In a world of social media and travel shows it’s hard to imagine that any area contains “hidden gems” nowadays. However, there are always a few lurking just off the beaten track, and the Causeway Coast is no different. Read on to discover five hidden gems on the Causeway Coastal Route.
The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Old Bushmills Distillery and a few others attract the biggest crowds, headlines and photos. But read on and discover another side to the coastal route we love amd call ‘home’.
Hidden Gems on the Causeway Coastal Route
First up, Glenarm Castle.
Incredibly, a castle has stood on this site, in the coastal village of Glenarm, since the 13th century. It is the ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim and is still a residence to this day.
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Walled Gardens, Tea Rooms and multiple events throughout the year including the likes of the Tulip Festival, Dalriada Festival and Highland Games.
For those in the know Ballintoy Harbour represents one of the absolute best spots along the Causeway Coastal Route. the problem is, if you don’t know it exists, you’ll drive right by it.
On a long, winding lane, past a tiny little isolated church, sits Ballintoy Harbour, right on the very edge of Northern Ireland’s north coast.
This little harbour and beach is a breathtaking display of rugged beauty. It’s no wonder that Game of Thrones location scouts chose it to feature in the world of Westeros.
It might come as a surprise that Mussenden Temple is mentioned in a list of Causeway Coast hidden gems. But consider just how beautiful this iconic attraction is, and how many regular visitors it actually gets.
This beautiful temple, originally built as a library, has been dramatically perched 120 feet above the crashing waves below since 1785!
Throw in the idyllic gardens and surroundings of Downhill Demesne, in which Mussenden Temple sits, and you’ve got the making of a wonderful day exploring along the cliff tops.
Similar to Ballintoy Harbour, Murlough Bay sits just off the well-beaten tracl. It also offers some of the most beautiful coastal scenes anywhere in Northern Ireland.
You’ll find the secluded bay just outside Ballycastle and just beyond the imposing landmark of Fairhead. Whilst it might not be the easiest to get to (as all hidden gems are…) your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views, seaside walks and hardly a soul in sight.
If you’re looking for solitude along the Causeway Coast this might be the best place for it.
Portstewart Golf Club
Trophy hunters might focus on Royal Portrush and Royal County Down but when it comes to golf, and specifically incredible 1st tees, the Causeway Coastal Route has the answer in the form of Portstewart Golf Club.
Enjoy stepping onto the tee and looking onto a breathtaking coastal vista that stretches across the pristine Portstewart Strand. Take in the views, with Mussenden Temple and Donegal in the distance.
The only issue is that it might affect your swing… More details at www.portstewartgc.co.uk
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