With a wealth of things to see and do in the area, it’s worth spending time on http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/, or get your bearings with this interactive map.
Here’s a list of the big attractions, plus some local secrets we’d like to share with you. Also, whether you're a novice or a pro we’ve some specialist local information for lovers of golf, walking, fishing, riding and surfing. Just click on your sport and open the file.
- Giant’s Causeway: Legend has it that the giant, Finn McCool, created this geological marvel. It is a World Heritage Site and now has an impressive visitors centre to match. Tip: car parking charges might take your breath away, so park across the road at the Heritage Railway (also worth a ride).
- Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: Spanning a chasm eighty feet deep, it is an exhilarating experience peering down through the wooden slats into the clear waters below. The coastal path offers stunning views of Rathlin and the Scottish Isles, as well as a noisy seabird colony.
- Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery: Join a tour of the distillery to observe the craft of traditional Irish whiskey making and sample the goods too.
- Ballintoy Harbour: A picture-postcard pretty harbour with a pocket-sized tea room and magical views. Much-loved by walkers, this is the most celebrated part of the Causeway Coast.
- Whitepark Bay Beach: The spectacular sandy beach forms a white arc between two headlands including the tiny salmon-fishing village of Portbraddan. The beach is backed by ancient dunes rich in bird and animal life. Enjoy lazy summer days, picnics, making sandcastles and long walks along this truly beautiful beach.
Some of our favourite things to do...
- Exploring the rockpools at Murlough Bay. It is exceptionally beautiful and remote.
- Eating fish and chips from Morton’s, Ballycastle. Grab a bench and watch the sun set over Ballycastle Harbour as you tuck into the best battered cod for miles.
- Watching the seals on the beach at Rathlin Island. Hop on the ferry and take a picnic lunch.
- Ambling through the conservation village of Cushendun. It’s a great place to stop for coffee as you drive the coastal route. Don’t forget to say hello to the resident Billy Goat Gruff.
- Deep sea fishing for cod, mackerel and anything that bites with Captain Chris on his fully equipped boat “The Lord Moyle” sailing out of Ballycastle Marina.
If you want to keep it really local, here's more information about what's on in Portrush, including attractions and local restaurants.
From personal experience, the bustling Ramore Wine Bar offers a broad, well-priced menu (children welcome) and 55 Degrees North is a good option for afternoon tea with great views (children welcome). Further afield, Tartine in Bushmills offers delicious food and an interesting wine list.