County Antrim



County Antrim, about 15 mi/25 km northwest of Belfast, holds some of Northern Ireland's most beguiling attractions. Among its draws are the Giant's Causeway and the 90-ft-/30-m-tall round tower in Antrim Town, the most perfectly preserved structure of its kind in all of Ireland. The northeastern coast offers a wonderful drive from Larne to Bushmills; if time allows, make a detour through some of the famous Nine Glens of Antrim. Once you arrive in Bushmills, tour the Old Bushmills Distillery (, the oldest in the world. There's free Irish whiskey at the end of the tour. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, northwest of Ballycastle, lies along this route—the 80-ft/24-m drop to the water is particularly unsettling on a windy day. If you are near Ballycastle on the last Monday or Tuesday of August, stop by the Ould Lammas Fair.

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