Day 1: Belfast – Ballygally
Stop off at Jordanstown Loughshore Park.
Continue along the Causeway Coastal Route to Carrickfergus, County Antrim’s oldest town. Home to the 12th century Carrickfergus Castle, one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Ireland. Established in 1178 by John de Courcy. The castle houses an audio-visual exhibition on the castle’s history.
Lunch at Dobbins Inn Hotel; Dobbins Inn Hotel over the years has been a family castle, a townhouse, a gaol, an armoury, a collection point for the fledgling postal service and from 1946 a hotel.
6 / 8 High Street
T: + 00 44 (0) 28 9335 1905
Travel to the small seaside village of Whitehead which has received a silver award at the Britain in Bloom awards in 2005 and 2006.
Overnight stay in Ballygally Castle Hotel
352 Coast Road
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2858 1066
Overlooking Ballygally Bay. The Castle is the only 17th Century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. The hotel is reputedly haunted by a friendly ghost, Lady Isabella Shaw, and brave guests can visit the ‘ghost room’ in one of the towers to see for themselves.
Day 2: Ballygally – Whitepark Bay
Depart Ballygally and continue along the Causeway Coast route for Glenarm; one of the nine Glens.
Visit Glenarm Castle & Walled Garden; one of Northern Ireland’s oldest estates, take a short tour of the Walled Gardens, dating back to the 18th century.
2 Castle Lane
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2884 1203
W: www.glenarmcastle.com (Seasonal)
Recommend having coffee and some homemade treats in the Tea Rooms. (Seasonal)
Continue your journey along the route driving up to Glenarm glen and down Glencloy; the road meanders through the glen with overhanging trees where you will see a haven of wildlife. At the foot of Glencloy, the second of the nine Glens of Antrim, lays the village of Carnlough with a picturesque harbour which overlooks Carnlough Bay.
Continue along the Causeway Coastal Route following the signs for Glenariff Forest Park
Suggest lunch in Laragh Lodge
120 Glen Road
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2175 8221
After lunch suggest exploring Glenariff Forest Park, spectacular glen walks and waterfalls await you, scenic paths and trails lead through tranquil woods and up to magnificent mountain viewpoints.
Continue your journey along the coast and if you have a head for heights follow the route around Torr Head for fantastic views to Scotland and panoramic cliff views. (Suitable for cars only)
Continue along the Coastal Route arriving at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island. Enjoy the challenge of crossing the precarious bridge which crosses a 24m deep and 18m wide chasm. Enjoy the stunning views over the sea to the Scottish coast. (Weather Permitting)
119a Whitepark Rd
T: +00 44 (0)28 2076 9839
150 Whitepark Road
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2073 1482
Day 3: Whitepark Bay - Downhill
Continue along the Causeway Coast Route passing Dunseverick Castle where part of a tower is all that remains today which is surrounded by the ocean on three sides.
Depart for Giant’s Causeway; recognised as one of the natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of thousands of hexagonally-shaped basalt columns, some up to 160 meters high, formed 60 million years ago from volcanic lava.
44 Causeway Road
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2073 1855
Travel to the town of Bushmills and visit Bushmills Distillery. During the tour you will learn the secrets of Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. Pass by the shinning copper stills and age oak casks before sampling the finest Irish Malt Whiskey.
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2073 3218
Suggest lunch at Bushmills Inn
9 Dunluce Road
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2073 3000
Depart Bushmills and continue your journey along the Causeway Coastal Route passing through the small village of Portballintrae. Off the coast a team of Belgian divers brought up the greatest find of Spanish Armada treasure ever recovered from a wrecked ship.
Continue travelling along the coast towards Portrush and suggest stopping at Dunluce Castle 16th century castle, strikingly perched on rocky cliffs and overlooking the North Atlantic.
87 Dunluce Road
T: +00 44 (0) 28 2073 1938
Enjoy the picturesque Whiterocks Beach; pass the world famous links golf course of Royal Portrush on the journey towards Castlerock to visit Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne.
Visit Mussenden Temple: Perilously close to the edge of a sheer drop stands this beautiful 18th Century folly, originally inspired by the Tivoli Temple of Vesta. It is a much photographed landmark built close to the extensive gardens, grounds and forest of the ruined Downhill Castle.
107 Sea Road
T: +00 44 (0) 28 7084 8728