COAST WITH THE MOST
Not only has Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route been lauded as one of the world’s great road journeys, it was also named alongside Belfast as the #No 1 Region to Visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Here are our top picks on the stunning route...
THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway is a spectacular location on every level. Walk through narrow pathways lined with tall hexagonal columns, climb to the top of the strangely sculpted stacks and clamber across rows of stones, each with six perfect sides, pounded by waves for millennia.
CARRIC K- A -REDE ROPE BRIDGE
Test your nerve as you cross the swinging rope between the mainland and the sherman’s island, with the waves crashing below you. Once across, you’re rewarded with magni cicent views of the coast and Rathlin Island.
AND MUSSENDEN TEMPLE
Mussenden Temple is a dream-like location, perched on a cliff above miles of ne golden sand. A short walk away, you’ll nd the eerie shell of the once glamourous and thriving
18th century Downhill Castle. Afterwards, tour the 17th century thatched cottage in nearby Castlerock.
The world’s oldest licensed distillery is idyllically located beside the rippling River Bush. Savour the evocative sights, sounds and smells on a tour that celebrates centuries of the distilling craft, and its connection to the village and its people.
RATHLIN ISL AND
Wild and beautiful Rathlin Island is only 20 minutes from the seaside charm of Ballycastle. Explore the island on foot, bike or by boat, and take in the three lighthouses and the RSPB West Light Sea Bird Centre, with its chorus of puf ns, guillemots and kittiwake.
Perched on the cliff edge, this brooding castle, on the outskirts of Portrush, with its turbulent back-story of battling clans, is said to have its own banshee. Walk through the crumbling rooms, take in the dramatic sea views, and explore historical and archaeological exhibits.
THE GLENS OF ANTRIM
Situated within one of the nine Glens of Antrim, the breath-taking Glenariff Forest Park has superb walking trails and a threemile long ‘Waterfall Walkway’. If you’re lucky, you might see red squirrels and Irish hares on your way.
THE DARK HEDGES
This beautiful tree-lined avenue is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland since it was featured in Season 2 of Game Of Thrones® . Be sure to check out more lming locations for the hit series in the area.
ROYAL PORTRUSH GOLF CLUB
Ranked as one of the top championship links, Royal Portrush Golf Club will be the centre of attention in July 2019, when it hosts the 148th Open and welcomes the best golfers in the world to Northern Ireland.
• For information and ideas on where to stay and what to do, go to visitcausewaycoastandglens.com
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