If you’re looking to experience some of the most beautiful places Ireland has to offer, look no further than the Causeway Coast. Stretching 1,500 miles and crossing nine counties and three provinces, you’re in for a wild ride. Road-tripping up the east coast of Ireland is sure to be an amazing trip and we’ve selected some of our best stops along the way to guide your adventures!
- Dublin. Begin your journey in the heart of Ireland, Dublin. Here, you can experience city life for a few days before beginning your journey up the Causeway Coast. While not technically on this coastal route, Dublin does have a coast and you can enjoy some incredible views while also enjoying all that the metropolitan city has to offer. Visit Trinity College Library, experience the nightlife of the Temple Bar District and have a pint or two at the Guinness Storehouse. Stay at The Fitzwilliam Hotel for easy access to St. Stephens Green and Grafton Street.
Pro tip: We’d suggest not renting a car in Dublin, but rather, picking up as you head out of town.
2. Belfast. Travel north to Belfast for a day or two more in the city before diving into the smaller coastal towns on the Causeway Coast. Belfast is your first stop in Northern Ireland, so be sure to take a tour of the city to learn about it’s interesting past. We recommend stopping by The Crowne Bar, the oldest pub in the city, for a pint of Guinness.
Pro tip: We suggest trying out a food or gin walking tour while in Belfast: We like Taste & Tour NI!
3. The Gobbins. Your first stop on this coastal route is The Gobbins, which is a cliff-facing path that is not for the faint of heart. This challenging path includes enclosed tubing, suspension bridges, caves and tunnels.
4. The Glens Of Antrim. While traveling through County Antrim, a must-stop is The 9 Glens Of Antrim are filled with spectacular parks, magnificent waterfalls and unforgettable views.
5.Cushendun. While visiting The Glens Of Antrim, stay in the stunning town of Cushendun! Pro tip: The caves behind the village were used in filming Game Of Thrones.
6. The Dark Hedges. Speaking of Game Of Thrones, your next stop should be The Dark Hedges, which you may remember as The King’s Road from Season 2. This avenue of beech trees located in northern Co. Antrim are an awesome photo opp.
7. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Another option for thrill seekers is the popular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, situated over a 30 meter deep chasm. If you get scared after crossing, don’t forget: there’s only one way back.
8. Giant’s Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most popular stops along The Causeway Coast, and for good reason. Take a short walk to the coast where you’ll find thousands of polygonal stones.
9. Derry. Finish your Causeway Coastal road trip in the walled city of Londonderry. Explore the city and take in its history by visiting the Guildhall, the Peace Bridge and St. Columb’s Cathedral. If you’re traveling around Halloween, you’ll be able to experience their massive Halloween festival.
We can help you plan a magical Causeway Coast road trip personalized to your needs and wants! Contact us today to start planning.