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From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip in Luxury Coach

1. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip in Luxury Coach

Spend a full day traveling by award-winning coach along the Causeway Coastal Route, voted one of the 5 most spectacular drives in the world! For the first stop, grab some photos at the beautiful Carrickfergus Castle. Then, journey along the coast, with stops along the way at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both recently made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a delicious pub grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, at your expense. Then re-board the luxury coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, and then a final stop at the World Famous Dark Hedges. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

2. Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters as you visit the avenue of trees known as the Dark Hedges, used as the King's Road location where Arya became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie. Continue to the ruins of Dunluce Castle, said to be the inspiration for Harrenhal. Next, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway and explore the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns.  Next visit the Fullerton Arms, a Game of Thrones-themed pub and restaurant in Ballyintoy, lunch at your own expense. Then, go to the village of Cushendun to see the caves formed by over 400 million years of extreme weather conditions. During your tour, you will also stop at the Carrickfergus Castle, the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and Larrybane Quarry. At the end of your tour, you will return to Belfast City Centre where you will be dropped off back at the meeting point.

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour from Belfast

3. Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour from Belfast

On this full-day excursion to the Giant’s Causeway you’ll leave Belfast at 09:45 with your Irish guide and fellow travel partners for a drive through the rolling farmland of County Antrim to the northern coast of Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty. Take an exhilarating walk across the rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island for a real cliff-top experience. This 30-meter deep and 20-meter wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands. Consider crossing at your own risk for a small optional charitable donation to the National Trust, the registered UK charity that maintains the bridge. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the causeway was built buy the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool! A new and ultra-modern visitor center is now open and provides visitors with unique audio guides and earphones that relate the story of the rock formations in many different languages. You’re guaranteed 2 hours at the Giant's Causeway on this tour before returning to Belfast.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

4. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

Depart Belfast and journey by air-conditioned coach towards the basalt rocks of the Giant's Causeway. Stop to take photos of historic Dunluce Castle and then visit the Bushmills Distillery visitors center to learn more about the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Hear the legend of the giant Finn MacCool at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway. Enjoy exclusive access to the Giant's Causeway visitors center and a guided walking tour of the site. Brave the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Stretch your legs in the beautiful village of Carnlough on the stunning Antrim Coast Road. End with a short stop at Carrickfergus Castle before arriving back in Belfast.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce castle, Dark Hedges

5. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce castle, Dark Hedges

Depart Belfast and journey towards the North. Upon arrival at the Giant's Causeway, get around 1.5 - 2 hours to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on your own. Marvel at the hexagonal columns of rock and experience why it has been called the "8th Wonder of the World." Go to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and take in the views of Rathlin Island and Scotland after crossing the bridge. Spend around 1 hour 45 minutes at this stop to enjoy the amazing view. Travel to the Dark Hedges, an avenue of beech trees. Walk down this romantic lane and spend around 20 - 30 minutes here. You will understand why this location was featured in movie like the Transformers and TV show like the Game of Thrones. *On days where the weather is nice and the Rope Bridge is open, you are able to cross the bridge for free. *Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.

Belfast: Giants Causeway and North Coast Small Group Tour

6. Belfast: Giants Causeway and North Coast Small Group Tour

Excite and challenge your senses with a feast of beauty, sights and smells that have to be experienced first hand. After getting picked up from your hotel in Belfast, begin your journey along the beautiful North Coast. Take in the breathtaking beauty and scenery this leisurely drive has to over as you stop at fishing villages and pass through glens and valleys. Listen to your guide as they recount myths and legends along the way, from the arrival of Scottish clans to the battles of Giants and why wolves or snakes have no place in Northern Irish landscapes. At your first stop, experience the beauty of the famous Dark Hedges which formed the backdrop of that iconic Game of Thrones scene. Later, walk in the footsteps of giants on the Causeway, or if you dare, cross the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge. This tour has something for everyone, young and old alike, using drone technology you can also see the coastline from a birds-eye view, making the tour perfect for those with mobility issues who still want to see the sights. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Belfast at the end of the day.

Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway & Antrim Private Tour

7. Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway & Antrim Private Tour

Start your tour from the center of Belfast and head to the north coast through Antrim. Visit the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, the famous Giant’s Causeway, made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Head to Old Bushmills Distillery to discover Belfast's long tradition with distillation. Visit Dunluce Castle, one of the most dramatic ruins in the world, for a photo-stop. Move on to Dunseverick Castle, destroyed by General Robert Munro in 1642 and his Cromwellian troops in 1650. As you head over the Knocksoghey Brae, be greeted by spectacular views on Ballintoy Harbor. This stunning seaside location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands. Move on to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, near the charming village of Ballintoy. Choose to cross the bridge to support the National Trust, enjoy a coastal walk, or visit the charming tea-rooms on the site. Finally, make your way back to Belfast along the Antrim Coast Road to see fine views of Rathlin Island, and on a clear day, see the Scottish coast 13 miles away.

From Belfast: Game of Thrones Full-Day Luxury Private Tour

8. From Belfast: Game of Thrones Full-Day Luxury Private Tour

Explore some of the 25 filming locations of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. After hotel pickup in Belfast, head to the Dark Hedges. Drive along the King's Road, which led Ned Stark to his death and Arya Stark away from King's Landing.  Next explore Ballyintoy Harbor, location of Theon Greyjoy's return to the Iron Islands. Move on to Larybae quarry, where Renly and Queen Marjery watched the Queen’s brother and Brienne of Tarth fight in season 2. Visit Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle, known as the House of Greyjoy. See Cushendun Caves, a 400 million-year-old formation used in series 2 for the birth of Melisandre's monstrous shadow baby. See the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before making your way back to Belfast along the Antrim Coast.

Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Glens of Antrim Day Tour

9. Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Glens of Antrim Day Tour

Meet your group and your tour representatives at Dublin’s Connolly Station at 7:10 AM for the 7:35 AM departure of the Enterprise Service to Belfast. Your tour begins when the train arrives in Belfast and you head to the famous Antrim Coast Road, crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim. Stop at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and cross if you are brave enough! You’ll be able to look out over the horizon, maybe even getting a glimpse of the Scottish coast on a clear day! From here, the tour takes you to the stunning Giant's Causeway, with a photo stop to admire medieval Dunluce Castle. Afterwards, you’ll return to Belfast, where you’ll board the train to Dublin, arriving at Connolly Station at approximately 10:15 PM.

From Belfast: Private Northern Ireland Highlights 2-Day Tour

10. From Belfast: Private Northern Ireland Highlights 2-Day Tour

Make the most of your time in Northern Ireland with a private and customizable 2-day tour from Belfast. See the country's most iconic sights including Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway, and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On day 2, see the capital city's highlights on a guided Belfast city tour. Day 1 Discover the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giants Causeway on a full-day trip from Belfast. Enjoy some of the most beautiful Antrim coast and Causeway coast scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer and visit some of the North's best attractions. Climb across the stones of the jewel in the crown that is the Causeway coast at the Giant's Causeway. You can also visit attractions such as Dunluce Castle and Old Bushmills distillery. If you're feeling courageous, cross the nail-biting Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Travel back to Belfast along the Antrim Coastal Road and take in incredible views of the seaside, unspoiled beaches, and sheltering under rugged cliffs. You may even see Scotland on a clear day. Day 2Take away the stress of planning a tour itinerary that covers the historical context of Belfast’s conflict-related sights with a private guided tour. Benefit from the undivided attention of your guide on a private tour of the city's sights and murals, and gain an intimate insight into landmarks such as the Shankill murals, Clonard Monastery, and Titanic Quarter. Travel in a private vehicle and relax with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Drive through the once war-torn streets with your guide where now the murals tell the history. Pass through the Peace Wall that still divides the working-class communities of the Catholic Falls and Protestant Shankill.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 164 reviews

Had a fabulous time on this trip, everything went bang on time and our guide was very interesting. We couldn’t go to the bridge due to it still being closed but we were given extra time at the giants causeway (a stunning place to visit) where we took a guided tour with tour guide Johnny, who was brilliant. We had a meal at a game of thrones themed pub which was again timed to perfection by pre booking our food before hand. All in all a real value for money day out.

Great tour but would have appreciated being informed that the rope bridge was still closed due to government Covid restrictions before I got on the bus. Great guide and over 2 hours at Giant’s Causeway along with breath taking scenery and a good bunch on the bus made for a pleasant day. This tour is a must do in Northern Ireland especially if you don’t want to navigate and drive by yourself.

our driver was Stuart he was brilliant knowledgeable and funny we had plenty of time at each stop well over an hour for lunch nearly 2 hours at the giants causeway which was amazing but be warned you do walk a long way ! a great trip would definitely recommend to anyone and visit again

Fantastic tour guide and driver (Amanda and Nick) who took good care of me when I twisted my ankle on the way to the bus! Amanda really knew her stuff regarding the locations we stopped at, and Nick was great to chat to as well.

Fantastic trip, amazing tour guide and definitely worth the money! My only complaint is that the rope bridge is no longer open to large tour groups and we only found this out whilst on the way there.