Scenic, dramatic and inspiring, the Causeway Coastal Route is a constant feature of global top tens and top fives when it comes to visitor experiences and bucket lists. Around every corner of this spectacular winding route you’ll find thrills and adventure, as well as peaceful retreats. The variety along the coastal route means there’s something for everyone and a multitude of ways you can see it.

Castles and citadels at Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Castle

Why not start with a view over Belfast Lough from Carrickfergus Castle. With a history dating back eight-hundred years this Norman citadel has played an important role in Northern Irish history. Well worth a visit if you want to find out more.

Go for The Gobbins Cliff Path

The Gobbins

The glorious Gobbins Cliff Path is a great introduction to the drama of the oceans and seas you are about to experience along the Causeway Coastal Route. This two-and-half hour fully guided walking tour through suspension bridges, tunnels and pathways offers visitors a unique cliff-walking experience you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

Glorious Glenariff

Glenariff Waterfall

Located at the heart of the Glens of Antrim, and set in a classic u-shaped valley, the Waterfall Walkway in Glenariff Forest Park opened 80 years ago. The forest trail follows a recently renovated boardwalk through the nature reserve, past spectacular scenery, river gorges and three beautiful waterfalls. This is a big attraction for nature lovers and those after a pretty picture too.

Remote beauty at Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island

With its striking lighthouses and picturesque backdrop, Rathlin Island lies just off the coast and can be reached via a regular ferry service from lovely Ballycastle. Once the refuge of Scotland’s Robert the Bruce it is now a haven for wild birds, seals and puffins and it can be yours for a day too. Bird watchers, do not miss.

Made for Instagram – Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

You’ll quite fancy having a pair of wings yourself when you’re halfway across the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This National Trust site crosses a deep chasm, which was originally erected by salmon fishermen. On a good day you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of Rathlin and the Scottish Islands, and nature lovers will find themselves surrounded by unique geology, flora and fauna. Just as well there’s plenty to look at because you don’t want to look down.

Whiskey galore at Bushmills

Old Bushmills Distillery

You’re going to need a settler, so treat yourself with a visit to Ireland’s oldest working distillery in Old Bushmills Distillery. Go and take the guided tour and learn all the secrets behind the tastes you’ll get to sample.

UNESCO-protected Giant’s Causeway

Don’t have too much though, you’ve more balancing to do at the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. Arguably Northern Ireland’s most famous attraction, the causeway was formed over 60 million years ago, when molten lava cooled suddenly on contact with water. It’s an awe-inspiring landscape featuring hexagonal basalt columns and has left behind distinctive stone formations with fanciful names including the camel, wishing chair and the organ. When you’re there, make sure to head for the world-class Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn all about it.

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

Courtesy of Hufton and Crow

If you fancy another view then get in touch with Aquaholics. These guys offer wetter ways of seeing the Carrick-A-Rede Rope bridge and the Giant’s Causeway and if you’re up for it they’ll take you on a scuba dive looking for shipwrecks. Those who enjoy the challenge of catching their own lunch should hop on board the Causeway Lass to see what you can reel in.

Drama and vertical drops at Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Back on dry land don't miss Dunluce Castle. This 17th century castle sits perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic. During a stormy night in 1639, part of it fell into the sea and it was abandoned. The magical ruins have inspired many including Winston Churchill and writer CS Lewis.

Catch a wave or two at Whiterocks

White Rocks

Whiterocks Beach is a Blue Flag Award winner, featuring limestone cliffs which stretch from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle.  This is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts and is a great spot for surfing, body boarding and kayaking. Surfers should check in with local tube catchers in Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae to find out more about the best waves and rides on nearby beaches.

Frame your view with the Dark Hedges

A little off the route, outside Ballymoney, fans of the hit series Game of Thrones® will find the famous Dark Hedges. Planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, the trees line the entrance path towards the Georgian mansion Gracehill House. Today it is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, and rightfully so.

Strange beauty like this is everywhere along the Causeway Coastal Route. It’s as if it was all sculpted and laid out in one giant plan. If we are to believe the myths and legends along the way, it was all planned by giants and it’s all waiting for you.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure information is correct, we strongly advise checking in advance before you travel to your intended destination to ensure its open and book tickets if applicable. 

Carrickfergus Castle
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Carrickfergus Castle

For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape whether approached by land, sea or air. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

The Gobbins
Visitor Centres & Museums
The Gobbins

On the thrilling Gobbins Experience, nature isn’t content to just sit back and be admired. It completely engulfs you: from the all-enveloping Irish Sea winds and the dolphins dancing off the coastline.

Glenariff Forest Park
Forest Parks
Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is one of the nine Antrim Glens in Northern Ireland. Glenariff Forest Park covers over 1,000 hectares with planted woodland, lakes, outdoor recreation spaces and conservation areas.

Rathlin Island
Nature and Wildlife
Rathlin Island

Amidst the rugged landscape of this isolated island, you can let your mind wander and discover a tranquility and beauty that is so unexpected.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Nature and Wildlife
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Pre-booking essential for Rope Bridge crossing.

Old Bushmills Distillery
Distillery
Old Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at the oldest working licenced distillery, set on the beautiful North Coast close to the Giant's Causeway.

Giant's Causeway - National Trust
Visitor Attractions
The basalt stones at the giants causeway stretch into the sea

Follow in the footsteps of giants at Northern Ireland's iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basalt columns of the Causeway landscape were left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago. All visitors are encouraged to book Visitor Experience tickets online in advance of arrival onsite.

Giant's Causeway Visitor Information Centre
Tourist Information Centre
Giant's Causeway Visitor Information Centre

Located within the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre an enthusiastic team of staff is on hand to offer practical help, advice and assistance to both local residents and visitors to Northern Ireland.

Aquaholics Dive Centre and Sea Safari's
Adventure Sports
Aquaholics Dive Centre and Sea Safari's

PADI FIVE STAR DIVE CENTRE with offices in Ballycastle and Portstewart.

Dunluce Castle Medieval Irish Castle on the Antrim Coast
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Dunluce Castle Medieval Irish Castle on the Antrim Coast

Dunluce Castle is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the North County Antrim coast.

Whiterocks Beach
Beach
Whiterocks Beach

Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award again in 2020, Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for international visitors.

The Dark Hedges
Nature and Wildlife
The Dark Hedges

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.