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Coastal Getaway, Northern Ireland

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

From Giants Causeways mesmerising formations to the idyllic views of the National Parks here are some of Northern Irelands most beautiful landscapes.

How to get about?

The coastal routes in Northern Ireland have great public transport networks but the easiest way for most people is to hire a car.

Where to stay...

Bay Cottage

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This pet-friendly B&B is a short distance from Belfast Airport, if you have a car this is a great location to get to the coast or city. The rooms are comfortable with incredible views of Loch Neagh. Breakfast is freshly prepared each day from local produce and is easily one of the best breakfasts I've had from any trip. I highly recommend staying here.

Giants Causeway

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This unique landscape of over 40,000 interlocking hexagonal columns is the result of a volcanic eruption although there are plenty of folk tales as to how they came to be. The National Trust visitor centre will detail the history and local tales of the area which is free to look around.

The visitor centre also holds a restaurant, gift shop and public toilets. Walking to the stones is also free but you can book guides and audio tours in the visitor centre or online. There is a large car park as well as frequent bus and park and ride services.

Make sure you take sturdy footwear as the ground is very uneven and slippery in some parts.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

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First erected by local fishermen the bridge was once removed each day but has since been replaced by a permanent structure for tourists. If you want to cross the bridge you can buy tickets online or at the National Trust building located at the start of the pathway.

Tickets will allow you to select a time slot in which to cross the bridge but once you have crossed there is no time limit on the island. If you'd prefer to stay on the mainland the path up to the bridge is free and there is plenty of parking and public transport nearby. Definitely worth a visit and you will have a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and if you like a bit of bird watching there is a wide variety of species to look out for.

Glenveagh National Park

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If you want to go a bit further afield this National Park is situated over the border in the Republic of Ireland. You can easily spend the day here which multiple walking trails as well as bike hire services and fishing opportunities.

Wild camping is permitted but if you are planning to camp make sure you check the regulations listed on their website. The park is also home to Glenveagh Castle where you can take the shuttle bus service running from the main visitor centre. So whether you're looking for a stroll and afternoon tea or a wilderness adventure Glenveagh will have something to offer you. Be sure to check out if they have any events during your visit.

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Andrea Capone
Andrea Capone
May 02, 2022

It looks so charming there! The rope bridge seems awesome. It might be weird but it's something I REALLY want to do. Thank you so much for sharing. I want to go to Ireland one day!

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