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Ireland - Antrim Coast

Price from Stg £765 per person

Degree of difficulty -

Start: BELFAST

Finish: BELFAST

Daily Ave: 40-64km

Weekly Ave: 272km

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Terrain: The roads are all tarmaced and mainly on quiet back roads. Some climbs.

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.

Tour Itinerary

7 Night Tour

Day
1

Arrival Belfast image 1

Arrival 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.

Arrival Belfast image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
2

Belfast to Carnlough 40 miles / 64kms image 1

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.

Belfast to Carnlough 40 miles / 64kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
3

Carnlough to Cushendall 35 miles / 56kms image 1

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.

Carnlough to Cushendall 35 miles / 56kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
4

Cushendall to Ballycastle 35 miles/56kms image 1

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.

Cushendall to Ballycastle 35 miles/56kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
5

Rest day in Ballycastle image 1

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.

Rest day in Ballycastle image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
6

Tour of north coast 35 miles / 56 kms image 1

Tour of north coast 35 miles / 56 kms

Today's cycle is a wonderful route,  mixing the best of Antrim's iconic sites along with "Game of Thrones" 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 it had been awarded World Heritage Site status. Our next stop on a day of spectacular sights is the Carrick-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.

Tour of north coast 35 miles / 56 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
7

Ballycastle to Belfast 25 miles/40 kms image 1

Ballycastle to Belfast 25 miles/40 kms

For our last day's cycle, you head South back into the Glens towards the ECOS centre. From here we arrange a transfer for you back to Belfast and last night on the tour.

Ballycastle to Belfast 25 miles/40 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
8

Awaiting Acommoation Image

Belfast departure

The tour finishes after breakfast.

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

Prices / Dates

2020 GROUP TOUR PRICE - Prices will follow soon
Stg £xxx per person sharing
Stg £xxx single supplement

2020 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICE - Prices will follow soon
Stg £xxx per person sharing
Stg £xxx 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
- GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
Helmet rental (on request) €10

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

27-June,

Self Guided Tour Information

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

Accommodation

(Subject to availability)

BELFAST image 1

BELFAST

The first and last night of the trip we stay in this beautiful luxurious hotel. Close to the famous sites of Belfast this is the perfect place to discover the city from.
taralodge.com

BELFAST image 2
CARNLOUGH image 1

CARNLOUGH

Londonderry Arms Hotel The Hotel is nestled in the picturesque Harbour village of Carnlough, surrounded by sandy beaches and with the majestic backdrop of Glencloy, the second of the nine Glens. The hotel was once famously owed by Sir Winston Churchill. 

CARNLOUGH image 2
CUSHENDALL image 1

CUSHENDALL

The Glendale B&B is a family run B&B with a relaxing feel to it. Only a short walk from the village centre or the beach.

The Meadows B&B in Cushendall is a warm and welcoming place to stay. Overlooking a small harbour and only short walk to the village centre

CUSHENDALL image 2
BALLYCASTLE image 1

BALLYCASTLE

We spend three nights in this charming and warm welcoming guesthouse An Caislean located only 5 min walk from the beach and the centre of the town it is the perfect place to stay for a few days and really get to know the town and some of the local people. 

BALLYCASTLE image 2

Travel

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

Tour Reviews

Brian and I really enjoyed our trip to the Copper Coast. The bikes were excellent quality and brand new (we were at the start of the season), the accommodations booked were excellent and the route instructions perfect. We absolutely loved our trip and we have been telling all our friends about it. We are so happy to have booked through you folks. Thank you for everything!

Liz Dickinson (Antrim Coast self guided tour 2017)

Things I enjoyed the most:
- Torr Head
- The Dark Hedges
- The Carnlough/Cushendall area

Martin Spaetig (Antrim Tour 2017)

Tour FAQ

upcoming information

We are currently updating all our tour frequently asked questions. In the meantime hopefully most questions are answered in our tour dossiers at the bottom of our itinerary page

Of course please do not hesitate to email us should you have any queries at all

Prices / Dates

2020 GROUP TOUR PRICE - Prices will follow soon
Stg £xxx per person sharing
Stg £xxx single supplement

2020 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICE - Prices will follow soon
Stg £xxx per person sharing
Stg £xxx 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
- GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
Helmet rental (on request) €10

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

27-June,

Self Guided Tour Information

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

 

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