Family adventure breaks on the Causeway Coast

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Posted by Mags

Published March 15, 2017

A natural activity playground with its long, sandy beaches, inland waterways and winding trails, the Causeway Coast is the perfect destination for a family adventure break. Rated as one of the top five road trips worldwide, the Causeway Coastal Route is the perfect starting point for a budget-friendly family activity stay.

Activites for families on the Causeway Coast

Spending some quality family time along the Causeway Coastal Route

Make Memories on a Causeway Coast Family Adventure

We all have those brilliant childhood memories of sun-soaked days on the beach collecting shells and scouring rock pools for fascinating finds.

It didn't matter that we almost turned blue with the cold as we ran in and out of the water for some serious splash-time fun.

Of course there's more to beach fun than just constructing sand castle masterpieces and being buried in the sand - your Family Adventure Short Break to the Causeway Coast could be so much more...

Dive in to the Causeway Coast's Beaches

Portstewart Strand

For those obsessed with the water, why not rent a body board and hit the beach in Portstewart or Portrush!

Starting from just £5 for 2 hours from Long Line or Troggs Surf School, wetsuits can also be rented so you don't have to wait for more tropical climes.

Horse riding on Downhill Beach 

Experience the thrill of horse riding* on Downhill Beach, part of an 11km stretch of sand and surf offering a wealth of activities including water sports, scenic walks and facilities for that perfect family day out.

No activity-filled trip to the seaside would be complete without some fish and chips and an ice-cream to feed the soul. Check out Morelli's on Portstewart promenade, makers of award winning ice cream since 1911 - delish!

Land Ahoy!

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Back on dry land, and two feet, continue the fun with a walk to intrigue the kids; go giant spotting at the Giant's Causeway or dare to cross the Carrick-Rede-Rope Bridge.

Or for a more relaxing way to explore the Causeway Coastal Route, get on your bike or hire on arrival from Bushmills Cycle Hire or Strandeen Bike Hire.

As you peddle your way along the cycle routes, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the coastline and a stunning mountainous backdrop.

Be sure to pack a picnic and you won't have problems putting in a day on the open road on a budget.

Rathlin - An Island Adventure

All modes of transport exhausted, turn island explorer for a day and visit Northern Ireland's only inhabited offshore island, Rathlin, home to a spectacular array of wildlife and the only 'upside down' lighthouse in Ireland.

Part of the refurbished RSPB NI Seabird Centre experience, Rathlin West Light is now accessible to visitors - be sure to take in the spectacular views of the North Antrim Coastline on your way to the top!

Extend Your Causeway Coast Adventure

With all this fun, why not make a short break of it and stay in family-friendly accommodation?

Discover Northern Ireland's Families Welcome Scheme accommodation providers understand families' needs. From hotels with babysitting services, interconnecting rooms and children's menus, to self-catering properties with baby and toddler equipment, we've got you covered.

For more ideas on what to do and where to stay along the Causeway Coast, visit for inspiration

*From 1st May - 30th Sept horses are not allowed on this beach between 11am - 7pm.


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