DISTANCE

67.8 miles

North Coast Canoe Trail

Londonderry, Antrim

The North Coast Sea Kayak Trail can be followed in either direction, but travelling with the flood tide, this guide takes you west to east, from Magilligan Point in County Londonderry to Torr Head in County Antrim, then south to Waterfoot at the mouth of Glenariff, Queen of the Glens of Antrim.

You can choose to paddle any one of the six sections, each offering something different. For the experienced sea kayaker there are tide races, overfalls, exciting Atlantic swells, hidden reefs to keep you alert, and a challenging but rewarding circuit of Rathlin Island. You will also find plenty of more moderate paddling to enable enjoyment of the varieties of scenery, wildlife and local history.

Ancient castles, the Giant’s Causeway and a dramatic rope bridge are just a few of the tourist attractions. There is a good range of access points, from tiny and forgotten fishing piers to beaches of sand and cobbles and several lively harbours.

Wildlife treats include clamouring seabird colonies, inquisitive seals and the chance of sighting porpoise, dolphin and perhaps a whale (cetaceans).

Paddlers can extend their journeys by continuing on the adjoining Foyle Canoe Trail and East Coast Canoe Trail.

DISTANCE

67.8 miles

ROUTE TYPE

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GRID REFERENCE

C66291 39112

COUNTY

Londonderry, Antrim

NEAREST TOWN

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LANDSCAPE

Coastal

TERRAIN

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ON/OFF PUBLIC ROAD

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DIFFICULTY

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  • Access Egress Points
    Full details can be found at www.canoeni.com
  • Suitable For
    The North Coast Sea Kayak Trail as the name suggests is more suitable for sea kayakers rather than open canoes or general purpose kayaks. Although there is plenty of moderate paddling available, it should be highlighted that due to tide races, overfalls, Atlantic swells and hidden reefs this is a challenging but rewarding trail for experienced paddlers. The areas around Fair Head, Torr Head and the Rathlin Sound experience overfalls producing tidal rapids and waves dangerous to the inexperienced canoeists. More information on these and other such areas are detailed in this guide. However not all is lost for inexperienced paddlers wishing to explore this iconic coastline. There are several local operators offering guided trips allowing you to enjoy the surroundings whilst the experts look after the rest.
  • Safety
    Canoeing is an adventure sport and as such should be treated with respect. If you are new to the sport, it is advisable to join an organized club or take some lessons with a canoeing provider, both options will offer expert coaching. Full details can be found at www.canoeni.com

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