You've probably heard of the Causeway Coastal Route – it's one of the most scenic drives in the world. But Ulster, Ireland's northernmost province, saves some stunners for people who aren't afraid to get off the tourist path. Way, way off the tourist path.
Adam Stewart, owner of Flat Cap Adventurers
Where is Ulster?
Ulster is one of the four historic provinces of Ireland.
Located in the northern-most part of the country, Ulster includes the 6 counties of Northern Ireland, as well as 4 counties in the Republic of Ireland.
Ulster Ireland Travel Tips
The Giant's Causeway and entire Causeway Coastal Route are among the most popular spots in Ulster.
From the town of Ballycastle, and other spots along the coastal route, you can see Rathlan Island and, on a very clear day, Scotland.
Among the old fishing villages is Ballantoy, which became well known when the harbour was used as a setting for Game of Thrones.
The most scenic train ride in Ireland is along the Causeway Coast from Coleraine to Derry, passing underneath Mussenden Temple.
If you only want to drive the Causeway Coast and stop at a few places you need to plan a full day. But you should really plan to stay longer to fully explore this incredible area.
A terrific central base for touring the Causeway Coastal route is Bushmills. Known for its whiskey – Bushmills is the oldest continually operating distillery in Ireland – the village is an area of conservation.
Flat Cap Adventurers
Get off the tourist trail and visit places most people never see.
Adam's tours will take you off road and into places where you will only see sheep – and amazing scenery.
In the Sperrin Mountains Adam will take you to visit a shepherd to learn about sheep farming.
Check out podcast episode 97 with Jamese McCloy, a 4th generation shepherd in the Sperrin Mountains.
On the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal you can experience a famine village, take a heart -pounding ride to the top of a mountain, and see seals on beaches that only a 4×4 can reach.
3 Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary
The Point Bar at Magilligan for a meal at the end of the Inishowen 100
Cross Lough Foyle on the ferry from Magilligan to Greencastle.