The Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim area is renowned for its wonderful coastlines and unique natural beauty and is justifiably famous for its UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant’s Causeway. The area also includes three designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, nine glens including Glenariff the ‘Queen of the Glens’, the causeway coastal driving route, lush forest parks, secluded coastal tracks and numerous quaint fishing villages.
This area is very popular for cycling because of its spectacular scenery, quiet roads and challenging climbs.
Tom Cooper, Author of Cycle Touring in Ireland commented on the area saying
“September is one of my favourite times for cycling through the Causeway Coast and Glens. The Coast Road itself is one of the world’s great shoreline routes. At that time of year the traffic is lighter, allowing you to enjoy the challenging climbs up through the Glens away from the coast, and the exhilarating descents that follow. High on the Antrim plateau, the air is cool and the hillsides are already touched by the golden colours of autumn. In good weather the views across the blue waters of the North Channel to the Scottish islands beyond are wonderful.”
Ballycastle is the location of the events start and finish point, it is a small rural seaside town placed on the most north-easterly tip of county Antrim with a good range of bars, restaurants and shops. There is also lots of accommodation in the area itself and the surrounding area catering for a range of needs, good transport links and a wide range of other things to see and do.