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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.
The itinerary follows routes B, F, G, H, I and J or K.
This tour is rated A – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • Mountsandel – the oldest inhabited site in Ireland
  • 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 waterfalls in Glenariff Forest Park
  • Slemish Mountain where St Patrick was enslaved

Gallery

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

Options

  • 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 Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at ANTRIM        
2 route B^* Antrim Coleraine    
Toome; Bann Valley; Mountsandel
3 route F Coleraine Bushmills  
Binevenagh Plateau; Mussenden Temple; Hezlett House; Dunluce Castle
4 route G Bushmills Ballycastle    
Bushmills Distillery; Giant's Causeway; Carrick-a-Rede
5 route H Ballycastle Ballycastle  
Torr Head; Cushendun; Rathlin Island; Vanishing Lake
6 route I Ballycastle Cushendall  
Glenshesk; Antrim Plateau; Glenaan; Glenarriff Forest park
7 route J^ Cushendall Antrim    
Antrim Coast Road; Glenarm; Slemish
or 7 route K^ Cushendall Belfast  
Antrim Coast Road; Glenarm; Carrickfergus Castle
8 depart from ANTRIM or BELFAST        

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
basic cost per person sharing
585
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
195
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
95
Ridgeback Touring
105
Trek Road
120
pannier rental per pair
10
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
210
additional charge per rider
15

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