Giant’s Causeway Yellow Trail
The Yellow Trail at the Giant's Causeway is a 1.8 mile (3km approximately) section of the Causeway Coast Way managed by the National Trust, starting at Runkerry Head and ending at Hamilton's Seat.
The walk becomes the Green Trail and Red Trail in part, and follows the cliff-top (not the shoreline). Please note, if you are not participating in the Visitor Experience, there is no charge for walking on-site to visit the causeway, however we welcome any donations towards our conservation work on the North Coast.
Runkerry Head, OSNI grid ref: C940438
Accessible from the seaside village of Portballintrae, the Yellow Trail begins just beyond Runkerry House and climbs onto the cliff tops, passing around the edge of Runkerry Head. Following the visible path, you will pass a signage map of the site, and a little after that there will be benches and a seating area. The path is called the Green Trail from this point up until the area of the Causeway Hotel.
Dolphin & basking shark bench
The Causeway Coast and stones were designated a World Heritage Site in 1986. The dolphin and basking shark benches roughly mark the beginning of the World Heritage Site. At the benches, facing the Atlantic sea, look to the right to see the Stookans and glimpse the Giant's Causeway. Look to the left and you will see the Skerries, Donegal and the distant hills of the Innishowen Peninsula.
Continue along the trail, up a hill and through a gate. You'll walk past the back of the Causeway Hotel (on your right) and then end up on the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre roof. Continue past the top of the steps and take a slight left. You'll see a large viewfinder map on a wooden plinth. Continue past this and head up a steep hill to '2' on your map - Weir Snout.
From Weir Snout you'll get a closer view of the Giant's Causeway, down and to the right. You'll also see Port Ganny and look down to the Blue Trail - which is the most frequented trail as it leads directly to the stones.
Continue along the path, going straight. You'll arrive at the Shepherd's Steps leading down to the Blue Trail and Red Trail. Avoid the temptation to go down the steps if you want to stay on course. Continue along the clifftop path.
From the Shepherd's Steps you'll see the Giant's Causeway from 'behind'. You'll also look down on to Port Noffer far below, home of the Giant's Boot.
Continue along the path, going straight. The path becomes a little more rustic as you move further from the causeway but will be visible.
From this vantage point (point 4 on your map) you'll see the tops of the Chimney Stacks, previously visible only from a distance.
Continue along the path, going straight and following the visible trail. Do not deviate from this due to sheer cliffs to your left. You'll encounter far fewer people along this section of the trail.
World Heritage Site ends
The area known as Hamilton’s Seat marks the parameter of the area deemed a World Heritage Site. The National Trust manages further parts of the causeway coast, including areas around Dunseverick and, of course, the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge.
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