Five attractions to see
Causeway Road, Bushmills
Tel: 048 20731855 Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway
The UNESCO heritage site of ancient, basalt columns has a new visitor centre so there are things to do indoors if the weather is bad.
CARRICK-A-REDE ROPE BRIDGE
Whitepark Road, Ballintoy
Tel: 048 20769839 Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede
Not far from the Giant’s Causeway, the famous rope bridge is good fun for thrill-seekers as you sway above the choppy sea. While here, you can swing by Ballintoy Bay, recently used as a location in the Game of Thrones TV epic.
This small village, only a couple of miles from Cushendall, is mostly owned by the National Trust and is a picture-postcard village of listed properties, frozen in time, with one of the nicest beaches on the coast.
Arguably the best bit of scenery on the whole Antrim coast, yet it’s easy to miss the turn-off for Torr Head from the main coastal road. The views across to the Mull of Kintyre and the sea cliffs around Torr Head make for truly dramatic scenery.
Northern Ireland’s only inhabited island, seven miles off the coast from Ballycastle, Rathlin is a gorgeous hidden gem that looks more like Co Kerry than Co Antrim. It’s a haven of windswept wildlife with lots of easy walks and panoramic sea views. Well worth a day-trip or, even better, an overnight visit.