Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

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Antrim Coast Road Trip

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If you're looking to discover the beauty of Northern Ireland's coast, there is no better way than to travel Antrim Coast Road. Part of the larger A2 Road, Antrim Coast Road isn't very trafficked but is considered one of Ireland's most scenic drives, running along 40 kilometres of gorgeous coast. Starting near Larne the road travels through picturesque towns like Glenarm and Waterfoot before ending near the Red Arch, which is close to Cushendall. The drive along the Antrim Coast Road isn't just beautiful, it is also close to many of Northern Ireland's biggest tourist draws. 

 

 

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Things to Do on this Antrim Coast Road Trip

Marvel at the gorgeous rolling hills and coastal valleys of the Glens of Antrim.

Visit a variety of historical castles along the way, including the Norman castle of Carrickfergus, Glenarm Castle and the 13th century Dunluce Castle.

Stop at County Down's Mounre Mountains, a range of granite mountains that look down on the lush beauty below. Proposed as the site of Ireland's first national park, this area is ideal for hikers and nature lovers. 

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Cross a tiny rope bridge to reach the small Carrick Island.

See the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the towns and villages along the way: Ballycastle, Portrush, and the Walled City of Derry.

Tour Old Bushmills Distillery, the only distillery in Ireland that currently produces whiskey.

Written by Connie Limoncelli

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