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Causeway Coast Way

This route, from Portstewart to Ballycastle, passes through the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a World Heritage Site and several Areas of Special Scientific Interest. It includes views of wide bays, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and off-shore rocks.

Please note: Diversion via Glenstaughey Road - This is an interim measure to address the issue of the on road section between Ballintoy and Ballycastle on the Causeway Coast Way, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council will continue to work towards an off road coastal path.




33 miles

OS Map

Sheets 4 and 5

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Beach, Coastal, Hill


Varied tracks, beach, rock, road

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

The Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-rede (owned and maintained by National Trust).

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Causeway Coast

Route Description

This superb, two-day walking route takes you along Northern Ireland's most celebrated coastline. High cliffs, secluded beaches and numerous historic and natural landmarks are just some of the treats on offer. With frequent access points and terrain suitable for all fit walkers, this is one route you'll remember for years to come.

Section 1 Portstewart to Portrush (10km)

The route starts with a popular stretch of path that carries you between two Victorian seaside resorts.

Begin opposite Portstewart Golf Club. Before you set off, it's well worth making the 20m detour to visit Tubber Patrick, or St Patrick's Well. Then follow the path towards the sea. Turn right onto a wide pavement that passes between the shore and a line of waterfront houses, heading towards the crenellated outline of O'Hara's Castle.

The path squeezes past the seaward side of the castle (now a school), climbing onto a balcony built into the cliff. Now descend a flight of steps and continue north along Portstewart promenade. Just beyond the picturesque harbour, look out for a route marker directing you up a flight of steps between two houses. The steps lead onto the cliff-fringed headland of Portstewart Point.

Continue along the promenade, then a short stretch along the A2 road leads out of town. At a golf course look out for signs directing you left, along low-lying coastline beside the greens and fairways. There are often different paths to choose from, but just keep as close to the shore as possible.

As you near Rinagree Point, the path climbs steeply to a headland with good views in both directions. Continue along the edge of the cliff, occasionally dipping down to cross a cove. Here you pass the promontory that once held Ballyreagh Castle, though little remains of the building today.

Another short stretch beside the A2 brings you to a sudden view over Portrush. Follow the path across grassy slopes to reach the promenade, which runs the length of West Strand and brings you to Portrush harbour.

Did You Know?

The site known today as Tubber Patrick, or St Patrick's Well, was originally used by prehistoric communities as a source of water, as well as being venerated by pagan pilgrims looking for medical cures. Later, when Ireland's patron saint passed through the area around 450 AD, he blessed the spring and it became equally important for Christians.

Section 2 Portrush to Portballintrae (9.3km)

A long, sweeping beach and a medieval castle are highlights of this section.

Continue past Portrush harbour and onto a path that runs around Ramore Head. This is a great viewpoint, with Dunluce Castle clearly visible on the cliff top some 4km to the east. Now follow the path around to Curran Strand, or East Strand as it is known locally.

Set out along the beach, following the sand for over 2km to reach the parking area at White Rocks. This area derives its name from the striking limestone cliffs that line the back of the beach.Follow the route markers up to the A2 road and turn left beside the tarmac, towards Dunluce Castle. Although you'll be walking along a pavement beside a busy road for the next 3km, fantastic coastal views keep your progress interesting.

After 2km, detour left onto a short access lane to reach Dunluce Castle. Perched spectacularly on a rocky promontory high above the sea, it's well worth pausing on your journey to explore the site properly. A quick exploration of the grounds will reveal the sea cave that completely undercuts the castle, once providing a personal disembarkation point for seafaring visitors.

Now return to the A2 road and continue to follow it east. You soon pass a place where the carriageways split, then, 500m later, reach a left turn towards Portballintrae. Follow this road into the heart of the village, passing round the back of the central cove and harbour. Continue to a car park above a larger beach, which is known as Runkerry Beach.

Did You Know?

Dunluce Castle is one of Ireland's most spectacular medieval castles, perched on a crumbling basalt outcrop above the pounding surf. There has been a castle here since the 13th century, and it was the seat of power for the MacDonnell clan who dominated this part of Ulster during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Section 3 Portballintrae to The Giant's Causeway (4.3km)

This section is entirely off-road, bringing you round a beach and onto the high, wild coastline that characterises the middle part of the route.

From the car park above Runkerry Beach, follow a gravel footpath downhill. Cross a footbridge over the Bush River and turn right onto a wooden boardwalk that traces the bank of the river. At a junction with a gravel path, turn left. You now pass through an extensive sand dune system, walking beside the track of the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway. Cross the tracks twice to reach a wooden gate, where you should turn left.

Follow this path towards the beach, then veer right and descend across a footbridge at the end of the sand. Continue between a slipway and the impressive building of Runkerry House, which dates from the early 1860s. The path now climbs onto the cliff tops, passing around the edge of Runkerry Head. This is the start of a beautiful and dramatic stretch of natural coastline that will continue for the next 10km.

From the top of the headland, there's a great view east towards the Giant's Causeway. Dip across a cove, then continue to an information sign detailing the walking trails around the causeway. You have just joined the Green Trail, which follows this path back to the visitor centre.

Continue around the headland, past the white building of the Causeway Hotel. Just beyond this you reach a flight of steps heading down to your left. It may not be obvious, but you are now on the grass-covered roof of the Giant's Causeway visitor centre.

Did You Know?

The Giant's Causeway is Ireland's only natural World Heritage site. Some 40,000 hexagonal columns were created here during a period of intense volcanic activity some 60 million years ago. An analogy often used to illustrate the cooling process of the lava is the cracking of lake beds when they dry out in the sun. 

Section 4 Giant's Causeway to Dunseverick Castle (7.3km)

A grassy path continues along the cliff tops and over the route's highest point.

From the Giant's Causeway visitor centre you have two options. If you have visited the causeway before, simply continue along the cliff-top path, also signed here as the Red Trail. If you haven't been here before and want to explore the shoreline formations, turn left and descend the flight of steps, following the Blue Trail beside the access road. Explore the main cluster of columns at your leisure, then continue east along a low-level path, past the formation known as The Organ, to reach another set of steps on the right. These are the Shepherd's Steps, and a steep climb to the top will reunite you with the cliff path.

The cliff path now continues east along the seaward side of a fence, passing above a series of precipitous coves. The second of these is known as Port na Spaniagh and contains the wreck of the Girona, one of the ships from the ill-fated Spanish Armada. With height established approximately 100m above the ocean, the path undulates past the dramatic rock scenery around Benbane Head. Hamilton's Seat, at the tip of the headland, marks the highest point of the entire route.

You now begin a steady descent southeast, passing above Port Moon to reach Dunseverick Castle. Little remains of this ancient promontory fort, which is reputed to have been at the end of one of the five roads emanating from Tara. Later St Patrick was to bless the castle, although it was eventually sacked by Vikings and fell into ruin, being replaced as a local stronghold by Dunluce.

Did You Know?

The Girona was one of 24 ships from the 1588 Spanish Armada that were wrecked along the Irish coast. Of the estimated 1300 people on board, less than 10 survived. In the 1960s a team of divers investigated the wreck and salvaged the greatest haul of Armada treasure ever recovered, which is now on display in Belfast's Ulster Museum.

Section 5 Dunseverick Castle to Ballintoy Harbour (7.8km)

To enjoy this section at its best, check the tide times before you set out and avoid walking past White Park Bay at high tide. If the tide is high, you'll have to follow the A2 road all the way from Dunseverick village to Ballintoy.

From Dunseverick Castle, continue east along the coastline. After roughly 800m you pass beneath the white houses of Dunseverick village. The coast is lower now, and you pass over a couple of grassy knolls then climb some stone steps to reach a lane.

From the laneway continue down to Dunseverick Harbour which has newly upgraded toilets and shower facilities (the shower facilities can be booked by contacting the Causeway Coast & Glens BC). Follow the waymarkers from Dunseverick Harbour towards Gid Point and  Portbraddan along the newly upgraded and diverted pathway with stunning views of Bengore Head to the North West and Rathlin Island to the North East.

Passing through the natural basalt archway to reach Portbraddan you will pass the remains of a salmon fishery and a row of cottages.

Drop onto the rocky shore and turn right towards White Park Bay. Access to the bay is protected by limestone cliffs that rise from a jumble of slippery boulders. At high tide these boulders may be impassable, but if the tide is in your favour then a few minutes of careful boulder hopping will carry you onto the 2km sweep of golden sand.

Cross the beach to its eastern end, where the route skirts around the base of more cliffs. Again, this section may be impassable at high tide. Otherwise, it is an easy hop across the rock slabs to reach grassy ground. The coastline now shatters into a series of rock arches, stacks and islets. Follow a footpath, then a track, to reach the car park at Ballintoy harbour.

Did You Know?

As well as being a favourite location for summer activities, White Park Bay contains an extensive sand dune system that provides a protected habitat for many species of fauna and flora. This was also one of the first places in Ireland to be settled by Neolithic communities, and numerous tools and tombs have been unearthed around the bay.

Section 6 Ballintoy Harbour to Ballycastle (12.6km)

Visit the thrilling Carrick-a Rede Rope Bridge before following a road to the finish.

Leaving Ballintoy may be easier said than done, because this is one of those quiet, picturesque little harbours that compel you to sit down and take it easy for a while. When you're ready, climb away from the water along the twisting access road. At a bend beside the church, turn left onto a footpath. This grassy trail leads across fields to the cliff top, where it curves past Sheep Island.

Soon you arrive at the car park for Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. If you want to visit the bridge, pay your dues at the entrance kiosk and continue east along a well-benched path for 1km.  Here you can cross the 20m suspension bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island. The outpost affords particularly good views over Rathlin Island and Scotland's Mull of Kintyre.

Retrace your steps back to the car park and turn left. Climb along the access road, passing an old lime kiln to reach the B15. Turn left, taking care because there is no footpath and traffic travels quickly along the road. From here, the route continues on road (B15) for 6km towards Ballycastle. For an optional diversion that travels along the quieter Glenstaughey Road, turn right 500m after leaving the access road from Carrick-a-rede. The Glenstaughey Road rejoins the B15 after 3.2km.

After 2.4km, turn left onto Carnduff Park. Pass several houses, and where the road bends left, turn right onto a farm track. This takes you between fields and rejoins the road near a sign marking the boundary of Ballycastle.


Continue straight ahead along the road, descending towards the town centre. Pass the harbour and seafront amenity area, then keep straight ahead at a roundabout. Follow Quay Road for 800m to reach the historic square known as The Diamond, the official end of the route.

Did You Know?

A rope bridge has been raised annually at Carrick-a-Rede for 250 years. The bridge is erected each spring and taken down before the autumn gales, giving salmon fishermen access to their summer nets. The salmon migrate past the island, giving rise to its Gaelic name Carrig-a-Rade, which translates as 'The Rock in the Road'.

Please be aware that this walking route passes through areas of open land such as working farmland and tidal zones. Livestock may be present and ground conditions may be uneven or wet underfoot. Please refer to the ‘Walk Safely’ information that can be found at the link below.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

From Coleraine, take the A2 to Portstewart. At the junction by the sea front, turn left. There are two car parks between here and the start of the walk at Tubber Patrick.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae, Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Ballintoy Harbour, Carrickarede, Ballycastle
Shop (wheelchair accessible) - Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae, Giants Causeway, Ballycastle
Visitors Centre - Portrush, Giants Causeway
Disabled toilets - Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae, Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Ballintoy Harbour, Carrickarede, Ballycastle
Disabled parking - Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae, Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Ballintoy Harbour, Carrickarede, Ballycastle
Mobility vehicle available - Giants Causeway


Car parks along the walk. Refreshments available at most towns and villages along the route and at several of the tourist attractions.


Causeway Coast Waymarked Way Guide

Publication Availability

Coleraine Tourist Information Centre, tel: 028 7034 4723. Alternatively, a copy of the Guide is available to download on this webpage.

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Ratings and Comments

F Lennon 14 July, 2019 @ 17:54

really helpful and inspiring

Mary Thompson 22 April, 2019 @ 09:20

Do not do the last segment of this hike.

I start with that as a warning. It is heavily trafficked and there are no shoulders. It is extremely dangerous and I am surprised it is even recommended.

That being said the rest of the walk is amazing - beautiful, varied and easy to follow. It is one of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever had the pleasure to walk.

Also, while my rating says “Excellent” it was the only option I was given. I would rate it one below that because of the last section, again, which should not be recommended to anyone.

Sudaporn Obom 13 September, 2018 @ 13:00

Just finished the trail yesterday.

It was amazing 2 and a half day walking. I had not got any experiences like this, especially walking with the storm lol. And the materials in this website are really helpful.

Wish I can do it again in the future.

Daymoth 29 May, 2018 @ 23:21

We just came back. We did 2 and half days from Portstewart to Ballintoy rope bridge - avoided the last section on the road (section 6). And it was amazing. And shocked at how little people were walking, you honestly miss 95% of the good stuff if driving. Doing it east to west gives you increasingly better scenery.

From Belfast Intl Airport the bus to Antrim station departs from the same bus stop as the bus to Belfast. There is no service on Sundays but taxi is about 10 pounds. Take the train or bus to Coleraine and then bus to Portstewart. It overall takes 2h to get to Portsewart from the airport. Translink website worked well.

The walk from Portstewart to the Giants Causeway is allways either offroad or on a footpath next to the A2. But after Portballintrae the A2 stops having a footpath, and it has no verge nor hard shoulder.

From the Giants Causeway to Ballintoy Harbour the walk is OUTSTANDING. Stunning, very few people and all off road. The access in and out of Whitepark Bay can be a bit tricky if the tide is high ( in spring its fine), but I still think its worth getting a bit wet feet than taking the A2. The A2 untill Ballintoy is narrow, busy, with buses, no hard shoulder and no verge or footpath, and not so nice as the coastal trail. I suggest avoiding the A2 as much as possible. If the tide makes the trail impassable, climb up and go off trail to Ballintoy harbour ( careful with cliffs andprivate land) or take the bus to Ballintoy town ( safest option) and then from there go to the harbour.

From Ballintoy to the rope bridge is all off road or in tiny local roads and its fantastic.

Overall the buses we took were on time, the trains weren't. Also dont rely on taxis up in the coast. They are few, local people, cater to long journeys and need booking with time.

Book accomodation in advance so that you can plan the sections as you need. Specially around the Giants area there are not too many options and you might need to walk on the road ( take hivis and a torch).

Jess Brookes 3 July, 2017 @ 13:23

Inspiring scenery! We did this in one hit, training for a 100km Trailwalker walk we have to do in under 30 hours next month.. Took us 12.5 hours and we were absolutely wrecked by the end! As others have said, the last section from Ballintoy to Ballycastle was not pleasant but my brother recommended cutting up a side rode that ran parallel to the main road which was much quieter and safer. I probably took over 200 photos- the changing terrain and coastline with so many gems dotted along it made it the most interesting and enjoyable walk we've all done to date. What a way to showcase Northern Ireland. Thank you!

Ronitski 25 June, 2017 @ 20:40

I had an absolutely wonderful time! Walked for two days in June 2017. I did Ballycastle to Portrush, but with some detours and two hops on the bus. I recommend taking the bus times with you, as it can come in handy.

The scenery is gorgeous, and it was great weather so the colors were all striking blue and green. Walking along the sea line for an entire day is wonderful.

The path is very well maintained, and quite well signposted (with room for improvement here and there). I was a women hiking on my own and felt completely safe and at ease. Most parts were easy to walk, but there were a few bits that demanded more effort, for example walking for several minutes on large rocks to get to White Park Bay. If a person interested in the walk has trouble with paths that are not flat and easy, I would recommend researching the different parts of the path and plan in advance to use a bus to skip the parts difficult for you.

For the first day I carried food with me for the entire day, but it is also possible to rely on the restaurants along the way, such as the Nook at the Giant's Causeway and the hotel at Portrush right by the seafront and the bus stop. I would still recommend to take some snacks and water of course.

I arrived at Ballycastle a day before and really loved spending time in the town. In the morning I took the bus to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, at the advise of local people who said the walking route from Ballycastle to the Rope Bridge is along a road that has cars but no sidewalk.

After the first day's walk I spent the night in Bushmills. There is a really nice path along the Railway Line that connects Bushmills to the Giants Causeway. The second day, after I finished the hiking, I took a bus to Colraine and from there to Derry.

Loved it and would highly recommend it.

Hiker 8 May, 2017 @ 12:11

Did this in reverse - Rope Bridge to Giants Causeway. Spent the night in Ballintoy and started the day early at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (1km loop). The trail picks up from the end of the Carrick-a-Rede car park, taking you through some fields before turning right to head down to Ballintoy Harbour (section 5).

Overall, very well marked with a good path (with a couple exceptions on White Park Bay). BEAUTIFUL and varied scenery. Took us 5 hours from the Carrick-a-Rede car park to Giant's Causeway, 12 miles. (Add 1 hour if you're visiting the rope bridge to allow time for queues and enjoying the view).

Walkers recommended that we continue on to Bushmills and Portrush (section 2 & 3), but had to catch the last bus back to Ballintoy - check the 172 and 402 (April-Sept). Would definitely do it again!

Liz 19 June, 2016 @ 14:14

We did this walk from Port Stewart to Ballycastle in late April 2016 and it was wonderful. The scenery is superb and the way the walk clings to the edge of the coast is lovely. We would recommend it to anyone. The tea shop at Dunluce castle was a very welcome stop, as was the one just before the rope bridge at Ballintoy harbour.

However the walk along the road from Carrick a rede to Ballycastle was very unpleasant and a really disappointing way to end the walk. We did manage to find a very quiet back road to avoid some of it, but there was still about three miles along an extremely busy road. My advice to anyone doing this walk is to start or finish at Carrick a rede, forget the bit to or from Ballycastle. The bus service along this route makes it very easy to get back from your end point and to the start point the next day so you can stay in one place avoiding the need to carry all your kit with you.

EJ 4 April, 2016 @ 13:01

Completed this walk starting from Portstewart to Ballycastle. As we'd two children with us, we broke it down to four days staying in hostels along the route (Portrush, Bushmills, Whitepark Bay). Wonderful range of dramatic cliffs, sandy coves & beaches. Great access via stiles, paths & way-markers thanks to the NT. Superb scenery & really enjoyable walk.

Had to finish at Carrick-a-rede due to dangerous road into Ballycastle but overall a great experience.

Josuha 9 April, 2015 @ 08:50

Walked from Giant's Causeway to Ballintoy, by far the best walk in Ireland. Great to see the section between Dunseverick and Portbraddan reopened by a new diverted path over the headland, Well done to whoever finally managed to get this section reopened.

Stephen K 22 April, 2014 @ 22:25

Walked this as the last section of my three ways in three days. I had started the day from Ballintoy as the day before I had walked the road section from Ballycastle and stayed in the hostel. If you started at Larry Bane you wouldn't miss that much and knock a good few miles off. But from there to Portballintrae it is some of the best walking in the world. Beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs small harbours, waterfalls down to the sea and the world famous Giants Causeway. The section that has slippage is still able to be walked you just need to be careful going down it towards the shore. Although offical advice is to avoid it and everyone probably should, the excluded area is beautiful cliff path. Hopefully they can get something sorted as it has been a number of years now and I still don't think they have fixed it. The road walk after Portballintrae has many excellent views along the coast. Then comes the Portrush Beaches with step dunes that are the back of Royal Portrush Golf Course. Around Ramore head and onward towards Portstewart you walk along the shore below a few golf courses. Then onto the promenade and the last strech around the convent towards the beach. This last section felt like it went on forever and the beach was a welcome sight to take off my shoes and dip my legs in the chilly Atlantic water. Great walk, everyone visting NI or in fact live here should do it at least once if they can.

Brendan Major 8 April, 2014 @ 22:51

I walked the Causway route from Causeway to Portstewart on the 4th April, though the journey to my start point over the Antrim plateau and through Ballypatric forest was shrouded in thick mist the coast itself was crystal clear.

Though some quite long portions of the route are along main roads the footpaths are sufficiently wide, generally hug the cliff edge and give plenty of opportunity to pause and take in the cliff face and sea-life scenes denied to passing car occupants. But only the very grumpiest of ramblers would not think the road sections a small price to pay for the glory of route portions made up of miles of beach and long stretches of cliff paths.

Unlike the differently wonderful Moyle Way where you are unlikely to ever meet another soul and you are really required to carry everything you will need to eat or drink the Causway route snakes through a number of small and friendly towns/villages where tea and buns can be procured. I picked Bob and Berts Artisan coffee shop in Portstewart, mostly because it had tables outside and I had my dog with me; the service was a bit slack but friendly when you got their attention and they agreed to provide a dish of water for the dog (no charge, but improved tip).

Parts of the route are a bit twisty which is no bad thing but many of the waymark posts while still in place have had their direction and name discs removed so, as WalkNI recommend, best have a map with you.

This is a simply wonderful walk, it would be good in any weather but on a good day worth pulling a sickie and getting into your boots.

Dean Douglas 5 September, 2013 @ 17:04

Just finished walking the Causeway Coast Way from Portstewart to Ballycastle. This has to be the best long walk I have ever done. The scenery is spectacular from start to finish. The way is well-marked and for the most part, offroad and traffic free. This is a real gem on our own doorstep. There's something for everyone - seascapes, cliffscapes, golden beaches, verdant pastures, small towns, and world class tourist attractions along the way. Day One brought me as far as the Giant's Causeway where I booked into a hotel about a mile away. My highlight of day two was rescuing a beached dolphin on White Park Bay with the assistance of two lovely folk!

This is a walker's paradise. I hope I have the privilege to do it again one day.

Joshua Smiley 28 August, 2013 @ 11:51

Being a regular walker of this spectacular walk I would recommend this walk to all.

But be aware that the section from Dunseverick to Portbraddan section is closed and dangerous and Duncan Howorth's comment is reckless and you should avoid this section. Hopefully tis section will be fixed soon.

Duncan Howorth 15 September, 2012 @ 15:57

Great walk - did the section from Balintoy Harbour to the Giant's Causeway - ignoring the path closure - fantastic scenery.

David Baker 11 May, 2012 @ 00:22

Walked some of the CCW last Sunday 5th May - stunning views along the coast and across to the Mull of Kintyre in sun and blue skies. A great pity though about the ice cream stand at Dunseverick Harbour with its noisy generator destroying the peacefulness of this beautiful area.

Chris 23 June, 2011 @ 15:54

I did this trail on the 11th of May 2011 from Port Stewart to Carrick-a-rede. I really enjoyed it, especially the sections after the Giant’s Causeway which follow a country path and, for the most part, have no asphalt. The following points should be of some benefit to future hikers:

1. While this online guide mentions the “Shepherd’s Steps”, I had printed only the maps and, as they do not show these steps, I chose not to go down to the Causeway as I was pressed for time. Assuming most hikers on this trail are new to the area, one can assume that they would like to see these rock formations, in which case, the preferred route would be to hike down to the Causeway and then continuing on for half a mile or so before ascending the “Shepherd’s Steps” to rejoin the path a bit further down the line. I would encourage WalkNI to show this option on their maps.

2. My hike was affected by the fear of hitting the high tide at White Park Bay. This meant I had to hurry on through the best sections of the trail. When I reached WPB I could not ease my pace because it has not been made clear where the danger is, at the start of WPB, at the end, or both? What if one successfully crossed onto WPB, but then reached a point further on which was blocked? Then the danger would be that the rising tide might prevent one from retracing one’s steps.

In the end I need not have hurried. There is only one problem spot and that is the short (100m) section of rock that is at the very start of WPB. I got there 3 hours after low tide and there was still plenty of time to cross over. I think I would have been able to cross even during high tide. But be aware that this was during May's neap tide and the sea was calm with very small waves. During rough seas and spring tides, expect to have a far smaller window around the low tide mark, but I suspect one will always get three hours on either side of it.

Once you are past that short bottleneck, relax, you are not going to end up being caught by the rising tide. If I had known this, I would have spent more time on the stunning beach of White Park Bay.

admin 8 September, 2010 @ 11:27

Thanks for all the feedback! WalkNI market and promote the Causeway Coast Way while the Local District Councils manage the route on the ground. We are actively working together with local landowners to try and get as much of the route off road as possible, but in the mean time, due care and attention should be paid when walking the on road section between Ballycastle and Carrick-a-rede. We appreciate all the comments we receive as we aim to make the route descriptions provided on WalkNI as helpful and realistic as possible.

Brendan Major 7 September, 2010 @ 22:43

Making a habit of walking WalkNI recommended routes in reverse I and a couple of friends in training for the Oxfam 100KM challenge trek in the Mourns spent 5 hours on 29th August walking that part of the Causeway Path running from Ballycastle to the Giants Causeway.

Others have commented but it is certainly worth emphasising that the stretch from Ballycastle to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is simply dangerous, unpleasant and frustrating. Dangerous because the road - which has no pavement – has the character of an arcade driving game with hidden dips, blind corners, hairpin bends and hidden side roads, unpleasant because fear makes a poor walking companion and frustrating because there are some off-road path alternatives on the OS map to which WalkNI have not secured public access. (I never envied the English ‘Right to Roam’ legal entitlement more than I did on this day). Though it may be less satisfactory I do think without better path access the Causeway route should terminate at Carrick-a-Rede.

That said, once Carrick-a-Rede is reached the path becomes one of the most smile educing and “stop-for-a-photo” generating walks in the north. There is an excellent piece of advice in Greg Braziunas’ earlier posting which is to check the tide times for White Park Bay. You need to target crossing the Whitepark strand within 3 hours either side of low tide. Tide times can be checked at the following link http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/Easytide/EasyTide/ShowPrediction.aspx?PortID=0651&PredictionLength=7 . The alternative to the very lovely beach walk is a less pleasant climb up and decent down from the road which parallels the beach. There is also a cute dinky little church at the end of Whitepark bay strand which is worth a visit.

We loved the way the path hugs the very edge of the shore or cliff all the way to the Giants Causeway, the fact that the wind whipping up over the precipice edge nearly bowled us over only added to the enjoyment. If you leave early enough you can also enjoy tea and buns at the Giants Causeway café.

Now I know of this route my visits to the Giants Causeway with visitors from abroad will be a bit more exciting.

Greg Braziunas 22 October, 2009 @ 19:23

An absolutely amazing walk!!! But I would really recommend to CHECK THE TIDE CONDITIONS!!! As it says in section 5 and 6 the easiest route is through White Park Bay but low tide is key. I went at high tide and had to bypass a few areas by taking a adventurous route!

Bill Murphy 8 July, 2009 @ 23:00

Done this walk in early June 2009 and it was nothing short of amazing. Weather was ideal for walking and the scenery from Portstewart all the way to Carrick a Rede takes some beating, no matter where you have been before. Although WalkNI's information does mention the road which makes up the last 7 miles of the walk to Ballycastle, it does, because of the traffic and no path, take the edge of what was othewise a fantastic two days of walking. There are plenty of B&Bs in Portstewart before the start of the walk (I used Wandrin' Heights and the landlady homemakes the best wheaten bread I've ever tasted!), good accommodation in Bushmills or the hostel in Ballintoy. The first thing to put in your backpack should be Compeed blister plasters, cos they're brilliant.

Brett Townsend 20 March, 2009 @ 17:35

I did this walk on 16-18 March (2 days really) staying overnight at Portrush and Ballintoy. Weather was fair to good. The best bit is from the Giant's Causeway to the rope bridge (after which it is mainly road). The waymarking was weak in many places (compared to walks in England)and more direction on the parts where scrambling over rocks is necessary would have helped. That said I did not get lost! One feature that struck me was the amount of litter from bins and just dumped in bags by the path / roads.

Overall a good walk - not strenuous and with great views of the Atlantic rollers - and great beaches. As it was off season, refreshments were few and far between.

Cathelijne Vossen from the Netherlands 13 May, 2008 @ 08:24

Last week, we walked the Causeway Coast Way in Antrim. We really enjoyed the walk and were camping alongside it.

The views were spectacular and the walking paths were very easy.

The maps on the website were very helpful, we just printed them out and used them.

Unfortunately, there are very few campsites along the way. We could use public toilet facilities at several locations, but we weren't allowed to pitch our tent there.

We asked several tourist information offices along the way about campsites, and they told us that most campsites allowed tents. However, most campsites don't. Even in Ballycastle, where there are 3 campsites, none of them would take us in.

Luckily, we just met a friendly family from Belfast who stayed in their caravan at fairhead camping in Ballycastle, and they spoke to the manager who let us in.

In conclusion; the walk is wonderful and your website has been a great help. However, camping can be pretty difficult. It would be a great help for future walkers if you would mention this on your website.

Lisa Davy 19 April, 2008 @ 10:31

Superb scenery and views but the walk needs to finish at the rope bridge. The last part was by a very busy road, without a pathway, VERY dangerous for walkers.

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