As you walk, look for rare plants clinging to the rocky slopes, such as mountain avens and purple saxifrage, chatting with your guide about the region’s important biodiversity. This evening, settle into your welcoming hotel and enjoy some time to relax before dinner.

      Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles
      Shorter Alternative: 5 km / 3 miles

      Day 2 – Summiting Slieve Donard Read Less

      Day 2

      Summiting Slieve Donard

      Today’s adventure takes you to the highest summit in Northern Ireland: Slieve Donard. Accompanied by your expert guide, set off on a route that showcases some of the most impressive views of the region’s rugged coastline and shattered mountainous peaks. Along the trail, traverse Hare’s Gap – a mountain pass that gives way to a wild heather-cloaked valley. Here, the ever-shifting light creates a dynamic and beautiful landscape. Enjoy the panoramic views from Slieve Donard’s granite summit, which, on a clear day, provides views across the sea to the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. Return to your hotel this evening and relax.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 14 km / 9 miles
      Shorter Alternative: 11 km / 7 miles

      Day 3 – Tollymore & Game of Thrones Read Less

      Day 3

      Tollymore & Game of Thrones

      After breakfast, head out for a mellow walk, which ribbons through the lush greenery of Tollymore Forest. Along the way, stop to visit the Game of Thrones filming locations and some fascinating historic sites, including an ancient monastic grange and the remnants of a grand mansion. Follow the trail down towards Shimna River, which rushes through the dappled forest beneath a leafy canopy of gnarled oak and old beech trees.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 15 km / 9 miles

      Day 4 – The Glens of Antrim Read Less

      Day 4

      The Glens of Antrim

      Leave the Mourne Mountains behind today and head north into the Antrim Coasts and Glens Area of Natural Beauty. This beautiful and diverse area is dominated by the Antrim Plateau, which, in turn, is divided into nine unique glens. On your journey towards the Causeway Coast, stop to explore Glenariff, one of Antrim’s nine valleys and well-known as the ‘Queen of the Glens.’ Full of old woodland, cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs, this is sure to be a memorable walk. After your hike, continue to your cosy hotel, which looks out over the Atlantic Ocean.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 9 km / 6 miles

      Day 5 – The Giant's Causeway & Causeway Coastal Route Read Less

      Day 5

      The Giant's Causeway & Causeway Coastal Route

      After breakfast, head out to walk one of the most beautiful sections of the Causeway Coastal Route – a long distance trail that follows the coast of Northern Ireland between the cities of Belfast and Derry. Begin by walking past a charming harbour and winding your way between lush green fields. Explore hidden coves, quiet beaches and narrow cliff-top paths. The day’s final stop is the magnificent Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of over 40,000 interconnected basalt columns. Approaching the cliffs from above guarantees the most arresting views of this world-famous landmark.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 16 km / 10 miles

      Day 6 – Hiking Bineveagh Mountain Read Less

      Day 6

      Hiking Bineveagh Mountain

      Today, head west to hike up Binevenagh Mountain – part of the Keenaght Hills on the western edge of the Antrim Plateau. This geologically unique peak rises abruptly from the surrounding flat lowlands, creating a dramatic clifflike ridge. From the summit, panoramic views stretch out over Lough Foyle, Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, and even across the sea to Scotland. Return to your hotel this afternoon and take some time to unwind before enjoying your final, relaxed dinner of the trip.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles

      Day 7 – Derry City & Depart Read Less

      Day 7

      Derry City & Depart

      After breakfast, leave the coast behind and travel west into the lively city of Derry. Upon arrival, meet a local guide and head out for a fascinating walking tour. As you stroll along the 400-year-old walls, your guide will provide a compelling insight into the city’s history—from the siege of 1689 to the modern-day Troubles. After the tour, your trip will conclude. You may like to continue exploring Derry independently or catch a train back to Belfast to begin your journey home.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

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      Trip Dates & Prices

      All payments taken in local currency EUR

      Trip Dates for 2025AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
      3rd May - 9th May 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now
      31st May - 6th Jun 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now
      28th Jun - 4th Jul 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now
      2nd Aug - 8th Aug 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now
      13th Sep - 19th Sep 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,400Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your preferred departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast. Relax by the fire in comfortable countryside hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses snuggled into some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.

      Single Rooms

      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of €400 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals Read More

      Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided on the four evenings of the trip. The other nights of the trip are free for you to dine where you choose. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of regional dishes. Your guide can provide a list of local recommendations and help you make any necessary reservations.

      Inclusions Read More

      This guided trip includes the following:

      • 7 days of professional guiding with a lead guide
      • 6 nights’ accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
      • Meals as stated in the itinerary
      • Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting in Belfast and finishing in Derry
      • Entrance and admission fees, as stated in the itinerary
      Grading Read More

      Blue Graded 4-6

      Our blue-graded trips involve exploring some of Ireland’s best hiking regions, introducing steeper climbs to summits, as well as valley and coastal hikes. The hike will be conducted at a steady pace, and you will typically hike 5-7 hours per day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from well-maintained hiker’s trails to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields, and mountain tops.

      The daily hikes occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. More challenging days are interspersed with lower-level valley, coastal, or forest walks, which may include some cultural highlights along the way.

      Can you comfortably hike for around 10 miles (16km) with the occasional longer day? Are you happy with some ascents of 3,000ft / 900m? Are you comfortable on various terrain, from good paths to rough mountain tracks?

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland guide at Belfast Lanyon Place Train Station at 12:00 on Day 1 of your trip. We will drop you off at Derry Train Station by 12:30 on the last day of the trip.

      Speak to an Expert

      Louise Kavanagh

      From scuba diving to motorbikes to hiking, Louise is no stranger to adventure. Born and raised in County Sligo, Louise has a love for Ireland’s West Coast u2013 particularly the northwest. Joining the Wilderness Ireland team in 2017 as an Adventure Consultant, Louise is one of the team’s expert trip designers u2013 ready to help you explore Ireland’s wild places. When not at work, Louise can usually be found underwater exploring Ireland’s unique coastlines or else zipping through the countryside on her motorbike.

      Ask Louise a Question

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Blue Graded 4-6

      Our blue-graded trips involve exploring some of Ireland’s best hiking regions, introducing steeper climbs to summits, as well as valley and coastal hikes. The hike will be conducted at a steady pace, and you will typically hike 5-7 hours per day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from well-maintained hiker’s trails to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields, and mountain tops.

      The daily hikes occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. More challenging days are interspersed with lower-level valley, coastal, or forest walks, which may include some cultural highlights along the way.

      Can you comfortably hike for around 10 miles (16km) with the occasional longer day? Are you happy with some ascents of 3,000ft / 900m? Are you comfortable on various terrain, from good paths to rough mountain tracks?

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 review(s) of Hiking – The Northern Coast

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      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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      Marla Wormser

      Reviewed on 11/06/2023

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: USA
      Trip Date: 27/05/2023
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Trip was seamless.

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      Glenn Yeldezian

      Reviewed on 07/06/2023

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: USA
      Trip Date: 27/05/2023
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Good value. Good time.

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