Royal Connections Heritage Trail

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Royal Connections Heritage Trail

Project Attributes


QEII Platinum Jubilee ProgrammeRoyal Connections


CCGBC Museum Services


21st February 2022

Connecting the kings, queens, castles and kingdoms of the Causeway Coast and Glens

From mythological princesses, to medieval sites, the tyrants of folklore, and modern monarchs, the Causeway Coast and Glens abounds royal connections. Working with groups across borough, Museum Services aims to create a heritage trail that links together the many locations with a royal tale to tell.


The range of potential sites is practically endless. Groups may like to highlight sites like Ballymoney Train station – the first stop on Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation tour of the borough in 1953, or perhaps Bruce’s Cave, where the Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, went into hiding on Rathlin. Other examples to explore include the life (and grave) of Dorothea Ross – alleged illegitimate daughter of James II – at Ballywillan, or a showcase of the medieval royal sites like the King’s Fort near Drumsurn, Dunseverick, or the Giant’s Sconce.


Participating groups will be given training and assistance to research and present a site (or sites) with royal connections in their local area. The sites will then be brought together to form a heritage trail and digital map, with each case study adding to the tapestry of our shared heritage and landscape.


Where would you include?

To make your connection, register your interest, or just find out more about the programme, email


This project is receiving financial support via the District Council Good Relations Programme.