Causeway Coast

Causeway Coast, photo by U123072
Causeway Coast (photo by U123072)
 

The Causeway Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the northern coast of Northern Ireland.

The coast is best known for the “Giant’s Causeway” — a spectacular rock formation made up of some 40,000 basalt columns in regular polygonal columns rising vertically out of the ocean.

The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland, but the more prosaic reality is these columns are the result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago.

In addition to its geological features the site has a range of habitats covering seashore, cliff, scree, grassland, scrub, heathland and marsh.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Causeway Lodge

Just 5 minutes away from Giant’s Causeway, this purpose built lodge provides the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty of North Antrim’s coastline. Average score from 222 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$122 - $159

 
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The Anchorage

The Anchorage is a holiday home situated in Portballintrae in the Antrim County Region and is 7 km from Portrush. The property is 43 km from Ballymena and free private parking is provided. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$220

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Bayview Hotel

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel is situated in the heart of the picturesque harbour-village of Portballintrae, one mile (1.6 km) from Bushmills. Opened in 2001, the hotel is close to the Giant's Causeway and Old Bushmills Distillery. Average score from 364 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$139 - $206

 
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Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill

Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill is a holiday home situated in Bushmills, 3.2 km from Giants Causeway. Providing free private parking, the holiday home is 200 metres from Old Bushmills distillery. The kitchenette is fitted with a dishwasher. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$141

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Concord Townhouse

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Concord Townhouse is a holiday home situated in Bushmills, 3.3 km from Giants Causeway. The property is 300 metres from Old Bushmills distillery and free private parking is provided. Average score from 153 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$203

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
The Blue House Apartments

The Blue House Apartments

The Blue House Apartments offer a fully equipped, one-bedroom apartment located a 10-minute drive from Portrush West Strand Beach and a 5-minute drive from the University of Ulster. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$92 - $98

 
$929.6
Rest a While

Rest a While

This bed and breakfast is situated in a country location on the edge of Bushmills village, 3 miles from the Giant’s Causeway. Just 800 metres from the Bushmills Distillery, there is free WiFi and free parking on site. Average score from 188 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$97 - $84

 
$979.5
Cottesmore Bed and Breakfast

Cottesmore Bed and Breakfast

This charming B&B is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of Bushmills Village. It offers free Wi-Fi, free secure parking and a pretty garden, within 5 minutes’ walk of the famous Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Average score from 164 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$98

 
$989.4
Causeway Lodge

Causeway Lodge

Just 5 minutes away from Giant’s Causeway, this purpose built lodge provides the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty of North Antrim’s coastline. Average score from 222 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$122 - $159

 
$1229.3
Royal Court Hotel

Royal Court Hotel

Overlooking the harbour town of Portrush and the famous Royal Portrush Golf Club, Royal Court Hotel has an enviable location by the sea. Guests also benefit from free parking. Average score from 470 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$84

 
$849.1
Ballylinny Holiday Cottages

Ballylinny Holiday Cottages

Within 10 minutes’ walk of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, the 4-star Ballylinny Holiday Cottages offer beautiful country views. A flat-screen TV and a DVD player feature in the wooden-floored lounge. Average score from 665 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$102 - $153

 
$1029.1
Giant's Causeway Holiday Cottages

Giant's Causeway Holiday Cottages

Giant's Causeway Holiday Cottages are situated just 3 minutes’ drive from the famous interlocking basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway. With an on-site games room, the cottages also include free Wi-Fi and free parking. Average score from 60 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$98

 
$988.9
Portcaman House

Portcaman House

Only a 2-minute walk from Bushmills centre, Portcaman House offers free parking and it is conveniently located to reach the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, 4 and half miles away. Average score from 219 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$73

 
$738.0

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Giant's Causeway

This is a spectacular rock formation made up of some 40,000 basalt columns in regular polygonal columns rising vertically out of the ocean. Geological studies of these formations show that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity during the Tertiary, some 50–60 million years ago.
Geologic Formations
The entire Causeway Coast is a spectacular area of global geological importance. on the sea coast at the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. The most characteristic and unique feature of the site is the Giant’s Causeway, some 40,000 large, regularly shaped polygonal columns of basalt in perfect horizontal sections, forming a pavement.

The coast's accessible array of curious geological exposures and polygonal columnar formations formed around 60 million years ago make it an important site for the study of basaltic volcanism. The strata exposed in the cliff faces, in particular, have been key to shaping the understanding of the sequences of activity in the Earth’s geological history.

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