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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

THE DARK HEDGES O L D B U S H M I L L S D I S T I L L E RY CARRIC K- A -REDE ROPE BRIDGE

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