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WATCH: This Slick Video Shows The Ultimate Causeway Coastal Route For A Weekend Getaway

By Sarah

August 22, 2017 at 10:55am

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We're nearing the end of the summer (we know, it's depressing), so why not make one last weekend trip to round off your glory days?

If you've never explored the stunning Causeway Coastal route up North then now is the time to do it. 

Majestic castles, haunting sea caves and giant footsteps… A new film from Tourism Ireland urges potential visitors around the world to discover this legendary journey around Northern Ireland’s coast, and after once glance at the footage we are SO down to do this route.

Look how incredible it is up there...

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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