Whether you believe in myths and legends or not, a visit to this ‘ancient wonder of the world’ is a must and you will surely find the Giants Causeway a ‘mystical’ experience. With its hexagonal basalt columns and outcrops, it bears testament to this area’s turbulent geological history. Immerse yourself in the legend of Finn Mc Cool and enjoy the flora and fauna of this beautiful area.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge
This narrow rope bridge, traditionally constructed by local salmon fishermen, stretches for 20 metres and 30 metres above the sea between the mainland and Carrick-A-Rede island. Fantastic experience and views for those brave enough to cross this narrow rope bridge – Not for the faint hearted!!
This ‘compact, island (approx 7miles long and 1/2mile wide) lies approx 4 miles off the Cauesway Coast at Ballycastle and is reached by a short ferry journey (40 mins). It has not only a fascinating and turbulent history but is also home to thousands of puffins, razorbills and Guillemots who nest preciously on the majestic cliffs at the west lighthouse during June and July. Spend at least a day walking or cycling(hire avail) the narrow roads of this tranquil place and imagine the hardships endured by the islanders in bygone years. Accommodation available should you wish to stay longer and the 1 pub on the island does a ‘roaring’ trade!
The Bushmills distillery is worth a visit, even if you are teetotal!. Irish whiskey has been distilled here for over 400 years when King James 1st granted Sir Thomas Philips a royal licence to distil ‘Uisce beatha’ gealic for ‘water of life’ in 1608. Regular tours of this historic distillery and the ‘hospitality’ is legendary.
The ruins of this medieval castle, clinging to the cliffs between Portrush and Bushmills date from at least 500ad. Occupied originally by the MacQuillans and later the Mc Donnells, It is not hard to imagine the battles that took place for control of this very important vantage point along the coastline.
Frederick Harvey, Bishop of Derry, built this majestic mansion and temple. The mansion is unfortunately in ruins but the temple and landscaped park remain on this wild coastal headland between Coleraine and Londonderry.
Just up the road is Hezlett house, a picturesque thatched cottage with timber frame dating from 1690.
Causeway Coastal Route
Regarded as one of the top scenic drives, the Causeway Coastal Route is a ‘way-marked’ 120 mile trail of Outstanding scenic drives and attractions running from Londonderry, around the beautiful coastline to Belfast. For more info and planner visit www.causewaycoastandglens.com.
There are a range of beaches on the North Coast, each with breathtaking scenary. Perfect for a long evening stroll or sunbathing on a scorching summer’s day. Portrush hosts the East Strand, West Strand and stunning White Rocks. Other beaches include Portstewart Strand, White Park Park, Benone and Portballintrae.