1. Dunseverick Castle
Dunseverick Castle is a wonderful part of Ireland's medieval history. Though what's left is only a small part of the original structure, it provides a glimpse of the imposing castle that once stood upon the cliff. Aside from the castle itself there are many walks close by and the stunning views can extend as far as Scottish shores on clear days. We recommend you bring a good pair of shoes and enjoy the beauty and history that the North Coast has to offer.
Dunseverick Castle is situated just 5 minutes drive east of the Giant's Causeway, near the small village of Dunseverick. To reach the castle, simply continue down the Causeway Road after passing the Giant's Causeway; there will be signposts for Dunseverick Castle and parking on the left side of the road.
The Causeway Cliff Path walk also runs past the castle site as it makes its way to Dunseverick Harbour.
2. Portbradden Harbour
Portbradden Harbour is an often overlooked gem on the North Coast. It consists of a tiny hamlet of houses that were once occupied by salmon fishermen, a small harbour and St. Gobban's Church. St. Gobban's is considered to be the smallest church in Ireland.
Portbradden is adored by locals for its picturesque views and its traditional feel. Parking is extremely limited so do factor this in if visiting on a busier day during the summer months.
There is also an amazing walking route from the Harbour - follow the path via the little wooden gate on the left for a fun exploration trail the whole family will love.
To access Portbradden Harbour, follow the Whitepark Road from Bushmills. Before you reach Whitepark Bay you'll see signs for Portbradden, which will be on your left.
3. Mussenden Temple
Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean, offering spectacular views over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point (to the west) and County Donegal and Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head (to the east).
Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. The area is excellent for walks and picnics, has wheelchair access and allows dogs (although they must be kept on a lead).
Downhill Demesne & Mussenden Temple can be reached by following the Coleraine to Downhill coast road (A2). Head from Coleraine, following signs for Castlerock/Downhill. Continue beyond Castlerock; after a few minutes you'll see the impressive entrance and parking on your right. Continuing down this road will take you to the Downhill Beach, another beautiful place to stop.