In Northern Ireland, there is everything for the perfect trip - from beautiful walks to delicious seafood and locations from the "The Game of Thrones".
The travel gurus from the popular guidebook Lonely Planet understand something in the best places for traveling. One of such is Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland. Magnificent terrain will appeal to all - lovers of history, of delicious food, of unique in its kind sights and even ancient legends and myths.
Here are 9 reasons why you should definitely visit the Causeway Coastal Route in 2018:
UNESCO's Cultural Monument - Giant's Causeway
Prepare to visit the wonderful Giant’s Causeway- a landmark of Northern Ireland, listed as one of the cultural monuments of UNESCO. This is a real natural miracle created from more than 40 thousand basalt stone columns formed as a result of the eruption of the volcano many, many years ago. And maybe it was built by a giant, as the ancient legend says? Visit this place and decide for yourself.
Admire the impasses on Raithlin Island
A ferry in 25 minutes will take you to this wonderful island, where the bird watching center West Light Seabird Center is located. Since there are huge colonies of seabirds on the island, this place is ideal for getting to know them.
Location for the shooting of the series "The Games of Thrones"
Northern Ireland is a country where reality is subtly intertwined with old myths and legends. Was it possible to find the best place for filming the HBO series? Once in these places, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Cushendun caves or Ballintoy Harbor. Take a stroll along the Kingsroad road, which locals call Dark Hedges or visit Shane's Castle, where Gregor Clegane decapitated the horse of white walkers.
Fresh seafood at Harry's Shack restaurant
Being hungry, it is certainly worth to taste delicious seafood in the restaurant Harry's Shack. The menu completely depends on what the fishermen were able to catch in the morning, so you can be sure that you eat the freshest dishes that you can find.
A frightening walk along the Gobbins Cliff Path
The most courageous tourists can stroll along a narrow path over the coast of Islandmagee. Once this way was used for the dirty deeds of smugglers, making their way through secret tunnels and scrambling on the steps, made right in the rocks. If you are not in the mood to play with adrenaline, then you can admire this sight from a comfortable place in the boat.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
St. Patrick's House - Mount Slemish
The mountain is located at an altitude of 1,599 feet and is considered the first Irish house of the saint, although he was born in another place. According to legend, it was on Mount Slemish that St. Patrick grazed the sheep before becoming a priest. On St. Patrick's Day - March 17th - local residents gather in large groups and climb the mountain, like pilgrims.
Suspension rope bridge Carrick-a-Rede
The suspension rope bridge was created in 1755 by fishermen who fished salmon. Now this place is protected by the National Trust. From it a magnificent view opens to the water surface and ancient dips in the rocks. In addition, if you are lucky, you will see local residents - dolphins, sharks and seabirds.
The oldest licensed factory producing Irish whiskey
A trip to Northern Ireland will not be complete without a glass of Bushmills Irish whiskey. The oldest alcohol and vodka complex is located in the small village of Bushmills, which gave its name to the brand. You can order a tour, during which you will learn how the main local alcoholic drink has been produced for more than 400 years.
It is within a short trip by ship
Enjoy a trip on a seagoing ship. This is the shortest and easiest way on the Irish Sea. In two hours you will arrive from Cairnryan to Larne - the perfect place to start an adventure. The ticket price starts from £89 in each direction. You can reserve a place at poferries.com/ireland or by calling 0800 130 0030.