Reopening End of June 2017
All tours must be pre-booked, booking opens Mid May at www.thegobbinscliffpath.com or telephone The Gobbins visitor centre on (028) 9337 2318.
On the very edge of the Irish Sea lie The Gobbins cliffs.
These towering giants cling to the edge of Islandmagee some 20 miles / 32 kilometres north of Belfast on the stunning Causeway Coastal Route.
Walking the cliff path at The Gobbins will be an exhilarating adventure that will excite all the senses. While The Gobbins will be a spectacular adventure on the Causeway Coastal Route-, it is also a re-awakened coastal experience which was first enjoyed in 1902 by the Edwardians. The modern cliff path at The Gobbins will be an unexpected white-knuckle walk which will thrill those with a sense of adventure and delight those who wish to experience the coast up close.
A steep descent to the beginning of the cliff path will be rewarded by the feeling of walking on water as you begin to experience being on the edge of Northern Ireland. You will see and hear the waves crashing against the cliffs as they have done for thousands of years. You will hear and feel the wind as it conducts the swell of the sea below your feet. You will feel the sea spray on your face. You will witness the ever-changing flora and fauna. You will be able to reach out and touch the edge of our island. You will wonder at the closeness of Scotland as you peer across the Irish Sea to the east. You will be fascinated by the ancient stories. that the cliffs have encountered.
A guide will escort you on a journey along the narrow winding cliff edge path which rises and dips and follows the curves of curious geology. Bridges, tunnels, caves, steps, unique rock formations and stunning views will punctuate your path as you walk along, presenting themselves in a different light on your return journey.
How can we visit?
Access to the cliff path will be by guided tour only, with tours operating half hour from 10:00 in the morning, last tour depends on month in July and August it will be 18:00 and 16:00 in September 2017. Reservations will open mid may 2017 with online booking at www.thegobbinscliffpath.com or by phoning the Visitor Centre on (028) 9337 2318. Telephone bookings are open Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 16:30. Please ensure that you arrive 15 minutes before the tour on which you are booked.
The Visitor Centre located a short distance away from The Gobbins cliffs is where the expedition will begin. After a brief safety induction, visitors will be transported to the top of the path and guided on their journey.
Please note, on-site parking is free.
What is there to do for visitors who choose not to walk the cliff path?
Visitors not wishing to walk the cliff path can enjoy the Visitor Centre and learn about The Gobbins through the interactive exhibition. This gives information about the building of The Gobbins, its history from Edwardian times and the geology and ecology of Islandmagee. The Visitor Centre also houses a café, a gift shop stocking local arts and crafts, The Gobbins Gallery featuring artwork by local artists and there’s plenty for little explorers to do in the exhibition and in the outdoor play park.
There is also a cliff-top path and viewing point above the guided path which will still provide you with spectacular views.
Visitors may also enjoy another popular coastal walk nearby, the more accessible Blackhead Path starting from the town of Whitehead. This route consists of tarmac and concrete path, with some very steep steps for those who wish to climb to Blackhead Lighthouse. For more information see www.discovernorthernireland.com/Blackhead-Path-P15701. Or perhaps you might like Kilcoan Gardens, Islandmagee - http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Kilcoan-Gardens-Islandmagee-Larne-P34660. Situated within the peninsula of Islandmagee, with beautiful views over Larne Lough including a cottage garden, orchard, vegetable area and herb garden.
Where are The Gobbins?
Only a 40 minute drive from Belfast, The Gobbins is located on scenic Islandmagee – a narrow peninsula, just off the brown-signed Causeway Coastal Route.
How long is the walk?
The cliff path itself is accessed by a steep downhill walk for about 1km or 15 minutes walking time. The length of the path itself is about ¾ mile / 1.2km but you will walk this twice as part of your experience. You will also need to be comfortable to walk back up the steep path on your return journey.
Please allow approx. 2.5 hours per tour.
What should we wear?
Wear outdoor clothing according to the weather, layers are best as it can be windy but as you will be walking, you may get warm. Sturdy walking shoes, hiking boots or trainers with ankle support and good treads are required. Plimsolls and hiking sandals are not suitable, please note that you could be refused entry if you arrive in unsuitable footwear. A waterproof jacket or poncho is also required. Even if it is not raining you are likely to get a splash or two from waves or the resident sea birds!
View the appropriate footwear guide for visiting The Gobbins: http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/attachment.aspx?attachmentID=2110
Is it suitable for children?
Due to the nature of the attraction and for everyone’s safety and enjoyment there will be a height restriction in place similar to those used by some roller coasters. The attraction is not suitable for children under the height of 1.2 metres and there will be no exceptions to this rule. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Is there safety information for visiting The Gobbins?
Weather along the coast can suddenly change so everyone must come prepared, wearing suitable outdoor clothing and footwear that can handle the calm to the wild.
A moderate level of fitness is required. This walk is not for everyone and restrictions apply.
The Gobbins is a strenuous outdoor experience. All visitors are accompanied by a Guide and must comply with the Guide’s instructions at all times.
The experience consists of a short journey by mini bus, then a steep descent followed by over 100 steps to the path entrance at Wise’s Eye followed by a 2km walk along the cliff path and a steep upward climb back to your transport home.
The tour is suitable only for walkers with a good level of fitness and is not suitable for those with cardiac, respiratory or joint conditions. If you have another medical condition, or are unsure of your level of fitness, please check with the staff member at time of booking.
Walking aids are not permitted.
Only Cameras on a strap and forward facing are permitted – no additional items i.e. camera bags, tripods or extra lenses. This also includes selfie sticks.
The tour is unsuitable for anyone under the height of 1.2 metres (around 4 feet tall).
Smoking is not allowed along the cliff path.
No food is permitted on the path
No bags are permitted on the path although you are able to store your belongings in free lockers at The Visitors Centre.
For a flavour of what to expect, view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=091OL7d7odk
You can also follow @TheGobbins on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheGobbins to keep up to date.
Read our Blog: A History of The Gobbins Cliff Path http://interact.discovernorthernireland.com/blog/a-history-of-the-gobbins-cliff-path/
For media enquiries please contact Mid and East Antrim Press Office on: 028 2563 5041.
The Gobbins is set to become another jewel on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. Find out more about this stunning 120-mile driving route, voted one of the world's top road trips: www.discovernorthernireland.com/causeway
- Guided Tours Available
- Gift Shop
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
- Guided Tours Available
- Gift Shop
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite