Good to hear that you are heading to the Derry Halloween
Festival, as they put on a fantastic event each year. A great way to get to Derry from Belfast is via the Causeway Coastal Route (A2), as the views are unforgettable and it's just a great road trip! To make it even more interesting for Spook-Seekers like yourselves, I would like to suggest a few frightful locations along the way.
Going north on the A2 from Belfast you will come across a seaside village called Ballygally and there, facing the Atlantic Ocean, is Ballygally Castle dating back to 1625. A tiny room in the turret of the castle is known as "The Ghost Room" and is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Ulster.
Carrying on along the A2 heading towards the Causeway Coast you will pass the mysterious Vanishing Lake called Loughareena. Sometimes it is a beautiful sparkling lake and the next a bed of cracked mud.
Going inland towards Armoy, preferably on a dark, misty evening, you can head to The Dark Hedges, a row of ancient beech trees made famous by the TV series Game of Thrones. If you are lucky you might meet the Grey Lady wafting down the avenue of gnarled trees.
Near Portrush, Dunluce Castle, built in the late middle ages, has seen its fair share of battles and sieges over the centuries. Clinging to the edge of a precipitous cliff it affords beautiful views up and down the coastline. During a storm many years ago, the kitchens fell into the sea, hurling the cooks into the waves below. The ghost of an English sea captain who was hanged at the castle, has been known to walk the turrets at night!
The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a world famous geological site. It is also steeped in myths and legends.
The "Murder Hole Road" from Coleraine to Limavady was the place that Highwayman, Cushy Glen held up unsuspecting victims. It's worth travelling the hilly road to see if he's still galloping through the moors.
I hope this gives you a few ideas for your Halloween
trip. To find out more about the Causeway Coast and Glens please visit our web site: www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com