Top 3 Spins In NI For The Easter Break
06 April 2019
NI is home to some fantastic areas of outstanding natural beauty. So this Easter, fancy getting out on the open road and getting some fresh air? Why not try one of our top picks - and make sure you've downloaded the Drive soundtrack before you go!
1. The Mournes Coastal Scenic Drive
One of the best views of the Mourne Mountains is from Tyrella Beach, where you can watch the Mournes majestically sweep down to meet the Irish Sea. This wide, flat, sandy beach is a small enclosed dune complex within Dundrum Bay. It offers a car free zone and off beach parking, so is a great place to start your day out with a stroll along the sand.
From here, follow winding roads and you’ll soon reach the seaside buzz of Newcastle where you can enjoy a walk along the prom and a quick trip to Maud’s for some ice-cream. Then, start the Mournes Coastal Scenic Drive, which passes Bloody Bridge and Maggies Leap until you reach Annalong.
Drive for a further 5 miles or so and you’ll get to Kilkeel and continue along your route and enjoy some fantastic views of the Mournes which will take you through Carlingford Lough, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and Newry.
2. Torr Head Causeway Coast Route
The Torr Scenic Route offers spectacular views of the north channel of Scotland and the Mull of Kintyre as well as the old ruined buildings below Torr, formerly a custom house and an old lookout station which recorded the passage of ships in the 1800’s.
Starting at Ballycastle, the route will take you through to Cushendun, following the coast, before climbing upwards to Greenamore Mountain and over to Torr Head. Expect to see roaring tides and narrow roads which make for a stunning drive through the natural landscape. The roads are extremely narrow in places, so be advised to be extra cautious, as there are some steep inclines, but with gorgeous views like this, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Scenic Sperrin Driving Route
National Geographic have commended the spectacular driving routes around the Sperrin Mountains for their “wild beauty, ideal trails and dreamy villages” and even included them in their list of 101 scenic drives. There are four routes to choose from - North, South, East and Central - each offering their own unique ancient landmarks and excellent views but one of our favourites is the South route.
From Strabane, travel to Newtownstewart to begin your journey and make time for a stop at the Ulster American Folk Park, home to traditional thatched houses and a full scale replica of a an emigrant ship, which tell the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th century. This route will take you to picnic site Pigeon Top where you can take in panoramic views of Omagh.
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