Routes Europe 2017

The route development forum for Europe

Belfast, Northern Ireland
23 - 25 April 2017

Tour Programme - Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal Route was rated one of the Top Five Road Trips worldwide and when you drive it, you’ll see why. Start your journey in Belfast and follow the coast road through the nine Glens of Antrim winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations including Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island, and Binevenagh with its dramatic cliffs. The route peaks at the Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim coast.

Time Activity

Depart Belfast hotel - Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Causeway Coastal Route

10:00 Arrive in the scenic village of Carnlough – Enjoy refreshments at Londonderry Arms Hotel
10:30 Depart Carnlough

Arrive at Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge

Take the bracing walk across Carrick a-Rede Rope Bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m deep chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the Rope Bridge Challenge. 

13:00 Depart Carrick a Rede  
13:30 Lunch in the French Rooms at Bushmills Distillery 

No visit to the Causeway Coast is complete without a visit to the Bushmills Distillery. Distilling Whiskey in the Bushmills area is a time-honoured tradition. Discover the secrets which have made Bushmills Whiskey famous. 


Depart Bushmills

Visit to the Giant’s Causeway and Visitor Centre. Formed over 60 million years ago, the Giant’s Causeway is an awe inspiring landscape of mostly hexagonal basalt columns. The £18m Visitor Centre is an innovative state of the art facility which rises out of the landscape with walls of glass, soaring basalt columns and a sloping grass roof.                           

17:15 Depart Causeway to travel back to Belfast.