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The Causeway Coast

8 Day/7 Night Self-Guided Cycling Holiday: Overview

Difficulty Rating: 3/5      Average Daily Distance: 45 km      Terrain: Hilly

Cycling holiday at the Causeway Coast in Northern IrelandExperience a cycling holiday like no other along Northern Ireland’s legendary Causeway Coast – one of the world’s great destinations. On this bike tour you will visit many of the best known destinations on the island of Ireland.

Marvel at the ever changing coastal views. Immerse yourself in history and folklore at every location. Feel at home in the welcoming towns and villages. Stroll or swim at one of the many sandy beaches. Take a break in 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.

This tour begins in vibrant Derry/Londonderry with easy bus connections from Belfast International and Belfast City Airports. There are also frequent connections to Dublin Airport.

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Highlights of this self-guided cycling holiday include:

Northern Ireland Cycling Holiday, The Causeway Coast

Causeway Coast Cycling Holiday Route

  • Historic Derry City
  • The Legendary Giant’s Causeway
  • Stunning Dunluce Castle
  • The beauty of the Glens of Antrim
  • Rathlin Island
  • Bushmills Distillery
  • Numerous Game of Thrones filming locations





8 Day/7 Night Self-Guided Cycling Holiday: Itinerary

Difficulty Rating: 3/5       Average Daily Distance: 45 km      Terrain: Hilly

Bikiing Holiday 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 Ireland

Day 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 Demense 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, overlooking 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. Your destination for the night is 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.  0/10/44 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 two 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 Glen Ballyeamon 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 Glen Ballyeamonn 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, to continue your travels, or to make your way home.






8 Day/7 Night Self-Guided Cycling Holiday: Accommodation

Difficulty Rating: 3/5      Average Daily Distance: 45 km      Terrain: Hilly

After a day spent cycling up and down the hills of Northern Ireland, you will need the reassurance of a warm welcome and a comfortable bed.  We have chosen our accommodation carefully with the needs of the cyclist in mind.  In Derry city we use a city centre hotel.  For the rest of the tour we use small bed and breakfasts and guest houses, where you will feel right at home.  In the morning you’ll receive a hearty breakfast that will keep you going for a good part of the day.

8 Day/7 Night Self-Guided Cycling Holiday: Prices

Difficulty Rating: 3/5      Average Daily Distance: 45 km      Terrain: Hilly

Tours available: Starting every Monday (Arrival in Derry/Londonderry) from Monday 21 May 2018 until Monday 24 September 2018

Price per person sharing:  €930
Peak Season:  (28 May – 27 August) €70
Single occupancy:  €220
E-bike: €110

Self-Guided cycling holiday price includes:

• 7 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation in carefully selected hotels, guest houses and B&B’s
• Quality, hybrid bicycle (E-bike available for a supplement)
• 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



8 Day/7 Night Self-Guided Cycling Holiday: Bikes

Difficulty Rating: 3/5      Average Daily Distance: 45 km      Terrain: Hilly

Hybrid (Touring) Bikes

We provide quailty bikes with a large range of gears to allow you to deal with even the most difficult hills.

Electric Bikes

Electric bike tours Ireland. Kalkhoff agattu impulse

Kalkhoff agattu

We use the high quality Kalkhoff Agattu Impulse. This bike combines an excellent battery life with the comfort and versatility of an all-terrain bike. Perfect for bike touring in the hilly terrain of Northern Ireland.



Along with your bicycle, we also provide the following equipment:

  • Helmet
  • Front carrier bag with map holder
  • Mudguards
  • Rear luggage carrier
  • Lock
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Pump
  • Spare inner tube

If you would like to use your own pedals and saddle we will be more than happy to fit these to our bikes. We are also quite happy for you to use your own helmet if you would prefer.


8 Day/7 Night Self-Guided Cycling Holiday:  Arrival

Difficulty Rating: 3/5      Average Daily Distance: 45 km      Terrain: Hilly

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
Frequent trains Timetable
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

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, then train and bus connections to Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and elsewhere.  Train Timetable.





8 Day/7 Night Self-Guided Cycling Holiday: Booking

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 Average Daily Distance: 45 km Terrain: Hilly

To book this self-guided cycling holiday online please go to our booking page. Once you have filled out the booking form you will then be asked to pay a deposit of €100 per person using PayPal. If you would like to pay using an alternative method contact us and we will gladly make alternative arrangements. Once you have paid the deposit your booking is secure. We will respond to your booking within 2 working days.

Note:  This tour will be added to the list of tours on our booking page shortly. Please add a note in the “Other Information or Requests” box to say that your are booking this tour.

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