Antrim Coast
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Antrim Coast


The Antrim Coast is filled with castles, medieval towns, nine coastal glens, bridges and arches, and lush coastal beauty, especially green due to Ireland’s prolonged rainy season.

Antrim Coast Ireland

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This road begins in the city of Newry, County Down and traverses southeast until its final destination of Donegal. This particular road trip is unique among other coastside road trips due the especially verdant scenery of northern Ireland’s coastline, its bogs and glens, and the proximity of medieval castles to this route.

Donegal

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Beginning in Newry, county Down, one heads northeast out on coast road A2, passing a number of quaint and picturesque fishing villages along the way framed by the Mourne mountains; in this area you will also wish to visit Murlough Bay, an extraordinarily beautiful dune landscape on the edge of Ireland’s most popular beaches. Passing the Mourne mountains, you will next encounter the Carrickfergus castle, one of Ireland’s most largest and most beautiful medieval castles. Built in the late 1100’s, the castle is one of Ireland’s first stone castles and is a massive structure; it is still perfectly preserved and offers a glimpse of life in this era, and as such is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations.

Murlough Bay

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As you proceed further along the Antrim Coast Road, you will soon reach open countryside and the Glens of Antrim, a series of nine glens and valleys; it is at this point of your journey that you will drive through the most scenic and stunning portion of this trip, with beautiful waterfalls and cliffs situated among these valleys to add to its verdant, emerald scenery unseen anywhere else in the world. In this area you will wish to visit such renowned tourist attractions such as Dunluce Castle, a 17 th century castle built on a hillside that dramatically drops off into the sea (located between the towns of Bushmills and Portrush), and is considered to be one of Ireland’s most impressive ruins, Stranford Laugh, and the Giant’s Causeway, a magnificent series of a thousand almost perfectly shaped hexagonal basalt columns rising from the sea.

Glenariff National Park

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Said to be amazingly surreal (and Ireland’s only World Heritage site), this is definitely a must see attraction that one should not miss. If one wishes to detour slightly from the coast road, one may also wishs\ to visit Glenariff National Park, which showcase the Antrim mountains as well as immense, majestic waterfalls in its boundaries, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, a rope walkway which connects a rocky island to the cliffs and is said to be an exhilarating trek, the Bushmills distillery, and the town of Derry and its walled city. The road trip ends in the final city of Donegal, where one will be almost at the border of the Republic of Ireland. Showcasing some of the lushest countryside scenery with almost every shade of green imaginable, along with ancient beautiful castles, unique medieval landmark destinations, and some of the most magnificent coastline in the world, this is indeed a road trip for the ages.

Date posted: 6th April, 2016

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