Ulster Way: Part 3 and the Causeway Coast Path


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Photo ofUlster Way: Part 3 and the Causeway Coast Path Photo ofUlster Way: Part 3 and the Causeway Coast Path Photo ofUlster Way: Part 3 and the Causeway Coast Path


Trail stats

35.45 mi
Elevation gain
2,805 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
2,789 ft
Max elevation
577 ft
Min elevation
-12 ft
Trail type
One Way
2 days one hour
December 14, 2022
September 2022

near Coleraine, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)

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Photo ofUlster Way: Part 3 and the Causeway Coast Path Photo ofUlster Way: Part 3 and the Causeway Coast Path Photo ofUlster Way: Part 3 and the Causeway Coast Path

Itinerary description

The E2 European Long Distance Path was intended to extend from Galway in Ireland to Nice in France, however the Irish section has not been defined. So in the 50th year of the E-paths I have been following a possible route in Ireland, linking up various National Trails. This section uses the Ulster Way..

The Ulster Way circumnavigates Northern Ireland, this part of the Ulster Way follows the north coast of the country, where it is also called the Causeway Coast Path. This name comes from the Giant's Causeway, an area in which "organ pipe" basalt outcrops on the cliffs and seashore, which the path visits. In addition to this famous natural phenomenon, the path passes through coastal towns, by little harbours, some extensive beaches, two ruined castles, and cliffs with natural arches. There is plenty of accommodation as well as cafes and other facilities on this section.

The Causeway Coast Path is one of the better coastal routes I have walked along, packing a lot into the two days I took to walk it, somewhat spoilt by the long road walk at the end. Although this gpx trail starts at Coleraine, the Causeway Coast Path actually starts a little later at the entrance to Portstewart. Mostly easy walking there is a section of boulder hoping by the sea at each end of Whitepark Bay.

The route of the previous section of the Ulster Way can be found at . The next section can be found at .

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PictographWaypoint Altitude 20 ft
Photo ofBallintoy Harbour Photo ofBallintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour

A small, attractive harbour among the rocks, with a carpark, toilets and old lime kilns. Unfortunately the café was closed when I reached this picturesque spot, which has been used for a scene in "Game of Thrones".

PictographProvisioning Altitude 51 ft
Photo ofBallycastle


The small town of Ballycastle is the end of the Causeway Coast Path, and the point at which the Ulster Way turns inland into mountains. Accommodation, shops, cafes, pubs and such like are available.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 43 ft

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

No pictures as due to high winds it was closed when I arrived at the National Trust carpark from which the trail runs to the rope bridge. However there were toilets and a cafe. More information at .

PictographProvisioning Altitude 29 ft
Photo ofColeraine


The town of Coleraine, on the banks of the River Bann is the starting point for this section of the Ulster Way.

PictographCastle Altitude 82 ft
Photo ofDunluce Castle Photo ofDunluce Castle Photo ofDunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Dating from 1550, Dunluce castle stands on a promontory into the sea, its ruined walls a monument to a more troubled time, when clans fought each other, or the English, else the Irish attacked the rich occupants.

PictographCastle Altitude 52 ft
Photo ofDunseverick Castle

Dunseverick Castle

Dunseverick Castle is located on an easily defended promontory, with steep slopes or cliffs on each side. However only a few walls are left of the castle.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 28 ft
Photo ofGiants Causeway Photo ofGiants Causeway Photo ofGiants Causeway

Giants Causeway

Basalt lava flows cooled and contracted to create hexagonal columns in great profusion at this location. It is a site visited by many people, many on coach tours. Note that although there is an entrance fee for the visitors centre (unless you belong to the National Trust), there is no charge to walk down to the famous outcrops.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 50 ft
Photo ofPortballintrae Photo ofPortballintrae


One of the sweet little towns of white painted buildings on the Causeway Coast path, each on a peninsula and centred around a small harbour.

PictographProvisioning Altitude 44 ft
Photo ofPortrush Photo ofPortrush Photo ofPortrush


A coastal town with a harbour and handy cafes and shops,

PictographProvisioning Altitude 35 ft
Photo ofPortstewart Photo ofPortstewart Photo ofPortstewart


A town with all the facilities, a hostel, hotels, shops, pubs and cafes. The Coast path takes a scenic route above the rocks before depositing you on a promenade with shops and cafes on one side and the sea on the other.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 18 ft
Photo ofWhitepark Bay

Whitepark Bay

Whitepark Bay is one of a few beaches on the route.


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