Northern Ireland walking vacation

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made March to October and can be adapted to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern Ireland walking vacation

We are a family run business and are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy. We aim to provide a quality and positive experience for our customers while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment.

Whilst walking you are taking part in a healthy activity and visiting the area while reducing road congestion. The Northern Ireland Countryside Access and Activities Network encourages people to visit the area on foot using public transport in line with their desire to encourage sustainable tourism.

There are a large number of National Trust Properties including Giantís Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunseverick Castle, White Park Bay, and Ballyconagan Nature Reserve on Rathlin Island. The membership and entrance fees are used to restore and conserve our heritage, and provide employment for local people.

The Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which you receive with your information pack contains suggestions on how to be an ethical traveler by reducing water usage, recycling and properly disposing of litter, and reducing damage to the environment.

The accommodations we use in Portrush, Bushmills, Ballintoy and Ballycastle are locally owned and operated and use local produce for providing you with breakfast. Wherever possible we use accommodations that are registered with the Green Tourism Business Scheme. There are local shops, pubs and cafes available for lunches and dinners. All these issues make a great difference to the economic welfare of the local community by providing employment.

During the booking process for your vacation we reduce paper usage by corresponding by email wherever possible and only printing correspondence which is legally binding. We recycle our ink cartridges and envelopes, and use low energy light bulbs. Paper which cannot be recycled is shredded and composted.

Whilst on this vacation you will be walking at your own pace in your own group. We restrict group sizes on our self-guided walking vacations to a maximum of 12 to reduce impact on the community.

We encourage you to use this walking vacation as means to support your chosen charity by way of sponsorship.

Reviews of Northern Ireland walking vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The day we walked from the Causeway Hotel (fabulous - worth the upgrade) to Ballintoy, when we were nearly blown off the cliff face in a howling gale and being completely on our own, it was a rather frightening experience. However when we could, we marvelled at the spectacular scenery. Also coming from west to east, we had no idea of the tides and as we dropped to sea level, also walking along the rocks towards the beach (which can only be walked at low tide), it was
apparent that the tide was coming in and that also was a bit scary as progress was slow due to the wet and slippery rocks, until we finally reached a group of houses and a road which took us up to the main road.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Know the tides and just enjoy it all. It was wonderful. I guess it was a shame the last day to Ballycastle we had to walk most of the day on the main road, but appreciate there was no alternative.

As we were transferred to Portrush in the morning, when we arrived, we set off for Portstewart which we were glad we did. I guess our transfer could have dropped us there and we could have had more time exploring there before walking to Portrush later in the day.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really as since we had weight constraints, couldn't help the local economy by purchasing very much - obviously unavoidable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was nice talking to people and on the ferry to Rathlin Island we enjoyed some conversation with a couple from Belfast who actually solved a problem I had had with my new iPad! I was thrilled. Accommodation was fine and our hosts
friendly and helpful and breakfasts very good.

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The hike from the giant's causeway to Ballintoy was spectacular.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Familiarize yourself with the maps. We had some navigation issues due to the trail being closed in one spot. Also, prepare for wet weather.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think we benefited local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was terrific. I think the company could have been a bit more organized in getting us our materials and in alerting us to the problems caused by the Irish open. Also, the coastal way is closed at one point due to rock slides and has been for a while. If we had been alerted to that in advance, we could have cut out part of a lengthy detour.

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