Causeway Coast and Glens

Coordinates: 55°12′11″N 6°30′00″W / 55.203°N 6.500°W / 55.203; -6.500
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Causeway Coast and Glens
Irish: Cósta an Chlocháin agus na Gleannta
Ulster Scots: Causey Coast an Glens
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryNorthern Ireland
Admin HQColeraine
Incorporated1 April 2015
 • TypeBorough council
 • BodyCauseway Coast and Glens District Council
 • Total760 sq mi (1,980 km2)
 • Total141,746
 • Density190/sq mi (72/km2)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)

Causeway Coast and Glens is a local government district covering most of the northern part of Northern Ireland. It was created on 1 April 2015 by merging the Borough of Ballymoney, the Borough of Coleraine, the Borough of Limavady and the District of Moyle. The local authority is Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.


The district covers most of the northern part of Northern Ireland; an area totalling 1796 km2 spanning parts of Counties Antrim and Londonderry. It has a population of around 141,664.[2] The name of the new district was announced on 17 September 2008 as 'Causeway Coast' and was revised in February 2009.

Northern Ireland Railways stations[edit]

Rail services[edit]

Northern Ireland Railways provides services on the Belfast-Derry railway line between Londonderry station in the west and east to Belfast Lanyon Place station and Belfast Great Victoria Street station.

The Coleraine-Portrush line provides a service from the interchange at Coleraine station at the south of the branch with Portrush station the station terminal at the north of the branch line.

Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway[edit]

The Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway is a heritage railway and major tourist attraction.

Coastal physical geography[edit]

The area stretches around from the River Roe near Bellarena on the shores of Lough Foyle, with Magilligan Point with Benone Strand on the Atlantic Ocean, and Mussenden Temple perched on the cliffs to Castlerock. At Castlerock the first of the seaside resorts the estuary of the River Bann is reached with crossing points located upstream at Coleraine. From the River Bann the coast includes seaside resorts of Portstewart and Portrush. Further along there is Dunluce Castle, Portballintrae and the town of Bushmills. Whilst Bushmills (home to the world's oldest licensed distillery which has produced the famous Irish whiskey "Bushmills" since 1608). The River Bush is crossed beside the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway, and the Giant's Causeway is nearby. The next place are Ballintoy, and onwards to Ballycastle

The area is popular with tourists and includes some of the best-known physical features of Northern Ireland: the Giant's Causeway (a World Heritage Site), the Glens of Antrim and Rathlin Island, which lies 7 miles off Ballycastle. The coast includes Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the small Dunseverick Castle, and the more isolated seaside resort of Ballycastle, with a ferry to Rathlin Island across the Straits of Moyle. From Ballycastle the coastline veers southwards around Fair Head and continues with the North Channel and the settlements of Cushendun, then Cushendall and finally Waterfoot.

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council[edit]

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council replaced Ballymoney Borough Council, Coleraine Borough Council, Limavady Borough Council and Moyle District Council. The first election for the new district was originally due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until 2011.[3] The first elections took place on 22 May 2014 and the council acted as a shadow authority until 1 April 2015.


Towns and villages[edit]


Freedom of the Borough[edit]

The following people, military units, organisations and groups have received the Freedom of the Borough of Causeway Coast and Glens.


Military Units[edit]

Organisations and Groups[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Causeway Coast and Glens". NISRA. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Mid-Year Population Estimates, UK, June 2021". Office for National Statistics. 21 December 2022. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  3. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  4. ^ "Olympic medal winners honoured with the Freedom of the Borough". Coleraine Times. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Peter Chambers rows in with Freedom of the Borough". Belfast Telegraph. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Mervyn Whyte MBE granted the Freedom of the Borough". Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Joan's Freedom of the Borough". Coleraine Times. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  8. ^ "CBC - News". Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  9. ^ "206 BATTERY HONOURED WITH FREEDOM PARADE IN COLERAINE". Reserve Forces & Cadets Association Northern Ireland. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  10. ^ Black, Rebecca (1 June 2018). "Accusations fly as council row erupts over freedom honour for RAF". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  11. ^ Mullan, Orla (6 April 2022). "Royal Air Force to be formally granted Freedom of the Borough". Derry Now. Retrieved 16 April 2022.
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  13. ^ Corscadden, Jane (21 May 2021). "Royal Portrush Golf Club receives Freedom of the Borough". Q Radio. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Freedom of the Borough for health care workers". The Coleraine Chronicle. 18 October 2023. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  15. ^ "Health workers to be given freedom of Causeway borough". BBC News Northern Ireland. 19 October 2023. Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  16. ^ Balfour, Andrew (1 February 2024). "Freedom of the Borough". The Ballymoney Bubble. Retrieved 15 February 2024.

55°12′11″N 6°30′00″W / 55.203°N 6.500°W / 55.203; -6.500