The enigmatic basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway undoubtedly stand as the smoky gem of the Causeway Coastal Route – but they are just one sparkler in a lustrous crown of spectacular, scenic-studded coastline.
The road traverses bridges, arches and hairpin turns, passing sheer cliff coves, deserted white strands and otherworldly rock formations. These rocks have wrecked ships; those cliffs nurture rare fauna; the beaches stretch for miles and those rugged turns are by ancient volcanic design.
In fact, there are so many fantastical landscapes along this Northern Ireland route that several places have been chosen as filming locations for the smash-hit HBO series Game of Thrones.
The route is a lesson in history, heritage, geology and biology, but above all, in the astounding power of nature’s creation. Stretching between the two spirited cities of Belfast and Derry~Londonderry, it’s not a great distance, but it’s a journey to be savoured.