Causeway Coast Kayaking Tours, Northern Ireland

Published on: 21/01/24

We’re all about beating the shorter-days blues with some wet and wild, cockles-warming winter adventures! For you ultimate adventurers, check out our last blog, detailing coasteering off (literally!) the stunning rocky headlands of Northern Ireland. It was so much fun, this week we’ve moved just a few miles along this beautiful, world-beating coastline. In deference to those who don’t fancy actually plunging into water, we’re exploring staying serenely afloat on it, on no less scenic kayaking adventures.

Enjoy a Paddlin’ Good View

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Based from the beautiful town of Ballycastle, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, Causeway Coast Kayaking Tours offer bespoke guided tours of the beautiful Northern Irish coast. Most of us have experienced spectacular sea views from cliff top paths, viewpoints and beaches; this offers immersive experiences among stunning coastal land and seascapes like no other.

Suitable for beginners and families through to experienced and advanced kayakers, Causeway Coast’s tours will show you the beauty, heritage and history of Northern Ireland from a totally unique perspective, uncovering hidden spots and getting up and close with local wildlife. Exploring the area from the water lets you see a different side of Northern Ireland than from the road.

Departing from a range of local locations to give you the best experience, views and sea conditions possible, all tours are fully guided, with highly qualified and experienced staff. Indeed, your friendly local guides are dedicated to making every tour as memorable as possible, with local knowledge, history and natural history bringing the views alive, as well as support, tips and tuition if requested. With top-quality equipment and clothing, safety briefings and supervised practice, your safety and enjoyment is priority. You’ll never be asked to do anything out of your comfort zone, with the option to go wilder (and wetter) should you desire!

Tours from Taster Sessions to All-Day Specials

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Taster sessions: Curated for younger paddlers aged 4-17, these 30 min sessions in the safety of the harbour are great, confidence-giving get-started toe-dipping.

1 Hour Guided Kayaking Coastal Experience: Starting from Ballycastle or Ballintoy Harbour, as with all tours, this is beginner friendly, so no experience needed and you don’t need to be able to swim. Fully guided with qualified local instructors, it’s a great starter experience for families or beginners from age 7+.

1 Hour Family Kayak Package: Suitable for children aged 7+, and offering multiple tour times, this family fun adventure paddling out from Ballintoy Harbour or around the Bay of Ballycastle is designed to fit in between other activities.

2 Hour Under the Bridge Guided Tour: (For 18+, no kayaking experience required, just a basic level of fitness, as are all tours below). Heading out from Ballintoy, follow the undulating coastline up and under Carrick-a-Reed Rope Bridge, with the chance to get out and climb onto the bridge if you like for a different view

2 Hour Ballintoy Elephant Rock Paddle: Paddle towards Elephant Rock and return around Whitepark Bay to Ballintoy Harbour on this scenic trip, remembering to keep an eye out for some of the local dolphins playing in the bay!

2 Hour Kinbane Castle & Caves Tour: With a variety of departure locations to choose from, enjoy a special tour hugging the coastline where you will have the opportunity to explore hidden little gems only accessible from the sea.

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Private Guided Half Day Tour: Starting from various locations along the coast, including Ballycastle, Ballintoy or Cushendunn Harbour, this 5-hour guided experience makes the most of the area with scenic stops, including lunch BBQ/picnic. For a maximum of 4 people, it’s a chance to really relax into the kayak touring mindset and a great experience for the more adventurous traveller looking for something that little bit different and special.

Kayaking and Food Tour: The ultimate partnership package for those who like the outdoors and enjoy good quality food. After a scenic 2-hour tour for a maximum of 10 people, bring our appetite ashore at The Lighthouse Bistro in Whitehead to enjoy amazing local speciality dishes.

1 Hour Twilight / Evening Paddle: Experience the coastline’s raw beauty revealed in the dip from dusk to darkness with a uniquely evocative guided sunset paddle around Ballintoy Harbour.

All tours can be adapted to specific requests, with private bespoke tour itineraries available too, even overnight-stay adventures. With everything planned and provided, all you’re responsible for is turning up and enjoying!

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