Camp among spectacular coastal scenery and lush glens, try adventure sports and see Game of Thrones locations.
County Antrim has some of Northern Ireland’s best scenery, with the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route drive taking in highlights like the unique basalt rock formations at the Giant’s Causeway, the romantic ruins of 16h-century castle Dunluce Castle, and golden strands like Portstewart and Downhill Beach. Along the way you can explore some of the nine green Glens of Antrim, with forest parks, river walks and woodlands, or take a ferry to Rathlin Island to see the bird sanctuary. With golf, surfing, watersports, heritage sites, and Game of Thrones filming locations, it’s a popular holiday spot with great camping options, on the coast or inland.
This one of the world’s most scenic drives—with the lush green Glens of Antrim on one side and dramatic coastal scenery on the other. Visit heritage villages like Cushendall and Cushendun, test your wits at the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, marvel at the ruins of Dunluce Castle, or climb on the unique rock formations at the Giant’s Causeway, with scenic camping options all along the way.
Some of the filming locations in County Antrim that were used in the hit HBO series are beautiful in real life—check out the beech trees known as the Dark Hedges near Stranocum, or the golden sands at Downhill Beach which was Dragonstone. Ballintoy Harbour was used for Pyke and the Iron Islands, while Cushendun Caves were used in scenes for The Stormlands.
There are nine glens of Antrim, a series of lush green valleys with rivers, forests and waterfalls, set along the Causeway Coast. Drop into Glenarm Castle to stroll the walled garden or woodlands, or visit the tearoom. There are camping pods overlooking Glenarm Castle grounds. Glenariff Forest Park also has beautiful woodland walks plus a nature reserve, and waterfalls. The forest park has camping pitches for vehicles (but not tents).
If you’re looking for the amenities of a seaside resort town, or to take in some golf or surfing, check out Portrush or Portstewart. Here you can take long walks along golden beaches, test your skills against the waves, or enjoy the links courses at Royal Portrush Golf Club. There are bars, restaurants and ice-cream shops to relax in, plus surf schools and watersports centres for sea kayaking or paddleboarding. There are lots of camping options around both towns, with a mix of vehicle pitches, grass pitches for tents and glamping.
Rathlin Island is an inhabited island, six miles north of Ballycastle. There’s a passenger ferry (cars are restricted) and the island is a bird sanctuary, in particular for puffins. Learn more at Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre at the lighthouse. Make it a day trip or stay overnight and explore by foot or by bicycle. You need permission from a landowner to camp.