The Causeway Coastal Route

Explore one of the most incredible coastlines in the world

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim
Great For
  • Active
  • Scenery
  • Sport
  • Nature
  • Walking
  • Food and Drink
  • Major Attractions

    Giant's Causeway | Gobbins Cliff Path | Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

  • Transport Hubs

    Belfast International Airport | George Best Belfast City Airport | City of Derry Airport | Belfast Port | Port of Larne

  • Known For

    Stunning scenery | Gobbins Cliff Path | Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

The Causeway Coastal Route between the cities of Belfast and Derry~Londonderry is a kaleidoscope of natural landscapes, imposing cliffs, bubbling mountain streams and gushing waterfalls.

This stunning slow coastal route starts in Belfast and will take you to the remarkable Gobbins Cliff Path, through the gorgeous Glens of Antrim, towards the famous Giant’s Causeway and the magnificent Mussenden Temple.

Coastal highway

From Belfast city, via the Gobbins Cliff Path and all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site from which it takes its name, this incredible route is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Days are lazily spent driving along unique coastal seascapes, eating fresh seafood and exploring pretty seaside villages.

The romantic remains of Dunluce Castle lie teetering on a craggy headland. This 14th-century stronghold was abandoned in 1641 after part of the kitchen collapsed into the sea during a storm. Small wonder this place is said to have inspired C.S. Lewis to create Cair Paravel in The Chronicles of Narnia. Is that epic enough for you yet?

A giant journey

Country Antrim's lighthouses shine brightly along this rugged coastline. Visit Rathlin West Light on stunning Rathlin Island or stay in one of the restored lightkeepers' houses at Blackhead.

Take a trek on horseback in the company of expert local guides from Shean’s Horse Farm; join Taste the Coast with Portia Woods from either Belfast city or the town of Whitehead, and get set for one seriously mouthwatering trip; or head to the nearby Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery, where you can enjoy a tour and a wee dram.

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. If you’re a big fan of the HBO series, then you’ll adore Giant Tours Ireland. Flip, your local guide and driver was a stand-in actor for Hodor, so has wonderful stories and anecdotes from his experience.

Giant’s Causeway

Now for the gem of this serrated coastline, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Giant’s Causeway – 40,000 basalt columns, formed by molten lava cooled into hexagonal dark stone steps. The Causeway legend claims the great Celtic warrior Finn MacCool built the basalt highway to Scotland to challenge a rival giant, Benandonner, to battle.

However, scientists believe that the Giant’s Causeway was formed by an ancient volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Either way, this haphazard grouping of columns is nothing short of outstanding. There’s also a fantastic visitor centre for you to discover more, and make your own mind up as to where the Causeway came from.

One of the best ways to see the Giant's Causeway is from above – with the Clifftop Experience. On this four-hour walking tour, your local guide will show you how to beat the crowds and get a bird’s eye view of the ancient basalt columns below.

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