River Bann in Coleraine, Northern Ireland
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Coleraine, the home of the famous Causeway Coast, averages over two million visitors every year. The twenty-five minute ride from the town will lead to the Giant’s Causeway. It is a heritage site that is visited by people all over the world. Many scenic places like Dunluce Castle and Portballintrae invite people to spend their time touring the area.

Meanwhile, Bushmills distillery has also profited from the buses and trains that carry passengers. The scenic coastal town Portstewart, known for its sandy beach and coastal walks, is also located north of Coleraine. Northwest is the Castlerock, adjoining the beach of Portstewart and the River Bann. There are other beaches nearby such as the Benone Strand.

Apart from beaches, Coleraine is also known for the Mussenden Temple, an 18th century church that has been built by an Anglican bishop on a precipitate cliff. It overlooks County Donegal and Scotland. The garden of the Bishop’s Palace, which is now in ruins, remains a scenic view to historians who are thrilled by the hidden lakes and beautiful flower gardens in the area.

The eastern side of Coleraine is covered by lush vegetation. The Mountsandel Forest, specifically the Mount Sandel fort, maintains a historical offering to the town. This ancient site is the oldest known settlement in Ireland where wooden houses date back to 7000BC.

The town offers man-made recreation areas and sporting facilities available for everyone. Beaches, cliffs and market areas allow for scenic views that will keep the tourists coming back. Corelaine has been classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty with its rural settlements and markets. The two market towns famous for their landscapes and charm are Kilrea and Garbagh.

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