Causeway coast holiday, Northern Ireland

“A six day break, tailor made and self guided, combining Belfast with Northern Irelandís world famous causeway coast, without the need for a car.”


Belfast | Causeway Coast | Bushmills | Bushmills Distillery | Giantís Causeway | Causeway Coast Way | Dunluce Castle | Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Description of Causeway coast holiday, Northern Ireland

Commencing in the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, this six day holiday follows a flexible, but well crafted itinerary that enables you to take in the world renowned Causeway Coast and all its natural and cultural highlights, without using a car.

Stay for your first two nights in a locally owned bed and breakfast just ten minutesí walk from the centre of Northern Irelandís capital. A welcoming and easily accessible city to wander around, highlights that we recommend include the historic Cathedral Quarter, with St Anne's Cathedral at its heart. This was, traditionally, the wealthy merchantsí hub of the city. In contrast, we also recommend the Titanic Quarter, so called because the shipyards where the notorious ship was built, have now been restored to a state of the art visitor centre. One more important cultural experience in Belfast is the Black Taxi tour. Led by drivers who lived through the years of conflict in this city, this is a moving and enlightening way to get to grips with Northern Irelandís recent history if you choose.

Causeway Coast

On day three, taking a train and taxi, you head to Bushmills, a town that is not only famous for its whisky distillery, but also a wonderful locally owned hotel, where you will stay for three nights, coming back to superb cuisine, whisky filled bar and, if you time it right, some live traditional music to help you really feel at home, Irish style.

Having settled in and enjoyed the real Northern Irish welcome, your fourth day is a time to enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giantís Causeway. During the months of July and August, you can travel there daily by steam train, or at weekends during June and September. During other times alternative transport will be organised for you. One of Irelandís most popular tourist attractions, this massive geological wonder is made up of thousands of hexagonal basalt columns set into the cliffs and but also reaching out into the sea, forming what look like stepping stones out into the waves. This, along with local folklore, give it the name Giantís Causeway, as it resembles a pathway fit for a giant. An easy way to escape the crowds and take in more of this incredible scenery is to climb the Shepherd's Steps and hike along the cliff-top Causeway Coast Way, a walking trail which not many visitors know about.

We include the services of a local driver guide for your fifth day on the Causeway Coast, enabling you to take in some of its other gems. If youíre a fan of Game of Thrones, for example, just ask your driver to show you the real Dark Hedges. One of our favourite stops is Dunluce Castle, a splendid ruin from medieval times and an imposing sight on the top of a cliff. If you are feeling adventurous, donít miss Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, near Ballintoy, which links the mainland with Carrick-a-Rede Island, suspended over a 30m drop. Once used by salmon fishermen to access a cottage on the rocky perches of the island, if you brave the bridge you will be rewarded with spectacular views out to Rathlin Island and along the coast.

On your final day, enjoy the beautiful environs of Bushmills, and then take the train back to Belfast.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Travel flight free

Travelling to Ireland flight-free has never been easier, thanks to the number of ferry routes existing between the Emerald Isle and mainland Britain. The most convenient route for this rail tour would be from Holyhead in North Wales, to Dublin. Holyhead is well-connected by the mainline rail network. There is also an overnight service from Liverpool, or you can travel from Cainryan in Southwest Scotland to Belfast and from there connect by express train to Dublin. 


Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays in Ireland for those who want to leave the car behind. Not having a car in tow can transform your experience, especially in Northern Ireland. Exploring on foot helps you to properly engage with the environment and experience the place at a more appropriate, slower pace - not to mention it helps keep transport emissions down to an absolute minimum.

On this holiday, marvel at the scale and beauty of the incredible world heritage site that is The Giantís Causeway which is managed by the National Trust and who have a robust sustainability and environmental programme in place to ensure that the landscape is kept pristine. This stunning geological formation, with distinctive columns of almost uniformly shaped basalt rock, is part of a landscape that's bound to send the imagination racing. Steeped in history and folklore, this part of the Irish coastline has been captivating visitors for hundreds of years.

We take the utmost care to choose local business and accommodation partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel and the environment, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible. We build long-term relationships based on mutual trust, with a joint commitment to excellent customer satisfaction and care for the environment.

The Impacts of this Trip

For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. Thatís why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction.

We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel. On day three of this holiday, a specialist local driver will take you to some of the many other magnificent sites including the much photographed Dunluce Castle Ė once the ancient seat of the Earl of Antrim - and also Carrick-a-Rede.

All of our holiday packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track.


2 Reviews of Causeway coast holiday, Northern Ireland

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Belfast was such a pleasant surprise. So many cool restaurants and bars. We were there for the annual Culture Night festival in Sept and it was amazing
display of arts and events across the city. Never once felt unsafe on our trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I really enjoyed taking a train from Belfast to Whitehead and then getting a taxi to visit the Gobbins Cliff Walk. It was a unique and beautiful experience.
Make time in your itinerary for that. Communicate before leaving with your personal driver to map out the sights you want to see so you plan your schedule
accordingly and wont be disappointed if you miss somewhere.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I feel it benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was all memorable as the scenery was dramatic, the accommodation was extremely goo & the people were very friendly.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Allow for more time in each area

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, it did benefit local people by bringing in extra income

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent in every respect

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