Glens of Antrim, Belfast – Ballymena-Ballymoney-Coleraine

Discover Northern Ireland's diverse landscapes, immerse in its history, and enjoy the warmth of its communities on the 218 bus journey through the Glens of Antrim. where lush green landscapes, charming towns, and picturesque countryside unfold, promising an enriching and unforgettable experience for all.

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No. of Attractions:

4 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 50 minutes

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Starting point:

Europa Buscentre

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Journey fact:

Ballymena possesses a unique title as the "Borough of Carnations." The town is renowned for its flourishing horticulture industry, particularly the cultivation of carnations. Ballymena's greenhouses produce a significant portion of the UK's carnation supply, adding a vibrant touch to the town's identity.

Journey Overview

Throughout the journey on the 218 bus, you’ll have ample opportunities to discover Northern Ireland’s diverse landscapes, immerse yourself in its history, and enjoy the warmth of its communities. Whether you’re interested in urban attractions, rural retreats, or scenic spots, the 218 route promises an enriching experience for customers of all tastes. The hourly frequency is also a great opportunity to hop on and off and sample some of the invigorating sights and places on the journey.

As the 218 Glens of Antrim service embarks on its journey from Belfast Europa Centre, leaving the invigorating city landscape behind, a mesmerizing tapestry of nature unfolds before customers’ eyes, captivating with every passing mile. The lush green landscapes of Northern Ireland come alive, creating a symphony of colours and textures that weave a breathtaking panorama.

From the urban hustle and bustle of Belfast, the bus ventures into the heart of the Glens, and rolling hills emerge on either side of the winding road. Green meadows stretch as far as the eye can see, dotted with grazing sheep and picturesque cottages nestled among the hills. Majestic trees, their branches reaching out like welcoming arms, line the route, casting fleeting shadows on customeers as they pass by.

The bus calls at charming towns and villages, each possessing its own unique appeal. Greystone offers views of rugged cliffs jutting into the sea, while Antrim boasts historic landmarks steeped in time’s embrace. Ballymena’s countryside charm enchants with its quaint markets and cosy streets, and Cloughmills entices with babbling brooks and quaint stone bridges.

As the journey continues, the landscape evolves, leading the bus through the fertile fields of Ballymoney, where farmers tend to their crops with care. Finally, the bus reaches Coleraine, where the River Bann glistens under the golden rays of the setting sun, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink.

Throughout the entire route, the Glens of Antrim service treats its customers to an unforgettable display of nature’s grandeur. It’s a sensory feast of sights, sounds, and scents, reminding them of the beauty that lies in the simplicity of the world outside their windows.

A Fab Day Out!

Embark on an exciting journey on the 218 bus, exploring the vibrant city of Belfast and several charming towns and scenic spots along the way. Starting in Belfast, immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and culture by visiting iconic landmarks like the Titanic Belfast museum, exploring the historic Crumlin Road Gaol, and taking a stroll along the bustling streets of the Cathedral Quarter.

As the bus travels to Antrim, you can explore the impressive Antrim Castle Gardens, a delightful oasis with stunning gardens and walking paths. Ballee offers a tranquil escape with its lush green spaces, perfect for a leisurely break before continuing the journey.

Ballymena, known as the “City of Seven Towers,” boasts a mix of historical sites and contemporary shopping experiences. Explore the striking Ballymena Town Hall and wander through the bustling streets lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Cloughmills, a quaint village, is an excellent place to experience the charm of rural life and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Next, the bus reaches Ballymoney, where you can visit the fascinating Ballymoney Museum and explore the architectural marvel of Ballymoney Town Hall. Don’t miss a chance to visit the nearby iconic Dark Hedges, a picturesque avenue of beech trees featured in the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Coleraine, a lively town, offers a mix of history, culture, and natural beauty. Explore the captivating Coleraine Museum, take a leisurely walk along the scenic Riverside Park, or venture to the nearby Mussenden Temple, dramatically perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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