Make it the Highlight of Your Sightseeing Trip in Northern Ireland
Most tourists visit Northern Ireland with their heart set on seeing The Giant’s Causeway, but those who stay longer to explore more are left awestruck by the sights strewn along the Causeway Coastal Route. Stretching from Belfast to The Giant’s Causeway and beyond is a kaleidoscopic journey that is not to be missed.
There’s a reason why the Causeway Coastal Route is rated among the Top 5 Road Trips in the world. You’ll see the greenest meadows and valleys, virgin beaches, waterfalls, medieval castles, Victorian homes, lively pubs and quaint shopping places. The ultimate crown jewel of this journey is The Giant’s Causeway, but the route to get there is just as memorable.
The Causeway Coastal Route: A Belfast Bus Tour You Will Always Treasure
It is said that some journeys are as interesting as the destination; the Causeway Coastal Route is a shining example. Here are some of the must-see places along the coast as you take your bus tour from Belfast.
- Titanic Quarter: Did you know the legendary Titanic was built in the shipyards of Belfast? A six-floor building, the Titanic Quarter houses nine galleries around Belfast’s maritime heritage and Titanic’s history. The ship’s topic is possibly touchy for the city’s inhabitants, but nothing stops tourists from thronging to devour the educational and historical material about the ill-fated ship.
- Carrickfergus Castle: An eight-hundred-year-old castle, it dates back to the time of the Norman invasion in 1169. The structure is steeped in history and is one of the greatest surviving castles in Ireland.
- The Glens of Antrim: The beauty of the nine glens (Glens of Antrim) has to be seen to be believed. You will be struck by the medieval appearance of Glenarm with its imposing castles and churches. Heading down the hills, you are welcomed into the bustle of cafes, galleries, pubs and craft shops. It is worth spending a couple of days here, if only to see the glorious and changing colours of the Antrim shores. Even more riveting is the Glenariff Valley referred to as the Queen of the Glens. Do visit the Glenariff Forest Park for a leisurely stroll and to spot a great variety of trees along the way.
- Cushendun: This genteel town takes the shape of the sea that runs through it. The Cornish-style cottages and other vintage buildings lend it a regal beauty that is not to be missed.
- Cushendall: The highlight of this small village is a centrepiece tower; a fortified square in red stone that was built in the nineteenth century by a gentleman called Francis Turnley. Called Curfew’s Tower, it was intended to be “a place of confinement for idlers and rioters.” Imagine seeing evidence that there was a time in history when idling was enough of a problem to be criminalised!
- Carrick-a-Rede: Take a welcome break from all the hectic sightseeing in Northern Ireland; cross through this Rope Bridge in the picturesque backdrop of the sea. The bridge was built for the first time by a salmon fisherman, perhaps in the hope of catching fish during high tide. However, since then, the spot has become an unintended tourist spot.
- Other popular locations: A big attraction of the Causeway Coast is coming face-to-face with some of the real-life locations where Game of Thrones was filmed. The other spot to touch upon is Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working whiskey distillery. At the end of the tour, you are offered a whiskey or soft drink in the 1608 bar. Say “Cheers”!
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The Causeway Coastal Route hides endless treasures, and to make the most of your trip, it is important that your mind is at peace. That can only come from knowing you have the most trustworthy, efficient and affordable bus tour service in Northern Ireland to make your trip comfortable and hassle-free. Our local guides are friendly and engaging, and come with a deep understanding of the Irish landscape. Whether it is a one-day trip that you desire, or a customised private hire, or a private bus service for a special occasion, Allen’s Belfast Bus Tours has travel packages to fit your needs.
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