The Causeway Coast: Northern Ireland's legendary landscape

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Ben Lerwill

0. 5 more reasons to visit the Causeway Coast

Rathlin Island

Reachable by ferry from the port town of Ballycastle, Rathlin is a laid-back island that operates at its own, go-slow pace. Expect seals in the harbour and – until mid-September –seabirds galore at the West Lighthouse (yes, there are puffins).

Game of Thrones sites

Fans of the series now account for a significant portion of Causeway Coast visitors, with filming sites scattered across the region. The best known is the tunnelled row of wizened beech trees known as the Dark Hedges, 15 minutes south from the coast. Come early or late in the day to beat the crowds.

Bushmills Distillery

The world’s oldest licensed distillery has been producing whiskey on site since 1608, and offers tours year-round. You’ll be led through the whole process, and the ticket includes a tasting – try the 12-year-old single malt.

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Royal Portrush Golf Club

Golf nut? Book a round at this swish links course (well in advance, ideally) to sample the fairways and greens that will be welcoming the world’s best in July 2019, when the club

hosts the British Open for the first time since the 1950s. It’s not cheap – but you guessed that.

Causeway Coast Way

If you’re craving a longer walk than the one described above, go the whole hog and take on the 33-mile Causeway Coast Way, which also covers the castle-to-causeway stretch. Best done over two or three days, it’s a superb way of experiencing the rugged solitude of the coastline, as well as the big sights.

Header image: Dunseverick Castle © Ballygally View Images / Shutterstock. Photos from top-bottom: The Giant's Causeway at sunset © SScott514 / Shutterstock; Rathlin Island © Ballygally View Images / Shutterstock; The Dark Hedges © MNStudiof11photo / Shutterstock; Whisky at Bushmils Distillery © mimpki / Shutterstock; Royal Portrush Golf Club © Ged Rainey / Shutterstock; Torr Head on the Causeway Coastal Way © Monicami / Shutterstock.

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