A Causeway Coast Staycation- Amazing discoveries for your family

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A short coastal footpath leads to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty. The geology, flora and fauna have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest. Fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills breed on the islands close to the rope bridge. Of course, Carrick-a-Rede also boasts an exhilarating rope bridge experience. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!

Top things to do on the Causeway Coast

Drive the iconic Causeway Coastal Route

You need a day or two (or ideally a long weekend!) to really delve deep into the iconic Causeway Coastal Route by car. It takes you through unrivalled scenery and links ancient castles, amazing geological formations, golden beaches and picturesque seaside towns and villages.

Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway

Catch the beautiful narrow-gauge heritage train on the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway route and arrive in style at the site of the iconic hexagonal stones. Take in the amazing visitor centre and experience the power of the mighty Finn McCool.

Walk Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Once you dare to walk the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, remember there’s only one way back. Yes, you’ll have to do it again! But it’s so worth it.

Sail away to Rathlin Island

Escape to another world via Rathlin Island. Catch the ferry from Ballycastle across the Sea of Moyle. Take a tour of the upside-down lighthouse built into a cliff face, and enjoy rustic walks which take you back to nature and one of the largest seabird colonies in the UK.

Watch the sunset at Dunluce Castle

When the sun’s rays are low over Dunluce Castle, your iconic holiday snap of the Antrim coastline is literally, on the horizon. This evocative castle lost its kitchen when it fell into the sea one stormy night.

Taste the finest Irish whiskey

The smells are lovely and serenade the senses as you take a tour through the still active Old Bushmills Distillery on the banks of the River Bush. It’s an interesting experience and gets you fired up for the fabulous tasting experience at the end. Follow this with lunch, a browse through the lovely gift shop for souvenirs or maybe spoiul yourself with the purchase of a nice single malt with a personalised label.

Get on the Game of Thrones trail

As the world of Game of Thrones is never far away, some ‘set jetting’ should be on your County Antrim itinerary. Be sure to visit the mysterious Dark Hedges, the foreboding Cushendun Caves and picturesque Ballintoy Harbour. For gossip and behind-the-scenes tales, talk to the locals or book a tour.

Explore Carrickfergus Castle

You can’t run out of adventure and stories at the impressive Carrickfergus Castle – there’s 800 years of history to absorb in what is one of the most important and best documented medieval castles in the whole of Ireland.

Get lost in the Glens of Antrim

Escaping to the Glens of Antrim brings nine opportunities to get lost amid unspoilt, picture-perfect landscapes.