Dramatic cliff-top castles, vast white-sand beaches, charming little villages - the Causeway Coastal Route delivers an incredible amount of beauty within just 195 miles/314 kilometres.
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Starting in the vibrant city of Belfast and finishing in Derry~Londonderry (or the other way around if you prefer), the Causeway Coastal Route is all about taking your time and savouring the sights, sounds and flavours of this spellbinding coastline. Your clients will be captivated.
See show-stopping panoramas from the craggy heights of Torr Head, experience the warmth of local people in the villages of the Glens of Antrim, and feel the joy of sipping a whiskey in The Bushmills Inn after a day of outdoor adventure. If your clients are looking for memorable experiences, they will certainly get them along the Causeway Coastal Route.
Frequently cited as one of the best touring routes in the world, it's no surprise that the Causeway Coastal Route is a genuine joy to dive. Each weave and turn of the car brings another gorgeous view, with the road hugging the coastline so closely at times you can taste the sea salt in the air. And it's not just the views that impress either. Part of this route's allure is that so many great places are packed into a relatively short stretch of coastline. There's Carrickfergus, with it's 12th century castle; there's The Gobbins, a restored 100-year old cliff pat that brings you through tunnels and over bridges; there's Glenarm Castle, home to the Earls of Antrim for around 400 years; and there's the fairytale beauty of Glenariff Forest Park.
Nothing can quite compare with the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. A bridge has been here since 1755 and was used by salmon fishermen to get from the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. Crossing is an exhilarating experience with the bridge bouncing with every step you take and the waves of the Atlantic carshing against the shore below.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway is just a short distance from the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. From the Visitor Centre perched at the top of the hill, a winding road leads down to the main attraction: 40,000 hexagonal stone columns that blanket the landscape and disappear into the ocean like stepping stones to a lost world. According to science, intense volcanic activity 60 million years ago created this whimsical landscape, but the local legend of warring giants is a lot more fun!
Take time to savour the journey and recharge your batteries in Bushmills village. Small, quaint and friendly, the village boasts lovely restaurants and coffee shops, as well as the famous Old Bushmills whiskey distillery. Dunluce Castle is a dramatic ruined 14th centurye castle that sits on a stark, rocky headland. If it looks like it's about to topple into the sea, that may be because part of it already has. According to local tales, on a dark and stormy night in the 17th century, bits of the kitchen actually collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean pounding the shore below.
After all the cliff-edge craginess, it's time to relax on the long, wide sands of Portstewart Strand. You'll find towering dunes behind the beach - some of the tallest in Ireland - with the waters of the North Atlantic lapping at the shore. More beauty awaits at Downhill Beach - but make sure to look up: on the edge of a cliff sits Mussenden Temple built in 1785, a replica of the Temple of Vesta in Rome. As views go, it doesn't get much better - a lasting memory of what truly is one of the world's great road trips.