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From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

1. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history from live commentary on board. 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.

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

2. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, head to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Dunluce Castle

3. Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Dunluce Castle

Discover the famous Giant's Causeway on a guided tour from Belfast. Visit the Dark Hedges, made famous in Game of Thrones, and admire the scenic views around Dunluce Castle. Depart Belfast and travel by coach to The Dark Hedges, a beautiful avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century as an impressive feature of the driveway to their Gracehill Manor. Continue to the Giant's Causeway to marvel at 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Learn about the legend of Finn, said to have built the causeway to cross the Irish Sea to fight a Scottish giant known as Benandonner. Enjoy impressive views of Sheep Island and the Mull of Kintyre. Take around 2 hours to explore and look around. Stop for a picture at Dunluce Castle, a now-ruined medieval castle. Capture this photogenic castle built in the 13th century and hear how it has inspired many TV programs, poems, and songs.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

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

Embark on a day out in Belfast and explore the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed at. Learn all the facts and hidden secrets from your live guide. Enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry. 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.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast City Bus Tour

5. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast City Bus Tour

Explore the marvelous, breathtaking beauty of Northern Ireland's coast on a full-day trip from Dublin that takes you to Giant's Causeway and Belfast. Feel the thrill of crossing the Carrick a Rede rope bridge.  Step on board your private bus and head up to the Antrim coast, located on the tip of Northern Ireland. You will visit Giant's Causeway, a constellation of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Admire sea views as you cross the Carrick a Rede rope bridge to the island of Carrickarede (extra fee). Along the way, you will experience an amazing part of Northern Ireland, learning lots of history and seeing some of the country's most dramatic coastline. Once there, stop and breathe in the fresh air and explore the many different shapes and rock formations surrounded by mystery and mythology. Take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful sweeping beach looking over Whitepark Bay and Portbradden. Visit the vibrant and modern city of Belfast where you will have some free time for sightseeing or shopping before returning to Dublin.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

6. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

Visit the Titanic Museum for around 1.5 hours and learn the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. Explore the museum which expands over 9 galleries and draws together special effects, dark rides, and full-scale reconstructions. Use interactive features so you can truly explore the Titanic story in an insightful light. Learn about the aftermath of the sinking to the later discovery of the ship. The tour will also take you to the present day with a tour of the live undersea exploration center.   Enjoy a photo stop at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. This 13-century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a professional photographer. Next, be prepared to be met by the most spectacular sight, the Giant's Causeway. This wild and beautiful formation is a consequence of ancient volcanic activity, the solidified lava is now layered across 40,000 hexagonal columns stretching for a distance of over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). Stroll along this UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site for around 1.5 hours and see formations such as the Wishing Chair and the Giant' Boot and Organ.   There is a different version of how the Causeway was formed. The Irish giant Finn McCool, while preparing for battle with his Scottish rival, is said to have angrily fired rocks into the sea to forge a path to nearby Scotland. However, on seeing the size of his would-be adversary, he quickly retreats tearing the ground and ripping the stones as he hastily moves. Similar types of stone found in Scotland give weight to this tale of two feuding giants the Causeway continues to stir the imagination and inspire folklore.  Stop at the Dark Hedges for 30 minutes, a centuries-old lane of beech trees that have been featured in films and on television. In the TV series Game of Thrones, the Dark Hedges was featured in season 2 as the King's Road.  

Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges & Titanic Guided Tour

7. Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges & Titanic Guided Tour

With an early start in Dublin this tour is designed to take you to the best locations in Northern Ireland to ensure with the limited time you have that you will make the most of the day ahead. Enjoy a relaxed journey and listen to the stories and history from the guide as we take you on an adventure you will never forget. The first stop of the day is at the Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO world heritage site is truly a view to behold. With Thousand of interlocking basalt columns spreading across the coastline you will discover how the strange rock formation was formed thousands of years ago due to a volcanic eruption. Or maybe it is the legend Finn McCool himself that created the rock formation as he battled with the Scottish Giant? Dunluce castle is just around the corner. Spend 10 min here taking in the views from the Atlantic Ocean and hear the waves crash against the rocks. Experience the castle from a spectacular angle. Situated on the sheer cliff edge the ruins are truly majestic and have a lot of history and myths locked up in the walls. A perfect spot for a memorable photograph! As we travel through the Glens of Antrim we will visit the Dark Hedges. Made famous (Not that it was needed) by the hit TV series “ Game of Thrones” as the Kings road you will have the opportunity to walk along the avenue of Beech trees. Planted over 200 years ago as a stunning entrance to James Stuart’s new house it still lives on and still impress visitors today. Reaching Belfast we have one last stop and definitely another highlight of the day. The world renowned Belfast Titanic Exhibition extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. From special effects, rides, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre. With the entrance ticket included in the price of the tour this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this attraction. When time allows we will stop in Belfast city to have a quick break before heading back to Dublin, where you will be home in good time to have a great night out to finish a great day out!

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour

8. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour

On this full-day excursion to the Giant’s Causeway you’ll leave Belfast in the morning 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. Dark Hedges (photos) Stop for photos and fresh air at one of the most amazing natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges. The trees were planted centuries ago by the Stuart family to make an impression upon guests visiting their estate. Many guests will recognize Dark Hedges as the King's Road from HBO's Game of Thrones. Carrick-a-Rede (photos) Enjoy amazing views overlooking the rope bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island over a chasm of 23m-deep and 20m-wide, to harvest salmon from their nets. Enjoy views of the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Unesco Giants Causeway 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 by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. You’re guaranteed 2 hours at the Giant's Causeway on this tour before returning to Belfast. The entrance fee for the visitor center is not included as the Unesco World Heritage Site is actually completely free of charge to the public. Based on years of guest feedback guests prefer to have the best possible value price for the overall tour and then can make individual decisions locally as to whether they wish to access the adjacent visitor center for a fee at the door. Dunluce Castle (The House of Greyjoy) Make a photo stop at the incredible ruins of Dunluce Castle (entry not included), home to the McQuillan family who built the fortress around 500 years ago. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize the House of Greyjoy. One of the most spectacular castle ruins anywhere in the world, Dunluce Castle is located on top of cliffs that collapse into the North Atlantic below. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones. Enjoy paid admission and approx 60 minutes to explore these most romantic ruins, grounds, and surrounds. Arrive Belfast The tour ends in Belfast in the late afternoon, which allows plenty of time for refreshments, rest, evening dinner, and entertainment options.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

9. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

Discover the Giant's Causeway and the highlights of County Antrim on a guided day trip from Belfast. See some of the filming locations from Game of Thrones and visit the largest Titanic exhibition with included entry tickets. Leaving central Belfast, travel through the Antrim countryside to the Dunluce Castle ruins to take a few photos of the castle dating back to the 13th century. The castle was featured in Narnia and Game of Thrones as the fortress of Greyjoy’s home. A highlight of the day is the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy around 2 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Hear the legend of the Giant Finn McCool while admiring the shores of the Atlantic Ocean before stopping at the Dark Hedges. This location was made famous by Game of Thrones as the location where Arya Stark made her escape down The Kings Road. Journey down the tunnel-­like avenue of intertwined beech trees and get some spectacular photos of one of the most visited sites in Northern Ireland. On the return journey to Belfast, visit the Titanic Belfast (entry included). Stretching over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, experience the Titanic like never before. Experience a combination of special effects, rides, full-scale reconstructions, and interactive features. Learn about the Titanic story from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic end. After your visit, arrive back in Belfast where the trip began.

From Dublin: Full-Day Giant's Causeway with Fast-Track Entry

10. From Dublin: Full-Day Giant's Causeway with Fast-Track Entry

Enjoy a full-day scenic tour to the basalt rocks of the Giant’s Causeway. Formed more than 60 million years ago, the legend of the rocks features an Irish giant named Finn who was challenged to bridge the sea between Ireland and Scotland. Departing from Dublin, stroll along the windswept path of County Antrim on arrival, and get panoramic views of the Mull of Kintyre and Rathlin Island. Continue along the coastal road, and enjoy views of Whitepark Bay and Portbradden. Then, explore the 37,000 basalt “stepping stone” columns of the Giant’s Causeway.  Towering from the cliff and disappearing under the sea to reappear on Straffe Island, learn the legend of Finn before driving along the Causeway Coastal route between Ballycastle and Dunluce to experience one of the most dramatic roads in the world. See wind-blasted cliffs and unspoiled beaches. Stop at Dunluce Castle to tour the former residence of the McDonnell clan, considered by many to be the most romantic castle in Ireland.  En route, pass through Bushmills, famed for its fantastic whisky. End with an orientation tour of Belfast city center, including City Hall, Victoria Square, and the famous Titanic Dry Dock, where the famous ocean liner was built.

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lovely day out. we had patrick he was full of knowledge and was helpful. we had plenty of time at stops and made aware of toilet stops. I had a little fall and patrick checked in regularly with me. lots of information given on different routes at the giants causeway so this was helpful. the pub stop for food was nice and reasonably priced and all home made. I feel this was reasonably priced trip and full of information. a few other guest I felt where a bit rude but Partick was very professional

Amazing tour, beautiful scenery and views of the sea. Our tour guide Troy was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and funny. Perfect for fans of the show. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would do it again in a heartbeat.

The trip was fabulous ! The locations are worth visiting. Patrick our tour guide was amazing he was humorous along with being informative.

Excellent opportunity to travel to these wonderful places, big thanks to guide Brian and driver Gary for an amazing trip.

Loved our trip to the Highlands and I ur guide, Dougie, was incredible!