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What to see by car: Belfast
The coastal area in County Antrim offers an abundance of attractions to the
visitor willing to explore the area by car.
The Giant's Causeway is a group of 37,000 black basalt columns deposited along
the best known stretch of Antrim's coast and one of Ireland's top tourist attractions.
One of the legends is that the columns were used as stepping stones for Fionn
MacCumhaill, a mythical Irish giant, to see his lover in Straffa, just off the
coast of Scotland. Also along the coast are several large caves, including the
massive Portcoon Cave. Along the coast road, there are many quaint villages
and towns that are well worth stopping for.
The Giant's Ring is a massive prehistoric earthwork, 8kms from Belfast's city
centre, in County Down. The enclosure is vast - nearly 200 meters in diameter
and covering three hectares. At its centre is an ancient tomb called the Druid's
Altar, dating from around 4,000 BC.
Perched precariously on a cliff top between Portrush and the Giant's Causeway
lies Dunluce Castle, one of the most magnificent ruins in Ireland. The ruins
are from a 14th century castle built by Scottish settlers. For adventurers,
there is a narrow path that leads down to some caves.
Old Bushmills Distillery, on the outskirts of Bushmill town, is the oldest
legal whiskey distillery in the world, built in 1608. The distillery tours are
well worth their time, and outline the history and technology of the distillery
- at the end of the tour, it is possible to have 'a wee dram'.
For an adrenaline rush, try walking across the rope bridge linking Carrick-a-rede
island and Ballintoy. This rope bridge hangs 25 meters above the sea and is
secure enough to carry 100,000 visitors annually, but is not for the faint-hearted.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Days Hotel Belfast
Travelodge Belfast Central
Radisson SAS Belfast
Jurys Belfast Inn
Holiday Inn Belfast
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