Giants Causeway Day Tour
Day tour from Dublin
Departure time: 6:30am (Arrive 10 minutes before)
Departure location: Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street (see map)
Price: €65 Adult
Price: €60 Student – Senior – 13yrs-16yrs
Price: €32.50 Child 5yrs-12yrs
Price: Free for children under 5
Our Giants Causeway day tour transports you to the northernmost point of Ireland. Travel through picturesque locations as we drive along Ireland’s coastline to one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders. Along the way you will see the most breathtaking sights and scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer. From the moment you get on our bus, you will experience an amazing part of Ireland, learning about her history and seeing some of the most dramatic coastline in Ireland.
The Giants Causeway is Ireland’s first World Heritage site. Breathe in the fresh northern air at the causeway and explore the many different shapes and rock formations that are surrounded in mystery and mythology. You decide whether the rocks have been formed through volcanic activity or legendary giants.
Can you draw up the courage of a lion to cross the famous ‘Carrick-a-Rede’ rope bridge (price included!) or maybe a leisurely stroll along the beautiful sweeping beach looking out on Whitepark Bay and Portbradden is more your idea of heaven? The North coast of County Antrim is shrouded in history and mythology and on your one day tour to the Giants Causeway with us you can experience it all.
6:30am - Gather at the Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk St Dublin 2
Your Giants Causeway day tour begins. We will make our way north out of Dublin city and through picturesque countryside as our adventure begins and we head towards Belfast.
10:00am - Dark Hedges - Game of Thrones location
Locations in Northern Ireland have been highlighted by the series ‘Game of Thrones’ due to the stunning landscapes and one location that has sparked the interest of visitors more than any other is ‘The Dark Hedges’. This stretch of road with an archway of trees is a stunning location and we pass it on the way to our stop at Carrick-a-Rede. It doubles as the Kings Road in the famous series.
10:30am - Arrive at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
We will arrive at the renowned “Carrick-a-Rede” rope bridge and we take a leisurely 20 minute walk along the winding coastal path to take up our position and prepare to cross over this historical rope bridge. The bridge is run by the National Trust and as part of our support for this organisation, we include the price of crossing the bridge in our tour. Take your turn crossing the bridge and try not to look down! As you cross over to the island there are amazing views looking out over the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. You may get to see some of the coastal wildlife on the way as you build up your courage to cross the rope bridge! Remember, once you’ve crossed over, the only way back is to cross the rope bridge again.
12:00pm - Lunch and the Giants Causeway
Now that we have worked up an appetite after our walk, we will go to a local cafe or pub for lunch before we make our way to the famous Giants Causeway. Along the route we will pass through the charming village of Ballintoy and enjoy fantastic views over Whiteparks Bay and Portbradden. When you arrive at the Giants Causeway we recommend walking the cliff tops so you can take in the scenery of the causeway below. The views really need to be seen to be believed! Then you can descend onto the causeway itself to the feature called the Organ and work your way back towards the Visitor Centre. Admire the mighty ocean as it crashes against the causeway. This natural wonder of the world is not to be missed, rewarding you with unique and spectacular views. Learn about the history of the causeway and hear the local legend relating to its formation.
After taking in the scenery and mythology of the Giants Causeway, we will hop on the bus again at approximately 2:30pm for our trip to the great city of Belfast. We drive in a circular route that will afford views of Dunluce Castle; the most romantic castle in Ireland and home for many years to the McDonnell Clan. Please see the section on the castle for more details. Dunluce Castle is reputed to be the inspiration for Cair Paravel, the famous castle in CS Lewis’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. We also pass through the village of Bushmills where Ireland’s first hydro power station was built and let’s not forget the great bottle of whiskey that is made here!
4:00pm - Belfast City (Black Taxi Tour optional)
Spend approximately an hour walking & sightseeing around Belfast city. Visit the main shopping district, charming traditional pubs and Belfast City Hall. You also have the option to take a Black Taxi tour of the city which takes you through some of the areas related to Belfast’s troubled past with an experienced driver who can tell you about Belfast’s political history. This is an optional tour that is not included but let your guide know during the tour if you’re interested and they will ring ahead and book the taxi to be waiting for you when we arrive in Belfast.
7:45pm - Arrive back in Dublin
Arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about your fun, informative and adventure filled day. We hope you enjoyed your Giants Causeway day tour!