Northern Ireland Causeway Coastal Route
Day 1: Belfast to Jordanstown
After picking up your campervan, you will still have plenty of time to visit Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. Park up for a few hours and enjoy a journey back in time around the city’s political murals, narrated by a London-style black taxi driver. Then, explore the Titanic Quarter, the birthplace of the most famous ship in the world. When the sun goes down, make sure you sample the bohemian nightlife of the Cathedral Quarter.
A place to stay: Jordanstown Loughshore Park
Days 2: Jordanstown to Carnfunock
Time to get off the beaten track in your camper! Take the Antrim Coast Road (A2) to Carrickfergus and stroll around the town (a visit to its Norman castle is compulsory!). Continue along the A2 towards Larne, the main access to the stunning nine Glens of Antrim. A few miles away from Carrickfergus, you can find the recently opened Gobbins Cliff Path which takes you on an exciting walk alongside the steep Gobbins cliffs across bridges, caves and tunnels. This dramatic coastal walk is also well-known for its rich and unique wildlife.
Starring in popular Irish songs and tales, explore this area of outstanding beauty as long as you can. Visit Glenariff Forest Park, the queen of the glens, and take a stroll along the magic Waterfall Walkway. Cook a hot meal on board your camper and don’t miss the chance to follow the other trails and enjoy a picnic with scenic landscapes and peaceful rivers as background.
A place to stay: Carnfunock Country Park
Day 3: Carnfunock to Ballycastle
After waking up to the magnificent views of the glens, drive towards Cushendun with its picturesque cottages. Continue via the Torr Road to the headland of the same name. Providing impressive views over the Mull of Kintyre, Torr Head is an ideal spot to park up and have lunch against the wild sound of the waves and ruined buildings filled with history. Continue towards the natural beauty of Murlough Bay/Fairhead and Ballycastle’s harbour, where you can take a ferry to Rathlin Island. Six miles long and one mile wide, the island, its 140 inhabitants and all the legends surrounding Rathlin are well worth visiting!
A place to stay: Causeway Coast Holiday Park
Day 4: Ballycastle to Coleraine
West of Ballycastle you will find the dizzying Carrick-a-Rede bridge, sitting 30 metres above the rocks below. Whether you dare to cross it or not, you will be amazed at the views from the coastline. Continue the drive to the fishing village Ballintoy, whose stunning harbour has been featured in Game of Thrones as the Iron Islands.
A few miles away, you will arrive at the mythical Giant’s Causeway, one of the great wonders of the world. Jump over Giants’ steps, discover the legend behind these thousands of basalt columns and learn the history of these rugged waters that once sank the invincible galleon and treasures of the Spanish Armada.
In the afternoon, head towards the Old Bushmills Distillery, home of Northern Ireland’s most famous whiskey. After the tour, why not get a bottle to sample some glasses later on in your camper?
A place to stay: Tullans Country Holiday Park
Day 5: Coleraine to Castlerock
Keep driving west and stop by the romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle and the seaside resorts of Portrush and Portstewart. If you have enough time, divert along the scenic drive along the river Bann valley for some outdoor adventure: fishing, biking, hiking… you will find plenty of activities to fill up your morning. On the way back to the A2, Ballymoney and Coleraine have history, heritage, restaurants and shops to please all kinds of visitors.
Drive to the seaside village of Castlerock and look out for the magnificent Mussenden Temple crowning the cliff, which is said to have been inspired by the Roman Temple of Vesta. Set against the backdrop of the temple, Downhill beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sands and turquoise waters, also known as Dragonstone in the popular Game of Thrones. Do you remember that bottle of Bushmills you bought the day before? You have just found the perfect location to park up for the night and toast under the stars.
A place to stay: Deighans Caravan Park
Day 6: Castlerock to Derry/Londonderry
Wake up early to make the most of the last day of your trip! Limavady is a vibrant town perfect to buy some last groceries. Next to it, you can explore the breath-taking Roe Valley Country Park before heading to Derry~Londonderry. The perfect place to end the trip and learn more about Northern Ireland’s political history, Derry’s 17th-century walls surround both past years of conflict and present times of local friendliness.
A place to stay: Elgahvale Camping Park
Abridged version of an itinerary created by our motorhome partners in Northern Ireland