The Causeway Coast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Causeway Coast road trips

Arguably one of the most spectacular 60-mile routes in Britain, this road curves around the northeast corner of Ireland from Larne to Dunluce Castle. You’ll find the Giant’s Causeway here – and legend has it that the walkway was built by a Scottish giant who, upon arriving in Ireland, was tricked by the Irish giant Finn McCool and retreated to Scotland, destroying most of the causeway behind him.

In fact, geological studies of the formations suggest that the striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity some 50 to 60 million years ago. In addition to passing by the Giant’s Causeway, which is a World Heritage site, the route also passes through the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and several Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs).

Why the Causeway Coast is so special

The route hugs the rugged shoreline and passes through idyllic villages such as the National Trust-owned Cushendun. Other sites to stop off at include Dunluce Castle, Carrickfergus Castle, Slemish Mountain, Benone Tourist Complex, Carnfunnock Country Park, the Joey Dunlop Memorial, and Patterson’s Spade Mill.

The true star of the drive is of course Giant’s Causeway – a mass of 40,000 hexagonal natural stone columns that are packed tightly together. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff and disappear under the sea.

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