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Great trail. Almost all of it is along the top of the cliffs by the ocean. A stretch on a nice beach too. I would maybe look at also going to the rope bridge while on this hike. It is about a mile further, but is a popular site. I would recommend taking the bus to the destination and walking back to your lodging as busses end around 6. This caused me to have to cut the trip to just this hike and go back to see the rope bridge on another day.

great view of Belfast. quite windy at the top but added to the atmosphere.

4 months ago

Begin at the interpretive panel in the parking lot for Belfast Castle. At the first fork, turn right. After this, stick to your left.

I did not do this so I had to do the opposite. As a result if I hadn’t turned around at various points I would have missed the caves and Devil’s Punchbowl.

This is a great hike and is easily accessible from the city. You an catch a bus from the city centre to the castle, walk uphill along the road to the castle. At the top of the hill you will get some stunning views of the city, especially around the section of the hill known as Napoleon’s nose.

Be aware that during rainy times some trails can be blocked to protect the public from falling stone due to erosion... how ever the walk on the cliff should be fine and always safe .
Amazing spectacular point of views.
Even if its very touristic as soon as you start to hike around it gets better as people usually just checks out the main rocks at the entrance.

Lovely walk with lovely views. We did this from the second car park which shortened it somewhat, due to the weather forecast. I do think the categorization “hard” is definitely not the case. It’s moderate at worst. The step climb near the top is a little strenuous, but very doable.

My Family from age 10 to 50 enjoyed this fairly easy walk. A bit of a climb up steps at the end. Was part of a longer loop, but partly closed to preserve some flora and fauna. Great views on a good day. £5 for car park.

My husband and I completed this hike yesterday. There is a continuous gradual incline. It takes a while to reach the actual boardwalk. The steps are only the last 10 mins of the walk. It’s a good hike and I’d walked at a fast pace can be a good workout. The views from the top are nice but not spectacular. However we will definitely do it again.
Note: there is a €6 charge to park your car! I thought this was a bit steep considering most outdoor activities in Ireland are free. For this price I would expect a portaloo for the paying public.

5 months ago

Great walk, awesome views and lake at the summit!

Amazing views from the top. Can’t believe this trail is almost on our door step. Will definitely be making the short trip to do it again.

Went on this hike yesterday and took a 9 and 10yr old. We left out the summits and headed straight to the saddle for spectacular views. The children’s parents did this same hike years ago as children too and everyone loved it. It’s hard going at parts but so enjoyable. Fabulous day out!

I hiked this exact map yesterday and must say, it isn’t as easy as made out. Although when at the top of the summit it is spectacular

I agree its not that easy but well worth it...

Sadly too crowded, but well worth the view. Bring warm clothes because the whether change rapidly, high winds coming from North sea. Really nice spot.

it's not that easy

11 months ago

One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Great wee trail for an easy hike. The wife and I along with the dog did this route couple weeks back. Highly recommend it. Easy route too

Friday, September 01, 2017

Loved this walk. Wasn't much of a hike except once into the island past the rope bridge there were some rocks to climb. But nonetheless an amazing place to wonder and explore. Some amazing panoramic views! So much to take in!

Beautiful. We hiked from Ballycastle to bushmills the first day. Did soms whiskey tasting the second day. The third day we hiked to portstewart. Be prepared that some parts of the route (small parts) are not for walkers. Cars drive fast! Thats the only reason I would give this route 4 stars and not 5.

Good solid underfoot and clearly defined tracks. Views are astounding and the Mourne wall always within sight if you are not actually following it.

on Carrick-a-Rede

Thursday, June 09, 2016

This path along the water was breathtaking. It's a fairly easy hike, very doable. It is mostly riddled with tourists but we'll worth the views overlooking the water and rope bridge.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Beautiful hike, and worth it to get away from the crowds. Be careful in the rain- steps can be slippery!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

little walk with huge views.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Beautiful views from the top of the cliff. The lower trail is littered with tourists but if you take the higher trail further you can get away from all that.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Amazing geological formations!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Absolutely beautiful hike up into the Mournes without being too strenuous! Great views in every direction. One of my favorite parts of my trip to Northern Ireland! Highly recommend!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Giant's Causeway is well-worth seeing (and you don't have to pay the admission fee if you just walk straight past the visitors' centre). Walk on the rocks and really appreciate how incredibly weird they are. I highly recommend continuing on the trail. The 162 steps may seem like a lot, but you get a great view of the coast and you'll get to see the Causeway from directly above.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A beautiful scenic walk along the Antrim Coast and an exciting crossing of the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Highly recommend if you're in the area--one of my favorite parts of my trip to Northern Ireland.

3 months ago

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