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Essentials / Gear

We recommend you carry everything you need including waterproof jacket and trousers, a complete change of clothing, first aid kit, map, compass, directions, food and water. The beauty of the IAT Ulster-Ireland is that it does pass through a number of towns and villages so there is plenty of opportunities to stock up on supplies. However, some sections are very rural so again good preparation is key. The route is long and not always on paths so sections can be quite muddy and over uneven terrain therefore a good pair of walking boots are essential. We recommend wearing high visibility clothing to be safe.

When to Visit

The IAT Ulster-Ireland can be explored at any time of year however, some areas will be more challenging in the winter and autumn months. Walkers should also be aware that natural beauty spots such as Sliabh Liag and the Giant’s Causeway can be extremely busy in the summer months.

Planning your Trip

For those completing the IAT Ulster-Ireland in its entirety or exploring large sections over multiple days it is a good idea to plan where you will stop each day so you can arrange appropriate transport and accommodation. It is a good idea to check public transport times and have a list of taxi numbers on hand so you can book in advance. A popular option is to drive to the start and get a taxi back to the car. A seasonal rambler service operates along the Causeway Coast.

There are many B&B, hostels, campsites and hotels close to the trail however, accommodation is limited in some rural sections.  You can find accommodation on the Long Distance Walk page.

Mountaineering Ireland have put together a Happy Hiking leaflet with useful advice for planning your walk which includes what to bring with you, getting a weather forecast and who to call in an emergency.

Leave No Trace

Please remember to practice the seven principles of ’Leave No Trace’ when enjoying the outdoors to minimise your impact on the environment.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Be Considerate of Others
  3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Dispose of Waste Properly
  7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

For more information, visit www.leavenotraceireland.org

Dogs

If planning on walking with your dog, please note the changing policies on dogs in the ‘Route Descriptions’ on the Suggested Itineraries page. Be aware that in many instances there is a policy that dogs must be kept on a lead, particularly near farmland.

Visitor Information Centres

The Visitor Information Centres close to the route have been grouped according to the brown areas on the map below to help you work out which centre to contact depending on what part of the trail you want to visit.

Donegal

Name

Phone

Website

Kilcar Visitor Information Point +353(0)74 9738376 https://www.discoverireland.ie/donegal/kilcar-visitor-information-point
Killybegs Tourist Information Centre +353 (0)74 9732346 https://www.killybegs.ie/
Ardara Visitor Information Point +353 (0)87 2424590 http://ardara.ie/item/tourist-information-at-the-heritage-centre/
Donegal Town Tourist Information Centre +353 (0)1 6057700 https://www.discoverireland.ie/donegal
Pettigo Tourist Information Point +353 (0)71 9861111 http://termoncomplex.com/
Stranorlar Visitor Information Point +353 (0)74 9190909 https://www.discoverireland.ie/donegal/stranorlar-visitor-information-point

Derry City & Strabane

Name

Phone

Website

Alley Theatre, Strabane +44 (0)28 7138 4444 https://www.alley-theatre.com/
Visit Derry Information Centre +44 (0)28 7126 7284 https://www.visitderry.com/

Fermanagh and Omagh

Name

Phone

Website

Omagh Visitor Information Centre +44(0)28 8224 7831 https://www.fermanaghomagh.com/residential-services/tourism/

Mid Ulster

Name

Phone

Website

Cookstown Tourist Information Centre +44(0)28 8676 9949 https://www.visitmidulster.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information-centres
Magherafelt Visitor Information Centre +44(0)28 7963 1510 https://www.visitmidulster.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information-centres

Causeway Coast and Glens

Name

Phone

Website

Limavady Visitor Information Centre +44(0)28 7776 0650 https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information/visitor-information-centres
Coleraine Visitor Information Centre +44(0)28 7034 4723 https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information/visitor-information-centres
Portrush Visitor Information Centre (Seasonal Opening) +44(0)28 7082 3333 https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information/visitor-information-centres
Bushmills Visitor Information Centre (Seasonal Opening) +44(0)28 2073 0390 https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information/visitor-information-centres
Giant’s Causeway Visitor Information Centre +44(0)28 2073 1855 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway
Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre +44(0)28 2076 2024 https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information/visitor-information-centres
Cushendall Local Information Office +44(0)28 2177 1180 https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-information/visitor-information-centres

Mid and East Antrim

Name

Phone

Website

Larne Visitor Information Point +44(0)28 2826 0395 https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/contact-us/contact-us-main#VIC

Useful Links

Ulster Way Long Distance Walking Trail

The IAT Ulster-Ireland follows the western, northern and part of the eastern sections of the Ulster Way. This is the longest distance walking route in Northern Ireland and totals 636 miles (1, 024km) which encircles Northern Ireland, taking in the six counties and some of the best walking destinations including the majestic Mourne Mountains, rugged cliffs of the Causeway Coast and wide-open spaces of the Sperrins. For more information on the Ulster Way visit WalkNI.com/ulster-way