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Exploring the Enchanting Causeway Coast

Ardtara to Causeway Coast: A Daytrip to Remember

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Causeway Coast, a breathtaking stretch of coastal beauty in Northern Ireland. This scenic route unveils a plethora of attractions and natural wonders that can be explored in just one day.


Ballycastle: Where Antiques Meet Breathtaking Seaside Vistas.

Drive northeast to the charming town of Ballycastle on the Causeway Coast. En route, be captivated by the enchanting Dark Hedges, made famous as the ‘King’s Road’ in Game of Thrones. In Ballycastle, indulge in a treasure trove of unique finds at local independent antique shops, and savor spectacular views across to Rathlin Island.


Kilbane Castle: A Majestic Ruin with Panoramic Views.

Continuing north along the Causeway coast road, discover the majestic Kilbane castle. Perched on a headland overlooking Rathlin Island, this impressive ruin offers a glimpse into the region’s rich history. Marvel at the breathtaking views from the car park situated atop the cliff, rewarding your journey.


Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge: A Thrilling National Trust Experience.

Venture three miles further north to experience the thrilling Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. Originally built by salmon fishermen in 1755, this iconic bridge now belongs to the National Trust. If heights aren’t your cup of tea, continue a few miles north to the rugged Ballintoy Harbour, known to Game of Thrones fans as Pyke Island.


Whitepark Bay: A Serene Beach and Home to Free-Roaming Cattle.

Continue northward to encounter the serene beauty of Whitepark Bay. This pristine beach welcomes you with its tranquil ambiance and the presence of herds of freely roaming cattle during certain times of the year, creating a picturesque scene you won’t soon forget.


Dunseverick Castle: Echoes of the Past.

Just a short two-mile journey from Whitepark Bay, immerse yourself in the rich heritage and dramatic coastal scenery surrounding the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. Explore its weathered stone walls and let your imagination wander through the stories of the past.


The Giant’s Causeway: Nature’s Masterpiece.

Only three miles from Dunseverick Castle lies the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. This natural wonder, owned and operated by the National Trust, showcases unique hexagonal columns and a rugged coastal backdrop. Whether it’s volcanic basalt or the legendary tale of Finn McCool and Benandonner, the Giant’s Causeway will leave you in awe of its magnificence.


Bushmills: The Oldest Licensed Distillery in the World.

A short 10-minute drive inland from the Giant’s Causeway, immerse yourself in the world of whiskey at the charming village of Bushmills. Explore the oldest licensed distillery established in 1608, where history and craftsmanship intertwine. Join a guided tour and indulge in the fascinating whiskey production process.


Portstewart: Coastal Charms and Stunning Views.

Driving north from Bushmills, you’ll reach the picturesque town of Portstewart on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Marvel at the glorious two-mile stretch of golden sandy beach and indulge in the remarkable culinary scene. For an extraordinary dining experience, venture to Eighteen Ninety Four restaurant, offering exceptional cuisine and unrivaled views that will leave you in awe.


Experience the beauty, history, and culinary delights of the Causeway Coast on this remarkable day trip from Ardtara.  View our special offers to make the most of your short break in Northern Ireland.