The scenic Antrim Coast, the stretch of coastline that curves along the northeastern tip of Ireland, is home to some of Northern Ireland’s top attractions, as well as some of its most spectacular rugged scenery. Here’s what you need to know about exploring the Antrim Coast.
- Marvel at the some 40,000 black basalt columns that comprise the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Inch across the National Trust–owned Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which sways above the Atlantic waves, connecting the coastal cliffs to Carrick-a-Rede Island.
- Roam the evocative ruins of the dramatic Dunluce Castle.
- Find filming locations from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.
- Taste triple-distilled whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery.
- Listen to commentary from your tour guide while admiring the stunning views.
Things to Know
- Tours of the Antrim Coast depart from Belfast and typically last eight to 10 hours.
- The Antrim Coast Road, also known as the A2 road, runs about 120 miles (193 kilometers) from Belfast all the way to Londonderry.
- Although most tours include free time for lunch, dining options can be limited. Consider bringing a packed lunch instead.
- Wear layers and comfortable shoes, and bring a camera, water, and snacks.
- Most tours include free time at outdoor sights such as the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
- Although Giant’s Causeway is free to see, tours typically do not include fees to access the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre.
- Some tours include pickup and drop-off from Belfast city center hotels.