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Top Choice Landmark in The Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

This spectacular rock formation – Northern Ireland's only Unesco World Heritage site – is one of Ireland's most impressive and atmospheric landscape features, a vast expanse of regular, closely packed, hexagonal sto…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Rathlin Island

Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre

This Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) centre offers spectacular views of a thriving seabird colony, where every summer thousands of puffins can be seen. It's located at Rathlin's upside-down west lig…
Top Choice Bridge in Ballintoy

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

This 20m-long, 1m-wide bridge of wire rope spans the chasm between the sea cliffs and the little island of Carrick-a-Rede, swaying 30m above the rock-strewn water. Crossing the bridge is perfectly safe, but frighten…
Top Choice Cafe in County Antrim

The Bank House

Cafe, gift shop, art school and more, the Bank House is a social hub for the residents of tiny Whitehead. Located in a former bank (clue in the name), you're guaranteed a warm welcome from Sinead and her team, some …
Top Choice Irish in Larne

Billy Andy's

In a bucolic setting 7km southwest of Larne, this 19th-century country pub with open log and peat fires, low ceilings, and live traditional music on Saturday afternoons rewards a detour, not least for its fine gastr…
Top Choice Pub in Cushendall

McCollam's

Locally known as Johnny Joe's, this rhubarb-coloured pub is the town's liveliest. The original ground-floor bar was built in the 1800s; behind it is a tiny lounge dominated by an old range cooker. There are regular …
Top Choice Bakery in Ballycastle

Ursa Minor

Specialising in sourdough and friands (sweet almond cakes), Ursa Minor is the kind of bakery-cafe you might hope to find in a hip Sydney suburb rather than the seaside town of Ballycastle. When Dara and Ciara Ó Hart…
Top Choice Irish in Bushmills

Bushmills Inn

Set in the old 17th-century stables of the Bushmills Inn, this haven has intimate wooden booths and blazing fires, and uses fresh local produce in dishes like Atlantic seafood chowder, wild Irish venison and traditi…
Top Choice Pub in Ballymena

Crosskeys Inn

Dating from 1654, Ireland's oldest thatched pub is an absolute treasure, with tiny, antique-filled rooms, a crackling turf fire, the best Guinness for miles around and fabulous craic. Live traditional music plays ev…
Top Choice Fish & Chips in Ballycastle

Morton's Fish & Chips

Fish and chips don't come fresher: local boats unload their daily catch right alongside this little harbourside hut. The cod, haddock, scallops, scampi and crab cakes along with chips made from locally farmed potato…