This is a great little Tourist Bureau. The ladies are all very nice, you can get lots of free maps, information and suggestions. You can even get a cup of coffee and look through their excellent gift shop. Its located just 1 minutes walk from the City Walls and shopping. Unfortunately parking is a bit challenging here. The Old Courthouse was built...more
At the top of Northern Ireland in County Antrim, you enter a moonscape of thousands of hexigonal and round shaped flat topped basalt pillars rising from the bottom of the sea. You can walk out on them to the powerful surf. If you're fortunate enough to be there when the crashing waves are most violent, you'll nearly be toppled from the wind and...more
The Wishing Chair is a formation of polygonal columns of layered basalt. I don't know why it was called the wishing chair because it looks nothing like a chair at all.It is a really awe inspiring sight to see, with the waves crashing over the seaward end of the formation, and spray burting up into the air. It feels almost like you're the only...more
Have you got rock formations like this on the beach?The Giant’s Causeway is famous for its polygonal layers of basalt. It is a unique volcanic creation and the only World Heritage site in Northern Ireland. It is situated on the North Antrim Coastal Path which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a 'must see' attraction in...more
From the visitors centre at the Giant's Causeway a path takes you en route east on top of the cliffs and spectacular headlands. The views are stunning and each cove unique. At the end of the first stage of this walk you will arrive at Dunseverick Castle. Before you get excited about this prospect it is only fair to point out that very, very little...more
One hour before I took this picture the sky was at sea level and the rain was falling. Not straight down but sideways! Then the sun shone through and this was the scene revealed. At the very edge of Northern Ireland on the Antrim coast. A view well worth the complete soaking!more
20 Dunsilly Road, Antrim, United Kingdom, BT41 2JH
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Ballymena Road, Antrim, BT41 4LL, United Kingdom
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44 Belfast Road, Antrim, BT41 1PB, United Kingdom
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The buses around antrim are very well organised and run as often as every 15 minutes between local areas and to/from the town centre. The main bus and train station is towards The Steeple, past Tescos ;) Cost of a ticket to anywhere in the antrim area is around 85p
Of course you could walk, antrims never more than a mile or 2 in each direction wherever you are neways. Theres loads of taxis, especially in the town centre and it wont be a problem getting one if you prefer them(i do), prices between £2.50-£3.50.
The Tourist Information Centre is in the very centre of town on the Main Street, in the your can find info on trips, etc.
If your looking to go ferther afield(and you may well need to), then, again, the busses are very reliable and run regularly to all main towns and cities in the provence.
N. Ireland has come a long way since the days of daily conflict and sectarian violence. There has been a quantum leap in progress. Generally foreigners are treated very well by both the unionist (Protestant) and nationalist (Catholic) residents of this beautiful country. Despite this, there are still some incidents of stone-age tribalism. A...more
It is tempting as you explore the columns of basalt to tiptoe downwards to the foaming sea. The polygons have a mesmeric effect because of their regular patterns and plain weirdness. But you must watch out for the crashing waves. There have been many episodes of unexpected big waves taking the unprepared by surprise. You have been warned.more
I am no expert on matters greenery! But I can tell that the variety of interesting plants/wild flowers to see will keep those with real interest well satisfied. This is a spring scene along the cliff path on Runkerry Head. Behind the fence is cultivated land. Sheep grazing are a common sight up here.
When you get tired of Belfast drive up the Antrim coast road. We stopped in the small coastal port of Carnlough 80 minutes drive from Belfast. In front of the harbour is a small cafe. Suggest you try the fresh soda bread, ham and egg with a pot of Irish tea. This is real Irish local food.
Drive up the coast, stop in Ballycastle, another small fishing port close to the picturesque Rathlin Island. We found Ballycastle an excellent place to stay overnight, before heading north to Portrush. Visit Rathlin island if you have time.
As you head not along the coast from Ballycastle you will see signage for Ballintoy. About 8 kms north of Ballycastle is Ballintoy harbour, a very small yet beautiful harbour. Stop here and have lunch at the small stone cottage. Try Irish stew or "champ" or shepards pie. A local artist will most likely be painting scenes from his red Mercedes van. Paintings start from 10 pounds sterling.
When you travel north visit the carrick-a-rede rope bridge, white sands beach, the Giants Causeway and Dunluce castle ruins, which has a farmhouse coffee shop right beside it. Take your time enjoy the views the smell of the sea and the friendly people.
Fondest memory: Having a pint of Guinness in Ballycastle with the freindly locals and having Irish stew in Balintoy harbour. Giant's Causeway basalt rock formations