- Relax on an island retreat that is home to a puffin colony
- Enjoy a family canoe expedition, seaweed foraging & whiskey tasting
- Hike along the Causeway Coast, rated Lonely Planet’s Top 2018 Destination
- 6 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked small comfortable hotels and family run guest houses
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 evening meals, on the first and last nights of the trip. (see in itinerary above B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- The services of a qualified Wilderness Ireland adventure guide throughout the trip
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary including: guided tours, kayak hire, boat transfers, and entry fees as stated.
- All transport throughout the trip from designated start and end points, including ferries/boat transfers.
- Selection of tasty Irish snacks each day
- Gratuities for all accommodation, included meals & activity providers, but not your Wilderness Ireland guide.
With your own private guide, activities can be tailored to meet your family’s needs, preferences and expectations, and therefore this trip can be enjoyed at your own family’s pace.
It is your responsibility to ensure you are appropriately fit and capable of doing the described hikes in the expected times. Please refer to the grading section on our website for more details. If you are unsure we encourage you to speak to us first.
This family trip features three accommodations chosen for their excellent location near the Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, and an island retreat on Rathlin Island, as well as their excellent service and cosy comfort.
Each of the selected hotels are characterful and family-friendly, offering a range of child centred activities and services as well as ones that adults will also appreciate!
Every family is different, so please contact us in regards to accommodation. If one of your party specifically require a single room, a single supplement charge of €250 (subject to availability) is applicable.
Depending on your travel plans, you will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Belfast Airport or Train Station at 1.00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped of at Belfast Airport or Train Station by 12.00pm on the last day of your trip in time for regular connections to Dublin if required.
For advice on getting to, from and around Ireland please our travel advice here.
Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway Coast, inspiration for C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, TV series Game of Thrones and countless Irish tales of giants, magical beasts, kings and queens, is an ideal region to discover as a family!
Rated the top region to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, explore the Causeway Coast and Belfast on this fully-guided Giant’s Causeway family expedition by land and sea! Search for puffins on an island retreat, climb steep cliffside paths, hike to the mythic Giant’s Causeway and learn about those who built the Titanic.
On this fully-guided Giant’s Causeway family adventure, explore the myths of Northern Ireland from the Giant of the Causeway to mythical Narnia’s Dunluce Castle while staying in comfortable and family-friendly accommodations along the Causeway Coast and on an island retreat! Taste hearty local dishes, tap your foot to traditional Irish music, and have an adventure fit for the whole family!
Day 1 ‐ Legendary Castles of Inspiration
Meeting in Belfast, we travel north to the imaginary land of Narnia – or the dramatic ruins of Dunluce Castle, C.S. Lewis’s inspiration for the royal Narnia castle of Cair Paravel. Exploring its spectacular clifftop setting, we’ll learn fascinating stories of battles, ghosts and magic that haunt the ruins. (D)
Day 2 ‐ Causeway Canoe Expedition
Let the adventure begin! We start by exploring the magical Causeway Coast on a canoe expedition, tailored to suit everyone depending on ability, weather and tides. After a tasty picnic, we head to a local distillery for a whiskey – or for the kids, soft drinks – tasting experience. (B,L)
Day 3 ‐ Hike the Giant’s Causeway
As the myth goes, the Giant’s Causeway was built by mythological giants. Today our Giant’s Causeway family adventure continues with a clifftop hike to the Giant’s Causeway, enjoying lunch by a quaint harbour made famous by the Game of Thrones series. Ahoy mate, all aboard – we set sail to our island retreat! Encapsulating Ireland in miniature, these windswept Irish islands are perfect places to find the Ireland of your romantic imaginings. (B,L,D)
Day 4 ‐ Island Retreat on Rathlin Island
Waking to the smell of salt in the air, the crash of waves, and the sound of birds and seals, welcome to Rathlin Island. Intertwined with the legend of Robert the Bruce and the spider, this rocky outcrop is home to Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony – including everyone’s favourite, the puffin! We’ll try our hand at birdwatching to meet our feathered friends, visit a unique ‘upside down’ lighthouse and explore a seaweed farm to learn how this superfood is grown and perhaps even taste it! (B,L)
Day 5 ‐ The Cliffside Gobbins Path
The Gobbins Path,* one of Europe’s most dramatic hikes, takes us along a narrow path hugging a cliff face. We cross spectacular bridges amid crashing waves, traverse hidden undersea tunnels, climb rugged staircases carved into the cliff and crawl into smugglers’ caves. This is an exhilarating but strenuous adventure so some family members may prefer a gentler coastal hike exploring Islandmagee with your guide. (B)
Day 6 – Belfast & the Titanic
As the RMS Titanic was built in Belfast, an intriguing interactive visitor centre has been erected in its honour. This award-winning experience brings alive the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who created her. For a final hoorah, enjoy celebratory high tea in the decadent marbled surroundings of The Merchant Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 7 ‐ Depart
This morning, we shall say goodbye to this fascinating corner of Northern Ireland and the Giant’s Causeway family adventure and return to Belfast Train Station or Airport. (B)
This itinerary is designed to suit children 6-15 years old. Please note depending on factors such as weather and height of child, some activities may be restricted. This is a guided private departure and therefore the activities can be tailored to the needs and abilities of you and your children. This trip may be taken any time during the year (choose the dates best for your family), though keep in mind some of the activities may be modified in winter, especially water sports.
*The Gobbin’s Path is not accessible winter of 2017-18. Minimum height 3’9” (1.2 metres).100% satisfaction guarantee - We beleive our tours are world class. To back that up, we are the only Irish travel company to offer a no strings attached, 100% satisfaction guarantee