Giants Causeway

Built by the giant, Finn McCool as a bridge across the Irish Sea, or the result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago… whatever you believe, the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site is a must see.

The Causeway Visitor Centre is packed with interactive spaces to bring to life the myths and the science behind the causeway and also houses a cafe and shop selling great local products.

There’s also the option of guided walks led by the National Trust, or if you’d prefer to explore yourself you can choose from four walking trails suited to every ability.

For more info visit: Discover Northern Ireland  or Causeway Coast and Glens

Beaches

With so many beautiful Blue flag beaches right on our doorstep you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Portrush East Strand, West Strand and White Rocks sandy beaches are just minutes away and offer loads of water activities (see the separate section for this below) as well as horse riding, walks, and even a swim if you’re brave enough to take a dip in the Atlantic!

 

Check www.beachni.com for more info and to find out about the countless other beaches on the North Coast.

 

 

 

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

This is one of Northern Ireland’s best-loved attractions. Brave the swinging rope bridge and enjoy unrivalled views of Rathlin and some Scottish islands.

Carrick-a-Rede is an area of special scientific interest… and popular with bird watchers with Fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills breeding close to the rope bridge.

Visit here to read more about it.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, HBO’s epic and massively popular TV series based on the George RR Martin books was partly filmed all over Northern Ireland. Have a look here for filming locations and some brilliant Game of Thrones inspired activities and tours. We really recommend the Archery Experience where you can dress up in authentic Winterfell costumes and be taught how to shoot an arrow from ‘Jon Snow’… A great one for the family!

The links below will get you started…

Causeway Coast & Glens GoT page – the self-drive tour map is great

 

Tourism NI GoT page – lots of info on tours and activities here, plus a great map of filming locations

 

Family Fun!

Portrush has loads to do for kids, big and small. Barry’s Amusements is great fun and has loads of outdoor and indoor entertainment (thankfully!).  Visit their site here.

There’s plenty more on offer. Below are sites with brilliant ideas for family fun.

Discover Northern Ireland 
Day out with the kids
Causeway Coast and Glens

Water Activities

With the Atlantic Ocean on our doorstep there is no shortage of water based activities to chose from. Troggs surf school in Portrush comes highly recommended by us, but there’s plenty more including coasteering, kite surfing, diving and sailing. Here’s some good resources:

Discover NI
Causeway Coast
Outdoor NI

Causeway Coastal Route

There is more to see on the Causeway Coast than we can even begin to cover here, but have a look at the Discover NI and Causeway Coast & Glens websites.

We’ll give the full day itineraries here a special mention.

 

HILL WALK TOURS

www.hillwalktours.com

From the stunning seascapes of the Dingle Peninsula to the mountains and lakes of the Kerry Way, a hiking trip in Ireland combines overnight stays at our finest guesthouses with some of the best scenery in the world.