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Causeway Coastal Route Itinerary

Overview

 

Starting in the beautiful Belfast City, this Causeway Coastal Route itinerary will take you across the stunning sights and landscapes in Northern Ireland. From coasts to castles, follow this dream-worthy driving holiday through areas of outstanding natural beauty, quaint towns, and world-renowned UNESCO heritage sites. Along the way, you will meet the local people who add a magical touch to this itinerary.

Are you ready for a dreamy Causeway Coastal route adventure?

Duration

7

Days

Distance

203

Miles

Start/end - nearest depot

Belfast - Derry / LondonderryBunk Campers Belfast

Map Route

  • 1

    Belfast

    Bunk Campers Belfast Depot- Carrickfergus

    Distance: 18.4 miles

    Duration: Approx. 40 minutes

  • 2

    Carrickefergus

    Carrickfergus – Ballycastle

    Distance: 50.9 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 10 minutes

  • 3

    Ballycastle

    Ballycastle – Portstewart

    Distance: 20.8 miles

    Duration: Approx. 36 minutes

  • 4 - 5

    Portstewart

    Portstewart – Derry/ Londonderry

    Distance: 35.7 miles

    Duration: Approx. 57 minutes

  • 6

    Derry

    Derry/ Londonderry

     

  • 7

    Back to the Belfast Depot

    Derry – Belfast

    Distance: 77 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hour 43 minutes

Trip Details

Day 1. Belfast

After collecting your Bunk Camper from the Belfast depot, take a short drive into Belfast City and explore a place filled with love, hope and history.

Visit the world-famous Titanic Museum and explore the 9 interactive galleries that re-tell the story of the Titanic.

Why not take a Black Taxi Tour and learn about the history of the Northern Ireland Troubles and view the distinct political murals along the Falls and Shankill Road.

Belfast also has a wide range of walking tours including the Belfast Murals Tour, Crumlin Road Gaol Tour and The Troubles Walking Tour.

Not far from Belfast City Centre, you will find Cavehill County Park. This 6km loop has a mountain climb of 300 meters. From the top, you can enjoy stunning 360-degree views of Belfast.

From Cavehill take a short drive to Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park for your first campsite stay in Northern Ireland.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park

    On the edge of Belfast Lough, you will find Loughshore Caravan Park.

    The beautiful campsite has a secured landscaped area with individual electric, water, and drainage hook-ups. The facilities include toilets, showers, a laundry area, chemical disposal points, free Wi-Fi, and more.

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  • That's good to know...

    Belfast is small in size, but large in beauty. Walking is the best way to get around in the inner city. Park your motorhome at the campsite and take off into the city centre to explore Belfast on foot.

    The weather can be unpredictable. We recommend always being prepared and packing sunglasses, an umbrella and a jacket. You can often expect four seasons in one day in Northern Ireland, and it’s good to be ready for any weather.

     

  • You can also visit...

    This vibrant city is never short of places to explore. During your time in Belfast, stop off and explore the areas that interest you the most.  If you’re visiting between Friday and Sunday, you might want to head to St George’s Market, for great tasting food and local gifts.

    You might want to visit the grounds of Queens University, Botanic Gardens, and The Ulster Museum. For food, nightlife and some good ‘craic’ head to the Cathedral Quarter area in Belfast City Centre.

Culture, History & Scenic Views

Activites & Things To Do

Day 2. Carrickfergus

Enjoy a slow-paced morning, waking up in the gorgeous town area of Jordanstown. Cook a tasty breakfast in your motorhome and enjoy it while overlooking Belfast Loch.

Alternatively, if you want to eat out for breakfast, why not head to a local restaurant and order an ‘Ulster Fry’, a traditional cooked breakfast in Northern Ireland.  Make sure to taste the potato and soda bread, it’s a delicious family favourite in Northern Ireland.

After breakfast, drive towards Carrickfergus and visit Carrickfergus Castle, a Norman castle that played an important military role until 1928.

An iconic, and somewhat hidden gem, located close to Carrickfergus is The Gobbins Cliff Path. Experience a thrilling world, where bridges will carry you over crashing waves to caves and the cliff edges. Your guided Gobbins tour will take you on a hike along the cliffs to overlook the stunning Irish Sea.

Drive to Carnfunnock Caravan Park and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Antrim coast from your next campsite.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Carnfunnock Caravan Park

    Carnfunnock Caravan Park is located within Carnfunnock County Park. The caravan park has 31 standing pitches.

    Facilities include single toilets, shower, family wash room, baby changing, laundry, chemical disposal point and recycling facilities.

    The campsite also has a visitor centre with a coffee shop, gift shop, children’s activity centre, outdoor games, face painting, family zone and lots more.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    Carrickfergus is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. Around 30,000 people live in the town, and it is a popular destination to visit outside of Belfast.

    If you are planning to visit the Gobbins Cliff Path please note that is a physically challenging walk. A moderate living of fitness is required. The path is 5km long and is narrow, with narrorw and uneven steps.

  • You can also visit...

    Carrickfergus has plenty of activities in and around its surrounding areas. You might also want to visit Marine Gardens and the Carrickfergus Marina.

    Why not head to Billy Andy bar/restaurant and enjoy an open log and peat fire while you eat and drink.

Dramatic coastal walks

Activites & Things To Do

Day 3. Ballycastle

After spending the night at Carnfunnock Country Park, enjoy a relaxing morning and go at your own pace to discover the activities surrounding Carnfunnock such as the maze, large play parks, and scenic trails.

Set off on the drive towards Ballycastle, stopping along the way to take in the beautiful coastal scenery.

Visit the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, a must-see destination in Northern Ireland that provides a unique experience above the sea.

If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones, then this is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the filming locations from the hit TV show. Visit the Dark Hedges or get involved with the Game of Thrones Tour which will take you to all the significant places to experience the true Game of Thrones culture!

Ballycastle is filled with quirky beaches. Why not take time to explore the beaches and enjoy fresh air on your skin.

Several bars and restaurants surround the stunning town of Ballycastle. Head out for food and live music in the famous O’Connor bar, or browse until you find a restaurant that suits you best.

Stay overnight at Watertop Farm. A family farm in the Glens of Antrim.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Watertop Farm

    Watertop farm is a relaxing campsite in the rural area of Northern Ireland. The campsite is home to its own waterfall and river walks. Located just a 10-minute drive outside of Ballycastle, it is the perfect night’s rest away from the hustle of city life.

    Facilities include toilets, showers, disposal points, water refills, and a kid’s play area.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    Ballycastle is a small seaside town in County Antrim. It is a popular tourist spot, attracting people from across Northern Ireland and beyond.

    The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge spans 20 meters and is 30 meters above the rocks below. The bridge was first built in 1755 to help salmon fishing. Now, it is a protected National Trust site.

    Try our Game of Thrones 7-day driving route here.

     

     

  • You can also visit...

    With so much more to explore, why not spend an extra day and visit Kinbane Castle, Ballintoy Harbour, Fair Head, and Murlough Bay. And with our stay longer, pay less discount, you can extend your motorhome holiday to see all the sights and save money.

     

Unique Experience Above The Sea

Activites & Things To Do

Day 4-5. Portstewart, Portrush and Bushmills

Over the next two days, get ready to explore three stunning areas, all in close proximity to each other. Portstewart, Portrush and Bushmills are all filled with adventure adding two days of exploration and fun to your Causeway Coastal adventure.

After a warm breakfast, enjoy a slow-paced morning and then start the drive from Ballycastle to Portstewart.

In this area, you will find the mighty Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Northern Ireland’s most famous attractions.

Head towards Bushmills and visit the Old Bushmills Distillery for a unique whiskey-tasting experience. This famous distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world!

Dunluce Castle ruins are located nearby and will be signposted with brown road signs. The Castle is perched dramatically on the cliffs overlooking the sea and amusement park.

Drive from Portrush to Portstewart and enjoy the town’s amusement park for another holiday thrill.

At this part of your holiday, you will find some of the best beaches. Don’t miss the opportunity to get out, explore, and feel the sand, and seawater, between your toes.

Located at Benone beach, is the famous and extremely picturesque Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne.

Stay overnight in Portstewart at Juniper Hill Caravan Park.

 

 

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Juniper Hill Caravan Park

    Juniper Hill Caravan Park offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Located between the coastal towns of Portstewart and Portrush, Juniper Hill Caravan Park is the perfect nights rest.

    Facilites inlcude free Wi-Fi, showers on site, recreation hall, indoor games, food shop, children’s play area, washing & drying facilities, games and sports area.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    Portstewart is known for it’s stunning waterfront promenade and scenic coastal paths.

    Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne is an 18th century coastal estate with stunning gardens and gothic lodge. Perched on the cliff edge, it is a must-see destination on the Causeway Coastal Route.

    The Giant’s Causeway is over 40,000 basalt columns, formed over 60 million years ago. Make sure to tick this  must-see destination off your bucket-list.

  • You can also visit...

    At this point of your Causeway Coastal Route journey you might want to visit Torr Head, Murlough Bay, Coleraine and Downhill Strand.

UNESCO sites & the world's oldest distillery

Activites & Things To Do

Day 6. Derry/ Londonderry

After your days exploring the coast, it’s time to follow the coastal route toward the vibrant city of Derry/Londonderry. Known locally as one of the most historical cities in Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and warm and welcoming people.

Head towards the city’s historic walls, which date back to the 17th century and are some of the best-preserved fortifications in Europe. To get the most out of the experience, why not enjoy a guided tour.

Derry/Londonderry is also home to a range of museums, galleries, and cultural institutions, including the Tower Museum, the Museum of Free Derry, and the Guildhall Gallery. These institutions offer visitors a unique insight into the city’s history, art, and culture.

If you are a fan of the hit TV show ‘Derry Girls‘ then you should stop and visit the amazing mural!!

Stay at Juniper Hill Caravan Park for your second night.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Juniper Hill Caravan Park

    Juniper Hill Caravan Park offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Located between the coastal towns of Portstewart and Portrush, Juniper Caravan Park is the perfect night’s rest for the final night of your causeway coastal adventure.

    Facilities include free Wi-Fi, showers on site, a recreation hall, indoor games, a food shop, a children’s play area, washing & drying facilities, games and a sports area.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    The Derry Peace Bridge was first opened in 2011 and it connects Ebrington Square with the rest of the city centre. The bridge symbolises a handshake of peace across the River Foyle and the wider Northern Ireland landscape.

    In the city, you can discover over 400 years of history by walking the streets, visiting the museums and talking to the local people.

  • You can also visit...

    Experience the joy of traditional trad music at Peadar’s bar. From stories to laughter, this bar has all the qualities of Derry/ Londonderry.

Historic Buildings

Activites & Things To Do

Day 7. Back to Belfast

The last day of your Causeway Coastal Itinerary and unfortunately it’s time to return your motorhome to the Belfast depot.

The journey from Derry to Belfast is an easy drive. Stop along the way when you find a nature spot you love.

It’s approximately a 1-hour 43-minute drive from Derry to Belfast, so make sure to leave plenty of time to enjoy the drive at a slow pace.

After a warm breakfast, you can take the A6 and follow the road back to Belfast.

Goodbyes are never easy and parting with your motorhome after a great holiday can be sad.

Ready to explore other areas of Northern Ireland? With our stay longer discount, you can enjoy a longer motorhome holiday at a discounted rate.

Don’t forget, your Bunk Campers rental comes with unlimited mileage so you can travel far and wide without worrying about mileage intake.

So, where to next? Check out our other UK & Ireland-wide itineraries below.

  • Before You Return

    Make sure you take all your personal belongings with you at the end of your holiday. Please ensure that you return your Bunk Camper with the same level of fuel as when you collected it. Don’t forget to empty the waste tank before the campervan is returned.

The Drive Back To The Depot

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Know before you go...

Pet Friendly Holiday

Bring your furry friend along for the holiday. You can take up to two pets in your Bunk Camper, and trust us, they will love it!

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What's included with my rental?

For your comfort and convenience, your rental comes with a kitchen kit, unlimited mileage & more.

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Responsible Motorhoming

Your holiday is all about freedom and fun, and  it’s also important to recongise the importance of responsible motorhoming.

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Holiday Checklist

Holiday Checklist

To help you get on the road, we’ve created the ultimate holiday checklist. We supply the basics and offer optional extras, but there’s a few items  you should remember to pack.

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