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Trail Overview

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.

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