Perfect for weekend getaways and staycations, the Causeway Coast is home to many picturesque rural locations that you may not have known of.

Picture This, a new trail that frames some of the hidden treasures of the Causeway Coast and Glens, is highlighting the destination's off the beaten track beauty spots and guides visitors to explore the scenic countryside and quieter coastal spots.

1. Red Bay, Cushendall

Nestled between the meeting point of the Glens of Antrim, the historic and charming village of Cushendall lies in the shadow of the Lurigethan Mountain. For tourists, the County Antrim village offers a range of accommodation from self-catering to B&Bs to caravan and camping facilities. Visitors can explore the gift shops stocking local produce and handmade crafts. South of the village, Red Bay Castle is a favoured tourist spot situated on a headland projecting into the sea that gives access to uninterrupted panoramic coastal views.

2. Altarichard, Ballymoney

Further inland, visitors can enjoy the woodland, listen to the birdsong and take in the fresh air of Altarichard Forest. Enthusiastic walkers can take on the two challenging circular routes - the 5.5-mile Croaghan Walk and the shorter 3-mile Milibern walk that lead to the summit at Croaghan. Make it to the top and you'll be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of Rathlin Island. For visitors who are not up for the challenge of an upland hike, the on-site picnic area is open all year round.

3. Portneal, Kilrea

Near the River Bann, Kilrea marks the boundary between County Antrim and County Londonderry. The village got its name from the ancient church that is overlooking the town. Although a small village, Kilrea is home to Ireland’s largest outdoor waterpark - The Lake - the perfect day out for families and groups! 

4. Garvagh Forest, Garvagh

Bursting with vibrant wildlife, Garvagh Forest is west of the small village Garvagh. The rural village, situated on the banks of the Agivey River, is an ideal spot for a day of walking, hiking and exploring. A short walk from the car park, you'll be surprised to find a stone pyramid. Created by the Canning family, the stone structure was intended for burial, however, it has been sealed off and now it is simply an unexpected feature of the forest.

5. Camus Picnic Area, Coleraine

Off the beaten track, outside the town of Coleraine, Camus Picnic Area is the ideal location for a spot of picnic. For the keen fishermen, the riverside park not only features picnic facilities but a mooring jetty and spectacular river views with interpretation panels. The surrounding mixed woodlands around Coleraine are also worth exploring as they have some fabulous walks through both evergreen and deciduous trees.

6. Tunnel Brae, Castlerock

Dubbed the Western Gateway of the Causeway Coast, Castlerock is a popular seaside destination just a few miles from Coleraine. The village perfectly blends the past and present and gives visitors a view of its naturally beautiful landscape. The award-winning promenade and Castlerock Beach are some of the most beautiful locations on the Causeway Coast and are ideal for swimming, fishing, surfing, horse riding on the beach and much more.

7. Swann’s Bridge, Magilligan

Positioned in the rural countryside of Limavady, Swann’s Bridge is surrounded by tranquil riverside picnic areas and beautiful views of the landscape and the majestic Binevenagh Mountain. The River Roe gives visitors a chance to take part in fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding, making it the perfect spot for an active holiday.

8. Burnfoot, Dungiven

Bridging the River Roe, the picturesque town of Dungiven is only a few miles from Burnfoot. The small village offers visitors impressive views of the Sperrin Mountains and the valleys of green, luscious fields that surround them.

There's even more to see with the Picture This Trail. Get off the beaten track and discover what the rural areas of the Causeway Coast have to offer.

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