Is The Gobbins the most dramatic coastal walk in Europe? Built by 19th-century engineering genius, the famous Victorian railway engineer Berkeley Deane Wise, The Gobbins offer a look back through time and a unique perspective on the Northern Irish landscape. Carved into the rock of the cliff face itself and using cleverly constructed bridges and raised platforms, The Gobbins is a narrow pathway over the sea. Cling to the sheer cliff face and peer down at the crashing waves below. Venture over the rocky outcrops and the mouths of sunken caves.
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Marvel at the incredible views from the coastal path, particularly from the clifftop viewpoint. You can see all the way to Scotland on a clear day! Explore the caves and wonder at the landscape’s long, volcanic history. Cross the ‘Swinging Bridge’ if you’re brave enough. It’s named that for a reason. It may sway slightly as you cross it! Venture into ‘The Tunnel’; a dark and narrow passage carved right through the rock taking you below sea level. You can hear the very heart of the sea beating through the walls around you.
If you’re an animal lover then The Gobbins is a unique opportunity to see various wildlife in their natural habitat. Home to several active bird colonies, look out for kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots and puffins. Cross ‘The Aquarium Bridge’ and see the shoals of tiny fish darting between rock pools. Throughout the walk, keep a watchful eye on the waters below and you just might witness a bob of seals or a pod of dolphins.
The walk is 5km long and lasts roughly 3 hours. It can be a challenge at times as it is the equivalent of climbing and descending 50 flights of stairs. The terrain is rough and uneven and sometimes steep. For safety reasons, the path is only accessible through a guided tour.
Book online in advance. There is no age limit, however, a height restriction of 4 feet does apply. The visitors centre is open from 8:30 – 5:00.
- Adult – £20.00
- Child (Under 16) – £14.50
- Senior (65+) – £14.50
- Student – £14.50
- Family (2 adults and 3 children) – £42