Explore the Causeway Coast
The four-day driving route running from Belfast to Derry has been rated one of the top road trips in the world and includes three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Features like the Giant’s Causeway and the headlands of Benbane Head and Carrick-a-Rede Island make this one of the most spectacular coastlines in Northern Ireland.
The Antrim Coast is especially striking for its cliffs, bluffs, headlands and glen mouths. Driving north you encounter white limestone cliffs around Carnlough Bay, beyond which dark red sandstone rises dramatically to 820 feet. Garron Point curves into Red Bay, where three of the Glens of Antrim meet the sea around the great flat-topped promontory of Lurigethan, at 1,148 feet. Farther north comes paler pudding-stone around Cushendun, before you swing west towards the basalt of the Giant’s Causeway.
The clifftops and ledges of the Causeway Coast provide a rich habitat for a variety of plants, such as the sea aster, sea pink and white sea campion, while the cliffs are home to seabirds such as the razorbill, guillemot and puffin, the peregrine falcon, the raven and the rare coastal member of the crow family, the chough.