North Antrim Tours
At J and M Coaches we are constantly trying to upgrade our range of destinations according to the needs and requests from our travelling members. This new destination has been designed so that it will provide patrons with a fully guided experience that will afford them a sense of reflection and excitement. Below are some of the places which we visit on our tours, however this is just a sample. If you or your group have a specific request we will endeavour to meet your needs and requirements without hesitation.
In the footsteps of giants...
Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.
Why not experience the Giant's Causeway for yourself? Visit the world-famous basalt columns, climb the Shepherd's Steps and hike along the cliff-top trail to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful causeway coast.
Unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of the award-winning visitor centre, which also boasts a café serving a seasonal menu, and retail zone where you can pick up locally sourced souvenirs and handicrafts
Carrick-a rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede (from Irish: Carraig a' Ráid, meaning "rock of the casting").It spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) above the rocks below.The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust. In 2009 it had 247,000 visitors. The bridge is open all year round (subject to weather) and people may cross it for a fee.
It is thought salmon fishermen have been building bridges to the island for over 350 years. It has taken many forms over the years. In the 1970s it had only one handrail and large gaps between the slats. A new bridge, tested up to ten tonnes, was built with the help of local climbers and abseilers in 2000. Another was built in 2004 and offered visitors and fishermen alike a much safer passage to the island. The current wire rope and Douglas fir bridge was made by Heyn Construction in Belfast and raised early in 2008 at a cost of over £16,000. Although no one has fallen off the bridge, there have been many instances where visitors, unable to face the walk back across the bridge, have had to be taken off the island by boat.
Dunluce Castle is one of Irelands heritage gems, its outline provides an iconic view of this part of the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the 'must see' views along the designated tourist drive. It is frequently quoted as being one of Ireland most romantic castle locations.
The castle has seen many additions to its original structure over the centuries, it fell into disrepair after the last resident, Randall McDonnell, the second Earl of Antrim moved to Ballymagarry House in the mid 1600s. In the 1745 Ballymagarry House was destroyed by fire and the seat of the Earl's of Antrim moved to its present location at Glenarm Castle.
Close by is the ancient ruins of St. Cuthbert's named after a Northumbrian monk, it is also the possible burying place of sailors and noblemen from the Spanish Armada. On a clear day you can look over an expanse of ocean from here to Donegal and round to Islay, it was within this vista that the tragedy of the emigrant ship the 'Exmouth' took place in April, 1857, bound for Quebec, she spent three days in horrendous sea conditions before finally breaking up on rocks off Islay with the loss of 240 lives.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland on the beautiful North Coast. The original grant to distil was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and there has been distillation on this site since then, using the unique water from our own stream and Irish barley. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchanise. At the conclusion of your tour you will be offered a whiskey or a soft drink in our 1608 Bar. There is also a restaurant serving lunches and Bushmills inspired treats throughout the day.