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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. Awe inspiring views, colourful gardens and woodland walks.
    1. Aerial view of Glenarm Castle & Gardens with the ocean beyond.
      With its own special place in local history, Glenarm Castle is a true national treasure. One of Ireland's oldest estates, and home to the Earls of Antrim, Glenarm Castle is a 'must see' destination and one of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions where you can enjoy enchanted walks through the Walled Garden and Castle Trail.
      1. 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. 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. Ballygally Castle Northern Ireland Causeway Coastal Route
          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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        3. Tartine aims to provide an experience. The ambiance of the surroundings, experienced staff and quality seasonal food makes for an exceptional night out.
          1. The Bayview Hotel is situated at the heart of the picturesque village of Portballintrae, one mile from Bushmills, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and close to the Giant's Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery and Dunluce Castle.
          2. 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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          3. The basalt stones at Giant's 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.
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          4. Welcome to Alive Adventures in Portrush, N. Ireland, 6 * time winner of Tripadvisor’s “Cert. of Excellence” & “Hall Of Fame” award! We offer a range of activities & rentals, from surfing & SUP, to kayaking & eBikes You’ll be spoiled for choice!
            1. Escape the Routine Sample itinerary
              Use this pre-built itinerary as inspiration for your trip. We've added a few top attractions, eateries and places to stay across the Causeway Coastal Route.
            2. 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!

            3. Dunluce Castle is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the North County Antrim coast.
              1. 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.
              2. 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.
              3. 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.

              4. 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 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.
                1. 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. 

                2. 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. Ideally located between the Glens of Antrim and the Causeway Coast, the Marine Hotel lies only 2 minutes from the beach and 2 minutes from the ferry terminal to Rathlin Island. The hotel has all conveniences including free WiFi throughout.
                2. World of Owls hopes to bring people, young and old, from all sections of the community to a beautiful location where they can be shown the need for conservation by one of nature’s most wonderful creatures.
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