Friday 21 July 2017

Top 5 reasons the Causeway Coast should be your next staycation destination

Go somewhere different.

With the current exchange rate and the short drive across the border, there has never been a better time for a staycation in Northern Ireland.

If you want to see the best of what’s packed into this wee country, take the unforgettable Causeway Coast road trip.

Giants, Game of Thrones® and gorgeous beaches. Still need persuading? Take a look at the top 5 reasons your next break away should be to the Causeway Coast:

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Beautiful beaches

We are spoiled on the island of Ireland with some of the most stunning beaches in the world and Northern Ireland is no exception. Portstewart Strand along the Causeway Coastal Route was the only Irish beach to make CNN’s list of the best beaches in the world.

While Portstewart might arguably be Northern Ireland’s favourite beach come the summer months, the adjoining beach town of Portrush in Co. Antrim has equally impressive views of the North Atlantic and has some of the best restaurants in the area.

Looking for something a bit more secluded? Make sure to check out Whitepark Bay which lies between two headlands on the North Antrim Coast.

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The Land of Ice and Fire

Northern Ireland has made a name for itself as a top filming location thanks to Game of Thrones®. The HBO programme has received worldwide acclaim and Northern Ireland has become a must-see destination for fans.

When you think of Game of Thrones® locations, your mind first jumps to the iconic Dark Hedges which is just 20 minutes from the Giant’s Causeway.

Northern Ireland is home to several locations from the hit series from Downhill Strand near Castlerock to the Binevenagh Mountains. Make your way along the Causeway Coast spotting the best of Westeros: You can even book yourself in for a guided Game of Thrones® tour.

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Ancient Antrim

Some of the oldest and most unique tourist destinations are located along the Causeway Coastal Route. Dunluce Castle stands on a basalt stack 100ft above the North Atlantic with only an arched walkway connecting it to the mainland.

It dates all the way back to the 13th century and might be the best place in Northern Ireland to watch the sunset: you’ll just have to decide for yourself.

Next along the Coastal Route is the destination that really needs no introduction: the Giant’s Causeway. The volcanic marvel is made up of over 40,000 interlocking basalt stacks and was formed millions of years ago!

Relive the myth of Finn McCool at a stop along the Causeway Coast that definitely cannot be missed.

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Fantastic food

Dotted along the Causeway Coastal Route are some of the best restaurants In Northern Ireland and given you are never more than half an hour from the sea, the fresh fish is a real treat.

Stop in one of the beach towns along the route for unrivalled seafood and even better views. Why not take a food tour? North Coast Walking Tours offer guided walks around the towns of Bushmills, Rathlin and Ballycastle giving you a taste of the best of the Causeway Coast.

For authentic Antrim eating, stay at Bushmills Inn. The hotel serves up local delicacies and promises guests a true taste of Antrim. Come for the food but stay for a glass of the hotel’s own personal cask of whiskey!

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Cool coastal views

The untamed coastline along the Causeway Route makes for some of the most dramatic and incredible views in all of Ireland. With an almost 30ft drop below, crossing Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is not for the faint-hearted but out on the sea stack, unrivalled views of the North Atlantic make it all worthwhile.

While Mussenden Temple may be set on surer footing, the views of the beaches of Portstewart and Portrush to the east and Donegal to the west make the Co. Derry site equally breath-taking.

If you are after something a bit different, take the ferry across to Rathlin: Northern Ireland’s only inhabited offshore island to see a unique view of the whole Causeway Coast out at sea. Don’t miss Rathlin West Light, Ireland’s only “upside down” lighthouse!

And that’s not all! There is so much more to see and do along the Causeway Coastal Route from the historic walled city of Derry~Londonderry to the nine Glens of Antrim.

Prepare for the experience of a lifetime as you explore Northern Ireland’s dramatically beautiful Causeway Coastal Route. With its breathtakingly unique places, like the Dark Hedges, Portstewart Strand, the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, experience a short break packed full of unforgettable moments.

To discover the beauty of the Causeway Coastal Route on a short break, click here.

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