Walks with captivating views along the Causeway Coastal Route

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Posted by Sarah

Published February 23, 2017

Rated as one of the top five road trips worldwide, the Causeway Coastal Route is a must see for anyone visiting Northern Ireland. Boasting non-stop spectacular scenery, many spots are also begging to be explored on foot.

Walk along the Causeway Coast

The iconic Mussenden Temple on the Causeway Coastal Route

Stretch your legs

As you leave Belfast, passing Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus, take the optional route around Island Magee to the hidden gem of Portmuck and choose between two linear routes approximately 2 miles (3.2km) in length on either side of this stunning little harbour.

Back on the mainland, continue northwards to take in the famous Antrim Coast Road to Carnlough. From the harbour, enjoy a 1.2 mile linear walk to Cranny Falls where views over the village await. Seats and viewpoints can be found at the top of this gentle incline along an old limestone railway track.

The Glorious Glens

Glenariff Waterfall

The Causeway Coastal Route passes by the foot of each of the nine Glens of Antrim with Glenariff Forest Park a must visit.

Meaning ‘Queen of the Glens’, explore the striking landscape via 4 circular scenic walks ranging from 0.4 to 5.9 miles (0.6 – 9.5 km).

Continuing through the Glens of Antrim you will pass the picturesque Cushendun and Cushendall before reaching Ballycastle, where if you have time, hop on the ferry to Rathlin Island.

Rathlin Island

The 33 mile (53km) linear Causeway Coast Way is widely regarded as one of the finest coastal walks in Ireland, with moments of awe around every corner. A linear route stretching from Ballycastle to Portstewart, the long distance walk can easily be split into sections so you can enjoy as much or as little as you like.

A few unmissable highlights include the North Antrim Cliff Path. Starting at the Giant’s Causeway and finishing at Dunseverick, the 4.8 mile (7.7km) linear route offers some of the best scenery on the Causeway Coastal Route.

Whitepark Bay

Another great way to experience the Causeway is via the 5.5 mile circular Portballintrae Causeway Loop. Alternatively, if you can’t wait to hit one of the many beaches, stop off at Whitepark Bay for a glorious 1.5 mile (2.4km) stretch of sandy shore.

Dramatic Headlands

Mussenden Temple

Return to the main Causeway Coastal Route heading towards the wild and dramatic headland of Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne.

With fabulous views that stretch over the whole of the northern coast of Ireland and onto Benone Strand, this 2 mile (3.2 km) circular walk is part of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From here, continue on to Limavady, passing Roe Valley to end your trip in Derry~Londonderry.

Put Your Feet Up

There are many great accommodation options along the Causeway Coast Route including a range of Walkers Welcome accommodation. Why not put your feet up and stay the night on the doorstep of some of the world's most spectacular scenery?


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