Torr Head

Take a scenic drive to see the rugged coastline and the dramatic contrast of the bright green pastures and the blue Irish Sea.

Protruding from the northern coast of Ireland is the rugged headland of Torr Head. Follow the road around this headland to see rural Ireland and its dramatic coastline.

The nearest tourist information center is in Ballycastle, about 20 minutes to the west of Torr Head, but people in Cushendun, on the southern tip of the headlands, can also give you directions. While in these small coastal towns, buy a picnic lunch or enjoy a restaurant meal, because there are no shops or facilities on Torr Head.

As you drive past cliffs, grazing cattle and ancient cairns, you will visit Loughan Bay, Carnaneigh Mountain and the Tornamoney Valley. This valley is of historic significance to the people of Ireland as it’s home to the sixth-century ruins of Altagore Cashel, a former stone fort. Admire the high walls and see the remnants of a staircase.

The road around Torr Head is narrow and follows the Irish Sea, so the views are consistently impressive .On a clear day you can see across the water to Scotland, just 15 miles (24 kilometers) away. Stop at a lookout to breathe in the coastal air and see the waves crashing over the rocks beneath you. Watch sea birds dart in and out of the ocean, catching fish for their young.

Torr Head is a 13-mile (21-kilometer) detour from the A2 Highway, northeast of Belfast, which is at least one hour away by car. A return trip could take all day if you want to stop at the charming towns and various lookout points. Taking the bus to the area is possible, but you won’t be able to appreciate it at its fullest if you can’t disembark at the attractions. The area is prone to strong winds, so don’t get too close to the cliff edges.

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