Drive along the Causeway Coastal route towards Ballycastle,(via Cushendun (Caves) and visit McBride’s Pub to see the Game of Thrones door), Torr Road and Murlough Bay) Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Giant’s Causeway (Book online to get a discount) and Bushmills Distillery, on towards Portrush past Dunluce Castle and Royal Portrush Golf Course. Take a stroll along the beach at the ‘White Rocks’ and watch the surfers, Fancy a bite to eat? if you go into Portrush, there are a selection of lovely eating places, travel on to Portstewart and take a dander along the Promenade, lovely cliff walk from the town of Portstewart to Portstewart beach. If you still have time, travel on round the Causeway Coastal Route to Magilligan past Downhill, Mussenden Temple towards Magilligan Point.
On your return trip take the direct route from Magilligan to Coleraine then out towards Ballycastle, turn off at the ‘Dark Hedges’ – another of the Game of Thrones sites and make your way over Orra mountain (where the Turf is cut) and down Glenann glen into Cushendall.
Spend another day going the opposite direction on the Causeway Coastal route – Cushendall towards Carrickfergus, another fabulous journey, taking in many of the small coastal villages which stretch along this stunning coastline. Each village has it’s own character and for those of you who enjoy castles; stop off at St Killians College (between Waterfoot and Carnlough) at Garron Point, Glenarm Castle, Ballygally Castle Hotel and Carrickfergus Castle. Go on to Islandmagee and visit ‘The Gobbins’ (best to book online beforehand to guarantee your place).
This route from Carrickfergus to Magilligan is one of the most beautiful road journeys in the world!
Closer to home:
Glenariff Waterfalls – a Must! Drive to Glenariffe Forest Park, park the car and take one of beautiful walks in through the forest with waterfalls on the way and opportunity to see Red Squirrels. Bring a picnic, walk down from the top to the Laragh Lodge where you can enjoy a well deserved drink, bite of lunch or meal before your return journey back up to the top. Feeling less energetic? Park at Laragh Lodge carpark, take a dander round the back of the restaurant and you can access the waterfalls within a short distance before returning to the Laragh Lodge for a coffee and snack!
Cliff Path walk from Cushendall beach (at back of apartment), up the lane behind the park, to Layd Church and Graveyard (this can be extended up the Layde road, Ballybrack and down High Street into the village). Approx 3 miles.
Cushendun village – a National Trust sleepy village with small sandy beach. Enjoy a good walk? .. take the cliff path to Layd Church then go up onto the main road and continue on to Cushendun, via Knocknacarry (about 5 miles each way).
Waterfoot beach – one of the best beaches in the area. From the apartment, walk through the caravan site and straight across past the entrance to Red Bay Boats, when you get to the top of this road, take a left and continue along this road until you get to back of Red Bay Castle ruins, follow the small lane back down onto the main Coast Road and you will see Waterfoot and its beach in front of you. Continue on through Waterfoot village and take the boardwalk along the sand dunes and on to the beach.
Ronan’s Way – Recent walk opened in Glendun, Cushendun in 2016. More details on: walkni.com/walks/22679/ronan-s-way
All of the walks on Ronan’s Way are located on the McAuley Farm, a stretch of land in memory of Ronan McAuley, a True Glens man who had a dream that more people would explore and enjoy Glendun and the exquisite views of the land that he called home.
Ronan’s Way is located on a working farm so please respect the family property, land and their ability to manage their farm on your visit, as this walk has only been made possible by their generosity.
Beginning at the carpark off the Glendun Road you will find the trailhead panel and waymarker posts. Choose whichever walk you wish and follow the appropriate waymarkers. Please note as this is working farmland livestock may be present and the ground is often very mucky on foot. Walking boots recommended.