Take a helicopter ride over the Giant’s Causeway. Don’t pass up an opportunity to view the Giants Causeway, the Carrick-a-rede Ropebridge, Dunluce Castle, Portrush and the Mussenden Temple from the air.
Okay it is pricey at £125 but it is an hour-long trip and well worth every penny, if you get a fine sunny day. Beyond spectacular, there are not enough superlatives that would actually do justice to this coastline, Binevenagh Head with the freshwater lake on top, Portrush and White Rocks Beach and Rathlin Island and Scotland away off in the distance.
You can even stop off and have lunch in the Bushmill’s Inn, visit the distillery and get picked up later.
Cutting Edge Helicopters also do shorter 30 minute trips up and over Lough Foyle and Binevenagh Head or out and around Inishowen Peninsula with its miles of sandy beaches and hidden coves for just £99.
But if either of those are too expensive or you have no head for heights for you might consider a cheaper alternative which is the scenic train ride which hugs the coastline from Derry to Coleraine passing by Benone Strand and around Binevenagh Head with onward bus connection to the Giant’s Causeway for just £15 midweek (or £11 on Sunday), which includes unlimited travel for the day. This means you can hop on and hop off for sightseeing, a swim or lunch. This train line was described by Michael Palin, who knows about these things, as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world.
Cheaper yet, take a walk across the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, built by fishermen to serve a small island off the coast, then walk down to the water and view the basalt columns up close.