Arriving Belfast 27th August for 3 days, main purpose of which is to do the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (nerves permitting!!), Dunluce Castle, Bushmill's distillery. Don't really want to do one of the organised day tours as would like to be able to spend longer at some of the destinations and would also like to do the Bushmill's tour and possibly a boat trip to Raithlin island....Please can you assist with the following?
1. Best location for an overnight stay within easy reach/accessible to the above
2. Don't really want to hire a car so would be travelling by public transport......Ulsterbus 402 seems to take in much of the route however how would we get from Belfast to wherever we need to pick this route up from and also do they do any sort of flexible travel pass to enable us to hop on/hop off so to speak and if so how much?
3. Where would we be able to take a boat trip to Raithlin island from or is there somewhere else in the area to visit by boat?