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One of the most popular areas on the island of Ireland is the Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland. A short drive from Belfast, this area is home to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway, one of Northern Ireland's most popular travel destinations, and somewhere that really needs to be seen to be believed! With about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, The Giant's Causeway has a mix of mystery and magic about it, and has stunning views of the coastline any time of year.
The many stories and tales of years gone by have inspired artists and authors alike create stories and scenes that capture the imagination. With the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against this North Coast, this landscape and stunning cliffs really are a must see when visiting Northern Ireland.
Castles are plentiful in Ireland, dating back hundreds of years. Many structures still stand to this very day, and one of the most impressive castles on the island of Ireland is Dunluce Castle which is located along Antrim's North Coast. Sitting on the edge of the cliff, the scenery at Dunluce Castle is simply breathtaking and it is regarded as the inspiration for Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books.
For those of you with a head for heights, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is another must see attraction along Antrim's North Coast. Even if you aren't a fan of heights, this spectacular rope bridge must be experienced, as the surrounding area is home to diverse birdlife, amazing coastal views and outstanding natural beauty.
It is this natural beauty and unspoilt landscape that makes Antrim such a popular part of Northern Ireland to visit. Small towns like Bushmills, Ballyclare and Ballycastle all offer a perfect location for a short getaway, with Bushmills being home to the famous Bushmills Distillery, another attraction that you simply must see. Visit the distillery on a week day to enjoy it in all its glory, and sample a taste of the North Coast at the end of your journey.
The Causeway Coastal Route offers some amazing scenery and fantastic walking tours for those of you who enjoy getting outdoors no matter what the weather is like - and it's not always pretty along the North Coast. A short boat trip across the North Coast will take you to the picturesque Rathlin Island.
Watersports and outdoor activities are becoming increasingly popular along the North Coast of Antrim, with surfing in particular growing in interest among locals. Another popular sport played across Antrim is golf, and the area is home to some of Northern Ireland's finest golf courses, including Royal Portrush.
Plan a day trip into the nearby city of Belfast and enjoy the great shops and sites of Northern Ireland's capital city. The Titanic Visitor Experience and St George's Market are two popular attractions you must get along to when in Belfast, and lunch in the gardens of the impressive City Hall is also a must.