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Video: Exploring Northern Ireland's stunning Causeway Coastal Route

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Northern Ireland’s coast is a fantastic region to explore by road, your window view will never be boring and provides the ultimate road trip.

Just jump in your car and discover hidden gems, geological wonders of the world, secluded bays and real-life fantasy locations, just a short drive from Belfast.

This is the Causeway Coastal Route, a 4-day itinerary that will bring you to majestic cliff-top castles, sea bridges swaying high above the ocean and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Here's a few facts about the Causeway Coastal Route:

 

– The Giant’s Causeway was formed over 60 million years ago, when molten lava from the earth’s core came into contact with the sea, crystallising into the 40,000 hexagonal basalt pillars we recognise today.

– The Cushendun Caves were used as a filming location for HBO’s Game of Thrones®. You’ll recognise them from the scene where Melisandre gave birth to a shadowy creature that would eventually kill Renly Baratheon.

– Rathlin Island is the most northerly inhabited island in Ireland – it’s also home to colonies of seabirds, and a curious ‘upside-down’ lighthouse that glows red at night.

– Overlooking Downhill Beach, Mussenden Temple was once used as a private library. It’s modelled after the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. Oh, and did we mention they carry out wedding ceremonies here?

– Leading to Carrick Island, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge was initially set up by salmon fishermen who wanted to make use of the abundant waters around the rocky outcrop.

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