a castle on the edge of a cliff coastal causeway route
Views of Dunluce Castle, the White Cliffs and Whiterocks near Portrush on the Coastal Causeway. Photo: Chris Hill, Tourism Ireland.

Causeway Coastal Route a Favorite Place for Wildlife

The Causeway Coastal Route, a popular driving destination in Northern Ireland has always been a favorite place for tourists, but recently it was recognized as a favorite destination for wildlife lovers, according to a recent BBC Wildlife magazine poll.

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The Coastal Causeway route in Northern Ireland. Photo: Stefan Schnebelt for Tourism Ireland.


Some of the attractions where visitors will find an abundance of wildlife include the following.

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular attractions on the Coastal Causeway route, its 40,000 interlocking basalt columns being the main feature of this UNESCO heritage site.

The hexagonal stones at the Giant's Causeway. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

It is also home to variety of special species, including the pygmy sorrel moth, one of the world’s smallest moths; the northern colletes bee and the black-tailed skimmer dragonfly, in addition to the narrow-mouthed whorl snail.

The Gobbins

The Gobbins is another popular attraction along the Coastal Causeway route.

The main highlight of a visit there is the 2.5-hour guided Cliff Path Walk.

Gobbins Penguins
Penguins at The Gobbins on the Coastal Causeway route in Northern Ireland. Photo: Stefan Schnebelt, Tourism Ireland.

Some of the highlights include the tubular bridge, an exposed tubular walkway that was built about 32 feet above the ocean; the “aquarium,” which is where the walk bends like an elbow in the Irish Sea below, forming a natural aquarium of seawater; and “Wise’s Eye,” a rock formation that provides access to the most spectacular section of the path.

A number of birds also call The Gobbins home.

They include Guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, and kittiwakes.


The mountainous region of County Derry, in particular the cliffs of Binevenagh, are a wildlife haven.

Binevenagh Mountain Causeway Coastal Route
Binevenagh Mountain in Co. Derry, which forms part of the Antrim plateau. Photo: Tourism Northern Ireland.

Coastal and mountain birds are common in this mountainous region. Some include peregrine falcons, buzzards, kittiwakes, and rare sea birds like terns and auks.

The region is also home to foxes, badgers, stoats, otters, and rabbits, and the basalt cliffs are the ideal place for rare plants and mosses.

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