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Antrim Coast

Antrim Coast

Degree of difficulty - B

Our meeting point is Belfast, a changing city undergoing large-scale transformation of the centre and waterfront areas. However, it still retains many examples of its past glories as Ulster's engine room and as a result it has many fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, making the city well worth some exploring.

Antrim is also the backdrop for much of the "Game of Thrones".  En route there is a chance to visit locations such as The Iron Islands and the Dark Hedges - The Kings Road

A sustrans cycle route guides us out of the city and up the Northern coastline. Here we alternate our time between exploring the unspoilt dramatic coastline and beautiful Glens whilst experiencing some of the finest hospitality you will find. Our rest day is in the attractive town of Ballycastle where you can visit Rathlin Island. The famous Giants Causeways and Carrickrede Rope Bridge and the delights of Bushmills Distillery are all part of our safaris.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossiers.

Please contact us in the office for more information info@cyclingsafaris.com.

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN BELFAST
On arrival in Belfast you should make your way to your accommodation. If you get there early the rooms in the B&Bs will not usually be ready till midday so you can leave your luggage at the guesthouse and explore this bustling City

DAY 2 BELFAST TO CARNLOUGH 40 miles / 64kms
Setting out on a Sustrans Cycle path you cycle out of Belfast along the coast to Carrickfergus and its famous 12th Century castle. You then head inland to avoid the busy Sunday traffic and up into the mountains before descending to the first of the Antrim Glens with beautiful views of the ocean below. That night you stay in the quiet seaside village of Carnlough.

DAY 3 CARNLOUGH TO CUSHENDALL 35 miles / 56kms
In the morning you cycle up into the hills and see the Sperrin Mountain. It is here where legend has it that St Patrick spent his youth in captivity as a pig farmer before escaping back to England, only to return as a Bishop to convert Ireland to Christianity. You then return to the coast for lunch in a seaside hotel. That afternoon you cycle along the beautiful Antrim coastline to Cushendall where you will spend the night.

DAY 4 CUSHENDALL TO BALLYCASTLE 35 miles/56kms
In the morning you explore the pretty and less visited Glen of Glenaan and then return to the coast for lunch in Cushendun. In the afternoon comes one of the highlights of the week, a breathtaking cycle along the coast road to Ballycastle passing along green fields dotted with sheep, while you look out over beautiful views of Scotland and the Mull of Kintyre, just across the sea.

DAY 5 REST DAY IN BALLYCASTLE
One attractive option on the rest day is to take the ferry to explore nearby Rathlin Island which has one of the largest bird colonies in the country as well as a small seal colony. It is a wonderful place to spend a rest day giving you that sense of being away from it all that you can only experience on an island.

DAY6 TOUR OF NORTH COAST 35 miles / 56 kms
Todays cycle is a wonderful route,  mixing the best of Antrims iconic sites along with "Game of Thones" locations!!
You start with a cycle along beautiful coastline to view the hexagonal basalt rock formations at the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark. When you see this geographical wonder you will understand why is had been awarded World Heritage Site status. Our next stop on a day of spectacular sights is the Carrik-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This swinging bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island was originally erected by local fisherman over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. After taking the “rope-bridge challenge” we head on along the coast to Bushmills where you can have lunch before heading back to Ballycastle for the night.  
There is an option to visit The Dark Hedges - The Kings Road in The Game of Thrones.

DAY 7 BALLYCASTLE TO BELFAST 25 miles/40kms
For our last days cycle you head South back into the Glens towards the ECOS centre. From here we arrange a transfer for you back to Belfast and a last night on the tour.

DAY 8 BELFAST - HOME
You are free to make your own way home after breakfast.

Please have a look in the tour dossier for more information.

2017 GROUP TOUR PRICE
Stg £705.00 per person sharing
Stg £225.00 single supplement

2017 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICE
Stg £705.00 per person sharing
Stg £225.00 single supplement

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation ( small hotels and guesthouses ) 
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental
- Guide in a support van (guided tours only)
- Luggage transfer
- route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from April to October and can start any day of the week.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels. 
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending 
on availability.

BELFAST

Tara Lodge Tara Lodge1

The first and last night of the trip we stay in this beautiful luxurious hotel 
taralodge.com

CARNLOUGH

Londonderry Arms Hotel Londonderry Arms Hotel2

This is a historical hotel in Carnlough: Londonderry Arms Hotel

CUSHENDALL

Glendale BB Glendale BB1

We stay in some lovely guesthouses. Above: Glendale B&B

The Meadow The Meadows1

The Meadows B&B in Cushendall themeadowscushendall.com

BALLYCASTLE

The Fragrens The Fragrens1

 We spend three nights in this charming guesthouse Fragrens B&B

How to get to Belfast City:


It is possible to fly to either Dublin airport, Belfast or Shannon airport. 
(Please note: Flying into Dublin airport will have more route options)

You can fly direct into Belfast airport, and it is a short taxi ride to the city from there. 

From Dublin airport: Bus service direct from the aiport to Belfast city available
(Check AirCoach for more info)

Alternatively take the Airlink shuttle service into Dublin city and transfer to get direct bus/train to Belfast. 
(Bus AirCoach or Train takes approx 2hrs 10mins. Details on Irish Rail)  

From Shannon aiport: There is a Flight/bus service to Belfast city available
(Check AerLingus.com for info or )

The tour was really very nice. The route was really wonderfully done as well – the directions very clear.
The cliffs near Torr Head were incredibly spectacular and that memory (as well as Glengarriff, and secondarily the Giant's Causeway) will remain with me for a lifetime. 

Mike Niemeyer (Antrim self led 2012)

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