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County Antrim

Getting there & around

Translink (9066 6630; www.translink.co.uk) operates several bus services specially designed for tourists visiting the popular Antrim coast and Giant’s Causeway areas.

The Antrim Coaster (bus 252) links Coleraine with Larne (£8, three hours, two daily Monday to Saturday) via Portstewart, Port­rush, Bushmills, the Giant’s Causeway, Ballycastle and the Glens of Antrim. One bus a day continues to/from Belfast’s Europa BusCentre (£8, four hours), departing Belfast at 9am and Larne at 10.05am and 3pm. South-bound buses leave Coleraine at 9.50am and 3.40pm. A Sunday service operates from July to September only.

From July to mid-September the Causeway Rambler (bus 402) links Bushmills Distillery and Carrick-a-Rede (£4, 25 minutes, seven daily) via the Giant’s Causeway, White Park Bay and Ballintoy. The ticket allows unlimited travel in both directions for one day.

In July and August only, the Bushmills Bus 177, an open-topped (weather permitting) double-decker, runs from Coleraine to the Giant’s Causeway (one way/day return £3/4.50, one hour, four daily) via Portstewart, Portrush, Dunluce Castle, Portballintrae and Bushmills Distillery.