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Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

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Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

This is just part of a 3 week trip in Ireland, but I am trying to plan our itinerary and wonder how many days would be well spent in the above part of our trip.

We would prefer not staying one night in several locales, but we may have to. Advice? Places to stay?

We will be driving.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

We just returned from a 12-day trip, starting and ending in Dublin (I'll be posting a trip report soon). We did 3 nights in Dublin, 2 nights in Trim to do Newgrange, Hills of Tara, etc., 3 nights up in Bushmills right on the Giants Causeway, 3 nights in Belfast (visiting son there) and a final night on the coast near Dublin.

We felt the 3 nights in Bushmills were well-spent: we did the Giants Causeway and cliff walk, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Bushmills Distillery (would not recommend unless you are a whiskey lover), and part of a day in Derry. Heading south, we did the Antrim coast road to Belfast and it was lovely. I would suggest the highway from Belfast back to Dublin though as the coast road is just endless.

We stayed in Ardtrabane House B&B in Bushmills and loved it. Will post a review soon. You can walk right up to the cliff walk from the house.

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2. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

Thank you for the info. Looking forward to your post for the trip.

About how long did the trip from Gian'ts C. to the Antrim coast take?

And how long along the Antrim coast? Did you stop overnight anywhere along there, or did you just do the drive.

Thank you for the tip re the return road to Dublin!

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3. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

The Giant's Causeway is a particular location on the Antrim coast. The driving time to follow the entire coast of Co Antrim would take 3 hours comfortably. However think of it like driving through a National Park in the USA: yYes you could drive through in 3 hours, but it is up to you how long you stop, take walks, take pictures and visit the scenic spots.

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4. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

Right, so it could take 3 hours or a week or more!

Thank you,

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5. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

Are you driving or using public transport?

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6. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

The OP said driving.

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7. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

Make your base somewhere between Portstewart and Ballycastle on the North Antrim Coast.

Have you come across this website?

http://www.causewaycoastalroute.com/

DAY 1 - spend this day exploring the area along the North coast.

MUST SEES include:

Don't miss Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge...

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-carrickarede

The Giant's Causeway really needs to be seen at low tide, otherwise a lot of the stones are covered by the sea, and it is quite disappointing. Try and get there very early or late afternoon/early evening. You will then miss all the tourists and may even be lucky enough to have the place to yourself. Allow plenty of time here.

As well as walking directly to the causeway, there is also another walk along the top of the cliffs which the tourists miss out on. It gives you a marvellous view down onto the causeway where you can watch the tourists scampering around below you like ants.

http://www.giantscausewayofficialguide.com/

After the Giant's Causeway there is Bushmills Distillery

http://www2.bushmills.com/Pages/Home.aspx

A bit further on is Dunluce castle

http://www.northantrim.com/dunlucecastle.htm

Then there are the magnificent ruins of Downhill and also Mussenden Temple

nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-downhillestate

Make sure you walk to the Temple for views along the coast.

DAY 2 spend today driving south along A2 towards Larne (dump) and back to explore

Cushendall

http://www.northantrim.com/cushendall.htm

Cushendun

http://www.northantrim.com/cushendun.htm

Antrim Glens

Here you need to take some of the side roads to explore up the glens. Each is different and beautiful.

causewaycoastandglens.com/Glens-of-Antrim.T4…

www.northantrim.com/theglensofantrim.htm

If you like walking the Waterfalls walk at Glenariff is a delight. It is a well made path but there are a lot of steps! There is a map in the car park showing where the different trails go. They are all clearly way marked.

forestserviceni.gov.uk/index/…

If you are feeling adventurous, take the unclassified road around Torr Head on the way back. Park and explore Murloughs Bay area.

www.causewaycoastalroute.com/index.php…

DAY 3 - Spend a day visiting Rathlin Island, reached by boat from Ballycastle

http://www.northantrim.com/rathlin_island.htm

rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/r/rathlin/map.asp

www.rathlinballycastleferry.com/tr/index.php

DAY 4 - if you have the luxury of time for another day, spend it pottering around the Sperrins.

There are ideas for scenic drives here:

http://www.sperrinstourism.com/scenicroutes/

DAY 5 -and another extra day, you are not far from Donegal and Inishowen Peninsula. There is a scenic drive around it known as Inishowen 100. (km).

http://www.visitinishowen.com/

FINAL DAY Head back to Dublin. Take A5 to Omagh and stop at Ulster American Folk Park.

http://www.nmni.com/uafp

Our pictures are here:

…mac.com/wasleys/…index.html

This takes several hours to explore - especially if you take time to talk to the very knowledgeable guides. It has reconstructed houses from Ulster and N America and tells the story of some of the emigrants. You begin in 'Ulster' visiting a selection of rural houses. You then reach a town street and go on board one of the ships sailing to America. When you leave the ship you are in America and visit a selection of typical American Houses.

If you are interested, our website of Ireland Pictures is here:

homepage.mac.com/wasleys/ireland/Menu103.html

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8. Re: Giant's Causeway to Antrim coast and back to Dublin?

Eleanor,

WOW, so much info. Thank you very much!

jandoris

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