Ulster Road Trip Ireland
Embarking on a Northern Ireland road trip with Dream Drive Ireland takes you along the world famous Antrim Coast road. Passing through a number of picturesque villages the route takes you through the nine Glens of Antrim and on towards some memorable Northern Irish landmarks including the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle, and the legendary Giant’s Causeway. So, when it comes to the finest driving tours of Ireland you are up there with the best. The Causeway Coastal Route is known the world over for its stunning scenery and when you are touring Northern Ireland by car it’s easy to nip inland for some extra local colour such as waterfalls, country pubs and the Bushmills Distillery! And to make things even better you are doing it all in a classic car.
Day 1: Start your trip in the capital, Belfast, pick up your car and head straight for the Titanic Museum, Europe’s most visited attraction in 2016. After the museum head into the cathedral quarter for shops and restaurants and no trip to Belfast is complete without doing the world famous ‘black taxi tour.’ Stay in one of Belfast’s top hotels and rest up for your adventure!
Day 2: Make sure to get up early to allow time for a ‘Ulster Fry’ and head north out of Belfast, joining the Causeway Coastal Route at Newtownabbey, your driving adventure has begun! After passing through a number of picturesque villages the Glens of Antrim appear before you. Head to Glenoe for the picture perfect waterfalls. Then take the famous Antrim Coast Road, stopping in one of Carnlough’s cafes over-looking the harbour for lunch. The Causeway Coastal Route then passes the foot of each of the nine Glens Of Antrim, we suggest you take the afternoon to explore some of the glens, ensuring not to miss the picturesque village of Glenarm and its castle. Driving on, head for the seaside village of Cushendall, staying here for the night.
Day 3: Head towards Cushendun via Torr Head to get striking views of Murlough Bay. Returning to the Causeway Coastal Route visit Ballycastle where the ferry for Rathlin Island leaves. If you would prefer to stay on dry land, the imposing glens, Glenshesk and Glentaisie, are close by. Head inland to Armoy and experience the Causeway Coastal Centre. The centre is a great place to learn about the culture and history of area. Back on the Causeway Coast for more epic scenery and photo opportunities before arriving at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Not to be missed and not for those afraid of heights! From here head inland to the historic village of Bushmills, home to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. A perfect place to stay for the night! Tomorrow is a big day…so go easy!
Day 4: Leaving Bushmills head straight for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Giant’s Causeway. Spend a few hours exploring and learn about some of Ireland’s ancient folk lore. From here head to the impressive Dunluce Castle, or the House of Greyjoy for Game of Thrones fans, situated high on the cliffs near the village of Portbalintrae this castle is also believed to be inspiration for Belfast’s C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. Next is the Mussenden Temple, the cliff top folly said to have been inspired by the Temple of Vesta at Rome. The picturesque surroundings are breath-taking. Back to civilisation for the night and the historic walled City Of Derry is our destination. Spend the evening experiencing the emerging food scene and vibrant night life.
Day 5: Unfortunately, we only have the morning to explore Derry’s deep history and culture before heading back towards Belfast. Returning inland across the county to see some of the Mournes and Sperrins, time may allow a quick visit to the Ulster American Folk Park Museum en-route to Belfast to drop the car back for 5pm.