This was the last stop in our 8 day visit, first taking in the sites in the Republic of Ireland and then on to Northern Ireland. We drove up from Dublin, spent the night in Ballymena and drove the coast the next day. The drive along the coastline was magnificent. If ever you've imagined quaint seaside towns, friendly people (By the way, you'll love the change in accents as you cross the border) and a rugged, beautiful coastline, this is it. The roads are narrow and winding and add some extra challenge when you meet a tour bus coming from the other direction!
Our original destination was Glenarm Castle, and after visiting there, we decided to continue the drive and went as far as the Giant's Causeway. I would definitely recommend this drive and you should consider it an activity that will fill the whole day.
We stayed another night in Ballymena and then drove back to Dublin to fly home.
Special note: If you get cash in Sterling while in Northern Ireland, make sure you exchange it before you get back to the US. We weren't aware of that and had some difficulty exchanging the money when we got home.
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