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If you’re planning a trip to the Causeway Coast or Magherabuoy House Hotel (and why wouldn’t you want to experience 120 miles of breathtaking scenery, glorious natural beaches, local food, drink, craic and more?) then you might be trying to figure out directions to the Causeway Coastal Route.

Luckily, we’re here to help make that journey, and your planning, a little easier.Directions to the Causeway Coastal Route - Magherabuoy House Hotel

Directions to the Causeway Coastal Route

Find various directions to the Causeway Coastal Route below:

Belfast to the Causeway Coast

If you’re coming from Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast you’re most likely coming from one of the two main airports or the city centre.

Belfast to Portrush (which brings you roughly slap bang into the middle of the Causeway Coastal Route) takes approximately 1 hour by car if you’re using the M2 motorway and A26 Dual Carriageway.

If you decide to tour the entirety of the Causeway Coastal Route (which we would highly recommend) then your journey could be anything from 3-4 hours to 3-4 days. It’s up to you…

From George Best Belfast City Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport is right in the heart of Belfast so you should find travel quick and easy.

If you plan to drive from Belfast City Airport to the Causeway Coast simply follow all directions for the M2 Motorway, Coleraine and Portrush. For those of you wanting to drive the whole route, follow signs first for the M2 and then the M5 which will bring you onto the A2 road, known locally as the “coast road” or “Antrim coast road”.

For those of you planning to travel via bus or train, you can take a bus directly to Belfast Central or the Europa Bus Station where you can then plan your journey to Portrush and beyond.

From Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is located approximately 13 miles outside of Belfast city centre.

Travel arrangements are very similar to Belfast City Airport.

If you plan to drive from Belfast International Airport to the Causeway Coast simply follow signs for the M2 and then eventually Coleraine and Portrush.

Various bus options are also available and can be viewed by clicking here and the nearest train station is Antrim Train Station.

From Belfast City Centre

From Belfast city centre you can:

  • Drive via the M2 (direct option) or the M5 (scenic option) motorways
  • Take a bus via the Europa Bus Station
  • Take a train via Belfast Central Station

Dublin to the Causeway Coast

Dublin is just a short journey over the border and Dublin to Belfast, via car, bus or train, shouldn’t take longer than approximately 2 hours. If you’re coming straight to the Causeway Coast your journey will probably be closer to 3 hours in total.

From Dublin Airport

If you’re travelling directly from Dublin Airport you can drive to Belfast via the M1 motorway which shouldn’t take more than 2 hours. When in Belfast you can follow signs for the M2 for the direct route or take the M5 for the scenic Causeway Coastal Route.

You could also take the X1/X2 bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast’s Europa Bus Station and then make your way to the coast from here.

From Dublin City Centre

From Dublin city centre you can:

  • Drive to Belfast via the M1 motorway and then follow signs for either the M2 (direct option) or M5 (scenic option) to the Causeway Coast
  • Take a bus to the Europa Bus Station in Belfast via the Busaras Central Bus Station and then plan your journey to the coast
  • Take a train to Belfast Central Station via Connolly Station and then plan your journey to the coast

Derry/Londonderry to the Causeway Coast

If you’re coming from Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second largest city and also known as the Walled City, you’ll most likely be travelling from the City of Derry Airport or the city centre.

From City of Derry Airport

If you’re travelling by car take the main A2 Derry to Coleraine road until your Causeway Coast destination. This could take approximately 30-40 minutes depending on where you decide to stop.

If you would like to travel by bus, Ulsterbus operates various scheduled services to and from the airport to the main Bus Depot on Foyle Street in the City centre. From here you will be able to organise travel to most destinations along the Causeway Coastal Route.

For those of you travelling by train, the Derry-Londonderry Train Station is located at Duke Street in the Waterside area of the city and it is served daily by the Belfast to Derry service. This train stops at various Causeway Coast stations including Portrush and Castlerock.

From Derry/Londonderry City Centre

From Derry/Londonderry city centre you can:

  • Drive via the A2 road towards any Causeway Coast location
  • Take a bus via the main station on Foyle Street
  • Take a train via Derry-Londonderry Train Station

More Information

If you’re still unsure about the best means of travel, or simply have other questions, you can get in touch with our team at the hotel via the details below:

Call: 028 7082 3507

Email: enquiries@magherabuoy.co.uk



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Lacada Beers at Magherabuoy House Hotel in Portrush, Northern Ireland on the Causeway Coastal Route

You might have noticed over the last year or so that we now stock some local craft beers, courtesy of Lacada Brewery, here at the hotel.

We recently had a chat with one of Lacada’s directors, and more importantly their Head Brewer, Laurie Davies about all things craft beer and Causeway Coast!

When and why was Lacada Brewery formed? Laurie Davies, head brewer of Lacada Brewery

Lacada Brewery was initially formed in May 2014 but we didn’t go to market until October 2015. In hindsight everything arrived at the right time just as the craft beer scene here in Northern Ireland was about to take off but for us it was simply a group of people together who wanted to form a co-operative brewery.

We all had various forms of experience in co-ops, food and drink to draw upon and we started with a few beer tasting evenings to get the ball rolling!

How do you draw influence from the surrounding Causeway Coast?

The Causeway Coast, and surrounding local area, has been a focus and mainstay from the beginning. Everyone involved wanted something that celebrated the place we all love.

Unusually, we actually started by selling the co-operative idea to our co-owners before any beer was involved so this meant that we asked them for names right from the beginning!

We wanted to promote the idea of community with a north coast focus on the landscapes and seascapes around us but we also wanted to draw influence from lesser known stories and places. This was to add a “discovery” factor to our beers that would encourage people to go off and ask locals about the area.

A good example of this is our Giant’s Organ IPA which draws its name from the Giant’s Causeway…but not in the way most people would expect!

What is your favourite part of the Causeway Coast?

I’ve been living here for over 30 years now which just about qualifies me as a local…I think!

I love the sense of community, especially amongst the local food and drinks producers, as well as the incredible coast and views around us!

What’s your favourite Lacada beer?

It might seem strange but I honestly don’t have a personal favourite. As Head Brewer I’m always testing and tasting variations of the Lacada beers out there in the world, alongside new and upcoming beers, so it differs from time to time.

It’s an ongoing process so it’s hard to say but our limited edition Salamander Series beer, the Utopian Stout, stood out last year and was named best beer of 2016 by Northern Ireland beer blogger Quare Swally!

Why should someone pick a craft beer over bigger/traditional beers?

Three words – taste and aroma!

I might be biased but when you try a great beer, no matter what kind, by a microbrewery you get the full experience. Everything tastes and smells so much better and you’ll soon discover what real lagers, stouts and ales are supposed to taste like.

You could say beer is the new wine and there really is so much diversity out there!

What are Lacada’s plans for rest of 2017?

We’ve got new beers scheduled for every other month for the rest of 2017 so that should be fun and we also have new beers coming out of barrels planned for 2018.

When we looked back on 2016 we realised that we released up to 16 different beers last year when you consider special editions and one-off casks etc so it’ll be more of the same!

We also have plans to take part in the Portrush beer and food festival again in early October as well as some collaborations with other local food producers so stay tuned!

If that hasn’t whetted your appetite we don’t know what will!

You can pick up some Lacada beers here in our fully stocked bar after a long hard day seeing the Causeway Coast sights!

For more information contact us here.



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There’s something special about a road trip and luckily, here in Northern Ireland, we have one of the best around. The Causeway Coastal Route is like a touring playground with 120 miles of twists and turns waiting for you. Add to that the sleepy villages, panoramic views and breathtaking natural formations and you’ll start to realize just how good we’ve got it here on the north coast.

Journey Along the Edge

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Imagine driving along the edge of the country with the entirety of the island of Ireland on one side and nothing but crashing waves and sea on the other. The Causeway Coastal Route places you right on the coast with nothing but uninterrupted views and fresh sea air for company.

See

Northern Ireland is a small country and the north coast is just one tiny part. Some might see that as a negative but we see it as the opposite because there’s something great to see around every corner.

Starting in Belfast you can journey towards The Gobbins, just outside Larne. This latest addition to the route literally lets you scale cliff faces and walk along just feet above the sea. After that make your way towards the heart of the Glens of Antrim – Carnlough, Waterfoot, Cushendun and Cushendall. Each little village has its own character, history and stories to tell. It’s up to you to find out!

Beautiful beaches including White Park Bay, Ballintoy (with the nearby Ballintoy Harbour recently used as a Game of Thrones filming location) and White Rocks wait further up the road. After that you’ll see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, The Giant’s Causeway, the jewel in the Coastal Route crown, and Dunluce Castle.

As you begin to make your way towards Limavady and Derry/Londonderry you’ll see one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sites, Mussenden Temple. Who would’ve thought a former library could be so dramatic?

Do 

We don’t just spend our days looking; we get stuck in and get our hands dirty. There’s nowhere better than the Causeway Coastal Route when it comes to “doing”!

There’s the International North West 200, held annually right on the coast, award winning golf courses including Royal Portrush, soon to be home to The Open in 2019, and incredible dining options around every corner.

Stop in to Kiwi’s Brew Bar in Portrush for some of the best local Northern Irish craft beers around. Eat at Upstairs at Joes’ in Cushendall in the shadow of the nearby Lurig Mountain.

The list is endless but it all starts with a set of keys, four wheels and good company!

Live

There’s no better way to experience the Causeway Coastal Route and the north coast of Northern Ireland than by actually doing it and if you’re staying, we’ve got the perfect room ready for you.

Contact us here for more information or call 028 7082 3507