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Causeway Self-Guided Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: NOISG7A

Tour Overview

Starting in Antrim and finishing in Antrim or in Belfast this itinerary explores the ancient kingdom of Dalriada that occupies the north east corner of the island of Ireland. Regions explored include Lough Neagh, the Bann Valley, the Causeway Coast, the Antrim Plateau, the Glens of Antrim and the Antrim Coast Road.

From Antrim the first ride takes you west to the Bann Valley and then follows the river north to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Coleraine. From Coleraine you follow the Causeway Coast east to Bushmills. Continuing east, the next leg leads to Ballycastle for a two night stopover. The loop route from here offers a choice of a trip to Rathlin Island or a testing circuit via Torr Head. From Ballycastle you ride over the Antrim plateau and down one of the Glens of Antrim to meet the coast at Cushendall. The last leg follows the Antrim Coast Road south before turning inland back to Ballymena.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

Ten highlights

  • The historic, bustling, endlessly fascinating city of Belfast
  • The views over Lough Foyle from the Binevenagh Plateau
  • The enigmatic Giant’s Causeway – a World Heritage Site
  • Bushmills Distillery – the oldest licensed distillery in the world
  • Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (for an optional test of nerve)
  • Dunluce Castle and its dramatic cliff top location
  • The roller coaster road by Torr Head
  • The village of Cushendun, designed by William Clough Ellis
  • The stunning Causeway Coastal Road and its villages
  • Many spectacular filming locations for the TV series Game of Thrones


  • Antrim Coast
  • Antrim Coast Road
  • Ballintoy
  • Bushmills Distillery
  • Carrick-a-rede
  • Causeway Coast
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Whiterocks
  • Whiterocks


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending a night or two in Belfast at the beginning or end of the biking.
  • Take a ferry out to Rathlin Island from Ballycastle for the day.

Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Other options En Route
→ ml ↑ ft longer Shorter
1 - Belfast - - - -
2 Belfast / Antrim Aghadowey 43 1259   Lough Neagh, Bann River Valley
3 Aghadowey Bushmills 36 1134 Binevenagh Plateau, Mussenden Temple, Dunluce Castle
4 Bushmills Bushmills 30 979 Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dark Hedges
5 Bushmills Ballycastle 15 1032   Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Kinbane Castle, Ballintoy Harbour
6 Ballycastle Cushendall 36 2390   Glenshesk, Cushendun, Glenarriff Forest Park
7 Cushendall Belfast 50 1796   Antrim Coast Road, The Gobbins, Carrickfergus Castle

Day-by-Day Summary

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
Basic cost per person sharing 655*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 240
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 125
Touring 135
Road 165

E-Bike 205
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 230
Each additional person 20
Pannier rental per pair

*Prices for solo travellers are on request

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