From Belfast, we'd like to drive north along the scenic Antrim Coast, stopping at Carrick-a-rede (hope to cross the ropebridge), Giant's Causeway (quick visit here), and, if we have time, visit the distillery. We're spending the night in Derry. I understand from Belfast we take the M2, then M5 for Carrickfergus, and then look for "Causeway Coastal Route signs." For those who have done this drive - any difficulties finding the coastal route? Also, I'm reading about the nine glens, along the way, but I don't understand if you can drive through the glens, or do you have to get of the coastal road to appreciate them? Would you break up the drive to Derry into 2 days? If so, where would you stay?
On the way back, we want to drive inland to Belfast, hoping for a faster more direct route. Recommendations?