Game of Thrones territory
Between city and coast, Antrim also offers up a fine road trip in the shape of a meander through the Glens of Antrim. The nine, deeply carved glens are spread within 20 square miles of the Antrim Coast Road and offer the chance to see not just glacial valleys, but sandy beaches, vertical cliffs and waterfalls, interspersed with ancient cultural sites.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Antrim is where the epic landscapes of Game of Thrones come to life. From the Dothraki grasslands to the Kingsroad and the 400-million-year-old caves at Cushendun – the site of the birth of Melisandre’s shadow-baby – there's a lot to pack in.
Getting a taste for the Irish outdoors? Don’t stop there. There is great surfing in the Atlantic rollers off the Antrim coast, scuba diving from Rathlin Island, and a world-class links course at the Royal Portrush Golf Club, host to The Open in 2019. Fore!