Antrim Coast/Glens of Antrim
The Antrim coastline is unparalleled in Ireland in terms of coastal beauty. The 80 mile long coastline is only broken up by nine deep glens, each of which offer something unique to those willing to explore them. In fact the area is so beautiful that The Guardian’s Travel Edition ranked the Causeway Coastal Route as the second most spectacular road trip in the world!
Starting out from the gateway of Belfast there is so much variety available along the route. The biggest issue most tourists find is that they don’t allow enough time to fully explore the region and all that it has on offer.
Glenariff Forest Park is a must see and the first of the amazing glens. Known as the Queen of the Glens the park is home to three spectacular waterfalls, numerous quiet riverside walks and panoramic views. The other glens along the coastline provide plenty of interest too, for example you can visit the grave of the warrior poet Ossian at Glenaan or sample lively music and dance at the capital of the glens Cushendall.
Further along the coast comes the highlight for most, The Giants Causeway. The Causeway is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been voted one of the Top 10 free attractions in Europe and the USA by Trip Advisor. There are 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that according to legend provided the giant Finn McCool with a stepping stone to Scotland. There is a brand new visitor centre on site which enables you to further enhance your experience and can often provide welcome shelter from the elements! For the adventurous amongst you the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge is a 30m x 20m rope bridge that offers, those who cross it, unique views of the Rathlin and Scottish Islands.
Aside from the natural beauty on offer the coastline has so much more to offer too. Water sports are a major attraction with scuba diving and angling particularly popular. For the golfers out there Royal Portrush is a must. Home to British Open winner Darren Clarke the course is ranked as one of the top links courses in the world. Visitors can play and try and beat the course record of 61 set by double major winner Rory McIlroy when he was only 16!
At the end of a long day there’s no better way than to visit the Old Bushmills Brewery which offers a taste of the region’s famous whiskey.
Adding the Antrim Coast to your trip is definitely advised, just make sure to give yourself time as there is so much on offer!
Read our blog - Things to do in Antrim which offers some more ideas on what to do in this great county!
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