Northern Ireland cliff walk

This article appears on page 69 of the September 2017 issue.

After being closed for 60 years due to disrepair, in summer 2015 a 2-mile-long cliff-face walkway on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route in County Antrim reopened to the public.

The Gobbins Cliff Path (Middle Road, Islandmagee, Northern Ireland, BT40 3SX, U.K.; phone +44 28 9337 2318, http://thegobbinscliffpath.com) was built in 1902. The challenging climb features uneven steps carved from the cliff with pick and shovel, a metal staircase and 23 tubular and suspension bridges plus caves and tunnels carved out of the rock. (Original cast-iron and concrete bridges and a staircase have been replaced by stainless-steel versions.)

The path is unsuitable for anyone with cardiac or joint problems or who needs assistance walking, and guides may deny a person entry for safety reasons. Hardhats must be worn, and appropriate footwear is required.

Taking about 2½ hours to complete, the Gobbins can be walked only as part of a guided tour; 10 people, maximum. A safety video is shown. Book in advance. £10 (near $13). Nontrekkers can enjoy views and learn the area’s history at the visitors’ center.