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“Antrim Coast - You should go!”
Review of Antrim Coast Road

Antrim Coast Road
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Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin
Ranked #35 of 233 things to do in County Antrim
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Owner description: An undeveloped, scenic stretch of road that passes along the nine Glens of Antrim.
Arlington, Texas
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Antrim Coast - You should go!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Amy W
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“Great day out”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is very famous, and rightly so. Any trip of the Antrim coast should start with Carrickfergus castle, call in on the charming seaside resort of Whitehead, see the great tower and sites in Larne, then join this wonderful road north by the sea. It twists and turns round cliffs of every colour, but do slow down for the tunnel. It was built in the days of donkey carts, so cars have to go through in one diecrtion at a time only! There are lots of picturesque villages all the way along the glens to stop and enjoy the view.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank wandererIslandmagee
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“breath taking”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

this is the most beautiful road I have ever been on. Much of it we walked as there was so much to explore. the villages are so lovely, Carnlough, Waterfoot beach, Cushendall, and the fantastivc Glenarriffe Forest Park

Visited July 2012
1 Thank valerie m
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Seneca SC
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“Antrim Coast Highway”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is the most beautiful drive I have ever seen. Gorgeous views at every turn. We went to the Giants' Highway, it was amazing. There are several small, quaint villages along the highway. Try not to miss this part of Northern Ireland! It is well worthwhile to visit.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank shimmy48
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Antrim Coast Tour”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Very pretty scenery, although would like to go back to see it without the snow on the tops! Nice drive and well-organised tour - even with the Cockney tour guide! A good way to see the coast and one of the glens if you've not got a car, and combine it with other attractions.

Just a word on coach tour choices: my boyfriend researched the options between tour companies and decided the more expensive one would be better. However, it appears that 3 or 4 different companies actually 'pool' all the tourists into 2 or 3 coaches, which cover the same itinerary, so there is no advatage in going for what looks like the better tour. This may not be the same in the summer (we went on Easter Sunday) but might be worth checking.

We also had some difficulties contacting the tour company to just check we were on their list. Despite a slightly vague response, we were picked up from our hotel at exactly the time stated.

Visited March 2013
Thank foxjenny
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