2 independent reviews for Northern Ireland walking vacation

Reviews for Northern Ireland walking vacation

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review 17 Oct 2015

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.

review 7 Jul 2012

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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