Two people walk on the rope bridge in Carrick-A-Rede
13 Best Stops To Make Along Northern Ireland's Causeway Coastal Route
The Causeway Coastal Route is in Northern Ireland, which can be very windy and stormy, so be sure to double-check the weather conditions, and pack accordingly. There is more than one way to travel it, so if you prefer to take in the sites without being the driver, you may want to opt for public transit or book a guided tour.
Before You Go
The capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast has historic landmarks, exciting nightlife, the Titanic Building, botanic gardens, castles, museums, wonderful eateries, and great shopping. The locals are friendly (remember to buy the next round if they get yours), but keep the conversation light and avoid talk of religion, politics, or your possible distant Irish heritage.
One of the oldest towns in Ireland, Carrickfergus is best known for its beautifully preserved 12th-century Norman castle. Looking like something out of a fairy tale, Carrickfergus Castle is perfectly perched on this town's waterfront, and whether for a tour during the day or to see it dazzling in lights at night, don’t miss this fully-preserved medieval structure.
Carrickfergus Castle
The three-mile cliff-face walk known as The Gobbins is a must-see, come rain or shine — although walking along this path and the bridge is definitely not for the timid. Built in the early 1900s as a tourist attraction by an Irish railway engineer, it showcases the picture-perfect coastline, the dramatic rock formations, and the ocean.
The Gobbins
Near the town of Ballymoney, The Dark Hedges is an ethereal-looking forested tunnel that was planted in 1775 and lines the avenue to the former estate of James Stuart. The estate is now a lovely restaurant and bar, but things get a little spooky with a ghost known as the Grey Lady who likes to roam about the trees.
The Dark Hedges