The Causeway Coastal Route provides an epic driving tour of Northern Ireland's coast beginning in Belfast and ending in Derry-Londonderry. 

This dramatic route is 120-miles of rugged coastlines and breath-taking scenery that has been aptly described as one of the worlds “Top 5 Road Trips”. The coastal route is dotted with historic castles and a changing canvas of natural landscapes--incredible fishing villages, quiet beaches, rolling green hills with lush hedges, mountain streams and rugged coastlines with majestic cliffs overlooking the magnificent sea. 

        The Old Bushmills Distillery 

Leave Belfast and join the Causeway Coastal Route at Newtownabbey. Enjoy the view of Belfast Lough to the right as you head further west toward castle. Drive on through Kilroot and to Larne, the gateway to the beautiful Glens of Antrim, and follow the Antrim Coast Road where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Take some time to explore any of the nine glens, particularly Glenarm with its famous castle, fabulous walled garden and beautiful harbor!  

Drive onwards to the lovely town of Cushendon and Torr Head, along to Ballintoy where you can walk across the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge spanning a 24-metre chasm!  If you veer inland you can visit the world’s oldest licensed distillery (Bushmills Distillery) in the quaint village of Bushmills. From there head back to the coast to the UNESCO World Heritage listed site of the Giant’s Causeway, which are 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that, according to folklore was created by legendary giant Finn McCool as a causeway to Scotland.

See the romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle near Bushmills, and drive to Portrush and Portstewart, lively seaside resorts, then to the beautiful Bann Valley and market town of Ballymoney.

Visit Mussenden Temple along by Castlerock towards Limavady, then take a leisurely walk on the remote 8-mile beaches at Benone or Downhill. You can then travel on through the lovely Roe Valley, through Limavady and on to Londonderry, which is the only completely walled city in the British Isles.

Dunluce Castle - Co. Antrim 

The Causeway Coastal Route connects with the Wild Atlantic Way in Co. Donegal! 

 A few area highlights:

Carrickfergus Castle 

Giant’s Causeway

 The Old Bushmill’s Distillery

Mussenden Temple

 Raithlin Island

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Dunluce Castle

The Gobbins

Royal Portrush Golf Club

The Dark Hedges

For a virtual taste of the Causeway Coasts and Glens . . . . Enjoy!

Footage & video courtesy: Discover Northern Ireland. McKinney Shaw is not affiliated with Discover Northern Ireland