How to see the most amazing spots along the Causeway Coast in just 5 short days!
Where to stay...
In order to stay close enough to everything, we decided to stay in the town of Castlerock which is within County Londonderry. Not only was this a gorgeous area, but we were within 20 minutes of everything we wanted to see!
We stayed in an Airbnb right near Castlerock Beach. We decided to splurge a little bit more since we were staying here for 5 nights...and we would be here for my birthday! You can find a decent place to stay in this area for as low as $25.00 a day!
You can use my Airbnb link to save $40.00 on your first stay, and receive $15.00 in Credit towards an Airbnb experience! Click here: abnb.me/e/7yS8IYFUd3
Hike the Giants Causeway...
This was one of the coolest experiences I had when visiting Northern Ireland! You can walk to the stones for free, however, if you want to park in their parking lot, you will have to pay for the visitors experience. This will only cost you £11.00 per adult. The visitors experience includes access to the Visitor Center where there is a gift shop and an animated video about the history of the stones. You also receive an outdoor audio guide, an orientation pamphlet and parking.
Purchase your tickets ahead of time here: giantscausewaytickets.com/buy-tickets
Fair warning, there is a path you can follow but the hike can be steep at times. I wouldn't recommend this if you have trouble walking or climbing steep stairs.
Cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge...
Built by Salmon fisherman over 250 years ago, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge is one of the most visited locations in Northern Ireland. Its rope bridge suspends 100ft above the waves, and leads you to a small island where you can have a picnic, bird watch or just take in the scenery! Feel the bridge swing beneath you as you cross and don't feel bad to hold up the line for the perfect photo (everybody does it!)
To cross the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, you just have to pay a small fee of £9.00. You can book your tickets ahead of time here: giantscausewaytickets.com/carrick-a-rede-tickets
Walk through the Dark Hedges...
Known as "The Kings Road" from HBO's Game of Thrones, The Dark hedges form over Bregagh Road creating a very dark and ominous atmosphere. The Dark Hedges' path leads to the historic Grace Hill house. Being built in 1775, this house not only holds an immense history, but it is also used for private events such as weddings and parties. They have a Resturant & Bar as well as a golf course.
You cannot park your car on Bregagh Rd, however, there is sometimes street parking available down Ballykenver Rd. I would recommend going either early in the morning or right before sunset. This is when the least amount of people will be there and will give you the opportunity for the perfect picture!
Visit Dunluce Castle...
You can't go to Northern Ireland and not see a castle or two! Dunluce Castle is located in Bushmills in County Antrim. The earliest written record of Dunluce Castle dates as far back as 1513! You can visit this amazing piece of history for a small fee of £5.50!
You can even download the Dunluce Castle app for your iPhone or Android right from the App Store and follow along with the history while exploring the castle.
Take a tour at Bushmills Distillery...
Once you're done exploring Dunluce Castle, you can drive about 3 miles into town and visit the Historic Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. If you're into Whiskey, this is a must-see stop during your trip in Northern Ireland seeing as it is the oldest whiskey distillery throughout Ireland! During the tour, you not only learn about how the whiskey is made but the history behind it!
A tour of the Old Bushmills Distillery costs only £9.00! The tour includes seeing the inner workings of how the Bushmills Whiskey is made, some historical insight and a toast at the end!
Mussenden Temple and the Downhill Demesne...
Located in Coleraine, this Beautiful temple sits on the edge of the Downhill Strand. Its path leads back to a historic ruin, the Downhill Demesne. Constructed in the 18th Century, this mansion was home to Frederick Hervey, the 4th Earl Bishop of Downhill, Northern Ireland.
Many people will hold Wedding Ceremonies at the Mussenden Temple. Its doors remain locked, so unfortunately, you cannot see inside.
Visit Titanic Belfast...
We decided to make a trip to Belfast on one of our days so that we could see the infamous Titanic Museum! Growing up I was a bit obsessed with the Jack and Rose love story, and it made me want to learn more about the Sinking of the Titanic. This museum brings you 640 kilometers deep as you learn about how the ship was built through an interactive ride, learn about some of the passengers lives, and get to see the sunken ship up close and personal in their "Titanic Beneath" experience.
We booked our tickets ahead of time so we were guaranteed a tour.
You can book your Titanic Experience here:
There is a separate experience right across from the Titanic Museum called the SS Nomadic. Tickets to see this historic tender to the Titanic are only £7.00! you can buy your tickets online here: ssnomadic.admit-one.eu/?p=calendar
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