COUNTY ANTRIM REGION GUIDE
As well as housing the capital of Northern Ireland, County Antrim has some of the most iconic scenic sights in the whole country. The landscape of endless rolling greenery, sprinkled with quiet villages and ruined castles, makes way to a dramatic, wave battered coastline which is renowned as one of the greatest road trips routes in the world.
Explore the deep valleys of the Glens of Antrim, get onto the water in the vast lake of Lough Neagh or discover the famous locations used in the filming of the hit TV show Game of Thrones; there's always an abundance of exciting things to do in County Antrim. Start your adventure in Northern Ireland with P&O Ferries today.
Urban Explorations in County Antrim
From the Port of Larne, it's a short journey to the Northern Irish capital, Belfast. This lively city is packed full of cultural marvels, historic buildings and incredible entertainment options. Whether you want to see where history was made at the Titanic Belfast Museum, wander the beautiful botanical gardens or taste some of the finest food in the country; you'll always experience a warm welcome in this charming capital. Besides its thriving culinary scene, the heart of the city can be found in its historic pubs, where live entertainment is always on the cards.
Outside the city, there are a number of villages along the Causeway Coast you can hide out. Relax in one of the many cosy cottages in Ballycastle, find a seaside spot in Portrush or experience village life in Cushendall. For a coastal retreat close to Belfast, Carrickfergus is a great place to wind-down and even boasts its own 800-year old castle.
Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland
From the iconic rock formation of the Giant's Causeway, to the vast freshwater lake known as Lough Neagh; if there's one thing this region has in abundance, its natural beauty. The peace and quiet that you can find in the lush valleys and nature reserves make this destination appealing to those looking for outdoor adventures.
You can discover one of Ireland's most dramatic walkways at the Gobbins Cliff Walk, an adrenalin-pumping pathway carved into the cliff face that allows you to follow the historic route. For a more tranquil day, head to the soft white sand of Ballycastle Beach or seek out the picturesque Gleno Waterfall hidden in a green glen. Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Britain and Ireland, is also the ideal spot for water based activities, cycling or fishing.
Road Trip Drives Around County Antrim
The east coast of County Antrim is renowned for its spectacular coastline, a rugged terrain known as the Causeway Coastal Route. This winding tour along the windswept shore has been rated as one of the top five road trips in the world for its unforgettable splendour. Along this famous road you'll see some of the most fascinating sights in the country: the mysterious ruins of Dunlance Castle, the dizzying Carrick a rede rope bridge the old Bushmills Distillery and, of course, the legendary basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway. If you want to drive even further, the Causeway Coast ends at Derry, and Ireland's world famous Wild Atlantic Way begins. This stunning craggy landscape was carved out by the sea and stretches all the way around the west coast of Ireland.
Fans of the HBO Television series Game of Thrones can visit some of the filming locations used in the show. Experience archery at the real life Winterfell, walk through the Dark Hedges that acted as the King's Road or see the spectacular Mussenden Temple that overlooks Downhill Beach.
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