Hit the road in your TLL Rent and explore the Causeway Coastal Route. Capture the thrill of an adventure in Northern Ireland! With breath taking landscapes and mystical stories, this dramatic coastline is sure to win your heart. This route is packed full of adventure, so lets take it in stages. The Causeway coastal Route has been voted the Number 1 Region in the World to Visit by Lonely Planet in 2018.
We recommend starting your journey in Carrickfergus, you’ll find the stunning Carrickfergus Castle situated in the heart of the town located on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Walk on water at The Gobbins. This beautiful cliff walk is a one-of-a-kind experience at 33ft above sea level. Climb stairways carved into the cliff face and explore hidden caves!
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Glenarm Castle is the ultimate fairytale castle! Home to the McDonnell family since the 1600s, it is still pristinely maintained just as you would expect! Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones® will recognise the Cushendun Caves. This is where well known “shadow baby” scene was filmed. This is one of many Game of Thrones® location across the Causeway coastal route.
Between Cushendun and Ballycastle, you’ll find the Torr Head Scenic Route, probably Ireland’s most beautiful side-track! A narrow road, hairpin bends and blind spots guarantee an adventurous ride with gorgeous landscapes behind every bend! On this road trip you will find Ireland’s only offshore inhabited island, Rathlin. We recommend parking up your rental and boarding the ferry at Church Bay, by foot. Cycling is a great way to see the island and there are a number of cycling hire businesses on the island and at Church Bay! Take a tour of the “upside down lighthouse”, go seal watching and keep an eye out for puffins!
Sway above the waves at Carrick-a-Rede. Suspended almost 100ft/30 metres above the sea, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge has linked Carrick Island and the County Antrim mainland for around 350 years. Walk this bridge and take in some of the best views on the Causeway Coastal Route and, if you’re brave enough, look down and catch a glimpse of the caves and caverns amidst the swirling ocean below you. Why not visit the Dark Hedges? This atmospheric walk served as the memorable location of Kings road in Game of Thrones.
There’s nowhere that blurs history and myth quite like County Antrim’s Giant's Causeway. Legend has it the Giant's Causeway was built and partially destroyed in a battle between two giants, Irish Finn McCool and the Scottish Benandonner. If you have more time, we rocommend the Giant's Causeway Cliff-top Experience Walk. The five-mile walk takes you along quiet routes that allow the best views of the World Heritage Site.
Visit the island’s oldest distillery in Bushmills! Opened in 1608, the distillery is still in operation today providing distinctive single malt whiskey internationally. Take a guided tour discover how the whiskey is made using traditional copper pot stills and a triple distillation process.
Why not also explore one of the most picturesque Irish Castles. Dunluce Castle is steeped in myth and legend of wailing banshees, smugglers and tragic lovers. This 14th Century castle is perched 100ft/30m above the ocean, although in ruins, it is still utterly breath-taking.
Your last stop takes you back into the bustling city of Belfast! Plan your trip to Titanic Belfast, an interactive museum that is an ode to the ill-fated vessel. Discover the detail behind the mammoth task of building the ill-fated ship and dive into the depths with an immersive video exploring the wreckage on the ocean floor.
Visit St George’s Market for some of the finest produce! There has been a Friday market on at the St George's site since 1604. The present award-winning St George's Market, built between 1890 and 1896, is one of Belfast's oldest attractions.