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Top 3 North Coast Autumn Walking Escapes

Posted on October 23, 2015 @ 3:33 PM in Walking

Blustery days on the beach, crisp fresh air and roaring log fires – autumn is a fantastic season for a walking break on the North Coast.  

To make the most of this colourful time of year we have teamed up with walker friendly accommodation to provide some great walking break offers in the best walking locations throughout Northern Ireland.  Valid from Sept - Nov (T&Cs apply visit WalkNI for more details) all you have to do is contact the accommodation providers directly and quote ‘WalkNI’ to book.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite walks next to walker friendly accommodation with great offers so you can rest your head (and feet!) for the night on a hassle free walking break in the North Coast & Antrim this autumn:

The Walk: Ballintoy to Bushmills

Ballintoy

Expect spectacular views along this breath-taking 12-mile linear route following part of the Causeway Coast Way. Starting at Ballintoy Harbour which you may recognise as the quay of 'the Iron Islands' from Game of Thrones. Passing beach, cliff and castle there is plenty to admire along this coastal route. From the stunning White Park Bay to the picturesque hamlet of Portbradden and the ancient Dunseverick Harbour, the cliff top path provides some of Ireland’s most stunning views. Peer down at Portmoon Salmon Fishery and stand at the highest point of Hamilton's Seat between Benbane and Bengore is Hamilton's to witness superb views. You’ll also reach the Giant’s Causeway approaching it from a whole new angle before following the old Bushmills railway track back to your accommodation for the night.

Place to Stay: Ballylinny Cottages, Bushmills – 15% Off

Nine 4 star self-catering cottages and two barn lofts with unrivalled views over the Giant’s Causeway, the sleepy seaside village of Portballintrae and the sweeping Donegal Coastline beyond. 

The Walk: Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island Walking

With nearly 20 miles of walks on Rathlin to enjoy featuring lighthouses, rock stacks and commanding views across the Atlantic you’ll be spoilt for choice.  Situated 6 miles off the North East coast and accessible by ferry from Ballycastle, this tranquil island will provide you with magnificent views of Donegal, the North Antrim coastline, the island of Islay and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. 

The BallyconaghanKebble Cliff WalkKinramer North WalkKinramer Trail, Rathlin Trail and Roonivoolin Walk are all fully way marked making it easy to navigate and explore this unique island.

Place to Stay:

Linksview, Ballycastle – 20% Off
Self-catering located only 300 metres from Ballycastle beach. Featuring 4 bedrooms with stunning views across Ballycastle golf course and the bay.

Marine Hotel, Ballycastle – 20% Off
Located on Ballycastle seafront and only 4 minutes walk from the Rathlin Island ferry terminal this hotel features ensuite bedromms many with sea views as well as an onsite bar and bistro.

The Walk: Portrush to Portballintrae (Section 2 of the Causeway Coast Way)

whiterocks

A long, sweeping beach and a medieval castle are sure to impress on this 6 mile section of the Causeway Coast Way. Starting from Portrush harbour you’ll take in the view point at Ramore Head with Dunluce Castle clearly visibile on the cliff top to to the east.  You’ll walk along the sandy shores of East strand before reaching the striking limestone cliffs of White Rocks. Perched spectacularly on a rocky promontory high above the sea, medieval Dunluce castle awaits before you reach the village of Portballintrae.  If you want to continue your walk the Portballintrae Causeway Loop is an ideal addition. 

Place to Stay: The Orgeon, Portsetwart – 15% Off

Situated just one mile from Portstewart’s Victorian-era seafront Promenade, expect a warm welcome and a cup of something hot at this family run B&B after a day stretching your legs.

Visit WalkNI.com for even more walker friendly accommodation offers in the Mournes and throughout Northern Ireland.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

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