The Causeway Coastal Route

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The Causeway Coastal Route
  • United Kingdom, Europe
  • 279 km
  • 6:01 hr

Stretching from bustling Belfast to the historic city of Derry~Londonderry and taking in some of Ireland's most incredible sights, the Causeway Coastal Route is sure to get your heart racing.

It’s not enough to call the Causeway Coastal Route a trip, a drive, or even a discovery – this monumental stretch of coastline is more a series of adventures, with cliffs, pretty villages, sandy beaches and mysterious caves. Starting in the energetic buzz of Belfast and reaching all the way to Derry~Londonderry, the route is on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list 2018. No surprise either, with sights such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway – 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that tumble down to the sea – and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which wobbles precipitously over the crashing ocean below. There’s the craggy ruins of Dunluce Castle and the elegant beauty of the clifftop Mussenden Temple. And how about Rathlin Island? Venture out by boat and you’re bound to meet one of the 150 islanders lucky enough to call this nature reserve home. But amongst all these epic sights, there are quiet moments, too... a posttouring pint in cosy Mary MacBride’s pub in Cushendun; a walk through breathtaking Glenariff Forest Park, near Waterfoot; a wander around the handsome Georgian village of Glenarm. Our advice? Go slow, and take it all in.

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