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The Gobbins

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Visitor Centre Middle Road Islandmagee, Larne, Co Antrim,
T: (028) 9337 2318
E: info@thegobbinscliffpath.com

The Gobbins is a unique coastal experience at Islandmagee, along the Causeway Coastal Route.

The Gobbins, near Islandmagee, County Antrim, is a spectacular coastal walk along the Causeway Coastal Route, voted the number one region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.

A 2.5- hour fully guided walking tour offers visitors the opportunity to experience the abundance of nature, which exists along this dramatic coastline.

Originally opened in 1902, the path has been restored and is now enjoyed by visitors from across the world who come to experience the dramatic scenery that awaits them along this stretch of coastline. Weaving its way along the basalt cliffs of the famous Causeway Coast, you will walk suspension bridges, through a tunnel and along pathways and see the ever-changing flora and fauna along the cliff face. Be amazed by the closeness of Scotland as you peer across the Irish Sea to the East. You will learn about the geology and biodiversity of the area, as well as its amazing history. Looking down to the sheltered waters, an abundance of wildlife is often visible and the suspension bridge provides an expansive viewing point over a nesting place for seabirds.

Where is The Gobbins located?
Only a 40 minute drive from Belfast, The Gobbins is located on Islandmagee – a scenic peninsula, just off the Causeway Coastal Route. It is also accessible using a wide range of public transport, details of which you can find on our website.

Booking your visit
Access to the cliff path will be by guided tour only, starting Saturday 28 April - 31 October with tours operating every half hour. Booking is available online at www.thegobbinscliffpath.com or by phoning the Visitor Centre on (028) 9337 2318. There will be access to most areas of the attraction, (excluding Sandy Cave) with the full cliff path, upper path and viewing platform now open to the public. Please ensure that you arrive 15 minutes before the tour on which you are booked.

Meeting Point - Your tour will begin at The Gobbins Visitor Centre, where there is plenty of free on-site parking. After a brief safety induction, visitors will be transported to the top of the cliff path and the start of their expedition.

Important information for your visit
Height Restrictions - Visitors planning to bring their family should be aware that there is a height restriction for walking on the path - minimum 1.2m/4ft, so it may not be suitable for every member of the family. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Clothing/equipment - Wear outdoor clothing according to the weather i.e. windproof/waterproof jackets or trousers. Even if it is not raining you are likely to get a splash or two from waves or the resident sea birds! Sturdy walking shoes, hiking boots or trainers with ankle support and good treads are required. If you don't have the appropriate footwear, there is an option to hire hiking boots and hard hats will be provided.
Packs - can be provided at a charge of £12, includes a Poncho, bottled water and suncreen.
Fitness Level - 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. If you have a medical condition, or are unsure of your fitness level, please check with a staff member at time of booking.
Other restrictions - Smoking, food, walking aids, dogs are not allowed on the walk. Bags are not permitted however the visitor centre provides lockers to put your belongings in a safe place.
Cameras - 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.

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 history and geology of The Gobbins through the interactive exhibition currently on display. The Visitor Centre also houses a café, a gift shop stocking local arts and crafts.
Little explorers
There’s plenty for little explorers to do in the exhibition and 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.