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Walking trail

Giant’s Causeway Yellow Trail

Walking 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.

Chimney stacks at the Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim

Map

Map route for Giant's Causeway Yellow Trail

Start:

Runkerry Head, OSNI grid ref: C940438

1

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.

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2

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.

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3

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.

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4

Continue along the path, going straight. The path becomes a little more rustic as you move further from the causeway but will be visible.

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5

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.

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End:

Hamilton's Seat

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Giant’s Causeway Yellow Trail

Terrain

Variety of surfaces, including hardcore and gravel, informal tracks and grass paths. The Yellow Trail is the section of the Causeway Coast Way that is managed by the National Trust, and marked on all our site maps with a yellow dotted line.

Full details of the Causeway Coast Way, which runs from Portstewart to Ballycastle, can be downloaded from WalkNI.

Giant’s Causeway Yellow Trail

Contact us

Giant’s Causeway Yellow Trail

How to get here

Address
Causeway Road, Bushmills, Antrim, BT57 8SU
By train

The Causeway and Bushmills Railway runs seasonally from the stop located between Portballintrae and Bushmills.

By road

From Bushmills/Coleraine look for the A2, turn on to the Ballaghmore Road. Follow this road for 1 mile (1.6 km) and at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Bayhead Road. You will arrive in Portballintrae; there is limited public parking available.

By foot

The Yellow Trail begins at Runkerry Head, beyond the seaside village of Portballintrae.

By bus

To Portballintrae take the 172, 172A or 172C service from Coleraine. From Portrush take the 132 service. You can also arrive at the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre on the Causeway Rambler service which Operates from April to September.

By bicycle

Causeway Coast Cycle Route takes in Causeway Road where cyclists will bypass the visitor centre - visit Sustrans for route information. Cyclists can chain bikes to bike rails beside the Causeway Hotel and access the Yellow Trail from here. Please note that the Yellow Trail is not suitable for bikes.

Giant’s Causeway Yellow Trail

Facilities and access

  • Parking, restaurants and facilities in Portballintrae
  • External public toilets at 'groups' entrance (only open during visitor centre opening times)
  • Tourist Information
  • McConaghy's Souvenir Shop
  • The Nook Bar & Restaurant
  • The Causeway Hotel