The Causeway Coastal Route is an area of breath-taking beauty where the rugged coastline merges with a romantic landscape of deep, silent glens and lush forest parks, boasting three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a must see destination on your Northern Ireland visit. With picturesque rural and fishing villages, bustling seaside resorts, golden, Blue Flag beaches and Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway, it is easy to see why the Causeway Coastal Route is regarded as ‘One of the World’s Great Road Journeys’.
The Grand Causeway is the largest of three rock outcrops which make up the Giant's Causeway. These collections of columns contributed to the causeway being designated Northern Ireland's only World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
For centuries countless visitors have marvelled at the majesty and mystery of the Giants Causeway. At the heart of one of Europe's most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire our visitors. To stroll on the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time.
Near Ballintoy in County Antrim on the Causeway Coastal Route is Larrybane quarry. This amazing place was a chalk quarry until the 1970s and now marks the start of a coast walk to the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The rope bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below.
This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.
Downhill offers opportunities for nature walks and sightings of bird life amongst a backdrop of cascading waterfalls, extensive sand dunes, and the prominent Mussenden Temple, one of the most photographed buildings in Northern Ireland. The Temple offers breathtaking views of the North Coast and dramatic 18th century ruins of Downhill House waiting to be explored.
Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Carrickfergus Castle first appears in the official English records in 1210 when the notorious King John laid siege to and took control of Ulster’s premier strategic garrison. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland.
The Causeway Coastal Route is a designated, waymarked drive around the coast of Northern Ireland between the cities of Belfast and Londonderry. The route is 120 miles or 190 km long and links to the Wild Atlantic Way at Londonderry and the Mourne Scenic Route in Belfast.
The landscape is varied from coastal roads to mountain tops, from busy cities to sleepy hamlets and coastal harbours. To see a map of the Causeway Coastal Route click below.