Northern Ireland’s coastline is one of the UK’s hidden gems, with over two hundred kilometers in the care of the National Trust, much of it within one of only two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beaches are pretty cool, too 😉
The Causeway Coast, on the North Antrim coast, features the world-famous limestone spires that make up the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most recent attractions, such as Shelagh’s Head, Elephant Rock, and the Lion’s Paw, are found at Whiterocks Beach, which also has cavernous caves that may only be visited by sea.
The caves are home to a variety of seabirds and a sought-after hunting ground for falcons.
The wild and untamed Rathlin Island, just twelve miles south of Scotland’s Kintyre peninsula, is located off the north coast.
Rathlin has a population of around seventy people as well as seasonal colonies of Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, and Kittiwakes.
It’s a great place to get away from it all and relax in some serious peace and quiet.
County Londonderry is home to Portstewart, a popular seaside resort situated on the shores of the beautiful Portstewart Strand, which features a two-mile stretch of golden sand backed by dunes.
Another wonderful beach may be found near Castlerock, a peaceful resort community.
The dunes in this region are among Ireland’s oldest and extend upstream to a National Trust bird sanctuary.
Strangford Lough is an island and foreshore in County Down that has long been recognized for its archaeological and historical significance.
The Strangford Lough conservation area, which protects fish traps, kelp grids, shipwrecks, and submerged forests due to the importance of the rich flora, is internationally acknowledged for its biodiversity.