Giants Causeway Cycling Holiday

The Causeway Coast

Cycling Holiday Northern Ireland

Live your legend as you cycle along Northern Ireland’s magnificent coast.On this bike tour you will see many of the best known landmarks on the island of Ireland.  This tour follows the North Coast with ever changing and dramatic coastal views.  Start your journey in historic Derry City.  Along the way you stay in pretty towns and villages.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stroll or swim at one of the many sandy beaches.  Visit Bushmills and sample the whiskey from the world’s oldest distillery.  If you are a Game of Thrones fan, this cycling holiday will take you to many of its iconic filming locations.

The Causeway Coast — Itinerary

Cycling Holiday Northern Ireland at the Guildhall DerryDay 1: Arrive Derry/Londonderry
Arrive in historic Derry/Londonderry, the only city in Ireland with its full medieval walls still intact.  This vibrant city is rich in culture and history.  Walking the walls takes around one hour.  It is a great way to explore both old and recent history, as well as offering great views of the city.  Derry has many lively bars and restaurants, making it the perfect location for the first night of your Irish Cycling Adventure.

 

 

Bike tour in Inishowen IrelandDay 2: Derry/Londonderry to Moville.  38 km
Your cycling tour starts by following the pleasant path along the River Foyle — taking you north and out of the city centre.  Soon you will be cycling along quiet country roads, leading you across the border into County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland.  Bike through pleasant green pastures with Lough Foyle on one side and the Inishowen hills on the other.  Continue north to the pleasant seaside town of Moville, where you stay for the night.

 

Biking Holiday Northern Ireland. Mussenden TempleDay 3: Moville to Portstewart.   43 km
A short cycle in the morning will take you to the ferry terminal in the pretty fishing village of Greencastle.  The short ferry crossing brings you to Magilligan Point in Northern Ireland.  After biking along the coast you reach Downhill Beach and Demesne with the iconic Mussenden Tower.  Game of Thrones fans will easily recognise this place.  Cycle on to the university town of Coleraine at the mouth of the River Bann.  A little further along the coast is the pretty seaside town of Portstewart which overlooks yet another magnificent strand.

Cycling holiday in Northern Ireland, Causeway CoastDay 4: Portstewart to Ballycastle.  43 km
Today your cycling tour brings you to some of the most iconic locations in all of Northern Ireland.  You’ll pass Dunluce Castle, impossibly perched on a cliff top.  Cycle to Bushmills, where you can sample a whiskey from the world’s oldest distillery.  Then it’s on to the legendary Giant’s Causeway.  Further along the coast, an extra cycle will take you to the vertigo-inducing Carrick-a-Reed Rope Bridge.  Tonight you’ll stay in the lovely seaside town of Ballycastle, where the views from the harbour will make you want to sit and relax forever.

Seabird watching on Causeway Coast cycling holiday. Day 5: Ballycastle.  44 km
Choose between resting, visiting Rathlin Island or a loop cycle to the Dark Hedges.  Rathlin Island is a magical place. (Ferry tickets not included.)  Life moves at a different pace here.  Its  lighthouses are well worth a visit.  The west lighthouse perched on the cliff edge is also a seabird observation point.  If you are a Game of Thrones fan you will need no introduction to the Dark Hedges.  This is one of the most photographed sites in Northern Ireland.  A 35 km cycle through the lovely rolling Ulster countryside will bring you to this iconic location.

Biking Trip at Cushendun Caves, Northern IrelandDay 6: Ballycastle to Cushendall.  30 km
Amazing sea views greet you at every turn as you cycle along the north east corner of Ireland.  The rolling road takes you past beautiful Fair Head and Torr Head, and into the pretty town of Cushendun.  You are now in the heart of the Glens of Antrim.  Follow the coast south to your destination in Cushendall.  This lovely coastal village is located where Glenballyeamon reaches the sea.

 

 

Causeway Coast cycling holiday Northern IrelandDay 7: The Glens of Antrim.  25/47km
A day to explore the beautiful Glens.  A leisurely 25 km cycle will allow you to explore Glenballyeamonn and Glenariff, “Queen of the Glens”.  A longer cycle will take you through the quieter but no less beautiful Glendun and Glenann.  Whichever option you choose you can enjoy a great downhill cycle back to the sea, and a final night in Cushendall.

 

 

cycling in Antrim, Northern Ireland at Ballycastle forest.Day 8: Depart.
Following breakfast, easy bus connections will bring you to Belfast or back to Derry. There you may continue your travels, or make your way home.

 

 

The Causeway Coast – Accommodation

One of the great things about travelling by bicycle or by foot in Ireland is the chance to meet local people, and one of the best places to do this is at your accommodation.  There is no better type of accommodation to suit cyclists and walkers than the type we use — the traditional Irish Bed and Breakfast (and occasionally small hotels).  Here you will be guaranteed a warm welcome.  The owners cater much more to the needs of the adventure traveller than the larger hotels.

Your host will serve you a delicious breakfast in the morning — which will set you up perfectly for the day ahead.  All of the accommodations we work with cater for people with special dietary requirements.

Choose a single, double, twin, triple or family room.  Rooms have their own private bathroom.

We choose locations as close as possible to the village or town centre, so that you will be able to stroll out in the evenings to have a meal and then afterwards you can check out the local entertainment!

 

 

Bed and Breakfast, Causeway Coast Cycling Tour   Bike Tour Bed and Breakfast  B&B Causeway Coast Cycling Tour

The Causeway Coast – Getting Here

This cycling holiday begins in Derry/Londonderry – Northern Ireland’s second city. It is easily reached by direct bus from Belfast International and Belfast City Airport. There are also direct bus services to Dublin Airport.

From Belfast International and City Airports.
Airporter bus service direct from both airports every hour. Website

From Belfast City
Direct buses every half Hour Timetable   Search for bus route 212

Frequent trains Timetable  Click on Train Timetable and scroll down to find the Belfast – Derry route.
Note: Buses may be more convenient as the railway station is located on the opposite side of the river from your accommodation.

From Dublin Airport and Dublin City
Frequent direct buses Timetable   Search for route X1

City of Derry Airport
This is a small airport located around 14 km from the city centre.  There are direct flights to London, Glasgow and Liverpool. Airport Website

If you are arriving in Ireland at a different location and would like advice on how to get here, let us know and we will help you to plan your journey.

Departure from Cushendall

Regular bus service to Ballymena Timetable, Search for route 150,  then train and bus connections to Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and elsewhere.  Train and bus timetable search.

The Causeway Coast – Prices 2021

Tours available: Starting every Monday (Arrival in Derry/Londonderry) from Monday 17 May 2021 until Monday 20 September 2021.

Price per person sharing:  €890
Peak Season:  (07 June – 30 August) €960
Single occupancy:  €195
Bike hire: €105
E-bike: €175

Self-Guided cycling holiday price includes:

• 7 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation in carefully selected hotels, guest houses and B&B’s
• Welcome meeting and bike set-up on first morning
• Daily luggage transfers
• Emergency support
• Comprehensive guide booklet
• All maps and guide notes
• GPS unit with all routes pre-programmed (one per group)

Not included in price:

• Travel to and from start (Derry/Londonderry) or finish of tour (Cushendall)
• Meals other than breakfast

The Causeway Coast – Short Tour Options

We do not currently offer shorter versions of this tour.  However if you are interested in this cycling holiday but cannot afford the time for our full 7 night tour please contact us.  We may be able to arrange a shorter version.

The Causeway Coast – Photo Gallery

The Causeway Coast – Booking

To book a self-guided cycling tour with Ireland by Bike:

1: Enquire

Please fill out the Enquiry Form giving details of group size, dates, etc.

Once we have received your enquiry we will get back to you letting you know if the dates you requested are available. We will then ask you to enter full tour and group details on a Booking Request Form. Once we have received this we will send you confirmation of pricing etc.

2: Pay Deposit

If you are happy with our proposal you can proceed to pay the deposit using the secure link we will send you. The deposit required is €100 per person for all tours.

Once we have received your deposit we will send you confirmation of your booking along with an invoice for the balance.

3: Pay Balance

Full payment is required at least 4 weeks before your arrival date.

Once we have received full payment we will email you your cycling holiday accommodation list, along with the full guide notes for your cycling tour.

General Enquiries

If you are just making a general enquiry, and would like to ask some questions, then simply contact us.

Booking Terms and Conditions.

The Causeway Coast – Customer Reviews

“It was a wonderful trip and we are so happy we did our first bike tour with Ireland by Bike.  Company was great and well organized.  Routes were great and distances just right.”  Katharine and Chuck Hope, CA, U.S.A.   May 2019

“Thanks again for the flawless organization and support during our recent trips (August 2019).  We had a fabulous time and have recommended Ireland by Bike to all of our friends here in Switzerland.  Don’t be surprised if you soon see a deluge of Swiss adventure seekers.  We very much appreciated the personal attention from you and the friendly welcomes we received from everyone along the route… it seems you two are on a first name basis with everyone we met!”   Chris and Bettina Venezia, (Prangins, Switzerland). Causeway Coast Tour + Backroads and Beyond Tour.  August 2019.

“We were pleased beyond words with the two tours (Yeats Country & Lakelands and The Causeway Coast) we took in August, 2019 with Ireland by Bike. The owners have planned extraordinarily beautiful routes through Northwest and Northern Ireland, chosen charming B&B’s, supplied near flawless cue sheets/maps paired with a GPS unit, and provided exceptional in-person and phone-call service. The scenery on The Causeway Coast tour was absolutely stunning with dramatic cliffs meeting the sea, lush farmland with roller coaster hills, and deep green glens. Seamus and Nora, your cycling tours top our list of favorites!”

Julane and Art Anderson, Maryland, U.S.A.  Yeats Country and Lakelands + Causeway Coast August 2019.

See Julane and Art’s wonderful photo album and commentry here: (External Link)

 

 

 

Tour Type:
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Duration:
8 day/7 night
Difficulty:
bike tour difficulty rating 3 bikes
With E-bike:
Tour Difficulty rating 2 bikes
Dates:
Mondays — May to September
Terrain:
Hilly
Options:

“We were pleased beyond words with the two tours (Yeats Country & Lakelands and The Causeway Coast) we took in August, 2019 with Ireland by Bike. The owners have planned extraordinarily beautiful routes through Northwest and Northern Ireland, chosen charming B&B’s, supplied near flawless cue sheets/maps paired with a GPS unit, and provided exceptional in-person and phone-call service. The scenery on The Causeway Coast tour was absolutely stunning with dramatic cliffs meeting the sea, lush farmland with roller coaster hills, and deep green glens. Seamus and Nora, your cycling tours top our list of favorites!”

Julane and Art Anderson, Maryland, U.S.A.  Yeats Country and Lakelands + Causeway Coast August 2019. 

See Julane and Art’s wonderful photo album and commentry here: (External Link)