|The 60 million year old basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway.|
|Near the Giant's Causeway is Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - a scenic walk that brings you to a rope bride hanging above water. Cross the bridge and enjoy visiting a little island. Sit and enjoy the views.|
|Views along the North Antrim Coast - beautiful!|
Things to note:
- Take a picnic or snacks with you and enjoy your lunch along the top walk of the Giant's Causeway. Relax and enjoy the scenery.
- There are two FREE walks, the 'lower' walk that takes you down to the Giant's Causeway, and the 'high' walk along the cliffs above the Giant's Causeway.
- Keep a close watch on children, particularly on the high cliff walk as it's often windy and there are limited protective rails along the cliffs. The high cliff walk is more suitable for adults.
- Enjoy other nearby sites on the same day such as Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Bushmills Distillery.
- Appropriate footwear for walking is recommended. The weather can change suddenly so always be prepared for rain.
- Click here to view a map. From Belfast take the Motorway to Larne. From Larne head North along the coast, heading towards Glenarm Castle (a great place to eat lunch or have a cup of tea/coffee), and then drive along the Coastal Route through the Glens of Antrim, ending up in Cushendun. Take a toilet break in Cushendun or perhaps a lunch break before starting on the scenic drive of Torr Head. If your're feeling fit and the weather is good, stop at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge for a scenic walk (this costs money). Otherwise, skip the Rope Bridge and head for the Giant's Causeway, followed by Bushmills Distillery for a tour (costs money). Try a fish and chip dinner if you're hungry in Bushmills. If you have time, stop at Dunluce Castle and enjoy the views. Head back towards Belfast. This trip is based on an early start, 8am) and late return (9 or 10pm).
- Have a look at a sample Driving Tour - here.
If you'd like to stay overnight, try Bushmills Inn (quite expensive) or The Causeway Hotel (quite expensive). There is also a clean, basic hostel with fantastic views located above a beach at Whitepark Bay (very reasonable).
If you don't have a car, there is a regular public bus that goes from Belfast (and many other towns) to the North Antrim Coast. In the summer, there is often a Translink Bus Rambler ticket that takes you to the North Coast (cheaper than other tickets). There are also plenty of tour companies that offer day tours. (Paddy Wagon, Causeway Coast Tour, McComb's Coach Travel).
Click here to view the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge website.
Click here for the information on the Giant's Causeway.
Click here to read my blog post about Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.