Sample the secrets of the Causeway Coast
Whether you're a regular visitor or a first-time day-tripper, there's so much to explore in this breathtaking landscape.
As well as looking after Northern Ireland's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Trust takes care of over 100 miles of Northern Ireland's coastline, ensuring that these unique landscapes remain places that our children and grandchildren can enjoy.
The Causeway Coast and Glens is an exceptional place to live, visit and enjoy. These are just six of the must see secrets it holds:
Legend has it that the ghost of colonel John McNeill haunts the waters of Loughareema. He drowned here in 1898. The waters, known locally as the 'vanishing lake' are ghostly too - there are here one day and gone the next.
Murlough Bay is a secluded inlet between Fair Head and Torr Head on the Antrim Coast. Known as Northern Ireland’s tallest cliff face, Fair Head rises 600 feet above sea level. Highly regarded as a rock-climbing location, Fair Head is believed to be the biggest expanse of climbable rock in either Ireland or Britain. At Murlough Bay, look up and you may well see birds of prey, like buzzards and peregrine falcons hovering over their prey.
Legend has it that the 13th step of the friary's stairs was cursed after a nun slipped on it and fell to her death. She is buried in the cemetery, as is the warrior, Sorley Boy McDonnell, Earl of Ulster. If haunted ruins aren't your thing, cross the road for a round of golf at Ballycastle Golf Course or even try some mini golf, run by the local council.
Get off the beaten track and visit the historic ruins of Dunseverick Castle. Dunseverick Harbour's rock pools shelter fascinating sea creatures. Nearby, a waterfall drops directly into the sea.
Look closely at this geological Area of special Scientific Interest - it's one of the most exciting beach systems in Ireland with a combination of very strong waves and natural history. The strand is beside the Lissanduff Earthworks, bronze age structures used for ceremonial use and believed to connect this world to the next.
Manannan Mac Lir
Legend has it that Manannan Mac Lir, a sea deity in Irish mythology, was connected through mists with other worlds, where souls journeyed into the after-life.