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Bushmills, Northern Ireland
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Giants Causeway


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The quaint village of Bushmills is a great base for families touring Northern Ireland's County Antrim. It's conveniently located and offers a distinct old world experience. Explore Dunluce Castle, the most romantic of Irish castles. Stroll the streets of Bushmills and take in the local architecture. Pause along the Bush River and spot silver-bodied salmon. Tour Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland's oldest working distillery. Spend a half day at Giant's Causeway, a great natural wonder and one of Northern Ireland's most noted landmarks. Test your nerve at the swinging rope bridge called Carrick-a-Rede. Leave the car behind - bike, walk or ride.
Getting There
Bushmills is located in Northern Ireland's Country Antrim and is situated between Portrush and Ballycastle. The nearest airports are in Belfast, 60 miles or 97 km to the south, and Dublin, 175 miles or 280 km away. UlsterBus and the seasonal Antrim Coaster Bus Service connect Bushmills with several North Coast sights and destinations including Portrush, Ballintoy, Dunluce Castle and Giants Causeway. The bus and rail service between Bushmills and Belfast is roughly 2 hours and requires at least one change. The service between Bushmills and Dublin is over 5 hours and requires more than one transfer. Traveling from Greencastle? Take the ferry to Magilligan. Not only will it reduce your travel time by roughly 1 hour, it will add adventure to the trip.
Getting Around
The Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway connect the two in summer. Bushmills is on the Coastal Coast Cycling Route and Causeway Coast Way, two of Northern Ireland's most notable trails. The Coastal Coast Cycling Route is a 23-mile bike route on quiet roads and traffic-free cycle paths. Its endpoints are in Castlerock and Giants Causeway. The Causeway Coast Way is a 33-mile waymarked hiking trail from Portstewart to Ballycastle. The 11 mile (18 km) trek from Carrick-a-Rede to Giants Causeway is one of the most notable sections of the trail. The Ordnance Survey grid reference is C952452.
When to Travel
The climate of Northern Ireland is temperate marine and the one certainty about the weather is variability. The average annual temperature range is 16° C or 28° F. It rains, on average, more than 200 days a year. It's possible to experience a multitude of seasons in single day. The warmest months are June through August with an average high temperature of 18° C or 64 ° F. The coldest months are January and February with an average low of 2° C or 36° F. The driest months are April and May, the wettest December and January. Pack for all seasons in summer and plan to dress in layers whether traveling in June or January.
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Things to Keep in Mind
An overnight in Bushmills is ideal for family travelers that put premium on small, old world charm and are don't mind a car trip to see sights and attractions.
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