Following the announcement of Belfast and the Causeway Coast as the Number One Region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, the National Trust is delighted that the timeless beauty of the Causeway Coast has been recognised and celebrated by the world’s leading travel authority.
The award which was announced as part of the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018, is a collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year.
With a wide range of places to visit along the Causeway Coast from the exhilarating rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede; to the stunning rock formations at Giant’s Causeway; the beautiful landscapes and gardens at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House and the magnificent Portstewart Strand and White Park Bay, visitors to the area are spoilt for choice.
Max Bryant, general manager for the National Trust on the North Coast commented, “The National Trust is dedicated to protecting the special places and outside spaces that make the region attractive to visitors, and hopes that this accolade by Lonely Planet reinforces the outstanding natural beauty of this area and all it has to offer.
“The Causeway Coast is magical and there are tons of amazing things to do from family walks and outside adventures to discovering local wildlife and we want to ensure that visitors enjoy the natural beauty of our sites at their very best.
“We would encourage visitors to avoid peak times and visit our places before 11am or after 4pm – so whether you are planning to walk in the footsteps of giants; wander around the 18th-century demesne, stumbling upon temples and gardens or stroll along the golden sand at Portstewart Strand, we want you to have the most enjoyable experience possible.
“We recognise that the growing number of tourists visiting the Causeway Coast brings some challenges and we are working with key partners to identify how best to meet these challenges so that everyone’s visit to the area as good as possible.
“To support the visitor experience we have introduced a timed ticketing system at Carrick-A-Rede. The new system was developed in response to significant growth in visitor numbers and to ensure ongoing conservation of this iconic attraction and since the launch earlier this year, has proved to be hugely successful.
“We are absolutely delighted that the Causeway Coast was named, along with Belfast as the Number One Region in the world to visit in 2018. We beat off stiff competition for the top spot from some of the world’s most recognised regions including Alaska, USA; Aoelian islands, Italy; Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic and Bahai, Brazil. This is a fantastic achievement and one we should all be incredibly proud of.”