We love to see our designer-makers take inspiration from the area and it’s amazing how beautifully Lauren from LJK Designs has captured these iconic attractions on The Causeway Coast. We really recommend you to check out her Instagram account to see all her amazing illustrations if you haven’t yet. This collection is available exclusively in The Designerie.
With spring fast approaching and the days getting longer, hopefully the weather is on the turn for the better. Whether it's a day trip or a weekend getaway, there are plenty of sights to see along the Causeway Coast.
Voted number 1 Region in the World to visit by Lonely Planet in 2018 the picture-perfect Causeway Coastal Route is waiting for you to discover the raw beauty of the Northern Irish coast - a sight that inspires many of the artists, whose work we feature in The Designerie.
The coastal route is a stunning route to travel around the north coast of Ireland between the cities of Belfast and Derry with nine additional scenic loop drives to be explored by car, cycle or foot.
If you haven't yet seen our previous blog on where to eat, stay, visit and shop when you’re in Bushmills make sure you have a read here, but we thought we’d give you a few ideas on some of the tourist attractions close by that you could visit if you are planning to take on Giant Adventure this spring.
Wherever you being your trip, here are the stops along the Causeway Coast we think you should visit:
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Only a 15-minute car drive from Bushmills, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is a must-see destination. First erected by salmon fishermen in the 18th century, the swaying rope bridge connects Carrick Island and the County Antrim mainland, 30 meters above the ocean.
Why don’t you take a step onto the exhilarating rope bridge for a one of a kind cliff-top experience?
Find out more here.
Inspiration for many, the limestone block and the undulating small boats in Ballintoy Harbour are the perfect stop if you want to take some photos of the Northern Irish coast.
If you are a fan of the hit fantasy TV series Game of Thrones®, you will also recognise the harbour as the docks of the Greyjoy Kingdom of Pyke, in the fictional Iron Islands of Westeros.
Don’t forget to take a one of a kind memento of the picturesque fishing harbour home with you! Call into the Designerie to see Amy Mackle's ceramic wall art of Ballintoy Harbour.
For more information about Ballintoy Harbour, click here.
There is no better way to Embrace A Giant Spirit than making a stop at the Giant’s Causeway. The geological wonder sits at the centre of an Area of Outstanding Beauty and is Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site.
If you’re planning to make a stop here, make sure you are prepared to brave the elements as it can get very windy out there.
On your way back, make sure you call into the Designerie where we have framed art, coasters, tea towels and more depicting the famous Giant’s Causeway.
If you want to find out more about The Giant’s Causeway, click here.
Old Bushmills Distillery
If you love your whiskey, you don’t need to go far as the 400-year-old distillery is waiting for you right here in Bushmills.
For an interesting day our, book a tasting event to experience the rich aromas and full-bodied flavours of Ireland’s oldest working distillery or chose from one of their many tours led by trained whiskey educators and learn about all of the different Bushmills Whiskey brands and see the copper pot stills used to distil this special spirit.
To find out more, click here.
Causeway Foodie Tours
There is no better way to step into Spring than with ‘The Spirit of the Bann’ river whiskey tasting experience. This is the perfect activity to savour the colours and flavours of Spring and celebrate what the beautiful Causeway Coast has to offer!
Award-winning Causeway Coast Foodie Tours are hosting regular whiskey tasting tours along the River Bann, where you can sit back and unwind as you spend the afternoon sampling the finest local whiskey flavours accompanied by an array of tasty award-winning local Slow Food produce.
To find out more about the tours and the dates, click here.
Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple
Just a short drive away from Bushmills you can find one of the most beautiful landmarks of the North Coast: Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple.
It is the perfect spot to explore the dramatic clifftop above the Atlantic Ocean allowing you to enjoy the uninterrupted views of Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.
Although not currently open to visitors, the grand beauty of Mussenden Temple will offer a breathtaking view and countless photo opportunities.
If you’d like to share the beautiful view, make sure you stop by the Designerie to pick up a Flaxfox - Mussenden Temple Postcard and send it to a loved one.
Make the Designerie the first stop on your trip to the Causeway Coast! Our friendly staff are always on hand to give you recommendations, advice and tips on what to visit and a helpful hand in picking out a souvenir representing the beauty of the North Coast!