I wanted to travel to Belfast to visit the Titanic museum as part of my Top 10 UK museums series. My husband suggested we should visit Giants Causeway and the coastal road there too.
So I booked our flights and apartment in Belfast. Then we hired a car and took a day trip to enjoy the Giants Causeway and the coastal road. There are a few routes you can take but I decided to take an early drive and head straight to the causeway. Then take a scenic drive back along the coast. I’ve never really hired a car whilst travelling before but it gave us a lot of freedom especially with an eight-month-old child in tow.
Driving and Dunluce Castle
The drive there took around an hour and a half taking the M2 then the A26 to Ballymoney before diverting down Balleybogey Road to see Dunluce Castle. An unplanned detour but well worth a stop and a visit for seeing the rugged cliffs and ruined castle grounds. If you take Dunluce road there is a viewpoint which offers great photo opportunities. See the castle from a unique perspective outlined along the cliffs.
We parked at the visitor centre and bought tickets on arrival. Walking down to the causeway rather than taking the bus was a good idea. We had an amazing view of the bay and it built up the excitement seeing the rocks come into focus. It wasn’t easy underfoot walking on the hexagonal rocks. Nearer the water was a little slippy, but I managed. Even with a baby attached to me in a K’tan, I managed to climb to some great viewpoints!
It was quite windy and cold so we didn’t spend a great deal of time hiking the area. But we managed to experience the beautiful National Trust site.
Driving the Coastal Road
To be honest we didn’t really visit during the right season so it was a bit quiet on the way back. This didn’t distract from the spectacular views we got to see along the road.
Top Tip: research the places where you want to stop. We picked a point on the map en route only to find there was no town or village there at all.
We did stop at a village pub for a quick drink and were treated to some complimentary pancakes! People were friendly but I think it helps that we have a cute baby with us too.
No place stood out in particular along the route but we did pass some quaint houses, farms and lovely looking beaches.
Have you visited the Giants Causeway and the Coastal Road?
What do you think about visiting the Giants Causeway and the coastal road? Have you been before or is it on your bucket list? I think it is definitely worth a visit and driving means you have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy the area.