Top Ten Highlights of the Causeway Coast

With countless accolades for it’s outstanding scenic beauty, the Causeway Coastal Route in the North of Ireland has been described as ‘one of the most scenic drives in the world’ by National Geographic, ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world’ by travel guru Michael Palin and world renowned travel guide Lonely Planet named the Causeway Coastal Route it’s top ‘must visit’ destination in 2018.

 

It is authentic, rugged, jaw dropping and awe-inspiring all at the same time.  Between world famous filming locations gaining clout by HBO’s Game of Thrones and a UNESCO world heritage site in the Giants Causeway, you’ll find quaint little towns, multiple blue flag beaches dotted along the coast, architectural icons, fabulous local food, drink and  craic and a welcome so big you’ll have an experience that will live in your heart forever.

Portrush is a perfect base at the heart of the North Coast from which to explore some of the best parts of the route with ease.   Explore by day and enjoy the fun of the lively town by night.  

 

For a luxurious resting place at the end of your days out exploring and sightseeing, Curran Gate 5* luxury apartments in the heart of Portrush offer space, privacy, luxury and comfort to relax and recharge.

 

To check availability for the upcoming months please call +442877725466 and we will be happy to advise you.

Cycling the Causeway Coastal Route_web-s

Our Top 10 Highlights of the Causeway Coastal Route

 

 

1.  Portrush and Portstewart

 

An Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and surrounded by crystal clear water, Portrush is also home to the one of the North’s best links golf course, The Royal Portrush and boasts not one but two blue flag beaches in the town - East Strand and West Strand - and is also the North’s main surfing hub.  Portrush is an excellent choice of base for your coastal exploration.   Explore the key sites in the area with ease by car, train or bus by day and enjoy the many bars, restaurants, music, culture, heritage, walks and activities which are plentiful in Portrush by day and night.  Portrush is packed with plenty of family fun opportunities, adventure, places to explore and local and artisan food choices as well as some of the best coffee on the North Coast.  Our 5* apartments looking over Royal Portrush golf links course and the East Strand beach provide you with a luxury accommodation experience to really top off your trip.

 

Portstewart, just 4 miles away is our neighbouring seaside town and also has a lot to offer the visitor from strolling along the beautiful Portstewart strand as well as enjoying the many beautiful food options and cliff top walks, it also is home to the beautiful blue flag beach at Portstewart Strand and it’s own seaside golf course.

2.  Whiterocks Beach

Whiterocks beach, another blue flag beach within 1 mile of Curran Gate is easily one of the most majestic and beautiful beaches in the North of Ireland.  Getting its name from the literal towering white cliffs its simply jaw dropping and even the curving, winding road to drive down to the car park to access the beach is a sight to behold in itself.  You’ll feel like you’re in the Algarve here!  A safe, clean beach which children and adults alike love.  Also a great spot for surfing.

 

 

3.  Dunluce Castle

 

An epic location for a castle, thought by many to be one of the most picturesque and romantic of Irish Castles, Dunluce Castle is just one of the many majestic and dramatic ruins along the Causeway Coastal route.  Situated on the edge of a rock cliff it can only be reached by crossing a bridge.  Game of Thrones creators, HBO also fell in love with the castle using it in their hit show as House of Greyjoy, the ruler of the Iron Islands.  

4.  Portballintrae

 

The stunning Bushfoot strand, Bushfoot links golf course, and the idyllic fishing harbour of Portballintrae are some of the highlights of this quiet seaside town.  Portballintrae beach is a small shingle and sand beach with great opportunities for children to explore the rock pools.  Don’t forget your buckets, spades and nets, it’s the perfect spot on your road trip for a picnic.

 

5.  Bushmills Distillery

 

 

For a fun day out and a different type of experience, the Oldest Licensed Whiskey Distillery in the world is just up the road from Curran Gate.  Bushmills Irish Whiskey is world famous and on one of their guided tours you can really get behind the bottle and experience all that goes into making this iconic nectar.  You’ll  also get the opportunity to have a whiskey tasting, all in all a great day out where you’ll learn the secrets to the art of the production process of what goes into making world famous whiskey.

 

6.  Giants Causeway

Needs no real introduction, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the jewel in the crown of the Causeway Coast.  Steeped in myth and legend the stories of the Giant’s Causeway evoke wonder with children and adults alike.  With the option of clifftop trails for the more adventurous and gentler trails for families and sightseers, whatever way you reach the Giant’s Causeway for the first time will be unforgettable.  Read more about the history and heritage of the Giant’s Causeway here.

 

7.  Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

One of the absolute highlights of the Causeway Coast and not for the fainthearted. A 20m long wooden slatted bridge suspended 30m above the sea, are you brave enough?  Give it a go and experience the views that can only been seen from this vista, with the sights, sounds and smell of the waves crashing beneath you it’s a feast for all the senses.  It’s a real exhilarating experience that will leave you with memories for life.

8.  Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour is a picturesque little nook on the Causeway Coastal route, accessed by a corkscrew road,  you'll find a raised beach and rock pools galore for exploring with the children.  It is also a Game of Thrones filming location and you may well recognise it from it being used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands.  Definitely worth exploring.  Ballintoy village, just a kilometre away from the Harbour is also a location for one of the Iconic Game of Thrones doors.  Located in the bar the Fullerton Arms in the village, A series of 10 doors were carved and situated in pubs across Northern Ireland near key filming location depicting scenes from season 6.  Very cool.  Find out about the rest of the doors locations here.

9.  Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

One of the most photographed sites in Ireland due to the sheer beauty and drama of the location, perching on a cliff edge.  The stunning architecture of Mussenden Temple which was inspired by Tivoli Temple of Vesta makes it an iconic stop on your road trip.  It is one of the most beautiful places on earth in our opinion and you can’t help but imagine what it was like to live here as you explore the ruins of the estate.  Heavenly.  It’s now operated by the National Trust and on your visit here you also have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Hezlett House in Castlerock.  A must visit!

10. The Dark Hedges

A famous and dramatic natural phenomena located between the villages of Stranocum and Armoy, the Dark Hedges have been well documented in photography of Northern Ireland and also are a key location for the world famous Game of Thrones, known in the show as the Kings Road.  A tunnel of beech trees create a climatic landscape that creates a fabulous backdrop for a insta worthy photo.

 

 

 

For more itinerary inspiration visit Ireland.com.

 

References which helped us build this article include:

https://www.irishcentral.com

https://discovernorthernireland.com 

https://www.virtualvisittours.com/dunluce-castle/

https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ 

https://www.causewaycoast.holiday/