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George Hudson
George Hudson

Ireland or England?

Over the course of the 6 Nations, considered by many to be rugby's greatest championship, we have been comparing some of our favourite walking and cycling tours located in the competing nations: Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France & Italy. 

Ireland v England

 

Ireland: Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast

[caption id="attachment_23063" align="aligncenter" width="900"]The Giant's Causeway on the Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast walking tour The Giant's Causeway[/caption] The Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast walking tour is a combination of The Moyle Way and the Causeway Coastal Walk, two walks that effectively display the wide array of natural riches that this corner of Northern Ireland has to offer. [caption id="attachment_23064" align="aligncenter" width="900"]The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge[/caption] The most striking feature of this walk is undoubtedly the Magnificent Giants Causeway, the striking World Heritage site, but on either side of this you will find places to immerse yourself in the splendour of nature. First erected by salmon fisherman over 300 years ago, the Carrick-a-Crede Rope Bridge swings in the breeze 30 metres above the ground. The bridge connects the mainland to the small island of Carrick-a-Rede where the geology, flora and fauna have won the island recognition as an area of special scientific interest. [caption id="attachment_23065" align="aligncenter" width="900"]The dramatic coastline near the village of Portballintrae The dramatic coastline near the village of Portballintrae[/caption] The Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast walking tour begins in Cushendall, the capital of the Glens, and takes you through mysterious green forests and along one of the most dramatic coastlines in Europe, before ending at the golden sands of Portstewart.

England: Hadrian's Cycleway

[caption id="attachment_23066" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Sycamore Gap along Hadrian's Wall. The famous Sycamore Gap along Hadrian's Wall.[/caption] Relaxed cycling from Bowness-on-Solway in the west to Tynemouth in the east, the Hadrian's Cycleway tour gives magnificent views from coast to coast and is the perfect way to discover Britain's Roman frontier, Hadrian's Wall and the stunning Northumberland countryside. [caption id="attachment_23067" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Northern countryside The rolling northern countryside[/caption] Enjoy the freedom of cycling on quiet roads and traffic-free cycle paths as you explore the beautiful landscapes of northern England. 2017 is a great time to complete Hadrian's Cycleway as between April and September a new exhibition, Hadrian's Cavalry, celebrates the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. [caption id="attachment_23068" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Tynemouth pier Tynemouth pier[/caption] We offer two options on Hadrian's Cycleway, longer and shorter versions of the same itinerary both of which can be viewed here.
If you would like to learn more about our range of self-guided walking and cycling tours in Ireland and England, or would like to enquire about the Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast walking holiday or the Hadrian's Cycleway cycling holiday contact a member of the team on info@macsadventure.com.
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