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View along the cliffs towards the Amphitheatre and main causeway at The Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
View towards the Amphitheatre at The Giant's Causeway, County Antrim | © National Trust Images/Christie Greer
Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Yellow Trail

The Yellow Trail at the Giant's Causeway is a 1.8 mile 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 clifftop (not the shoreline).

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Runkerry Head, OSNI grid ref: C940438

Step 1

Accessible from the seaside village of Portballintrae, the Yellow Trail begins just beyond Runkerry House and climbs onto the clifftops, 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.

Step 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. This is Weir Snout.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

End point

Hamilton's Seat

Trail map

Map showing the route of the Giant's Causeway Yellow Trail in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland
Giant's Causeway Yellow Trail map | © Land and Property Services permit no. 120099 Crown Copyright (2013)

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Giant's Causeway Red Trail 

With many unique viewing points along the way, this bracing clifftop trail boasts spectacular vistas of the world-famous Causeway Coast that are off the beaten track.

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Giant's Causeway Blue Trail 

Discover rock formations steeped in Irish legends on the Blue Trail, a direct route of under a mile, leading directly to the world-famous stones of the Giant's Causeway.

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Giant's Causeway Green Trail 

Follow an accessible clifftop trail with views of the Giant's Causeway, Scotland and the Inishowen Peninsula and plenty of Irish legends and birdlife to enjoy.

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44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8SU

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