The Causeway Coast
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This coast road has drama without steep inclines. One of the great cycling routes of Europe.
This coast road has drama without steep inclines and is one of the great cycling routes of Europe. Views to the Scottish coastline across the Irish Sea, to Rathlin Island, to Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal and all the marvels in between. Noble headlands, impressive ruined castles and the myriad little bays and fishing ports all make for a ride of unparalleled variety.
The trail starts in the bustling seaside resort of Portrush. Head east past the world-famous Royal Portrush golf course to Portballintrae on the curvy but not difficult A2. Once in this pretty harbour village take the minor road to Bushmills and follow the shared used path, adjacent to the miniature railway, to the Giant’s Causeway.
You could linger here all day but tear yourself away and continue on the B146 towards Ballintoy. A tough climb up from Ballintoy harbour is rewarded by marvellous views of Rathlin. To test your nerve on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (in place May to September) leave your bike at Larrybane and walk along the cliff top.
The B17 to Bushmills and back to Portrush is undulating but with very few steep inclines and descents.