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.
This 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.
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.