Botanists, geologists, bird watchers take the ferry to Rathlin Island. If you're a keen deep sea diver or angler and like a challenge visit some of the one hundred shipwrecks in the surrounding area. Looking for a more scenic route to Scotland then board the ferry to the Mull of Kintyre.
West - The Causeway Coast
The first port of call upon venturing west along Whitepark Road (B15) will be Kinbane Castle & Headland with spectacular views of Carrickamanon Rock, Rathlin Island, Fairhead, Islay and the Mull of Kintyre. Further along you can pull into Portaneevy Viewpoint for a picnic and see Carrickarede Rope Bridge and Sheep Island before stopping in Ballintoy village for a pint, continue on to enjoy a stroll along Whitepark Bay and visit the world's smallest chapel in Portbradden. Continue along Whitepark Road and turn right onto the B146 where Dunseverick Harbour will be busy with holiday makers and Dunseverick Castle stands proudly on a crag, a little further is the world renowned Giant's Causeway & Benbane Head leading to Dunseverick. Travel on to the quaint village of Bushmills on the Giant's Causeway to Bushmills Railway to the village made most famous by the Bushmills Whisky Distillery where samples are free at the end of a tour. The coast road winds it's way round to the spectacular ruins of Dunluce Castle and the White Rocks before ending at Portrush.
East - The Glens of Antrim
From Ballycastle Diamond go up Castle street and
turn left at the top of the hill into Glentaisie Drive where you shall see an
excellent side view of Glentaisie. At the next junction turn right up the
hill and then left down the hill at the next junction. This road takes you up
Glentaisie, turn left at the end of the road stopping at the next junction to
look around the old round tower at Armoy.
The turn left and follow the road down Glenshesk
back into Ballycastle. Upon entering the town limits turn right a the Sheskburn
garage onto the Cushendall Road (A2) and turn left onto Carrickmore Road passing the beach. Turn left at
Strand Caravan Park to discover Marconi's Cottage
were you can park and walk over Fairhead
into Murlough Bay. Alternatively turn
Strand Caravan Park follow Carrickmore Road and rejoin the
Cushendall Road (A2) to
enter the village of Ballyvoy, in the center of which there is junction
beside the public house allowing for alternative routes to Cushendun/Cushendall.
Turning left onto the coast road will take you to Fairhead
car park and Loughs, Murlough Bay and
then onto Torr Head, Tornamona
Farm Museum and Castle Carra before entering the village of Cushendun.