Causeway / Antrim Coast & Glens

Northern Ireland’s north Antrim coastline, also known as the Causeway Coast and Glens, is home to some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world.  Sweeping cliffs give way to picturesque rocky inlets, turquoise water, small fishing villages and huge sandy beaches which are among the cleanest in the UK.  It is quite simply stunning up here.

And alongside all of the Causeway Coast’s natural highs there are a whole host of other attractions which we think make it one of the best locations for a holiday in the British Isles.

Read on to discover more about what the beautiful Antrim Coast has to offer and why we think it’s one of the tourist world’s best kept secrets.

The Causeway / Antrim Coast & Glens

#01 Traditional seaside fun

Cushendun Beach

All along Northern Ireland’s coastline you will find delightful Victorian and Georgian seaside towns and villages.  These classic seaside resorts offer all the traditional fun of yesteryear, with plenty of contemporary comforts too.  Build sandcastles on Cushendun beach, take a gentle stroll along Portstewart’s  atmospheric promenade at dusk (Morelli’s ice-cream in hand an optional extra), discover the traditional shop-fronts in gorgeous Ballycastle, enjoy a cream tea in one of the cosy cafes in Glenarm village or dine out in the pretty harbour at Portrush.  All of the resorts on the Causeway coast have their own very unique charm…

#02 National Trust’s National Treasures

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

The National Trust have several fantastic sites on the North Coast including the world famous Giant’s Causeway.  Flanked by the wild North Atlantic ocean, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1986 and is a fascinating place to visit.  We’ll leave it up to you to decide if the bizarre rock formations were created by a geological event or by Giant Finn McCool.   We’d also recommend the breath-taking Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (if you dare!) and the gorgeous Strand beach in Portstewart among others…

# 03 Game of Thrones

Ballintoy Harbour

You may just have heard about this lavish mythical TV series and like millions of others, be totally hooked on it.  What you might not know is that many of the scenes were shot on location in Northern Ireland, with the Causeway Coast in particular featuring time and time again.  It’s no surprise as the coast is dotted with amazing scenery along its length.  Downhill Beach was transformed into Dragonstone, Carrick-a-rede into Stormlands and Ballintoy Harbour into Pyke of the Iron Islands.  You can find out about the other film locations on Discover Northern Ireland’s website

# 04 A wee dram or two

Bushmills Distillery

The Antrim Coast is home to Bushmills town, and the world famous whiskey of the same name. The Bushmills Distillery is set on the outskirts of the town and its possible to visit and go on a tour around to see how the whiskey is made.  It is an excellent way to spend an afternoon and the tour gives you an insight into the origins of whiskey making in Northern Ireland and beyond. Fascinating stuff, and of course you get to sample some of the wares at the end.  Afterwards head for the excellent Bushmills Inn for dinner.

# 05 The Gorgeous Glens of Antrim

Glenariff forest park in the Glens of Antrim.

There are fewer finer sights that the view from the top of Glenariff Forest Park, where you can see the lush green forest sweeping down to the Atlantic below.  Known as the Queen of the Glens, Glenariff has a real magical quality about it, with it’s miles of walking trails and waterfalls to enjoy.  Take a picnic and enjoy lunch al fresco with one of the most beautiful backdrops in Northern Ireland.

This is just a small selection of what the Causeway Coast and Glens in Antrim have to offer the holiday-maker.  We could go on about the great food, the mythical profile of Dunluce Castle, the fantastic surfing… but I let’s leave some of it for you to discover yourself…

Causeway / Antrim Coast – Where to stay

Drum Gatelodge, Bushmills

We have a fantastic collection of luxury self-catering cottages on the Causeway Coast including the fabulous Blackhead Lightkeepers Houses and the magical Drum Gate Lodge.

Take a look at our full collection here: Causeway Coast Self-Catering