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According to legend, the columns of the Giant's Causeway are the remains of a path built by the mythical hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill in order to fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner.

Ireland Experiences

Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast

Iconic Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast Bike Tour

Itinerary

Our Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens Bike Tour route is rated as one of the most scenic routes worldwide and when you cycle it ~ you will see why.

Causeway Coast ~ Glens of Antrim    
8 Day / 7 Night Self Guided Bike trip, Euro 1050.00 per person sharing.

Tour Starts every Monday (arrival in Derry / Londonderry) from May 21st until September 24th.

The Causeway Coastal Bike Route is rated as one of the most scenic routes worldwide and when you cycle it ~ you will see why. From historic Londonderry, you wind your way along the Casueway Coast, from picturesque villages to unforgettable scenic locations.

To travel along the coast is to experience rugged and windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoilt beaches. It’s a coastline sprinkled with historic castles, churches and forts. Many are now just ruins but each holds the memories of a mysterious and heroic past. A past populated by seafaring Vikings and swashbuckling tales of the ancient Irish clans.

Delve into the Glens of Antrim where the fables and mythology come to live in the majestic landscapes. An overall memorable and unique experience!

Day 1: Arrival Historical Derry (Londonderry) City

Your tour starts in historical Derry City (Londonderry).  This vibrant city is fast becoming one of Ireland’s best cultural hotspots according to Lonely Planet.

In the words of Will Kelly, one of the celebrated Bogside Artists: ‘Derry is a big city with the ambience and character of a village. The sense of freedom of the people, young and old, is truly infectious. You could pick any Derryman or woman and put them on stage for their wit alone. In short, Derry is fun.’

It is the perfect location to start your bike adventure. Overnight in a city centre hotel with a warm welcome and on most Sunday evenings good craic in the bar with live traditional Irish music.

Day 2: Gentle Green Pastures

Today’s cycling route takes you on a gentle run alongside the Foyle River out of the city and into the sorrounding green countryside. Landscapes today include the Inishowen mountains on one side and Lough Foyle on the other. Your destination through pleasant green pastures is the coastal town of Moville, The scenic town of Moville lies on the banks of Lough Foyle, where the Bredagh River flows into the sea, on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal, near the northern tip of Ireland.

Moville’s location made it ideal for the maritime industry, and throughout the 19th century, large trading ships and transatlantic liners dropped anchor here. In the later years of the 1800s, Moville was a major port for embarkation for many travelers, including emigrants to Canada and America. It still retains its small fishing harbour. A gentle start to your week’s riding. Distance: 23 miles / 38km

Day 3: Iconic Landscapes

This morning you take a short ferry ride from Greencastle village to Magillan Point in Northern Ireland. A coastal bike ride follows to the iconic Mussenden Temple. The Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.

Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland, as Game of Thrones fans will recognise! Continue onward to the University town of Coleraine. Further along the coast is the seaside town of Portstewart. Situated on the famous Causeway Coast the magnificent Strand at Portstewart conjures up images of lazy summer days, picnics & sandcastles. Here you will also find Portstewart’s famous golf course, the Strand Course, indisputably the jewel in Portstewart’s crown for both quality of game and scenery.

Enjoy the views at every turn of the Donegal hills, the Atlantic and the River Bann. Distance: 27 miles / 43km

Day 4: Coastal Cliffs and Giant’s Causeway

Prepare for a day full of activity! You pedal past the iconic ruin of medieval Dunluce Castle, bearing witness to a long and tumultuous history. Follow the Causeway coast to Bushmills, home to the world’s oldest distillery. Onward to  the Giant’s Causeway, on a worldwide scale, Northerm Ireland’s most famous attraction. Stop at the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Not for the faint hearted! Tonight you stay in the little port and beach resort of Ballycastle. Ballycastle is located on the north-easternmost coastal tip of the island of Ireland. Distance: 27 miles / 43km

Day 5: A Day of Outstanding Beauty

Wake up to find yourself in the heart of the Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast are of outstanding beauty! Relax  in Ballycastle today and use this day to explore and sightsee. From here you can get a ferry to Rathlin Island,  Northern Ireland’s only inhabited island. Rathlin Islands’ rugged cliffs are   home to the biggest seabird colony in Europe.Watch out for puffins, buzzards, oystercatchers, Manx shearwaters, seals basking in rocky coves and passing shoals of dolphins and porpoises. Home to the Dark Hedges renowned to Game of Throne fans. Distance: 0 – 27 miles / 0 – 43km

Day 6: A Day of Legends and Mythical Landscapes

Todays bike ride take you past Fair Head where an unforgettable canvas unfolds. Below, the Sea of Moyle conjures up Irish mythology and  sagas of how the Children of Lir spent 300 years on this storm-tortured coast.
Beyond, the ocean stretches to the Scottish coastline, evoking a time when Antrim and Scotland’s Argyll were co-joined within the kingdom of Dal Riada.

Bike into the conservation village of Cushendon, described as one of the jewels of the Glens of Antrim where pretty Cornish style cottages line the streets. Continue along the coastline until you come to Cushendall the “Capital of the Glens”.  Overnight in Cushendall for the next two nights. Distance: 18 miles / 30km

Day 7: Glens of Antrim

Today’s cycle explores Glenariff glen, known as the queen of the glens, with its gushing waterfalls and scenic path skirting the sheer side of the plunging gorge. Cycling on from Glenariff , you have the option of cycling through the Glens including Glendun,  glen of the brown river and one of the nine Glens of Antrim.  It is named after the River Dun which is coloured brown by the peat bogs at the river source. Capture some of the most breathtaking scenery of the week. Return to Cushendall, where the Glen of Ballyeamonn sweeps down to the sea.  Distance: 32 miles / 51km

Day 8: Slan go Foill

After a final breakfast and farewell you commence your homeward journey.

Please note: The above cycle details are a guideline and all distances may vary according to your chosen route. Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

What’s Included?

This trip includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in and chosen hotels, guesthouses and b&b’s
  • Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Quality, Hybrid Bikes, ladies and gents, with full back-up service.
    (E-bikes available at an added cost)
  • Luggage transport each moving day.
  • Full cycling details and maps of the area.
  • Full cycling descriptions of each suggested days route.
  • GPS Unit with all routes pre-programmed (one per group)
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact/back-up number.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required at additional cost

What’s not included?

  • Any personal expenses – drinks, medical, gratuities etc
  • Transfer costs to and from tour start & end point
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • Any extra days/nights
  • Any costs to cycle repairs that are caused by misuse of bicycles
  • Ferry ride to Rathlin Island

Dates and Pricing

  • The cost of this trip is €1050 per person sharing.
  • There is a single supplement of €220.
  • E Bike available €110
  • A luggage transfer supplement will apply for a single cyclist booking.

Dates:

This itinerary can be organised to start or end on any day of the week. Please get in contact with us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

 

Helpful Notes

It is possible to take a shorter version of this trip or to extend this itinerary. If there are any experiences or routes that you are particularly interested in, please feel free to get in contact with us at tours@cyclewest.com and we will do our utmost to accommodate you!

Difficulty Level

About 10% of this tour is at  “Moderate” level of biking as it does have some steep climbs, with a maximum daily distance of 45km. We would recommend this bike trip to the independant cyclist who cycles regularly.