Northern Ireland – The Causeway Coastal Route

If you cross Northern Ireland using a car, you will more than probably drive for a while along the Causeway Coastal Route which follow the coast between Belfast and Londonderry. If you expected to do it in one day, forget it as you will miss too much things.
There are many places used to set the TV shows Game of Thrones that I already deal with in a previous article here, but there are so many other things to do in Northern Ireland.

Breathtaking landscapes like Murlough Bay where from the top of the cliffs, you are surrounded by cows, in an absolute silence, with for only views green fields and the sea.

Murlough Bay

Murlough Bay

The village of Cushendun and its caves where the waves shock the cliffs and the water cover your feet.

Cushendun

Cushendun

The culture of fishing and the rope bridge of Carrick-a-Rede. A good hike where it is good to walk on both paths to not miss the great view of the bridge. Hairs in the strong wind, it’s mind-blowing.

Carrick-A-Reed Rope Bridge

Carrick-A-Reed Rope Bridge

On the way a short stop at Ballycastle and its limestone cliffs.

The little ports made of stones like Ballintoy harbor with it’s local and familial restaurant “Ballintoy Harbor Cafe” where it is good to have some rest and eat a fresh fish, traditional dishes and home made with for dessert an apple pie like Grammy can makes it. It’s small, it’s local, it is cheap, it’s lush and welcoming, it gives the balm to the heart!

Ballintoy Harbor

Ballintoy Harbor

Lesson on the distillation of whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery, which is also the oldest licensed distillery in the world. A journey of smell and taste, the discovery of whiskey making and reconciliation with it.

For people who must drive, be aware that you can request a mignonette instead of tasting glass.

Old Bushmills Distillery

Old Bushmills Distillery

Historical stop at Dunluce Castle located at the edge of a cliff which offers an amazing view and gorgeous pictures.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

A sunset on the Giant’s Causeway, this unusual side where stand, like organ pipes, rocks polished by the salty ocean waves, to variants heights and rectangular shapes.
The result is such that it is like the platforms of Q-bert video games, this little monster who was to stain all the steps… Yes I know I’m a geek, we do not change, even with the age 🙂

The Giant's causeway

The Giant’s causeway

Little rest deserved at the inn Finn McCool’s Giant’s Causeway where you can say hello to the owner’s donkey and take a breakfast in the veranda with unobstructed views over the plains and the sea. It’s good to be on holiday, don’t you think?

The coast is very pretty but feel free to give it up to go take refuge under the branches bent by time at The Dark Hedges. In the morning, nobody on this road and you can walk along, enjoying the sunlight passing through the branches while having the morning mist that covers the road and neighboring fields. A mystical place and calm, don’t miss it!

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

Drive quietly back to the coast, enjoying the plains and mountains, this amazing nature offers us Northern Ireland. Stopped along Downhill Beach where the height of the cliffs gives you dizzy while you are at the bottom, that the absence of bathers gives you a peaceful and relaxing feeling of being alone in the world and enjoy the single rattling noise of waves on the sand and the force of nature when the strongest confront the rock.

Downhill Beach

Downhill Beach

Arrival in Derry – Londonderry, no way to enter the city, everything was crossed out. We learned later that we were Black Thursday where many events were still taking place a few years ago and the city always took precautions since. Impossible to visit the old walled and discover the history but a stop on the heights allowed us nevertheless to see parts of the city.

End of the Causeway Coastal Route, following the visit to Northern Ireland in an upcoming article 🙂

And you, have you already traveled on this road? What was your favorite place? Other places you liked I did not deal with?

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