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What should we do when we are there?


You will never be bored! Whatever your age, there is something for you:


Walk through the fields to the Giant's Causeway Visitor's Centre- The Giants Causeway is famous for its hexagonal rock formation resulting from volcanic activity some 60 million years ago. There are 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea.


Giants Causeway


The cliff top path runs for approximately 18 miles between the Causeway and Dunseverick (a great spot for a bracing scramble over the rocks or just to while away the time watching the boats or fishing in the rock pools!) to Portbradden harbour (with the smallest Church in Ireland), White Park bay beach, Ballintoy harbour, and on to the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. The Causeway Rambler bus runs hourly along a circular route from Bushmills to Carrick-a-rede throughout the summer.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge


Carrick-a-rede rope bridge spans a chasm between the Antrim coast and a small island used by fishermen. There is an eighty foot drop to the sea and rocks below and the bridge is not for the faint hearted!


Rathlin Island


Rathlin Island lies 6 miles off Ballycastle in Northeast Ireland and 16 miles from the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. There are regular sailings from Ballycastle to the island which is eight miles long and less than one mile wide.


Dunluce Castle


Dunluce Park is separated from the mainland by a deep chasm crossed by a narrow bridge. It was the former stronghold of the McDonnells, the Lords of the isles.




Some of the most amazing beaches in the world are a few minutes from the cottage. From the rugged stretch at Whitepark Bay, to White Rocks beach, Portrush, world famous for its surfers year round ( surf gear available for hire peak season), or Portballintrae strand, with its fabulous sand dunes there is a beach for everyone- what we cannot guarantee is the weather!



There are a number of excellent golf courses within easy travelling distance of the cottage.





Horse Riding

Horse riding is available at a number of venues nearby including the Island Equestrian Centre near Coleraine.



Fish and tackle and permits are available in Bushmills. Or just get a little net and let the children try their luck in the rockpools!



Eating and Drinking

Bushmills has a wide range of good restaurants from the local chippy (fish and chip shop), to the awarded Bushmills Inn and Distillers Arms. The nearest pubs, Smugglers Inn,  serves food and has traditional music at weekends and the Nook at the Causeway is a great place for good food and a pint/ coffee before or after your bracing walk! High tea is also available in the Causeway Hotel. Portrush, the other direction also offers great dining experiences including the unbeatable Ramore Winebar.

If you want to cook in the well equipped kitchen there are all the shops you need in local Bushmills . (Larger supermarkets are in Coleraine c 10 miles). Alternatively we have a selection of local menus if you want to relax and order a take away!

The Old Bushmills Distillery is the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery. It was granted its licence to distill whiskey in 1608 and is well worth a tour- allocate a driver before you begin!
If none of the above takes your fancy, why don’t you just rest, relax by the fire or in the garden (season dependent!) and read a good book or admire the view!

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