Local Interests

Some of the main local interests are listed below, but you can find a more comprehensive guide to nearby attractions on the local tourism website at: http://www.heartofthecausewaycoastandglens.com/Attractions.T87.aspx

Ballypatrick Forest
A mature forest with a car park, toilets, waymarked walk and a picnic site just beside the Causeway Coastal Route. A 5 mile drive, open all summer and weekends from Easter to October, meanders through upland forest and open areas to give many fine views of Rathlin Island and Ballycastle.

A feature unique to Ballypatrick is the fine "Irish Ford" where the Drive and the stream become one! A variety of riverside and viewpoint picnic sites and short walks are laid out along the Drive, as is the Dual Court or Double-Horned Tomb which dates from 5-6000 years ago.

A waymarked Wildlife Trail leads from the Horseshoe car park past deer lawns and fenced wildlife ponds, offering a chance to catch a glimpse of the resident deer, ducks and dippers as well as geese and otters along the Glenmakeeran River.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Take the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island and enjoy a truly clifftop experience. This 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge traditionally erected by salmon fishermen.


Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views.

Giant's Causeway

Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean on one side and a landscape of dramatic cliffs on the other, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.


Inquiring minds have marvelled at the regularity of the stones’ shape and the vastness of their number. Science, of course, holds the answers to most of these questions but in the days before scientists there were storytellers.


Storytellers have their own explanation for this captivating stretch of coast, and many stories endure to the present day. The most famous legend associated with the Giant’s Causeway is that of Irish giant, Finn McCool. It was imagined that the causeway is the remains of the bridge that Finn built linking Ireland to Scotland. The landscape became so imbued with the spirit of this legend that it gave rise to the name – the Giant’s Causeway.