This is the best day tour from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway and famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Along the way you’ll be treated to Northern Ireland’s spectacular coastal scenery and have a chance to cross the bridge (for a small suggested donation to charity) before arriving at one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Giant’s Causeway.
Your tour includes the entrance fees to the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre which opened in 2012 following a multi-million pound investment. You have the option to pay €29 when your book online for this tour or £25 Sterling if you book through our Belfast office. We’re located on Fitzwilliam Street corner, near the Queen’s University campus.
This tour departs from central Belfast at 09:45. We meet at the bus shelter outside the iconic Europe Hotel on Great Victoria Street and you’ll meet your guide and your fellow visitors before we set off through the rolling Glens of Antrim, where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most picturesque scenery, before we arrive at the north Antrim Coast.
The Causeway Coast, as it’s often known, is widely regarded as being one of the most dramatic sea drives anywhere in the world. After passing through this area of stunning natural scenery you’ll arrive at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, itself one of Northern Ireland’s biggest attractions with over a quarter of a million people making the crossing every year.
The bridge spans a 20 metre wide chasm some 30 metres above the churning sea and rocks below and was built by local salmon fishermen to reach the island of Carrick itself. While the salmon population in these parts has largely vanished, the bridge remains open for the public thanks to the preservation works of the National Trust – who request a small fee for the maintenance of the bridge if you cross.
Those who cross are rewarded with stunning views of the Northern Ireland coastline and can even see Rathlin Island and Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre. This whole region has been named an Area of Special Scientific Interest due to the diverse range of fauna and flora, as well as the fascinating geology of the coastline.
After visiting the rope bridge we move on to the highlight of this tour, the Giant’s Causeway, at around 12:30. Sometimes described as the Eighth Wonder of the Natural World, this unique location consists of around 37,000 basalt columns, mainly hexagonal in shape.
The Giant’s Causeway was formed 50 to 60 million years ago by volcanic activity at a time when Ireland was a much more turbulent place than it is today but there are still plenty of legends about the Causeway and its origins. It is said that the great Gaelic hero Finn McCool built the Causeway as a bridge to Scotland so he could fight a giant.
Both the science and the myth of the Causeway are explored in detail at the Visitor Centre. Admission is included to this award winning facility with your tour and you’ll have a complimentary audio guide and earphones which will explain the formation of the Causeway and its legacy in the Irish imagination.
You can also bring the audio guide, which provides commentary in a range of languages, out to the Causeway itself and you’ll have two hours to explore this spectacular landscape before we make our way back to Belfast.
The tour ends in central Belfast at approx. 16:30, after an unforgettable day exploring some of Northern Ireland’s most awe-inspiring attractions. You’ll come away with plenty of amazing memories and probably some great photos too, not to mention a range of new knowledge you can use to impress your friends.
“We experienced Giant’s Causeway with Ronan today and without doubt, it was the best tour we have ever been on. “RoRo” was a phenomenal guide. He is so knowledgable but also funny and quick-witted. Having such an intimate group in the 16 seat van made all the difference, and we will certainly join you again when we return. Can’t say enough about the tour, the company, and Ronan. Cheers!
Nancy Miller, Palo Alto, California