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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.

DOWNHILL DEMESNE

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.

BUSHMILLS DISTILLERY

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.

DUNLUCE CASTLE

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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