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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. Couple enjoying a sauna
    HotBox is an authentic Finnish wood burning sauna located at Benone Strand on the Causeway Coast. Come plunge with us into the cold Atlantic Ocean and sweat away your woes in our box of heat.
    1. At The Chocolate Manor you'll learn about the history of chocolate
      On Castlerock’s main street there’s a building that’s 120 years old. This is the home of the Chocolate Manor, a warm and inviting shop, artisan food emporium & chocolate experience space - the smells alone are enough to tempt you in off the street!
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    2. In 1608, in Bushmills, a legend was born. In that year, King James I granted a very particular licence to this small village, just a few miles inland from Ireland’s rugged north coast. The licence gave Bushmills the right to distil whiskey. Today, Bushmills is home to the oldest licenced whiskey distillery in the world.
      1. View through gates leading along a path with a pond to a small building.
        Antrim Castle Gardens is an absolute historical gem. You will find nothing like these 400-year-old gardens anywhere else in Northern Ireland. Walk into the past as you stroll around this magnificent setting, visiting beautiful features such as the Large Parterre, Her Ladyship’s Pleasure Garden and Yew Tree Pond.
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      2. A view of the tubular bridge with flowers on the rock face and the ocean beyond.
        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. Pull on your walking boots and enjoy this 2.5-hour walking tour through tunnels and bridges with the waves crashing at your feet.
        1. A woman and child having a pretend sword fight in the room at the top of the castle keep with the sun beaming through the window behind.
          For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Irish 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.
          1. waves lap over the basalt stones at the giants causeway
            Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, the Giant's Causeway is a geological wonder and home to a wealth of history and legend. The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago, has captured the imagination of all who see it.
            1. Mary's is a traditional Irish pub with lots of history and stories to be told. Come along and enjoy a homemade meal and a pint of Guinness. Our menu offers something for everyone whether it's our steak and Guinness pie or our delicious Cock and Bull.
              1. Check out the beautiful scenery from a dizzying new perspective! Cutting Edge Helicopter, situated at the City of Derry Airport, offers the experience of a lifetime in with the choice of various custom charters. The stunning views from above give you unparalleled access to some of Northern Irelands most spectacular destinations.
                1. Downhill Beach on the Causeway Coastal Route. Mussenden Temple sits on a cliff edge in the background while an NI Railways train passes through a tunnel.

                  Getting to the Causeway Coastal Route is the easy part- the hard work starts when you arrive and are faced with so many things to do and places to see!

                2. Food & Drink along the Causeway Coastal Route
                  There is nothing better for working up an appetite than spending the day out in the sea air. So it’s little wonder that visitors on the Causeway Coastal Route are always happy to sit down in front of a well-earned lunch or hearty dinner. Many north coast restaurants specialise in delicious dishes of fresh, locally caught fish, plus there is plenty for all kinds of food lovers - you won’t go hungry.
                3. Accommodation along the Causeway Coastal Route
                  As you make your way along the Causeway Coastal Route, you’ll be struck by all you see. In all likelihood, you’ll also be flattened by the sea air - which means you can look forward to one of the best sleeps you've ever had after a day out by the coast. This famous route can be, as the saying goes, done in a day, but to get the most out of it, you should take at least two or three. Luckily, we know some great places to stay.
                4. 2 bikes propped up sitting beside a Tea and Coffee sign

                  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.

                5. Mother, father and 2 daughters sitting on the coast of Rathlin Island enjoying views across the North Atlantic Ocean towards mainland County Antrim and the Causeway Coast.

                  Such is the splendour of the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route that it inspires people of all ages. Its steep cliffs, dramatic sites and crashing seas have fuelled the imaginations of those who wrote both ancient folklore and more recent children’s tales like C.S. Lewis. With fantastic scenery, lots of fun and plenty of activities, there is something for every member of your clan. 

                6. Activities & Attractions along the Causeway Coastal Route
                  A whole host of attractions and activities await travelers along the Causeway Coastal Route. Maybe you’d like to get wet while coasteering under cliffs and over rocks. Perhaps you’d prefer to wet your whistle with some fine whiskey at Bushmills Distillery. Or why not explore local myths and legends with a trip to the Giant’s Causeway?

                Awaken your Giant Spirit

                1. The Ballygally Castle Hotel faces the soft, sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay. The Castle dates back to 1625 and is unique in that it is the only 17th Century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland.
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                  Attractive, comfortable, clean accommodation situated on Bangor’s Seafront (Coastal Road) close to all amenities, including golf, sailing, fishing and the new Auroracentre. The house is centrally heated and all rooms have hot and cold water, ...
                3. The Salthouse
                  Standing in its own private grounds surrounded by the natural beauty of the county Antrim countryside, overlooking Ballycastle, The Salthouse enjoys jaw dropping views of the coastline to Fairhead and beyond.
                4. Located lakeside in Templepatrick, just 20-minutes from Belfast City and 10 minutes from Belfast International Airport, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat was named Best Place to Stay in Northern Ireland for 2024 by The Times & The Sunday Times. The AA Four Star hotel promises to give you all the creature comforts you love housed in beautifully designed spaces with a few quirks along the way.
                5. Vitality Pool at Galgorm
                  Galgorm is one Ireland's premier Resorts, set in 450 acres of lush parkland near Northern Ireland’s most renowned scenic attractions it is the perfect location to truly relax & unwind.
                6. The Bushmills Inn is a luxury Hotel with an AA Rosette restaurant in the heart of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast. One of Ireland’s most well known luxurious hotels, The Bushmills Inn boasts open turf fires, gas lights and hidden nooks & crannies.
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                7. The 18-bedroom Victorian terrace boasts exquisite ocean views and has been extensively renovated to bring their own brand of sleek sophisticated glamour. On their doorstep, you will find many of the town’s most celebrated restaurants, blue-flag beaches, as well as the world-renowned Royal Portrush Golf Club—hosts of the 148th Open Championship.
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