Best Mini-Moon Locations Causeway Coast Antrim
We had our big honeymoon in September 2019 and we went to Croatia. I promise to blog that soon, it’s a much bigger job than these mini-moon idea posts. We had a few days off after we got back so we decided it would be a good opportunity to see more of the island of Ireland. We had both always wanted to visit the Giants Causeway so we decided to head North and see what Causeway Coast, Antrim, had to offer.
Day 1 – Bushmills > Cushendun
We drove up on a Friday evening and got to Bushmills when it was dark so we took a stroll around the town, grabbed some food in a local fish-shop and a pint in a friendly bar. An early night for us as we had a big day planned for Saturday.
Our Airbnb was directly across the road from the Bushmills Distillery so that was our first stop. The tour is really good and takes about an hour. The admission includes a glass of whiskey at the end so make sure you’re not the designated driver (I was).
After Bushmills, we hit the road for the Dark Hedges. In case you’re not familiar with them they’re the famous hedges from Game of Thrones. They’re so beautiful and really easy to find. Everything on the Causeway Coast is really close to each other, you won’t find yourself driving for long. I think it was €2 to park in a hotel across the road from the hedges. Some people drive up the road, you’re not allowed to do this but there’s also nobody to stop you. I’m a goodie two shoes so I wouldn’t dare to it.
From there we headed for the infamous Giant’s Causeway. Top tip, don’t park in the Visitors Centre if you just wanna see the causeway, park in the ‘Giant’s Causeway and Bushmill’s Railway’. It’s much cheaper and about 3 minutes walk from the Visitors Centre. See I have you saving money already. As something I’d look at in books for so many years, I was so excited to see the Giant’s Causeway. People had told me I’d be disappointed and that they were much smaller than expected. They were wrong. I loved them. They were very busy and I would have rathered nobody else was there for my photos but sure look I can’t have everything I want. We walked around the Causeway itself then followed the path up to the Giant’s fingers and around the top of the cliff overlooking. It’s an easy walk and gives magnificent views.
We hit the road for the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. We pit stopped at Ballintoy Harbour (another Game of Thrones set) which we thought we’d just happened upon but it turns out it’s really famous. Rightly so, it’s very pretty! The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was closed because it was too windy. Super sad face. You can walk around the surroundings, which we did and it’s a nice walk. You can walk all the way up to the gate of the bridge, you just can’t go over the bridge.
It was starting to get dark so we headed for our Airbnb which was in Cushendun which although very pretty there’s very little to do there. There are bigger towns nearby called Ballycastle or Cushendall which are probably better to stay in. We booked at the last minute so we couldn’t be too choosey.
Day 2 – Cushendun > Belfast
Up outta bed early enough, a quick bite to eat and we’re back on the road. We backtracked a bit and went to Torr Head which is definitely worth it. It’s windy but man is it beautiful!
We had decided to drive through the Glens of Antrim and take the scenic route. It was lashing rain I mean torrential! But I still made everyone get out of the car and do the Glenariff Nature Reserve Waterfall Walk. It was well worth it. I loved it and it was easy enough (despite the rain). From there, we were soaked so we hopped in the car and drove home via Belfast. Darran wanted to stop at Decathalon to have a mooch. That’s how all mini-moons end right?
See our first mini-moon in Lisbon here.
Best Mini-Moon Locations Causeway Coast Antrim Honeymoon